Interior designer Katie Monkhouse certainly didn’t think that she and her husband would be purchasing a flipped home when they were looking for a new place to accommodate their growing family. “The original plan was to purchase a fixer with the right square footage and turn it into the house we really want,” Katie said. “My husband Nick saw the photos of our current home and snuck it into our open house schedule even though it didn’t fit the profile at all! It was the total opposite of what (I thought) we were looking for- I wanted a big project to sink my teeth into and design us a unique custom home – and this place was a flip!”
Though the space had a few drawbacks, Katie’s husband convinced her that this would be a better option for their family, although they settled on one condition: that she could do some customizing and personalization. While their new home was in perfect condition, some of the materials used were below the quality that they were looking for: “When someone renovates a house to sell, their focus is to make a profit so the finishes are definitely not what I would have chosen. The ground floor is about 500 sq ft and was covered in beige 12×24 builder-grade tile.” She decided then to take the tile out and replace it with black wood grain plank tile for a statement look that contrasted nicely with the light oak flooring upstairs. The kitchen was another area where Katie added her touch – she covered the back of the island with handmade tile by Heath Ceramics in Ogawa green.
As for the furnishings Katie wanted to mix high and low, vintage and new. Her love of vintage pieces, for example, is seen throughout the home: “I sourced my vintage leather chairs on a trip to Round Top Antique Festival in Texas, I found my secretary desk at Stuff in San Francisco on Valencia Street, and I go to Alameda Antique Faire almost every month to source for clients so I snagged a few rugs for myself on those trips,” she shared. She also used Clad Home for her custom-built sofa and Mill Road Studios for natural hand-dyed textiles for pillows. Katie told us of her process: “I try to focus on designing spaces that are easy to live in – quality pieces that can withstand toddlers and the test of time mixed with more accessible ‘trend’ item that can be easily swapped out at the styles change. I applied the same formula to our home and, while it is still a work in progress, I really love how it’s coming together!”