We’ve featured Shannon Wilkins’ work in the past (remember this adorable Spanish cottage?) and her latest staging project, the model showhome for a new mid-century inspired development in Orange County. Today we have Shannon and Ryan White of the Dahlin Group, the architecture firm on the project, sharing the details of how the project came together. See it all in the slideshow!

How does this home’s design embrace midcentury style?
Ryan: Because most Mid Century Modern homes are single story, we created a Transitional version of this style. As small community of 10 homes, we designed the homes to be set back off the street with a two-car, turn-in garage, along with a single-car bay set further back from the street. This helped to create a more inviting curb appeal as you enter into the community with large front yards that are landscaped with plenty of drought tolerant plants. We kept the forms of the home simple, using quality exterior materials and finishes along with a variety of color accents, to give each home some distinctive character.

Shannon: Following on the cues from the architecture, we knew we wanted it to be mid-century as a whole but wanted to bring in organic and bohemian touches for a more lived in feel that would be inviting to families and reflect the eclectic and fun vibe of the surrounding Mesa Verde community.

We absolutely love the way this space flows.
Ryan: This home was designed with an open floor plan concept that is emphasized by the 10’ ceilings on the first floor, along with the expansive glass, allowing plenty of natural light in the space. The home is centered around the Kitchen/Great Room which is the main living space of the home. There is also a strong indoor/outdoor lifestyle that is created with this floor plan design. Once you enter in the front courtyard, you immediately see straight through the large windows in front of the floating stair case, all the way to the rear yard. The California Room, which accommodates outdoor dining along with a seating area next to the outdoor fireplace, is the transition space between the main living area and the large rear yard. Moving up to the Second Floor, the stairs climb up the volume space between the front courtyard and Great Room, landing in an open Bonus Room Space. This again creates an open concept and central space on the second floor, leading to the three upstairs Bedrooms and large Laundry Room. With light on both sides of the Bonus Room, we reemphasize the open floor plan layout that is filled with plenty of natural light.

Shannon: We chose lower furniture to keep the rooms feeling open and used rugs to define each space so that, even with the high ceilings and open floor plan, we created rooms-within-rooms that feel especially welcoming.

What features of this home match current desires from homeowners?
Ryan: The first trend you see is the exterior style of this home. With the availability and affordability of more contemporary building materials and products, we are starting to see more of these transitional styles in exterior design. This allows for us to incorporate transparency in our design, using expansive glass walls and large bi-folding doors, that fits in with the indoor/outdoor lifestyle and climate of Southern California. At Miraval, we took it to the next level with the bi-folding doors that meet at the cabinet edge in the Kitchen. We wanted to create a space that feels like something you would experience at a resort style home. With the doors open, you immediately feel like the Kitchen, Great Room and California Room are one open space that is the center of the home.

Shannon: The “California Room” really sets the Miraval Mesa Verde model apart. When designing an indoor/outdoor space like a California Room, use outdoor furniture as your foundation, but accessorize and layer the room as you would an indoor space.

Ryan: Upstairs in the Master Suite, and in keeping with the resort idea, we designed a Master Bath with a large walk in shower along with finishes and materials you would see in a resort spa.

Shannon: One design element we absolutely love is the Eskayel wallpaper we used in both the dining room and the master, both patterns were subtle yet funky and made the project stand out from other models.

Ryan: Also keeping with the current trends of today’s home buyer and the multigenerational families, we created a large Guest Suite on the first floor with its own Ensuite Bathroom. We’ve also designed a Mudroom space, or maybe better titled in So Cal “Sandroom”. This space has a shower area that is good for washing off before coming into the house from the beach, or for the dog owners, this also doubles as a dog wash.