Newport Beach based design firm, Design Works, recently completed a beautiful renovation in Seal Beach. “Our clients for this project were a young family with three small children. Their goal was to make the home suitable for raising a family while allowing for  formal entertaining as well,” explains Design Works Founder and Principal, Robin Strickler. “When beginning the project our goal and priority was to incorporate a more coastal feel into the more traditional, Mediterranean architecture of the home.”

Like many homes in small beach communities, this property has a long and skinny lot. “Our challenge was trying to create a more spacious and open feeling downstairs for the family to enjoy,” Robin says. In the entry, there’s a beautiful and modern staircase which helps to showcase the home and make it feel very open. Towards the back, you’ll find the kitchen and dining room, which lend themselves to be both an entertaining area and a family space. “Having the wood top on part of the island made it easy for the both homework and dining,” Robin explains. Here, Jonathan Adler pendants mix with a sparkly chandelier.

In the living room, Robin and her team had the fireplace Venetian plastered all the way up to the high ceiling above. This makes the room feel special and intimate. Another unique detail is in the powder room — one of Robin’s favorites. “We especially love the ‘Queen Of Spain’ wall covering we used in the powder room which helped create that wow effect when you walk in.”

Walking through the home, we see those wow moments more often than not. Soothing colors combine with the natural wood plank floors and organic elements, creating a very coastal vibe. Of course, there’s still plenty of traditional elements and mid-century charm as well. We’d say that Robin and her team created the perfect blend!