This home, simply put, is FUN and as soon as we saw it we wanted to become friends with whoever lives there. And not just so we can come over to hang out with that flamingo. Turns out, the 1930s California bungalow belongs to clothing stylist and blogger Joan Schubert.

Laura Neuman of PepperJack Interiors modernized Joan’s home with a fresh take on historical styles and motifs: Rookwood Arts and Crafts tile work glazed in monochromatic white instead of traditional muted greens, yellows, and pinks; a modern and Asian take on the traditional lantern above a nook table; a sprinkle of new furnishings like Chinese Chippendale occasional chairs and traditional pedestal nook table. These additions rounded out Joan’s collected furnishings for a “larger than life” home. Laura shares more below and you can see the whole home in the slideshow!

What were Joan’s goals for her home and how did that influence your design?
First, the goal was to house her two energetic and growing children and entrepreneur/photographer husband. Secondly, it was to satisfy her colorful and eclectic aesthetic – Joan is well-traveled and has a love of art, arts and crafts, and ethnic motifs. Lastly, it was to make smart use of the limited urban living space. The house is a 20s-30s Tudor in a well-loved Sacramento neighborhood and just down the block from where Joan’s family still lives.

Were there any particular challenges for this project?
I carefully planned every limited inch of her family and kitchen nook areas, then Joan enthusiastically said ‘yes!’ to a relative’s offer of a baby grand piano. I insisted there was no room but also knew Joan was entranced with the notion, so I presented options and worked out a solution. Fortunately, all of this happened before the floor plans were finalized and permits were pulled, so we were able to rebalance the windows and TV center line to make the new layout work.

Joan has a strong sense of style from her work in the fashion field. What was she like as a client?
A designer’s dream. Joan assembled a complete team for her project before making any moves: architect, builder, and interior designer. She expected and encouraged us to collaborate and problem-solve as a group. The best part of working with Joan is that she is smart, design savvy, and willing to explore design ideas unlike any client I’ve had. I combined pink, red, orange, black, Asian, Native American, Arts and Crafts, and African references. Not sure I’ll get to do this again.

Your design really embraces color – what is your advice for our readers for designing a cohesive, colorful home?
I love that you recognize how important color is to this design! Did you also notice that the foundation finishes are all neutral? Paint, tile, flooring, countertops, and backsplashes are intentionally neutral so that Joan’s love of color can be expressed through artwork, fabrics, and collected decor. I advise my clients who love color to place it not on the walls with paint but in the fabrics, floor coverings, and artwork – items that tell the homeowner’s personal story. Choose three to four colors for expression in textiles and large-scale artwork in main living spaces, then reference these colors in smaller amounts with other decor throughout.