This Southern California home began as an original mid-century home, but it didn’t quite match the homeowner’s style. “They’re a very cute couple with two young children – a boy and a girl,” designer Shannon Wilkins of Prairie tells us. “They wanted an open concept floor plan, spaces to entertain and have friends over, and a family-friendly home that was still stylish but functional.” They opted to develop the land and build their dream home from the ground up, better suiting their lifestyle and needs. The project would take 2 years from start to finish, and be well worth it in the end.

The architect, Eric Olsen, was given a list of wants and needs for the soon-to-be 3900 square foot home. “I was brought on later in the project when it came down to add lighting, furnishings and styling the home,” Shannon shares. “I wanted to make the home feel more established than a new build, so I brought in vintage items, rich leather pieces and antique lighting.”

Shannon was determined to use timeless pieces that could last for a lifetime, something she says was “a little difficult as the trendy pieces always look so good at the time.” Shannon also wanted to respect the architecture, which was quite masculine, yet balance things out with a few more feminine pieces.

For a project like this, Shannon says relationships are everything. “Warren Christopher for hardwood floors is so great to work with, and Millers Cabinets did an amazing job with all of the cabinetry and built ins throughout the home.”

At the end, the homeowners loved it. “It’s amazing because they love entertaining and all of their friends that come by have nothing but compliments for them,” Shannon smiles. “A great response after working so hard for two years on a project!”