This home in Newport Beach was originally quite traditional, but the owners wanted something more funky and out-of-the-box. Designer Erica Bryen was excited for the challenge! “The client is one of our favorites that we’ve worked with on a few different projects in the past,” she says. “They are a family of six and this home stood on a lot and half, which is super rare for a waterfront community in Orange County.” The property — which has five bedrooms, six baths, a bonus room, a family room, and a living room — would be remodeled from top to bottom. “[We] didn’t want it to look like anyone else’s, so the style of the home went from traditional to a more modern-eclectic vibe.”
In the main living area, the clients wanted a space that was sophisticated but relaxed. “They really wanted to use colors that were calm and made them feel at ease,” Erica recalls. “We used textured wallpaper on the back wall as well as the dimensional cabinet doors that added an extra layer to the room.” Here, a traditional sofa from Vanguard contrasts with modern Visual Comfort lighting, while art by James Verbicky adds to the eclectic feel they’d hoped for.
The kitchen wisely blends old with new. The designer explains, “This kitchen is really bold but still very functional. One thing that makes it functional is that we used Neolith on the kitchen island. It looks like real marble but is extremely durable and easy to maintain, which is important when you have four kids. Our favorite detail of the kitchen is the Herringbone pattern on the kitchen fridge doors. We brought in the bright art by Robert Mars and the Kelly Wearstler chandelier to bring in the funk!”
In the dining room, there’s plenty of seating and storage for the large family. They brought the wood from the floors up to the ceiling, which adds substantial warmth to the space. The back wall features diamond tile with brass inlay, adding a dose of pattern, while the oak cabinets have a soft gray wash. Here, a Kelly Wearstler chandelier is the perfect finishing touch.
For the rest of the home, Erica continued her use of pattern and texture. Though in tranquil colors, the master bedroom feels more like a resort than anything — it features light woods and silk wallpaper with contemporary lighting from Arteriors. The children’s rooms and bathrooms are a bit bolder, with a fun bunk-bed for the playroom. “This is a great place for the kids to sleep and play in – especially when they have friends over,” Erica smiles. “Some of the fun details include adding brass in the door cabinet inlay, handles and railing on the bunk bed. We wanted this to be a soft and inviting place because the client just had a baby girl.”
As our tour of the home concludes in the bright entryway, Erica offers a bit of sage advice for those who might be afraid of pattern and texture. “Don’t’ be afraid to mix,” she shares. “It’s what gives the room life and depth.”