Built in 1936, this 2,310 square foot house sits on a 7,700 square foot lot and features 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The residents — a young family with three daughters ages 11, 8 & 6 — were ready for a remodel and reached out to Lauren Evans of Lauren Evans Interiors for the project. “My clients wanted a contemporary and rustic feel with pops of blue,” Lauren told us. “This remodel included full scale cosmetic redesign with very little construction. The space just felt out of date and very dark… a lot of odd, dark mustard yellow color flowed throughout the space. The common spaces were desperate for light, style and charm.”

Lauren added an espresso stain to the yellow oak floors, which added a sleek freshness to the house. They also added a “greige” paint to the entry along with a console and some baskets, which serves as a spot for the family to drop off bags and shoes as they enter. In the living room, dining room, and breakfast room, Lauren added all new furnishings, textiles, and window treatments, which added the pops of blue they’d requested in a beautiful way. 

There was unique element about this project that Lauren hadn’t encountered before. “This was the first time I worked on a project with predominantly the husband client who, as a father of three daughters, was really excited to spearhead a more masculine vibe throughout the house,” she explained. “Surrounded by all women, I was excited for him to provide a sense of presence and masculinity without jeopardizing warmth and comfort.” The challenge would be balancing the request for masculine elements without making the space too dark or harsh.

To achieve the perfect combo, she brought in masculine blue hues, caramel leather, gray shagreen, old rubbed bronze hardware, lighting, lush throw blankets, warm gray paint, creamy sofas, light rugs, and plenty of light woods to create a warm and feminine relief. She concludes, “I ultimately wanted to create a relaxed yet refined style throughout each space. I love the play on blue, requested by my client, and the overall feeling that everything is pulled together yet livable-classic California.”