Master Sanctuary Before & After

I recently had the opportunity to work with a lovely couple and family on a design project.  The busy family originally called me for help with a complete renovation of the first floor of their home and master bedroom. Renovations are exciting and fun but sometimes they can also be overwhelming.  Because of this, I suggested that the couple kick-start their renovation by starting solely in their master bedroom (which I often refer to as the “Master Sanctuary”). 

I just love suggesting this to clients who have a big renovation ahead, because a restful and beautiful Master Sanctuary is so important.  It is even more important when a main living area in a home is being renovated.  A peaceful Master Sanctuary gives a coupe a place to retreat and relax without any chaos.  Starting with and completing the design of a smaller room, like a Master Sanctuary, before the start of a bigger renovation feels amazing and fulfilling!  It’s one room that can be checked off the list of a bigger design plan scheme! 

This project was so fun to design and implement.  We hope you enjoy the before and after photos!

Happy Designing!

Xo,

Sérendipité

 Master Bedroom - before photo

Master Bedroom - before photo

 Master Sanctuary - final reveal! 

Master Sanctuary - final reveal! 

 Master Sanctuary - final reveal (reading nook)

Master Sanctuary - final reveal (reading nook)

For the Love of Family

Italian inspired home

We have been blessed with so many wonderful clients over the years but every once in a while we are presented with a family that will rest in our hearts forever.

This family reached out to us last year when they moved from their home in Northwood.  Their kids are raised and gone and because their grandchildren have enhanced their lives they decided to start a new life in Lambert Ranch.  

Feeling overwhelmed with the new home purchasing experience, they decided to employ me (I was referred to them due to my prior experience in the new home industry).  I was present with them at every design center appointment and I was a part of most of the interior selections during construction.  The details and the love we all put into carefully selecting each layer of textiles and design is what made this home so very special. 

I have to say, this family was really brave and open hearted to this journey and to think that they moved from a home where they had 35 plus years of memories into a brand new home.  I know this sounds dreamy but family is everything to this client and they really risked a lot making such a large move.  I am so thankful that my dear client trusted me and looked to me to guide them through the entire process.  We are sharing some photos of the turn key design of this Old World meets California Styling.

Happy Designing!

xo,

Sérendipité

Photo Credits: Reza Allah-Bakhshi

 

Italian inspired home
Italian inspired home
Italian inspired home
Italian inspired home
Italian inspired home
Italian inspired home
kids bedroom
kids bedroom

Photo Credits: Reza Allah-Bakhshi  

Sweet Escape

  

 

Does your master retreat inspired you?

I just love when our clients present the opportunity to us to create a master bedroom sanctuary to rest and retreat within. Yes, typically the kitchen is the heart of the home but the master bedroom is typically where the king and queen of the home can actually escape. The idea of designing master retreats make me so happy and I love when our clients decide to focus on a space that is just for them.

Call it coincidence, but it seems to be a trend that the start of each year is when the requests for design is specific to the master bedroom. We recently designed a master retreat for a dear friend of mine and we unveiled their sanctuary this past week. My heart sang when her comment to me was, "it made me feel so celebrated waking up surrounded by such lovely textiles. We pay tons of money for rooms like this on vacation!" And...this, ladies and gentlemen, is why I am so incredibly inspired and blessed to do what I do every day!

Take a look at a few rooms that inspire us, the romantic chic, the hotel inspired and the crisp contemporary. Which do you love?

Happy Designing!


xo,
Serendipite

 

sweet dreams & upholstered headboards

 

Whether your design style is classic and tailored, modern and bold, casual and eclectic, or romantic and elegant, upholstered headboards always add certain warmth and sophistication to a bedroom. The options for designing a custom upholstered headboard are endless – that is why we love them!  They can be designed with any shape and fabric and details including nail heads, trim and tufting give each headboard a unique quality that will fit even the most distinctive design style.
Here are a few favorites.
Happy Designing!
xo,
Sérendipité

Beach Bungalow Finale

As promised, the final professional photographs of one of my most recent projects, the lovely Beach Bungalow, are complete.  This Newport Beach town-home started as a diamond in the rough but with LOTS of tender loving care and months of hard work she is now a stunning beauty!  It was all worth the wait.

A special thanks to my clients, Robin & Steve, for being a joy to work with, Shoreline Developers for their beautiful execution and attention to detail and for the artistic skills of Christina House in capturing the spirit of this home in her gorgeous photographs.

Happy Designing!

xo,

Sérendipité

 

bedside tables with double duty

 

One of my favorite ways to design a bedroom sanctuary is with two different bedside tables.  I love the asymmetry of two different tables and the interest they add to the space making it unexpected.

One of my personal favorite bedside table options is to use a writing desk. The double function of a desk as a bedside table is genius. Keep a notepad handy to jot down last minute thoughts before bed or keep beautiful stationary in the drawer for those thoughtful hand-written notes. It may just become your new favorite cozy nook to read a good book!

Happy Designing!
xo,
Sérendipité

images via: 10rooms & jpmdesign & peoniesandbrass

Beachside Bungalow Update

    
 
The transformation of this beach bungalow is breathtaking!  I often reflect on my first visit with Robin and look at pictures of the once "standard" looking home and marvel at how it is quickly blossoming into a vacation inspired sanctuary.
 
The beautiful Calacatta Extra carefully selected at my favorite stone yard, Marbolis (in Anaheim), has gently been installed on the lovely custom cabinetry from Hartmark. Installation of the fabulous Walker Zanger stone products has begun and can we just say, it is more fabulous than we dreamed of!

Our dear client has wonderful taste so collecting these gorgeous pieces along our design journey has perfectly fallen into place.  Perhaps our journey is Serendipity as everything we have set out to discover has developed into something more dreamy and perfect than we had hoped for.

We are excited to share the final presentation in the coming weeks; you will love it I am sure!

Happy designing!

 
xo,
Sérendipité
 
      
 

modern comforts

modern dining room

It is not often that I get the opportunity to design contemporary spaces.  Anyone who knows me knows my personal design style is classic, romantic and feminine while I hold a special place in my heart for vintage pieces.  Although, I have always had an appreciation for all design styles and whenever I am provided the opportunity I like to take on new clients with diverse design styles to broaden my horizons and scope of work.
 
As an interior designer it is so important to listen to my clients and carry through with a beautiful design that suits their needs and implements the style they love.  My goal in design is to turn every house into a comfy home that my clients will fall in love with all over again every time they walk through the front door. 
 
Over the course of the last 4 months I have been working on this contemporary home and it was rewarding to see months of hard work come together beautifully in just two days of install.  It was tremendously gratifying working on this project and really being able to stretch my boundaries to design a home with a style I have never attempted before.  I had so much fun shopping with the client who is very creative and knew exactly what he wanted.  This home was a joy to work on with its fun, playful and bold design…the result- modern comfort!
 
Happy Designing!
 
xo,
Sérendipité
 
modern dining room  modern antler chair

modern dining room  butterfly shadow box

Johnathan Adler pillow  snowboard shelf

modern fruit bowl

modern living room

modern family room  modern homes

modern home

modern home

modern master bedroom  vintage record player

 

*Photos courtesy of Melissa Brandman Photographs

Welcome Water Snake!

 
This Sunday marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year and 2013 is the year of the WATER Snake. Water is the most yin/feminine element. This is appropriate because at Sérendipité we so often tend to nod to the feminine and romantic in our design styles we create for our clients. And of course, anyone who knows me personally or has been to my design parlour knows from the minute they walk through my door that I also love anything feminine and romantic. Ever so appropriate for my favorite time of year, you guessed it, Valentine’s Day!

It is said, the Snake year is quiet and introspective, powerful and intense. A deep contrast as we turn down the volume from the energy of the previous Dragon year. In Snake year, events occur very slowly and preparation and planning are key; inspiring as I plan my wedding nuptials and send my beloved daughter off to college this bright 2013.

So in a Snake year, more than any other year, it is very helpful to focus on your master retreat bycreating healing and serenity. This theory is insightful as we are having many requests from our clients to update their master retreats. Perhaps this jump-start into 2013 is inspiring us to focus on what is the most import function of productivity and success, rest!

The Snake loves knowledge, wisdom, and learning. Creating ideas to inspire clarity in this New Year is your key to attracting the abundance you desire! Your knowledge corner is in the left corer of each room. This area should represent fresh, bright ideas! Creating a knowledge corner in every room will help you focus to increase your inner awareness, understanding, and enhance your spiritual side. Be sure to keep your knowledge corner clean and simple, as I always encourage the mindset, less is more. Too much clutter sabotages clarity and prevents us from creating abundance! A stack of books creating an altar for learning and inspiration is a perfect place for your knowledge corner. Fresh flowers or plants encourages life, fresh ideas and create oxygen.

Is it Chance or "Sérendipité"?  The year of the Snake and the tradition that follows the wisdom of the Water Snake coincides with the color forecast for 2013, emerald, essentially representing, balance, harmony, knowledge and elegance.

We look forward to inspiring you to create some "yin" in this exciting new year of change, growth and much abundance!

Happy designing!
xo

Gold Snake Skin Fabric   Purple Snake Skin Fabric

Top of the Bed

Mirrored headboards

I believe the master bedroom is the second most important room in your home next to the ever famous kitchen.  My theory is that your master bedroom should be more or less a retreat and your sanctuary.

The average person should get 8 hours of rest a night...which is 1/3 of your day.  Sleep is the most important function for your health, productivity and as Jennifer Lopez mentions in People magazine this week (am I using Jo Lo as an example!?!) sleep is what makes her look so young essentially.

I am currently working on designing a few master bedrooms, so the idea of a sanctuary, rest, comfort, serenity and headboard concepts are swirling in my mind. 
 
 
 
The headboard is the focal point of a master retreat and is worthy of being creative and beautiful!  I am a big fan of re-purposing, flea market hunting and taking a vintage piece and reinventing it into something hip, cool or totally unexpected!  Here are a few ideas I am in love with.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you think your top of the bed should look like...sweet dreams!
 


xo,
Sérendipité


images via: southernpiphi, nannasnormasgrandaughters, and pintrest author not mentioned