Meet Karen and Jim

I remember the day I met Karen and Jim (in August 2012) like it was yesterday because I loved them from the moment we were introduced. Karen and Jim have raised their beautiful family in the Northwood area and have lived in the same home for 30+ years. Talk about roots, memories and being grounded! Although they love their home in Northwood including their neighbors and the environment that surrounds them, they decided they needed a change; a new home. After many years of searching and searching for their dream home from Irvine to Ladera Ranch they have patiently waited for the perfect home. 
Karen and Jim finally found the dream home they had waited for for many years in a development of new homes in Lambert Ranch. While searching for an Interior Designer, they heard through a friend that my background is in new construction (I have worked for the builder design centers for over 16 years); and thought I would be a good fit for the job. I had the honor to attend all of the design appointments at the New Home Design Center. We had so much fun selecting each layer, every fine detail with a lot of planning and research. 
Being that the exterior of their new home is an Italian inspired design and my clients have Italian heritage, Karen and Jim’s goal was to create a warm, inviting, Tuscan style sanctuary with a common design threaded throughout the home. They had a vision and they wanted every detail to be thoughtful, practical and lovely so they could really enjoy their family and host special events and holidays. When the design process is all finished, their home will be reminiscent of a beautiful Tuscan villa.
Great Room & Master Retreat sneak peak
The moment we have been waiting for has finally arrived after an 8 month construction process. Jim and Karen closed escrow on their brand new home this past week. Let the fun begin! There are lots of finishing touches that we were unable to do during construction that will be taken care of this month like the installation of brick walls, wall covering, custom mill work and cabinetry, lighting, custom draperies, the delivery of new furnishings and re-upholstered items and of course the Sérendipité final reveal which includes the final staging touches and details.
Last week was busy and exciting! Brick was installed on 3 interior walls to bring a warm, rustic vibe into the kitchen, butler and dining area. The exterior of their home has used brick as well so we thought it would be fun to create a thread connecting the interior with the exterior. We love it and the rooms instantly feel warmer, very hip and it adds so much character.
Custom cabinetry has begun to be installed this past week, including a handsome custom master closet. Wait until you see the fine creations and details from Don Erickson at Erickson Woodworks. This week we are also having custom chandeliers, pendants and wall sconces hung and we are expecting some furniture deliveries as well.
Our Journey together has been a huge blessing as I have learned so much from Jim and Karen on so many levels. We look forward to sharing the progress and some fun stories about Jim and Karen getting settled into their dream home. Continue to check back weekly for more progress updates and photos of Karen and Jim’s home as it comes together. This is going to be a stunning Tuscan gem when it is all finished. 
Happy designing!