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Projects | Sep 21, 2020

Before & After: Design House P.1


We’re elated that the day has come to give you all an inside look into the very place we call home each day — our MGD Design House. A few years ago, Mindy and her good friend Kayla Adams of Hati Home searched far and wide to find a space that could house their growing teams and creative pursuits. When they saw the structure of the studio (which was formerly a roofing showroom!) they knew that it had the foundation and potential to be just the kind of place to call home. And so, the building was lovingly demo’d and restored to become the beauty that it is today. It’s situated in Westside Costa Mesa, an area that’s now home to many retail stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and creative work spaces — and it’s a short ten minute drive to the beach. Follow along below to see some great before & afters and hear all of the design details!

Design Studio Exterior Image
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Exterior


The beauty of finding an old, run-down space is that there is endless opportunity to update it to be just as you want it (which is, not surprisingly, a designer’s dream!) The outside of this building came clad with industrial corrugated metal, and while we loved the look of the metal itself, we wanted to give it a little personality by painting the entire exterior in a dark hue. We also tore out all of the original landscaping and replaced it with the most perfectly California greenery: little ollies, westringia, star jasmine, a climbing rose, and succulents. To top it off, we added in a dutch door for air flow and enlisted a local Costa Mesa artist to paint our building signage. It all comes together to be a place that we love pulling our cars up to every day!

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Design Studio Exterior Image
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Design Studio Exterior Image
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Design Studio Exterior Image
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Design Studio Exterior Image
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Showroom


Once you enter through the dutch door, you land right in our showroom — a front area of the office that shows a variety of furniture and accessories for our clients to experience first-hand the things we design and sell, as well as the materials we use within our homes. It’s the kind of place you want to stay awhile and dream in!

This room was completely gutted from the get-go, where we reimagined the space to be a big, open, and dreamy showroom. We added drywall to the walls for a more refined finish, kept the industrial exposed ceilings to highlight the building’s character and past, and painted everything white (of course!). We worked with our friends at Warren Christopher to create a better residential feel in the space by adding engineered wide plank oak wood flooring throughout. To finish it off, we filled it with all of our favorite furniture, decor, and material samples. Stop on by so you can experience the showroom for yourself!

Design House Before Image
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Design House Before Image
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Design Studio Showroom Image
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Design Studio Showroom Image
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Design Studio Showroom Image
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Design Studio Showroom Image
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Design Studio Showroom Image
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Design Studio Showroom Image
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Design Studio Showroom Image
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That’s all for part one of our tour, friends! Thanks so much for following along and we’ll be back next week to show you the ins and outs of the heart of our home — our working area! Stay tuned. 🙂


Photo Credit

Vanessa Lentine