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BEFORE & AFTER | NEWPORT COAST PT. II
We’re back to share more of our #MGDxNewportCoast project in Part II of our Before & After series!
Our chicest little Client had one request for her room…lots of pink with a fun “selfie” wall to take pics in front of when friends are over. So we got to work and pulled together a few wallpaper ideas and some of our favorite textiles, and let her make her dreams come true. Pretty in pink, with a little side of sweet!
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Once again… it was out with the old, and in with the new! We designed a custom make-up vanity for their little girl, so as she grew up she’d had a fun little spot to sit. The ottoman is a custom design we dreamed up for her, paired alongside an oatmeal-hued wallpaper and mixed metal finishes for the faucet, sconces and hardware.
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At the top of the stair landing sits the prettiest custom cabinetry, a vintage runner, and a pair of handblown-glass sconces that cast the prettiest glow at night. It’s one of our favorite spots in the house!
To play up the existing ceiling lines, we added paint-grade beams and tongue & groove ceiling millwork to give the space a fresh look.
The Master bed looks directly out to the Pacific Ocean and neighboring green hills, so we opted to keep the space tranquil and neutral, with an accented wallpaper wall and a gorgeous landscape photo by Petros Koublis.
The moment you step foot in the Master Suite, you feel like you never ever ever want to leave, and that’s just how we like it!
My oh my, this space went through a complete make-over! Coming off the Master Bedroom, we couldn’t help but keep their adjacent bath completely spa-like in every sense of the word, with all shades of white.
Shiplap-clad walls reflect the natural light that pour into this room each morning, and are surrounded by marble mosaic flooring, shower walls and countertops. A little bling above the tub accents an otherwise super understated space. Even with all of its intentional simplicity, there is still so much incredible detail to take in when you’re in the space, and we’re absolutely in love with the final product.
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We hope you loved this peek inside our Newport Coast project, and we’ll be back to share a few more Before & After features this Spring!
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BEFORE & AFTER | NEWPORT COAST PT. I
In Part I of this Before & After series, we’re revisiting one of our favorite projects nestled in the hills of Newport Coast, California, lovingly referred to as #MGDXNewportCoast. This home was a labor of love for both our team and Client. We took the dated tract home interior and exterior, and stripped it down to its bare bones in order to reimagine the home as a blank slate upon which to build something fresh and new.
The extensive remodel focused on lots of new millwork elements, subtle prints and patterns, a stunner of a staircase, and pops of blue that we carried throughout in a variety of hues as an ode to the coastal views surrounding the property.
Today, we’ll be sharing the transformation of this home’s lower level: the Living & Family Rooms, Dining Room, Kitchen, Laundry, Powder Bath, and the Staircase of our dreams!
Come follow along…
With a predominantly all-white base layer and enough natural light to make our hearts sing happy tunes all year long, we introduced a decidedly updated look & feel from the original palette of taupe and yellow walls, and dated wood finishes. We selected a warmer-hued engineered wide plank oak hardwood floor for throughout, with pops of color and pattern in all of the furnishings, rugs, case goods and ware selections. Lots of personality, and yet still fresh, happy, and all around family-friendly.
The Family Room now opens out onto the newly re-designed backyard with expansive ocean views, so replacing the once fixed windows with a new bifold door system was a must. It’s the perfect spot to catch sunset, hang with the family, and multi-task between napping and lounging, so we opted for two sets of swivel chairs here with a narrow coffee table to maximize comfort and keep the layout open and easy to navigate around on a day-to-day.
Perhaps one of the biggest updates and priorities during this remodel was the kitchen. While the layout remained very similar to the original due to restrictions, all cabinets, appliances, plumbing fixtures, and lighting were replaced to maximize the kitchen floor plan and design potential.
In our eyes, custom cabinetry is hands-down one of the best investments you’ll ever make in the remodel process. The kitchen is often the heartbeat of every home, and we like to make it SHINE BRIGHT!
We threw caution to the wind with this one, and ditched the all-white kitchen classic that we’re so fond of (and will personally never tire of), and instead went bright & happy. Flush inset cabinetry with shaker panels, a shiplap-clad extended island and X-detailing, grey zellige backsplash tiles, an integrated china cabinet of sorts, and hand-blown glass pendants all work together for the perfect statement kitchen and accents.
Depending upon the time of day too, the blue-grey cabinetry color shifts to introduce new hues and has everyone guessing as to which variation of the color they like best. In person, it’s equally the most calming and the happiest kitchen around, and we couldn’t love it more.
The sweetest little Powder Bath around…and oh, how we love her!
As you can see, this space didn’t have much worth salvaging, so away we went with the old, and in we brought all the things we could possibly integrate into one tiny little space, in hopes of packing oodles of punch and charm for this Powder Bath.
A custom vanity cabinet was made to fit the oddly-angled shape of the room, and we opted to use a combination of shiplap wainscot paneling and a patterned accent wallpaper above to make things pop.
The updates we made to the Staircase most definitely gave the home an entirely different feel from an architectural standpoint, and really opened up the spaces that were connected by both the original and new design.
The original staircase was largely hidden behind lots of drywall and what I called peek-a-boo windows, which served next to no purpose except letting in a little light and getting a good giggle in at the sight of them because they were just so out of place as a focal point.
We knew we wanted to design and integrate a more modern iron railing system, and well, it was quite the feat. While it may not look like much, the amount of talent and patience and diligence it took to get it just right has given us an added layer of appreciation for what it is today. It’s immediately visible the moment you walk through the front door, and from just about every room in the house, and it makes this perfectly understated wow statement. We love it!
We’ll be back with Part II in our Before & After reveal of our Newport Coast project, highlighting the upper level of the home!
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FRIDAY FAVES 1.25.19
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FRIDAY FAVES – 1.11.19
We’ve got a new series we’re launching from the Team here at MGD, called FRIDAY FAVES. It’s a round-up of some of our most favorite finds, shared with you guys every few Fridays.
Up first…all the beauties below! And we’ve included shoppable links at the bottom.
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BEFORE & AFTER | NAPA FARMHOUSE PT. II
We’re back with Part II of our Before & After series featuring our beloved Napa Farmhouse project!
Let’s take a peek at the sweetest Little Girl’s Bedroom, Nursery, Kids’ Bath, Master Bedroom and Master Bath, as well as the Laundry Room. Every room here was given lots of love and attention to detail, each with their own signature look. It’s such a treat when Clients want to have fun with each space, and welcome going with bold design decisions!
Come see what we dreamed up together…
We transformed this bedroom into one little girl’s dream space! A black & white teepee and darling toddler spindle bed provided a monochromatic palette for us to juxtapose pops of color, and a bright, green palm wallcovering! The pineapple print was painted by our Client for her daughter’s first birthday, so it was only fitting to make sure it was proudly on display! We layered tropical-inspired prints packed with color for a fun gallery wall, guaranteeing sweet slumbers in this happy little room!
After opting for lots of color in their little girl’s room, we decidedly ran with a more neutral palette in the Nursery, providing a calming space focused on lots of layered textures. The cutest black & white prints hang above the crib, a round Moroccan rug helped anchor the unique shape of the room, and a dreamy wall hanging sits above a comfy slipcovered rocker for a more tailored finish.
Stepping into this all-time favorite and beloved Little Girls’ Bath gives us all the Farmhouse vibes! By giving this space a complete overhaul and removing the existing vanity, toilet and shower to open up the layout, it made way for a freestanding clawfoot tub to act as the focal point of the updated bath. And when we couldn’t find the perfect brass leg finish for the tub feet, our Client refinished them herself! How great is that? She’s the absolute best.
Keeping a simple and timeless design, we opted for full subway tile walls paired with contrasting grout, and floral patterned tile flooring for a subtle, feminine touch. To juxtapose the clean lines of the tile materials and add a bit of funk, we incorporated a reclaimed wood vanity and contrasting black plumbing fixtures throughout.
As their little ones grow older, a custom ceiling-mounted shower curtain rod can be added. In the meantime, it’s just about the sweetest bath we ever did see!
In the Master Bedroom, we extended the neutral palette with crisp white bedding and a soft oatmeal linen upholstered headboard. Adjacent to each side of the bed sits simple wood nightstands with contrasting iron wall sconces. For a touch of color, we added blue-hued pillows in a mix of vintage patterns, with custom artwork above the bed.
The Master Bath is a timeless beauty, equal parts chic and gorg, and incredibly family-friendly all the while. We removed the dated vanity and shower, and went with head-to-toe carrara marble tile to outfit the new space. Being that this is a Master Bath, we wanted to elevate the design a bit so we selected a 3×6 marble tile for the walls, and a patterned arabesque marble tile for the shower niche and flooring. The louvered-style His & Hers oak-stained vanity is a piece we love that will never tire with its classic charm!
The original Napa Valley-inspired paintings, also painted by our Client, sit beautifully perched in this sun-drenched space. We couldn’t get over her beautiful landscape paintings, and tried to use them throughout the house wherever they fit best!
One day, I hope to commission a piece of my very own from such a talent of a friend and Client. Her paintings are just that special!
The final space to share in our Napa project, and possibly one of our favorite spots… the Laundry!
Laundry Rooms can often be neglected and regarded as less than budget-worthy of updating properly during a remodel. Thankfully, we all knew this room was equally as much of a priority as all the others, and therefore, special thought and attention were given to make it bright and happy. After all, it’s a space that’s used everyday, so why not make it the best!
We started from scratch by removing the old floral striped wallpaper, utility sink and cabinetry. We opted for clean white walls, a simple white subway tile backsplash, and a little pop of color with the light blue-grey cabinetry. Sweet penny rounds on the floor and a natural butcher block countertop have us happy as spring chickens over here with the new look!
Thanks so much for tagging along for this behind-the-scenes look back at our Napa Farmhouse project. As much as we love getting to share the final product, we’re equally as smitten with the process by which we are able to debut such beautiful homes, which often start out with big plans and big dreams to make them into the wonderful homes you come to know and see!
More Before & Afters to come from a few of our other recently completed projects. Stay tuned!
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BEFORE & AFTER | NAPA FARMHOUSE PT. I
A project very near and dear to us is our beloved #MGDxNapa project! We wish we could transport back here every season to hang with the sweetest family around who gets to call this little slice of heaven home sweet home. This abode, from every angle, has been a fan-favorite from the moment it came to life. And while we may be a bit partial, the tried & true classic palette and finishes, shiplap lined walls, and ever-iconic updated California Ranch exterior are just a few of the highlights that give this Napa home its timeless charm.
Come follow along as we share the transformation process of our Napa Farmhouse project in Part I of our Before & After series.
One of the beauties of being able to work remotely with Clients such as these gems is that we shared the same vision for the new look & feel of the home before we were officially brought onboard to help re-imagine their newly purchased property in a classic neighborhood within Napa proper, in Northern California.
To start with the exterior updates, we gave the house a cosmetic makeover to help bring it a bit more current — taking the original lackluster yellow and red facade to a crisp white with grey accents. The custom farmhouse-style dutch door and integrated bronze mail slot were a few of the new details we knew would add just the right amount of charm. We also juxtaposed the bright white exterior with aged zinc lighting fixtures and new house numbers. Pretty white roses, westringia, kumquat trees, little ollies, lavender, and layers of greenery surround the property as the perfect accent to this idyllic and charming farmhouse.
The fresh coat of exterior paint, accented with the property’s existing lush green foliage that drapes seasonally over the pergola, creates the perfect setting for an ideal alfresco dining area. Our Client’s dad even hung their new rattan pendants, which is yet another reason we love every corner of this project — it’s a true family home!
As you can see, this space involved quite the transformation and overhaul! Our Client knew from the moment they purchased the home that this would be the game plan for the remodel…opening up all walls that contained smaller, less usable rooms in an effort to create a larger, open floor plan.
For the new dining room layout, the existing wall and ceiling between the kitchen and living room were demo’ed, ceilings were vaulted, and voilà — it now looks like an entirely different home. In our eyes, that’s the beauty of a well-thought-out remodel and floor plan update. Most older homes have such amazing potential, and with the right team in place, you can make older, dated room layouts into much more family-friendly footprints with big open spaces and high ceilings.
The dining room sits in the middle of the new hub of the home — the Entry, Dining Room, Kitchen and Living Room all together. Proudly on display is a one-of-kind heirloom turned artwork piece: a hand-shaped surfboard gifted to our Client by her dad, who made this for her years prior and almost didn’t make its way into the home due to its size! The moment we saw it, however, we just knew it needed to take centerstage, and it’s the perfect statement piece for this Southern-California born and raised family.
Along with their beloved surfboard, our Client also loves collecting and frequenting the local Alameda Flea Market, which is where they scored all of the vintage hats + baskets here. These were originally slotted to hang in the Laundry Room, but we made a game time decision to put these beauties front & center and we’re so glad we did!
Also adjacent to the Dining Room, is a sweet little kids’ corner where they wanted to make sure their little ones could enjoy and play and make-believe in. We paired it with a huge, oversized beach print to bring in a touch of their So-Cal roots.
It’s the little details that make us most happy as we dream up spaces with our Clients during the remodel process. This neutral living room has a big, oversized, cozy sectional as the focal piece of the room, along with a pair of oversized swivel chairs. Flanking the new fireplace is a pair of custom built-ins, filled to the brim with all our favorite shelfie wares.
Our Napa Kitchen is filled with all the classics, matte black details and crisp white finishes. We went with cararra marble countertops and a leathered limestone island slab. The vintage runner is a find our Client scored from a vintage vendor, and adds the perfect pop of color to this understated palette.
The sweet cow painting is by our incredibly talented Client, along with a few of the other paintings styled throughout the kitchen and home.
Hammered brass pendants shine bright over the kitchen island, paired alongside iconic bistro-inspired counter stools, adding bits of modern classic touches throughout this charming farmhouse kitchen.
Stay tuned for more of this project in Part II of our Before & After series later this week!
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BEFORE & AFTER | DOVER SHORES PT. II
In Part II of our Before & After series featuring our Dover Shores project, we’re taking a peek at the Master Bedroom, Master Bath and Guest Bath. Working with colorful and original 1960’s design elements made for quite the design transformation in these spaces, as you’ll see…
The Master Bedroom was in need of more functional wall space, so we opted to ditch the original upper window that sat above the headboard, and frame in two bedside windows that would let in a bit more natural light. We kept the overall palette in here neutral, playing with textures and subtle patterns. We’re big believers in each room feeling like a natural extension of the other surrounding spaces, each with their own distinct look. We loved carrying the bright and light airiness of the main living areas into their Master Suite. We never tire of a classic, clean design palette, especially in the Master.
Knowing where this space first started and seeing where it stands today is the truest testament of what a good space plan, demo plan, and reimagination of what-is to what-can-be really is. The original Master Bath layout was reconfigured to be both a new Master Closet (not pictured), and the new Master Bath we see today.
This bathroom itself is perhaps our most beloved and asked-about amongst followers. We wanted to tie in the deep navy hue we used on the Kitchen Island, so we opted for a similar but brighter touch of the coastal classic color, without going too beachy or kitschy. We designed a custom His + Hers vanity mixed with custom oversized mirrors, brass maritime sconces, oversized Carrara marble hex flooring, and Rohl plumbing fixtures.
And as the cherry on top, over the last few years we’ve loved seeing how many other people have taken this beloved bathroom design of ours and made it their own…we never thought this space would pack so much punch and resonate with so many others!
As much as we all kinda secretly loved the charm (and granny-chic vibes) of this original bathroom, this little beauty had to go. We removed the floral wallpaper, and well, just about everything else. The footprint of the bathroom itself didn’t need to be altered, so we kept the layout and gave everything a pretty update from head to toe. We dressed up the flooring with a 2×4 Carrara field tile, and had it hand-laid into a herringbone pattern. The existing vanity was replaced with a reclaimed wood washstand, which we then contrasted with a mix of bright whites paired alongside matte black faucetry and accents.
Hope you loved the first of many more Before & Afters to come, showing you more of the remodel and beauty-making magic that takes place on each and every project around here. Next up to share….our Napa Farmhouse project!
Stay tuned, friends!
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BEFORE & AFTER | DOVER SHORES PT. I
When I first launched my Design Studio in 2014, I was enlisted by my very first Client to reimagine an original 1960’s home that they had recently purchased and hoped to make new. It had been previously owned by a different family for quite some time, and everything was original. And, I mean, everything!
When we began the design process, we knew the majority of the interior would be brought down to its bare bones, with every surface demolished and stripped down to serve as a blank slate for us to build upon. Even today, it’s still our favorite thing to do when we get our hands on a new remodel project, because it gives us nearly limitless possibilities to take something original and preserve the most charming aspects, while updating everything that just doesn’t seem to work…and then flip it right-side up to something even more lovely that feels as if it was always meant to be there.
If you’ve been following along over the last few years with our various projects, you’ll probably recognize just about every “After” photo of this dreamy ranch-style home that we’ve been so proud to be part of. Many have asked if we’d be willing to share more of the process and progress behind our projects from start to finish, including all the best “Before” and “Mid-Progress” pics along the way. Once a project is completed and shining bright, those pretty (and styled) photos are often the only images to make a home on our portfolio and social media pages…so, we thought it would be fun to show everything that got us to this point. And, if you love design as much as we do, we think you’ll love seeing the transformation of so many of our projects, including our very first project here. It was truly the ultimate collaborative design project, spearheaded by our incredible Clients, executed so well by our talented Builder and Trades, and wrapped in a bow by our Design Studio…just months into starting my own firm and diving head first into one dreamboat of a project!
Come follow along for the remodel process of our #mgdXdovershores project…
In Part I of this Before & After series, we’re revisiting one of our favorite projects located in Dover Shores – a unique neighborhood community located in Newport Beach, California. This updated ranch-style home is infused with simple and clean design details, shiplap and zellige tiles (before they were all the rage!), and bathed in a neutral palette that we feel is quintessential California. In this post, we’ll be sharing the evolution of this home’s Exterior, Kitchen, Dining and Living Rooms.
The exterior got a bit of a freshening up, but we insisted on keeping the original 1960’s vertical wood siding, which we loved for its unique scale and charm. A custom, peacock-hued dutch door, new house numbers, and filament sconces were amongst the new showstoppers at the entry.
The new kitchen and open living space is our favorite! Seeing the before gives you a pretty good idea that everything had to go (and it sure did!). By opening everything up and vaulting the ceilings, it gave us a completely transformed space from top to bottom. We opted for custom cabinetry, quartzite countertops, cloud white zellige backsplash tiles, mixed metals finishes, and Rohl fixtures.
Sitting adjacent to our pretty new kitchen is the dining nook, which gets filled with tons of natural light and is anchored by a monochromatic color palette. We designed a custom built-in nook seat, paired with a family-friendly farm table, and perhaps the biggest gem…a mixed media piece of art by the incredibly talented Lorraine Pennington. New windows and french doors open to their patio.
We took this once colorfully eclectic space to a serene and simplified palette, sourced all of our favorites for this newly imagined Living Room, and we just love the juxtaposition of this bright, white space. The only element we salvaged was the original fireplace, which we updated with a new brick herringbone face and a fresh coat of paint. We also brought in additional natural light by removing an oddly shaped window that kept out so much daylight, and replaced it with large window that looks out onto the neighborhood and floods the room with happy light. The open design of this room made it so fun to accent with spindle chairs, linen and vintage textiles, and additional works of art by our girl Lorraine Pennington. We’re huge fans of everything Lorraine creates, and this room was perfect for her mixed media beauties.
Stay tuned for Part II with more Before & Afters of this project!
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MGD x FOURTH OF JULY
Summer is here…and we couldn’t be happier to break out all the stars and stripes and beachy-inspired wares we’ve been eyeing!
Take a peek at some of our most cherished Americana goodies, and shop our Fourth of July round-up of summer essentials.
Happy Summer, friends!
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