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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MGD x COLOR | WHITE
January always seems to beckon both a newness and hopefulness that only a new year can bring, as well as the desire for fresh beginnings and a cleansing of the things that just don’t seem to fit into our lives as well as we hoped they might.
In the spirit of new beginnings, a crisp white palette seems just the thing to kickstart 2018. White is undoubtedly our signature hue, so it’s no surprise nearly everything we own and design is infused with this beautiful clean canvas of a color (yes, in our books, white truly is a color).
We’ve curated one of our favorite collections of snowy white goodies, and hope you love these pretty-hued beauties as much as we do!
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MGD x COLOR | ALL THAT GLITTERS
Happy New Year, friends!
With 2017 behind us, and the sparkling promises of a new year ahead, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite gilded and glittery finds to ring in 2018.
We’ve been loving the continued resurgence of gold and brass accents in the design world, and are happy to see it’s here to stay in just about everything around us.
We hope you love our round-up of all things glittery as you bring on all that the new year has to offer…
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SERENA & LILY WREATH MAKING
Earlier this month, we Co-Hosted a fun little holiday event with Serena & Lily, and fellow design friend, Lindye Galloway at their Lido Marina Village Design Shop. Thanks to an amazing response, the event sold-out so quickly that we’re hoping we can do an encore shindig next year!
We rounded up a few of our favorite moments from the day, wreath making and holiday shopping with so many friends and lovely creatives…
When all of our guests arrived, the lovely and talented Serena & Lily team set-up the most beautiful wreath-making workstations, clad in eucalyptus, pine cones, dried berries, raffia tassels, and a handful of other pretty accoutrements to decorate with…
If you’ve never tried a wreath making class, be sure to add it to the top of your list next year! It’s such a fun and festive way to kick of the holidays and brings out everyone’s hidden creative side!
Merry Christmas friends!
All photos by: Kayla Adams
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HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
‘Tis the season, friends!
This month, in between many of our ongoing design and remodel projects, we decked the halls of our lovely Studio Mate and Client, Kayla Adams’, home for the holidays. We wanted her home to be a natural extension of her day to day aesthetic and personal style, so we sought out to bring in even more of what she loves, and added an extra touch of merry for the holiday season. Take a peek below for a closer look at her beautiful home, and all the goodness we added to make it shine even brighter…
We focused on a few distinct areas to style and decorate, namely: the front door, dining area, family room and stairway. Read below for a bit more on each special space…
THE FRONT DOOR
Kayla used the prettiest shade of blush paint for her front door, which is the perfect accent to her otherwise neutral palette throughout the home. We chose a classic bay leaf wreath accented with gilded bells, and hung it from a black & white striped ribbon. One of our favorite things to do is start the overall design aesthetic on the exterior of the home, and tie it together seamlessly from outside in. Much of Kayla’s home is clad in black & white decor, so we loved adding in a hint of the same palette on the front door.
Everyone loves a good tablescape, particularly during the holidays when friends and family gather round. Since the home has mixed materials and textures throughout, we kept the natural texture of the oak table visible and added in varied greenery for a pretty pop of color. To accentuate the length of the 9′ table, we used two faux rosemary garlands, and mixed in both pillar and traditional candles with gold taper holders. We love the soft glow of candlelight, and wanted to incorporate as many candles as possible here as the main focal point.
To play alongside the black & white palette in her home, we chose to use simple white dinnerware with contrasting matte black flatware. And because we’ve been loving so many of the pieces from the new 31Bits goods collection, we knew we had to incorporate a few of their items into our tablescape. We opted for their crisp, white cotton napkins with a fringed edge detail, and brass napkin rings. And because we can’t quite get enough, one of their new brass rainbow trivets as well, which doubles as the perfect functional and decorative tabletop accoutrement.
We believe every tablescape should have some sort of natural element highlighted, namely greenery and florals. We used a mix of seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus here, in handcrafted ceramic vases. It’s such a simple and easy way to add height and color, and eucalyptus seems to be a home run for just about every occasion and season, so you can’t go wrong!
THE FAMILY ROOM
& TRIMMING OF THE TREE
In the family room, we built upon Kayla’s existing palette with layers of whites, creamy ivories and black, further accenting with metallics and winter greens. We added in the softest basketweave pillows and a pair of plaid pillows for the sofa, along with a cozy knit throw.
Because we didn’t have a fireplace or mantle to highlight, we used the media console as an extended mantel to create a little winter wonderland. We snagged Kayla’s existing burlap wrapped trees, and covered them in the sweetest mini bulbs and twinkle lights.
She’s collected some of the cutest white and wooden houses as well, which we mixed in alongside little brush trees with some of her itty bitty brass animals that she brought back from Bali earlier this year. We then anchored the corner with a pair of brass lanterns, added a bit of faux snow, and voila!
With the stairway serving as a main focal point of the home, we dressed the stairs with classic cedar garland, which is one of our favorites to work with, swag and all! We hung the cutest ivory knit stockings with touches of gold and blush interwoven, and attached them to the garland with a simple knot, using black & white striped ribbon for a finishing touch…
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