Friday, October 29, 2010

atelier natalie umbert

happy halloween weekend! with candy on my mind (and in my belly) i can't help but think that interior designer natalie umbert should team up with skittles and have the world taste her design rainbow. born in peru, raised in southern florida, and currently residing in orange county, umbert has been immersed in colorful environments her entire life. so when it came to painting her 1940's corona del mar bungalow she clearly took the colorful route. after living with an orangey citrus scheme, umbert switched things up and went rosy. the vibrant palette paired with white bermuda shutters, personal accessories, and neutral furniture, simply pops. anyone beckoning "trick or treat" at the umbert residence this weekend is certainly in for a treat!

i would especially like to thank maggie carr-boezi of michael rogers public relations for submitting this breathtaking orange country transformation on behalf of atelier natalie umbert.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

the coho oceanfront lodge

tyler and i are hoping to honeymoon on the west coast next fall, road tripping from san francisco to seattle/vancouver. with wedding planning and house hunting taking up all of our waking moments, honeymoon scheduling has not been a top priority…until nicole helene designs sent me their redesign of the coho oceanfront lodge. located on the oregon coast in seaside lincoln city, nicole potter transformed the dodgy digs into a luxurious boutique hotel. all 51 guestrooms underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation and rebranding effort. modern furniture, fixtures, finishes, and sustainable products were used in the redesign to create lincoln city’s finest home away from home (and honeymoon destination!).

here's a huge thank you to nicole potter of nicole helene designs for submitting her recent lincoln city renovation. the after photos were taken by the talented, kirsten force.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

way back wednesday, john lum architecture inc.

it’s wednesday, which means we’re going waaaay back in our archives and revisiting john lum’s claredon heights san francisco renovation. many home transformations are all about addition, but when the lum team was presented with updating today’s claredon heights home they saw subtraction as the answer. in order to provide the homeowners with unencumbered san francisco views and an open floor plan, john lum architecture inc. removed the home's extraneous doric columns and clumsy guardrail. the wall between the dining room and kitchen was also torn down to create an exhibition style kitchen. the redesign didn't stop there, by removing partitions and reorganizing the ground floor, the space for a home office was suddenly available and the need for a rearranged family room was made apparent. the intimate space now houses a modern fireplace and is the perfect spot to curl up with a bowl of popcorn (popped in the new kitchen) and watch a family flick!

i'd especially like to thank donnie gonzales for sending me this project courtesy of john lum architecture inc. the interiors were styled by the talented john giocomazzi and the spot on construction performed by AND design & construction.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

mauna lani bay hotel & bungalows

hawaii’s own philpotts interiors has hula danced their way back onto raenovate and i couldn’t be happier. their recent update of the mauna lani bay hotel & bungalows is a tropical dazzler. even though the luxury hotel far exceeded the expectations of a lavish oasis, it was in need of a new refreshing palette. inspired by the resort’s fish ponds, the philpotts team livened up the check-in area, upper and lower lobbies, and the bay terrace restaurant. outdated furniture, dull colors, and unexciting finishes were replaced with modern furnishings, vibrant hues, and scintillating finishes such as concrete, bronze, and glass.

philpotts interiors has truly spoiled me; having never been to the aloha state, their redesign of the mauna lani bay hotel & bungalows is what i expect all hawaiian resorts to be, although i’m sure that is not the case. i’d so badly love to hop on a plane with a carry-on filled with bikinis, sunscreen, and floppy hats and check-in at the mauna lani.

i would especially like to thank marion philpotts-miller, jonathan staub, lowell tom and roberto tiscareno of philpotts interiors for designing and submitting their stunning transformation. the after photos were shot by raenovate veteran, david franzen.

Monday, October 25, 2010

palos verdes estates pool house

best described as down to earth, frank, punctual, green, and ambitious, los angeles interior designer sarah barnard is the design world's next it-girl. the LEED accredited, ASID member creates interiors big and small from her southern california studio, including today's palos verdes estates pool house. the cape cod inspired cottage was lacking in modern detail and an up-to-date aesthetic. by closely integrating the interior with the freshly landscaped exterior, the home is now one with its natural surroundings.
the environmentally conscious barnard utilized ceramic tile, natural stone, responsibly harvest american woods, and energy saving appliances and light fixtures throughout. with these modifications the sun drenched cottage has become rich in color, texture, and tone allowing for the minimally used resources to achieve a maximum result.

here's a huge thank you to sarah barnard of sarah barnard design for submitting her recent palos verdes estates renovation. the after photos were taken by the talented, scott van dyke.