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 Happy Monday! The Reseda project is done and today I’m sharing the front of this California cottage.

BEFORE

BEFORE

Although, the home needed extensive work on the interior, I knew after walking around the property that the exterior was going to be the bigger issue. The home was hidden behind years of overgrowth, the pool had ivy growing in it and the backyard was one large concrete slab.

In order to soften up the exterior, I eliminated all the concrete and replaced the pathways with pieces of large blue flagstone. I painted the entire home ‘Milk Glass’ by Dunn Edwards and added black accents to give it a clean classic look.

I also moved the the porch light from the back wall, where it was hidden, to the ceiling to add extra charm from the street.

MISTER LINCOLN

Sometimes I debate whether or not to keep existing plants but whenever I come across an old rose bush that has remained prolific, even through so much neglect, I know it’s a keeper. This hybrid tea, Mister Lincoln, flourished despite its neglect and the fragrance is amazing!

BEFORE

AFTER

  Design elements + my favorite go-to plants for a cottage-style garden.

Next time, I’ll post the before and after photos of the backyard, and with 40 + years of overgrowth it turned out to be quite the transformation.

 

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This past summer in Mallorca I discovered the gorgeous design firm called Moredesign while reading the magazine, Ideas y Tendencies Interiors.

Founded by Oro del Negro and Manuel Villanueva, they offer services in architecture, design and landscaping.

There is an ease and elegance about the work of Moredesign — it’s unpretentious yet sophisticated. Love it!

all images via Moredesign

Happy Wednesday!

~ Shannon

 

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Currently I’m searching high and low for exterior paint inspiration for a bungalow project that I’m working on and came across this gem. Take a look…

By using dark shingles and painting the porch white it really brings the focus to the porch. The baby blue accent on the shutters adds a touch of softness and color — perfection!

I love how the arches on the porch frame out the light fixtures and hydrangeas perfectly!

Love the hydrangeas in black planters!

All photos via Lissy Parker

Have a great Wednesday!!

~ Shannon

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Happy Monday! Today, I’m introducing you to a new project in Reseda; a district in the San Fernando Valley here in Los Angeles. As you can see it’s a perfect candidate for a makeover.

Above, we completely gutted the kitchen so I can now determine the layout. I’m leaning towards eliminating the two smaller windows in the left corner and replacing them with a large window on the back wall to allow for more light and a view of the backyard.

A view from the dining room looking into the kitchen

Same view but now with the wall removed

I can’t wait to get my hands on this project and start to see it take shape. I’ll post more photos on the progress in a couple of weeks!

Have a great day!

~ Shannon

 

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FOR A LITTLE INSPIRATION ON THIS TUESDAY, I’M SHARING THE EXTERIOR OF THIS BEAUTIFUL HOME. LOVE HOW THE EXTERIOR MARRIES MODERN WITH TRADITIONAL — GORGEOUS!

 

EXTERIOR HARDWARE BY SUN VALLEY BRONZE

THE MIX OF SIDING AND BRICK ADDS GREAT TEXTURE!

BLACK DOWNSPOUTS AND GUTTERS IN ZINC LOOK GREAT WITH THE WOOD SHINGLED ROOF AND WHITE EXTERIOR.

 BEAUTIFUL EXTERIOR FRENCH STEEL DOORS BY RIVIERA BRONZE

ARCHITECTURE BY BRANDON ARCHITECTS

BUILT BY PATTERSON CUSTOM HOMES

IMAGES VIA HOME BUNCH

LOVE THE FONT AND SIMPLICITY OF THE ADDRESS — IT WORKS WITH BOTH MODERN AND TRADITIONAL STYLES.

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

xoxo,

~SHANNON

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Several weeks ago I did a post on Black + White Interiors and the beauty of a crisp and simple palette for the interior. Today, I’m sharing how well a black + white palette transfers to the exterior as well.

 Kenneth Brown Designs

via Pinterest

via Decor Pad

 via Luxe 

via Studio McGee

The appeal of going with a black + white exterior, is that the focus becomes the architecture and/or the details (i.e. shutters, front door, hardware, plants, etc).

via Coats Homes

Above, a project I did in Texas. Before, the exterior was a bit busy but by painting the brick and trim white, it calms the eye and allows you to focus on the details.

 

Some of my favorites…

 

Happy Friday!

xoxo,

Shannon

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Happy Wednesday! Today, I’m sharing my latest hotel crush — Casa Cook in Rhodes, Greece. A boutique hotel designed by architect Vana Pernari and interior designer Annabell Kutucu. I can’t decide which I’m in love with more — the interior design of Casa Cook or the exterior design. Which is your favorite?

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

xoxo,

Shannon

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