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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.

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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).

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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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We’ve wrapped up the North Hills Project here in Los Angeles and I’m excited to finally share with you the home’s exterior photos.

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Before

The short story behind this transformation is that my client wanted this house renovated in order for it to successfully go on the market. For this house, there were many things I wanted to address on the exterior, but my main focus was the entrance. I wanted the front door to become more prominent, instead of feeling hidden & withdrawn.

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Not every home can take a dark paint color; however, when I drove up to this house I knew that it lacked curb appeal and needed something to help make it stand out. I realized it was going to take a lot of detail to make the dark paint translate beautifully.

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After

The Entrance

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Some favorite items I selected for this exterior…

 

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Tomorrow, I’ll be sharing some super easy Holiday decorating ideas that I use throughout my own home.

Happy Tuesday!

~ Shannon

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For those of you who don’t get my Instagram feed, I have 2 photos that I would love to share with you.

On Saturday my husband and I took our little girls to Balboa Island. This little island is packed full of lovely homes, which offers tons of inspiration.

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Love the style of this front door, as well as the color — pretty.

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Also, while visiting an estate sale on Sunday, I came across this wonderful home. I really believe that if your garage doors are in the front, as with this home, you can’t go wrong with a set of beautiful garage doors.

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Lovely color palette the owners selected.

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Similar Colors for the Body ~

 

Garage & Trim Color ~

 

Happy Wednesday!

~Shannon

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The Home, Before

With this project, I really wanted to highlight certain parts of the exterior, as well as add warmth to the home by incorporating more color and texture.

unnamed-27Above, my inspiration behind this Long Beach project. I wanted to bring a bit of old world charm along with California influences to the exterior. In order to do this I brought in antique light fixtures, a water feature and wonderful easy Southern California plants like the iceberg rose and agave.

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Our first task was to paint the home (which required quite a few samples).

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 It worked out nicely because the neighbors next door to my client wanted to join in on the fun — so we were able to do both yards at the same time!

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Beds are prepped and ready for plants & flagstone.

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I found these beautiful lights at one of my favorite salvage stores. They came off of a Mediterranean estate in Beverly Hills and I knew they would be perfect for this project.

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We planted tons of water wise plants like orange kangaroo paw, purple salvia, blue fescue, iceberg rose, rosemary and agave. Once everything starts to grow in, the front yard will have tons of color and texture.

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For me, it’s the little things that make me happy on a project, like when I found these amazing boulders that look like they’ve been plucked from the ocean.

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We added red mandevilla, a vine, on either side of the garage that will eventually frame the garage, adding color, as well as soften the front of the home.

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A water feature near the front door.

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We placed two tall limestone planters on either side of the front door. Like most things, they’ll get prettier with age.

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Though it’s hard to tell in the photo because the plants are so young, in between all the flagstone is the ground cover – silver carpet – that will spread and add even more color and texture to the landscape.

I can’t thank the clients enough for being so wonderful to work with! I’m really looking forward to seeing this landscape mature over the years to come!

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As a garden designer there are so many other designers I draw inspiration from — Edwina Von Gal, Louis Benech, Jinny Blom, and Scott Shrader to name a few. The garden below was designed by Scott Shrader, and was a big motivation for why I decided to go on the tour.

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The Mimosa table

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The tour was part of The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program. The program is offered throughout the country and gives us an opportunity to poke our heads inside some gorgeous private gardens. Click here, for more information regarding this program.

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Although, this garden tour happened a couple of weeks ago, I enjoyed it so much I really wanted to share my two favorite gardens with you. This first one, situated on three lots in Brentwood, was just gorgeous. From its “multi-purpose barn” to the layout of the vegetable garden to the many wonderful seating areas — I walked away with some beautiful ideas.

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The multi-purpose barn in the background

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Inside the barn

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Small orchard

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Seating area near the main house

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Dining area

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Beautiful little play house with climbing rose

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The main house

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Loved this rustic pergola with dining area and fireplace

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Climbing rose on pergola

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Another seating area with fire pit

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Next time, my favorite garden on the tour — a gorgeous gem in Santa Monica.

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It seems like restaurant design only gets better and better and Gracias Madre is no exception. Previously an antique store, Gracias Madre is beautifully designed by Wendy Haworth and Scott Shrader.

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To read more about the design on this little gem, check out One King’s Lane article here.

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