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Perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean this beautiful villa was built in the 30’s by Wallace Frost after spending a decade in Italy. Owned by Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, I absolutely love the way they decorated this gorgeous villa. I’ll be honest, I’m a little obsessed with this home.

I love this porch, and the staghorn fern on the wall is incredible!

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When Ellen talks about why she loves this home in her book, Ellen DeGeneres Home, she says, “… I think it’s because the house is always surprising. It reveals itself to you in new ways every day. And it’s really how I want to live. It’s not overly manicured or tidy. It’s not overly precious or perfect. And it’s a home that manages to be both spacious and cozy at once.” — I love that!

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 Designing exteriors is one of my favorite things to do and when I get the opportunity to design an exterior, my first step is to determine the overall style. Once this decision is made, it really sets the tone for the rest of the project — including the landscaping and what happens on the interior. A couple of days ago I received a project in Santa Clarita, a city just north of Los Angeles, and below are several style options that I’m considering. Which is your favorite?


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A simple, yet elegant, approach for an exterior — with beautiful light fixtures and a couple of potted plants, this may be the winner.

In a couple of weeks I’ll post the winner plus the before + after photos. Happy Wednesday!

~ Shannon

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



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.


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!



  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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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…


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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.




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.


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.



The Entrance





Some favorite items I selected for this exterior…




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.


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.


Lovely color palette the owners selected.


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Garage & Trim Color ~


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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.


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


 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!


Beds are prepped and ready for plants & flagstone.


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.





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.


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.


A water feature near the front door.


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





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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