The day after Thanksgiving, we went on vacation, first going to Los Angeles and then to Palm Springs. Now that we have a kid, it is A LOT easier to stay with friends when we travel instead of hotels. For one thing, having separate rooms to sleep in (and not having to go to bed at 8pm) is a huge plus and if they have kids (i.e. kid stuff) it is a saving grace.
In Los Angeles, we were lucky enough to stay with our friends Nick and Nicole (and their adorable 1-year-old) and their place nothing short of amazing. Nick and Nicole have not even owned their home for a year and have completely transformed their place into a house worthy of HGTV or a chic boutique hotel. Not surprisingly, of course, as she is a Director of Special Events & PR in the fashion industry and he is a man of excellent taste.
With a little help from their friends (including talented designer Christian Vincent) and a few contractors, they were able to create their dream home within months of moving in. I was in complete awe and I’m sure you will be too, so without further ado, here is the house tour:
Their space has a wonderful open layout and you walk into this ultra hip sitting area. They completely modernized the fireplace and added a punch of pizazz with a printed black and white wallpaper. I love how they accented with bits of burnt orange.
From this angle, you can see how the sitting area leads into the main hallway, where they created a custom bookshelf to the right of the doorway. More burnt orange accents are housed on the couch and the custom shelves.
To the left of the sitting area is their dining area. I love their mismatched (and multi colored) seating. Again, they focus on neutrals with pops of bold color to tie one area into the next. The custom barn door was made by their friend Christian Vincent and leads to their home office.
They completely renovated their guest bathroom, which they also use for their 1-year-old son. You wouldn’t guess that this was a kid bathroom, unless you pulled back the curtain and saw all the adorable bath toys!
Their family room is casual and super comfy, with a leather ottoman that kept our little ones safe from bumps and bruises. They custom ordered the couch from The Sofa Company to perfectly fit the space they had to fill. I love the color it brings to the room, while still being dark enough to keep it kid-friendly.Their master bath was already complete when they bought the house, but man is it gorgeous. I love the pendant lighting, which I would have never thought to use in a bathroom, but feel it adds a much needed sense of glamour.
The real star of the bathroom though, is this walk-in shower. I have always liked the idea of a walk-in shower, but never found them very practical. This walk-in shower did not disappoint. I was worried that the lack of a door would let all the steam out, but due to the depth of this walk-in (about as deep as a bathtub) I feel like it stayed incredibly warm (perhaps also due to the fact that you have walls on both sides, instead of a curtain on one).Finally, their nursery for their son melted my heart. The perfect boy’s room, with gray and yellow and pops of royal blue, I feel like this is a nursery their son will be able to grown into. When we had our son, we were living in a one bedroom apartment, so I never had the chance to decorate a nursery. Now that we are pregnant again, I can’t wait to get started!
I unfortunately forgot to photograph their kitchen, which is also newly renovated, but that just leaves me with an excuse to go back! The room’s I showed here are inspiration enough for now anyway. I need to get back to work on painting more rooms, I just can’t decide where to start!
Do you have friend’s whose homes inspire you to do more with your own space?