Before & After: Granite Bay, CA

I just spent the last few days at the San Francisco Design Center attending “Design San Francisco” 2011.  There is a great buzz among the industry that the market is picking up.  I heard through the grapevine that a certain high-end French range company has sold more ranges last month than all of 2010.  That is the kind of excitement and energy that filled the atrium and halls of the Galleria.

A large percentage of seminars were focused on social media; Facebook, Twitter, and Linked In.  Obviously these tools are here to stay.  The power of social media is not a surprise to me.  One of my favorite projects of 2010 came from a Facebook referral.

I was contacted by a wonderful young family in Granite Bay, CA who appreciated my portfolio of work.  They asked for assistance to pull together an eclectic home.  The overall home’s architecture is Mediterranean inspired.  The family moved from the East Coast and most of their furniture was extremely traditional (Mission/Craftsman style). The client’s sought a more contemporary style with lots of color and budget in mind.  The goal was to keep and repurpose most of the existing pieces, while adding the right items to transition the home toward a more eclectic aesthetic.

I consulted on paint and furniture arrangement throughout the home.  I am particularly excited with the finished dining room and thought you would be interested too!  Here are some before shots.

The family needed new dining table to stand up to the activities of three young children and admired the styling of Hudson large plank tables with steel bases.

Originally from Canada, my client’s love the work of Sid Dickens.  We connected on admiration for this artist instantly.  They also wanted to add some of his newer pieces to their art collection.

Here are photos from the finished dining room.   You can see that the room is transformed by paint, furniture, and art.  The color is a fabulous Benjamin Moore Aura paint.  I highly recommend this line as it is low VOC’s and better for a healthy home.  Especially important for young children.

28 new tiles were selected for the focal point of the dining room.  I am greatly inspired by Sid Dicken’s latest work with the addition of vibrant colors and motifs.  The wall paint works so well with the tiles.

The end result is a comfortable and sophisticated dining room for the whole family…blending those attributes is the ultimate luxury in my opinion.  What do you think?

Another designer once said there are three factors when clients are selecting their designer.  Do they like the designer’s aesthetic?  Does the budget allow for the designer?  Do they connect with the designer on a personal level.  When the stars align it makes for a successful project.

I could not ask for a better project or clients.  This was a fantastic collaboration.

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4 responses to “Before & After: Granite Bay, CA

  1. Kari, your clients must be in heaven! Now that is a dining room to be proud of! And my guess is that the couple has started to entertain – a lot!

    Happy Valentines to you dear friend.


    • Hi Mon,

      So nice of you to say! They love it. I believe a lot of entertaining took place in December 🙂

      Happy Valentine’s to you as well.



  2. Carol Ghufran


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