California Bungalow Home Tour
October 9, 2015
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I dream about houses like this one. From the sink to the tub and all the patterned and art filled moments in between, it's a new take on a traditional family home. But seriously, that tub. Cecily Mendell of Cecy J. Interiors is behind this gorgeous space; one that houses a family of five and lots of kid-friendly yet whole heartedly grown-up and design savvy details. See the full tour in the VAULT.

Breakfast Room

The breakfast room was extremely important to get right since it's the first place the family gathers to prepare for the day and spends a tremendous amount of time there.  I stumbled upon the Danish made Hay Arm Chairs during a design scouting trip in Los Angeles and fell madly in love with it for this project.  The chairs are comfortable and supportive for adults but cozy for kids to curl up in and comes in stunning color options. The material makes its a no brainer for clean up.  


Dining Table: Restoration Hardware | Chairs: HAY | Paint: Farrow + Ball " Elephant's Breath" | Pendant: Cecy J. Interiors | Pillows: Cecy J. Interiors | Bench: Cecy J. Interiors


Tile: DaVinci Marble | Hardware: Ashley Norton | Stove: Wolf | Counters: DaVinci Marble | Wall Paint:Farrow + Ball " Elephant's Breath" | Cabinet Paint: Farrow + Ball "Cornforth White" | Stools: Restoration Hardware |

Dining Room

Pendant: Lindsey Adelman | Chairs: Design Within Reach | Wallpaper: Desousa Hughes | Dining Table: Figured Woodworking | Hardware: Rocky Mountain | Art: Lost Art Salon | Flooring: Francois & Co

Family Room

Sectional: custom from Cecy J. Interiors | Porthole Mirrors: Roost | Coffee Table: Priley Lane | Occasional Chair: custom from Cecy J. Interiors | Pillows: custom and John Robshaw | Ottoman: Rove Concepts

Powder Room

The small hall bathroom was instantly transformed with Kate Ridder wallpaper in Moonflower Red (including inside of the exposed shelves), reclaimed wood shelves and custom Urban Electric Lyford sconces in a polished nickel finish to fit into the small space.

The brass sink fixture and polished nickel sconces were very "intentionally unintentional" as we wanted the space to not feel too perfectly matched and decorated. The finishes were meant to contradict one another to ensure the space felt approachable and not overly designed.  

The hall bath is a beautiful refuge and always a location we love to dress up for clients. It's one of the few spaces in a home that all your guests will visit and it's typically a small space so taking design risks never feel as scary as papering an entire dining room would, for example. 


Wallpaper: Kate Ridder | Sconces: Urban Electric

Master Bedroom

We are not a firm that feels everything must be "custom" and there are some fantastic retail vendors that we love working with. However, we are also never afraid to go custom when necessary to make sure an item is tailored perfectly to suit our client’s specifications. The master bed is a custom design we came up with for the clients who wanted it to feel like a modern, spa like escape but still a cozy place to read bedtime stories to their children. This unique request called for a custom bed upholstered in outdoor fabric with a straight back headboard and simple tufting.


Bed: custom from Cecy J. Interiors | Drapery: custom from Cecy J. Interiors | Rug: Madeline Weinrib | Pendant: Roost | Flooring: Francois & Co | Wallpaper: Serena + Lily | Bedding : John Robshaw | Sconces: Circa Lighting | Side Tables: Wisteria | Paint: Benjamin Moore " Etiquette"

Master Bath

Wall Paint: Sydney Harbor | Floors: Ann Sacks | Towel Holders: Waterworks | Tub Faucet: Waterworks | Petrified Wood Side Table: HD Buttercup

Laundry Room

Cabinet Paint: Sydney Harbor | Runner: Pappelina | Hardware: Hickory Hardware

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The owners are California natives who met in high-school! They had lived in the original home for a few years with their three young children before deciding to remodel. Their goal was to bring the home up to date without losing the character and cozy feel of their quintessential California bungalow. Collaborating with interior designer, Cecily Mendell of Cecy J Interiors, the couple wanted the house to be beautiful, yet approachable, while maintaining a natural flow and serving as a place to entertain family and friends, play and simply relax. An emphasis was placed on making each room special, but functional, and the result is a house that exudes an elegant, laid back, barefoot approach to living that California is known for.

Some of the most dramatic changes to the home were new hardwood floors by Francois & Co., and incredible custom lighting.  The homeowners had planned a "day" date in San Francisco to peek at some potential product selections. Their first stop was at The Future Perfect  and after one look at the Lindsey Alderman, Branching Bubble in Milk Glass, they knew that was not only the chandelier they wanted for the dining room but also the perfect piece of art for the space. Lindsey was actually no longer producing the piece in Milk Glass but she made an exception and produced it for the couple.