Sharing this home on the blog means more than many of other houses I have shared along these seven years of blogging because nothing makes me happier than featuring my reader’s homes.
The “Beautiful Homes of Instagram” series is one of my favorite series on the blog because I get to know more about the readers and we even get to “visit” their home. Isn’t it fantastic?!
I got to see Bryan’s home, from @realbryansharp, after he tagged me on Instagram and I immediately fell in love with his kitchen. The more I saw of his home, the more I noticed that his entire house carried the same attention to detail. After talking more about his home renovation he told me that he and his partner have being readers of the blog for many years and they’ve found many inspiring ideas for their home renovation right here on Home Bunch. I really can’t tell you how much this made me feel very grateful and happy to know that what I do is inspiring people to envision their home.
I hope you guys have a wonderful time getting to know more about this gorgeous home and the even more beautiful people who lives in it. I am honored to share this place and this family with you today.
“Just to tell you a little about our home, my partner and I bought this 1920’s era Spanish house in September of 2014. It is located in a historical neighborhood of Los Angeles called “Hancock Park.” From the moment we stepped foot in the home, we fell in love. Sure, we knew we’d need to seriously gut the entire interior and double its size, but this home “spoke” to us. Natural light flowed into just about every space and danced on almost every wall. Out of the corner of my eye, a batchelder fireplace sat, carelessly painted over. The casement windows in the dining room opened slightly, allowing a breeze to blow in through a pair of ragged sheers. Yes, the home was old and dusty. The floor creaked and bowed under the weight of our feet. Chips in the original paint revealed wall paper from 50 years ago. There were weird smells, lead-based paint throughout the kitchen, broken floor tiles and a basement that locked from the inside (don’t ask)! But there was life in this old dusty house. It was just packed away in the walls. No one had cared for it, so the home, like an old family heirloom, began to retreat into sadness – but we knew it could be more. So, about 18 months later — along with 2 contractors, 4 historical committee meetings, 5 slabs of calacatta marble, 15 samples of “white” paint, 1 tetanus shot and an endless amount of wine, our “labor of love” was finally completed. Now, we look around and pinch ourselves — feeling so lucky and so fortunate to truly live in what we consider our dream home…
A little about me: I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by a large extended family. I trace my interest in design all the way back to my childhood, when my family owned a number of small antique stores. Every weekend I had the task of organizing antiques, then designing and staging the pieces so they would appeal to eager customers. It was an incredible opportunity for me to mix unique items, and I found that it offered endless possibilities – I wanted the spaces to feel warm and inviting, yet new and enticing at the same time. It’s these same principles that I work with today.
After finishing school, I moved to LA and have lived here for 13 years. I miss the small town feel of a one stop street, but I try to add elements into each room that remind me of where I came from. Currently, I work as a marketing associate for a real estate firm, but my nights and weekends are spent helping friends and colleagues redesign their living spaces to better fit their needs. My goal in the coming year is to begin working in the home staging sector. In design you never have to stop dreaming — the only limit is your ability to imagine it.”
The exterior is Merlex Stucco in Benjamin Moore Navajo White.
Exterior trim paint color is Benjamin Moore Blue Note.
The front door paint color is also Benjamin Moore 2129-30 Blue Note, and this is Miles! Isn’t he the cutest?
We built and styled our kitchen using coastal-cool elements like the polished nickel pendants and a nautical Blue Island — it’s a look that reminded us of our east coast roots, but with an updated, modern and fresh twist. Incorporating a breakfast nook into our kitchen design was a practical and stylish must — the easy to swap, oversized pillows make this area one of the most inviting (and most utilized) places in our home.
The island paint color is Benjamin Moore “Evening Dove”.
Island Lighting: Darlana Pendant, polished nickel, medium.
Flooring is engineered European White Oak, 9.5 inches wide.
Cabinet, trim and molding paint color: Benjamin Moore “Simply White”.
Cabinet Hardware: Restoration Hardware.
Sink is Shaw and the kitchen faucet is Perrin & Rowe.
“The recessed ceiling detail above the island adds a surprising, architectural element that draws the eye upward.“
The counter and backsplash material are Calacatta Marble, honed.
Bryan mentioned before that he designed the kitchen hood himself. Isn’t he brilliant?!
Wall color is Benjamin Moore “White Dove”.
“Because the kitchen offered limited areas for color, I used our eat-in nook as a great way to mix things with the addition of an old barn wood table. A balance of white on white and the addition of these rustic furnishings seemed the perfect finish to this cozy space.“
Imagine having your morning coffee here every day… Isn’t it a special corner?!
The breakfast room banquette features an antique farmhouse table, L-shaped banquette, blue and white pillows and black steel windows. The breakfast nook lighting is Restoration Hardware, Victorian Hotel Pendant.
As you can see, our golden retriever, Miles, adores his own eat-in kitchen space, too!
What a lucky boy!!!
A true open-concept floor plan, there was no need to sacrifice style when creating our functional, casual family room. From a comfy, oversized sectional to accents that add a happy-charm, we created a perfectly polished space where anyone can hang their hat, so-to-speak. The recessed ceiling here complements the same detail above the island.
Accent Chairs: Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams.
Coffee & Side table: Restoration Hardware.
This comfy light blue sectional is by Barclay Butera.
We layered different textures —in a variety of bright and lively colors, sometimes in elegantly adorned accents. The gentle swoop arms on the accent chairs, with punches of pattern, accentuate our California-happy charm.
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore “White Dove”.
Accent Chair Upholstery: Barclay Butera for Kravet.
The pairing of blue and white is always a classic look — we love it not only for our family room but throughout our home!
The custom built-ins you see serve as a kind of accessory wall for us. We love the elegant Japanese Ginger jars, accentuated with smaller complementary items in neutral hues.
The built-in color is Benjamin Moore Simply White.
This room was approached with a less-is-more concept. Our updated traditional dining excudes a fresh and timeless look – achieved through gracious touches, classic silhouettes and well-styled accents. Wall paint color is “Benjamin Moore White Dove”.
Pendant: Darlana Linear Pendant.
Dining Table & Chairs: Restoration Hardware.
Artwork: Vintage Flea-Market Find.
The restored doors are original to the home. Door paint color is Benjamin Moore 2129-30 Blue Note.
If you look closely, you can see the original 1920’s plaster detail just on the inside of the original barrel ceiling of this room.
Bryan included a close-up image of this marvelous little feature.
Our formal living room was styled to inspire, grounded in elements I love. It has California-cool vibe, while also being intriguing (yet neutral) with a effortless elegance and versatility.
Both of the amazing casement windows, along with the large picture window you see in this room are original to the home, having been lovingly restored.
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore “White Dove”.
Sofa: Pottery Barn, Chesterfield.
I used well-collected accents of color and kept foundation pieces neutral. That way, pattern can be removed and re introduced in a variety of colors throughout the year.
Coffee Table: Restoration Hardware.
Floor Lamp: Jonathan Adler.
Chairs are from One Kings Lane. I love them!
I love this neutral fireplace. The sconces are Visual Comfort “Bryant Sconce”.
Every space feels balanced and connected in this home.
Our work space feels warm and inviting, with a modern classic feel; anchored with traditional silhouettes, and a mixture of textures and accented in a common thread of beige and brown hues. The result is an office that is at once bright and lovely, yet with a bit of edge thanks to an assortment of furnishings.
Desk Chair: Pottery Barn.
Leather Side Chairs: Restoration Hardware.
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore “White Dove”.
As one of the smallest rooms in the house, my intention was to give our guest bath its own liveliness with a bardiglio marble-textured floor, a rustic weathered wood-vanity and polished nickel sconces. This simple elegance welcomes guests and offers them a place to relax and refresh. The wall color is Benjamin Moore Horizon.
Flooring is New Ravenna, “Chatham” pattern in Honed Bardiglio and Polished Calacatta Marble.
Glass buoys add some color and a coastal feel to this guest bathroom.
The oak vanity is from Restoration Hardware.
Our warm sage guest bedroom is slightly more unexpected, yet still tranquil and relaxing. This timeless look is layered with different textures, but focuses on the details. It incorporates a prominent display of well-styled accessories that bring in a little bit more elegance, while leaving room for the eye to rest.
Wall color is Benjamin Moore OC-17 White Dove.
Window seat features black steel windows by Kolbe.
With its grey tone neutrals and eclectic styling, our master bedroom retreat feels comfy, inviting, and perfectly polished. For brightness, we pull back the floor length curtains to expose the french doors and casement windows. Both cool and collected, this look adds a slightly modern feel with clean lines and layered pieces.
I love the simple and elegant look of this nightstand.
The bedroom features a collected tv area. Sconces are Restoration Hardware.
The casement windows are Kolbe.
The wall color is Benjamin Moore Silverlake.
The master bath embraces charm and functionality. A prominent display of polish and shine with the mirrors and sconces give this space a bit more elegance, while the calacatta marble walls and floor keeps things bright and inviting. Here, we kept things simple with coastal-cool details and a classic palette.
Flooring is Calacatta marble, honed tile in a herringbone pattern.
The vanity countertop is Calacatta marble, honed.
Classic elements will make this bathroom stand the test of time.
Vanity is custom, beaded detail, overlay drawers and cabinets.
Faucets are by Restoration Hardware.
Bathroom window is by Kolbe.
The blue gray cabinet paint color is Benjamin Moore Pigeon Grey.
The cabinet hardware is by Restoration Hardware.
Exposed shower fixture: Lefroy Brooks.
Shower Walls: Calacatta marble, honed.
Wall paint color is Benjamin Moore OC 53 Horizon.
This home exudes beauty, good taste and dreams…
Isn’t it a special place? I feel that this home comes to show us that, with love, talent and some effort, any home can become a dream home.
Talking about love and home, today the kids, my hubby and I cleaned the house. This is not what we usually do over the weekends but the house needed a deep clean-up, so I got everyone and gave them a chore. I feel very proud of my kids… of my family. We are far from being perfect, we are far from being a lot of things but we love each other and we know that we can count with each other no matter what. I really felt this today when I asked for help and everyone stopped what they were doing to be there for me.
Raising kids, being married, having a family is not as easy as we imagine when we are young. It takes a lot of you, a lot of your time and a lot of your youth, but there’s nothing more important, more special than sharing your life with the people you love. I feel so Blessed for having these people by my side, and I feel so Blessed to have all of you as well. I know that I could not be where I am today as a person without my family and you guys. You have supported me through so much over all of these years…
Support, real friendship and family are what keep us elevating us.
Thank you, my wonderful friends for your loyalty and your support. You guys never fail me.
Have a Blessed week with health, Love and Calmness in your heart.