LIVIN' FINE OLIVENHAIN
Olivenhain is really a beautiful place. It has warm, sweeping roads, gorgeous trees, lush landscaping. There is a casual aura that gives it a nostalgic feel. The first time I drove to this project I wanted to pull over and gaze at the trees, but design must begin, and so we did.
I was invited to come alongside a favorite cabinet maker of mine, Jeff Braxmeyer of So Cal Woodworks, he and the client had already started planning her kitchen. I added my two cents and a beauty was born! This house was built with many wall-angles, we went through about 10 generations of ceiling treatment ideas until landing on the white woodwork beams, which I happen to love immensely.
The fridge is hidden behind sweeping paneled doors located at a convenient proximity to the island. We painstakingly selected the perfect stone backsplash tiles, and the client located and purchased her gorgeous slab countertops which are so luscious they almost glow. She was ahead of the curve with her open shelving request, as we commenced this project right when those were becoming a trend. And she, being a landscape designer, loved having a place to show off her house plants. Also loved showing off the window treatments she hand made herself, aren't they cute?
When we landed on a design for the entry floor, I could not have been more excited. Not sure our installers shared my sentiment, but they rose to the challenge and the entry turned out stunning. The rich brown stone inset in creme travertine is a gorgeous greeting when you come in the front door. Leads your eyes to the wonderful open living room with soaring ceiling. Could not be prettier. Actually it could, if we'd been able to finish the stair railing before she sold the house... more on that below.
We did a star and cross stone floor in the powder room, in the same material as the entry floor. The living, dining, family and kitchen all were covered in a rich brown hardwood, I believe it might have been wire brushed oak, and it pretty much floats under your feet. The darker floor is a wonderful foundation for the white woodwork and light toned walls.
We made it as far as installing the beautiful cast cement fireplace surrounds, and living room cabinets and rug, before they relocated to a darling town up the west coast, somewhere near Washington. They are happy as pie and living their best life. I trust the new homeowners are enjoying the home as much as my clients did, meandering those sweeping Olivenhain curves down the nostalgic road, and making new memories.
Because life is good like that.