The 2014 Sunset Idea House
Are you all ready for the 2014 Sunset Idea House – part 2? In case you missed Part 1, be sure to check out the amazing 1st floor of the 2014 Sunset Idea House here. As I mentioned in my last post, the 2014 Sunset Idea House, the first ever in Los Angeles, is a creative collaboration between Sunset Magazine and local southern California designers, craftsmen, and artisans. What ultimately comes together is a cohesive reflection of the casual yet hip Southern California coastal lifestyle.
The 2014 Sunset Idea House – The Second Floor
The Laundry Room
The first room we come across as we make our way upstairs is the galley shaped laundry room. A charcoal grey, front loading washer and dryer break up the continuous white space that consists of a clean and crisp with bright white cabinetry and a white solid surface Caesarstone countertop on the lower half of the room. Grey blue California Series tile from Clé spans from the countertop to the ceiling and the color mimics the color of the sky on a cold, overcast day (Contrary to popular belief, we don’t ALWAYS have sunshine here in Southern California – just most of the time.) The soft chestnut color of the wood floors, the textured woven baskets, and the beige slubby linen shades offer an organic contrast to the clean white that dominates the room.
The Guest Bedroom
The guest bedroom, which faces east and is at the front of the house, is decorated entirely by product from 2014 Sunset Idea House sponsor Cost Plus-World Market.
Up above I spotted this beehive shaped light pendant with gunmetal spring weave shade from Jamie Young. Industrial and slightly organic, it is a great addition to the room.
The Kids’ Room
Down the hall is the kids’ room. Shades of indigo blue and grey grace the surface of the walls, floors and furniture, and is accented with a bright polished copper pendant in the center of the room. On the back wall is billboard-type mural with the word “SEE” painted 8 ft. tall. Because the mural called for a clean finish, Lisa Donohoe of Londubh Studio used a textured paint instead of a combed plaster, and the results are stunning. The crisp letters pop from the wall yet at the same time blend in with the light whites, natural and bleached wood tones, and earthy textured indigos. A striped natural and indigo rug from Woven Accents is centered in the room and roman shades in a deep indigo print from DISC Interiors’ collection for Smith and Noble hang above each window.
Even though the room has a sophisticated boho-beach feel, the fact that it is a kids room is not forgotten. An element of whimsy is brought in with a gold gnome stool from Kartell along with several chic, eco-friendly toys. No cringe worthy, hunks of plastic with annoying lights and sounds here!
Mom’s Chic Retreat
Mom’s Chic Retreat is situated across the hall from the kids’ room. Here, the chic mama can indulge herself in an espresso or a stiff drink (depending on what kind of day she may be experiencing). The mossy green/grey on the walls is soothing to the senses and provides the perfect escape for the pampered mom, either alone or with friends. EVERY mom deserves a chic retreat and a place to unwind, myself included.
The matte black sconces trimmed in brass and the leather wrapped mirror is by Los Angeles designer and collector Jason Koharik.
The Master Bedroom
The master bedroom is a sanctuary with a view of the outdoors that is also conveniently accessed from bed via the remote controlled drapes. The bed is outfitted with organic bedding from Coyuchi and an oversized faceted light fixture from Visual Comfort emits a soft, diffused glow from above. The rug, from Woven Accents, is inspired by Morocco and provides a subtle graphic while creating visual interest to the calm and serene space it occupies.
The designers play with traditional details and give them a modern interpretation, as with the Queen Anne legs on this chair from Lawson Fenning.
The almost floor to ceiling windows open up to reveal a terrace that overlooks the garden, allowing the gentle ocean breeze indoors and again, blur the lines between indoor/outdoor living.
The Master Bath
The master bathroom is flooded with light from all angles. The room is anchored by concrete patterned tile by Sabine Hill (available at Filmore Clark) along with a pair of custom white oak vanities. Furniture has been making its way into the kitchen and bath lately, and the use of these vanities is a prime example. The faintest of grey painted walls paired with clean and crisp white and linear black accents line the perimeter of the room.
A standalone soaking tub by Kohler sits slightly elevated on a platform all its own, directly underneath the wraparound windows that overlook the pool. A spacious shower is outfitted with state of the art Kohler shower fixtures and electronic controls to further enhance the shower experience.
Every detail is attended to, as exhibited by the color in the ceramic pieces from Heather Rosenman Ceramics that pick up on the subtle veining of the Bianco Lasa slab countertop.
The Second Floor Hallway
Skylights from above are evenly spaced in the hallway leading up to the master bedroom and not only flood the space with light, but also provide interesting light patterns that move around throughout the day.
The Pool and Garden
From the master bedroom terrace, a breathtaking view of the drought tolerant plantings, the no-mow lawn, the edible garden and the serene infinity pool can be seen from above. A pool is obligatory in an environment such as this, but visually is not always the easiest to pull off – especially when space is at a premium as is the case with most lots in Manhattan Beach. However, Redondo Beach landscape design firm Masterpeace Gardens is successful in balancing the pool with lush green spaces and pockets of sitting and entertaining spaces throughout. A row of green hedges and citrus trees lines the rear of the garden to make sure that the last thing on the property that is seen in the distance is the soothing visual of green landscaping rather than the charcoal grey of a man made pool.
To soften the impact of the wall that borders the yard next door, self-irrigating planters are placed along the wall to provide pops of lush green plantings. The result is much more appealing than a bare wall!
The edible garden is housed in an innovative raised garden constructed of a metal frame filled with smooth faced rocks to contain the contents within.
Fragrant lavender plantings peek out from the walls of the raised bed, breaking up the visual space.
Drought tolerant plantings from the Sunset Garden Outdoor Collection line the garden beds. These water wise plantings from the Sunset Outdoor Garden Collection, available at Home Depot, have been tested to ensure that they will stand up to the harsh conditions of the intense sun and limited water supply in Southern California. Not only is the xeric landscaping sensitive to the earth’s resources, but it provides color and texture to the outdoor space.
The sound of the pool water cascading over the edge adds to the feeling of peace and serenity while in the backyard.
And you know I couldn’t possibly end this post without a small tribute to the magazine that made the 2014 Sunset Idea House possible – Sunset Magazine. As I was leaving, I spotted this perfect moment, and here it is. Cheers!
And of course I have to bring you the faces behind the spaces, so here is the adorable dynamic duo that make up DISC Interiors – Krista Schrock and David John Dick .
The 2014 Sunset Idea House opened to the public on August 1 and will be open for 6 consecutive weekends, so run – don’t walk to get your tickets while they are still available. Tickets can be purchased online for $18 at the Sunset Idea House.
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