brought a fresh contemporary feel to this home in Laguna Beach, California, removing all traces of its original formal French style to create a relaxed and elegant look that perfectly suits its beachside location. Wendi Young 54
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The entry’s reclaimed ceiling beams, iron railing and antique door were original to the home. Young added a vintage Chinese bench to anchor the space and bring a sense of understated simplicity.
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Young opted for a more muted color palette in the living room, refinishing the original bright blue walls in a more neutral tone and adding simple linen drapery on the French doors for an elegant yet understated look. She used a mix of high and low furnishings that include a Restoration Hardware sofa, an antique rug, rock crystal chandeliers from Dennis & Leen, and an alabaster bowl from Thomas Lavin.
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A modern steel and mahogany table is juxtaposed with classically styled Klismos chairs in the living room. The original reclaimed French oak floors and plaster details were refurbished to their original gentle sheen.
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A large antique fireplace takes center stage in the kitchen. The cabinetry was painted in a khaki-tinted grey and is complemented by the refinished steel doors and windows and the refurbished copper plumbing fixtures. Simple schoolhouse barstools add a slight industrial look around the island.
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The original La Cornue range and hood sits within a cooking alcove clad in Calacatta Gold marble.
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To further the contemporary look throughout the home, Young replaced dark plaster and gold leaf wall paneling in the dining room with a soft color palette. The well-edited furnishings include a rock crystal chandelier from Dennis & Leen and a bronze vessel by
. Robert Kuo
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Practicality was key in the family room. A custom sectional was wrapped with a Perennials outdoor fabric and combined with a distressed oak and steel coffee table.
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A metal clad desk is used to create a nice balance in texture with the existing knotty alder paneling on the walls and ceiling in the office.
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The master bedroom is all about contrast with a combination of old and new; masculine and feminine; and refined and rustic details. The soft suede wrapped bed is paired with textured linen bed coverings while the smooth lacquer finish on the walls provides an elegant backdrop to the distressed wood nightstands.
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Simple linen drapery, an antique rug and vintage accessories offset the formality of the wall paneling and polished marble in the master bathroom.
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Bright blue and gold gilded wall panels were refinished in a soft white for a younger, fresher feel in one of the guest bedrooms.
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Relaxed simplicity was the goal in another guest bedroom, which was repainted in a softer tone. The bedding is washed linen, and the pillows are made from antique textiles.
Photography by Karyn R. Millet