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Publication Date: 2015-07-14

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Inside an Oceanside Estate in Dana Point

When it came to the interior design for this home in one of Southern California's most idyllic communities, interiors firm Smith/Firestone Associates (SFA Design) was inspired by the beachside setting, taking hues from the colors and textures of sand, sunset and ocean. Using transitional furnishings, natural materials and a palette of blues, creams and browns, the design team created a relaxed yet sophisticated "West Coast Cottage" with nods to the Mediterranean.


The overall inspiration for the entry was based on the existing Mediterranean style architecture, which was infused with a modernized traditional sensibility.

SFA Design used a blend of transitional pieces and antiques, such as this glass mirror in the entryway, to marry the architecture of the home with an elegance and refinement. Decorative sconces and pendants reference the Mediterranean style and fill the home with luxurious warmth and glow.

One of the favorite spaces in the 7,000 square foot home is the great room. Unified by dark woods, cream colored fabrics, floral antique rugs and a pair of wrought-iron chandeliers, the room features retractable doors that open onto a stone terrace, giving the family immediate access to all of the California sunshine they could want.

The colors used in the kitchen, another favorite space in the home, were inspired by driftwood. Shades of taupe were chosen for the cabinetry, which combined with the granite of the countertops, give the space a warm feel. The large island illuminated by aged iron lanterns anchors the space, while a kitchen table next to the floor-to-ceiling windows affects a picture perfect breakfast nook.

SFA Design’s expert blending of styles is seen in the dining room where a traditional dining table, transitional dining chairs and wrought iron chandelier are perfectly paired. An avid collector of antiques, the design team incorporated several pieces from the client's own collection into the home, including this antique rug in the dining room, which works seamlessly with the color palette and style of the home.

For the master bedroom, the goal was to create a light, airy design and relaxing environment that capitalized on the indoor/outdoor living space. A hint of Mediterranean influence is seen in the nail head detailing on the TV pop-up. The blue throw echoes the colors of the ocean.

The cream and gold hues used in the master bedroom are complemented with the equally luxurious traditional blue European cement tiles in the master bathroom. A driftwood color stain was used for millwork along with traditional accessories and hardware.

Each guest room was inspired by one of three concepts: ocean, sand or sunset. In this guest room, blues were used to evoke the calm of the ocean. The rug and artwork are from the client's own collection.

The color palette and Mediterranean style used throughout the home continue into the guest bathroom. The sconces, mirror and accessories were carefully selected to give the space a more residential feel.

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