After weeks upon weeks of endless gray, the rain has finally stopped in California. All I see and all I can think about is sunshine. I hadn’t really realized how much I missed it! That sunshiney glow is spilling over into the home tour I have for you today. While I typically shun virtually all color in my house, this time of year I’m always attracted by a burst or two of bright hues. This family home – tucked into the heart of Paris – injects just the perfect hint of sunshiney color throughout. Give a scroll and enjoy this breath of fresh springy air.
Looking at this space it’s hard to believe it started out as a drab warehouse. It was never intended to function as a home – yet now it does so beautifully. But even with the remanents of industrial construction – concrete floors, glass pavers used as skylights and rough stone walls, this home feels particularly warm, relaxed and welcoming. There are a few reasons for this.
The first is the use of color. The design’s foundation is very neutral white, gray, brown with pops fo black here and there. The home’s accessories, art and objet add a layer of color in a consistent and mostly muted way. The single bright tone, golden hues ranging from buttery yellows to brass, is repeated in nearly every living space, adding a bit of vibrancy and life everywhere it is used.
Another big contributor to this home’s warmth is the use of pine throughout the space. Pine was used to create walls and doors where there were none. Pine borders the windows and and lines the walls of the interior courtyard. Pine was even used for all the custom built-ins – including the kitchen (how often do you see a pine backsplash!). The pine plays off of the rest of the rustic materials by adding uniformity, order, and refinement.
I’m not only drawn to this home because of it’s light, bright and lovely aura, but also because this house continues in the same, not quite minimalist, but rather essentialist theme in which I currently want to decorate.
This theme begs the question “what is essential to our lives and our happiness?” What if we were highly intentional about every single thing in ours spaces and cared not only about its function but also about its form. And what if we purged everything else that doesn’t fit within that construct? (buh-bye all things plastic!) The key to this design ethos is to be extremely discriminating about the things with which you are surrounded. Every piece needs to have personality. It must say something, call to be looked at, used and enjoyed. I certainly want to inspect everything I see in this home more closely – from the vintage chairs to the ceramics to the artwork gracing the walls.
In short this house is goals. Now I’m trying to pick a signature color I could layer into This Old Victorian. Are you?
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home via milk magazine