The Durston Family came to us looking for help with their two bedroom, two bath home in Land Park, Sacramento. Their main wants were: 1) to upgrade their very original 1950’s kitchen, 2) turn their dilapidated garage into usable living space; 3) give them a front yard patio (if budget allowed) and 4) to re-style their front living spaces.
We live in the same neighborhood as Sara and Jeff and our kids go to school together, so there was a lot of pressure to get this one right...since we’ll likely be seeing them around the neighborhood for the next decade!
Sara wanted her home to be white, light and all neutral - to balance out the daily chaos she came home to after working all day as a lawyer - and Jeff, a school teacher, wanted to lean into the energy by adding color and patterns. He’s also a musician and his love language with his kids is sitting down at night and playing tunes while Alice and George sing and play along beside him.
We loved his story and we love how music can make you feel. Music is energizing and lively, it’s HARMONIOUS. The Oxford dictionary definition of harmony is ”the combination of simultaneously sounded musical notes to produce chords and chord progressions having a pleasing effect”. That was it, harmony was what we wanted to bring into their new home for Jeff. Then, we’d layer the harmonious elements with calming, bright tones for Sara to bring in a sense of serenity: Bright Harmony.
When choosing materials and a palette, we wanted to retain a retro ethos throughout the house so as to not stray too far from the house’s original 1950’s architecture. We proposed introducing materials such as cork flooring, tambour and bamboo to bring in texture (and a sense of playfulness for Jeff) while keeping it neutral and light for Sara. Then our (original) plan was to layer in (lots of) color via a poppy backsplash tile for Jeff. We started here for the kitchen, which you can see was also inspired by an equally-loved-by-both-parties Heath Ceramics mixing bowl found in the kitchen during our walkthrough:
But in the end, that was too much color for Sara! So we eliminated the yellows, oranges and golds completely from the palette and leaned heavily on blues. That said, we ultimately did sneak in a gorgeous blush accent by way of adding this Fireclay Tile to the backsplash in the Backyard bungalow.
(Bonus Material, since the dining room and music space didn’t make the cut!)