Type: Residential Project – Villa
Size: 4000 sqft
It was purely serendipity that only after four days of arriving back from a long vacation in Spain, I got an inquiry from the clients for a Spanish-style home. I was thrilled by this opportunity as I was driven and inspired by the architecture, culture, colors and vibe from my trip and wanted to merge all those inspirations with our clients’ vision for their home. Their brief was very clear that they wanted interiors with Spanish influences to go hand in hand with the exterior of their Spanish style house that was under construction with their architect when I first saw it. This is their forever home and they wanted it to have tons of character and a lived-in feel to it.
As you walk through the main door, you enter the foyer where you are greeted by a wooden arch shaped mirror anchored by a black wooden console to define the entryway. A beautiful kilim rug centered in the foyer defines the color palette of the home as soon as you walk in through the door. The main statement however when you gaze through the main door is made by the giant black iron and glass bi-fold doors (we custom made them to fit the original open passage) that give you a peek into the fireplace situation of the family room. The bi-fold doors separate the living room from the family room by giving privacy without closing off the room entirely. It was a thoughtfully designed element to draw attention and make a statement.
The main living room to the right of the foyer features a vaulted ceiling with a large window overlooking the front lawn. There were two long niches one on each side of the window, so we added shelves accentuated with an arch on top for displaying decor and books making it a beautiful backdrop for the living room furniture to shine. A navy blue sofa opposite a light beige sofa, two statement rattan and leather armchairs and a woven bench along the window makes for the perfect setup for friends and family gatherings. I love that we took the opportunity to add a nice bushy plant along the window to breathe life into the space.
Our clients love hosting their friends and family over for Christmas. So I wanted to create a moment here and give them a space where they can highlight their Christmas tree each year with an extra cozy vibe. The family room was the perfect space to pitch a fireplace for them surrounded by a family gallery wall. It was a no-brainer and they were thrilled with the idea of a fireplace. I absolutely loved designing it with a bit of Spanish influence with the arch and the tile work in and out. The fireplace is designed to add in an electric fireplace in the future. However, I love how we styled it for now with some remote-controlled candles that light up and highlight the black herringbone tile work behind. A large sectional sofa facing the fireplace with layered rugs underneath and the TV on top makes an ideal setup for movies and chill time with the family. While the left side of the fireplace makes the perfect spot for the Christmas tree, the right side with the curved lounge chair and the floor lamp is an idyllic moment to relax and read a book.
The dining room lies right in the center of the layout of the house accentuated by a double heighted ceiling from where we dropped a custom made chandelier to bring in the Spanish vibe. The clients were keen on using their old dining table so we polished it to make it new and added curvy spindle chairs in black for some juxtaposition and impact. The feature element here however is the bar/breakfast counter in the back highlighted with blue pattern tiles and leather accent bar stools that enhances the dining room.
There are three kitchen spaces in this house – the dry/baking kitchen for the owner, the wet kitchen for the chef and the outdoor kitchen.
The heart of the home and one of my favorite spaces in the house is the baking kitchen. As you walk into this kitchen, you are awestruck by this huge arched custom chimney range hood that was intended to be a massive design element. It’s the show-stopper and a sort of resting place in the kitchen with builtin nooks on both sides to hold everyday cooking essentials such as cooking oil, spices, measuring cups, etc. Love that we went all in and did a pattern tile backsplash all the way from ceiling to the counter behind the range hood to make a statement. The range hood is finished with two open shelves on each side to display cookbooks, cake trays, jars and stuff to bring in the baking kitchen vibe. I love how there are zones for everything in this kitchen. The right side of the kitchen has a farmhouse sink that our client wanted basking under the kitchen window and on the left we have a tall arched cabinet to display dishware with a built-in microwave under it. The cabinet is attached with a long countertop with curved edges and tons of storage underneath and long open shelves that can serve as a bar on special occasions. The dark deep blue color on the cabinetry with the brass knobs and handles just hits it out the park. The pattern rug on the floor just ties everything together.
The left doorway leads into the wet kitchen which then leads further into the walk in pantry/laundry room. This space was specifically designed to add a tall pull out cabinetry for all the pantry supplies alongside a washing machine with laundry hamper cubbies for storage, long stretched counter on top to press and fold away the laundry and custom design lights and shelf to add detergent jars and art making the mundane task feel a little glamorous.
Right across the baking kitchen lies the only bedroom on this main floor. This bedroom was designed for their parents to come and visit. I wanted them to feel transported to a vacation when they use this space. Muted mustard color on the walls blends in with the wall to wall wardrobe and ties together with textures throughout the room to bring in a relaxed earthy vibe. The Rwanda baskets on the wall that we sourced from Africa work perfectly with the armchair making a nice reading nook for their parents to lounge in. A writer’s desk was a special request from our clients for their parents so we added one near the window right opposite to the bed.
Heading upstairs to the first floor, you notice staircase riser tiles under the wooden treads laid in a color band fashion with varying patterns to give a nod to the Spanish architecture in a modern way. I loved designing the railings that run across all the stairs and the passageway on the first floor. It was an intentional design detail to bring in the arch moment and the black iron element into the house. As you land on the first floor, you are greeted by the railings on the left anchored by the runner rugs that peaks into the guest bedroom.
First space on this floor is the kids’ bedroom. Our clients wanted this room to be designed for their two boys who share the space. My idea was to keep it in line with our Spanish theme but layer in a bit more fun and character to bring the personality of the boys into this room. Two curvy black twin beds separated by the statement chest of drawers against the custom wallpaper kind of gives a feeling of nostalgia. The leather scones over each bed completes the gallery wall we put together for the kids. I love how the patterned rug under brings in the color and texture into the space. Each kid has a walk-in closet in the room with one of the walk-ins leading into their bathroom. We designed a cute floating vanity to tie in with the blue in the pattern tiles and leather pulls to make it fun for the kids.
Neighbouring the kids’ bedroom is the home office space. The home office is a small space that was left without a door. So we designed see-through glass and black metal doors to give a sense of privacy without making the space feel smaller. The client wanted this space to be good enough to have zoom calls so we put extra thought into dressing up the walls for a cool backdrop. The L-shaped desk wraps around the walls with floating shelves on top for a small library nook. The moody blue wall paint envelopes the room and the oversized artworks bring in the warmth the space requires.
The master bedroom sits right opposite to the home office. This bedroom shared the same open layout of the parents bedroom downstairs. Our clients’ special request was to see if we could add a walk-in closet in the space. I jumped on this opportunity to add a wall within this layout to create a spacious walk-in wardrobe leaving more than enough room for a king size four poster bed and a desk space for our client. I love how we incorporated details while adding the wall with the arch doorway (that peaks into the walk-in showing off the cabinetry details) as well as arched niches over the bedside tables. It totally makes the space shine. The king size four poster bed with the rattan bedside tables and the bedside wall lights were custom designed to fit the space perfectly. A coral red upholstered bench at the foot of the bed ties well with the cushion situation going on over the bed. The desk area is the first thing you see when you walk into the room, so extra attention was given to how it would pair with the art set on top and styled with some pretty branches alongside a table lamp. Love how the upholstered rattan chair adds a certain charm to the black spindle desk and elegantly fills this corner of the room.
In the guest bedroom, the clients wanted to reuse some of their old furniture so we painted their old bed in a off-white shade and paired it with two clean finished black bedside tables to finish the set. We also gave their old sideboard a new life by repolishing, switching out the knobs for new black ones and adding rattan details on the front shutters to bring some character. Our clients totally loved this rehaul! The material palette was kept simple with pattern and color fabrics, art over the sideboard for interest and accessories in the niche behind the reading chair to highlight the entry of the bedroom. The guest suite has its own bathroom with a tub and a cute curved detailed floating vanity for storage.
Coming back down on the main floor, at the left side of the entryway lies the powder bathroom. The beautifully stained solid wood vanity in this powder bathroom is one of my favorite design elements. The arch details under the vanity with the spindle legs were thoughtfully designed to bring in a wow-moment when one enters the space. The black mirror, lights and the branches in the vase just perfectly captures the Spanish state of mind.
The exterior spaces of this home were given equal attention too. The outdoor seating deck sits on the left side of the dining passage area which then opens into the main garden. We furnished the deck with a set of black metal upholstered sofa and armchairs tieing flawlessly with the railing detail in the staircase inside. Layered with some pattern cushions, light fixtures and plants on the side, this space just helps you retire at the end of a tiring day. On the other side of the garden, sits a covered arched gazebo where we planned the outdoor kitchen. Our clients were keen on adding a Weber Black Cast Iron Gas Grill for barbeque nights so I designed a kitchenette with warm wood tones and grey granite countertop on both sides with tons of storage and a sink to create one of a kind outdoor kitchen. I love how the red brick tile backsplash fits in with the cabinetry seamlessly.