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Modern Spanish Coastal by Blackband Design

California Dream Home

This Southern California family home was given an inspired redesign by our friends at Blackband Design, resulting in a fresh, modern space that’s as ready for family play time as it is for grownup entertaining. “The clients are a beautiful young married couple with two little boys and an adorable little French bulldog,” says lead designer Greg Blackband, “who wanted to keep things family-friendly and comfortable, while still looking sophisticated.” The color scheme is quite monochromatic, a blend of neutrals with accents in greys, creams and taupes to add interest. The project worked with the already-grand proportions and construction of the house and involved minimal renovations to brighten the space and create a “modern coastal play” on the classic Spanish architecture. Blackband Design refreshed the paint colors throughout the home to its current varied-but-monochromatic palette and installed several custom built-ins. They are also currently helping specify a new outdoor courtyard, so stay tuned for updates to the project both here and on their blog. Ready to see inside this inspiring California dream home? Step inside the project with photos and designer notes from Blackband below, and don’t forget to shop our REstyle Picks at left for products inspired by this look!


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“[The family] wanted it to feel like their own, incorporating their coastal style with the Spanish architecture was a big goal we kept in mind. They also wanted family-friendly pieces that were comfortable and good for entertaining.”

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PlayroomDesigner Notes: Creating a Family Space

One of the biggest goals for our clients was to keep things family-friendly and comfortable, while still looking sophisticated for entertaining. We started by refreshing the paint color in a lighter, crisp tone to help open up the space. We kept the color scheme very monochromatic, a mix of naturals with fresh accents by pulling in grays, creams and taupes. Most of the furnishings in this home were custom pieces, including the entry consoles, dining table, dining buffet, sofas, coffee table, desk, the built-ins in the kids playroom (including two little hideaway desks), and all of the rugs.


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LRDesigner Notes: Custom Creations

Most of the pieces in this home were custom-made, in terms of size, finish, etc. The built-ins in the kids room, the dining table, entry consoles, dining buffet, sofas, coffee table, desk, and rugs were all customized to fit this home. The ottomans in the living room were custom-made with tan fur on hide ottomans with leather piping–very unique and different! Designing custom furnishings allows us to offer our clients one-of-a-kind pieces that we can alter in size, scale, and so on.

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“All of the great built-ins were custom and unique to the style of the home. We loved the turnout!”

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Fiona2Love this Lighting?

We do, too! Designed for casual luxury with both durability and beauty in mind, the Ro Sham Beaux line has created some of our favorite looks in lighting recently, including these bead-draped beauties seen here. A pair of Fiona chandeliers by Ro Sham Beaux add playful elegance and dynamic lighting to this dining room, a–literally–brilliant move by Blackband in helping to liven up this space!

See where you can locate retailers carrying the Fiona chandelier locally by clicking here

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Irvine, CA

949 872 2234

Blackband Home & Design , led by husband-and-wife team Greg and Wendy Blackband, is known for its Coastal Bohemian approach that effortlessly blends a clean, neutral palette with eclectic, sophisticated accents to reflect the easy elegance of a coastal life.  

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