A Coastal Blush and White Santa Barbara Living Room Reveal



Today is a great day to show you a recent hybrid project that we were finally able to photograph! COVID kept us from fully installing and photographing this project (we were about done just a week before we all went into lockdown!). It's just so darling, so we're so excited to finally be able to share!


This client is a young professional moving into her first condo on her own, so she wanted it to feel feminine and coastal since she is a stone's throw from the beach, and this is very much her home. We're calling it a hybrid project because it was a mix of items sourced through Madison Nicole Design and our trade vendors, and some that we specified from retail sources and let her order and manage the delivery of on her own.



This client saw a photo of my office last year, and fell in love with the aesthetic! It was major inspiration for her living and dining rooms, and of course, we were happy to work with her to achieve that! Have a scroll through the before photos to see what we were working with!





As you can see, extra space was not an option in this home! Every inch had to work for her, and because she is renting, she was not able to change the paint color on the walls. It is a warm beige, but we were able to still make it work in the space! Because the space is quite small, her layout didn't change too much. We downsized her sectional to a long sofa, and moved the accent chair to the other side of the room to make space for two flanking bookcases on either side of the TV. She has guests stay occasionally (well, pre Covid at least) and since it was only a one-bedroom, we invested some extra money into a sofa with would be super comfy to sleep on when needed!


Ironically, we decided to get rid of the small desk setup that is shown in some of the design boards, opting for a side table + lamp since she was always in the office anyway. Her company preemptively said they would be working from home until summer 2021, so she ended up making a few changes to support that work from home life that has become the new normal!


One of the other items that was a bigger investment for her was the woven cane and mango wood media cabinet. It has been a long-time favorite of mine, and provided the perfect amount of coastal texture to the space. The open bookcases gave us a great opportunity for beautiful styling and functional storage for her books. The bookcases, along with the accent chairs, coffee table, and side table are all intentionally visually lighter - we were careful not to overwhelm the room with bulky, large furniture pieces without sacrificing functionality.





We carried the blue hues into the dining room through the drapes and the dinnerware as well. Having natural elements in textures was important to tie the rooms together and fit the overall vision of her coastal condo. One lesson to learn here, especially in the dining room, is how luxe and finished a room can feel with properly hung drapery, especially in a rental!




And now on to the big reveal! We've kept you waiting long enough - have a look through the final spaces and final choices!









It's so cozy, feminine, and coastal, all at the same time... and most importantly, the client LOOOVES her new space! She even reached out a few months later to tell us that her sofa is so comfortable, she chooses to sleep out there some nights! If that's not a good review, we don't know what is!



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