Done-for-You Design: The Venice Project

Is your remodel driving you nuts? Here’s some inspiration that may help you get a fresh perspective.

Recently I was hired to put together a Done-for-You design package for a client that just purchased a home in Venice, currently in the stages of needing a drastic remodel.

These are my dream clients: cool people with great taste and some money to spend, thoughfully though, and in the right places.

The best homes tell a design story, which means that everything needs to work together and there needs to be a flow throughout the home. By putting together these concept boards, I’m able to see everything in one place, to observe and see how it all ties together.
With a remodel I like to start with a color palette first, and then add the puzzle pieces accordingly.

Per the clients, this will be their family home, though it’s possible in about 5 years time that they could turn this around to lease or sell, so they don’t want to get too crazy with their design. That being said, this is Venice, and buyers appreciate style, color and pattern, so we went there!

Here’s the first board that I compiled. As you can see the color palette is simple, with some rich, moody colors layered on top of a neutral palette.

The flooring will be a wire-brushed French oak, which is the perfect beachy floor for this area. Dark wood tends to show dust, while white (so beautiful in those editorial pages) shows every hair and crumb within a 50 mile radius. Like the Three Bears, this medium shade is just right.

Countertops in Ceasarstone will remain simple, yet with a slight variation, just to keep it interesting.

Moving along, here’s the design concept for the kitchen, in brief. We’re mixing metals with burnished/matte gold and a hand-hammered stainless steel sink.

Beau Green from Benjamin Moore will be painted on the island, while the remaining cabinets will be painted in White Dove. The white cabinets will be set with the gray “Concrete” Ceasarstone, while the island will be set with the white “Carrera”.

I’m excited to see the gold accents pop against that gorgeous green hue. I mean!!!

Next let’s visit the bathrooms, with the right inspiration these can be my favorite to design!

Although the clients have a bohemian, playful style, they are also world-traveled and quite glamorous. They appreciate modern art, and historical periods in design, such as Art Deco.

With this in mind, I chose these Deco-inspired sconces for their Master Bath that echo the design on their tile floors. The claw foot tub is a piece that the wife has always wanted, while the ombre faucet by Kohler gives a nod to current design trends.

Regarding the Powder Room, this is easiest room to go ALL out! It’s such a small space, so why not? In this case I chose an Andy Warhol/Marilyn Monroe wallpaper, along with glossy black for a super chic, high glam result that will wow their visitors.

Finally, the guest baths needed to be pulled together. Although I didn’t want these to be matching, they needed to be complementary and in keeping with the design in the rest of the house.

Here you can see that neutrals don’t have to be boring, in fact, with a just a little push they can be downright elegant and gorgeous!

Of course, these are the very beginning, basic designs for this project. There is much more to come, which I’ll be happy to share when this project is completed!

If you’re in the throes of a remodel and need a done-for-you package such as this one, where all the items and finishes are handed to you on a silver platter, check out my Services page or reach out to me at melrose12south@gmail.