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Pro Portfolio: Spanish home in Manhattan Beach gets an updated take on traditional

June 20, 2011 |  8:08 am

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Every Monday we post a recently built, remodeled or redecorated home with commentary from the designer. In part of this week's project, a new fireplace, above, transforms what had been generic space, below right:

Lead interior designer: Erinn Valencich, Erinn V. Design Group

Project: Turn a nearly empty Spanish-style home into a warm, inviting and family-friendly space that also accommodates entertaining.

Manhattan Beach Living room BEFORE Location: Manhattan Beach 

Designer's statement: This is a newer home, and the fireplace was incredibly generic. The living room has double-height ceilings, creating a loft-like effect as you walk to the master bedroom and look down onto the living room. To take advantage of the height, I built out the fireplace to stretch up to the ceiling.  The mantel was made to look old -- classic and Spanish -- and we chose beautiful tile for the hearth. 

The living room chairs are my design.  We searched and searched for a coffee table that wasn't too large and wouldn't block the view of the fireplace. I found a white wicker table, spray-painted it bronze and added the glass top.

To see more of the house, keep reading ...

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To take further advantage of the height in the living room, I built a 12-foot-tall bookcase, which set the tone for the space. The diamond doors and elegant finish worked well in the space.  

 

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Accessorizing the bookcase was an all-day affair. I found a few sets of antique books and brought in objects in a neutral color palette so that nothing stood out too much. The drama of this room is its simplicity.   


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Walking to the dining room from the living room, you're drawn by warm honey and rust tones. The walls are papered in grass cloth, which I used throughout the home. The patterned shade is offset by simple white linen drapery panels. 


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The front door is flanked by two wrought-iron stools, covered in a rust- and cream-colored modern floral fabric. Above each stool is a framed piece of fan coral.

 

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The curved staircase from above ...

 

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... and below. The curved console is part of my Erinn V Maison collection. The accessories are from Barclay Butera Home.

 

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This breakfast room is one of the most popular areas of the home. Blue leather dining chairs surround the client's table. Leather is a great option for a breakfast room because it's easy to clean. The room was all wood and cream, so the blue brought in a bit of color from the adjacent family room rug without being overwhelming. The wrought-iron pendant adds a modern complement to the Spanish vibe.

 

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The existing family room fireplace was left alone. I styled it with the client's blue African cameroon, hung off center. The chocolate mohair armchair sits next to a teak table. 

 

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A carved wood sofa table that's part of my Erinn V Maison collection separates the kitchen from the family room. The wood bowl is by Seva Home.

 

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The client's sofa was well loved, so I just changed the base and recovered it.

 

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The new base was an easy update! It made the sofa look more tailored and elegant. I love higher legs on a sofa. They can keeps the piece from looking too heavy.

 

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In the master bedroom, this dresser got a quick update with new hardware. The oil painting is from Barclay Butera Home. The walls are covered with an ivory grass cloth to add texture.

 

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A pop of color livens the master bedroom sitting area. The ottoman is covered in Osborne & Little fabric. 

 

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I designed this leather turned-leg bench for the master bedroom. In the background, a band of Kravet fabric was added to the bottom of the otherwise plain linen drapery for a bit of color.

 

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In the guest room, which doubles as the client's home office, I designed a small cabinet to house the printer and keep office utilities out of sight.

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-- Lisa Boone

Photo credit: Melissa Valladares

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