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Pro Portfolio: In Pacific Palisades, a traditional house gets a fresh face, fast

March 21, 2011 |  8:00 am

Every Monday, we post a newly built, remodeled or redecorated home with commentary from the designer. This week:

LivRmBeforeProject: 3,500-square-foot traditional home

Location: Pacific Palisades 

Interior designer: Heather Bland,  Heather Bland Interiors , in collaboration with Kathryn Dixon

Goal: In just two months,   redecorate six rooms, including the living room shown here before the makeover, right, and after, above.

Designer's statement: This was a fantastic 2004 home that had good bones and was in great condition. I was working with a pretty blank canvas.

 My design concepts always start with an inspiring piece of fabric. The textiles that were used on the living room windows (shown above) really got me started. The aqua, French blues and creams were carried from the drapery fabric to the chair, ottoman and pillow fabrics.

The space planning of the living room proved to be a challenge as the homeowners required that their baby grand piano fit seamlessly into the 12-by-12-foot room. I created furniture pieces so my clients could enjoy the baby grand and entertain all within the same space without feeling crowded or cluttered. By using the dead space beneath both windows for bench seating and by scaling down the size of each furniture piece, I could fit in enough seating for 10 guests.

Having a clear understanding of the homeowners' vision and a good working relationship with my subcontractors helped to implement the design in the short time frame. To see more, keep reading ...

Kitchen 1
The island was designed around the Pottery Barn stools. The client really loved them. I used polished Carrara marble to brighten the island and Quadrille fabric on the window. Pendant lamps are from East End Brass.


In the entry, I painted the walls cream and added carpeting from Stark to the stairs.



In the dining room, I added the head chairs to the existing table and chairs; the added height creates a more formal look. For the window, the fabric is Cowtan and Tout. The wallpaper is by Quadrille.



In the family room, I painted the cabinets a pretty pale blue and added the grass cloth and striped drapes for texture. The fabric is from Rogers and Goffigan.


Kitchen Nook

The fabric was my inspiration. It’s fresh and great for the breakfast nook. The black legs help to ground the space. The chairs and table are custom designs.  The wallpaper is from Cowtan and Tout.

-- Compiled by Lisa Boone

Photos: Tara Wujcik

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