Our clients moved from the Mid-West with their 3 daughters to create a new life in Southern California. After researching the San Diego area, they decided that living in Rancho Santa Fe would suit their lifestyle and vision, so they proceeded to look at available properties. The one they settled on needed an entire gut and update, which means this home was demolished to the studs. They worked with an architect to design the remodel and then we were engaged to finesse the space planning for their needs and design the home in a ” Hacienda ” decor styling inside and out. They didn’t really know what the Hacienda styling represented but now living in SoCal, they wanted to learn and embrace it for their new home, thus exploring this style together.
Once the space planning was approved for their remodel, we progressed into exploring all the different surfaces, products and finishes available. Research was done into the authentic materials that are traditionally used and we presented a warm earth-toned palette with a theme of an aqua blue running throughout the home.
The kitchen opens to an eating nook one side and Family/ Living room on the other. To access the Dining area from the kitchen we custom designed a swing door in keeping with the styling. The cabinetry we designed in the Kitchen was specified with chip carving on all the base cabinet top drawers to enhance the theme. Tiled counters with custom ceramic edges were used in perimeter counter areas and the island is topped with slab granite introducing a rough-cut waved edge detail. One end of the island is a chopping block that we distressed to imitate the gorgeous French antique chopping blocks with uneven surfaces. The other end of the island is a custom-made marble topped furniture piece lowered for ergonomic comfort for dough rolling.
All the bathrooms are surfaced with customized tile representing favorite colors of the daughters. In the Master bath, we designed an arched opening to access the tub where the drapes can be drawn to present a cabana-like experience. The walls are hand painted to a wainscot level by a decorative paint artist in colors that harmonize with the tile surfaces.
Once we had designed the surfaces palette, we worked on the furniture and soft good elements of the project. Custom-made furniture was designed and imported from Guadalajara, Mexico in authentic materials and styling representing the Hacienda theme. This was planned with an initial visit to set up the vendors and then a trip with the owners for approval and material selections. They had never visited Mexico previously, so this was a very enjoyable part of the project for them.
We were also involved in the landscape design, pool and casita. The family has been living happily in their home for several years and feel very comfortable living “Haute Hacienda ” as relocated mid- westerners.