Saturday, April 2, 2011

Before and After: Ladera Ranch Interior Design

Here is another little glimpse into a past project. This was a fun job with one of my favorite clients. The challenge here was to give the great room an updated and fresh feel, but keeping with the architectural style of the home, which can be difficult to do with most Orange County properties.

The kitchen and nook had a heavy and dark feel.


I removed the armoire against the wall and added a built in bar and storage cabinet. We updated it with backlit frosted glass cabinets, and Ann Sacks iridescent glass backsplash tile. I added a new chandelier, vintage style pendant lights from Arteriors over the island, and some white leather barstools. The new tile on the built in unit continues through the kitchen

Before (Family Room)

Not a "bad" room, but lacking character and any uniqueness.

After Here we added faux wood beams on the ceiling, then removed the carpet and replaced it with wood installed at a 45 degree angle. The fireplace wall was stripped down and simplified. The upholstery is from Lee Industries at the Laguna Design Center (Witford Showroom). I designed the custom ottoman, and had it upholstered in a cowhide.

The fireplace wall features wood paneling that conceals the AV components. The bottom panels open to storage, and the television pulls out and pivots if needed. The fireplace unit was re-faced with copper, which I personally added an antique patina finish to. Grasscloth on the wall gives a great texture.

A relatively simple room, but keeping it simple and refined is what made it a success.


  1. Wow - what a difference! Great job!

  2. I love it even more than when I was there in person for photo shoot day! Looks amazing.

  3. Nate, I just love your work. These interiors are really gorgeous.