Color is the first thing that stands out about this home. Malene loves them all, especially blue, and she's not shy about demonstrating her considerable skill with layering the color into a room. Blue is one of the quintessential colors of the islands. From the sky to the sea, it frames everything that happens in between. Malene brought that feeling to her space including the stained floorboards that define the first floor of the home.
Malene’s home radiates culture which is a central feature of her product designs-especially her amazing line of rugs. In the living room, the rug completes the conceptual connection between the blue-stained floors and these figures with a pattern that evokes the look and feel of foaming seas. Additional patterns on the pillows and art completes the vignette, bringing home elements of island life as well as African culture.
The homeowners wanted a place where they could entertain and that was both comfortable and practical. The natural raw wood coffee table centers the living room, adding unique character to the space. Sleek furniture and throw pillows in varying patterns bring vibrancy to the room.
Since the living room and kitchen share a space, designers wanted to be sure that the designs in the spaces complemented each other, so they ran exposed beams throughout the space to give the spaces a tavern feel, while the neutral colors blend with the natural materials to create a cozy, lakeside cottage.
The living room has been repainted a bright, modern blue with white trim. The original wood floors have been refinished, and a portion of shiplap wood siding has been uncovered from beneath the sheet rock and painted white, to elegantly extend the mantel of the fireplace.
Throughout this coastal California home, doors open up to connect the interior to patios just steps away from the beach and waves. Keeping a similar color theme inside and out (snappy accents of red and white) help the two spaces feel unified.
A cool gray palette set the scene for the open, contemporary living room. Sliding glass doors open up to a terrace with views of Miami Beach. Matching sofas flank the fireplace and oversized abstract art, while teal pillows add a touch of color.
Matching neutral sofas flank the contemporary fireplace and oversized abstract art. On the opposite wall is an open bookshelf artfully decorated with books, vases and collected accessories. Teal pillows add a burst of color to the neutral space, which opens up to a chic terrace.