Breegan spends much of her time designing spaces to make other people feel comfortable and cared for. It’s a skill she uses in her own home as well. Her guest bedroom blends soft textures and light colors to make a room any guest would find hard to leave. “I love hearing that people feel welcome,” she says. “That’s always been my bottom line goal for the look and feel of my home, and that affirmation lets me know I did my job.”
The Taylors' downstairs home office features chestnut-colored walls that nicely spotlight a gallery wall of paintings collected on their travels to a host of Asian countries including Vietnam and Shanghai.
In a home like this, even the designer has a hard time picking a favorite room. For now Olaniyi claims that the guest room runs a close race with the living room. “Those spaces more than any others in my home show the way I approach design in my home,” she says. “I like my spaces to be intentional but not pretentious; pretty but touchable.” Intentionality is on full display in the way that she uses color to divide the guest room into a multi-functional space. The part of the room dedicated to work has been designed with black walls, furnishings and accessories, while the areas for sleeping are decorated primarily in white for a relaxing retreat.
A simple swap of drapery turns the space from bright and dainty to cool and calming. To outfit the same space as a home gym, a cushier rug was added along with a collapsible side table perfect for keeping workout routines front and center while a full-length mirror lets homeowners keep an eye on their form.
Anyone who needs a quiet spot — whether Miranda’s preparing homeschool lessons or one of the kids is playing a computer game — can find it in here. Normally the wire shelves are filled with books and plants, but they got cleared out for an Advent calendar made of gift boxes, with a treat in each one. Ever the retro furniture fan, Luke found the military desk at a thrift store and the chair at a garage sale, then had it reupholstered.
Mixed modern stonework on the walls and columns around the front entry add texture and connect the home's exterior with the stone tilework outside the front door. A mix of planters adds a pop of floral color to this inviting entry.
Back when Amanda and Thomas Wade were newlyweds house-hunting in Pasadena, CA, this 1,100-square-foot cottage was an easy sell because it was adorable and in a walkable neighborhood. Twelve years and two kids later, the two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom setup had become less adorable. The kitchen felt cramped, and the Wades wanted room for out-of-town family to stay over for visits. “A lot of homes in our neighborhood are small, so people either move on to something bigger or remodel,” says Amanda. She and Thomas took the reno route, growing the house to four bedrooms, three bathrooms, and 2,700 square feet. They tapped designer Amy Peltier to create a chill coastal feel, with plenty of blue and white and playful touches. Says Amanda, “It was the perfect house for us then—and with all of the changes, it’s perfect for us now and for many years to come.”