When entertaining is sort of your thing, and you own two adjoining properties, why wouldn’t you combine them to make one massive party pad for the whole family? That’s precisely what Ashley of Skout was tasked with on this extensive two-home renovation. Carrying warm neutrals throughout and weaving in tons of texture and vintage finds, she created a gorgeous space guests and partygoers will never want to leave. Ryan Garvin masterfully captured the warmth and life of this home in the photos below.
From the designer… We started this project in the midst of covid when everything was delayed – so started out with a challenge that we were dedicated to completing! We had an amazing team working with us – our contractor was awesome- and these clients are so rad and really trusted us to do “our thing”. Our clients are the BEST – they love to entertain and have three boys, so it was important to have features and space in their property that allowed for parties and get-togethers.
We kept the footprint of the main house and fully remodeled the single-story house next door they purchased – a 1,975-square-foot home we designed to be a pool/ guest house. The pool house was completely custom and we couldn’t have done it without Garden Studio Design coming up with the amazing landscape design, they helped us add a large pool in the middle of the two properties to connect them. It ended up being a two-year-long remodel process and we had a rad time every step of the way.
Our inspiration was neutral but far from boring. Most of the home is Spanish style with many unique and funky aspects (our favorite). We always love using texture, so each space has layered natural wood, cement tile, brass fixtures, wicker lights, vintage rugs, found and collected art.
Before we started, this home was very dark and outdated. Originally it was built as a spec home, so making it feel custom and collected was our challenge. We had to un-do and re-think this home with this specific family in mind to make it truly their home! It was important that we brightened everything up and got rid of the “heavy” feel! Because we wanted to keep the general layout/footprint, we made minor adjustments such as adding the arch over the tub and enlarged the shower in the primary bathroom.
The primary bathroom is definitely top of the list for one of our favorite rooms. We found a soaking tub that was perfect for our client who loves to have a bath! Swapping the previous under-mount jacuzzi tub for this beautiful free-standing tub was a game changer. The vintage inspired custom color Arto brick floors and vintage art collage above the tub were ideal for making a relaxing and beautiful place to spend time in. The boys’ bedrooms and bathrooms were also favorite rooms to work on because we got to use custom art, lots of color, and lockers for extra storage – anything that allowed us to really think outside the box.