Friends and neighbors all agree that Melissa and Scott Williams' home is hands down one of the most stylish in the Hollywood Riviera. It's easy to understand why since Scott is a general contractor and Melissa, well, she was just born with the design gene.
The Torrance, California ranch house they call home is actually the same house where Scott grew up. When Scott's father was ready to retire and relocate, Scott couldn't think of a better place to live. So a few years back he purchased his childhood home and began planning a remodel. Treading gently, the Williams updated the facade and interiors with deft hands and keen eyes.
Changes started at the entrance, where sidelights were added to the old front door which was transformed via Scott's carpentry skills into a dutch door painted glossy black.
dutch door front entrance
Once inside, the house has a traditional yet beachy vibe with a color palette of white, cream, sand, sea foam, chocolate brown and slate blue.…
Spent the afternoon tooling through Ojai yesterday. Things seem to be changing in this sleepy little town with some new life brewing on Ojai Avenue.
On S. Montgomery Street, I ran across this groovy little store called deKor+Co., a spin-off from its L.A. location. deKor+Co. seems to be a lifestyle store with everything from beach coverups to beauty products and furniture.
Of course I was loving the furniture. Especially this slat backed, mid-century chair below available in many colors, and two different finishes, at a killer price of $685.00.
Just around the corner from DeKor+Co., pop into indoor/outdoor store Fig filled with products full of fun and whimsy. Can you see the hopscotch traced on the floor at the entrance?
During the Sochi Winter Olympics, I learned a new snowboarding term called a yard sale. A yard sale describes a snowboarder who, while wiping out, loses their board, gloves, goggles or whatever else was once attached to them but is now strewn haphazardly all over the slope -- leaving the scene looking like, you've got it, a yard sale.
Stay with me here, the design tie-in is coming. In 2012, interior designer Tim Clarke gave an interview to Apartment Therapy sharing his design process which reminded me somewhat of a knowledge yard sale. Practically giving it away and filled with interesting tidbits, Clarke shared with readers how and why he does what he does to create calm, coastal spaces. Kind of wonderful when you consider it. Some of this information is also available in his book, Coastal Modern but this Apartment Therapy post provides the Cliffs Notes version.
For those of you familiar with Coastal Modern and wanting to see additional images never included in the book, vis…