Coastal Craft/Guest Room Makeover

My client, Diane, sews and makes scrap books 
and wanted a space of her own.
They live in a part of Newport Beach, California
 called Spyglass Hill 
with views of the ocean like this...
Every time I've been there, it's been foggy 
(weird summer weather) so this is from 
a real estate ad.  Still...can you imagine waking up to this???
That is Catalina Island in the distance.
Here are some before photos.
Diane needed elbow room 
and storage to enclose sewing materials and scrapbooks.

Here is Diane's new desk, 
designed my me and built by Adrian Schroeder.
And on the other side are new cupboards and drawers 
and a space to pull out her rolling sewing table 
(that Diane's husband built for her).
Cabinet doors and drawers make it possible 
to close everything up all nice and tidy.

The sconces, from Restoration Hardware, allow for more counter space.  Diane can pin photos, fabrics and patterns on her 
A linen covered castered chair for easy movement is coming soon.
The stained desk top matches the end tables on the other side of the room.

Here is what the other side of the room looked like BEFORE.
 The bed frame, from another room, was moved in here with the posts cut down to feel more spacious.
I suggested that they replace the carpeting with wood flooring.
The paint color is Benjamin Moore's Glass Slipper,
reflective of the ocean sky outside. 

I also recommended this mirror for above the bed.

The sand colored linen bedding is by Ralph Lauren.  
It was on sale at Macy's,
less another 25% and then ANOTHER 15%.
DEAL!  I sent Diane the link and she pulled the trigger immediately.
Good thing...it's sold out.  

The sea glass lamps are from Pottery Barn...
but the link doesn't work anymore...might be sold out, too.

 Diane wrote to me: "What I most like about the new room are that the clean lines and cool colors calm me down, allow me to organize my crazy spirit and let me actually do projects with ease!  I am fortunate to be able to have met with you to direct my ideas!  I just love our room AND so does my husband as you could tell today!"

Other news...our cute friend from Florida was visiting recently.
She brought us the lilies on the table.
I tucked lavender in the napkin rings...
but you could use any sprig from your garden.
The charming grey black/gray and white salad plates are by Juliska.

Thanks for visiting!
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  1. Your clients craft/bedroom turned out so beautifully. I love the corner desk you've designed. You're very good! It must be a huge room. How nice for her and I'm sure she's going to enjoy it. You do wonderful work.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

    1. It's actually not a very big room, Shelia, so the built-ins really maximize the space.

  2. Love the transformation especially the L-shape custom desk. You did a wonderful job as usual. Your clients must be thrilled!

    Have a great weekend!


  3. Lovely transformation. Like the idea of lavender tucked inside napkin ring, so cute! Have a lovely weekend.

  4. Oh wow, what a dream space. Love all the built-ins and that sewing cupboard is fantastic. Hugs, Marty

  5. Mary Ann another great job! Organized to perfection and decorated with a well edited hand, Love the wall color and I spied that bedding and fell in love with it online, great choice!! Happy Weekend,

  6. Mary Ann,
    What a great bedroom/workroom make over. Everything is in its place and it does look lovely and calming...a good thing for a bedroom. Well done.

  7. Every time you show one of those ocean views I think....I need to live there. The cabinets you designed are perfect. Your client is a crafter after my own heart...I sew with the tv on, too. Of course her husband is happy, it's done and his wife is happy. End of story.

  8. Yes....another fabulous makeover! Boy Mary Ann...do you ever sleep? It is exactly what I need for my sewing/craft room and I especially love her roll out table for her sewing machine! I'll have to put that on the honey-do list! Such a gorgeous, chic table....I still have my eye on those Juliska plates and I love the "crimped pie crust" edge on the larger plates! Want it all....but I do have those napkin rings! Happy weekend to you and yours!!

  9. What a great space! You did a fabulous job. And that view, I'd neve leave ;)

  10. I will have to, eventually, do a post on my renovated office space! I did almost the same white corner built ins,with a dark top, and then a huge pin up board with dark frame. Just got a Michelle Armas giclee print and am hanging it this weekend. I love the white and the dark wood!!

  11. Lovely transformation - I can see why your client is overjoyed with her new space! You 've inspired me to make some changes to my own work space. X Sharon

  12. What a lovely transformation! You really maximized the function in a tight space and it looks beautiful to boot. And any guest would feel pampered here too! Best, Beth C.

  13. Great Makeover...love what you did with the space.

    You always have the best dressed tables! :)

    Linda in S.D.

  14. Absolutely love it! So fresh and clean...love how you cut the posts down on the bed to open things up...I never would have thought of that!

    Beautiful table...enjoy your weekend!!!


  15. You do beautiful work Mary Ann! I love the calmness of the room now. Well done!

  16. love love love all you do! and I spy a double happiness pot on her bedside table...would you mind asking her where she got it? always adding to my collection :)

  17. Gorgeous...you have such a great eye. Love the redo and of course your table settings are always wonderful!

    Have a great night.

  18. Beautiful Job Mary Ann! That view! The room is so organized and peaceful now.
    I am sure your client loves everything you did for her
    Love the linens!

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  19. Mary Ann- That room looks absolutely fabulous AND it is functional, too. Those don't always go hand in hand. Great choices and I love how it turned out!

  20. What a brilliant space, the desk and built-ins are so fab! Love the use of sconces. No doubt she'll be thanking you for that!

  21. Love that desk you designed, and the top is just so rich and gorgeous. Brilliant on the posts of the bed, it came out so beautifully. I always love the work you do. :)

  22. Love the desk you designed. So many great ideas for good looking storage.


  23. I love this room and that beautiful desk! It all has your signature serene style! You're fantastic!
    Xo Nancy

  24. WELL DONE! so simple but so stylish! good designers make it look easy-do did just that!
    LOVE that ballard pinboard!!! i got 2 of them side by side for my kids playroom and it works way better that a regular cork board.....and super durable. LOVE!!!!

  25. I would love to have a workspace like this for myself! Well done!

  26. I feel more relaxed already - your client must be thrilled!!

  27. Really LOVE that desk! And the bedding... what a find!! Looks great as always Mary Ann.

  28. Nice job. Love the built-ins. I'm sure she is loving her new space! Pinning!

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  30. Love the design nice house.Very neat and clean.Thanks for posting.

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  31. I am amazed and STUNNED by the transformation that you have done here. The built-ins have done a great job and this is like really magical.
    My most favorite is the desk <3

    Great going
    Jessica x

  32. Love the blue touches.

    Thanks for playing.

    Happy Blue Monday, Mary Ann.

  33. Great job...love the silver blue paint color...keeping that in my files!

  34. I've been imagining a whole wall of built-in storage, yours looks great. Now I really want some... The bed treatment is super too.

  35. What a peaceful retreat you've made, and I love all the storage tucked away nice and neat. Love your work, Mary Ann!

  36. Another gorgeous room makeover! And...love your table in your beautiful courtyard!


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