California Mediterranean in Los Angeles
The designer transformed what she says was once a "run-down, characterless" house into a traditional home that leans Mediterranean — a style Goodman calls California Mediterranean — and perfectly fits the family's laid-back lifestyle.
Houzz at a Glance
Location: Long Beach, California
Size: 4,500 square feet
Designer's challenge: Getting the husband to realize the value of an interior designer's work
The sea, sand and clouds inspired the living room's palette. The traditional, symmetrical furniture placement gets an update from turquoise accents and coastal tokens: a collection of coral, seashells and starfish, and Mediterranean floral throw pillows in varying shades and patterns.
Coffee table: Restoration Hardware; club chairs: Noir Furniture
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Bathtub: vintage, Kohler; pendant: client's
Dresser: Ordinal, Anthropologie
The clients wanted their kids to have the freedom to play and grow in the house and with the neighborhood kids who have become their close friends. Goodman describes her clients' community as one where children still play in the streets and parents meet outside to catch up on their lives. "It is a throwback to another era," she says.
Whenever Goodman looks at pictures of the house, she feels a tremendous sense of joy; the wife's vision of a home that was not too traditional, decorated or shabby was achieved and extended throughout the whole house's design. She "didn't want to go overboard with the shabby part, but she did want the laid-back, relaxed feel of a shabby chic home, which I think we achieved," says Goodman.
As for the husband, Goodman says he eventually sang her praises.