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  • Lindsey Borchard

Camarillo Ranch Project Part I: Living Room

We’re so excited to revealing one of our largest projects to date, and a personal favorite – our Camarillo Ranch Project! This project is one of our most favorite transformations for two reasons: the project has immense sentimental value to the clients AND the views from this home are unlike anything we’ve ever seen. They sit above a huge valley and on a clear day can see the ocean from their backyard.

When we first arrived to this project, it was a beautiful house straight from the 1970’s! We are talking shag carpet, rock fireplace and wood panelling throughout! This house was my clients grandmothers house and was now raising his young family there, so there is so much sentimental value.

Since moving in, they hadn’t touched any room outside of the kitchen. He and his wife were really ready to make grandma’s house into their own. When I first met with the clients, she felt it was either a full gut job on the house or buy a new house. I quickly BEGGED her to not move because the view is just priceless. You couldn’t find anything like it in Los Angeles. So we began the process of turning her 1970s gem into a modern California ranch home.

To kick off the full remodel, we painted the entire house and installed new floors. We scraped the popcorn ceilings and installed beautiful canned lighting, which was a game changer since there was no overhead lighting in the entire home before!

Here in the living room, we opened up a wall from the kitchen to living room and created a “window”. This allows them to see the view and the rest of the house from the kitchen. For structural reasons, the wall couldn’t be removed entirely, so by creating this window, we were able to have that open concept feeling in the space. Additionally, we ripped out the rock fireplace and literally moved it to be centered on the wall. We added beautiful new graphic tile tile and added some polish with a custom mantel and molding.

The color palette is neutral, with layers of whites, saturated blues and pops of natural greens to bring the outdoors in. We created a cozy gathering place to enjoy the views by doing two sofas across from each other. This provided the optimum conversation space adjacent to the formal dining room. We mixed layers of textiles and coordinating pillows to tie the two different sofas together. The geometric brass coffee table is modern, with a touch of glam to add some formality to the space. A thin console table behind the white sofa helps to establish the dividing line between the living and dining rooms, without blocking the views.

Overall, the space feels bright and airy, polished and approachable. It’s the perfect area for the family to entertain or relax by themselves, in their families well-loved home that used to be grandmas.

Because we source custom furnishings for all of our design clients, we can’t link to everything here. To get a similar look of our Camarillo Ranch Project shop look-a-like items below! Scroll all the way through for the full reveal.

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photography by Amy Bartlam


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