A guest cottage and main house bathroom renovation

Posted on Fri, 13 Jan 2023 by KiM

There’s nothing more gratifying than working with a homeowner ready to take creative leaps of faith with you. So, when a beloved (and fellow creative) client purchased a 1920’s Spanish home in Atwater Village and asked us to turn her guest house into a sassy writer’s shack, we hit the drawing board/completely blank canvas right away. Full trust in the process and a willingness to take all sorts of design risks with us, our client was down for coating every surface in super saturated hues, ample textures, and inspiring patterns. Such a no-holds-bar approach meant that the kitchen concept was born overnight (like, Caitlin had a dream and it was this exact kitchen that we re-created in real life) and the other spaces (reading room, office, and bathroom) followed quick on its tail. The small guest house is now a larger-than-life office-away-from-office that leaves visitors jaws on the floor and provides a daily pick-me-up to the lovely lady who writes there.
This may win a prize for prettiest tiles in one project. Talk about huge impact! Another fabulously courageous project by Black Lacquer Design. Photos: Jessica Alexander.

As is sadly often the case with homes of its era in Los Angeles, the kitchen and bathroom were completely gutted at some point and filled with builder-grade finishes unaligned with the inherent architecture of the home. On such jobs, our modus operandi is to reinfuse the spaces with details that harken back to the very best elements of the home’s original style while weaving in timeless touches of both modern life and the personality of the homeowner. In the bathroom, this method resulted in an eclectic, feminine heart-to-heart between the unruly imperfections of the handmade and the more orderly lines of the meticulously tailored. And what else could come from such a love story but a blue dream of a bathroom fit for a mermaid?

dwodenver says:

Some of these spaces are just too bold color-wise for me… but that blue tiled bathroom has me drooling.

Gladys Kravitz says:

I’m certainly a fan of color and typically appreciate eclectic spaces, but found the colors in the kitchen area specifically to clash and create a chaotic vibe. Even the ceiling moulding is inconsistent!

KLNR says:

So refreshing to see something that isn’t white on white or some other magazine trend.
Well done.

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