The challenge of this residential project was to add a contemporary edge to a house that had clear classical features. The idea in mind was to create a comfortable environment with a fresh feel, in a contemporary style with organic elements that would bring the beautiful outdoors in.

New oak hardwood floors of 7” planks were added throughout the home as a good ‘foundation’ to the design, adding just enough warmth to the space. One of the biggest challenges was to convert a very busy railing with hundreds of classic balusters into a clean element that would open up the view to the exterior, turning it into an unexpected design element. The design team came up with the idea of blending classic with contemporary; adding a glass railing system and mixing it with a very simple and clean, tapered baluster. This alone was a tremendous difference to the overall design of the home, putting the design team on the right path to accomplish the goal of giving the house a contemporary feel.

The paint color adds just the right amount of freshness and enough contrast with the white windows and doors’ trims. The fireplace was completely re-designed; shaker style panels were added floor to ceiling to create dimension. A rustic mantel was added to the mix to bring an organic edge to the design. The room is very monochromatic, but with a punch of bold colors, such as the light chartreuse sofa. Custom made furniture pieces were grouped in a circular layout that is emphasized by the 14’ round, wool and art silk rug.

This living room is the perfect combination of organic and earthy vibes, with a tasteful mix of very contemporary elements, where the ultimate goal was to create a comfortable and casual environment that would bring the outdoors into the space.

This kitchen was completely segmented into different areas in one room, and one of the homeowner’s wishes was to have an open kitchen where they could spend their time and enjoy it during family gatherings. The design team took this into consideration when they decided to demo a few walls to open up the space to the living room and the nook area.

The perimeter of the kitchen was designed with paint grade white cabinets with shaker style doors, which are a good transitional element to be added to a house that mixes classical and contemporary features. The counter tops are made out of quartz, and have a very subtle tone, that works well with the stone mosaic backsplash tile, adding a stunning background pattern. The uppers were painted with a darker tone of grey to add contrast and interest, while the island was designed to be its own element, with its own wood finish and counter top material.

A peninsula bar with a waterfall edge was created to add another spot where guests can gather while a meal is being prepared. The face of the peninsula ties in with the same porcelain material used as the island counter top. Coffered ceilings and a niche where a pendant was dropped above the peninsula, add a dramatic look and an interesting design element to the space.

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Modern home with Doors, Wood, Exterior, and Swing Door Type. Photo  of Sacramento Home I
Modern home with Staircase, Wood Railing, and Glass Railing. Photo 2 of Sacramento Home I
Modern home with Living Room, Recessed Lighting, Sofa, End Tables, Console Tables, Bench, Chair, Medium Hardwood Floor, Coffee Tables, and Gas Burning Fireplace. Photo 3 of Sacramento Home I
Modern home with Living Room, Stools, Console Tables, Chair, Bench, End Tables, Sofa, Coffee Tables, Gas Burning Fireplace, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 4 of Sacramento Home I
Modern home with Kitchen, Recessed Lighting, Range Hood, Beverage Center, White Cabinet, Wood Cabinet, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Engineered Quartz Counter. Photo 5 of Sacramento Home I
Modern home with Kitchen, Range Hood, Engineered Quartz Counter, Wood Cabinet, Ceiling Lighting, White Cabinet, and Dark Hardwood Floor. Photo 6 of Sacramento Home I
  • Donald Satterlee


  • 2014