Must-Try Bedroom Idea

One of our beautiful Waterloo homes was featured in an article by Mitchell Parker from Houzz.com. The article titled, 3 Must-Try Ideas for Your Bedroom Project, explores bedroom design tips and tricks. Check out Carley's #1 tip for keeping a bedroom design modern, bright and easy to work with in this excerpt from the article. 

Homeowner's Request:
This home was built on spec for a future owner. Carley Montgomery acted as the architectural designer, interior designer, general contractor and developer. She envisioned modern clean lines and flexible living space for this house, which could be used as a guest house, an office or an artist's studio.

Designer secret:
Plain white walls. "Everyone gets all crazy trying to pick the perfect white," Montgomery says. "While in many circumstances this is vital to match the furniture or warm a space with a hint of color, I find off-the-shelf white is the most universal, easy and safe color for modern homes." 

Plan of Attack:
Montgomery designed the home from the ground up, positioning it to capitalize on unobstructed views. Large floor-to-ceiling windows bring in light and views of downtown Los Angeles, which Montgomery wanted to highlight by keeping the interior design minimal. "It's incredible at night," she says. "The desk behind the sofa allows you to work and also enjoy the view."

Photography by Eric Charles Photography.

Photography by Eric Charles Photography.

Why the design works: 
"This entire space is only 560 square feet and feels so much larger," Montgomery says. "The ceilings are vaulted, creating a loft-like feel. But the flow of the space is what really works. We fit a full kitchen, full bath, dining area, living area, desk and bed in the space, and it doesn't feel crowded. This has everything to do with the placement of the entry door, kitchen and bathroom inside the space. It is vital to place your furniture on your plan when in design so that you maintain flow through the finished space."

"Uh-oh" Moment:
"If this were a project being built for a homeowner, there would have been numerous 'uh-oh' moments. There always are," Montgomery says. "Being that this is my business and I'm acting as owner representative, designer and contractor, decisions are quite simple. The only issue is trying to anticipate what the buyer of the property is going to want. It's like working for a mystery client."

Take-away:
The value of well-planned and thought-out design.
 

Photography by Eric Charles Photography.

Photography by Eric Charles Photography.

Team Involved:
Jordan Christian (artist); Corbin Poorboy of The Here Co. (styling); Eric Charles (photographer)

Our home was only one of three beautiful homes featured in this article!
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Sleek Kitchen with a View

Our Silverlake Residence was just recently featured in an article by Becky Harris from Houzz.com. The article explores this modern kitchen design in Los Angeles featuring sleek lines and black and white contrasting details. We hope you enjoy it!


"Everything was about this amazing view of the downtown L.A. skyline," Montgomery says. "I wanted everything to face it and keep the open feeling." In fact, she would have skipped the higher bar top on the peninsula, but she needed a good spot to install electrical outlets in an inconspicuous way. Installing them on the wall between the two countertops worked out well.

Because the kitchen is so visible from the living room and family room, it needed to fit in with the other spaces. The large windows and doors are 8 feet high. "Rather than taking away from the views, we wanted to accentuate them," Montgomery says. She found alternatives to upper cabinets to keep the open feeling.

Photography by Eric Charles Photography.

Photography by Eric Charles Photography.

On one side, the peninsula contains the sink, the dishwasher, pullout trash and recycling bins, and drawers. "We used drawers instead of cabinet doors as much as possible. They are much more convenient and are a one-step operation," Montgomery says. The other side (see previous photo) has additional cabinet storage for pieces that are not used daily, like platters, vases and a fondue pot.

Montgomery used beautiful walnut wood to warm things up throughout the house. This countertop is unstained walnut with a clear sealant.

On the plan, you can see how the main living spaces relate to one another and that the refrigerator is tucked just around the corner in front of the pantry. This helped keep the kitchen from looking like a typical kitchen, making the entire living room, dining room and kitchen space more pleasing. At the same time, the refrigerator is within work-triangle range.

This house is part of a small development Montgomery completed that includes three main houses and two back houses on three lots. 
 

She sourced the geometric encaustic tile on the range backsplash from Nicaragua. It makes one big statement and fits in with the contemporary art that Montgomery likes to display and plans to exhibit when she uses the house for a pop-up gallery.

In fact, the backsplash came out so beautifully that it inspired her to become a vendor for the tiles herself, a side project she is working on.

This is a view from the sofa in the living room area. "We placed the living room, dining room and kitchen all within one large, open space. It's a tight plan, but there is ample room for everything," Montgomery says. You can see how the custom walnut cabinets flanking the range resemble chests, giving them the look of free standing furniture.

The dining room side of the peninsula has custom walnut built-in shelves that nod to midcentury modern style. Again, they help the kitchen elements fit into the large, open plan. The walnut shelves break up the long expanse and provide a place to display favorite items and plants.

The large sliding doors provide big openings to the terrace. A big part of the home's program is indoor-outdoor living. The lower patio (back-left side of this photo) doubles as a required parking area for the other dwelling on the lot; a back house. The grid of concrete squares is an attractive solution to this zoning requirement.

While Montgomery knows they'll eventually sell the house, she's in no particular hurry to vacate. After all, she designed it in the style she loves.

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Gorgeous Homes Around the World

It was an honor to have our Modern Silverlake Residence hand-picked and featured in the beautiful compilation “144 Gorgeous Homes Around the Globe” on Houzz.com. The video features a variety of picture-perfect living spaces and expert photography. From jaw-dropping homes in Spain to Hong Kong, take a global look into the beautiful world of innovation and architecture. Check out the awe-inspiring collection of homes for yourself, and keep an eye out for the beautiful views from our Silverlake residence around 6:47!

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Photography by Eric Charles Photography.

Photography by Eric Charles Photography.