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A Compact L.A. Home Is Transformed With a Soothing Green Kitchen and Sky Blue Bath

A Compact L.A. Home Is Transformed With a Soothing Green Kitchen and Sky Blue Bath

AFTER: “Earthy and natural elements like the oak cabinetry, ceramic backsplash, and natural stone countertops warm up the space and foster a more intimate environment for hosting,” Jessica says. Reform cabinetry in olive, conifer, and oak surround a Fisher Paykel refrigerator.

Devon and Jessica figured that if they tweaked that exposed closet containing the laundry and water heater, they might be able to make it work. “We moved an exterior door, closed a window, and stole a foot from the guest room closet to build the bathroom,” Devon explains. “The washer and dryer were relocated to a hall closet, and the water heater was moved outside.” In the kitchen they removed a wall to create an oversized pantry on one side and installed a ceiling-to-countertop backsplash behind an oven on another. An L-shaped counter sits in between, right where another wall used to be.

Amidst all of these adjustments, the starkest transformation in recent memory was also taking place: the pandemic. The couple are doctors, and the timing of the renovation last spring meant there was a lot to handle at home and at work—to put it mildly. Devon and Jessica did everything they could to mitigate stress, but some things didn’t go quite as planned. “Besides long lead times that created a lag in the middle of construction, an installer set the backsplash tile vertically instead of horizontally as we originally envisioned,” Jessica says. “We went back and forth on whether it should be switched, knowing that removing and replacing it would be wasteful and time-consuming, but we all decided to keep it as is.”

AFTER: “In the kitchen, midcentury features like the floating cabinetry and terrazzo floor, alongside the high window and wood trim in the bathroom, all nod to the original character of the home,” Devon says. The flooring is Berkeley terrazzo in 16-inch squares.

The texture of the happy-accident tiles pairs well with the terrazzo floors and natural woods, making for a winning trio that complements the home’s existing midcentury character. But it’s the color palette shared between the bathroom and kitchen that achieves the biggest statement. “We were inspired by the California landscape, and these colors are very reminiscent of Big Sur,” Jessica says. The sage hue of the pantry and disguised refrigerator contrast the charcoal accents throughout the kitchen, while the sky blue tiles in the bathroom make it an effortless retreat. “Those soothing colors soften the more modern shapes we used,” Jessica adds.

AFTER: The bathroom measures five by eight feet, and the designers chose to wrap most of it in one material: Daltile’s Spa squares. “Repeating a single-colored material throughout created a high impact on a low budget,” Jessica says. For the spots that don’t have tiles, the designers painted Benjamin Moore’s Mystic Beige on the walls. The towel hooks are from Design Within Reach.

AFTER: In keeping with the minimal theme, all of the bathroom fixtures are Delta Trinsic in matte black. A concrete sink by Nood sits below a medicine cabinet by Room and Board, and the Anni sconce is from Cedar and Moss.

The project wrapped at the beginning of last summer, which gave the owners the chance to live with a calmer side of change. Devon and Jessica both note how the couple handled it all with so much grace, even when building a makeshift kitchen in their guest room during construction. When so much change is afoot, it’s often best to carve out some consistency—and for them, it was always about cooking.

“We were lucky to work with clients who have a healthy perspective,” Devon says. “They were willing to roll with the punches.”