An Interior Designer’s Eclectic Coastal Mid-Mod Reno

updated Apr 30, 2019

An Interior Designer’s Eclectic Coastal Mid-Mod Reno

updated Apr 30, 2019
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Name: Malik and Abbie Naber
Location: Cardiff by the Sea, California
Size: 1,800 square feet
Rent or Own: Own

When Abbie Naber and her husband Malik moved into their home just two short years ago, it was a forgotten stucco’d-over mid-century ranch home in need of some love. With a budding career in interior design, Abbie took on their new home renovation as a design challenge and the surprisingly speedy process resulted in a stunning, airy, coastal beauty that has helped catapult her internet presence and establish her now successful design business.

Abbie and Malik’s home is located in Cardiff by the Sea, which, if you’re unfamiliar, is a charming little town just north of San Diego. Abbie chose a design scheme that complemented her family’s cheerful seaside setting, which includes a retractable dining room wall and floor-to-ceiling adjacent windows to invite in all that free sun and salty air. A striking ombre blue accent wall amidst sandy neutral (get the wallpaper here) reflects the colors of the beach and endless blue sky. The rest of the home has an eclectic vibe, which is accented by various local art, vintage knick-knacks, plenty of plants, and her own global pillow line.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: A true style mutt: a mix of modern, Scandinavian, eclectic, bohemian, and global all fused into one! I love neutrals, and I’m a sucker for layering textures and patterns!

Inspiration: My travels, mixes of patterns. Australian interior design. Designers that I look up to: Leanne Ford, Sarah Sherman Samuel, Jessica Helgerson, Natalie Meyers.

Favorite Element: A tie between the master bathroom renovation (graphic cement tile and repurposed mid-century credenza) and last summer’s addition (a dining room with a watercolor mural and wood paneled ceiling)

Biggest Challenge: Closet space in this 1960s original! I’m always having to purge to keep a grip on things!

What Friends Say: They love coming over and hanging in the indoor/outdoor dining space.

Proudest DIY: Not so crazy of a “DIY,” but I’m really proud of my art gallery wall. I patiently acquired the right art over time, and tried to find small artists to support. I love the way it came together!

Biggest Indulgence: Tile and wallpaper. Two of my favorite things that give so much personality to a space!

Best Advice: “Don’t be so hard on yourself… and value your time and worth!”

Dream Sources: Any Australian home decor line that I can’t get my hands on over here. Croft House furniture, more Blockshop textiles and prints, and tiles galore!

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)


Door — Black Tie, Dunn Edwards
White Picket Fence, Dunn Edwards

Carrara, Dunn Edwards

Wind Chime — Anthropologie
Entry Tile — Cle Tile “Medium Dane”

Tile — Cle Tile “Arc” Pattern
Lounge Chairs — IKEA
Equipale Chairs — Bohemian General
Side Table — Urban Outfitters
Fireplace — Craigslist Find
Acapulco Chairs — Craigslist (singles) and Artedelat
Outdoor Rug — Lulu and Georgia
Side Table By Fireplace — CB2
Hammock — Anthropologie

Rug — Winnie Printed Rug/ Urban Outfitters
Wall Hanging — Free People display and DIY
Mirror — Umbra/Bloomingdales Home
Console — Room and Board

Countertops — Dekton by Constentino; Aura
Lighting — Luna from Schoolhouse Electric above sink; Sculptural Glass Globe Pendants from West Elm
Oven — Ancona
Hood — Ancona
Fridge — LG
Backsplash Tile — Porcelanosa; Diamond White
Cabinet Hardware — 4 inch center pull in satin brass from Richelieu
Cabinets — High Gloss, Kraftmaid
Faucet — Single Handle Pull Down faucet in Champagne Bronze from Delta Faucet
Barstools — Bertoia Chrome Wire stools from Knoll
Rug — Thrift store

Cushions — Custom sewn
Pillows — A. Naber Design/ Urban Outfitters/ CB2
White Floor Planter — West Elm
Table — Modway “Lippa- 78′ fiberglass
Light Fixture — Anthropologie
Plant Hanger — Urban Outfitters
Wood Mirror — Bohemian General
Metal Wall Hanging — Vida and Luz

Throw — The Apollo Box
Pillows — a. Naber Design
Standing Mirror — IKEA
Wall Hangings — Vintage
Gray Cushion Seat — Vintage
Metal Wall Hanging — Attalied
Hanging Mirror — Anthropologie
Small Dresser — Urban Outfitters
Rug — Vintage
Art Gallery Wall — Chasing Paper “peace print”, Minimalist Design Company, Block Shop Textiles, Kim Knoll, Whitney Winkler, Sambatothesea, Heather Marie, Benjamin Ewing, Sophia Shu, Mel Remmers, The Poster Club, Vintage Lithographs, Mary Gaspar
Headboard — Norwegian Wood Online

Dining Table — Restoration Hardware
Chairs — Pari Chairs from Anthropologie
Windows — Western Windows
Light Fixtures — Petite Lily Interiors
Candlesticks — Vintage
Bar Tile — Glazed Brick-Tweed tile from Cle Tile
Wallpaper — A New Wall “Roke” Mural
Hanging Planter — Justina Blakeney-Jungalow
Doors — Western Windows

Rug — West Elm
Couch — West Elm
Throws — Design 4 Corners/ Anthropologie
Pillows — a. Naber Design, Loom and Kiln, Burke Décor, Design 4 Corners
Coffee Table — West Elm
Side Table — West Elm
Painting — Pottery Barn
Planters — Bohemian General and Urban Outfitters
Console — Cb2
Macrame Runner — Anthropologie
Side Chair — West Elm
Hanging Baskets — Vintage/Travels/Etsy

Rug — Urban Outfitters
Desk — IKEA
Macrame Wall Hanging — Indie Boho Studio
Sewing Table — IKEA
Chair — IKEA
Wallpaper — Anthropologie
Wood Shelving Unit — IKEA
Gold Shelving Units — IKEA (spray painted gold)

Tile — Dandelion by Marrakech Design “”
Vanity — IKEA GODMORGON high gloss white with ODENSVIK sink
Mirror — West Elm
Art — Wilder California prints
Lighting — Schoolhouse Electric

Crib — Babyletto
Chair — Nurseryworks
Large Area Rug — West Elm
Small Fur Rug — IKEA
Small Rug — Urban Outfitters
Wallpaper — Ferm LIving
Macrame Wall Hanging — Ashton Zager Fine Art
Dresser — Vintage
Mini Shelving — Urban Outfitters
White Bookcase — Land of Nod
Blue Ottoman — Vintage
Pink Side Table — West Elm
Giraffe Print — The Animal Print Shop

Rug — Vintage
Fur Rug — IKEA
Ceiling Fan — Clarity II “Monte Carlo” Rubberized Black
Bed — West Elm
Bedding — West Elm
Pillows — a. Naber Design, San Junipero, The Garage Collective
Side Table — Urban Outfitters
Dresser — West Elm
Plant Stand — West Elm
Rattan Ottoman — Target
Black Tassel Hanging — Radical Souls Collective
Artwork — Laura Berger Art

Tile — Tulum from Cement Tile Shop LA
Vanity — Vintage repurposed
Sink — Kohler Vox Vessel Sink
Fixtures — Delta Trinsic
Shower Fixtures — Purist faucet- Vibrant Moderne- Brushed Gold
Wall Tile — Arizona Tile- 4×16 H Line Cotton Glossy
Mirror — Spancraft- 42″ frameless round
Lighting — Schoolhouse Electric
Artwork — Minted
Shelving — West Elm

Thanks, Abbie!

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