Name: Flavia and her family
Location: Newport Beach, California
Size: 3,600 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years, owned
It took looking at nearly 200 houses, but Flavia and her family found the perfect home in this house when they moved from North Carolina to Orange County in 2008. Well, almost perfect. While it was a very nice space when they bought it, it never quite reflected the family's style and taste. So after years of waiting for the right time to remodel, in 2016 they finally started their "big" project.
Flavia's dedication to designing a home true to her vision meant she ended up leading the design charge (and having to tackle some remodeling hiccups). "Some of my biggest challenges stemmed from the fact that I hadn't done this before, that most of what I wanted didn't fit what is readily available in our local market, and that the subcontractors didn't have any previous experience with what I had in mind."
Traveling—and the beautiful hotels Flavia's had the opportunity to see while on travels—plays the biggest role in the home's style. But though it's a luxurious space, it was built around comfort. And thanks to the wall of windows that open up wide onto the cozy yard, nature is literally a big element to the home's design, smartly complemented by relying on natural organic elements. The whole home feels like being on vacation everyday.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Modern and organic. I love elements from nature and a neutral color palette.
Inspiration: Traveling and hotels. Most of my ideas come from hotels. That's why my husband was afraid of having a hotel as a home!
Favorite Element: The dining table. It's a dual dining/pool table, and we all enjoy it. I am so happy to see us use the previously neglected dining room now that it is part of the whole great room.
Biggest Challenge: Some of my biggest challenges stemmed from the fact that I hadn't done this before, that most of what I wanted didn't fit what is readily available in our local market, and that the subcontractors didn't have any previous experience with what I had in mind.
What Friends Say: They are always complimenting the house. They know I did it on my own and the hard work it was.
Biggest Embarrassment: The upper floor! I haven't started the transformation up there yet!
Proudest DIY: The tree! I had this idea in my head for ages. And it had to be that kind of tree that only grows in New Mexico. Finally I found a gardener who had them and we planted it next to the staircase. I love how the shadow of the branches reflects on the white walls.
Biggest Indulgence: I have a top that covers the sink so the countertop looks like one big piece. It cost me a fortune and I never use it!
Best Advice: Listen to your own ideas.
Chairs — Restoration Hardware
Dining Table — Williams-Sonoma
Ceiling lamp — West Elm
Island ceiling lamps — Arteriors Home
Silver stools — inspired by Philippe Starck's design of the Hudson Chair.
Chandelier over dining table — custom design by Flavia Eifrig Design.
Dining/pool table — custom design by Flavia Eifrig Design.
Side table — Stanley Furniture