House Tour: Kate and Damien Take it SLO

House Tour: Kate and Damien Take it SLO

Gregory Han
Jan 30, 2009

When couple Kate and Damien purchased their San Luis Obispo home about a year ago, what they had in mind was creating a space inspired by the comfortable-modern decor of Palm Springs and some of their favourite designers tied to the California based aesthetic. Their home is a real world, real people template of solutions, mixing and matching pieces from national retailers with online finds, antique stores and finds from trips out to the very city that inspired the decor itself. We like to think of it as a little wing of Palm Springs lifestyle up in the coastal community of San Luis Obispo...


AT Survey:

My/Our style: I would classify our style as simple, comfortable modern.

Inspiration: Our inspiration for our remodel and furnishing came from a variety of sources including Palm Springs Modern, The Viceroy hotel in Palm Springs, Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Shag, Apartment Therapy, a plethora of magazines, Amy Butler and any other funky sources we come across.

Favorite Element: The master bathroom! We also love the potential of our house, we have so many more projects and we are really excited to see the house totally complete. We also love the huge windows this house has, then let in so much natural light.

Biggest Challenge: Lighting was an issue, because there was not a lot of overhead light, but most rooms had switches wired to outlets, so we had to use a lot of lamps. Another challenge has been prioritize what things to remodel/update first, there were so many things that need to be redone that we had/have to be very smart about how to spend our remodel money.

What Friends Say: Everyone seems to love our house and they are amazed with the transformation we have made in this house since February (when we bought our house)
Biggest Embarrassment: Our kitchen, it is all original (and our house was built in the 60's) we are planning a redo eventually! The landscaping also is in desperate need of some love.

Proudest DIY: My (Kate) proudest DIY is my front door! I painted it (which took several coats of primer and paint) and picked out all of the hardware. We are also very proud of picking all of our interior paint colors ourselves – that is not an easy task!

Biggest Indulgence: In the remodel our biggest indulgence was tile for the bathrooms and the tub in the master bathroom. And when decorating our biggest indulgence was probably the Nelson Saucer Pendant in the entry and the Bourgie Table Lamp in the living room.

Best advice: The best advice we got was from my (Kate's) mom, she stressed to us that it is better to spend a little more money and get what you really want or wait and get good stuff over time instead of buying all ok stuff at once because you will just end up replacing the cheap stuff and spending the same amount of money or more in the long run.

Dream source: Design Within Reach, Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler furniture and rugs.



Hardware: Chiasso

Furniture: Design within reach warehouse sale, Crate and Barrel, CB2, Ikea, antique stores (Palm Springs has the best ones!)

Accessories: Jonathan Adler, Pottery Barn frames, antique stores, ebay

Lighting: Online sources (generally ones that have free shipping)

Flooring: Lumber liquidators, Home Depot

Rugs and Carpets: Urban Outfitters

Tiles and Stone: Ebay (we got some great glass tile for our guest bathroom from ebay)

Artwork: Shag, Esty

(Thanks, Kate and Damien!)


Photos by Kate and Damien

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