Before and After: Happy Valley Farmhouse

This 1900s farmhouse in the Santa Cruz mountains had so much potential, but was suffering from multiple remodels that seemed like a mishmash of styles. Paring back the color and material palette let the home's original beauty and detail shine through, while modernizing the space. 


The buttercup yellow and stained door gave the farmhouse a dated feel. While cheerful, the color competed with the surrounding beauty. The fresh white paint gives the stately home an elegant and timeless feel, emphasizing the surrounding mountains. The black door and shutters give just enough of a modern edge to update the feeling of this classic farmhouse.

Living Room

Dark and heavy green stained paneling added visual weight to the living room, the natural light and high ceilings completely lost in the combination of dark beams and dark trim. The light floor pulled focus furthering the illusion of shortened space. White washing the walls, beams, and paneling opened up the living room, letting the inherent elegance of the sitting area come through. The bold black floors and staircase banister anchor the space with a point of contrast. Playful lantern lighting sprinkled across the ceiling is an unexpected touch that modernizes the sitting room. Natural textures and warm neutrals lend comfort and ease to the space, with hints of greenery bringing the outside in. 

Master Bathroom

The bathroom layout left a lot to be desired, with a funky shuttered opening looking onto the bedroom, and a lot of space being taken up by a hallway and small closet at the main entrance to the bathroom.The layout of the bathroom got an overhaul, with the hallway and closet removed to make the bathroom footprint larger. The bathtub bump out was closed off to create a much more functional and accessible closet. Inside the bathroom, a beautiful patterned tile runs along the floor and up a wall, creating the perfect spot for a soaking tub. A rustic vanity with soapstone counters and concrete vessel sinks is the perfect moody addition to the bathroom, with brass accents in the vintage inspired lighting and faucets adding warmth. The new layout even allowed space for a walk in shower, with beveled subway tile adding a classic element. 


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