California Home Offers Style for Mom, Comfort for Kids

With two young boys and three dogs, a client in Newport Beach, Calif., wanted a home that the whole family could enjoy. Drawing on reclaimed wood and plush furniture, designer Brooke Wagner delivered a stylish yet durable interior.

Transitional Living Room Features Rich Blue Sofas

Transitional Living Room Features Rich Blue Sofas

Rich blue sofas bring color and personality to this carefully styled living room. Furniture pieces in pairs create a sense of symmetry and balance within the transitional space.

Photo by: Ryan Garvin

Ryan Garvin

When a client in Newport Beach, Calif., asked Brooke Wagner to design her new home, she had only one major request: make the interior sophisticated for mom but comfortable for two kids and their pets.

"We got to have a lot of creative control," Wagner says. "The client really let us run with it. She wasn’t too involved in the micro-detailing of anything."

Equipped with her client's trust and confidence, Wagner and her team worked with architect Cynthia Childs to develop an open floor plan with large, sweeping windows. Where the layout encourages an easy flow between rooms, the windows fill the home with beautiful natural light.

Serene Living Room Boasts Indoor-Outdoor Functionality

Serene Living Room Boasts Indoor-Outdoor Functionality

A color palette of soft neutrals and cool blues creates a calm, serene atmosphere in this transitional living room. Large sliding glass doors open the room up to an outdoor seating area, providing endless options for indoor-outdoor entertaining.

Photo by: Ryan Garvin

Ryan Garvin

In turn, the interior is spacious, airy and entirely inviting.

To complement that calming ambiance, Wagner introduced comfortable yet elegant pieces into the living room. Drawing on plush sofas and accents in soothing shades of blue, gray and white, she achieved a soft, stylish setting in which mom and kids can unwind.

Our major goal was to make the home feel livable and open. Nothing says, ‘Don’t touch this’ or ‘Don’t walk here.’ It’s more family-centric with a little touch of glam.
Brooke Wagner, Brooke Wagner Design
Transitional White Kitchen With Fun Lucite Barstools

Transitional White Kitchen With Fun Lucite Barstools

Lucite barstools with a fun, contemporary design surround one end of the island in this transitional kitchen, creating a spot for dining without visually crowding the room. Variegated wood flooring warms the crisp white space.

Photo by: Ryan Garvin

Ryan Garvin

That warm design is evident throughout the kitchen. Set against black countertops, a large island topped with Delano marble becomes a stunning focal point.

A breakfast bar built into one side invites casual conversation, while reclaimed wood floors below offer easy cleanup in the event of a spill. 

Those floors also create a gentle transition into the solarium. Here, Wagner paired patterned slipper chairs with a round table to create a more formal dining space where the client can gather with friends or family.

Glass-Enclosed Dining Room With Whimsical Chandelier

Glass-Enclosed Dining Room With Whimsical Chandelier

Dine with the beauty of natural surroundings but in the comfort of air conditioning in this glass-enclosed dining room. A bubble-like chandelier hangs above the stylish dining set, adding whimsy to the space.

Photo by: Ryan Garvin

Ryan Garvin

A free-form chandelier adds a whimsical touch that the client specifically requested.

"She really wanted edgier, funkier light fixtures, nothing overly-safe," Wagner recalls. "So we had a lot of fun with them. They’re more playful in this house than serious."

Inspired by her client’s unique style, Wagner infused the home with other unexpected elements, such as 3D tile. Layered in powder rooms, shower stalls and even a dry bar, the tile not only adds texture to the home, but also features a subtle "H" design as a nod to the client's name. 

Wanting to give the boys' rooms a similar personal touch, Wagner included a fun message in their Jack-and-Jack bathroom upstairs that reminds the young residents to "Wash behind your ears."

Transitional Family Room Is Fun, Playful

Transitional Family Room Is Fun, Playful

Mixed patterns help cultivate a lively, playful energy in this multipurpose family room. Blue accents bring cool color to the room, and a lion's head art piece adds an unexpected touch of fun and fierceness.

Photo by: Ryan Garvin

Ryan Garvin

She outfitted their playroom with a whimsical feature as well: a hand-painted checkerboard pattern for the wood floor. Paired with a plush couch and video game console, the design sets a comfortable, playful tone whether the boys watch a movie or do homework. 

The designer notes that these unexpected details, as well as many others, are what gives the home its sense of character. 

"Each of the boys' rooms also has a couple of areas where you push on the wall paneling and it leads to little rooms that are carpeted and finsihed off," Wagner reveals. "So that's another fun element that makes this house different."

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Country-Inspired Entry

With reclaimed wood floors and a weathered gray Dutch door, this entry boasts a rustic, country-inspired feel. Beautiful white moulding on the walls and staircase adds a touch of classic elegance. 

Rustic Stone Wine Room

A glass-enclosed wine room with rustic stone walls and whimsical accent lighting offers a striking focal point at the end of this crisp white hallway. Variegated wood floors lead up to the gorgeous display.

Powder Room With Textured Accent Wall

Located just off the hallway, this contemporary powder room is perfect for visiting friends and family. A textured accent wall becomes a subtle yet stunning focal point behind the unique mirror and vanity. 

3D Tile Backsplash

A more detailed look reveals a subtle "H" pattern in the 3D tile, which nods to the client's first name. Unexpected features like this give the home a personal touch. 

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Transitional Living Room

Rich blue sofas bring color, personality and comfortable seating to this carefully styled living room. For a contemporary edge, two lucite stools tie the space together. 

Indoor-Outdoor Functionality

A color palette comprised of soft neutrals and cool blues creates a calm, serene atmosphere in this transitional living room. Large sliding glass doors open the space to an outdoor seating area, providing endless options for indoor-outdoor entertaining.

Barcelona-Style Chairs

Two Barcelona-style chairs upholstered in a soft gray fabric provide stylish yet comfortable seating in this beautiful, family-friendly living room.

Photo By: Ryan Garvin

Kitchen With Lucite Barstools

Lucite barstools with a fun, contemporary design surround one end of the island in this transitional kitchen, creating a built-in breakfast bar for the whole family to enjoy. Reclaimed wood floors warm the space and give it texture as well.

Marble-Topped Kitchen Island

The stunning Delano marble island countertop takes center stage in the kitchen, providing a beautiful contrast to the black countertops. Lucite barstools offer trendy seating without distracting from the island.

Crisp Black Accents

Black details — the perimeter countertops, cabinet hardware, oven and window frames — pop against the fresh white cabinets and backsplash in this stylish kitchen. The island features a striking gray marble countertop for additional contrast and interest.

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Solarium With Whimsical Chandelier

Dine with the beauty of natural surroundings but in the comfort of air conditioning in this elegant solarium. A bubble-like chandelier hangs above the stylish dining set, adding a whimsical touch to the space.  

Bedroom With Upholstered Platform Bed

A graphic accent wall pairs with carpet flooring to create texture in this transitional bedroom. An upholstered platform bed adds a clean, stylish touch, and glass French doors provide access to a private patio.

Bedroom Leads to Outdoor Seating Area

A bedroom opens directly onto this small patio with a charming seating area. The outdoor nook is perfect for morning coffee, afternoon tea or after-dinner cocktails.

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Bathroom Boasts Gleaming Tile Wall

A metallic brown tile accent wall serves as a beautiful backdrop for the rich gray vanity in this contemporary bathroom. A gold starburst mirror complements the vanity hardware, and a marble countertop adds an elegant touch.

Built-In Storage

A unit of built-in cubbies stretches from the floor to the ceiling in this bathroom, providing ample storage space for towels and other bathroom essentials. The cubbies coordinate beautifully with the door and vanity, which are a similar hue of rich gray.

Classic Staircase

Variegated wood floors and treads lend warmth and rusticity to this classic staircase. White railings, walls and risers keep the space feeling open and airy.

Bright Home Office Feels Calm, Relaxed

Glass French doors allow natural light to flood this home office, ensuring the space encourages productivity. Shades of gray and blue keep the mood calm and relaxed, as well as connect this room to others throughout the house.

Striking Black & White Dry Bar

Textured black tile provides eye-catching contrast against the smooth white cabinets in this bar area. The textured backsplash coordinates with the backsplash in a nearby powder room, giving the home a sense of cohesion and flow.

Chic Master Bedroom

Deep, rich shades of blue adorn the bed and floor in this transitional master bedroom, making the space feel like a serene oasis. A graphic accent wall behind the bed adds movement and interest to the space.

Sophisticated Space With Blue, Gray Hues

A gorgeous blue velvet rug softens the wood floors in this bedroom and adds an element of luxury to the space. Charcoal gray doors pair with white frames and trim for a tasteful amount of contrast.

Master Bathroom With Pops of Contrast

Black doors and a dark tile shower create contrast in this light, bright bathroom, which features beige walls, white cabinetry and white floors. Patterned tile brings movement and interest to the space.

Fun, Playful Family Room

Mixed patterns help cultivate a lively, playful energy in this multipurpose family room. Blue accents bring cool color to the room, and a lion's head art piece adds an unexpected touch of fun and fierceness. 

Jack-and-Jack Bathroom

Two round mirrors provide a visual break from the otherwise sleek, clean lines in this boys' bathroom. The black vanity countertop offers a splash of contrast in the light space, which predominantly features neutrals and whites. 

Hidden Tile Message in Boys' Bathroom

A hidden message in the shower stall serves as a playful reminder in this striking Jack-and-Jack bathroom. A classic black and white color palette keeps the tile work from overwhelming the space.

Photo By: Ryan Garvin

Laundry Room With Subtle Shimmer

Stainless steel countertops ensure this laundry room is fit to handle anything. A subtle shimmer treatment embedded in the floors gives the space a touch of elegance, while a dutch door closes the room for the clients' dogs. 

Basement With High-End Western Design

A cow skull adorned with horns dipped in gold centers the reclaimed wood wall in this basement area, making a chic, western statement. Below, a contemporary game table and chairs pair with a built-in banquette for fun, comfortable seating.

Basement Sitting Room Features Wood Wall

A reclaimed wooden accent wall brings texture to this basement seating area, thus balancing the formal design. An orange armchair and patterned pillows add muted yet energetic color to the space.


Outdoor Sitting Room

Classic yet clean-lined seating with rich gray upholstery and soft gray piping makes a classy statement in this outdoor sitting room. The gray hues in the furniture coordinate beautifully with the gray tile flooring.

Backyard Oasis With Pool and Lounge Chairs

A gray tile pool deck surrounds this backyard swimming pool, and wood lounge chairs provide a spot to relax poolside. Trees from the surrounding landscape and a tall wood fence offer privacy.

Side Table and Chairs

Mosaic tile detailing glimmers as the sun reflects off this gorgeous backyard swimming pool. A small wood table with two matching chairs creates the perfect spot for poolside cocktails.

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