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Just the After :: Client For Realz the Nicest People on the Planet – Criollo-

Just the After :: Client For Realz the Nicest People on the Planet

April 5, 2017

Can you believe it? I’ve got ANOTHER client reveal to show you!!

I’m not evening kidding, I’m pretty sure this is a record for me! 3 reveals in only a couple months, not bad. We spent the better part of last year designing a bunch of “ground ups” and major remodels, so it’s so cool to FINALLY have some proof I actually work…HAHA! Coming up, we will have our East coast client in Connecticut, our La Jolla client, A Santa Monica client, A couple Pacific Palisades projects, our Venice project, and a few other good ones I can’t wait to show you. We are all over the map and its gonna be a doozie of a year for “Reveals”.

I have been sneaking out pictures on Instagram of  but here is a little more background!! This project was up North in gorgeous Lafayette, CA. This precious family lost their home to a fire a few years back. Besides being obviously totally devastated that the house was no loner there, it happened to be my clients childhood home…so it was nothing short of the worst thing ever. Its hard to describe how kind and sweet and thankful these clients were, but given they had been through so much, their gracious and loving spirit was infectious, and so we did everything we could to make their new home perfect for them. I was hired just around the time the plans were getting through the city. I was lucky enough to get to work with architect Barbara Chambers of  and together we collaborated to really knock this beauty out of the park.

 , …literally everyone involved was so great to work with. There is not enough that can be said about working with a stellar team, and this project was a DREAM from start to finish.










As you can see, I aired on the side of going slightly more traditional than I usually do…but I have to say, being able to switch back and forth from all types of styles is so creatively fulfilling…despite how cheesy that sounds! Its what I love most about my job. Flexing that mental muscle in different ways, for different clients on each project.

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  1. I think that you have a great deal of talent but to be 100% truthful with you my favorite rooms were the children’s room because they had some great pieces that define the spaces more and softened all the white. When doing a house and painting the inside all white including the wood beams than your eye doesn’t go to the great details that I’m sure you painstakingly planned out and executed. I stand firm in my belief that the beams should have been exposed reclaimed wood that wasn’t painted. Maybe the bookshelves could have been painted black with the inside being unpainted reclaimed wood to pull the whole look together. The light hanging in the living room instead of white it would be beautiful if it was something with brass that looked old or something different than the white because it didn’t stand out.,I love white but it needs color whether it black or wood but something to break it up a bit. To define the details. I loved the kitchen banquet but the piece of wood on the hood looked like it was just put on. Staining it darker or doing the whole hood in wood would be stunning. You are very talented but each house should be shaken up a bit with some color to soften the white and I would use gilded mirrors and other pieces that make it more interesting to the eye. I had to be honest with you because you asked. I would say that the style of this house would be more on the Mid Century vibe and definitely not Cottage.

    1. I can totally appreciate what you are saying here but I have to say that I am LOVING the cottage style in this space. I think it really gives it a lot of charm.

    2. Wow, interesting perspective. In no way do I agree with you…but hey, I can appreciate we all have different tastes and styles. Adding a rustic wood element to the ceiling would have been distracting, and no one on the project ever even considered this as an option… because it would have been so wrong for the clients, and the overall style of the home. Thanks for picking it apart though!!

  2. The BEST!!! So obsessed with this house. I was literally on the train going through Lafayette when I was reading this. Love knowing your work is in my backyard!

  3. Wow! I love all of your projects, like EVERY SINGLE ONE. But I really appreciate that you have been doing some more traditional style projects and I am very surprised how much I love them. That is not usually I style that I like much at all. It’s so soft, so good! Way to go!

  4. Love every detail! Please I absolutely must know if the wicker/rattan pitcher filled with white hydrangeas is for sale in your shop? It was featured in the master bedroom and looks like it was photographed in the bathroom as tell! Thanks!

  5. Amber and her team are incredibly talented!
    They made this project fun! Seeing her problem solve and bringing textures and colors together is watching a genius at work. Amber was a joy to work with our Architect and Contractors really respected her and her gifted team. The only difficult part of this project is saying goodbye to these awesome people!

  6. I thought I commented last night but don’t see it. I love this! All of it! Can you share your resource for the rattan pitcher featured in the bedroom and also bathroom that is filled with white hydrangeas? I must have it! I don’t see it in your shop..thanks!

  7. Just beautiful. I love the cement tile in the kids bathroom. Would you mind sharing which design you used?
    Thank you

  8. Wowza. You out did yourself with this one. My heart actually skipped a beat! Thank you for creating and sharing such beauty.

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