Bildsoe Condo Residence
San Diego, CA
The client had moved from a large home to an 1800 sqft. condominium built in the 70's. The original space was painted a drab green and lacked adequate storage space for the client's art and book collection. The client desired the rooms to be brightened and opened up, with the addition of office, storage and display space.
Many areas of the condominium were customized to the client's needs. A wall in the kitchen was removed, opening the space to the living room and window views. Natural pink birch and granite counter tops were used for a dressy, yet practical space.
Office and storage space was created by extending the birch cabinetry from the kitchen. The custom cabinetry houses a broom closet, pantry, two desks areas, six file drawers and a hidden TV. A bar area for entertaining is also included.
The office area is further tied to the living room by including a lighted display cabinet within the office cabinetry. Additional built in cabinetry at the far end of the living room houses the client's book collection.
“Sandra did a near-total remodeling of our 25 year old, 1800 sqare foot condominum. She remodeled the kitchen and two baths from scratch with instructions to make the areas appear as large as possible and provide ample storage.The kitchen brings raves from our friends and is a wonderfully efficient workspace.
On top of her design talents, Sandra is always cheerful, accomodating and punctual and does get back to you when she says she will - a rare commodity! ” - N. Bildsoe
Interior design services were performed for a new construction home in Coronado, CA. The clients desired a contemporary and Asian feel to the interior spaces. Additionally, the clients had several pieces of artwork and a 4' terra cotta Chinese warrior sculpture that required placement and coordination within the decor.
Stone flooring and taupe paint colors were selected for the entire home to achieve a natural, soothing feel that compliments the contemporary and Asian elements. Additionally, these textures and colors provide a complimentary background for striking views of the downtown San Diego from the client's living room.
Placement of the 4' terra cotta Chinese warrior sculpture proved a unique challenge. To showcase the sculpture, the powder room shower stall was reworked with a platform and curved wall with a custom painting of the Great Wall of China. Stone flooring and tile was used to tie the room to the sculpture and wall painting.
In the dining room, the stone flooring was continued to create continuity and openess between rooms on the first floor. A watercolor collage painting in vivid bluegreens was placed on the main wall. The dining furniture was reupholstered to accent the painting. Cabinetry color, door style and fixtures were selected to coordinate with the style of the dining furniture. The built-in cabinetry provides additional storage and convenience for regular dining and entertaining, as well.
“Sandra is a joy to have as a decorator. Her pleasing personality, tremendous expertise and professionalism made the project an enjoyable experience.
She is flexible and listens to what the client has in mind. She does not try to force her opinions and instead, gently makes suggestions that are invariably "right on." She was invaluable in making decisions when we built our home. I even trusted her to make decisions while we were out of town during construction and her choices were perfect.
Additionally, Sandra is also well-connected to the right craftsmen for custom work. I have recommended her to many of our friends and they have all been as pleased.” - C. Perkins
Chula Vista, CA
The home had many wonderful antiques, yet the overall look was fussy and Victorian. The client's true style was further hampered by heavy draperies and beige, blue and pink colors. Additionally, the client was unhappy with a tired, closed in kitchen. Most important, the client wanted to be an active participant in the design process and maximize her design budget dollars.
The heavy draperies were removed and lighting added to brighten the various rooms. Wood flooring was used throughout the entire downstairs to unify the rooms as well. Many of the antiques were combined with modern amenities to creating an eclectic look. Stronger flooring, wall and furniture colors were selected to enhance the eceletic look and feel.
In the kitchen, the existing cabinets were repainted, a signifigant savings over an entire remodel. The upper cabinet above the pennisula was removed to open the space to the famliy room.
“When we decided to remodel our home, we knew from the beginning we wanted to consult an interior designer. We were concerned though whether the projcet would be what WE wanted and whether a designer would be affordable on our budget.
We then met with Sandra. After a couple consultations we knew that working with her would be the best investment we could make. I had definite ideas about the colors I wanted, but narrowing the color pallet, combining textures and furniture placement required Sandra's professional expertise.
With Sandra's guidance we actually saved money by not making mistakes and having to do reorder and redo. Her help with accent items really pulled the project together. Her meeting with contractors and sub-contractors proved beneficial as well.
The project truly exceeded our expectations. Best of all we love our home and marvel at its beauty, peace and tranquilty. We highly recommend Sandra to anyone seeking to improve or change their home. We now have the home we always wanted.” - D. Spurgeon
San Diego, CA 92103
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