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The exterior grounds around the home were renovated at the same time as the interior, and Gordon wanted the rooms to feel like an extension of the gardens outside. Each room's color palette reflects the views outside its windows.
Couches: custom, upholstered in Donghia herringbone; table lamps: Surrey tray table lamps, Circa Lighting
One of the only exceptions to the blue and green color palette is the family entertainment room. Warm reds, oranges and browns make this a comfortable and welcoming hangout spot for the family. Durability was key here — sturdy fabrics were chosen to hold up from the wear and tear from two little boys. An ottoman instead of a coffee table prevents banged-up knees.
Couch: Gabriel Sleeper Sofa, Weego Home; wall paint: Fall Foliage, Pratt & Lambert; ottoman: custom with cork fabric; lamps, cowhide: vintage
Some of the changes made in the home's original design made the spaces feel awkward. The original family room was a small, angled space that made it difficult to place furniture.
Gordon designed full-height, wall-to-wall cabinetry that visually straightened out the main wall of the room. One of the bookshelves swings forward, revealing extra storage space in the leftover space behind the shelf.
Console: Monaco credenza, Weego Home
The textural green chairs and branchlike chandelier in the dining room were inspired by the wooded wallpaper on the far wall. While some rooms were designed based on a piece of wallpaper or furniture, others were inspired by the view out the windows or the light at a certain time of day.
Table: custom with bone inlay detail; chairs: Crocus, Ironies; chandelier: custom in faux bois finish; ceiling: custom wallpaper
Since the couple has two young children and two crazy work schedules, they needed some spots in their home to be a haven from the chaos. The soft grays, blues and purples in the master bedroom instantly soothe the eye and tone down the Hollywood-glam lighting.
Pendants: Fantasy Lighting; chandelier: Retro Gallery; rug: Lawrence of La Brea; nightstands, wall covering: custom
At the time of the remodel, both of the McHales' children were younger than four years old, so making the home kid friendly was a big priority. The oldest son's room is perfect for a toddler but was designed with colors and materials that can grow with him. Easy-to-reach storage makes accessing toys a snap and also allows for quick cleanup.
The guest bedroom is another room that strays from the color palette in the rest of the home. "I took a cue from the style of the house itself and used the neocolonial design as a reference with the architectural styles, while still adding modern touches in the furnishings," says Gordon.
Table lamps: C Table Lamp, Global Views; bedframe: West Elm; wall paint: Teddy Bear, Dunn Edwards
A couch and coffee table in the office are tucked into a corner, so the couple can entertain clients if needed. Quirky lamps add a modern touch to this cozy nook. "It was important that the spaces reflect the uniqueness and eclecticism of their lifestyle," says Gordon.
Couch and coffee table: clients' own; table lamps: Truffault Lamps, Kenneth Wingard
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