{Progress Report} | Mid-Century Rancher

Awhile back I posted some progress images of a fireplace concept for some new clients. I am embarrassed to just now be introducing. Although we are nearing the end of the project, I wanted to do a proper introduction, give some insight into the client’s style and show some fun before and progress photos.

Introducing Martin and Norma:

Martin, an environmental lawyer and Norma, who’s job is raising three boys, two young boys and Martin. :] Martin called me amidst our relocation back to San Francisco, interested in hiring an interior designer. The architectural drawings were drawn (hand drawn if you can believe it), but they were looking to hire an interior designer to help with finish selections, cabinet designs, redesign of the fireplace, as well as a slight redesign of the master bathroom layout, and all the other fun details. My initial interview I was sold on the project. Who wouldn’t want to design a midcentury rancher in Berkley Hills with two of the nicest people ever, who had a sense of style and a dream to be in DWELL magazine. Needless to say, we immediately formed a bond. Side Note: The interview occured the same morning as Endeavors Historic Flight over San Francisco's Golden Gate. I was able to view it first hand from Martin and Norma's panoramic backyard view of the bay. It was a a great wat to start off an interview! 

 

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The project was a bit fast tracked. We started mid October 2012 and had the entire house designed by early December.  Construction began November 1st, 2012.

Martin and Norma were born and raised in and around Berkeley, CA. The home they purchased is located in Berkeley Hills (Kensington) and the backyard boasts of the view of the San Francisco Bay. You can see all three bridges from the backyard, an utterly breathtaking view. The below photo doesn't do the view justice.

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Wants & Needs: To open up the house, downplay the awkward architectural elements, re-use as much flooring as possible, reuse building materials as much as possible, select eco friendly materials and provide a kid friendly yet classic, rustic modern environment to raise their family.

Martin’s and Norma’s style: Kid friendly, playful, rustic yet modern. Martin’s environmental background and Norma’s ranch life was well suited for natural organic finishes. Norma’s love for horses, due to her jockey father, grew up around horses, leather and the refined society of racing. I was bursting with excitement inside when Norma told me her love for horses. As most of you know, I too rode as a child and am a horse lover. To design a mid-century rancher home for another lover of horses has been a dream of mine. I was thrilled. I was yet again blessed with great clients. The family moved in roughly 3 weeks ago. Next steps: Finalizing Furnishings, Accessories and Styling! I am so excited to add Martin and Norma to our list of extended family members. You can check out more progress photos here, and be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more daily progress project photos.

Things are finally getting a bit more organized in our world since our move back to SF, I can't believe it's been a year! Back soon with a few more project introductions! Stay tuned!!

 

{project updates} | current work load

Project Update time! So I'm off to a flying start in Austin, thanks to my wonderful friends who want to keep my business a float! ;) In hopes to get our little ole' renovation off the ground, and my kids into a great preschool, I decided to pursue part-time contract work to keep steady work coming in, while building up my residential business in Austin. Sandy, who I actually worked with at a firm 8 years ago here in Austin, has since gone on her own, and has asked that I help out on a somewhat regular basis. I was thrilled at the idea! A perfect segue to collaborative design, something I've actually wanted for some time now. I'm super thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Sandy again. What a great start to 2012. *If you are in need of a commercial interior designer, Sandy is your gal! She has recently been working with a lot of start-ups here in Austin, and having so much fun. 

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Images by regan baker design | SpareFoot: a new start-up in Austin designed by S.Tipton Studio

I'm super excited to share some insight to the projects I'm currently working on: 

AUSTIN, TX | Owners of Studio Slomo and DeRouen & Co has enlisted the help of Regan Baker Design for some personal decor, organization and finish suggestions/selections for their uber, hip East Austin home. The radest and nicest couple in Austin, no doubt. Sarah and Deritt's style: playful, modern, industrial yet vintage. Both graphic/print designers, they undoubtedly have the largest collection of poster and print art. Most of their collection is designed by Deritt himself, but others are purchases of his and Sarah's top admirers. A coveted collection no doubt. I've got dibs on a few pieces if they ever decide to purge. ;)  

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Just by looking at Sarah's closet, I know this projects going to be a good one. Um, awesome, eh? Program requests: Ideas on how to tie in and dress up their laundry room, kitchen, backsplash tile, storage ideas, dining room chairs, and colorful paint or paper suggestions for the entire home. (Sarah likes fuchsia!!). Might I add, Sarah is the one responsible for my beautifully redesigned business cards.  

BLACKSBURG, VA | Iconic Development has once again asked for our help! This is the Virginia project that I just visited last week. An exterior rebrand for an 81 building complex near Virginia Tech. A repeat client of 6 years, I've worked on numerous branding projects to help revamp their student housing portfolio. This project, a beast of a complex, so hopefully we can come up with something new and fun. 

CHICAGO, IL | The project that I am most thrilled about is a complete gut renovation for a 4,000SF home in Chicago. I'm going to avoid saying too much, since closing date is this week. No jinxing!! Look at the beauty!! Can't WAIT to get started and share more on this project.

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AUSTIN, TX | Athena Montessori Academy is building two new classrooms! Thanks to Kelly Stevenson of Hatch + Ulland Owen Architects, for recommending me to Athena! One of my favorite things to do is select architectural finishes, which is why I was hired for this project. Coming in on a project during construction is always a bit more challenging, but what I enjoy most is collaborating with the architects. Making sure their vision is still carried out is most important, but making them look even better is what I enjoy the most. ;)

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Image: Rendering of new exterior paint scheme for Athena.

AUSTIN, TX | My home renovation!! Can't wait to start sharing my process.

And last but not least, I head to Hilton Head this month for a styling project that I've been hired contractually for by one of the companies I used to work for here in Austin. A true definition of why you should never burn any bridges. ;) The best part about this trip is I get to go with my great friend Ariel, who is responsible for the design of the project. I can't wait to share! I would LOVE any suggestions on places to shop in or near Hilton Head!!

Needless to say, it's been a busy start to the year. Can you believe it's March? I could not do what I do without the love, help and support of my parents and in-laws! Thanks Nana-K and Gigi!! Love you all.

XOXO,

Regan

PS... If you have a split second please VOTE FOR ME in the Cottonelle challange! I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Maxwell, founder of Apartment Therapy, while at Alt Design Summit. The interviews are up and if I win, I get to interview Jonathan Adler, a much admired designer of mine, in his New York studio! Yippie!! So please spread the word! I'd LOVE to go. ;) 

{Busy Days} | finding time to blog

Sorry again for the delay! I've been busy with a ton of things that I soon hope to share with you! In the meantime, you should check out what's going on over at Modern Kids Photography. Fun stuff. I also just posted a few favorite girly gifts for those of you having trouble finding that perfect girl gift. I can't wait to get Amelia some of them. 

Also, you should definitely enter in the tablescape contest put on by Dwell Studio. Maybe you'll see something submitted by RBD? It's on my to do list, but I'm running short on time.

And last but not least, finally pictures from Halloween. Yes, I know sad, but they are so fun. You can check them out on Jace's flikr account. My husband's pretty talented isn't he? Dad...sorry it took so long.

Good luck with all the festivity preperations! Hope to be back before then!