Playful Patterns in Orange County

This warm and inviting family home for four was designed to embody indoor-outdoor living and embrace the southern California sunshine. Our client’s deep love of color and pattern is expressed throughout the home, creating a bright, layered, and playful palette. Architectural elements and textures extend from the exterior through to the interior and infuse traditional elements like brick walls into the modern silhouette of the structure.

casual + contemporary

A custom built-in bench creates a casual feel in the dining nook which adds a contemporary and fresh approach to the space, also creating an intimate separation from the open main living space. Earthy dark green chairs with a visible wood grain relate visually to the millwork in the nearby kitchen while the oak dining table brings in a layer of warmth and durability.

nature-inspired family living

Inspired by nature, the blue and green palette of the open living room and kitchen reflects the beauty of the home's interior courtyard. A floral ottoman, checkered rug, and mint green Lawson Fenning chair maintain the vibrant use of color and pattern play seen throughout the home. In the kitchen, Benjamin Moore Chimichurri cabinets on the perimeter and a statement blue island tie in the nature-inspired hues of the space while a shimmering zellige tile backsplash by Clé seamlessly meets the curved hood painted in an airy, monochromatic blue.

a mix of modern + vintage

A special room in the home, the pantry serves as our client’s favorite place for making creative snacks and treats with her kids! Color blocking mixed with the home’s inherent pattern play creates a vibrant and unique space for making special memories. Floating cabinets were designed to look like a piece of found furniture with a modern rift while a geometric, quilt-inspired Hygge and West wallpaper in celadon hues adds texture.

embracing california sunshine

The outdoor living space fully embraces the indoor-outdoor feel of the home’s unique build and provides a comfortable place for our clients to watch their kids play in the adjacent courtyard. Completely open on either side, Perennials Fabrics drapery provides a dramatic, billowy, and welcoming feel to the space. A white brick fireplace relates to the exterior of the home and offers a cozy warmth in the cooler SoCal evenings. Color blocking and door transitions framed in wood alongside the white brick material mimics architectural interior details. Green dining chairs carry the colors from the kitchen millwork outside while their soft grey seat cushions relate visually to the porcelain stone tile flooring.

a nod to the 1920s

Inspired by a 1920s bungalow tile aesthetic, the powder room plays up classic field tile in rosemary and daffodil inspired hues. The pedestal sink offers a nod to vintage inspiration, while allowing its simplicity to still feel modern and clean. Colorful, patterned cafe curtains embrace our client’s love of “grandma chic” while offering desired privacy. Ochre sconces and a brilliant brass faucet add a refined touch to the space.

sophisticated comfort

The office provides an intimate and light-filled space for working, reading, relaxing, and gathering with friends and family. Benjamin Moore Hamilton Blue introduces a muted, stony shade of blue for a more traditional sense of sophistication while Andrea Alkalay's Landscape on Landscape print adds an interesting sense of texture. Block printed curtains and a sleeper sofa by Faithful Roots carry the use of playful pattern and subtle texture and provide the option to convert the office space into a guest room when needed!

bold color blocking

Designed around a sleek black double washer and dryer, the laundry room features millwork in Benjamin Moore Lafayette Green helping the larger appliances disappear. Paired alongside a light pink fixture and blush tones for the counters and floor to create a green and pink palette, the room embraces the use of color blocking for a bold look. Accommodating our client's love of organization, cabinet openings within the millwork were specifically designed to fit laundry baskets for a perfect fit.

intricate and intentional

Floral and geometric patterns in warm blush and golden tones add a sophisticated sense of pattern to the primary suite. A Faithful Roots bed frame, reupholstered with a saffron-hued oatmeal linen fabric, adds texture while a floral Nickey Kehoe quilt introduces richer charcoal and forest tones to contrast the neutral bedding. A steam bent wooden sculpture by artist Katie Gong offers an artistic interpretation of California landscapes while drapery from Studio B helps segment the expansive wall of windows for a more intimate and intentional feel.

An intricately patterned Holland and Sherry wallpaper highlights the wall separating the bathroom and bedroom. Marble counters add a timeless feel to the white vanity designed to look like a piece of furniture, while layers of pattern and texture offer a more intimate cottage-like feel. A 20's era-inspired and custom designed floor tile mosaic with floral pattern maintains the use of the motif across the rooms. Classic white subway wall tile tones down the more feminine hues of pink while the introduction of a subtle pink trim carries the color throughout the space.

pairing pattern + color with confidence

A visual statement within the home and a central landing for all of the upstairs bedrooms, the playroom embodies the home’s celebration of color and pattern in a bold way! Inspired by our client’s desire to confidently embrace pattern, the large sofa was upholstered with a vibrant blue buffalo check fabric for a unique combination that feels both modern and vintage; surprising and still classic. Three playful art pieces sourced by Toyon Arts—Carry You, Layers, and By the Water by Kelly Knaga—work seamlessly with the room’s vibrant colors and fun patterns.

finding fun in functionality

In the bunk room, custom millwork in Benjamin Moore’s Garden Path, a soft sage green, provides a calming, nature-inspired frame for the vibrant and playful patterned bedding in similar earth tones. At its base, large drawers offer additional storage space for tucking away extra linens, blankets, and toys. A recessed track offers a seamless transition between the patterned curtains and bunk bed frame while leather straps introduce a subtle contrast and easy method for tying the curtains back. An artistic geometric rug with fun jewel toned shapes and a green Nugget sofa add extra personality, color, and cozy texture.

playful patterns

A playful mix of orange and blue custom plaid patterned tiles juxtapose Thatcher Studio's 'Fruit Salad' floor tiles to maintain the playful sense of personality in the kid's bathroom. Terrazzo countertop and tub edge, also featured in the laundry room, bring consistency to the home’s design and a customized feel to a retail vanity.

RBD Team

Katherine Clasen

SENIOR DESIGNER

Olivia Romer

DESIGNER

Collaborators

Eric Olsen Design

ARCHITECT

KRS Development

CONTRACTOR

Laure Joliet

PHOTOGRAPHER

Yedda Morrison

STYLIST