7 Great Ideas for Updating a Rental Space to get an Incredible Listing Response

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Putting a little design love and improvements into your rental property prior to listing it is a very smart thing to do. And, this month we partnered up with my designer friend, Erin Wasden to update a condo in Hermosa Beach CA –and we were asked to get it ready to rent by August 1st! The owners are a wise, young couple who purchased the property with the idea of renting it out for extra income. Right now is an opportune time to invest in a rental because home prices and interest rates are low and that combination makes for a great time to become an investor!

“So what did the condo look like before our beautiful remodel?”

Upon first viewing of the space, I was pleased because I could see that beneath the mis-matched stone and tile materials, old themed paint tones, and cherry wood laminate floors, was a beautiful gem of a home with open space and gorgeous light–which with a few improvements, fresh paint and new well chosen materials would be a very hot rental property. So we got started with the ideas, choice of materials and color palate and below I share with you 7 great ideas for updating a rental space to get an incredible listing response. Read more

How to Make a Kitchen Feel Larger, Look Beautiful and Function Like a Dream

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This July we are designing and remodeling a kitchen in Manhattan Beach. The kitchen currently looks as many kitchens do which were designed and built in the 80s. It may or may not be apparent in this BEFORE photo, but the existing cupboard door and drawer openings were not cut to max-out the use of space in the cabinets, drawer glides are loud and rusty and the entire kitchen is operating with no pullouts and old appliances which take up physical space in this not so big kitchen.

Manhattan Beach Kitchen Before Photo

Manhattan Beach Kitchen Before Photo

“Goal: Make it feel larger, update the look to new, and make it function like a dream–all within the existing footprint of the kitchen’s base cabinets!”

In the initial consultations we discussed the options. 1. Gut the entire kitchen for all new, or 2. Reface existing configuration with option of beautiful new sitting island, and all new materials and appliances. The family went for option 2 and that is fantastic for two reasons. It allowed us to repurpose the strong solid oak base cabinets in the main portion of the kitchen and opened up the budget a bit for some gorgeous high-end materials and fixtures.

A couple weeks into the design phase, we made all main material choices and created our beautiful concept.  I couldn’t have been more happy with the direction we decided to go. Classic and clean white cupboards with sleek black Via Lactea granite contrasted by sandy stone backsplash and rustic hickory floors. Plus, our color pop! A soft blue glazed sitting island and stainless appliances for a little metallic glimmer. The design is both contemporary and beachy feeling to suite both his and her tastes.

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Maca, Maca, Maca!!

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Maca, Maca, Maca!
I feel lucky to live near a great restaurant called The Source, because it can be hard to find a healthy eating establishment that has organic food, fresh and ready to go when you are on the move. It’s in Hermosa Beach, CA on the North side of Pier Avenue between PCH and Hermosa Ave. I love lots of items on the menu but the beet and farro salads are my regular dishes. So yummy! They also have a variety of delicious dips and shakes. One of the shakes is called Bonanza and this was the topic of conversation when my friend Erin told me about The Source. It’s a revitalizing shake made with coconut milk, almond butter, banana, dates, chia seeds, maca and sea salt.

A shake that packs an energy punch.

A shake that packs an energy punch.

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Analogous Accents Anyone?

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I love designing with analogous color schemes. They match beautifully together and usually create a serene feeling, even when using some of the most bold colors as you can see in my photograph below. If you have not had an art class in your life, or if it has been a while, you might be asking yourself, “What the heck are analogous colors?” Answer: They are colors that are next to each other on the color wheel, rather than contrast colors, which are on the opposite side of the color wheel from one another such as red and blue or green and orange.  Analogous color schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye. Take a look at the painting within my photo below. The one with the beach, palm trees and mountains. The picture illustrates an analogous landscape full of shades of blues, greens and green-yellow highlights. The picture is tranquil but still full of warm, friendly, earthy colors.

Analogous Accents Anyone?

Analogous Mid Century Modern Living Room, Photo and Design by Kamaren Henson of Space Case Design

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Why Do We LOVE Eclectic Rooms?

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Years back I visited the Le Parker Meridian, a hotel in Palm Springs designed by Jonathan Adler, one of my personal design gurus. He talked about having an underlying idea in his design theme of “Happy Chic” and he thought of the hotel as a grand manner, perhaps owned by his great aunt, where her daughter and husband also had rooms. In this fictional estate the furniture and decor were collected through travels and over time and perfectly set together in a scene to create interesting and welcoming rooms.

Design Elements at the Parker Palm Springs Designed by Jonathan Adler.

Parker Palm Springs Lobby

Jonathan Adler’s Lobby Design, The Parker Palm Springs

Adler’s idea at the time hit me like a brick—I LOVED his philosophy and in a way it helped me to bring together and apply my design family upbringing and my formal education in art history to my own creative style. At that moment, while looking at his beautifully designed hotel, I realized that I grew up loving eclectic rooms and all period styles of art and furniture. And these days, I still find that I love being surrounded by objects that tell a story and bring meaning to our environments.

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