Welcome to my latest interior design project: #JKID_LaCrescenta!

The Client

I absolutely LOVE designing for first-time home buyers. It gives me the opportunity to help dictate how they will use the home; especially if this is their first time graduating from a small condo to a single family residence, most clients have NO idea how to maximize every square inch of their space for optimal function and style. Which is where I come in.

June and Daniel found me when June was 5 months pregnant with their first child. You have heard that starting a family and buying a home (plus moving!) are a few of the MOST stressful times you will endure in life. Now imagine doing so while pregnant! Golly, I took one look at their situation and KNEW I had to lend a helping hand.

The Concept

The BEFORE was atrocious guys. Weird kitchen layout that had zero functionality, brazen red walls, lackluster spirit and style, the home was a total fixer upper to say the least. We wanted to open up the space, keep everything light, bright and airy, focusing our attention on luxe lighting fixtures and designer details.  Since you had total visibility of the living room, dining room, and kitchen as soon as you walked in the entry door, we needed a harmonious design that carried your eye from room to room without any distractions.

Materials and Finishes

My signature touch of metallic goes such a long way in a single family residence like this. The reflective surfaces help to bounce light around leaving a glimmer of sheen in every nook and cranny. I love layering golds with silvers, black with white, natural marble with raw wood; the juxtaposition of finishes adds a dynamic touch to any space and helps to elevate the design from basic to BAM!

The trick to designing neutral interiors without a ton of color is to layer textures.

Velvet with silk, leather with cotton, wool with linen, the more you layer, the cozier it looks.

Art, Furniture, and Accessories

HomeGoods has been my go-to source for last-minute styling since I started my business over 10 years ago! Where else can I comb through racks of goodies and leave with cart loads full of designer accessories for a fraction of the cost? This saves my clients TONS of money and allows me to splurge in other areas like classic furniture that can transition from home to home.

Designer’s Tips:

  • Statement lighting makes your home look expensive. Invest in cool pieces that pack a punch and start a conversation.
  • Use a palette of light neutrals to make spaces look larger and brighter. My fave neutrals always have a tint of blue or a hint of pink. Muted colors say warm and fuzzy without trying too hard. Perfect for you color novices out there!
  • When designing with gray tones, always add in brass to offset the coolness (that can easily read as institutional).

Closing Thoughts

Hope you enjoyed my latest project #JKID_LaCrescenta. I have been working hard to start my YouTube channel and we’ve got a super fun home tour of this beauty lined up! You can catch the highlight reel now on my Instagram > @julie_khuu 

Please be sure to stop by and let me know what you think!

For more looks from #JKID_LaCrescenta see the FULL PORTFOLIO here.

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