A Look Back at 2018 Design Work

Updated: Feb 22, 2019

I used to be so good at documenting every project I finished and walking my readers through the process. But as my project scopes get larger and more detailed, by the time a project is over I am too drained to then spend time getting back into the minutia. My bad. I don't see this getting any better in the future, but I do see a recap of my projects this past year as a nice way to tie it all up in a neat bow. Let's take a walk through memory lane.


Santa Monica Living Room

One of my most dedicated and charming clients, who really believes I can do no wrong after completing his kitchen remodel, asked me to come back and get his living room to a functional and attractive state worthy of the kitchen. He let me get creative and go to town with a unique sliding panel system that hides his wall mounted television and shows off his museum worthy collection of art. Clients that push you outside of your comfort zone are the best and I'm really into this panel system. Now I want one in my house.

Sliding panel system in living room to display art and hide TV by Veneer Designs

As long as we were getting creative, he also let me put together a design for a modular sofa sectional with three different fabrics. And custom lounge chairs for his office. It was both a massive headache and treat at the same time to design and get fabricated. Yet so worth it.

Custom modular sofa by Veneer Designs


Beverlywood Remodel

I started working with the spirited family on their forever home in September 2016 and we finally got see the fruits of our labor by the summer of 2018. With planning, permitting, and construction, the project took about 18 months. Every detail had to "wow" their guests so this was the boldest and most saturated I got with my design work. Ever.

Again, its good to be pushed beyond your comfort level to see what new things you come up with. A little of the client's glam rubbed off on me, while a touch of my minimalist boho aesthetic rubbed off on her, for a new unique beast. Watch out world.

View of modern kitchen with black and white stone backsplash and orange counter stools by Veneer Designs

View of modern living room with Heath Ceramics vertical tiled fireplace and mustard yellow swivel chairs

View of dining room with blue chairs and pink rug

Master bathroom with floating walnut vanity cabinet and open shelf


Brentwood Residence

Another young family who had a not so pleasant experience with the interior designer they hired, and then fired, decided to try again with me. I made extra sure to LISTEN to their requirements for livable, family friendly, midcentury inspired furnishings that would mesh with the freshly remodeled house (not by Veneer). The resulting spaces are very California cool and fresh, with a decidedly warm and inviting midmod base. The entry alone is the stuff of legends. With the dining room being where my layered textured organic modern style got to shine.

Midcentury modern entry way with double doors and vintage rug

Midcentury modern dining room with double sided fireplace

Midcentury modern living room with large grey sectional sofa


Santa Monica Residence

Its actually quite funny but at the same time I was working with the Brentwood family, I was also working with her friend from High School completely by chance. They didn't know they had both hired me until they saw my Instagram feed and recognized each other's homes. Small world! This house was a completely different style. Its Spanish Modern and also freshly remodeled. It still needed to be family friendly of course (with baby number 2 on the way and 2 dogs) but it had to relate to the Spanish and Art Deco cues of the house. Channeling the saturated glam I picked up from the Beverlywood Remodel, we created a refined and very pretty collection of elegant spaces.

Spanish modern staircase

Spanish modern art deco living room

Built in white bookcase in family room with blue sofa

Custom wood canopy bed


Westchester Residence

The most serene of the bunch this year was the house I did in Westchester, for another young family (are we sensing a theme?). They wanted to double down on the sunny beachy vibes they had moved from Seattle to experience, and boy did we ever. But with a little edginess and contrast as we do through the airy spaces.

Coastal living room with white slipcover sofa

Living room with gallery wall to hide TV

Modern coastal bedroom with canopy bed