Sac Design: Fresh Start – Sacramento Magazine

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It takes vision and a little moxie to purchase a home with a style the polar opposite of your own and transform it into your dream house. In the case of this 5,800-square-foot Granite Bay residence, the homeowner saw through the dated wallpaper, funky light fixtures and faux-Venetian detailing, believing a thorough makeover could redeem its good bones. Interior designer Rebecca Ward was called in to give the home a fresh start, which began with selecting a cheerful, feminine color palette dominated by blues and greens with touches of salmon. “The owner wanted a style that matched her own, a place that was calming and beautiful and a retreat from her busy professional life,” says Ward.

Geometric patterns abound on the walls, upholstery and carpet. Photo by Kat Alves.

Geometric patterns—in upholstery, wall moldings, tile layouts and more—are a unifying theme throughout the five-bedroom home. “It’s classic but modern at the same time,” Ward explains. “The shapes add texture to a room, and it’s a pleasant experience seeing all that subtle pattern.”

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Designer Rebecca Ward kept the shape of things traditional but introduced a look-at-me factor with a blue animal-print armchair. Photo by Kat Alves.

The refinished wood floors and counter-level windows are about the only vestiges of the former kitchen. The polished marble mosaic backsplash is the perfect complement to the cabinets, which were done in two tones to break up the expansive space.

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A gray-white stain on the wood cabinets and white grout on the marble mosaic backsplash keep the kitchen light and bright. Photo by Kat Alves.

The living room is rife with traditional touches, including a classically shaped mirror flanked by dainty sconces over the fireplace. Daybed-style seating, which is situated at the room’s entry point, “allows the room to speak to the rest of the house” by keeping the view open and fluid, Ward says. The room’s boldest stroke—an animal-print armchair—“makes a bit of a statement.”

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Blush chairs sport a classic rounded-back silhouette. Photo by Kat Alves.

The principal bedroom is intended as an oasis, complete with a canopy bed, loveseat and plenty of stylish cushions, a sure invitation to kick one’s feet up. “The homeowner wanted a space where she could close the door and have a retreat,” says Ward. The salmon walls in the adjoining bathroom are feminine without being frilly.

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A centered table lends the home a sense of grandeur, while the orange bench and patterned curtains introduce elements of fun. Photo by Kat Alves.

The attention to detail in each room—through inviting colors, tailored yet comfortable furniture and classic finishes—breathed new life into a house that sorely needed it.

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The green used in one of the bathrooms “functions as a neutral,” says Ward, “because it’s found so much in nature.” Photo by Kat Alves.