The floor program of the Craftsman-impressed property that Jim Carlsen and Melissa Tountas purchased in Baldwin Park just was not operating for the couple. They needed to use the space far more successfully, and to seamlessly blend their individual styles: Carlsen’s earthy, masculine flavor with Tountas’ softer female flair. And they preferred to kick it up a notch by adding a generous dose of glamour to their household.
The pair experienced by now worked with John McClain Style to freshen up Tountas’ Lake Nona home right before putting it on the current market. Impressed with principal designer and organization operator John McClain’s work, they experienced no doubt he was the appropriate interior designer to renovate their Baldwin Park household.
“This was a complete renovation we remodeled all the things down to the studs,” states McClain, who has offices in Orlando and Los Angeles.
With his workforce and lead designer Heather Rau, he started out by gutting the first flooring of the two-tale residence, removing tray ceilings, archways and some partitions. The overall downstairs location opened up, offering a new perspective of the dwelling as you enter through the entrance doorway. Sight strains now extend from the dwelling and dining spot to the kitchen area and spouse and children area further than.
All the floors in the course of the dwelling were being replaced with wide-plank hardwood flooring in dark oak. Doing the job with a palette of neutral tones, a variety of textures and refined metallic things, the design staff made a refined transitional interior.
“I feel for us, owning a whole lot of neutrals is soothing. It permits feature products to stand out a lot more than if you have a large amount of shade. We wished specified factors like artwork and pieces of household furniture to be highlighted all over the house, with no a lot of coloration interruptions in the background,” Carlsen describes.
The retired physician, a collector of Jamali’s artwork, wished to showcase find parts by the artist, who is identified for his mystical expressionism. The couple also had quite a few parts of home furnishings that deserved notice, like an antique J & C Fischer piano with an exquisite aged-entire world carved situation. It has been in Tountas’ relatives for many years and previously belonged to her mom.
Soon after generating a structure strategy with the pair, McClain went to do the job. In the dwelling room, he positioned the piano and two eye-catching chairs with special, graphic hand-bent rattan frames and sides—Auburn Lounge Chairs by Palecek, which he discovered in the course of a market place excursion to North Carolina. “The chairs truly provide two reasons. We realized there would be a constrained total of seating in the residing area, and the chairs are ideal there where you enter the property. We required them to be seriously sculptural and intriguing in their personal proper. The second issue they do for this area is with the two tones in their wooden, they tie in the lighter, redder tones of the piano with the darker tones of Jim’s furniture pieces,” points out McClain, referring to Carlsen’s rustic wooden eating area desk, which sits adjacent to the residing home.
At the rear of the piano, “The Guardian,” a pigmentation on cork by Jamali, seems in excess of the shoulder of Tountas while she’s enjoying the piano. The woman’s sunburst-framed primitive confront echoes Carlsen’s earthy style. Finishing the dwelling space is a shiny chrome-and-glass bar cart reminiscent of 1950s cocktail-hour glamour.
In the adjacent dining spot, a market was produced on the wall to particularly residence “Kastor,” a fresco tempera painting by Jamali that Carlsen affectionately refers to as the “Mud Girl.” Jamali’s group built and developed a custom wood frame that floats the artwork and complements the major, dark wood of the dining home desk.
A curved staircase just off the residing/dining area potential customers to the next-amount bedrooms. You won’t uncover any blinding white partitions in this article. McClain insisted on a charcoal wall masking with a refined illusion of clouds and stars. The light plays off of it, developing a attractive sheen. Wrought-iron railings and oak wooden actions tie it all with each other. Carlsen’s 22-yr-outdated twin daughters and Tountas’ grownup son and daughter all have bedrooms in the residence, encouraging regular visits and spouse and children time jointly.
Moving farther into the home, the airy open kitchen with its island and white cabinetry provides a welcoming and spacious family members hub. Carlsen considers the kitchen a social area, so it was designed to accommodate relatives members who adore to cook—potentially all at the identical time.
The island is set 60 inches from the stove, considerably past the conventional 36-inch distribute, allowing for ample place for a lot more than 1 cook in the kitchen area. Combining purpose with magnificence, the hood above the stove serves as a centerpiece. “The stove’s hood is a customized piece. We preferred to merge all the diverse metallic accents. We appreciate combining metals, but the way to execute it appropriately is through repetition. You want to generate a rhythm through the room,” points out the designer.
The stainless metal of the appliances echoes the stainless metal system of the hood. Brushed nickel accents observed throughout the house—such as the metallic trim about tile and in the breakfast table—are recurring in the band all over the hood. And the polished nickel of the kitchen’s hardware repeats in the rivet element.
When it arrived to tile placement guiding the stove, McClain suggested the pair to depart from the standard 45-diploma placement of herringbone tiles. The 90-degree placement of the tiles sorts a sample that adds fascination to this predominantly white kitchen area. “I feel it’s a additional modern day way to do it. It’s less zigzaggy,” he suggests.
To optimize house, the cabinets at the very major were being developed with glass doors to imitate a shadowbox. In this article, McClain positioned parts from Tountas’ good china and crystal collections. Vases and bowls are on exhibit yr-round as a substitute of staying tucked absent in containers and introduced out only for getaway and particular situations.
The kitchen chairs that line the island—once Carlsen’s barstools—are a superior illustration of working with what you adore. McClain’s carpenter slash off the toes to adapt to the height of the kitchen island. The backs have been reupholstered with a woven material that produces a shimmery illusion. “We like the participate in of mild. We think it is exciting, and it modifications about the day as well,” the designer emphasizes.
A breakfast place is adjacent to the island. A brushed nickel café desk and chairs relaxation on a cowhide rug. In a close by corner sits a smooth desk less than a large, assertion-generating metal clock with topsy-turvy Roman numerals.
At the much conclusion of the open floor plan is the family space, a cozy spot the place all people can kick off their footwear and get comfortable. The wall the place a 1990s created-in amusement heart at the time resided is now property to an enjoyment wall featuring a television, sound bar and fireplace. “We obtained 4 to 5 toes of space by getting rid of it,” McClain details out.
Making use of porcelain tiles with zero grout traces and matching grout, McClain and his staff developed a wall that seems like sound pure stone. Right here, the television and fireplace fit seamlessly. On both of those sides of the wall, Carlsen’s rustic bookstands display screen loved ones treasures. This is a pleasant mix of the two-loved ones aesthetic: Carlsen’s masculine parts this kind of as his Ferdinand the Bull sculpture and Tountas’ additional female Lladró figurines.
“What’s truly fascinating about this entertainment wall and all the things John did is that he bridged the gap involving glamorous and earthy/rustic without the need of it on the lookout awkward,” says Carlsen. “This tile to me signifies the stoniness of concrete, but it has texture and is much more glamorous.”
To accommodate the higher targeted traffic of a relatives location, McClain selected efficiency materials with Crypton coating for the white sofa and blue chairs. “I would never do a white sofa with out a Crypton coating,” he says. The fabric is resistant to stains, h2o and germs.
Off the family members spot, textured wallpaper jazzes up a powder area with an sophisticated yet delicate metallic tone. The few framed classic childhood images of each of them sitting on a potty—a whimsical contact that generally evokes a chuckle from company.
The entire home is a testament to McClain’s expertise for making use of wall coverings. Through the house, he showcased wallpaper with bold textures and reflective houses that dazzle with the light. Even so, the master bedroom’s assertion wall is by considerably the most noteworthy. Right here, McClain employed mica-—wall tiles created of stone flakes—in a slate tone. The tiles’ natural stone-adorned texture gives off a prosperous, heat, luxurious appear. Mica very easily displays light-weight all around the home, making a amazing metallic sheen, though the chips increase visual curiosity and depth to the wall.
Yet another Jamali artwork provides further fascination to the grasp bedroom partitions. “Untitled,” a pigmentation on cork, attributes a woman’s experience in shades of brown and beige, increased with touches of the earth’s yellow, rust and blue tones.
Carlsen recalls a tale about the artwork. As the room’s renovation neared completion, he introduced that he experienced to operate out for a couple of minutes. “I went in excess of to Jamali’s [Winter Park] gallery. This piece was intended to go in his New York gallery, which is sort of his museum. It was on the truck to go there, and I fell in adore with it,” Carlsen suggests about the last-minute purchase and finishing contact to the bedroom.
The room’s king-dimensions mattress is a personalized design, a modern retooling of a wingback chair upholstered in plush mohair. The style of the mattress was motivated by a common chair from John McClain Household, the designer’s dwelling furnishings line.
The adjacent master bathroom was completely reconfigured. McClain describes the private lavatory as “the prettiest drinking water closet you are going to at any time come across.” Tall white double doors open up to a sleek, skirted toilet cocooned by partitions coated in an tasteful, grassy-textured wallpaper. The tiled floors throughout the master bath function a porcelain model of white onyx, which McClain states delivers the innovative appear of organic stone, but devoid of any of the maintenance.
A assertion wall offsets the glistening white of the lavatory. Patterned tiles with white-and-gray interlocking geometric styles create a delicate optical illusion of diamonds and squares. It serves as a backdrop for a white slipper bathtub and a towering ground-to-ceiling glass-
enclosed shower. Shiny chrome components pairs properly with the Caviar mild fixture—metal cones tucked inside of bubblelike glass—that hangs in excess of the tub.
No subject how amazing the interior, no Florida residence is comprehensive without an inviting outdoor room. Doors from the kitchen guide to the lanai and yard, the place a rectangular swimming pool and incredibly hot tub with drinking water capabilities is the focal stage. Feathery day palms and crepe myrtles line 1 aspect, providing the compact area a cozy and intimate feel. An city gardener, Carlsen has planted lemon and Essential lime trees as nicely as seasonal tomatoes, peppers and herbs in containers. On the lanai, the sofa’s navy cushions with white piping insert crispness to the sitting area’s décor, even though a picnic desk encourages outdoor household gatherings.
As Carlsen walks from the outside the house to the inside of, and from the entrance of the property to the back, the pleased home-owner remarks, “I simply cannot depend how many distinctive views of this household are precisely what you would hope to see in an architectural magazine.” McClain and his group couldn’t talk to for a better compliment.