Before & After – The interior design journey of a custom home in San Marino California

In the world of design, projects have a tendency to take on a life of their own. When we initially started this San Marino project, it began as a home addition and partial remodel. Eventually, it transitioned into an entire new build!

Of course, most people hire a designer because they want their home to look good when it’s finished.  But what does that really entail?  I want my clients’ homes to look great too, but that is such a small part of a designers job.  We juggle timelines, budgets, ordering and organizing all of the selections that need to be made – especially when designing a new home.

The owners of this home desired a space that was both casual and family-friendly.  They were classic in style but not overly traditional or fussy.  With an assignment this large, consideration of each individual room as well as the flow from each room was critical. So we got busy and implemented our signature design process, see the results below!


The construction phase is an exciting time. Here, all your ideas start coming to life. You get to see exactly how textures and patterns interact with each other.  But it’s equally scary as it is exciting.  Some clients start to second guess their selections because the site is still messy or unfinished, grout hasn’t been applied, paint hasn’t been finished…I always remind them, trust your design decisions!





Why is there missing tile you ask?  If we are using an expensive tile and putting a mirror over it, we often skip tiling behind it to save a little bit of money.  No one will ever know once it’s done!



As the installation begins to take place, ideas come to fruition before your eyes on a daily basis.  This is the wood floors without its final coat of satin finish…






Here you can start to see the clean up happening, light fixtures going in and the finishing touches happening!



Master Bath

The master bath works seamlessly with the master bedroom. My favorite part about this room is the tile detail in the shower.  You can also see how the mirrors covered the missing tile perfectly!





Guest Bath 

When in doubt, use wallpaper to create a statement in any room! We especially love the pattern of the wallpaper used in this guest bathroom.



Girl’s Bath

Designed for a little girl, the pops of pink make a bold statement while the tile detail adds an elegant touch.






Classic colors, detailed tile, and timeless light fixtures create a dream kitchen!  And who wouldn’t want TWO islands:)



You can also see how much depth and polish the top coat of stain adds to the finished wood floors.



Living Room

The kitchen flows directly into the living room, so these spaces needed to be complimentary. Here our goal was to create an inviting, family-friendly and functioning room. We added a custom console table with two little stools underneath for the kids to have a snack or do some homework on.  The crisp white walls and trim details really create a calm backdrop for the pops of color.  We also added another pop of color on the stair runner.


If you look closely you can see the well-planned audio visual situation around the TV.  All of that pretty detailing is hiding speakers.  There’s even a mesh front cabinet door that blends in with the rest.  Can you spot it?

If you removed the pillows and accessories you’d have a pretty simple and classic scheme.  But throw them back in and it really makes the room pop (no pun intended).


Guest Bath

In this bathroom, we used tile to add color to work with the crisp white tile and countertop.  The pretty details on the mirror and light fixtures add depth as well.





The plan for the house all along was to create a  fresh classic vibe that had small pops of color and worked well for a family of five.  I think we accomplished all of that and more – wouldn’t you agree?

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Client Love
“Amy spent a lot of time getting to know us, our style and comfort level. We felt that we could totally trust that she would design something that was unique to our family, and she did just that.”
A. W. — Pasadena, CA

Peltier Interiors