Bringing a Modern Touch to a Spanish Colonial Classic

Every once in a while we get a “surprise” client that walks into our design showroom.  I think that’s what makes this business so fun.  This client, in particular, walked in one afternoon and said she would love help with her living room.  So in our usual fashion, we set up a consultation and started the process.  But we did a small happy dance when we actually saw the room.  It was large, architecturally updated and had an AMAZING view!  But even better, this client had GREAT taste.  We always dig a little with each client to come up with a wish list, and this project was right in our wheel house.

The Must-Haves

  1. Use durable fabrics so she can have her grandkids over worry-free (we immediately thought indoor-outdoor fabrics)
  2. Include a tasteful pop of color
  3. Incorporate some fun personality
  4. Add pattern not just on pillows but on a large piece of furniture (AKA – She’s a little adventurous!)

Of course, we are always up to this challenge and can’t wait to show you how it all turned out below!


Spanish Colonial Interior Design - Before

Drum roll, please….After!

Spanish Colonial After - 5

Spanish Colonial Interior Design - After 4

…and even more detail goodness!

Spanish Colonial Interior Design - After Accents

Client Wishlist

As you can see from the photo below, when creating the interior design plan for this space, it wasn’t just the human clients we had to consider. Their 4-legged friend was an essential consideration too!

As mentioned above, the client preferred to use an indoor-outdoor fabric on all pieces — specifically Sunbrella. This trend is not uncommon, as more and more families are opting for durability, but it did pose a unique challenge. Beyond fabric constraints, the client wanted to breathe some life into the room with a pop of color and the use of patterns, of course, we did too.

Note:  If you haven’t read my recent post on my favorite durable fabric, do so now!

Interior Design Dilemma

Surprisingly, it wasn’t the fabric that posed the biggest design dilemma in this home. Like many stunning Spanish Colonial homes, it was the expansive space itself that created the biggest challenge.

Spanish Colonial Interior Design - Floor Plan

You’ll notice in the photo above that although beautiful, the ample hardwood flooring created a unique challenge. Because of the size of the room, we wanted to warm up the space with a comfortable rug. However, a standard large rug would not be big enough.

The Solution

Instead, we did our favorite thing and went the custom route! To maximize use of the space, we had a custom rug made with a ¾”leather binding to perfectly fit the room.  Once we had that in place we were able to fit in a generous sectional, two swivel chairs and a forgiving leather ottoman to ground it all.

Bonus Interior Design Insight

Every room needs a gorgeous pattern to liven things up a bit. Most clients are on the conservative side, so we opt for patterned pillows and pattern on smaller accents pieces, but not this fun client! In lieu of alternatives, we made a bold decision to use a geometric pattern on two swivel chairs and couldn’t be happier with the results! The best part? The fabric was also Sunbrella, does it get any better?

Spanish Colonial Interior Design - Patterned Chairs

This Spanish Colonial masterpiece not only lived up to our expectations but also exceeded the clients. Bold choices and customized pieces changed the tone of this room and made it more livable for both the home owners and their canine companion.

Looking for design inspiration for your space? Stop into Peltier Home, our retail design studio at  1011-A Mission Street in South Pasadena, CA.

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