Cheery California Home

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you all had a fun weekend.

While surfing the web the other day, I came across a lovely California abode on Traditional Home’s online edition and liked its cheerful appeal. The house is home to a young family with three children and has been built and decorated by architectural and interior designer Wendy Posard. The original structure was an 1890s Georgian Revival that Posard tore down and had rebuilt. The style and the old footprint were preserved, and most of the timber and moldings reused. The new structure has now a better interior flow and open sight lines throughout. Large windows, transoms, French and Dutch doors keep the rooms open to the gardens.

In terms of blending the old with the new, one of my favorite things about this house is that it meets the highest standards in the national green-building program. The construction has the environment in mind with a Platinum Level LEED (Leadership in  Energy and Environmental Design) certification.

As for the color scheme, a happy blue-white-and-lemon-yellow palette inspired by a china set the couple had bought from Italy injects a cheerful mood. The clients wanted a “wine-country-meets-the-beach” vibe and Posard delivered down to a T.

Cafe Design | Front Door

Cafe Design | Exterior

Cafe Design | Front Door | Detail

Cafe Design | Entry

Cafe Design | Living Room Details

Cafe Design | Living Room

Cafe Design | Hallway

Cafe Design | Kitchen

Cafe Design | Breakfast Nook

Cafe Design | Dining Room

Cafe Design | Center

Cafe Design | Mudroom

Cafe Design | Ext

 For an extended tour and resources, head over to Traditional Home. Photography by John Granen.



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  1. October 30, 2017 / 4:11 pm

    I have to say Eva that I often cringe when I hear that a historic home has been torn down, but this new-build is really beautiful. There are so many lovely features–the windows, the woodwork, the layout, and of course the blue, white, and yellow color palette! Such a pretty, light, and airy home. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Eva Contreras
      October 30, 2017 / 6:15 pm

      Hi, Elizabeth! I know what you mean about older homes, I feel the same way – tearing one down to build a new one is often times a sacrilege. I don’t know all the details of this project, but it’s inferred the old house was structurally damaged. I like that most of the architectural details have been restored or reused and the style and footprint preserved so I’m hoping they would have saved it unless it was beyond repair. xo, Eva

  2. November 6, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    It really is incredibly cheery! Love the bright colors thrown in amongst the more historic colors.