Tasked with revamping a family home in Inglewood, California, in just a matter of weeks, designer Anne Sage took the project in stride. In less than two months, the abode underwent a complete makeover showcasing sleek, organic materials, made possible by fast and convenient ready-to-ship options.
Arguably the most dramatic transformation happened in the kitchen, where the house—typical of 1980s construction—had “weird angles, orange laminate floors and honey pine cabinets,” as well as varying ceiling levels, including an unusual soffit that swept to cathedral heights in the living room. “It created this sense that everything was very jumbled,” Sage says. To fix the unsightly structural quirk, she removed the wall between the kitchen and living room and evened out the ceiling.
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As for the countertops (which feature a waterfall edge), the designer went with one of her all-time favorites: a beautiful black quartz with amber veining that she describes as both modern and tactile, which readily complements the stainless-steel black appliances from Samsung. Louis Poulsen wall lights and European white oak floors from Garrison Collection tie the whole room together.
When it came to the cabinetry, the clients requested black built-ins to marry their disparate tastes: While the wife favored a boho-inspired aesthetic, the husband preferred a clean and modern look. “One of his references was the Apple store,” Sage says. “They also didn’t want anything that felt too delicate or fussy.”
So, she chose BOXI by Semihandmade’s Peppercorn Edge, paired with Fireclay Tile’s gray-green glazed thin brick (in Elk)—both of which only took about a month to arrive. (Sage’s pro tip? “Make sure to only order what you need,” she advises, adding that only tiling up to where the shelving starts as opposed to all the way to the ceiling saves a great deal of time and money.)
Buying from big-box retailers also helped minimize lead time and keep the budget in check: Sage sourced most of the hardware used for the open walnut shelves (made on-site) from CB2 and the décor from Amazon.
But shopping small also has its perks. “The chairs are vintage,” she notes. “That’s something I always remind people of in crazy times: Vintage is never back-ordered.”
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