Before & After

Topanga Canyon Modern Farmhouse Tour by Lauren Bradshaw

At the end of December, our family moved across the country from Los Angeles to Nashville. Before we left, I styled and photographed a few areas of the Topanga Canyon home I designed. 

The whole house went through such a transformation with gorgeous new flooring, and bright white paint. It helps that the clients are the owners of a high-end flooring company, so they know their stuff! We chose a wide plank and a very natural finish. It's so beautiful in person. Here's the tour, with before and after photos at the end.

In the kitchen we removed a cast iron wood burning stove and added a bar. The cabinets are all new and painted Farrow and Ball's Pavilion Gray. The marble is Calacatta, and we used lighting and hardware from Schoolhouse Electric. Brass schluter adds a pop of shine and completes the edges of the backsplash. The open shelves are walnut, and the rug is vintage. On the refrigerator side, we took the cabinets all the way up to the ceiling and added crown molding for a finished look. 

In the living room, the original rock wall was overpowering and heavy. Out it went, and the whole living area felt so much better. To add just a touch of modern farmhouse, I showed them inspiration for a shiplap fireplace wall. The walnut mantle ties into the kitchen's open shelving, and the black Schoolhouse Electric sconces look so great with the petite granite stone on the fireplace and bench. I wish I had a closeup of it--it looks like there are little fossils in the stone, so cool. The fossils and variations in color help the black not feel too heavy and dark. Due to the shape of the room (which is hard to see here), there was nowhere for a TV to go besides above the fireplace. We discussed various ways in which to hide it but ultimately ended up with the TV visible. The fireplace itself is off center on the wall, but we knew the furniture arrangement would be centered; therefore we decided to center the TV on the wall instead of directly above the fireplace.

We reconfigured the master bath to fit both sinks on one side of the room. Previously the bathroom had been split up, with a vanity on either side of the room. The tub felt like it was in a cave, with all the tan tile and rock surrounding it. We added an additional skylight so that it would never feel like a cave again! This bathroom has a romantic feel, with the brass accents, marble backsplash, and the lucite and gold pulls from Restoration Hardware. The shower is done in a white herringbone pattern.

The design inspiration for the hall bath came from the cement tiles we found at Cement Tile Shop. I had always wanted to use this Wisteria mirror, and I chose the vanity and sconces to work with it.   

Here are the before and afters from the project.


Design Beginnings by Lauren Bradshaw

A new blog is a new beginning, so I'm sharing the beginning of my story with design. It actually begins when I was little, watching my mom attend school to become an interior designer. I played around with her mat boards and fabric swatches and she taught me to sew. In middle school I spent all my free time using 3D Home Architect on the computer in our kitchen, drawing out floor plans. (Almost all my houses had secret rooms, because duh they're awesome, and also I was 11.) I didn't realize I'd have such a love for a career in interiors until after college, when I attended a summer intensive study at Parsons for Interior Design. 

The first big project I completed was our 1925 Crafstman bungalow in downtown Orlando, Florida in 2009. My husband and I had been married a few years, and I was completely hooked on design blogs. There were so few at the time, and my favorite was Door Sixteen. In the images you'll notice a couple of dark rooms which I grew to love by reading that blog.

Even though my tastes have evolved over the past seven years, I love revisiting photos of this house. We poured our hearts into it, started a family in it, and still drive by it every time we are in Orlando. 

Here are a few photos from when we sold the house, after extensive renovations. A brand new exterior, two new bathrooms, a new kitchen, with updated plumbing and electrical. Our house was even featured in Better Homes and Gardens' DIY Magazine.  


Here are some photos my husband took after we bought the house. Before we were done with closing, my parents had already begun to do yardwork. We were so thankful for the help in tackling this big project.