This project from a home in the Sea Ranch, California community along the coast is one of our all-time favorites. One of the rooms we worked on was the kitchen, which had a custom color matched golden yellow countertop to compliment the warm wood accents and bright sunny windows. The owner also wanted to preserve a backsplash of handmade Italian tiles that were part of the original kitchen design. This wraparound countertop has a faded grind from the lip of the countertop towards the backsplash, and adds a swatch of color to the natural tones of the home. In the bathroom, we used a very bold mix made with Sacramento River sand and dolomite aggregate with an intense faded grind surrounding the sink and edges. The designer wanted to compliment the original, vintage orange sink that came with the bathroom using an equally bold grind and contrasting palette. The overall design strategy for this home was to use bold colors, aggregates and faded grinds to add contrast and punch without detracting from the original, vintage elements of the house.

Sea Ranch is a planned unincorporated community of homes near the town of Gualala, California, directly on the coast. Purchased and developed in the 1960’s, the community was initially planned by several notable American architects to reflect modern building concepts inspired by local, historical agriculture buildings. Each home is intended to have a site specific relationship with the land and support the local environment, buffering light pollution and invasive landscaping. Architects such as Charles Moore, Joseph Esherick, William Turnbull, Jr., Donlyn Lyndon, Richard Whitaker and landscape architect Lawrence Halprin were all originally contracted for the initial homes and landscape design, some of which are now part of the National Historic Registry.

We worked with designer Seryozha Krysti of SK Design on this project.

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