So Cal design couple Melissa and Marc Palazzo opened the doors of their family's home just outside of Costa Mesa after doubling the 1950's ranch house's square footage from 2,500 to around 5,000. The husband and wife own the interior design and project management firm Pal + Smith in Newport Beach. They turned to Henry Buckingham of Techentin Buckingham to assist in the addition. Photos by John Ellis.
The dining room hosts a mixture of the Palazzo's designed marble-top white-oak table and leather chairs, accompanied by Mies Van der Rohe wicker chairs and a Lars Bolander wicker stool. The zebra skin is by Edelman, and yes, no zebras were harmed in the making of this faux.
The addition included a double height rec room surrounded by corrugated metal to save some dough. It looks nice, and the materials mesh well together. So much glass really brings the outdoors in, no? The couple also saved by installing several skylights that don't open.
Recognize that art piece peeking through? That's because a window over the Waterworks farmhouse kitchen sink allows for views of the dining room. Walker Zanger products include the D-Line tiles and a marble counter top, love marble!
This is interesting. Instead of recessing walls to build an interior partition to add more closet space in the master bedroom, the couple placed their bed in front of a sturdy ceiling hung curtain and imposed a large hanging photo on the non-wall. This added six feet! Such a good idea when working with a limited floor plan.
Melissa swears by white walls throughout the house. She adds pops of color with her furnishings and artwork, like the chartreuse framed photographs she took herself that hang in the hallway. A Sputnik style chandelier and a glass partition add that sense of nostalgia and contemporary mash up seen in every room.
This beautiful view of the yard also gave way to the design of the entire project. This old coral tree is believed to be the largest and oldest of its kind so the addition couldn't encroach on the trees spoken for space. It kept their dining room on the smaller side, but the Palazzo's were fine with that.
The ground floor powder room mixes some rich patterns with modern amenities. The Parsons-style vanity and block sink basin are met with a Joie chair from Pal + Smith and Palm Leaves wall paper from Cole & Son.
And finally the master bedroom, my favorite. A George Smith tufted chair, bright skylight and delicate chandelier add a sense of glamor to the terrazzo floor. I love everything they did here. Not as artsy and edgy as Elton's pad, but family friendly and well thought out. Bravo!