Architecture Design

Waves of sophistication

Although the bones of the 1,289-square- foot house on Poinsettia Avenue in Corona del Mar were good, the abundant orange wood and lackluster lighting just weren’t the new owner’s style. So, as she’s done several times before, the owner turned to Jessie Ann Mitchell of Jessie Ann Design for help. “Because she’s done so many construction projects before, she wanted something more turnkey,” says Jessie Ann Mitchell. So, the focus was on adding functionality and custom details to make it feel like home. That included a custom wood banquette in the dining room with storage underneath, a new kitchen island, and a plastered orange hood, as well as all new lighting and furniture.

This renovation is more than just design; it’s a lifestyle. With a nod to the owner’s love for surfing, the home features surf-inspired touches that create a sense of laid-back luxury. The goal was to make the space feel organic and neutral, bringing in interest with fun textures and soft, curved shapes throughout.

The client’s hobby and love for the sea is reflected in specially selected artwork throughout the home. A custom art piece hangs in the master bedroom capturing the essence of ocean waves with shells and natural beads. Another piece by the dining room banquette from Visual Contrast carries through the theme with a pearlescent finish. These selections are a nod to Southern California’s relaxed surf culture while creating a tranquil ambiance that resonates with the spirit of the coast.

In  the primary bedroom, the focal point is a handcrafted wall hanging above the bed, which adds organic texture and interest that draws the eye in.

A room on the home’s top level provides a peaceful place for the client’s daily yoga practice. It also has a Peloton bike and room for an overnight guest. Removing a built-in closet made space for a relaxing seating area. Mitchell says the project went seamlessly. The only crisis moment was when the backyard Jacuzzi was delivered by a crane. “We had to drop it in this tiny slot between the garage and the house,” she says. “Watching that go up, my heart was shaking.” 

Choosing a favorite part of the house is difficult for the designer. “It’s hard because I really love this home—if I had to move in tomorrow, I would!” she says. When pressed, she selects the primary bedroom. “I love everything about it—the bed, the sheets, the linen, and the fun artwork above her bed.” Mitchell adds that building a long-term relationship with this client made the design process a dream. “The trust is there, which is amazing because it’s pretty much just, ‘Yes, yes, yes, done.’”

“I really love this home — if I had to move in tomorrow, I would!”
—Interior designer Jessie Ann Mitchel

Jessie Ann Design
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