Before & After - One Bathroom Becomes Two, in Orinda

Some of my favorite challenges are redesigns where I get to reimagine the space entirely. Take, for example, this bathroom in Orinda. In San Francisco, space is at such a premium that you would rarely, if ever, see this much wasted space - for one bathroom. The unfortunate part was that for this family of four, this was both the powder bath and the boys' primary bathroom.

The Client's goal was to convert this space to a powder bath for guests and a highly functional, with lots of tucked away storage, bathroom for her two boys. She has a mix of styles used throughout her house - areas that were not in the scope of my work. She wanted the boys' bath to be more modern but with some traditional & warm elements to blend with the rest of the house.  The powder bath needed to be more transitional yet, as you may step into it, but never the rest of the more modern spaces.

Here are the "before" followed by the "after" shots:


One thing you may notice is that the door does not swing into the new full bathroom on the floor plan, as it did following construction. That was because the client decided to add a pocket door. Personally I'm not a fan of pocket doors on bathrooms but it works well for her.

Notice that it IS possible to put a light switch, on the same wall as a pocket door. He utilized a remote control Lutron switch. This information is huge for small space design. AND he was able to tuck the occupancy sensor away discretely so the room is Title 24 compliant. 

To maximize the countertop and get two sinks for her sons, we utilized an integral Silestone sink and countertop, fabricated and installed by Fox Marble. It took a considerable amount of coordination between myself, Fox and the Contractor but the end result is beautiful. 

To make the storage highly functional, a lot of thought went into how the cabinets would be designed. The client and I didn't want to see a lot of hardware so touch latches were utilized. See additional details in the image below.

A lot of praise goes to the Contractor on this project who was able to execute the design.

Thanks for reading! xoxo, jojo

Brooke Bryand - Headshots!

With the addition of Courtney to the team this year we needed to update the website with some pictures of her and the team together. Back in November, we enlisted the help of the very talented, Brooke Bryand. We had a blast with Brooke and it didn't take very long so we were able to get back to work! I also appreciated how quickly Brooke made time in her schedule - especially during the busy family photos as people get ready for holiday cards. We did the photoshoot when I was four months pregnant and knew if we delayed much longer I would not be happy with the outcome. 

Here are some of the fun shots from Brooke. We love her!

Thanks again Brooke!

We Have a New Look!

Over the past few weeks we have been busy creating a new look!

Five years ago today, JL Interior Design was started...the website and logo have changed a little along the way but it was time for a major change. I had received a couple of estimates for a new logo and website but they were too expensive. Through my work at Interior Crowd I was keen to try a similar concept for logos: 99 Designs to create a new logo - great experience! I received a ton of options and selecting the winning design was quite a challenge.

For the website, my handsome hubby has been telling me about Squarespace for over a year and how great it is. I gave it a shot and guess what, I LOVE it!  With Squarespace I'm finally able to have Google email & apps and the blog is now a part of the website.  

Since the company name, JL Interior Design, seemed to be long to spell out over email I decided to simplify with and created an entirely new domain name that I will have everything point to. I know this may be confusing for a little while but ultimately I think it will be better. With the new blog I'm hoping between Lindsey, Courtney and I, we'll be able to post more frequently. I'm really excited to have Courtney on board & Lindsey back, even if only on a part time basis.  

We have a fun-filled week ahead: client meetings, Wednesday night's opening party for SB Fine Arts, photo shoot for some new group shots for the website and another for a major remodel project that is nearly finished in the Marina.