Tuesday, June 10, 2014

MUTED COLORS = CALM AND RELAXED IN MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA

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For two years, Hanni Liliedahl and Jesse Silacci worked on a floor-to-ceiling renovation of their Monterey, California home, the downstairs commercial space (formerly a bar) as well as the building’s exterior – all while living in the space. So it’s no wonder that when it came time to make decor decisions, they sought peace and quiet. That meant utilizing organic elements and working with a stripped-down color palette, allowing the different materials, textures and tones to take front stage. Their commute is just a staircase away – downstairs to their boutique Lilify, which opened in 2012 and is an extension of the love of clean lines and organic elegance that they live with at home. They also operate a boutique floral design studio out of the shop along with micro-roaster Bright Coffee – building a coffee shop in your own home. I’m not sure that it gets any smarter than that.
Photography by Eileen Roche and Jesse Silacci.
Image above: “We found this midcentury table at a thrift store and we decided to mix and match the chairs – two metal and two wood. When we seat more people, the table has two leaves, which we couldn’t live without.”
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Image above: “Our favorite part of our desk setup is the cognac leather, super worn chair that we scored at Architectural Salvage in Santa Barbara.”
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Image above: “Convincing Jesse to paint the fireplace black took over a week and Hanni created an inspiration board of black fireplaces to close the debate. We both love it!”
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Image above: “To get this cactus from an estate sale in Carmel to our home, Hanni bribed Jesse, his father and a dear friend with a home cooked dinner in exchange for careful transport and hauling it up our front steps. The ordeal took over four hours, as we drove 15 miles an hour for the entire way home.”
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Image above: “This is our collection of crude string instruments. The furthest to the left was handmade in the village in Guyana where we served in the Peace Corps. The kangaroo skin and trunk belonged to Hanni’s Mom when she lived in Australia in her early 20s.”
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Image above: “Jesse designed these floating record shelves and then our good friend Mike Zimmerer of Zimm Metalworks built them. Jesse also built the stereo cabinet.”
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Image above: “Opening up this wall and installing a bar was one of the smartest decisions we made during our renovation. When guests are over, everyone can be a part of what is happening in the kitchen.”
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Image above: “We salvaged the upper doors from the original cabinetry. We scraped many layers of paint off of them.”
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Image above: “To be able to showcase our kitchen treasures, we didn’t install upper cabinets in half of the kitchen. Jesse built these reclaimed wood corner shelves.”
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Image above: “We set our table with a variety of vintage serving pieces and just adore Brooklyn ceramic artist Suzanne Sullivan’s work.”
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Image above: “The wood block print is by Alaskan artist Eric Bealer that we purchased on a trip to Hanni’s hometown of Juneau.”
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Image above: “We fell in love with this old wind chart.”
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Image above: “We didn’t want our bathroom to feel cluttered, so we opted for a pedestal sink with corner shelves.”
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Image above: “Chairs from Overstock and redwood table built by Jesse. The table was the site of the most recent great party – an impromptu salad potluck to celebrate Hanni’s birthday. A lovely group of friends had cocktails inside and then moved to dine outside, hanging out at this table.”
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Image above: “This is the entrance to Lilify and Bright Coffee, located below our home!”
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