A full house remodel makes space for open-plan comfort, luxury and elegance

Thoughtful updates give a California home a bright new look, with relaxed family spaces and cozy corners

living room with white sofa and black console table with grey armchairs and painting over fireplace
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The luxury of a full-house remodel allowed for a complete interior design rethink for this family home in Danville, California. 

The Mediterranean-style home was built in the early 2000s, and was ripe for a new look inside and out to create a bright, comfortable and transitional family living space. No area was left untouched, and the stunning results of the redesign put it among the world's best homes with inspiring spaces and cozy nooks that would translate just as well to any style of home. 

A look like this doesn't just happen by chance, however. The family called in interior designer Nicole Salceda and her aptly named Bay Area-based design firm Eye for Pretty (opens in new tab), who came up with a scheme for the whole house. Nicole shares some of the most enviable spaces below. 

Spacious open hallway

large hall with curved staircase and black balustrade and decor in neutral colors

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The wide hallway with its sweeping curved staircase is almost a room in its own right.  Anyone looking for hallway ideas will find inspiration here in the new hardwood floor, minimal staircase balustrade and gallery wall on the upstairs landing. 

Open to the new kitchen, the hallway brings the family – and their visitors – straight into the hub of the home from the minute they step through the front door.   

Work in progress

The family of five moved out of the house just before Covid hit. Designer Nicole describes how she and her team 'remodeled the house over the course of the next six months while trying to manage crews and Covid restrictions. Every surface in the home was touched. Flooring, walls, cabinets, tile, paint, etc.,' she says. 

'Our goal was to update the builder grade finishes into something that was both special and comfortable for this young family. Our clients had minimal input and really let us run with this project and execute our vision for their home. Their trust throughout the project was huge,' she adds.

Kitchen upgrade

kitchen with pale gray units and white conical pendant lights with island and wooden stools and marble worktops

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Nicole explains that her clients 'wanted a space that was comfortable for the family and was not only beautiful, but functional as well'. The kitchen gets that balance exactly right. Kitchen ideas of note here include gray perimeter cabinetry, soapstone counter and backsplash (including soapstone sink), and a white oak island with open shelving at the end. Integrated appliances and a Calacatta quartz island top were also included, along with cognac leather counter stools.

An open concept living area

living diner with pale wood table and rush seat chairs in room with pale neutral colors and sofa in background

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The remodeled open-plan family space features a dining area for informal meals and a family room beyond.  At the heart of the dining space is a rustic, pale wood table, tempered with a smart white top to echo the soapstone counters in the kitchen, matched with rush seated dining chairs. 

Family living room

Living room with black console and white sofa with grey armchairs and painting over fireplace

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'For the family room,' says Nicole, 'we kept things very functional and streamlined -- we wanted a cozy, organic, and comfortable environment.'

Living room ideas worth copying from this relaxed space include a luxurious sectional sofa in the softest shade of off white, with pastel pillows and a window seat offering extra space for big family gatherings. A smart black console table creates a division between the seating and dining areas, a useful visual signpost in an open-plan space like this one. 

living room with white sectional sofa and pastel cushions with pale wooden coffee table

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A pale wood coffee table picks up on the natural elements in the dining area and kitchen, adjacent to the open-plan space. We love the use of a sectional sofa to create a more intimate, enclosed space within the larger open-plan layout. 

Formal dining room

dining room with black round dining table and chairs in room with neutral walls textured wall art and contemporary chandelier

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The dedicated dining room is part of the remodeled open-plan living space, but is tucked into a corner to create a cozy space for more formal dining, hence its more sophisticated scheme. Dining room ideas include the dark wood round table that extends for larger parties, a gallery display of textural artworks, and the contemporary Roxy Chandelier (opens in new tab) that has really made its mark on the updated space. 

The formal living room

snug with leather sofa and fireplace with neutral walls painting over a black sideboard and two graph print armchairs with pale wood coffee table, striped rug and modern chandelier

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When family life gets just a bit too hectic, the formal living room makes the perfect retreat. With a similarly sophisticated look to that of the dining room, key pieces include the vintage-look sofa and armchairs in an eye-catching windowpane check. The Montauk black stripe rug (opens in new tab), available from Nicole's company Eye for Pretty, is the perfect choice to tie the scheme together. 

Primary bedroom

bedroom with modern minimalist four poster bed and neutral furnishings

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The contemporary four-poster bed gives a luxurious look without overpowering the space. The light-touch frame gives the room structure without interrupting its sense of calm. If you're looking for bedroom ideas, you can't go wrong with a simple, neutral scheme - the perfect setting for a good night's sleep. We love the way the seascape painting fits neatly into the bedframe, a frame within a frame. 

Bathroom style

bathroom with twin wood-effect vanity units with blue freestanding bathtub between and marble topped cabinets

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Top of our list of luxury bathroom ideas are marble finishes, and with the walls and counters both given this luxurious finish, this bathroom is one to linger in. A freestanding tub with gray-blue sides is positioned under the window and the intricately tessellated tiled floor adds another layer of interest. 

Karen is the houses editor for homesandgardens.com and homes editor for the brand’s sister titles, Period Living and Country Homes & Interiors, and an experienced writer on interiors and gardens. She loves visiting historic houses for Period Living and writing about rural properties for Country Homes & Interiors, and working with photographers to capture all shapes and sizes of properties. Karen began her career as a sub editor at Hi-Fi News and Record Review magazine. Her move to women’s magazines came soon after, in the shape of Living magazine, which covered cookery, fashion, beauty, homes and gardening. From Living Karen moved to Ideal Home magazine, where as deputy chief sub, then chief sub, she started to really take an interest in properties, architecture, interior design and gardening.