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3 Tips to Creating a Beachy Abode from Sacramento Expert Kerrie Kelly

Feb 22, 2017 11:21AM ● Published by Style

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Starting a project from scratch is something all designers live for, which is exactly what Kerrie Kelly Design Lab (KKDL) was able to do at this beautiful home in Folsom. The owners of the two-story residence—which features a light, bright interior with distressed hardwood floors and creamy beige walls throughout—were looking to incorporate their love for the Hamptons coastline. To sprinkle in their affinity for the seaside, KKDL used bursts of teal, soft blue and gray, paired with distressed gray finishes and metallic accents to balance the ocean-inspired color palette. 

The finished product is a beautiful, resort-like escape, including a living room that’s both inviting and exciting with splashes of bright blue balanced by soft, tufted patterns; and rustic wood finishes, which make the space feel approachable and cozy, especially dotted with the couple’s favorite art prints above a beautiful wood and mirror console.

The bistro-inspired dining space drifts into the kitchen with an open floor plan, making it easy for the couple to cook family meals together without feeling like there are too many cooks in the kitchen. Durable countertops, paired with light gray shaker cabinets, lend a cool and collected vibe to the entire downstairs space. 

The upstairs area continues to feature the light and airy color sequence, adding in softer layers for bedrooms and office spaces. Decorative details like oversized mirrors, unique bookcases and greenery bring the look to life, making this seaside escape especially swoon-worthy.

1. Play with Pattern. With so many types of blue incorporated into this home’s design, it’s important to break up the color palette with pattern. Stripes, abstract strokes and polka dots look especially lively when paired with these specific blue tones.

2. Make it Metallic. To add a lively touch, use metallic accents. On a picture frame, side table or accessory, glimmers of silver or gold brighten any room.

3. Totally Textured. Tufted rugs, distressed wood flooring and shaker cabinets give the space a livable and approachable feel. Add a bit of texture in each room to keep the look consistent and cozy. 

Kerrie L. Kelly is an interior designer who has created several model homes in Northern California. See her latest set at Veranda at Empire Ranch by Elliott Homes in Folsom or online at
Home photos by Brian Kellogg, photo of Kerrie L. Kelly by Dante Fontana

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