With surf and sand visible from nearly every window of this handsome Spanish Revival-style estate in Laguna, its beach-loving homeowners couldn’t be happier. In fact, they were so hypnotized by the views that nearly ten years passed before they realized they hadn’t paid much attention to its interiors. They were still living with the furnishings that the previous owners had included with the sale of the house. And so they called designer Christopher Kennedy to help make the beauty of the inside of the retreat equal that of its breathtaking exterior.
Using bright hues—including plenty of blue and red—Kennedy crafted a fresh, carefree plan for the home: one that would involve refinishing and repurposing the passed-down pieces before introducing them to a shiny new cast of modern, eclectic finds. “I wanted everything to feel fun, young, and well-layered,” says Kennedy, “but it all had to be very easy to maintain, too.” Here’s how color and creativity gave this home its second act.