Magazine article Sunset

The Cottage

Magazine article Sunset

The Cottage

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Inspired by golden California hills and midcentury style, designer Orlando Soria, West Coast creative director for Homepolish, turned this 400-square-foot space by New Avenue Homes into a gem.

Work the walls

Before our update, the cottage's kitchen didn't hove shelving. Soria installed walnut open shelves above the counter and across the loft to gain storage and display space.

Choose shape over color

"I like the idea of using really interesting shapes but in white, so your eye is more interested in the form than the color," Soria says. The Fireclay Tile he used in the kitchen, for example, has a subtle geometric pattern.

Pick a showstopper

Because the den is visible from every port of the cottage, Soria played it up as a focal point, with a daring gold-and-white wallpaper from Juju Papers. "Having that loud pattern helps you see how bright the rest of the space Is," he says.

Bring in vintage

Influenced by Sunset's campus, built in 1951, Soria gave the cottage some history, with midcentury furniture from the De Angelis showroom in San Francisco. He also mixed Japanese-inspired ceramics from his mom's collection with new pieces by ceramist Ben Medansky. "Vintage helps bring gravitas," he says.

Try glass

Despite the kitchen's streamlined compactness, Soria used a full-size dining table. "We got away with a table that was slightly too large because it was gloss," he says. "It doesn't take up a lot of visual space." Plus, it reveals more of the graphic rug from Rugs USA.

Rethink neutrals

Gold became Soria's neutral. "It can be combined with so many colors." To keep spaces interesting, he says it's important to vary the materials, pointing to the brass on the legs of the glass table compared with the ocher walls in the sleeping loft.

Just add pink

With a sunset over California's hills as inspiration, he hung works in pink by artists Erika Gragg and Anna Ullman. It helps the cottage feel young despite its vintage elements.

OUR COTTAGE is an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), meaning it has a full kitchen and a bathroom, which makes getting permits tricky. New Avenue Homes, based in Emeryville, California, is a software platform that helps homeowners, architects, and contractors navigate the permitting process--along with entire construction projects, from ADUs to conventional new-home construction.

DESIGN FOR REAL-WORLD BUDGETS Professional interior design is a luxury service not everyone can afford. Homepolish offers a solution: Buy time with an interior designer for a simple hourly fee of $100 to $130. They come to your place, design it, and even pass their trade discounts on furniture and accessories on to you.

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