Monday, February 3, 2014

Country Living/Corbin Bernsen's California Home

My cousin Christy and I were antique hunting at our local flea market when she laid eyes on several vintage pendants just like the three seen in this stunning kitchen below.  She asked me,  “Have you seen Februarys 2013 issue of Country Living?”  I replied,  “No, I must have missed it.” If I had seen it,  I certainly would have remembered every bit of it!!!!

Actors Corbin Bernsen and Amanda Pays took a hands-on approach to renovating and decorating their Southern California home, instilling personality through architectural salvage and vintage bargains.  Country Living magazine describes the inspiration behind many of their fabulous ideas.

Come on along,  I’m anxious to share these with you . . . .

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Amanda gets full credit for reimagining this property's covered patio area as a sprawling, raftered kitchen. It is, in her husband's proud estimation, "the heart of the home." He's right. The kitchen serves as the hub from which the house's layout, and its aesthetic, flows. In this room, reclaimed barn wood bumps against stainless steel, and an antique mahogany table mingles with midcentury metal school chairs. The backsplash of Moroccan tiles hints at the family's exotic travels, while Amanda's British upbringing reveals itself in ceramics gathered during European vacations. She painted the graphic lemon artwork herself.



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Kitchen cabinets are clad in reclaimed barn wood and topped with poured-concrete counters. A stainless steel worktable provides extra prep and storage space. Shelves of cast-off scaffolding flank the backsplash. The Kenmore refrigerator and Jenn-Air stove are from Sears.

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Another philosophy Corbin and Amanda share? The virtue of thrift. "We love scouring flea markets and garage sales," she reveals, giddily recounting their best bargains: a vintage wicker rocker for $40, the living room's swap-meet Chesterfield sofa reupholstered with Ikea linen, even the kitchen's drawer pulls. "Twenty-five dollars for the bag of 50!" she crows.

The living room speaks to me. Especially the scale of this large oil portrait,  with its muted palette. The casualness of the authentic grain sack pillows.

Amanda painted the wooden Moroccan settee with basic gray primer and found the Berber rug in Marrakech. The large oil portrait is by contemporary Scottish painter Peter White; the oak-and-steel coffee table rails from H.D. Buttercup.

Living Room

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Digby poses next to a table fashioned from French marble and steel. The pouf is by Dosa, and the British landscape was a gift. The wood floors are painted Gray Timber Wolf by Benjamin Moore.

Love this elegant brass lantern placed unexpectedly above the console.

Turn a hurricane into an electrified lantern with a swag-lamp kit.


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Amanda transformed an old wooden box into a hardworking hamper by installing separate his 'n' hers baskets.

Notice the wall behind the hamper,   two-tone painted walls mimic the look of wainscoting, for less.  The walls are painted Horizon Gray by Benjamin Moore.


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The master bathroom's sink console incorporates the same concrete and salvaged wood as the kitchen counter and cabinets. A metal funnel makes a cool industrial lampshade.


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"This house is a combination of the trips we've taken and the experiences we've had," Amanda says. "It's the evolution of Corbin and me for the last 24 years."
Corbin and Amanda join sons (from left) Angus, Finley, Henry, and Oliver in the backyard. Corbin built the benches; his brother, Collin, made the matching table.



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Read more: Corbin Bernsen's California Home - California Home Decor - Country Living