Every renovation has a story, but few come with plot twists that even the designer couldn’t predict. When Jesse DeSanti, owner of Jette Creative, agreed to join the team behind this extensive remodel in Venice Beach, California, they all agreed that the home had a specific purpose. “The project was originally looked at as a spec house and an investment property,” she says. “It was hopefully going to be the start of a development company for the client and his investors.”
Jesse met the owner, Nick Valencia, through the project’s contractor, and work was already under way by the time she signed on. The team envisioned a tranquil address, one that consisted of a neutral and versatile backdrop where future owners could instill their own personal touches with any colors they desired. “There was definitely a South American inspiration to the house as a whole,” Jesse says. “It’s a bit tropical, refined, and organic, with a lot of contrast.”
This simple palette of black, white, and wood is a far cry from what the home used to look like. Nick bought the property for its location, set a few blocks from the city’s famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard, and not necessarily for its looks. That’s because the home was a kaleidoscope of colors, filled with a rainbow in every room and accented with materials that had seen better days. Its floor plan didn’t help, either, since its choppy layout made spaces feel more closed-in than connected. Nevertheless, Nick saw the home as an opportunity for quality development—it just needed a complete overhaul first.
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