Modern Home Design Renovation With Indoor Outdoor Living

Home renovations are not for the faint of heart – the chaos of construction, the constant flow of people in and out of your home, the time and so much money. But in the end, it can be totally worth the headache if you have a modern home design that is personalized on you. When Santa Barbara-based interior designer Jessica Risko Smith, founder of JRS Interior Design, was tasked with completely demolishing a 1950s home in her area, she paid close attention to the home’s architecture (which traditionally leaned ) and collaborated with the architect to create a modern home with cozy, natural materials that are true to her California-inspired aesthetic.


This stylish renovation focuses on modern home design

“The homeowners had a much more traditional style when we started working together, and they were eager to try something different,” says Jessica. “It was fun to push them a little bit out of their comfort zone and see what got them excited.”

Some of the structural changes included an additional pantry space next to the kitchen and works on this new island. An extra bedroom created a courtyard feel at the back of the house. (The backyard also has a pool and fireplace for true outdoor living.)

kitchen furnishings

Of course, not everyone has the budget to completely transform their home. But what inspires us about this renovation are the details, such as bringing in handcrafted pottery made by their teenage daughter, using fabrics and wallpaper (many of our favorite Schumacher) consciously, and design choices that connect the inside with the outside.

outdoor space

“The goal was to create an indoor-outdoor connection with plenty of space to entertain, relax, and enjoy time with friends and family,” says Jessica. Mission accomplished. “We’ve spiced things up a bit and embraced a more modern approach.” It’s hard to tell where inside and outside meet, thanks to the double counters and similar materials and textures used throughout.

living room decor

“A great way to connect indoor and outdoor is to incorporate a natural color palette with a cohesive sense of flow,” says Jessica. That meant, for example, that the sandstone outdoor fireplace had to be moved to the living room fireplace.

natural bedroom

Mmm…dreamy bedroom details. Jessica describes her style as California-inspired, lofty design with a crafted restraint. Accents such as art, fixtures, lighting and a mix of textures create a rich overall design that feels visually interesting but not overwhelming.

bedroom decor

“We wanted to make everything in the house feel like it could be used every day, while also adding personal touches to the design,” says Jessica.

dining room decor

Personal touches such as their daughter’s pottery and handmade pottery from Emily Brown Ceramics (from Dekor Living in Ojai, CA) complement the owner’s traditional wedding tableware. The dining table and bedroom chandelier above are from Matthew Fairbank Design. These cozy dining room chairs are by Thomas Lavin. We love the range of neutrals and shades that make the decor feel clean and luxurious, not flat.

powder room design

Schumacher Queen of Spain wallpaper is one of the more whimsical features in an otherwise sophisticated home. We’ve never met a powder room wallpaper that we didn’t like! It’s a great space to really stand out and not invest too much in a dramatic look.

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