Houzz at a Glance
Who lives here: Leyla Jaworski of Design Shop Interiors, husband Scott and their 5-year-old son, Jake
Location: Sacramento, California
Size: 1,195 square feet (111 square meters); two bedrooms, two bathrooms
The Jaworskis renovated in stages, first making the house more livable with cosmetic changes like fresh paint and new carpeting. Three years later, they ripped up the backyard and installed a pool. Finally, they tackled the big stuff: a whole-house renovation, including a major overhaul of the kitchen and bathrooms. “I tell people who are renovating, ‘We don’t always get to do it all at once. So take your time,’” Leyla says. “I renovated and spent all the money; then a couple years later, I could buy new furniture.”
She opened up the living room by replacing a wall with an 8-by-5-foot window and by installing glass doors on both sides of the fireplace. “The house is so small, we wanted to make it bright,” she says. That included employing a soft palette of neutral colors — “nothing overwhelming,” she says.
The furniture is an eclectic mix of new and scavenged pieces. She purchased the coffee table for $60 on Craigslist and had her countertop fabricator cut a leftover piece of white quartz to put on top. “My style leans very midcentury, but I don’t want it to be a kitschy time capsule, so I try to bring in other elements,” she says.
Paint: Decorator’s White, Benjamin Moore; leather armchair and credenza: West Elm; sectional: Four Hands
Open shelves enlarge the space even more. Leyla’s countertop fabricator installed white quartz on top of Ikea cabinets, and made the island top and shelves out of pine.
Appliances: Professional series, Frigidaire; light fixtures: Rejuvenation
Wall paint: Carbon Black, Kelly-Moore
The nightstand is vintage. Leyla asked her painter to paint it and change the hardware.
“The only way to capture the space was to move the washer into the garage and put the tub in the shower,” she says.
The free-standing tub allows for deck-mounted fixtures, which are “significantly cheaper” than floor-mounted fixtures, she adds.
“It could only be 48 inches wide,” she says. “It was like finding a needle in a haystack.”
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She bought the coffee table on clearance and used leftover quartz from her kitchen countertops for the top. The dining table is two prefab picnic tables that her husband rebuilt. “He took the benches off and spaced them 5 feet apart, then put 15-foot planks down for across the top and for the bench seats,” she says. The couple can seat 15 to 20 for dinner here and hosted this past Thanksgiving, with the help of outdoor heaters spaced around the table.