Monday’s Masterpiece – California cool

Morning morning everyone!  Hope you all had a fab weekend – I’m feeling very rested and relaxed for the first time in a while which is great!

I thought that for today’s Monday’s Masterpiece we’d look at Chris Barrett, a southern Californain designer known for her open airy creations inspired by her love of nature and the great outdoors.

She was featured in House Beautiful a while ago, but it wasn’t until I started researching her work that I realised that she was the designer responsible for this cute little courtyard that I’ve been oogling on and off for the last year…  It’s the ‘foyer’ of the property, the first room you enter through the front door, and I am head over heels in love with the contrasting metal and stonework, all nicely finished off with rustic-looking plants and shrubbery. 

The entire property has incredible views out over the Pacific Ocean, and she emphasises this through the use of plenty of neutrals, light wood furniture (referencing driftwood on the beach) and the odd pop of aqua, such as the living room rug.  Also love the contrast between the ‘beachy’ cane furniture and the more edgy metal coffee table.

Sneaky way to hide the TV – it’s behind the screen above the fireplace.  And that tree stump table is just charming.

The neutral palette/cane furniture themes continue into the dining room – I can’t take my eyes off those vases, perfection.

You literally cannot go wrong with a cosy kitchen banquette, in my book.  Totally enamoured by the faded prints on the pillows too.

And the whitewashed oak floors give it the perfect rustic vibe that contradicts the sleek marble and chrome of the units.

I have to say I actually would do this bedroom a smidge differently – love the (custom)headboard, lucite lamps and interesting bench, but there’s something about the blue carpet/blocky wooden bedside tables that jars with me – think I would have used a softer hue of blue.

The bathroom is open to the master bedroom so that you can see the view of the ocean from the tub – g.e.n.i.u.s!  Also, I usually really dislike subway tiles, especially in bathrooms, but here they fit flawlessly with the grey marble and white beadboard ceiling, and give a contemporary vibe to the otherwise quite neutral bathroom. 

Err, and this terrace is perfection.  That’s all I have to say about it!!

Here are some other delish designs from her portfolio:


Chris also has a range of gorgeous textiles – LOVE these moodboards on her website for them, her love of nature is perfectly encapsulated:

And here are my picks!


  1. annie says:

    I’m having a steel window moment and those ones are beauties! Agree about the carpet, it looks like one from the travelodge. That terrace is amazing, love outdoor rooms!

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