A California Coastal Office

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I fell in love with Jessica Bennett Interiors when she did my living room makeover last year so anytime she finishes a project, I can’t wait to see the photos as I am a sucker for design ideas.

This recent project was for Darlynn Morgan of Morgan Law Group, a long time Tiny Oranges friend and sponsor, so I was excited to share photos of their beautiful new office in Newport Beach.

Darlynn is an Orange County Estate Planning Attorney.

When she moved into her new space, she wanted to create an office where clients would feel like they were coming into her home and sitting at her living room coffee table.  At times estate planning can be difficult, so she wanted a calm and soothing environment that would put clients at ease.

When I saw what Jessica did with her vision, I don’t think they could have designed a more perfect space!  Here are the photos and the descriptions and details as written by Jessica.

A California Coastal Office
by Jessica Bennett Interiors  

We actually picked this blue based on the color of Morgan Law Group’s logo….we thought it would be a perfect tie in, plus we  just loved the color.

To offset the light gray-blue, we had all of the wood trim in the office stained to this dark espresso color (you should have seen how it looked before!!) and stuck with a warm, but neutral, carpet.

We wanted to maintain a traditional design with a fresh new appeal.

It was important to Darlynn that the space feel inviting, homey, and comfortable. The chairs are traditional staple pieces, but the pillows, oversized mirror, and lamp provide a modern twist.

Accessories are an essential in any space…and they are actually our favorite part of the whole design process.

In the Morgan Office, it was imperative to select accessories that made the space feel like a home yet were simple and understated. Here, a few pieces of blue coral, our favorite white scented candle, a fun silver “OK” sign and of course framed photos of Darlynn’s son did the trick.

Have you ever seen a conference room like this?? Bet you haven’t!

Again, playing on our subtle beach theme and our love of mixing traditional and modern elements, we created a conference room that felt more like a fun dining room.

We LOVE the slipcovered chairs, the bold accent pillows, and our soft and breezy window treatments.

This little space is another conference room, used when clients need to meet with Darlynn or one of her associates to review and sign documents.

We loved this table and chair combination…they had such unique silhouettes, yet worked seamlessly with the serene coastal artwork and accessories. We also loved how the black and blue play off one another perfectly.

 www.JessicaBennettInteriors.com * Click here to follow her on Facebook
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[Disclosure: Both are Tiny Oranges Sponsors]

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Our Small Bathroom Makeover [Design Ideas]

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The hubby and I recently finished a little makeover on our small guest bathroom so I thought it might be fun to share some before and after pictures.

I was in a bit of a quandary on what direction to go with it because it doubles as not only our girls’  bathroom but also our guest bathroom. So I called upon my good friend Jessica Bennett from Jessica Bennett Interiors to give me some ideas. Lucky for me she offered to give me some design opinions in the midst of all of her big projects. Thank you JESS!

It is really nice having a friend that is an interior designer, because I was going to make it a more cutesy-cutesy kids’ bathroom-ish but Jessica’s opinion was to make it a lovely guest bathroom which kids also happen to use. 

I am glad she set me straight because I love how it turned out. I think it is tasteful and stylish for guests, yet I was also able to throw in a FEW cutesy details for my girls.

Here are my befores and afters (please excuse the weird angles and shadows, the bathroom is so tiny it is really hard to photograph!):

Bathroom Before:

As you can see, it was a tad dark and lacking any personality or cohesive style.  It was sort of a mishmash including a 6-year-old faded pink and khaki shower curtain, rusted shower curtain rod and outdated pastel shell wall art. Ugh.

The first thing we did was to paint it a lighter color a (Behr’s Natural Almond.)  Click here for a must read post on an easy way to pick your paint colors – such a great Jessica idea. My husband then added crown moulding. Lucky for me I have a handy husband that likes to take on projects like this…

I was inspired by these cute monogrammed towels on My Favorite Everything and I think these turned out sooo cute!  I replaced the standard bath towel rack with two hooks and added hanging towels. She also gave me the tip to get the bath towels with hooks at Ikea. Cheap and functional!

Jessica found these cute Hot and Cold Hooks on Pottery Barn on which to hang them…

Another one of my favorite new things we added to our new bathroom was my husband’s DIY homemade “double wide” kids’ stool in plain white.  It is great because it is wide enough for both girls to stand on and not push each other out of the way to get to the faucet, which they inevitably did, even with two separate stools.

Another useful addition was the little black hanging hand towel for the girls adjacent to their stool at their level.  Before they would use the regular hanging guest towel, but because they had to reach for it, they would end up pulling it off a lot and it would end up on the counter or the floor.

I found a matching robe hook and then actually used a hanging washcloth in black (great for kids) also at IKEA which had a built in hanging hook.

Playing off the black and neutrals from the shower curtain, I found these cute monogrammed containers at Pottery Barn for each girl’s toothbrush and toothpaste! Easy for them to reach and they like having their own “letter” cup to put their stuff back in when they are done!

For the bathroom wall art, I was looking for something a little fun (and I admit a TAD cutesy) so I was so excited to find these darling bathroom art prints on Etsy. I emailed the link to make sure they were “Jessica approved!”  I love that I could use the “Hang Your Towel” one above the girls’ towels.

And I just LOVE the Pottery Barn Shower Curtain Jessica recommended.  The ruffles make it feminine and fun for a girls’ bathroom. This piece sort of set the decorating tone for the entire bathroom.

Overall, I love the new look. We made a bunch of changes, all cosmetic, but these things can make a big difference. Here are a list of links if anyone is looking for these items!

Medicine cabinet: Classic Recessed Medicine Cabinet from Pottery Barn

Light fixture: Bennett Triple Sconce from Pottery Barn

Faucet: Heritage Double-handle Centerset Bathroom Faucet in Chrome Porcelain Cross from Overstock.com 

Vanity Fixtures: Chatham Knob in Polished Chrome from Restoration Hardware

Mongrammed toothbrush cups: Ceramic Monogrammable Bath Accessories from Pottery Barn

Guest Towel Ring: Bennett Towel Ring from Pottery Barn

Kids’ Towel Hook & White Bath Mat: Bed Bath N Beyond

Bathroom Art Prints: DeliveredByDanielle on Etsy

Frames: Matted 11 x 14 black frames from Michael’s (check your weekend paper for coupons)

Shower Curtain: Ticking Stripe Ruffled Shower Curtain on Pottery Barn 

White Bath Towels, hand towel and black washcloth: Ikea (in store – make sure to look for the ones that have the HOOKS if you want to hang like we did)

Towel Monogramming: The Monogram Store, Newport Beach

Wicker Vanity Tray & Waste Basket & Kleenex Holder: Crate & Barrel

Candle & Oil Diffuser: Pomegranate from Pottery Barn

 Thanks for reading and special thanks to Jessica for giving me her professional opinion and great ideas! 

www.jessicabennettinteriors.com

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Another Jessica Bennett Interiors Tiny Oranges Project: A Little Boy’s Room

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This past March I did a post on the extreme accessories makeover that Jessica Bennett Interiors did on my living room.  Every single time I walk through my new living room it makes me feel happy.

From this first post, Jessica got lots of inquiries from Tiny Oranges readers also wanting some design assistance. One of these inquiries resulted in a super cute “big boy” room for a soon-to-be big brother of an OC mom in Irvine!

I love that my post turned into a beautiful new room for another family, so this is a full circle project between Jessica Bennett Interiors and Tiny Oranges! I love design posts so I am thrilled to show you this family’s before and after pictures of their two-year-old’s new room.

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Designing to Make a Difference

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I am a HUGE fan of Jessica from Jessica Bennett Interiors. Huge.  I wrote about her here.

Jessica Bennett Interiors is an Orange County interior design firm specializing in young families and professionals and she did the most amazing transformation of my living room in what I called my “Extreme Living Room Accessories Makeover” a few months back. Every day when I see that room that I love so much, I think of Jessica and I smile.

And now Jessica has made me smile again for another reason.

To me it is incredibly heartwarming to see people that use their talent for a good cause. Which is exactly what Jessica is doing in a very special design project benefiting the Good Shepherd Center for homeless women and children in Los Angeles.

The Good Shepherd Center gives refuge to women and children who are otherwise homeless, have a small income, and need a place to stay for up to two years while they find work and start getting back on their feet.

Just take a moment to let that sit with you.

Can you imagine having children and being homeless?   Being a mom is tough enough on it’s own but not being able to have a safe haven to call home is beyond comprehension.

Jessica Bennett Interiors is one of thirty other interior designers from Los Angeles and Orange County who have each pledged to design and completely furnish 30 different rooms for 30 different women, pro bono.

The designers are all donating their time and talent to design a new, beautiful room for the women residents so that they can have a fresh start as they work to rebuild their lives.

This amazing project is headed by two equally amazing women, Vanessa De Vargas and Vanessa Kogevinas. You can read more about the project here and read all about Jessica’s Good Shepherd designer interview here.

So now comes the easy part (designing the room!) and the hard part (paying for it…) so GUESS which part she needs your help with?

Since Jessica always dreams big, her goal is to raise $10,000 for the center.

She needs $4,000 to outfit her room from top to bottom and wants to raise another $6,000 to put directly in the center’s hands to help support the amazing work they are doing to help so many women.

Whether you can spare $5 or $1000, no amount is too small or large.  And she is getting the ball rolling with a $500 pledge in addition to her design service.

The list below shows you what your money can buy for her dream room:

Bulletin Board $20
Towel Bar $30
Picture Frames $40
Towels $40
Mirror $50
Lamp $90
Paint $100
Small Painting $100
Sconce $100
Light Pendant $130
Desk Chair $200
Large Painting $200
Area Rug $300
Chest of Drawers $300
Desk $300
Bedding $400
Painters $500
Window Treatments $500
Upholstered Headboard $600

Total $ 4,000

If you are moved to want to help Jessica with this project, you can click here to donate and send funds via PayPal or you can send a check to*:

Jessica Bennett Interiors
1931 Newport Blvd., Suite J
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

The project begins June 1st so she needs to have all donations collected by June 8th!

Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance!

*Due to logistical limitations at the shelter, all donations must be paid/made out to Jessica Bennett Interiors. Once all the donations are collected, we will then send the Good Shepherd Center a check, accompanied by a list of all our generous donors.

GOOD LUCK JESSICA!! I can’t wait to see the “after pics!”  I will do a post on the transformation Jessica does on this room!

{Disclosure: Jessica Bennett Interiors is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor}

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My Living Room Accessories Makeover with Jessica Bennett Interiors!

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I might as well warn you now, this is going to be what they call, a photo heavy post!  But I am so in love with my new living room designed by OC Interior Designer extraordinaire, Jessica of  Jessica Bennett Interiors, I have to show you each and every detail!

We moved into our house in Spring 2005 and my living room decor has not been updated since that time. I guess having two kids and trying to start a business hindered my decor updates these past few years!

Our living room is the first room you see when you walk in our house, and we have to walk through this room to get to the girls’ rooms and bathrooms, so it is the most FOCAL room in the house.   Every time I walked through it in recent months, I would sort of feel bummed out because I was so TIRED of my old decor and didn’t have the time to go shop and do a major update.

When I was decorating this room back when we moved in, I was really into the “tropical” look so there were quite a few palm trees.  Not that there is anything wrong with palm trees, just after 6 years, I was officially over them!

Here is a before pic so you can see what I am talking about.  I mean, it wasn’t terrible, but I just so desperately needed a FRESH update!

We had bad houseplants that looked half dead and I had cluttered my walls with every tropical picture I could pick up at the swamp meet, TJ Maxx or Target in 2005…

My living room and dining are are in the same room, so I essentially had the same decor in both spaces.

Here is my old dining area.  I never knew what to put on this table, so I went through many different bad centerpieces through the years consisting of  silk flowers and you guessed it, palm fronds!

Most recently I had stuck this WAY too small candle thing in the middle of the table for lack of knowing what else to put there…

So, what’s a girl to do? A makeover takes some time, and here’s the THING, I have NO TIME to shop!

Taking my 20 month old into a store these days is a nightmare.  She hates to ride in the cart and regardless of my endless snacks, I can get like 15 minutes out of her until it is a full on screamfest to get out and walk.  And it is never a good idea to let a 20 month old loose in TJ Maxx Home Goods with all those glass displays!

I never thought I could even AFFORD an interior designer and even if I wanted to entertain one, I would have no idea who to call.  More than that, I didn’t want a major redesign, I just needed an update.  I had no idea if there were even designers that could take on a project of this scale?

Enter FATE.

I told you I was a part of that networking group, SMARTY OC, and the leader ended up connecting @jbinteriorsinc and I on Twitter as Jessica is an OC interior designer specializing in young families & professionals. BINGO!

So we started chatting, and one thing led to another, and next thing I knew we had an appointment for a COMPLIMENTARY consultation and the rest is history.

I liked her from the moment she walked in my door. Jessica is really personable, the type of person you feel, excuse the pun, right at home with!

When she came in, she asked me to give her a tour of our house, I have to admit it is a little intimidating to have an interior designer walk through your house!  But she was so normal, and not pretentious that I quickly got over it.

Later she told me that the reason she does this is so she can get a FEEL for the family so she can get a really good idea of your personal style.

Her design philosophy is about embracing the family, not just the space. Sigh.

Luckily, my anchor pieces (big furniture, etc.) are still decent, so Jessica just suggested doing an Accessories Package for our project.   This would include things like new throw pillows, tabletop decor, wall hangings, etc.  We discussed a budget, she promptly sent me a contract, I paid my deposit and we were on our way.

I explained I wanted a beachy (not tropical) look and other than that, I told her I loved her work and style on her website, so I gave her pretty much free reign to take the budget and run with it!

From start to finish, she was ready to install a lot quicker than I thought.  The day finally arrived and I felt like I was 6 years old on Christmas morning!

She does the transformation “extreme home makeover” style where we were KICKED out and couldn’t peek when she was working her magic.

I LOVED THIS!

When I walked in and opened my eyes, I couldn’t believe what I saw.  My first thought was that it didn’t even look like the same room!  And, it looked like it had doubled in size!  Just having a professional move things around can totally change the look of a room in a dramatic way.   I am emotional, so I did yes, tear up because I was so happy.

So, allow me to introduce my new living room Jessica created for me!

Here is the BEFORE of this view…

And AFTER!


My absolute favorite is the piece of art for the wall.  I never liked what I had on this wall before.   I could never have found or chosen this piece on my own.  Here’s the view from the other direction…

Here is my entry table before…

And AFTER!

I already had this mirror hanging over my dining table, so she just reused it over the entry table.  It looks so much better hanging this way (would have NEVER thought of it) and fills the space so much nicer.

Again, here is my dining room before.  I really still love the table and chairs.  But again, it was the houseplant, palm trees and bad tabletop piece I didn’t love.

And AFTER!

I love how she did a different look for this area, so that it feels like a different room, yet works so well with the other decor.

I never would have thought new chair covers would fit in the budget, our originals were quite pricey, but she found these at IKEA which allowed us to change the look without investing a lot. They are washable (key) and I love how crisp and clean the white looks. I would never have been brave enough to do it on my own!

Overall, she incorporated so many cute details to create a natural, beach chic sort of feel, from the sea-themed coffee table books to the use of shells and candles.  The theme definitely is carried through but it is SUBTLE.  I swoon over each and every piece.

She also found these great GLASS picture frames that I love because I can display a lot more photos without feeling like I am cluttering the space with big chunky frames. Love the glass.  It reminds me of the ocean again.   Here are some of my favorite details…

And a cute shell in a bird cage! Again, I would have NEVER thought of this!

And a view of my hutch close up…

My vintage inspired new tabletop decor…

The night of our redesign, my husband and I got a glass of wine, lit all the candles and just sat in our new room and talked.

It reminded me of when we first moved into our new house.  You know that excitement you feel the first night you move in when you have that giddy new house feeling??   We were falling in love with our house all over again 6 years later.

I could not be happier with what Jessica did for us.  I felt like she got into my head, understood the style and look I love, without me even having to explain it to her.

I also love her White T-Shirt Philosophy which is all about getting the most bang for your buck, and knowing which pieces are the ones to invest in, and which pieces you can pick up at discount stores but make your room look equally fabulous.

Like the mirrors in my dining room above for example.  They were from TJ Maxx Home Goods! Would you ever know?

After this project, it is easy for me to see the incredible value in using an interior designer. She took what I viewed as an insurmountable project and make it easy and FUN, not to mention she saved me hours and hours of shopping and returns.

I am a discount decor shopper, so Jessica saved me endless trips to Home Goods, Target and the like, looking for treasures.  More than that, I could never do it in one trip, so I would end up buying things randomly here and there, which is why I felt like my room never fully came together with one vision.

You also pay for the art of design and placement.

Jessica knew how to group things, how to arrange things, how to take my big chair and move it to open up our room and move the wine rack to make it a entry table, things I look at now and say, that makes so much more sense, but would have never thought on my own.  I guess that’s why she is the professional!

She can take ordinary things and twist them around to display them in a way that is extraordinary!

I couldn’t more highly recommend her.  From accessories makovers to full scale major interior design projects, she can do it all and has access to a variety of home decor sources and brands that we would never even know existed.

Sometimes you might think of creative designers as being a little flaky, but Jessica is the OPPOSITE, completely professional, on the ball, and delivered everything in a timely manner.

The problem is, now that my living room is done, I look at my great room and think of all Jessica could do in there…I have a feeling Jessica is going to slowly work her way through our house one room at a time!

Jessica Bennett Interiors
1931 Newport Blvd., Suite J
Costa Mesa, CA
Telephone: 949.706.0210
jessica@jessicabennettinteriors.com
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{Disclosure: Jessica Bennett Interiors is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor but this project was
paid by me independently and not in conjunction with the sponsorship.
However I wanted to write about this project as I love interior design posts and thought you might too! }

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