The backstory: To “break the mold” of the traditional Cape Cod-style homes being built in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood, Boswell Construction and Sharon Taftian Interiors aimed to give this three-level new build a modern spin. “This translated into a mix of materials,” says Keia Payne Payne of Boswell Construction, worked on the project with construction manager Joe Velasco. For the exterior, painted white spruce boards offset cedar shingles.
Curb appeal: The exterior palette of white, black and wood reflects classic Cape Cod style, which was also translated in the interiors. Metal roofing and dark trim are among the modern twists.
Palette: The design and construction team wanted to maintain a traditional feel but do something more unexpected than a classic white kitchen. “By inverting the colors and doing gray cabinets with white counters, we were able to maintain the same neutral palette as the rest of the home, but with more visual interest,” Payne says.
Cabinet paint: Gray Huskie, Benjamin Moore
Open shelves: Interior designer Sharon Taftian designed the suspended brass shelving on either side of the hood that drove many of the other design decisions in the kitchen. White and brass pendants tie in with the shelving.
Bathtub: A custom tub creates a stunning focal point. “The brushed stainless steel finish was chosen to complement the honed surfaces of the marble floor and wall tile,” Payne says, adding that honing the materials kept the marble from feeling too flashy—something a Cape Cod definitely is not.
Suite retreat: “The master suite was envisioned as a luxurious retreat, like a hotel suite within the home,” Payne says. “Sharon Taftian wanted the homeowners to be able to enjoy waking up, making an espresso and unwinding on the private deck.”