West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

When Tiffany Caliva-Talledo purchased a 1971 A-Frame beach house in Hollywood Beach, CA, she knew she had her work cut out for her. “It was the eyesore of the neighborhood,” the graphic designer notes, “the house that people strolling down the street would try to pass by quickly with their heads down.” The wood cladding had seen much better days and the interior was in a sad state of disrepair and disarray. Despite the home’s poor condition, though, Tiffany only saw potential. After closing on the house, Tiffany set to work transforming it from a drab, dark mess to a bright ocean-side getaway for vacationers. Check out the photos of this incredible makeover below!

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

“After focusing on all of the home’s structural issues,” Tiffany says, “it was all about bringing in the light. The rooftop enclosure from the front balcony was torn off to better reveal unobstructed view of the ocean and some of the Channel Islands. Sliding glass doors had been installed throughout the house to let in natural light, but the interior was painted a sickly green that sucked up any light that came in. I decided to paint all the wood in a semigloss white, to allow for the light to reflect on the surfaces and capture as much brightness as possible.”

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

“The beams on the upper floor were so amazing but unnoticed by most people, so they were stripped down and given a clear finish to allow them to stand out against all the white surfaces. Unstained finishes of different wood varieties continued to be the complimentary touches to the all white ceiling and walls. Lines and details were kept simple to allow for the surface textures to really come through and to most of all, not compete with the ocean view and the unique structure of the house.”

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

“I originally considered going with an all white beach-y look, but my love of color wouldn’t allow for it. Luckily, the white walls ended up being the perfect backdrop for the touches of color I brought in. I didn’t want the house to get too kitschy, so small nautical touches were carefully curated. As far as a design style, I’ve always been drawn to the colors and textures of more global, eclectic pieces like kantha quilts, but at the same time, have always loved the clean and beautiful lines of mid century pieces. The obvious decision became to mix the two styles and hope for a happy accident to take place.”

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

West Elm - California Retro Beach House Makeover

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Tiffany Caliva-Talledo is a graphic and motion designer living in Ventura County, CA. She runs a small motion design company called FarmHand Studios. Stay up-to-date on Tiffany’s beach lodge on Instagram!

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The ranch uncommon

November 9, 2015

SO Well done Tiffany , worth every grueling decision on all those amazing details!!!!

Monica Gussow

November 11, 2015

Where is the amazing quilt on the bed from?

E. Baker

December 28, 2015

I love how you transformed this place into a beautiful home. I was wondering if you could tell me where you bought the hex tiles in the bathrooms especially the white ones. Appreciate if you could email me back.

Maggie Cochrane

January 18, 2016

This article is a life preserver tossed to me this morning. I’m drowning in a similar situation on the Oregon Coast of Brookings. My little cottage was ruined by renters, and the help I have brought in only see the despair of it all and don’t know where to start. I keep seeing the vision of what it can be and there are days I am trudging on alone. Thank you Tiffany for renewing my hope. If you have a great property with ocean view, then there is always hope. I am heading back tomorrow…:)

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