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!
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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!