Laguna BoundAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Chicago-based Kate Taylor Interiors establishes a West Coast dream home for her own family
“We strive to create beautiful, comfortable, and functional interiors for each of our clients,” says Kate Taylor, founder and principal designer at Kate Taylor Interiors, a high-end, full-service, design company based in Chicago, working coast to coast. She applied her firm’s design intention when redesigning a second home in Laguna Beach for her family.
The 3,200-square-foot mid-century coastal home sat on the market for some time, but Taylor had the vision to bring the structure up-to-date. “We had our eye on the Laguna Beach market for quite a while and worked with a wonderful local agent, Spencer Wall of The Wall Group,” she recalls. “We (my husband David and 7-year-old daughter Ruby) bought it as a second home, and partnered with my brother, Chris Taylor, to make the leap into the OC real estate market.”
Kate, David and Chris embarked on a gut renovation that took over a year and a half to complete. “Our goal was to think outside of the box aesthetically—while working within our budget—to create a comfortable, updated, bright and cheery home that gave SoCal beach vibes,” says Taylor. “We wanted this home to feel very different from our urban, Chicago apartment.”
They transformed an existing office and wine room into a second primary suite, to add more value and better use of space for guests. In the main living areas, the floor plan was fully expanded to create a more open kitchen. “In addition to the views, we appreciate the very open and inviting kitchen,” she says. “It is the hub of the home and could accommodate our families and guests easily and comfortably. We are thrilled with the result, it feels like a dream! Especially for a born and bred Midwesterner.”