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Sara McLean

A Raskind Revival in Leimert Park

01/17/22 Sara McLean

Nestled on a tree-lined street in Leimert Park, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, sits a quaint Spanish bungalow recently brought back to life by Rebecca and Jared Raskind, the renovation team behind several past projects we’ve highlighted on specs+spaces.

2022 Home Design Trends

01/17/22 Sara McLean

Here are six predictions we believe will be critical to residential design as the leading themes of nature and well-being continue to permeate all facets of design.

7 Calming Interior Paint Color Ideas to Refresh Your Home for 2022

01/17/22 Sara McLean

Color in the home has taken on more importance as we continue to spend a majority of our time staying indoors. And as we all know, color can instantly transform the mood of a room.

Best Brown Colors for Your Desert Oasis

11/12/21 Sara McLean

Desert style, both in its historic and modern nuances, is inspired by many elements including soothing hues, organic textures and the landscape. Whether a Mid-century modern pad in Palm Springs to a desert modern retreat in Joshua Tree or even a desert adobe in the hills of Arizona, desert homes are not typically a singular vision of an oasis.

Best Brown Colors for Craftsman Homes

11/12/21 Sara McLean

Neutral palettes are the color pillars of Craftsman homes with a range of browns and tans complemented by clay and copper reds, fall golds, nature-inspired greens and watery blues an ideal beginning to completing a palette.

Best Brown Colors for Your Bohemian Design Style

11/12/21 Sara McLean

Bohemian design style is defined by a relaxed, carefree vibe and lack of structure. At the core of this aesthetic is layers of texture and color that is uniquely personal, combining objects, patterns and color that are globally-inspired and well-traveled.

Best Brown Colors for Spanish Homes

11/12/21 Sara McLean

Spanish homes are cozy and warm with color palettes that reflect the aesthetic. Warm terracotta shades of orange, red and brown are traditional hues that make the home complete. Whether you choose subdued palettes, more vibrant colors or earthy and muted, there is a variety of choices reflecting nature and Spanish culture.

Best Brown Colors for Victorian Homes

11/12/21 Sara McLean

Victorians are well-loved and have become landmarks for the cities in which they are located. And while styles come and go over the years, the Victorian has sustained its popularity and in recent years has seen a revamp to a more modern interior Victorian aesthetic, while still maintaining many of the beloved historical details.

The Color Brown: Essential Color Theory, Symbolism and Design Application

11/10/21 Sara McLean

Known as the color of natural elements of wood, sand, soil and stone, as well as comfort and stability, brown is a color of nature and a grounding force in design.

Sweet Laurel Cottage: A Study in English Color

11/01/21 Sara McLean

In the midst of writing cookbooks, creating curated home designs, and creating content for her business, Claire Thomas, of The Kitchy Kitchen fame, found time to design her friend’s home.