Reaney Design Company
121 6th St., Manhattan Beach
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Describe the project.
The homeowners of this project are longtime clients and dear friends. We have collaborated on many projects including second homes in Washington, D.C. and Denver.
Though every room in the house was touched, the kitchen/family room remodel was the most impactful. The formal dining room wall was removed, enlarging the kitchen to include a welcoming, well-stocked bar and casual dining area. The breakfast nook was turned into a baking station with its own sink, dishwasher and ovens. Windows were relocated or removed completely to allow the kitchen to be centered around a simple hood and dramatic book-matched stone wall. The island includes a raised bar and a social corner sink—which allows two cooks to prep together, thus the name. The kitchen is the soul and gathering place of our homes, and this kitchen is all about gathering.
Tell us about your firm.
Just like this featured project, we work with all our clients to create interiors that are sophisticated, unexpected, personal and timeless. Inspiration comes from clients’ personalities, dreams and comfort as well as from the architecture of the buildings themselves. We like to work with natural materials and modern, iconic and often vintage elements, furniture and art. Each project has its own unique feel but is similar in attention to detail and understated luxury. Kitchens and bathrooms are one of our specialties; we design them with the client’s practical use and aesthetic pleasure in mind. We have great relationships with architects, builders and contractors.
Tell us about the projects you are working on.
Currently we are working on an apartment in New York City, a large condo on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, two kitchens, and homes in Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Palos Verdes. We have a major remodel in Palm Springs in the planning stages. All but two of these projects are for clients we have worked with many times over the years.
Do you like to mix vintage finds with newer items?
Our style always first reflects our clients’ aesthetics, tastes and lifestyles. Our website shows a variety of our projects. Whether classic, coastal or mid-century, all include a creative mix of art, personal pieces, incredible lighting and comfortable, interesting furniture. It’s important to note that furniture is sometimes as collectible as art. When you buy a Knoll piece or a Hanz J. Wegner piece—new or vintage—they become part of what you pass down to the next generation. They are investments as well as items that give you pleasure to live with daily. Fine furniture is timeless. Art is timeless. We like to mix vintage treasures, art collections, beautiful objects, furniture and lighting to delight and improve the quality of our clients’ lives.
Photographed by Chris Miller (headshot) & Laura Hull (project)