See How This California Cottage Squeezes Color Into Every Room

Interior designer Alison Kandler colored her own Santa Monica home from hue-less to happy with vibrant, well-conceived combinations and charming country character.
Plants in Colorful Living Room Add Natural Beauty

Plants in Colorful Living Room Add Natural Beauty

Photo by: Alison Kandler

Alison Kandler

California-based interior designer Alison Kandler is no stranger to styling stunning, color-infused spaces for her clients, but what happens when the client to please turns out to be the designer's own family? Well, the possibilities are endless.

Alison's 1927 Santa Monica home underwent a complete down-to-the-studs remodel, doubling the square footage with an added family room, master suite and large kitchen. The once Spanish-style home was transformed into a cozy English beach cottage filled with tons of natural light. 

The result? A blank canvas for Alison's creativity to take flight. And it soared. This color-enriched country cottage packs a punch of personality and lends a palpable sense of energy that inspires all who enter. It's no wonder this colorful country charmer won the hearts of HGTV fans, who selected Alison the winner of the HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Crazy for Color category.

Blue and Green Argyle Floor in Colorful Kitchen

Blue and Green Argyle Floor in Colorful Kitchen

Photo by: Alison Kandler

Alison Kandler

For a designer whose work is heavily inspired by traditional architecture and interior design from the 1920s and '30s, Alison is well versed in incorporating old elements in a manner that reads new and fresh. Take this charming kitchen with its French blue, retro-style Lacanche range, scalloped hood and curvy corbels, for example. Although walls and cabinetry remain white, a multitude of colors such as corals, blues, greens and yellows take center stage and range from argyle-patterned floors all the way up to the wallpaper-backed shelving. 

Pink Bedspread with Blue Accents in Colorful Bedroom

Pink Bedspread with Blue Accents in Colorful Bedroom

Photo by: Alison Kandler

Alison Kandler

While effectively combining a variety of colors may seem like a daunting expedition, Alison views it quite simply. "Always start with colors that make you happy, and don't limit your palette," she advises. "Use as many colors as you like as long as you use them repetitively." The results of Alison's cheerful color repitition along with older, reclaimed elements are beautiful yet inviting spaces that beckon us to kick back and relax. 

Shades of Pink in this Bathroom Make the Space Pop

Shades of Pink in this Bathroom Make the Space Pop

Photo by: Alison Kandler

Alison Kandler

Along with Alison's brilliant use of colors, the key to each space's success lies in the intended focal point. "I think every room deserves a focal point," says Alison. "In the master bath it is the coral claw foot tub, in the kitchen it is the French blue Lacanche range." Colorful features and focal points are further highlighted by large windows and skylights that flood every room with copious amounts of natural light. It's this natural light that allows Alison's chosen colors to be showcased in their truest form.

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Blue and Green Argyle Floor in Colorful Kitchen

Blue Retro Double-Ovens and Scallop-Edged Ventilation System Add Personality to Colorful Kitchen

Floral Patterned Wallpaper and Blue and Green Argyle Floor in Dining Room

Colorful Living Room with White Walls

Plants in Colorful Living Room Add Natural Beauty

Teal Dresser and Floral Painting Add Color to White Walls

Photo By: Alison Kandler

Pink Bedspread with Blue Accents in Colorful Bedroom

Yellow Patterned Tile and Wallpaper with Pink Bathtub and Green Vanity in Bathroom

Pink and Yellow Feminine Bedroom

Blue Wicker Dresser Makes Unique Sink Base

Shades of Pink in this Bathroom Make the Space Pop

Artwork Lining the Walls of a Stairway

Photo By: Alison Kandler

Multicolored Ceramic Vases on Table

Photo By: Alison Kandler

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