Iconic Design Build incorporated furniture in various shapes and textures into the primary bedroom. PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEVIN BROST
A patio off the primary bedroom houses furniture by Restoration Hardware and decor by Creative Co-Op, CB2 and Bloomingville. PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEVIN BROST
It’s inevitable that, over time, tastes evolve. When it comes to fashion, swapping out a pair of skinny jeans for a straight-leg style isn’t a big deal. But transforming a home is not quite as simple. Kaitlyn Wolfe of Iconic Design + Build encountered this challenge when she met with clients Alexandra and Joshua Crawford, who enlisted Wolfe and her team to update their craftsman-style home in Arcadia.
There’s a good view from every angle in the main bedroom, where a pendant light by In Common With pairs beautifully with a Made Goods side table. PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEVIN BROST
“We call this project ‘Craftsman goes Mod’ because the architecture of the home is very craftsman, which is what we’re seeing a lot of with new construction in Arcadia these days,” says Wolfe. “We lean a lot more modern and more Scandinavian; we’re minimalist and that’s where [Alexandra] wanted to go. But we also wanted to design something that goes with the home.” Alexandra also wanted to shed her existing furniture, which had a more farmhouse style and a more rustic look and feel, and instead go for elevated, chic pieces.
Sculptural objets, books and a dainty pleated lampshade create an eye-catching moment in the primary bedroom PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEVIN BROST
To achieve that effortless organic modern look, Wolfe and her colleague Lauren Hayes decided to keep many of the existing features (oak flooring and the great layout throughout) and instead update wall textures, swap in new lighting and bring in new furniture, accessories, window coverings, artwork and rugs.
The project focused on three areas of the home: the primary bedroom, the playroom and a nursery for a baby on the way. (At the time, the Crawfords had one child and were pregnant with another.)
The primary bedroom—which features a CFC Furniture coffee table and midcentury-style Jayson Home chair—opens up to a furnished patio. PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEVIN BROST
The primary bedroom was challenging to tackle due to its sheer size. “There was so much space that one major aspect of the project was figuring out the floor plan and how we were going to lay things out,” says Wolfe. Also on the docket was decorating a small patio off the bedroom. Wolfe decided to place the Haven Furniture bed opposite that patio, which helped bring the outdoors in. Balancing that out is a living wall-type piece above the bed that echoes the greenery outside. Flanking the bed are, instead of nightstands, wide dressers from Made Goods. “They fit the space well, give [the clients] more storage and eliminate the need for another dresser in the space,” Wolfe explains. “And the burl adds warmth and plays nicely with the beams.” Taking down a dated chandelier opened up the space even more, leaving room for a small lounge area at the foot of the bed. “The important thing was mixing shapes and materials,” Wolfe says of the Marshmallow sofa and coffee table from CFC Furniture, the leather chair from Jayson Home and the black chair from Driade.
A whimsical mural by Suzanne Whitaker sets the tone in the nursery, where Knots Studio cushions, a rocking chair from Fredericia and an oval rug from Safavieh add contrast and edge. PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEVIN BROST
With its handmade mural by Suzanne Whitaker, striking furniture and oval black-and-white rug, the nursery Wolfe designed for the Crawfords’ baby may be one of the chicest kids rooms of all time. “How are we going to design a better nursery than this?” jokes Wolfe. “It’s just so impactful. The mural creates a really fun layer, and the rocking chair is an art piece in itself.” The Design Within Reach light fixture, a cool gallery wall and unique furniture pieces, like the ottoman by Knots Studio, all work together perfectly.
Located between the nursery and the Crawfords’ other child’s bedroom is the striking playroom—a space that any human, no matter the age, can appreciate and enjoy. Custom cabinetry by local firm Architectural Millwork Design was very thoughtfully placed. “We lined up the cabinets exactly to the width of the windows and then had a desktop made to go all across just under the windowsill,” says Wolfe. “We really measured that whole wall out to fit perfectly to the point where it looks all integrated.” There are many thoughtful touches throughout the room, including handmade clay sconces from English brand Wescover that had to be retrofitted to U.S. standards, and an interactive wooden busy board that Wolfe designed and local carpenter Danny Pierce of Pierce Designs executed.
A busy board designed by Wolfe and built by Danny Pierce doubles as artwork in the playroom. PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEVIN BROST
While completion of the primary bedroom was delayed due to pandemic-related shipping issues, Wolfe was able to reveal the nursery and the playroom to the Crawfords, who hadn’t yet seen the finished—or even close to finished—rooms. “I like to save as much as I can for that last install day because it’s part of the reveal,” she says. “I don’t like to do too much before then because it kind of ruins a surprise if you get in too many details. We had that final install with the moving company, the cabinet guys, the electricians and everyone kind of on deck, and we set everything up in one day,” she says.
But it was worth it to see the clients’ reactions. “I couldn’t have dreamed of it turning out any better than it did,” says Alexandra, who has since hired Iconic Design + Build to complete phase two of the home’s redesign. “The peace, love and tranquility these rooms provide in our home is unmatched. Seeing the designs on paper was one thing, but seeing them actually brought to life as the space we live in and grow our family in is truly the greatest gift. It’s absolute magic. The power of phenomenal design shouldn’t be underestimated.”
A subdued color palette paired with interesting pieces—like clay sconces from Wescover—make the playroom attractive to kids and adults. PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEVIN BROST
Kaitlyn Wolfe and Lauren
Hayes, Iconic Design + Build
Danny Pierce, Pierce Designs
Paul Vargas, Nogi Electric
Primary bedroom coffee table
Nursery crib, changing table and rocker
Primary bedroom bed
Primary bedroom dressers
Primary bedroom bedding