Designer Clark Collins, his husband, Greg, and their two young sons were in the market for a small beach cottage when they landed this 1940s gem in Laguna Beach. Their goals: Maximize the space, take advantage of the natural light, and return the home to how it looked prior to a series of remodels. A down-to-the-studs renovation
resulted in the bright getaway the family hoped for.
1 • COUNTERS
Waxed soapstone is as timeless as it is beautiful. Collins says the counters’ “durability can handle the wear and tear of our family, and they get better with age.”
2 • TABLE
Collins grounded the breakfast nook with a 19th-century mahogany table from Lee Stanton Antiques in Los Angeles.
3 • BANQUETTE
A banquette was added to maximize seating space in the breakfast nook. It also provides convenient storage.
4 • LIGHTING
Collins is the former owner of a lighting company. His passion for period fixtures is evident in a refurbished 1911 Brascolite antique pendant light above the table.
5 • PILLOWS
“Not many in the design world do color, pattern, and texture better than Kathryn Ireland,” says Collins. The L.A. designer’s toss cushions brighten any space and “work incredibly well at the beach.”
6 • HARDWARE
A meticulous hunt turned up well made, solid brass, and unlacquered hardware for the kitchen cabinets. Collins found what he was looking for at Whitechapel Ltd., based in Jackson, Wyo.