Restoration Brings Back Character for Historic San Clemente Home

What Would Ole Do?

This historic Ole Hanson home in San Clemente spent the past 15 years as a rental, but recent water damage prompted the owners to restore it. They tried to uphold the builder’s vision while making the home livable for future occupants, and they hired interior designer Jesse DeSanti of Jette Creative to bring back its character. In the kitchen, this meant patterned tile, bright white walls, and lived-in touches. In the process, the owners fell in love with the home and decided to live in it. DeSanti says, “You feel that the entire building is very holistic, and the remodel is something that Ole himself might have done, or at least been proud of.”—Ada Madigan

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Photo by Amy Bartlam. Design by Jette Creative.

1 • CABINETRY
Crisp, minimal cabinets from Ikea introduce an unexpected modern touch to the 1925 home.


2 • LEATHER
Using leather belt strips and brass fi ttings, the designer crafted her own cabinet pulls to customize the kitchen’s sleek cabinetry.


3 • TILES
DeSanti chose gray and white patterned tiles for the fl oor. The bold, graphic design contributes an understated elegance.


4 • SHELVING
Sourced from Anthropologie, black iron brackets support open shelving. Their circular design plays off the tile’s flourish.


5 • BACKSPLASH
Matte and glossy tiles add texture to the backsplash and create the look of handmade subway tiles without the extra cost.

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