House Tour: A Designer’s California Family Home

House Tour: A Designer’s California Family Home


One can always expect the home of an interior designer to be a fabulous one. But often times, I find that many designer’s homes are over-designed, from their over-use of custom textiles to too many decorative pieces. The opposite is true, however, of interior designer Caitlin Moran‘s California family home.  Moran’s sparing use of designer fabrics, color and decorative knick-knacks speaks the kind of design language I wish I had, which is that of restraint. The result is a warm and inviting home that still has loads of personality. Let’s take a look:


With ceilings of only seven and a half feet tall, one of Moran’s greatest challenges in decorating her home was to create the illusion of height. In my opinion, her success in achieving this can best be seen in the dining room, where a tiered chandelier and open-back seating draw the eye upward.



In the family room, Moran designed this Danish-inspired tv console to house electronics and remotes. I’m loving the two chairs that flank either side of the console to create symmetry.


In the master bedroom, Moran kept things light and cozy in attempt to create a personal retreat for she and her husband- and I’m drooling over every square inch of it!



Equally as spa-like is the master bathroom, complete with light blue ceramic subway tiles and a stand-alone tub.


Talk about a sophisticated nursery! At first glance, this room looks like an elegant bedroom with a daybed. It’s not until I spotted the changing table that I had any clue this room belonged to a child.


All images via Houzz




  1. November 24, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    You are so right about designer’s homes! I didn’t even think about the “exclusiveness” of their choices but they are usually very hard to replicate. However, I sympathize with seeing and knowing all the pretty stuff and wanting to use it in their homes.

    Thanks for highlighting a design that restrains from having a bunch of “stuff” and focuses more on the “bones” of a space. Those greek key details on the valances get me every time! AND most of her lights come from one of my FAVORITE light places of all time- Ro Sham Beaux. An amazing little spot based out of Charleston, SC 🙂

    • thedan26_wp
      November 25, 2015 / 10:11 am

      Coming from an interior designer who ‘knows her stuff,’ I’m so glad to hear that I chose well! I have a hard time using restraint, myself, and admire people that do, though they have every designer resource at their finger tips. And I will most definitely have to check out Ro Sham Beaux! Thanks for commenting, my sweet Mary Jo!