We talk to Mel of Mel Bean Interiors to find out more about this Oklahoma renovation.


‘The clients wanted to make the home their own in a way that was still respectful of the historic architecture of the home. They wanted an inviting atmosphere without formality, somewhere their kids can live and be kids. We knew we also wanted to bring in a playful touch, and doses of color. They had several pieces of art that are playful and colourful and helped guide the initial concept.’ SeeDesign house: This traditional home in California has been given a modern update ‘The homeowners are the sweetest family. During the design process, they went from a family of four to a family of five, and are now a family of 6. Between their growing family, Emily’s thriving career as an orthodontist, and their commitments to many local causes and philanthropy, they lead a busy life.’ ‘Their home was designed to be a haven for their family, kid-friendly but also elegant for entertaining. Emily and Noah are childhood sweethearts and shared their first kiss in this home, as it is also Noah’s childhood home.’ ‘As is true of most clients, even when there is not a strict budget, there is always a line too uncomfortable to cross. In this case, the clients prioritised the items that were most important to them in terms of budget.’ ‘Each room is unique but there is a continuous “vibe” throughout,’ says Mel. ‘Each space is refined but approachable, with lots of personality.’



The boot room was created in a space that was formerly a back porch with a door leading directly into the kitchen. By capturing this space, they now have a highly functional drop zone that is still beautiful.


In the kitchen, we worked with the existing cabinets but sourced new countertops, backsplash, plumbing fixtures, cabinet hardware, and lighting for a dramatic update.


A television cabinet was also removed next to the fireplace in the family room and windows added, along with window seats, to maximize natural light and allow for a more functional furniture layout. The majority of the furnishings are new, as well as materials and lighting. We were fortunate to work with such gorgeous doors and their original hardware.


The clients knew that they wanted the home to have personal touches. These range from gorgeous family photos featured prominently, to beloved art pieces, to the guitars hanging in the living room, which prevent the space from feeling too formal and also keep the instruments within reach for use.



I am most proud of the continuity we were able to achieve, even with the dramatic moments in each room. As you walk through this home, it seems to just make sense in a way that’s very welcoming. And the most incredible of the original architectural details are highlighted: from the original doors to the gorgeous fireplaces and arched niches, the history still shines.




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Photography/ Laurey Glenn Interior design/ Mel Bean Interiors (opens in new tab)