It was exciting to take something so dreary and turn it into a jewel box,” says Arizona designer Berkley Vallone of the outdated La Jolla condominium she redesigned as a beach getaway for her client, Sally Odegard. The 1963 two-bedroom unit, with its dark woodwork and choppy layout, had never been remodeled, but Odegard recognized its potential. “The space is all about the location,” says Odegard, who resides in Arizona and escapes to La Jolla on the weekends. “It has great ocean views and natural light. To me, a second home should be different from where we live primarily. It should feel like a physical and emotional getaway. This space had the bones for that.”
Vallone teamed with local builder Andrew Kerner to gut the unit. The goal was to open up the kitchen, as much as structurally possible, and to dispense with the second bedroom in order to create a spacious great room. “I wanted the condo to be comfortable for me alone,” says Odegard, “but I also wanted to be able to entertain friends and to have room for guests to spend the night.” To accommodate overnight visitors, a Murphy bed stashed behind paneled doors takes advantage of a niche in the great room. “We custom-made it to fit the space seamlessly and blend with the new millwork,” says Kerner. “Details really matter when working within a small footprint. Everything counts.”
Interior Design - Berkley Vallone, Berkley. Interior & Lifestyle Design
Home Builder - Andrew Kerner, Del Mar Pacific General Contractors, Inc.