Friday, August 22, 2014

A Prata Studio Interiors Retrospective...some renovations over the years...just a few snapshots collected along the way!

 In this Charm House Tour called "Tuscan Romance", I created this Farmhouse Conversion in  Laguna Beach for my client renovating both Exterior Facade and Interior footprint with my renovation skills including all new Palladian and segmented arch style Windows and Doors and created an open plan with a segmented arch for ventilation, better use of space case and for mechanical function, designed all case goods and cabinetry through out this home as well as selected surface materials, fixtures, lighting and furnishings for new kitchen lay out and bathrooms for my client incorporating his favorite color called stone ceramic blue in the walls...I used complementary orange to add balance and warmth!
In Laguna Beach another full home renovation based on the love of English Arts & Crafts Movement, I designed and opended up a new kitchen plan, bath rooms, entry, fireplace, master bed room and living spaces were created to combine the exterior renovation done a year earlier....



My Lake Forest renovation project inspired by Normandy castles of France which are a favorite vacation spot for this family features a fully renovated entire home including new kitchen, master bath rooms and other rooms with new stairwell and wall changes throughout including landscape design...


Inspired by Manhattan Skyline and the Art Deco period of Architecture in this Dana Point Condo Renovation Project I converted the shower into the dining space portion of the kitchen and added 27" to the new case goods and kitchen cabinetry for more storage and usable space. Placed the shower in the hall closet area...!


A French inspired Bistro was created based on travels by the client and myself! In a Costa Mesa Town home Renovation: Open plan was created by adding a supporting archway with an opening approved by the city of 4'-0" to allow more light and ventilation into the existing space. The kitchen wall was also opened up beyond the original pass thru window...where new counter height pass thru shows today!

 I met this client on a tour of Paris! Five years later she called me to renovate her town home in Anaheim Hills! Her favorite color is Champagne taupe! Her car matches the the kitchen I designed for her!
Featured here are my custom kitchen cabinetry featured silvery taupe and a new lay out for new peninsula! Featuring track lighting, gorgeous back splashes, counter tops and flooring in white with stainless steel accents! I actually helped demo this one!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Renovation:Creating a walk in shower from a tub/shower system...

Adding field tile in a warm tone mixed with mosaic stone and glass 1/2"x1/2" created interest as a shower pan surface and shower niches created in the new frame out! Nice Kohler fixtures including a shower head, hand held and grab bar... to update in a warm finish adds luster with a matching shower enclosure panel w/door by Style Bath Enclosure of Fountain Valley...adding a corner bench is great and a space saver to keep the footprint non evasive to the existing configuration!





Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MY "BORDEAUX BOURGEOISIE VIGNETTE DESIGN" FEATURED AT B&C SELECT SHOWROOM @ LAGUNA DESIGN CENTER  ASID-OC WINE AND DESIGN PROGRESSIVE SHOWROOM TOUR IN JUNE, 2014....
MY THEME SHOWN IN MY VIGNETTE IS BASED ON THE FALL OF THE FRENCH MONARCH!
I INSTALLED A FRENCH MADE BY THG 24 KARAT GOLD PLATED VANITY FAUCET AS MY 'PIECE DE RESISTANCE' ONTO A VANITY WALL HAND PAINTED WITH CHALKBOARD PAINT FOR THE DAMASK FABRIC DRAWING IN CHALK THAT MIMICS THE UPHOLSTERED PORTION OF THE WALL! 

HAND PAINTED CLOTH FLOORING SHOWS ENLARGED LETTERING AND WRITINGS FROM LE MONDE NEWSPAPERS...THE VANITY IS A CENTURY SHOWROOM CONSOLE CALLED LINLI...THE 1" BEVELED VANITY MIRROR WAS CUSTOM MADE BY STYLE BATH ENCLOSURES AND THE LIGHTING FIXTURE IS HAND MADE OF GUILDED PAPER AND STICKS EMANATING FROM A GOLD PAINTED STRYOFOAM ORB..."LET THEM EAT CAKE" IS FAMOUSLY REMEMBERED AS THE LAST WORDS SPOKEN BY MARIE ANTOINETTE...

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Michele Prata available at 2013 Dwell on Design @ the Designer Is In exhibit!





I was one of 5 selected ASID Interior Designers from OC to be a part of the consultations exhibit at Dwell On Design at the LA Convention Center on June 21st, 22nd and 23rd! I am looking forward to giving wise design solutions to all that plan to add my free consultation to their visit during Dwell! 

  contact me for an inquiry via my email address:  michele-prata@hotmail.com


Michele Prata, Allied ASID



Naples Island, California Historical Preservation Renovation

Renovation on this 1920's quaint home has been wondrous to work on with alongside  my client. The flavor of the NAPLES community is reminiscent of the canals in Venice, Italy. I have been so lucky to be a part of this house renovation over the years since 2003. Newly updated paint colors are closer to original than the last few coats of color from previous years. 


This kitchen remains the original footprint which is raised floor construction.the only changes made are a new Rohl Country Collection wall mounted faucet and sprayer in chrome which are very similar to the original one. Replacing the back splash and counter
tops with Calcutta Gold white marble from Maison Stone and the back splash in glass bricks 1x3 from the same stone yard updates the original octagonal  field tiles.











California Dreamin Arts & Crafts Style in Laguna! A kitchen and great room areas -Rennovation Design!

My client is so happy in this beautifully transformed kitchen and great room that I designed for her over a couple of years...little by little the entry, fireplace, master bathroom and kitchen were renovated with English arts and crafts style with grey green cabinetry hand drawn and made custom with add beams and posts to align with the ceiling rafters....this home is a 1970's tri-level in Laguna Beach and the interior now resembles the exterior facade renovation done by an architect a few years before I got hired!
Lighting track in oil rubbed bronze with lighting in blown Italian glass shades and oil rubbed bronze cones....

Custom cabinetry was made in birch wood and hand painted and glazed with mahogony insets...total arts and crafts....the field tiles for the counter tops and back splashes are hand fired by an artist from Colorado offered by Ann Sacks...
Existing enamel tea pot knobs were re-purposed from the original kitchen and oil rubbed bronze pulls were added
Sown in the background here is the pullout pantry that rolls out to display condiments, canned storage and spices...
Hand repose copper hood with inlaid copper surrounding the ceramic tile splash behind the stove!
Copper repose farmhouse sink and living patina faucet...a remnant of the past recreated....
Stained glass corner window over the kitchen wall shows a crystal in the center of a rose...