Join us for a mini house tour as we explore the seaside home of antique enthusiasts Lucy and Tony Torres.
French antiques and crisp colors give this comfortable home a dose of glamour.
This light-filled space is as fresh as the air that flows in from the ocean below it. For Lucy and Tony Torres, former residents of Birmington, Michigan, their bright and airy home in San Clemente, CA is an enchanting oasis where birds sing in the distance and cool breezes and garden scents fill the air.
Lucy’s signature style combines romantic chandeliers and collections of crystal with antique, chippy French furniture in shades of cream and white for a look that is both collected and sophisticated. The finishing touch is a light color palette inspired by the natural views. “It is always changing,” Lucy says, “[The palette] is peaceful; there are many different shades of green, blue and aqua—soft shades and bright shades too. I love them all.” Here’s how to get a look that seamlessly blends elegance with comfort.
GET THE LOOK:
Mix and match. Combine styles and eras for a look that appears carefully collected over time. Scour antique stores and flea markets for pieces that are truly unique. Don’t be afraid to set an antique French sofa across from an oversized couch.
Unify found pieces with white paint. When mixing styles, pick one element that will tie them all together. For Lucy, picking furniture in shades of white helped to achieve a harmonious design.
Make a statement with structural pieces. Lucy’s penchant for architectural pieces adds elegance to her living spaces. Columns, ornate stone furniture and grand garden urns find their place indoors for a stately feel.
Add sparkling surfaces. Give your space some glamour with mirrored surfaces, elaborate chandeliers in all sizes and crystals sprinkled throughout. Try adding candelabra and silver candleholders for elegant mantel and table displays.
Accentuate the architecture. This room highlights the exposed wood ceiling and beams by allowing it to retain its natural color. Bring attention to structural details in your home by painting in a different shade than the rest of the room.
For more information on Lucy Torres, visit myparisfleamarket.com.
By Malena Jaime
Photography by Jaimee Itagaki
Styled by Jacqueline deMontravel