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August 2023

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Wintersteen always begins the design process by interviewing clients to learn about their preferences and how their home's spaces will be used. "I want our clients to walk me though their day," she says. "How do you enter and exit the home? Where do your keys go? Where do you make your coffee? I want to know everything about you, so I have the pieces and parts of the remodel and I can put it together cohesively." ere can be an emotional component to the process. For example, Mohr's husband had passed away the year before the remodel began. "Lori wanted to honor his memory, and she was worried that the remodel wouldn't feel like home," says Wintersteen. "She was concerned that removing the surfboards Jim had displayed would erase the memory of him. To honor Lori's wishes, the design had to find a balance between comfort and new memories, without erasing the past." e redo, which maximized Del Mar coastal views and updated finishes, included remodeling the kitchen to incorporate an alcove cooking area and side hutch. "ose two features make it feel different, more custom and furniture-like," says Wintersteen. "e family room layout with the fireplace and side hutches tied in with the kitchen and allowed us to mix texture with wood and metal and stone." "I love the results!" Mohr exclaims. "Most importantly, not only is my home light and bright and beautiful, it is warm and cozy. Just as I wanted." savvyinteriors.com Indulge home The kitchen has pale oak cabinetry and an induction cook top, Monogram appliances, a marble mosaic backsplash, quartz countertops, and a coffee bar The elegant dining room features Brownstone Furniture and art by Leftbank << ranchandcoast.com 66 AUGUST 2023 RANCH & COAST MAGAZINE

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