August 12, 2023
Born in France but raised in California, designer Lexie Saine mixes her multicultural upbringing to create clean, modern interiors with warmth. We spoke with Lexie about her inspiration for her Menlo Park pool house that is just as stylish as the main house.
Photography by Mikiko Kikuyama
My design philosophy centers around blending form, function, and aesthetics. It’s crucial for a space not only to look beautiful but also serve its purpose effectively. It has to be more than just a pretty picture. The design should be intelligent in accommodating its function.
Making sure the pool/guest house could handle anything was key. My clients playfully called it their “party pool house,” so I knew we need tough materials. My focus was on things that could handle spills and splashed without sacrificing looks. I selected Basilio porcelain tiles for the main areas, linking indoor and outdoor. Basilio has a natural stone-like look that eases the transition. I wanted porcelain specifically over stone or cement because it is low maintenance and extremely durable. It can take a beating without fading, etching, or staining.
I’m little obsessed with the Savoy collection, finding myself drawn to it for a multitude of projects. Its versatility allows me to explore diverse directions and cater to various taste. What sets this collection apart is its seamless cohesion despite distinct elements. In the bathroom, I combined three formats from the Savoy collection alongside Terrazzo Renata for the floor. The vanity wall boasts Savoy Ribbed 2x8 in Lantern, infusing the space with grandeur and a captivating sense of drama.
For the shower walls, the Large Stack tile in Linen emerged as a perfect counterpoint to the vibrant vanity wall. The choice of Savoy Penny tile in Linen for the shower pan not only feels great under your feet but ensures a secure grip while taking a shower. By blending different textures and colors, the bathroom exudes a noticeable sense of importance.
|Savoy Ribbed field in Lantern||Idris by Ait Manos 4" x 4" field in White Carrare|
|Basillio 24" x 24" field in Oyster||Savoy Large Stack mosaic in Linen|
See the entire project on Youtube.
September 08, 2023
June 09, 2023