Stolen Kiss by Sherwin-Williams
• A bold backsplash. Cement tiles from Villa & Mission Imports with a large-scale, Spanish-influenced design have a spunky yet classic vibe.
• A red island. The spicy color plays off the warm tones of the wall tile and energizes the entire space. The counter stools are by Palecek.
• Extra-high counters. Tall homeowners deserve tall countertops! These are a customized 38 inches high instead of the standard 36.
When Jessica and Kyle Tompane lucked into their dream location for a home—a property in Coronado, CA, next door to their best friends—they set out to build a fantasy house to match. As a designer, Jessica had done her fair share of dreaming. “I had all this pent-up energy, like, I want to use all the pretty things!” she says. “With a brand-new house, we had the opportunity to make it uniquely us with lots of details.” Topping her list: graphic tile, creative built-ins, and wallpaper put up in unexpected ways. For furniture, she picked simple shapes and cozy textures, then went all in on ooh-where’d-you-get-that accessories, creating a welcoming place to hang out with their daughter and, of course, their nearby pals. In the Tompane house, it really is all about the small stuff.
• Chic organizers. Wall-mounted pockets and a tobacco basket, all from Ballard Designs, hold papers, presents, and cards. Hung in line with the stairs, they greet visitors in style.
• A bench seat with edge. Denim blue fabric on top and tan on the sides make it distinct.
• Slide-out baskets. Wheeled woven ones come in handy for scarves and Paisley’s backpack; they’re from HomeGoods, as is the pink-and-white rug.
• Built-ins, but better. The custom cabinets have Gothic arch details inspired by a trip the couple took to Prague. Those fireplace surround panels are actually speakers for the sound system.
• Colorful seating. A coral tweedy sectional by Kravet has space for the whole fam to stretch out—pass the popcorn and the remote!
• A big “wow!” on the wall. Jessica fell for the quatrefoil mirrored piece at a local antiques shop, bought it without knowing where she’d put it, then found a standout spot.
“Our house is eclectic but not chaotic. Blank wall space gives it breathing room.”
• Fancy wallpaper, with a twist. “We wanted a look that’s as special as the pitched roof,” says Jessica. She ended this Schumacher pattern partway up and capped it with 6-inch-wide molding.
• Cozy flair. The luxe, velvety textures of the wine-color rug and the bed’s upholstery—both by Kravet—make the room especially inviting.
• Not-the-same-old curtains. Jessica added funky trim that matches the wallpaper colors.
• Cool tile tricks. Tile that runs from the floor to a wide stripe in the shower draws the eye up to the ceiling, making the room seem larger.
• Look-twice lighting. Jessica chose swing-arm sconces and a wiry red lantern by Visual Comfort because, she says, “they don’t look like stereotypical bathroom lights.”
• A ritzy mirror. A fancy pewter vintage find balances out the modern vanity.
Smoky Salmon by Sherwin-Williams
• Wallpaper borders where? Yes, there! Jessica made the accent wall of Cole & Son diamonds even more fab by layering on a wallpaper border with similar colors—see the span of gumdrop shapes between the windows?
• Magical beds. Twin beds from Smartstuff, adorned with wreaths from Curious Blooms on Etsy, have a whimsical feel (and come in handy for reaching the advent calendar from Paper Source).
• A foam beam. It highlights the cathedral ceiling and costs about half the price of a wood one. No one can tell!
• Jungle-fied walls. Animal-packed paper by Cole & Son is lively scenery for a kid’s bathroom. “Paisley always shows it off to friends,” says Jessica.
• A navy vanity with glitz. The deep color (Loyal Blue by Sherwin-Williams) grounds the wallpaper; crystal-like knobs and pulls from San Diego Hardware add some glam.
• More pattern on the floors. Yellow-and-cream cement tiles from Villa & Mission Imports keep the fun going. ■