In the famous mobile home community of Paradise Cove, CA sits a mobile home that used to look like any other mobile home in America. The only difference is this mobile home sits in the most expensive mobile home parks in America and it has been given a truly modern mobile home makeover.
The one bedroom, 500 square foot single wide was purchased by Sofie Howard, the owner of a LA based photography studio Commune Images. The mobile home was transformed with the help of design firm Commune. Sofie is an avid surfer that had wanted to buy a home in Paradise Cove for as long as she could remember. She mentions in an interview with Dwell that she found the “dinkiest, cheapest, grossest trailer in the park, which needed some love.” The description certainly doesn’t apply to the home now!
Exterior of the Mobile Home Makeover
One of the most unique aspects of the home is the exterior paint design. Lively color choices in sharp angles and accent stripes hints toward a retro vibe.
A privacy fence surrounds the home on one side and is accented with a wooden patchwork style. A true surfer’s paradise, the home has all the modern conveniences needed to catch a few waves and then enjoy a relaxing evening at home. The deck has a small seating area made with handmade MORERA Boxes from Commune, as well as an outdoor shower.
Interior of the Mobile Home Makeover
Limited space required Sofie to utilize multi-purpose furniture such as the custom built daybeds with storage areas underneath. These beds are perfect for Sofie’s children and visitors to sleep. Natural wood shelving provides plenty of additional storage as well. Sustainable cork flooring is perfect for a beach side bungalow and offsets the deep blue ceiling that’s used throughout the home.
Commune designer Steven Johanknecht mentioned that with the introduction to the recessed lighting that a white ceiling made the home to ‘apartment like’ and Sofie mentions on Dwell that she “wanted it to still look like a trailer—we didn’t want to pretend it was a house or a McMansion.”
The home has several designer and high-end pieces in it. A Viking stove and Big Chill refrigerator adds convenience and style to the kitchen. The blue cabinetry matches the ceiling color and the brick back splash adds an additional color that matches the warm, natural tones of the wood. Above the stove they added a powder-coated corrugated metal panel which allows for easy clean up.
The master bedroom is a beautiful example of simplicity. The room and closet doors carry on the natural styling from the living room shelving and kitchen cabinetry. The crisp white walls act as a perfect canvas for all the great artwork throughout the home.
A small office is niched out of a corner and more handmade, natural shelving is used.
This home is definitely modern with its exterior and ceiling paint choices, but it adds a good deal of traditional hues that tone down the area well. The natural wood shelving and cork flooring balances the blue ceiling and makes it all work together, without allowing any one of thing to overpower the space. It’s also another great example of using white on the walls to open up the space the allow light to do its magic.
The best lesson we can all take from this mobile home makeover is that we can go with an unusual color on our ceilings as long as we use other places to balance and calm the color so that it doesn’t overpower.
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