Looking back on the time before their wedding, Scott and Lauren are so grateful for their friends and family who contributed to making their house into a home. They carefully registered at Crate and Barrel, Bloomingdale’s, Z Gallerie, and West Elm for all the necessities of starting a new life together, and it was so much fun coming home to packages on their doorstep. Although they first moved into their Brentwood condo together two years ago, this has enabled Scott and Lauren to complete the look and feel of their home.

              

Registering for wedding gifts is like dreaming of your perfect home and watching it come together one piece at a time. The couple wanted a simple china design that would not compete with a variety of different centerpieces and color schemes. Adding serving dishes, napkin rings, place mats, or chargers with texture creates interest. A table set up should make a statement. When you are registering ask the consultant to set up one place setting in order to see how it comes together.

When Scott and Lauren moved into their condo, they immediately began the remodeling process. They kept the beautiful bamboo flooring, but gave a new modern look to all other surfaces; smooth coating the walls, painting them clean white and cool dark gray, removing “cottage cheese” ceilings, adding recessed lights, crown moldings, and new door frames. A modern tufted sectional, wood coffee table (designed by Lauren and built by our father of Jackie Bitton Fine Woodworking), light gray silk striped rug, and a small decorative mirror-top side table fill up their living room. Photos from Lauren and Scott’s travels, both separate and together, are framed and hung in two neat rows decorating their walls and bringing back memories.

The original fireplace had a brick facade. It was smooth coated and painted white to give an ultra modern look. Painting the fire box black allowed for the surrounding white to really pop. These hammered silver vases were gifted from their registry, and the peacock feathers made their way home from the couple’s wedding ceremony design to remind them of their big day.

This built in media cabinet (also designed by Lauren and built by our talented father) does a great job storing useful equipment as well as displaying decorative pieces including ritual objects. A collection of frames which sit on floating shelves house pictures of friends, family, and the happy newlyweds. Two small ottomans sit along an empty wall and can be moved around to serve as extra seating during a gathering or a place to sit and put on your shoes.
A round wood and glass dining table and modern faux leather upholstered dining chairs are lit up by this sparkling over-sized chandelier. This piece is truly the focus of the room. Change up your table centerpiece to keep things fresh; vibrant flowers, holiday decor, or in this case an elegant silver and mother of pearl bowl.

This console table with granite top from Scott’s grandfather’s old house was repainted and turned into a bar. Many of the items placed on top were originally bought for the wedding with the intention of reusing them; a white round crocodile leather tray was used to hold kippot at the ceremony, antique glass candle holders were placed on high top cocktail tables and filled with candles or white roses, and white sweets from their candy bar are now placed in different decorative bowls.

Scott and Lauren look forward to remodeling their kitchen one day. Until then, it was painted white to make it feel larger, stainless steel appliances and hardware were added, and gray and white patterned draperies were hung to add texture. Lauren enjoyed putting away all of their new dishes, silverware, glasses, and cooking utensils. The countertops hold some of the more decorative objects such as this gorgeous silver trivet and salt and pepper shakers, wine rack with wine accessories, and a beautiful cake plate with a glass dome top. 
Many couples who live together before their big day express that nothing has changed when they are officially married. It was extremely important to Lauren and Scott to change the feel of their space from house to home, from his and hers to theirs. They accomplished this by adding gifts they chose together and finally finishing their design.
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