A bachelor pad turned family home north of San Diego warmly embraces one couple’s changing lifestyle and hands-on approach to design.
When Bobby first moved into this picture-perfect enclave of suburban Scripps Ranch 15 years ago, it wasn’t exactly the image of living the single man’s life. Fast-forward 10 years to his wife Michelle and their nine-month-old son Matteo, and the local attorney has a different perspective, “Now I feel like I finally fit in this neighborhood,” he quips. “It’s a great place to raise a family. I just got here several years before I started that process.”
It was a challenge to blend the home’s existing masculine style with Michelle’s rustic-modern tastes, but fresh paint, reclaimed wood finishes and a DIY spirit helped bridge the gap and tie the three-bedroom space together. “After we got married, I wanted to put my stamp on this home with cool changes,” says Michelle, who runs a successful quilt shop on Etsy. Today, their home warmly reflects their vision for creating an inviting and practical place to raise their growing family. Enormous thought and care was put into the design of each room.
This used to be a house and it was just a place where I lived. Since meeting Michelle and having Matteo, it’s now a home.
Self-described “homebodies,” Bobby and Michelle like how their space has evolved to become more cozy and comfortable. Their style is at once a little eclectic, but they’ve managed to find balance in a rustic-contemporary look. “I think quiltmaking has helped me become more comfortable bringing color and pattern together,” says Michelle. The handcrafted and bold elements in the house, paired with both rustic and modern pieces beautifully offset the brightly colored children’s toys scattered all over the place. What used to be simply a house, has developed into the true definition of a home.
Take the Tour
Step inside a cozy Scripps Ranch home where you’ll find personal touches, handmade details and rustic finishes at every turn.
Bring the look home
Inspired by Michelle and Bobby’s rustic-meets-contemporary style, we curated a collection of transitional pieces versatile enough to fit any space.