Before a mutual friend introduced Wanda Aurich to designer Kelly Hinchman, Wanda had already chosen most of the tile and stone for the new house in Coronado she was designing with her husband, Scott. It was the fourth home the couple had built together and this time around, Wanda knew she wanted a designer to take the interiors to a higher level than they had in their previous homes, envisioning a clean, sleek residence that reflected a feeling of ease and comfort. Wanda and Hinchman connected immediately, and the designer was off and running, using Wanda’s selections as the foundation for the rest of the design—starting with the unusual porcelain tile backsplash in the kitchen. “Once I saw that, I thought, ‘Okay, I know where I can take this,’” the designer recalls.
Ironically, the home’s contemporary architecture and interiors were never intended for the property. The original house plans, purchased with the land, called for a Craftsman-style design that’s more common on the island, but the Aurichs asked the architect of the original plans, Allen Di Donato at Di Donato Associates, to modify them in favor of the couple’s modern aesthetic.
“The Aurichs are big entertainers—fit, healthy, super stylish,” Hinchman says, explaining that she covered the furnishings in rich fabrics to reflect that sophistication. “I wanted to give them a sexier approach to the textures.” For her part, Wanda was thrilled with the collaboration. “She understood what we were trying to do,” she says. “The fact that we got along so well and we have such similar tastes—I couldn’t tell you who was the captain.”