Jeff and Lisa Allen family room with Room and Board, West Elm and Jeff Allen woodworking

Our Family Room Tour with Room & Board

As most of you know Jeff is a talented woodworker/designer(@jeffjustin). When we were looking for homes 3 years ago, we looked at everything from new builds, recently renovated and homes to gut. Jeff  was set on the home we bought(which needed to be gut) and I just had my fingers crossed he was right. He had the vision to take this old, unkept house in Encinitas and turn it into a mid-century home we could comfortably raise our kids in. So if you’ve followed me for awhile you’ve been able to watch us slowly transform our home. The most stunning changes we’ve made are all pieces Jeff has designed and built, himself. Our front door, staircase, kitchen, my closet, the nursery/Goldie’s room, and now our Room & Board family room!

We knew we wanted a minimal look in here when it came to furniture and were stoked to team up with Room & Board for our couch and chairs. I did my research on furniture, review after review all led  me back to Room & Board for timeless, quality pieces! We knew we wanted a couch we could all sit on and fell in love with the Wells Couch! We chose the Callan Chairs based on the low profile and quality of leather. They are both so incredible!

As you know, I don’t like stuff aka knick-knacks, clutter and I love bare walls. As you can see here, the walls are bare. However, Jeff has some plans for the wall above the couch. Also I’ll do another post once that is done. Stay tuned.

WORDS FROM JEFF -this is rare, let’s petition for him to write more content:)

Hey everyone! This is Jeff. So I want to tell you more about the design ideas and specifics on materials used in the room. As with ALL my work, I strive to push my abilities, not just from a craftsmanship perspective but design and materials. I really like the exploration of what is possible in design. Might sound strange but I enjoy critiquing and identifying the problems in a design as much as getting a pat on the back for a job well done. I believe the errors in life are the true opportunities for improvement and personal growth(no matter the domain). I have been fortunate to have this home as a case study for a lot of great designs and some that aren’t so great. As a whole this family room is my best design on that edge of order and chaos to date.

One of the top priorities for me in this home is to maximize the space as much as possible for a family of 6 with two teenagers (plus friends). So we figured seating for 8 plus room on the floor would work. The family room isn’t very big at 13’x25′ especially with a fireplace, window, and french doors on two of three walls. We decided to put the TV above the fireplace and close up a window on the same wall.

I also replaced the french doors and two side-lights which swung into the room for a oversized single door with a sidelight that swings out to the backyard. The wall cabinets were initially going to be floor to ceiling large door cabinets, but then I started drawing floating cabinets. I then used the horizontal screen design on the lower cabinets to practice for other screen designs I have planned for our lounge and front yard. Lisa complains that there’s not a ton of storage in the house (but she doesn’t like stuff anyways so these cabinets are all virtually empty) and these cabinets add A LOT of storage possibilities for the next occupants especially.

The door, lower cabinets/counter-tops, and baseboards are all made from quarter-sawn walnut (which is probably my all-around favorite wood/wood cut). The door has fully-mortised locks and Soss #218 invisible hinges. The handle and counter-tops have brass inlay detail, and the lower cabinet doors have black glass behind the wood(one of my favorite details). The glossy black in the doors adds a bit of fun and sophistication. The upper cabinets are fully-figured quarter-sawn white oak and operate with a push magnetic clasp.

I wanted to create a family room worthy of the Room & Board furniture and level of finish. The walnut chairs especially demand a high level of wood finish in order for them to look like they belong. The door, cabinets, counter-tops, and baseboards were all finished with a specific oil finishing process. Let me know what questions you have.

Thanks for reading and for being here on Salty Lashes supporting our family. We appreciate each of you! Also check out the links below to shop our family room and you can contact for custom doors.

SHOP OUR ROOM: – click each item to be directed to product.

Avery and Poppy Harris for Room and Board Leather Couch

Jeff Justin Allen of Salty Lashes Designs mid-century custom pieces in Encinitas CA

Jeff and Lisa Allen of Salty Lashes family for Room and Board

Jeff Justin Allen of Salty Lashes Designs mid-century custom pieces in Encinitas CA

Jeff Justin Allen of Salty Lashes Designs mid-century custom pieces in Encinitas CA

Jeff Justin Allen of Salty Lashes Designs mid-century custom pieces in Encinitas CA

Jeff Justin Allen of Salty Lashes Designs mid-century custom pieces in Encinitas CA

Jeff Justin Allen of Salty Lashes Designs mid-century custom pieces in Encinitas CA

Thank you for partnering with us Room & Board!



  • Reply Sarah May 3, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    wow Jeff is EXTREMELY talented! Love the whole thing.

    • Reply Lisa Allen May 3, 2018 at 12:03 PM

      yes, he REALLY is! thanks for reading.

  • Reply Lau Odell May 3, 2018 at 12:23 PM

    love love love this!! Jeff is talented beyond words! wow!

    • Reply Lisa Allen May 3, 2018 at 4:45 PM

      he really is! thanks for reading.

  • Reply Tina Ann May 3, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Absolutely stunning! That door is everything!

    • Reply Lisa Allen May 3, 2018 at 4:45 PM

      thank you! Jeff is so talented.

  • Reply Cheryl May 3, 2018 at 7:49 PM

    Really stunning work!?? Thanks for sharing & all the details! Love your style!???

  • Reply Sharni May 4, 2018 at 1:52 AM

    If you guys ever want a trip to Australia.. I want my house to be just like this!! LOVE IT.

    • Reply Lisa Allen May 4, 2018 at 9:11 PM

      uhh, we always want a trip to Australia 🙂

  • Reply Tanya May 4, 2018 at 7:08 PM

    You did such a good job; looks amazing!!! Lisa please blog more about how you keep things so minimal but still cozy!

    • Reply Lisa Allen May 4, 2018 at 9:10 PM

      haha, thank you. I think most people like stuff and don’t want to hear how I donate and dream of more garage cans at my house 🙂

  • Reply Heather May 5, 2018 at 7:11 PM

    It is so beautiful. I love your minimalist/modern style.

    • Reply Lisa Allen May 5, 2018 at 8:33 PM

      Thank you! ❤️

  • Reply Shawn Rodger May 8, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Love it! You must have had a great realtor! 😉

    • Reply Lisa Allen May 8, 2018 at 4:30 PM

      the best!

  • Reply Christie Nagy May 8, 2018 at 7:42 PM

    Love your living room. Jeff does amazing work, I wish we still lived in CA to buy some of his amazing pieces! Love your blog, and all of your great content!

    • Reply Lisa Allen May 8, 2018 at 10:13 PM

      thank you. he is super talented. appreciate you being here.

  • Reply Lindsay May 11, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Your home is SO stunning and Jeff is incredibly talented! Not sure if you’ve answered this somewhere and I missed it, but I’m wondering what your favourite white paint is for your walls? Thanks!

  • Reply Brittney Howell May 23, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    OBSESSED with everything! I’m so glad I found this post since we are in the middle of building right now! It’s so fun to see your decoration ideas.

  • Reply Lindsey Vandenbosch July 29, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Can you share the rug or carpet in this room? Do you like it still?
    Love your family and all your tips!!

  • Reply Lisa Allen July 29, 2018 at 10:49 PM

    Hey Lindsey!
    Yes, it’s carpet we ordered from America’s Finest. I’m not sure the name of it, but so far so good.
    Thanks for taking the time to comment. ❤️

  • Reply Audrey April 23, 2019 at 4:45 AM

    Do you mind sharing the source of your light wood, wide plank hardwood floors? xx

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