Montecito Kitchen Remodel - Collaboration

A Team Effort Between Three of Ventura's Premier Interior Companies


This gorgeous full kitchen and bathroom remodel in Montecito, CA was a collaboration between Native Oak, Alyssa Daly of Designs Daly and QCP Construction. Both companies do great work and represent Ventura County and Santa Barbara County really well. Much of the cabinetry design was actually done by Alyssa, and we were tasked with executing her particular vision. Photos by Raya Carlisle.

Long runs of unbroken cabinetry

Rather than building many smaller cabinets, we chose a face frame design in which the cabinets are continuous throughout the run.


Unique Overlay

Typical overlay on cabinetry is either full overlay (no gaps), or 1/2" overlay (large gaps). The overlay on these cabinets is between the two. So there is a reveal or gap, but it's smaller than usual. This gives the cabinetry a casual feel without being rustic.


East End Ventura Transformation

This wonderful Ventura family welcomed us into their home and trusted us to help them renew it. The results are just lovely. This is why we do this, to make our customers' homes full of light, life, and comfort. We teamed up with Raya Carlisle for these spectacular photos. Check out all the photos and some of the design logic here.


Bathroom Vanity Cabinet and OSHA

Inset Vanity Cabinet

I've been watching the construction of this bathroom cabinet. I confess to having a love of white oak cabinetry, but I'm pretty excited to see this cabinet finished and installed. Check back in for updates.

Van Nuys and OSHA

We were fortunate enough last spring to receive a visit from OSHA. Every manufacturer lives in fear of those visits, but the reality is that employee safety is the most important thing. We are all in this together for our livelihood, and it's government entities like OSHA that help keep us manufacturers accountable and aware of the need to protect our employees. Yesterday I went to Van Nuys, CA for an informal conference with OSHA, and I am pleased to say it went well. Also, OSHA in Van Nuys has a cool courtyard view from their office.

The view of the building's courtyard from OSHA's Van Nuys, CA office.

The view of the building's courtyard from OSHA's Van Nuys, CA office.

Finding a place where everything has its place

I think everyone could use a space where your thinking is done, where things are in the right place, and there is a place for every thing. For Sam, it's her closet. Read more here...

Dianne Keaton and Jack Nicholson, we found your Ventura retirement spot

Sometimes I get carried away, but I like to imagine that Jack and Dianne really got together after "Something's Gotta Give." And they decided to move to Pierpont in Ventura. If so, we found their perfect house!

My memory of the house in that movie is of bookshelves and a classic kitchen, lit by the natural light from the beach and the ocean. The neutral colors and shades of white enhance that unique beach sunlight. Of course that house was in the Hamptons, but this gorgeous house in the Ventura neighborhood of Pierpont is classic California. Native Oak was able to partner with the owners in creating the kitchen, closets, bathroom, garage, laundry, and pantry. 

The rest of the photos from this Pierpont gem can be found here.

And just for fun, check out the "Something's Gotta Give" trailer.  

Native Oak Featured in Ventana Magazine

Our co-owner, Keith Repult, has finished his custom home in Pierpont and it is featured in Ventana Magazine! We like to think of the beautiful kitchens and closets in their home as "show-rooms", but that's just an excuse to hang out there more often.

Of course we already hinted at this house in an earlier post, but now it has finally been completed and Keith and family have moved in.

In more exciting news, we hired the amazing Raya Carlisle to photography the house for us. So stay tuned for some amazing photos.

Native Oak Design Center

Design is a plan for arranging elements in such a way as best to accomplish a particular purpose. 
Charles Eames

Charles Eames is one of my design heroes. I believe in the simplicity of design, but I also know that custom kitchens and closets are complicated. So we are revamping our Design Center to help create simple looking designs, that meet the purpose (a beautiful kitchen) without technical or design errors.

Our goal is to give our designers and our customers a place to sit down with plans, samples, drawings, and a computer, to put the design together. For a good kitchen or cabinetry project design, it's important that all the details are handled properly. We're creating a space for our customers and our designers to work together so that the project can be designed properly from the beginning.

Go to to set up an appointment with us. We'll have coffee ready for you!

Betty Draper, we found your new spot in Midtown Ventura

This time-machine kitchen is ready for Don and Betty Draper to entertain some guests! Check out more information here:

From the Shop Floor #6

A Table Masquerading as a Vanity

From the shop floor - this table with mortise and tenon legs which is to become a vanity with a granite top. Stay tuned for updates on this piece!

Sep 8, 2016 Update: the table/vanity has been painted and shipped!

From the Shop Floor #5

Bench Seating in a Cabinet Shop?

Benches and banquettes are a great use of space, especially if you have school age kids. I don't know about you, but my dining room table is covered in homework, pencils, books, erasers, and markers from September through June every year. A cushioned bench is a perfect place to do that homework.

Today, walking through the shop, I spotted this interesting bench that has three sides and two angles. I'll be curious to see how this beast installs!

From the Shop Floor #4

Gray painted Shaker cabinets, in process.

Sometimes, when I'm walking through the shop I see something interesting and I snap a few photos. Painted cabinets have always been popular, but what I think drives the popularity now for factory finished painted cabinets is the ability to get a mirror like finish on the product. The flawless factory finish combined with the organic feel of paint on wood strikes a perfect balance of a wood product that you would want to use every day.

I'm really pleased with our painted cabinet. We have a great partnership with CalDoor and our painting/finish professional is top-notch. Another kitchen I am anxious to see in real life. Custom cabinetry for living.

Coming Soon - Native Oak's Pierpont Beach Open House!

Pierpont Beach in Ventura, CA is one of the best neighborhoods in town.

  • Quick access to the bike path which winds along the Pacific, downtown Ventura, C-Street and Surfer's Point, and connects to the Ojai Bike Trail
  • Proximity to Surf-n-yogurt, of course
  • Marina Park
  • Gorgeous beaches of all types

We are fortunate enough to have Pierpont Beach as the location of one of our first installations. The homeowners and Native Oak are working together to create a gorgeous modern beach house kitchen, and will be inviting local homeowner, designers, and contractors to tour the completed house. If you're interested, sign up below and we will email you when the date is set.

Keep Track of the Pierpont Project Here:

Where Will You Find Native Oak Cabinets?

We are all over Southern California. Right now we are working on projects in:


One of the reasons we located our business in Ventura, CA (aside from the fact that it is the perfect place to live) is so we could reach the diverse areas that make the South Coast such a great area in which to live and do business.

Live where you work, work where you live. Custom cabinetry for living.