Actor, producer, entrepreneur, and activist Wilmer Valderrama wanted to give back to Tadao, his best friend of more than 20 years. Wilmer says Tadao has been like an older brother and guardian angel throughout his life and career. Over the last few years, Tadao has lost several loved ones due to illness, but his home remains a hub for his large Samoan family.
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To show his immense gratitude for his friend, Wilmer brought us in to help turn Tadao’s unfinished garage into a fabulous flex space for his family and guests to work, play, and stay.
Before & After
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Surprises Around Every Corner
Everyone loves a surprise and in the new living room we were able to install not one, not two, but three pop up features. The TV rises and lowers into the stand at the press of a button, and Tadao can pull out a Murphy bed on either side of the media center, ensuring everyone who visits will be comfortable.
Food and Family
A kitchenette was a must so that guests wouldn’t have to run back into the house if they wanted a snack. We also added family photos and grass cloth wallpaper to give this corner a warm, cozy vibe.
A Samoan Sunrise
Tadao is very proud of his Samoan heritage, so we wanted to weave in some Polynesian influences into the bathroom’s design. For the shower tile, we picked a warm, orange pattern that evokes an island sunrise.