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With The Help Of A Prominent Newport Beach–Based Architect And A Team Of Skilled Artisans, A Couple Creates Their Own Version Of Tuscany In Southern California Text by Jennie Nunn Photography by Mark Lohman
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Interior Design Lisa Staprans Creates A Space Infused With Tranquility Text by Kavita Daswani Photography by Brad Knipstein 96 HIGH ON THE RIVIERA Designer Steve Thompson Refines A Classic Monterey Colonial For A 21st Century Couple Text by Dawn Moore Photography by Mark Lohman
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ABOVE This bucolic Tuscan hilltop residence was conceived with help from the family, by architect Richard Krantz of Newport Beach. The dining room was designed by interior designer Tracey McKee of McKee & Company also in Newport Beach and features a 17-foot long walnut table perfect for large family gatherings. See story beginning on page 76. Photograph by Mark Lohman. RIGHT A Los Altos home was transformed by interior designer Lisa Staprans of Portola Valley. Lisa worked with Danish company, Garde Hvalsøe to design a striking white oak kitchen. See story beginning on page 86. Photograph by Brad Knipstein.
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64 ENTERTAINING Lotusland In Montecito Celebrates A 25th Anniversary With A Grand Gala
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Working on our September/October issue in July I realized we really have a variety of homes featured in this issue. From Transitional to contemporary and very traditional, I think you’ll find the designers and projects inspiring. The craziness of fall is almost upon us here in California and while we did have a tranquil few weeks that resembled a summer vacation, the build up of the Fall activities (we call it frantic fall) is upon us. California Homes is proud to be a sponsor of the San
JENNIE NUNN Jennie Nunn, a California native, interviewed architect Richard Krantz for “Under The Tuscan Sun” (page 76.) “Italy is one of my favorite countries, and I felt like I just landed in Tuscany,” says Nunn of the project. Her work has appeared in publications including Luxe Interiors+Design, DuJour, 5280, The Denver Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, Interiors California, and C. See her Shady Canyon story beginning on page 76.
Francisco Fall Art & Antique Show, responsible for the Candy Booth at the opening night Gala October 10th, 2018. We will also be participating in Fall Market at the Pacific Design Center, September 26 with a panel at the Witford showroom. California Homes will also be serving wine opening night during WestEdge, at the Santa Monica Hangar October 18th-21st, and for the first time we will be enjoying the Newport Wine & Food Festival, October 4-7, 2018 with our own booth. Please come by and say hello. For more information on these events see our Events & Affairs section beginning on page 60. A part of this issue is devoted to food and wine beginning with the story on Montecito’s Lotusland and their 25th anniversary celebration. The food served was amazing, the wines delightful and of course beautiful people everywhere. Wine editor Ken Friedenreich has taken us on a tour of the Russian River AVA after the fires, and introduces us to great wines still being produced in the area. Finally travel writer Kathy Bryant gives a great tour of the Healdsburg area and the women who are involved in wine making. There are many. Susan McFadden Editor in Chief
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MARK LOHMAN Mark Lohman is a Los Angeles based photographer who resides with his interior design styling wife, Janet Lohman, and their two 8 year old Shih Tzus Coco and Charlie. Mark’s distinctive photographs have been featured in numerous design and architectural magazines including California Homes, HGTV, Traditional Home, Luxe, Coastal Living, Veranda, Country Living, and many more. His book projects include multiple titles featuring the design work of Barclay Butera, and a series of home interior books authored by Fifi O’Neill. Mark is currently shooting a new project “Global Bohemian” with shoots planned all over the USA. A ‘pet’ project of Mark, “Canine Style”, is near completion; it’s a collection of dog portraits Mark has shot over the years while shooting interiors across America. See his photography beginning on page 76 and 96.
I wanted to say how excited we are to have made the cover of the July/ August edition of California Homes. We appreciate the honor. This is such great timing as we are just now launching our east coast office. Again, thank you so much for selecting A. Peltier Interiors for your cover. Dena Palmer, Business Development Manager, A. Peltier Interiors Pasadena, CA Editor: It’s so nice to be appreciated. Picked up the July/August 2018 issue in Las Vegas and wanted to congratulate you on a beautiful issue. I am back and forth between Las Vegas and Pasadena and look forward to being in California for next year’s Pasadena Showcase. Bonnie Midby Las Vegas, NV Thank you for your invaluable support with the Pasadena Showcase House of Design. We enjoyed working with you on the July/August cover story and it was a treat to re-experience the house through your lens. Vikki Sung, 2018 Benefit Chair Pasadena, CA Thank you for the marvelous article on our hotel, The Rubens at the Palace
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Calendar MUSEUMS & GALLERIES STANFORD UNIVERSITY CANTOR ARTS CENTER Elliott Hundley The high house low!, 2011 Wood, sound board, inkjet print on Kitakata, paper, pins, magnifying glass, photographs, plastic, metal 99 x 192 1/2 x 18 inches
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SFMOMA is please to announce Louis Stettner: Traveling Light on display, October 27, 2018 through May 27, 2019. Over the course of his eight-decade career, Louis Stettner created a singular approach to photographing everyday life. Born in Brooklyn in 1922, Stettner began working as a photographer in the 1930s and served in the U.S. Army in World War II before moving to Paris in 1947. There, he studied at the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques, became friends with the influential photographer Brassaï and developed a unique point of view that melded the boldness of American street photography with the softer humanism more characteristic of his Paris contemporaries. For the rest of his life, he travelled between New York and Paris—his “two loves,” as he called them—constantly finding new inspiration in that geographical duality. From thoughtful images of rush-hour commuters to tranquil observations of daily routines, this thematic retrospective displays the remarkable breadth of Stettner’s work. For more information please call 415.357.4000 or visit www.sfmoma.org.
Cantor Arts Center is proud to present “Painting Nature in the American Gilded Age” on display from September 5, 2018 until August 25, 2019. Drawing from the Cantor’s permanent collection, this exhibition considers how nature was depicted by American artists from the 1880s to 1910, an era of unprecedented industrialization and urban development. Through landscapes, portraits, and still lives, the exhibition highlights the importance of nature for artists and the public, both of whom increasingly were affected by machines, cities, and crowds. For more information please call 650.723.4177 or visit www.museum.stanford.edu. ABOVE
William McGregor Paxton (1869–1941), The Crystal, 1900 Oil on canvas TOP LEFT
Louis Stettner Brooklyn Promenade, Brooklyn, 1954 Photograph BELOW
Francis Todhunter View across the bay Watercolor, 19 x 23 inches
THE IRVINE MUSEUM
Drawing on the Past, on display until October 4, 2018, is a remarkable display of drawings, pastels, watercolors and etchings by California artists dating as far back as the 1880s. Many of the drawings on display were produced when these artists were art students in Europe in the late nineteenth century. The traditional academic method of art instruction required the student to study drawing for the first two years of their study before getting instruction on using paint and color. These classes would progress from drawing objects to eventually drawing the human figure. The exhibition also features works by some of our most prominent watercolor painters, such as Phil Dike (1906-1990) who for many years taught art at Scripps College in Claremont; Arthur E. Beaumont (1890-1978), who is nationally noted for his paintings of U. S. Navy ships; Emil Kosa (1903-1968), who spent a career as a movie artist at MGM and won an Academy Award for his work on the 1963 movie Cleopatra. For more information please call 949.476.2565 or visit www.irvinemuseum.com. 34 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
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Widely recognized as a preeminent figure in the literary, social, political, and cultural life of nineteenth century France, Victor Hugo (1802-1885) was also an accomplished draftsman and produced a lesser known but remarkable body of works on paper. The Hammer Museum presents Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo, a landmark exhibition that sheds new light on Hugo’s experimental and enigmatic drawing practice; and includes more than 75 drawings and photographs spanning the duration of his career. The first American exhibition devoted to his graphic work in nearly 20 years, Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo is on view from September 27 through December 30, 2018. For more information please call 310.443.7000 or visit www.hammer.ucla.edu.
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The Pasadena Museum of California Art presents Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California on view until October 7, 2018. Grafton Tyler Brown (1841-1918) was a painter, graphic designer, and lithographer in the 19th century. A talented artist and entrepreneur, Brown was the only documented African American in his field in the western United States at the time. Grafton Tyler Brown: Exploring California will include approximately 45 paintings, prints, and objects from Brown’s oeuvre, including a breadth of imagery detailing the early development of California and the West.
For more information please call 626.568.3665 or visit www.pmcaonline.org.
The J. Paul Getty Museum recently announced the acquisition of the Rothschild Pentateuch, a manuscript of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, known as the Torah. Its acquisition, coupled with works already in the Museum’s manuscripts collection, allows the Getty to represent the medieval art of illumination in sacred texts from the three Abrahamic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Art of Three Faiths: A Torah, a Bible, and a Qur’an, on view through February 3, 2019, showcases three spectacular examples of each of these three: a Christian Bible and a Qur’an will be shown alongside the newly acquired Torah. “This landmark acquisition fulfills one of the Museum’s longstanding goals of adding to our collection a Hebrew manuscript that can stand comparison in quality and importance to our finest illuminated manuscripts of other languages and faiths,” explains Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “It has taken 35 years, but the Rothschild Pentateuch fills this gap more brilliantly than we could ever have imagined. An amazingly rare and beautiful object, richly illuminated with all manner of real and imaginary animals, it also broadens greatly the narratives we are able to tell about life, culture and religion in the Middle Ages. For more information please call 310.440.7300 or visit www.getty.edu. LEFT
(Book of Exodus) from the Rothschild Pentateuch, France and/or Germany, 1296 10 7/8 x 8 1/4 inches TOP LEFT
Victor Hugo, Ma destinée (My destiny), 1867 Brown ink and wash and white gouache on paper 6 3/4 x 10 3/8 inches
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JoAnne Artman Gallery is proud to announce a significant milestone in the history of the space, celebrating our ten-year anniversary in Laguna Beach! JoAnne Artman Gallery opened its space in 2008 in Laguna Beach, California as one of the only contemporary art galleries in the neighborhood under the guidance and clear vision of Founder and Executive Director, JoAnne Artman. No stranger to the art world, JoAnne Artman has been showing the work of culturally diverse artists throughout her career as a gallery owner. JoAnne Artman exclusively represents artists that she loves, collects and has a passion for. Her roster includes approximately fifteen artists that embody all ages and ethnicities. Over the past 10 years, the gallery has grown into a thriving asset to Laguna’s longstanding arts community, having organized countless exhibitions and participated in numerous art fairs, contributing to a group of like-minded colleagues, artists and art lovers. JoAnne and JoAnne Artman Gallery would like to thank their award-winning artists, loyal clients, as well as everyone who has visited the gallery, for their continued support. The gallery is located at 540 S. Coast Highway, Suite 106, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. For more information, please call 949.494.0900 or visit www.avranart.com.
Sharon Ellis, Blue Hour, 2017 Alkyd on paper 16-1/8 x 12-1/8 inches FAR LEFT
Sharon Ellis, Phantom Sea II, 2015, alkyd on paper 11 x 14 inches
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Christopher Grimes Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Sharon Ellis, her ninth with the gallery since 1993. In her latest body of work, Ellis explores the patterns and rhythms of nature as metaphors for endings, loss and ultimate renewal. Blue Hour, the title of both the exhibition as well as a work in the show, refers to the time of day when the sun has disappeared from the sky, yet light still remains. These words acknowledge the sadness of the loss of the day, while taking refuge in the hope that lives on in the emerging stars. In several works, trees with bare branches are paired with new growth and a gentle wind that sweeps through the landscapes, hinting at the possibility of change, renewal and of life waiting to emerge. Much like nature itself, Ellis’s practice is unhurried and conscientious, resulting in paintings that hum with the vibrant spirit of the natural world. The exhibition is on view from September 15 through October 27, 2018. The gallery is located at 916 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401. For more information please call 301.587.3373 or visit www.cgrimes.com.
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The Manhattan Beach Art Center (MBAC) presents TERRA FIRMA: A Commentary on Land, an exhibition of work by Robert Glenn Ketchum, Lowell Nickel, Jacalyn Lopez Garcia, Nicholas Caesar Colon, Anita Bunn, and Fatemeh Burnes, on view through October 14, 2018. Through the use of innovative and altered photography, the artists of Terra Firma explore the natural landscape and mankind’s impact on it. MBAC is a City of Manhattan Beach owned and operated Cultural Arts Facility. It presents 4 exhibitions per year and offers classes, workshops and activities for children and adults. All MBAC exhibitions are free and open to the public. The MBAC is located at 1560 Manhattan Beach, Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. For more information please call 310.802.5440 or visit www.citymb.info
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Kerry Joyce The Intangible By Kerry Joyce Award-winning designer Kerry Joyce’s debut book, Kerry Joyce The Intangible, spans his fascinating career by illustrating eight homes in a wide range of styles. Here you find modern and traditional, urban and rustic and even period restorations. What all the homes have in common is refined elegance and a quiet classicism. “My approach, in my aim for tranquility, is largely defined by intuition. I trust my instincts and try not to overthink choices that feel right,” Joyce says in this monograph. In the Introduction, Joyce describes his path to becoming a designer and writes thoughtful essays on each part of his work. This is a beautiful book to peruse at leisure and enjoy seeing how one of America’s most celebrated designers crafts homes with timeless design and flawless execution. Joyce has also used his diverse talents in a group of outstanding home furnishing collections, including the hallmark Kerry Joyce Textiles. With offices in Los Angeles and Connecticut, his firm, Kerry Joyce Associates, offers a comprehensive approach to design and consulting. That sophisticated approach is elegantly on display in this book. Kerry Joyce:The Intangible By Kerry Joyce 240 pages Hardcover POB: US $90 ISBN: 978-1-938461-94-1 Pointed Leaf Press, LLC New York, New York 40 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
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Stancil’s expertise and talent take him beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. Los Angeles, Manhattan, Boston, Chicago, London, and Paris are home to his studio’s finishes. There the thirty-two-year-old family firm collaborates with elite interior designers, architects, and builders on custom projects. One of Stancil’s clients, The Wiseman Group, commissioned him for nuanced surfaces throughout a Tudor Revival estate on the Peninsula. Built in the seventies, Michael Taylor decorated the home’s original interiors. Stancil honored the house’s history while crafting the backdrop for a collection of 20th-century art and period antiques. In the Raj styled library, he complimented the Elizabethan carved stone fireplace’s color with the crackled off-white finish on the bar fretwork panels and cabinetry. Upstairs, for the Syrie Maugham “white” master bedroom, Stancil matched the vellum colored Fortuny upholstered walls. His team applied a soft glaze to the wood trim and gilded the room’s crown in 12k white gold. An antiqued lime paint finish enhances the carved oak panels surrounding the windows. In the glamorous adjacent dressing room, white gold leaf ceiling and millwork reflect in the mirrored surfaces. When Catherine Kwong, alumni of The 44 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
Wiseman Group designed the living room of the 2013 San Francisco Decorator Showcase, she enlisted Stancil. Kwong envisioned a jet-setting couple living in the cream, taupe, indigo and ebony salon of the Georgian style mansion. Stancil juxtaposed the room’s plaster and parcel gilt ceiling with a midnight blue floor embellished by bold white graffiti brush strokes. The ten-step process involved layering coats of tempera between coats of varnish and finishing with a gloss sealer. Upcoming projects for the Stancil Studios include a Pacific Heights penthouse and a Mediterranean style residence in Pebble Beach, both for Tucker & Marks. Stancil’s expertise and talent take him beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. Los Angeles, Manhattan, Boston, Chicago, London, and Paris are home to his studio’s finishes. Cambodia is next, where the artist will work his magic on gilded ceilings. CH
LEFT The Wiseman Group’s Raj styled library exhibits one of Stancil’s hand painted finishes. He also specializes in faux bois, glazing, gilding, stone, and contemporary finishes. ABOVE One of Stancil’s contemporary finishes was for Catherine Kwong’s living room in the San Francisco Decorator Showcase. Kwong imagined a decadent salon where revelers lounged on the painted Twombly-esque graffiti floor.
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and quaint lifestyle that we love so much at PlumpJack Group,” says Hilary Newsom, president and partner, PlumpJack Group. “We’re thrilled to grow our presence here, to become a larger part of the community and give guests another way to experience the destination in addition to our first Carmel property, The Hideaway.” The latest joint venture between San Francisco-based PlumpJack Group and Meriwether Companies. The former Village Inn has been completely transformed into a modern beach retreat. The two-story property features 34 guest rooms, each with its own fireplace. Napa based design firm, Shopworks, orchestrated the redesign in a color palette that takes cues from the sand, sky and sea. Walls washed in white create a bright, airy and welcoming atmosphere in the hotel lobby and reception area. The Getaway guest experience also includes complimentary deluxe continental breakfast daily, complete with housemade granola, yogurt parfaits, breakfast flatbreads, sweet & savory toasts, waffles with fruit, and coffee.
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Interior Designer Amy Meier has opened a New Shop in the Historic Rancho Santa Fe Town Center AMY MEIERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S EPONYMOUS DESIGN SHOP
is perfectly situated across the green from the Historic Spanish Colonial Revival Inn designed by architect Lillian Rice in Ranch Santa Fe. Inspired by her travels and most recently a trip to Japan, the shop is a reflection of her curiosity and constant interest in learning. She has drawn inspiration from some of her personal favorite shops, Rose Uniacke in London and William Lehman in Montecito. In addition to one of a kind pieces the shop will feature several capsule collections from artists and craftsmen from around the country and hand blown glassware and linens from Italy. CH Amy Meier Design, 16903 Avenida De Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe CA 92067, 858.848.4151, www.amymeier.com, @shopamymeier
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BRAZILIAN BEAUTIES Brazilian Brand Tidelli Opens New Showroom in Newport Coast THE BRAZILIAN AWARD-WINNING
outdoor furniture company Tidelli is expanding their presence in the USA. In August they opened their new Orange County showroom at Crystal Cove Shopping Center, Newport Coast. This confirms the demand for their unique nautical rope hand-made design. In less than 3 years in the country, the colorful high-end brand has its own showroom at PDC-Los Angeles and dealers in New York, Miami, Scottsdale, and San Francisco. The family owned company focuses on residential and hospitality business through partnerships with interior designers and hospitality decision makers to bring their projects and concepts to life. All products are hand-made in Brazil. Tidelli, 7876 East Coast Highway, Newport Coast, 949.715.0604, www.tidelli.com
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In less than 3 years in the country, the colorful high-end brand has its own showroom at PDC-Los Angeles and dealers in New York, Miami, Scottsdale, and San Francisco.
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Tineke Triggs introduces her bold and timeless tile collection
SAN FRANCISCO BASED interior designer Tineke Triggs has
introduced her first complete collection of tile to the market. Growing up in Northern California with Dutch parents, her designs reflect a captivating mix of her European heritage and West Coast roots. She chose the name “Muziek’ in homage to her Dutch roots as the name means “music” in Dutch and because the Art Deco period was so heavily influenced by the music movement. The collection takes her passion for creating daring designs one step further. Inspired by the luxury, glamour and modernism of the Art Deco movement, its 12 distinctive design are united in their bold geometric forms, exotic style and exuberance of a bygone era. Each design is made with the finest Italian marble and beautiful hand leathered finishes. CH Tineke Triggs Tile Collection | tineketriggs.com | @tineketriggs
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FEMININE EXPRESSIONISM The Andro Collection by Natasha Baradaran represents the new definition of feminine ANDRO is based on challenging ideas of masculine and
feminine forms and finishes in furniture design, questioning outmoded ideas that fragile is feminine and bold is masculine. With the collection, Los Angeles-based designer Natasha Baradaran is showing work that is based in a powerful female perspective. The “WRAP” chair is inspired by Diane von Furstenburg’s design philosophy of liberating woman, and the “BUSTIER” chair has Superwoman lines, referencing 1990’s Jean Paul Gautier. CH
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Archival Fornasetti motifs from the 1940s and 50s. Mischievous monkeys sit amongst sprawling pomegranate tree branches.
Fish appear as motifs in some of Piero Fornasetti’s earliest work having been fascinated by the dichotomy of marine life’s simple aspect hiding a fascinating, mysterious nature within the depths of the ‘aquarium’.
and Italian design atelier Fornasetti have come together on their third collection of whimsical wallpapers with impeccable craftsmanship. “It’s an absolute privilege and honor to once again be invited to delve into the imaginative and enchanting world of Fornasetti and be trusted to translate the design atelier’s one-of-a-kind artworks into captivating wallcoverings,” said Carley Bean, Cole & Son’s Head of Design. CH
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Piero Fornasetti had a deep love and admiration for music and theatre finding a wealth of inspiration from the Italian Commedia dell’arte.
The sky was long a recurring vision for Fornasetti and these ‘little clouds’ are delicately detailed etchings depicting tempestuous, rolling skies.
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Events & Affairs AIA SANTA BARBARA’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY ARCHITECTOURS The American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara is proud to announce their 10th anniversary ArchitecTours Event. This year’s tour will celebrate the fabric of Santa Barbara’s downtown, including historic properties, hidden gems, and recent additions. Join us on this walking tour as we rediscover downtown Santa Barbara and imagine living, working, dining, shopping, and playing in the heart of the city – mark Saturday, October 6th on your calendar for this unique event. ArchitecTours is an annual celebration of local architecture and cultural identity. Projects on the tour showcase the design and depth of knowledge of AIR architects. The tour offers a rare opportunity for a behindthe-scenes look at exceptional properties. Experience the transformative power of architecture.
SAN FRANCISCO FALL ART & ANTIQUES SHOW The 37th edition of the San Francisco Fall Art & Antiques Show will be held at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture’s Festival Pavilion October 11 – 14, 2018 with a preview gala on October 10th. San Francisco Fall Antiques Show features approximately sixty dealers from across North America and Europe, offering for sale an extraordinary range of fine and decorative arts from around the world representing all styles and periods, including furniture, silver, ceramics, glass, jewelry, rugs, textiles, paintings, prints, photography, books, sculpture and objets d’art. This year’s theme, “The Sun, The Moon, & The Stars – Celestial Imagery in Art, Antiques & Design. Glittering, glowing, and geometrically powerful, celestial objects have been popular motifs in art, antiques, and design for centuries. Stars and constellations were named in ancient times for gods and animals they resembled. The sky humbles us and the celestial elements we see from earth have long been inspiration to artists and artisans. For more information please call 415.989.9019 or visit www.sffas.org.
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WESTEDGE DESIGN FAIR - SANTA MONICA WestEdge Design Fair is a four-day event being held from 18th to 21st October 2018 at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. This event showcases product renowned museums, leading design schools, hundreds of manufacturing brands, and a prodigious number of leading architecture and design firms from Architecture & Designing industry. WestEdge is the West Coast’s premier contemporary design fair, featuring leading domestic and international manufacturers as well as independent designers and makers of modern products in categories spanning furniture, lighting, kitchen, bath, floor coverings, architectural elements and building products, and more. For more information please call 917.822.0350 or visit www.westedgedesignfair.com.
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PALM SPRINGS MODERNISM SHOW & SALE The fifth annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale – Fall Edition, held during Modernism Week’s Fall Preview October 19-21, 2018, will showcase 40 premier national and international decorative and fine arts dealers. This popular event is held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, located at 277 North Avenida Caballeros in Palm Springs, CA, and is a more intimate version of the annual Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale held in February. A festive Opening Night Party and Early Buying Preview Reception benefiting Modernism Week will be held Friday evening, October 19 from 6pm to 8pm and offers attendees a cocktail reception, live music and an exclusive sneak peek (and the chance to be the first to shop) at the Modernism Show & Sale before it opens to the general public. Tickets for the Friday night early buying preview reception are $60 in advance at modernismweek.com or $75 at the door (all tickets include return entry to the show all weekend). For more information please visit www.fall.palmspringsmodernism.com.
Dreaming of a Holiday Shopping Miracle? Dreams come true at The Contemporary Crafts Market. Under one creative roof, discover beautifully hand-crafted products you won’t find anywhere else: fine furnishings, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, blown glass, hand-forged metalwork, wood, fiber art, basketry and more. It’s also a chance to meet acclaimed artisans and learn the human stories behind everything you see. Join us at the intersection of artisanal traditions and modern tastes. The holiday magic happens only once a year! October 26-27-28, 2018 (Friday-Sunday) in historic Old Pasadena. For more information please visit www.contemporarycraftsmarket.com.
PASADENA CHAPTER OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF INTERIOR DESIGN In a one-day event on Sunday, October 7, 2018, the Pasadena Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will host a semi-guided house and garden tour featuring three private estates designed by ASID designers Rozalynn Woods, Jennifer Bevan and Christine Santana. A personal take on a designer showcase house, this tour gives guest an opportunity to peek inside real homes throughout Pasadena and South Pasadena. Proceeds benefit Friends of Foster Children. For more information please call 626.705.6898 or visit www.capas.asid.org. Date: October 7, 2018 Time: 10am – 4pm. Tickets: $37 through Sept 15, $40 thereafter. Ticket price includes free parking and shuttle service. A pop-up market with local vendors and food trucks will also participate.
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Lotusland in Montecito celebrates a 25th anniversary with a Grand Gala BY SUSAN DUELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY LUNDSTROM, NELL CAMPBELL & STEPHANIE KEENAN
2018 MARKS THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF LOTUSLAND
and like its namesake, the blossoming of the Lotus and preservation of the garden is symbolic of Montecito’s rebirth and renewal. This has been a year of tragedy and triumph in Montecito. Lotusland’s operations and visitation have been significantly impacted and many of the members experienced firsthand devastation from the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslides. Lotusland was built against all odds by Madame Ganna Walska. In her signature dramatic fashion, Ganna moved to California for the second half of her life, where her energy and resources were poured into creating Lotusland, a botanical garden of rare and exotic plants. She used her natural artistic talents to create a fantasy world of exquisite beauty and scientific importance. Now many years later the
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community has come together to celebrate the little garden that could. Guests began the event with an afternoon garden walk experiencing Lotusland’s breathtaking botanical gems, art and music. For the first time, Oscar de la Renta showed runway looks, including botanical prints from the collections displayed against the backdrop of Lotusland gardens. “Oscar was a huge fan of Lotusland. He actually made a small part of his garden in the Dominican Republic based on Lotusland,” said Alex Bolen, CEO of Oscar de la Renta. The garden walk concluded with a lively cocktail reception under the oaks. A celebratory dinner was served prior to the evening program including a live auction with guest auctioneer Eliza Osborne. This event was certainly the hottest ticket in Santa Barbara’s summer social scene. CH
ABOVE Chefs Ashley Transki and Brian Congdon, owners of duo Catering created the exquisite menu for the event. MIDDLE LEFT Cookies by Lori Stern, chef, gardener and artist, most known for her homemade flower pressed shortbread cookies
which she sells from her website, www.loristern.com.
Guests began the event with an afternoon garden walk experiencing Lotusland’s breathtaking botanical gems, art and music.
ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT Amanda Lee, Marni Margerum, Analise Kjensrud, Caroline Thompson, Trustee, Daryl Stegall, Setenay Osman, Kristan O’Donnell, Nati Smith, Co-Chair, Lynn Cunningham Brown, Yasmine Zodeh, Trustee and Co-Chair, Heather Kavanaugh, Eileen Rasmussen, Trustee and Co-Chair, Stacey McMullan, Belle Hahn, Trustee and Co-Chair, Jennie Grube, Krista Blake, Kim Thomas, Crystal Wyatt, Trustee, Winnie Dunbar and Oz Arconian
6 1 Honorry Chairwoman, Hania Puacz Tallmadge (Ganna Walksa’s niece)with Event CoChair and Trustee, Belle Hahn 2 Models wearing Oscar De La Renta 3 Lisa Bassler, Amanda Lee, Jaclyn Steinmann, Analise Kjensrud 4 Decor by Caroline Thompson of Cabana Home and Hogue & Company 66 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
5 Oscar De La Renta CEO Alex Bolen (right) with son Henry (Left) and Eri Hoxha, West Coast Rgional Manager, Oscar De La Renta 6 Formerm Lotusland Trustee Sandi Nicholson wih Peral Palm Sponsor Anne Towbes, Lifetime Honorary Trustee, Merryl Brown and Baret Boisson
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ABOVE/RIGHT The room is enlivened by a Hiraeth Silver rug in 100% silk. It is available as a rug or wall-to-wall carpet.
Stark Carpets are the shape of things to come BY KATHY BRYANT
ABOVE/RIGHT Mikoh Gold is a 65% wool and 35% silk rug that subtly enhances almost any room decor.
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RUGS CAN BE A TRUE ART FORM, adding style, ambience and warmth to any room. Such are Stark rugs, constructed by the world’s finest artisans in stunningly innovative designs. The latest collection from Stark is Sapphire Volume 3. “The Sapphire collections began because we saw a gap in the market for very high end, exclusive programmed luxury rugs,” says Greg Rosenblatt, Senior Vice President of Stark. The first Sapphire Collection was launched in fall 2016 as a small collection. The Collection quickly became so popular among designers that Sapphire Volume 2 was introduced in 2017. This fall will see Sapphire Volume 3, a collection that features a number of new beautiful designs, like the Halcyon collection. “This is handmade 150 knot, 100% silk carpeting which is also available in broadloom up to 18’ wide and virtually immediately, an industry first,” continues Rosenblatt. “Imagine a room with wall-towall silk carpet.” Some of the other designs they’re excited about are the Khylee Collection made of 100% silk rugs distressed for an antique effect and the Leizu Collection made of 100% silk and available in high or low pile.
Ozzie Rosewood rug is 100% wool and makes an artistic statement in a room.
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Ren Eggshell is 100% silk and is perfect for sophisticated environments.
Buying one of these rugs is equivalent to buying a fine painting. A design team, led by Haynes Robinson the Vice President of Product Development, designs the rugs in collaboration with their art department and artisans. “That’s when the rugs’ patterns, colors and textures are decided upon,” says Rosenblatt. All the rugs are handknotted in Nepal and India where it usually take from four to nine months to make just one rug. Constructed mainly from silk, some are silk/wool blends. If many of the rugs look like Impressionist paintings to the casual observer, that is intentional. “‘The Art Style’ rug has been prevalent and very popular for the last ten years and this type is represented in Sapphire Volume 3,” says Rosenblatt. “We consider these rugs works of art.” As to the most popular past designs, Coxwell Slate Blue is favored from the Sapphire Volume 2 as is Synthesis Jubilee with vibrant pinks and oranges. Although Sapphire is a trade exclusive, Stark showrooms in Costa Mesa, Los Angeles and San Francisco have retail areas where many different rugs may be purchased. “We’re very proud of Sapphire Volume 3. This product line is an ultra premium, trade exclusive and available immediately. We’re excited to share it with our designers and their clients,” concludes Rosenblatt. CH www.starkcarpet.com SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 | 69
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“This house has spaces shaped by those who created it to be experienced by the family in different ways in different seasons,” says Krantz. “It is result of drawing on my list of places that have moved me emotionally,
UNDER the TUSCAN SUN WITH THE HELP OF A PROMINENT NEWPORT BEACH–BASED ARCHITECT AND A TEAM OF SKILLED ARTISANS, A COUPLE CREATES THEIR OWN VERSION OF TUSCANY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TEXT BY JENNIE NUNN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK LOHMAN
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and their four children, the idea for a bucolic, Tuscan hilltop residence situated on more than an acre, all began with a two significant pieces: an old map of Tuscany and a landscape painting. “My dad was a surgeon and shock officer for the 15th Evacuation Hospital [from 1942-1945], and he went from Libya and all through Europe and spent most of his time in Italy, so he brought back this map of Tuscany in his
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suitcase [it’s framed in the library], and a painting that he bought at the Florence Art Gallery,” says the wife, who embarked on a walking trip through Italy in search of the exact site in the painting Tuscany and has traveled to Italy more than 16 times. “We didn’t want to take time away from raising kids to build a house, so when our son graduated high school, we started. This area was a prime location, since it feels remote, yet it is in the center of the city. Plus, we were able to find a large, very private lot. Conceived by mastermind Richard Krantz of eponymous Newport Beach– based architecture firm—and executed by a crew of talented designers and craftsmen including stone masons Young Ideas Masonry, interior designers Marilyn Gilbert, Tracey McKee of McKee & Company, and Sandra Ludlow, landscape
architect Alvin Johnson of Boyd Johnson Design, and builder Bob Smith—no detail was overlooked for the four year-long project using several types of stone including Palomino rubble and Santa Barbara rubble for the exterior, and antique bricks from Spain and Italy for the driveway and basement. “During construction I went to Italy to study the many old farmhouse ruins scattered among the Bolsa Family Castello di Reschio estate,” says Krantz of the home appointed with a Carrera marble staircase, a working bell tower with a spiral staircase, and the couple’s finds from Italy such as a fountain made of pietra serena stone dating to 1750, and a wishing well from San Gimignano circa 1500 A.D. “And, in Tuscany, there’s a kind of the composition of farmhouses put together into a village, and most hill towns are formed around the courtyard
ABOVE “The bell tower is a one-of-a-kind with hundreds of hours of planning and execution,” says Smith. “It is a really complicated puzzle that weighs dozens of tons.”
The bell tower is connected to the Master suite via a secret bookcase. “The most rewarding part of the project was similar to directing an epic movie with so many talented people all participating and contributing to a very special creation,” says Krantz.
and everything is centered around a well or a fountain.” Krantz, who combined the couple’s vision for the project with his own affinity for Tuscany and architectural elements including towers and piazzas, laboriously sketched original plans for the project replete with a main residence; a separate guest house for the couple’s grown children and their grandchildren (accessible by several different entry points including a secret underground passageway); a car barn; an underground wine cellar and dining room made entirely of antique brick; a room for the husband’s surfboard collection; a working theater with a stage, dressing room, and speakers painted by the couple’s daughters to look like tapestries; and an outdoor swimming pool and Bocce court. “I would look and find
special details and go to my memory, or sketchbook, and we’d do it in the house,” says Krantz, who wanted to ensure the residence looked as if it had always been there. To help with the interiors, the wife turned to McKee, a longtime close friend who custom-designed three, 144-inchlong sofas upholstered in Kravet and Beacon Hill fabrics to fit inside the theater, and custom sofas for the living room covered in emerald-hued damask by Old World Weavers, and red-and-green striped chairs in a Schumacher fabric. “She wanted classic Italian colors for this main room in the house,” says McKee. “She loves red and she loves stripes.” In addition to the couple’s collection of more than 30 pieces of artwork and tapestries, every single item was hand-selected and
shipped in large containers from Italy, such as 70 massive, wooden beams used for select ceilings, a Restart range oven in the kitchen designed in Florence, and an iron headboard and stone fireplace in the Master suite found in Monterchi from a hospital in Lucca where the wife’s father was a surgeon. “Everything is from Italy with the exception of the piano,” says the wife. “I just wish all these things could talk.” Now fully settled in, the family enjoys hosting dinner parties, alfresco gettogethers by the swimming pool, and karaoke nights in the theater. “My favorite thing about the house is when it is full of friends and family,” says the wife. “It’s the perfect place for gatherings, and I personally wouldn’t change a thing about the home.” CH
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A storybook-like well from 1500 A.D. from San Gimignano.
LEFT The warm and inviting kitchen is outfitted with a Restart range oven from Florence and antique copper pieces acquired on trips to Italy. BELOW “We love to have people over to swim, play Bocce and watch a movie,” says the wife.
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The brick-clad basement complete with a theater with audiovisual (AV) system, and whole home system by Cantara.
BELOW A breezeway for alfresco dining leads to the outdoor swimming pool flanked by 140-year-old olive trees. “The old olive trees frame this vista,” says Krantz.
“My favorite thing about the house is when it is full of friends and family,” says the wife. “It’s the perfect place for gatherings, and I personally wouldn’t change a thing about the home.”
“Scale was key with the high ceilings so everything was custom done so it wouldn’t be too low for the soaring ceilings,” says McKee. “The room flows nicely with a large seating area in front of the sofa.”
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ABOVE “The whole key to the stonework was reflecting the character and subtle qualities that were so special and distinctive to the Tuscany region in Italy,” says Krantz.
A landscape painting hangs in the entryway across from a Carrara marble staircase.
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BELOW The Master Suite appointed with an iron headboard (originally used above a doorway), and a fireplace procured from a hospital in Lucca where the wifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father was a surgeon in World War II.
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Parts of the ceiling are lined with charred wood - known as ‘shou sugi ban’, which originated in Japan in the 18th century. The dining table was designed by Staprans Design in collaboration with Panafold, with chrome plated steel, enameled steel and chestnut leather sling chairs from circa 1952 by Laverne. Garde Hvalsøe’s ‘Tree Trunk’ cabinet, created in collaboration with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. The inside of the trunk is lined with black calfskin.
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INTERIOR DESIGNER LISA STAPRANS DESIGNS A SOULFUL HOME TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRAD KNIPSTEIN
Every corner of the house is compatible with Scandinavian wood-centered minimalism; Staprans describes the house as a “friendly space for cooks, dogs and books.”
a couple in the technology industry knew their 4,000 square foot home was in need of a transformation; the ranch style house, built in the 1960’s, had long started to show its age. But it took the homeowners 15 years to settle on the right person for the project. “They really waited a long time to find the right designers and the right team,” said Lisa Staprans, founder of Staprans Design in Portola Valley, California. “In the end, they entrusted myself and my husband (architect and builder Armin Staprans) with creating a sense of soulfulness in their home. It’s the kind of project you really want to do your best for.” When the Staprans first saw the house, they immediately got a sense of how it could be transformed, the rest of their ideas unfolding over a series of dinners with her clients, who have grown children, and are ardent cooks and world travelers. “The house was very choppy, with lots of smaller rooms. It didn’t have much natural light and the ceilings were low.” The Staprans had a shared vision: to impart what she describes as ‘neurobeauty’ - an intelligent, pure and thoughtful aesthetic. “It really is a nod to Japanese inspiration and Norwegian design,” she said. “It was our objective to make sure that everyone who stepped into the house felt calm and at home.” To that end, some collaborations were significant; the Staprans worked with San Francisco-based Panafold to design key items like the dining room table, as well as small but important details like the mailbox and chimney caps. The family’s beloved French cooking range, in a pretty burgundy color, was refitted into the new space. Then they worked with Danish company Garde Hvalsøe for a striking white oak kitchen which was air-freighted from Copenhagen, and accented with items such as a hammered bronze sink from Italian brand Officine Gullo. Throughout, said Lisa Staprans, the space needed to be infused with tranquility. Colors everywhere are muted and earth-toned, and pick up on the surrounding nature; natural white oak wood floors, creamy, taupe and white walls, white honed marble and natural soapstone, flourishes of charcoal grey, each piece and component thoughtfully chosen to fit in with all that surrounds it.
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“We wanted a sense of flow,” she said. “We wanted to use beautiful natural materials and not engineered stones. In the kitchen, we used a soapstone that changes its patina over time, which makes it even more special.” The house was fitted with the latest in technology innovations, but in a way that was discreet and out of sight. “We took this essentially Californian ranch-style home and elevated it to include the modern world of technology,” said Staprans, adding that elements included a large movie screen that slid down from the ceiling and a hidden TV. “There’s not one thing that is obviously displayed,” said Staprans. “Nothing had to be showed off. There is a quiet elegance.” That approach permeates throughout; instead of overwhelming the senses at every turn - often the case at high-end properties - Staprans added a few striking pieces here and there - like, in the dining room, an actual tree trunk transformed into a bespoke piece of furniture, created by Garde Hvalsøe and selected by the homeowners as an ingenious and design-savvy place to house a television - again out of sight. It anchors the corner of the room, “and brings a sense of all that is organic into the house.” A solid chunk of walnut makes for a startlingly simple shelf, upon which Staprans placed a unique bronze vase from the client’s collection, which was made in a 3D printer, and into which she slid vaguely austere branches from the garden. The bedrooms have crisp, organic linens and everywhere there are throws and rugs that are “woven by artisans and tactile to the touch.” “If it didn’t bring joy,” she said, “we wouldn’t bring it into the house,” she said. CH
The kitchen has Copenhagen-made cabinets from Garde HvalsĂ¸e, these in oiltreated oak. Appliances include Fisher & Paykel DishDrawer, Gaggenau refrigerator and Officine Gullo sinks.
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BELOW Every accent and accessory selected was done so to align with the overall subdued palette.
A cozy reading nook in muted colors and with the addition of tactile fabrics lends to the spare yet comfortable aesthetic.
“If it didn’t bring joy, we wouldn’t bring it into the house.” -Lisa Staprans
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The living spaces in this nature-inspired contemporary home were thoughtfully designed to be multipurpose with long sight lines and nothing out of place.
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A 1900s pine carpenter’s trunk from the owner’s collection sets the living room tone next to the authentic reproduction of a 1920s tile pattern from NS Ceramics around the fireplace with sandblasted wood mantle. Custom jute rug from Hereford Imports.
“We took this essentially Californian ranch-style home and elevated it to include the modern world of technology,” said Staprans. 94 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
ABOVE A Thomas Moser bed with organic bedding and light-filtering unlined organic linen shades.
Charred wood ‘shou sugi ban’ sidings adorn the exterior of the house. The front door is a custommade solid wood walnut from Staprans Design.
Solid walnut cabinets from West Valley Woodworking and Waterworks Studio’s marble Field Tile in oyster white with a honed finish. Wall sconces from Neidhardt and wall faucet from Voli.
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HIGH on the RIVIERA In the front entry, local ironsmith Raul Flores hand-hammered and fit the wrought iron balustrades onsite. Artwork by R. Nelson Parrish. “This is my zen-space for morning meditation and just getting my thoughts together,” says Amy Doty. “I almost feel I can see the curvature of the earth from here.”
DESIGNER STEVE THOMPSON REFINES A CLASSIC MONTEREY COLONIAL FOR A 21ST CENTURY COUPLE TEXT BY DAWN MOORE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK LOHMAN
ARCHITECT MICHAEL G. IMBER CONCEIVED THIS FLORIDA VACATION HOME AS A BLOCK OF MARBLE TO BE SCULPTED THE RESULT: SINGULARLY ARTFUL ARCHITECTURE TEXT BY CANDACE ORD MANROE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD POWERS
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an intense three-day immersion in the Santa Barbara lifestyle with local realtor Nancy Hamilton, their mantra was, “Let’s do a house just for us!” After blending their Georgiabased families - her three sons and his daughter - with their 2001 marriage, a home that was theirs alone was due. Then they turned up the winding roads of the Upper Riviera, and pulled into a little driveway that revealed only a garage and a hint of the ocean beyond. “Had Nancy told us the house was just one room deep, I would have said, ‘don’t even show us!’” said Rick. After stepping through the entry gate revealing the Channel Islands and a 180 degree view, that was pretty much that. With the help of general contractor Brian Cordero, they launched into moving walls and building plans, but then met designer Steve Thompson of Cabana Home. Once Steve walked the property with the Dotys, they all agreed to rewind. “They were already ripping into the house the day we saw it,” says Thompson. “So the first thing we asked was that they stop so we could move all the windows!” The 2,300 square foot house is an early example of classic Monterey Colonial vernacular architecture. When built in 1934, it was the second highest house on the Riviera and the good news/bad news was little had been altered. Thompson along with co-designer Margaret Watson identified a full building and interior design plan which would bring the home into the 21st century while gently morphing it’s traditional details into an adobe hacienda.
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BELOW Light floods the kitchen with the help of white natural woven shades and blue glass pendants from TECH Lighting. Lee barstools with faux leather seats adds traditional texture while the custom-designed iron and glass breakfast table throws in an industrial vibe.
The surprise of a steel-pedestal dining table suggests tradition with a wink. Artwork by Mary Heebner.
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A 1900s pine carpenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trunk from the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection sets the living room tone next to the authentic reproduction of a 1920s tile pattern from NS Ceramics around the fireplace with sandblasted wood mantle. Custom jute rug from Hereford Imports.
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The master bathroom offers a moment of glam with a mirrored vanity, brass and crystal chandeliers by Visual Comfort and a custom-designed sliding glass barn door to the shower.
LEFT The propertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site at the top of the Riviera with views to Catalina Island and lush plantings by Gosnell Landscape.
The denim pull-out sofa bed adds sleeping space and the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pig-centric art adds quirky charm to a guest bedroom.
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Creating larger, symmetrical windows was just the beginning. The interior walls, which were decked out in wainscotting, ceiling molding and Williamsburg-equse fireplace surrounds got a thorough drill back. All the way to the studs. Hand-troweled plaster with appropriately rounded corners was first on the agenda. Altering the walls meant the hardwood floors needed replacing and then custom tiles from NS Ceramics were commissioned for the fireplace. “These are historically authentic Santa Barbara patterns from the 1920s,” notes Steve, which were also used on the staircase risers. The staircase itself was another Rubik’s Cube. It was so narrow, the team had to craft a balustrade design that looped out from the stairs in order to meet code. Architectural refinements aside, the home still had to work for visiting adult children and grandchildren, so Watson’s interiors included bedroom furniture upholstered in high-performance fabrics and indoor/outdoor rugs. Cleverly, there is a pull-out or trundle bed in almost every room. Which was put to the test within weeks of
completion when daughter Lindsay hosted twelve girlfriends for a bachelorette party. “I can’t even imagine twelve women in three bathrooms!” says Amy, “but, it worked out fine.” The color palette of hazy grays to periwinkle blues sprung from a single textile. “The client mentioned they might like blue, so when I showed them this pillow it set the tone for the entire downstairs,” says Watson. “I snuck in seafoam green with a pop of fuschia in the master bedroom, but their art and the ocean views really drove the palette home.” Many pieces of the Dotys’ own art collection including idyllic landscapes, a penchant for pigs, and a surfboard gifted to Rick by his daughter are installed throughout. But an equal number of new works were purchased from local Santa Barbara artists and curated by Thompson. “We spent quite a bit of time visiting artist studios and found incredible pieces from Mary Heebner, R. Nelson Parrish, and Brian Hollister,” he notes. With this mix of old and new, it would seem the Dotys now have a home they can call their own. CH
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The back of the house allowed more generous light flow than the precise Georgian window proportions found on the front facade. As both the building and landscape architect, William Hefner created a seamless design.
In the living room, Hilliard and Williams juxtaposed the streamlined Absolute Black Granite fireplace mantle with honey-colored wood floors. A practical sand toned rug from Perennials contrasts with black and navy accents. Landscape designer Katharine Webster was brought in to maximize the back terrace and two new decks on the top floor. The family now enjoys indoor-outdoor living and entertaining at its best.
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HEATHER HILLIARD DESIGN UPDATES A PACIFIC HEIGHTS HOME TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON
BELOW For the breakfast nook, Hilliard and Williams designed a custom banquette complimenting Joseph Jeup’s Harris side chair. Kim Miskowicz’s mixed media “New Crater Settlements” adds nuanced color to the corner.
The living room’s built-in desk features a modernist chair by French designer Jacques Adnet. The designers paired this with a black Scorpion Table Lamp from Ochre.
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San Francsico designer Heather Hilliard created a modern aesthetic. She and senior designer Phebe Williams installed an ethereal glass pendant by Studio Bel Vetro in the central light filled stairway. The fixture hangs from the fourth-floor ceiling; its floating glass bubbles dance vertically down the stairwell to the entry. Heather Hilliard Design was brought onto the project by architects Ryann Marlowe and John Dorr of DomA. The homeowners hired DomA to remedy the claustrophobic interiors
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of the mid-century house. With its narrow lot, the property lacked a cohesive floor plan. DomA removed walls, installed a sculptural stairway with skylight, and added a terraced fourth floor to capture views of the urban landscape. With a new open layout flooded by natural light, Hilliard and Williams selected white walls throughout with honey-colored millwork punctuated by dark metal finishes. To accommodate the active young family, they sourced stain resistant leathers and fabrics for the public rooms. Art adds color and pattern to the neutral living room. Janet McGreal’s graphic abstract, “Turquoise” defines the seating area. Facing the painting, the designers placed a sectional from Dmitriy & Co. They paired this with a circular coffee table upholstered
in blue leather. A futuristic looking wingback chair from Camus completes the conversation group. The design team maximized space and function with a built-in desk spanning one of the walls. In the contiguous dining room, painter Bonnie Neumann’s abstracted version of nature, “Reflections” centers the area. Streamlined dining chairs surround a ceruse rectangular dining table. Fuse’s linear metal and glass chandelier illuminates the setting. A circular hand-forged iron mirror reflects the stairwell. For more casual dining the family retreats to the adjacent kitchen and breakfast nook. In the three-room master suite, Hilliard and Williams continued the cool-toned color palette. They upholstered one wall in Sandra
Jordan’s luxurious pearl grey alpaca to act as a headboard. A pair of walnut nightstands from Gregorius Pineo flank the bed dressed in ivory alpaca with cerulean and amber silk velvet pillows. Philippe Grandvoinet’s decorative plaster wall finish unifies the bedroom with the bath and walk-in closet. The fourth-floor Media room deviates from the restrained ambiance of the lower floors. Pia Stern’s abstract expressionist painting “Remember” radiates vibrant shades of red, orange, and yellow. Hilliard and Williams grounded the space with a tactile hair on hide rug. The family, sports fanatics lounge on the contemporary sofa and Holly Hunt swivel chairs while watching games. Or they enjoy the cityscape from their rooftop terraces. CH
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For the architect, the biggest challenge was dealing with the scale of the house. “Trying to get enough modulation and interest was a constant.” – ARCHITECT WILLIAM HEFNER
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Brazilian artist Silvia Poloto’s mixed media painting “Wabi Sabi” centers the windows of the living room. Hilliard and Williams dressed them with relaxed Roman shades in a natural textile from Rogers & Goffigon.
DomA Architects updated the exterior facades with integral color stucco, a slate roof, and a glass railing system at the back of the home. Katharine Websterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s modern landscaping reflects Heather Hilliard Designâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s streamlined interiors.
Hilliard and Williams cocooned the master bedroom in soft, ethereal tints. They installed a cushioned window seat for contemplation using Camden fabric from Kerry Joyce in the subdued shade of Sand Dollar.
LEFT Kosta Browne tasting area with winery tanks in background.
OPPOSITE BOTTOM Bud break on Sweetwater Vineyard at J. Rochioli Vineyards and Winery.
DECODING THE GRAPE
Notes from resilient lands BY KEN FRIEDENREICH
BEAUTIFUL VISTAS FROM BEAUTIFUL HOMES is the oxygen that helps
drive our publication. So any disruption to the stately, stylish impressions embracing the landscapes of the state’s wine regions still comes as a shock when seen up close. It’s dramatic: the ride above Calistoga into Sonoma County via Mark West Springs Road came as a warning, a wakeup call already dialed in last October. The road wound through vistas of repair and ruin. Curve upon curve displayed forestry crews, equipment, the torsos of venerable trees of these forests stacked like cordwood near the shoulders. Amid scorched trees ghosts lay the slabs of concrete, like so many ruined stones scattered in a churchyard. Lifestyles, a peculiar West Coast commodity--hit the reset button. To this point, our hosts at one winery noted here as well as the party who arranged our visits both lost homes. This narrative is personal. Even the local Trader Joe’s burnt. But California doesn’t give up. And this makes coming to the Russian River AVA and environs more impressive than usual because it’s still here. In fact, most days pass to golden
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MacRostie Estate House outdoor
ABOVE Kosta Browne Winery in Sebastopol, California,
ABOVE Martin Ray’s Appellation Flight.
sunsets without incident. Resilience rules. Robert Benchley said years ago that he didn’t venture outdoors lest he be struck by a meteor. Californians, however, will take their chances. If grapes were musicians of a fine orchestra, the Russian River growing places would be Carnegie Hall. As a Sonoma State tally conducted four months after the prior conflagration, less than one-percent of fruit on the vine was affected in Napa and Sonoma counties. The real loss were counted by those concrete slabs. Russian River winemakers seem to savor the challenge for making wines so characteristic of their varietals that we can measure any other California wines by how they express these qualities in translation to their own respective AVAs. Dutton Goldfield produces Chardonnay that stay focused on citrus acidity at once bright at first taste, and complex enough to pass our pipes with fullness that does not cloy or overstates the ageing. I find very few wines of this ubiquitous varietal better made, and long lived. It drinks well now and rewards patience as its notes reach a maturity highlighting the current available releases and lighting the room at a later time as the balanced elements grow more integral. All this and bracing crispness to boot. This is California white, sui generis. Of course others will please as well. We experienced an intense Chardonnay to begin at Kosta Browne, cult and post modern in a space opera style winery in Sebastopol. By contrast, the iconic Martin Ray had a bit more earthiness, not identical to Burgundian intensity, but very different. MacRostie poured three Chardonnays–each demonstrating in a stem the
beauty and color of the view from their tasting room--expansive pallets looking for a good meal to reward. All roads seem to lead to West Side Road, one psychological marker in the AVA map; the other is CA 101 that will bring you to Healdsburg. The succession on West Side will bring you to the unassuming J. Rochioli Vineyards and Winery, growers since 1938. With the bearish and genial third generation in place, Tom Rochioli continues to produce benchmark varietals from three distinct vineyards on the estate, most notably Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Like Martin Ray, his Sauvignon Blanc displays far more character than this occasionally unfashionable wine bestows from other capable hands on both sides of the equator. Winemaker Rochioli knows about 12,000 cases of wine will steer the legacy, so as a result, the wines take on Holy Grail status that the winery downplays as if playing a great tune on a muted trumpet entourage bus. Rochioli’s wait list on average runs six years; this isn’t snobbery but testimony. Many varietals come out of this landscape, but Pinot Noir has the kept its advantage as the prize of the AVA. For sheer Pinot Noir pleasure in a state where much is produced, the Pinot Noirs from Dutton Goldfield and Rochioli are hard to beat for layers of aromas, flavors, and textures better than the cat’s silk pajamas. Should your preference run to more concentrated versions of Pinot Noir, the folks at Kosta Browne and Martin Ray will appeal for other reasons. In a season of fires and fearful news footage, the Russian River rolls down to the sea, an orchestra constantly playing themes and variations, from the fire ravaged Santa Rosa neighborhoods to the terminus at West Side Road where Porter Creek provided my first pass at a Pinot Noir from what became the Russian River AVA in 1983. If you know how to get to Carnegie Hall, you know it takes determination and practice. These traits are in the bottle. CH
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LOVE WHAT YOU DO
Jenerations creates artfully inspired events BY KATHY BRYANT PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES BRADY
“I STARTED MY BUSINESS IN 2014 because
ABOVE Pictured with Crocker at her direct right is Anne Priebe and to her left is sous chef Greg Codde. In the left front with glasses is one of Crocker’s top clients Carrie Plennes with Sub ZeroWolf and Linda Scherck is to her right.
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of my passion for cooking and throwing innovative parties,” says Jennifer Crocker, owner/ chef of Jenerations. She has loved food and entertaining her whole life but enjoyed being a stay-home mom. However, after a year of coaxing from Subzero Wolf to work an outdoor BBQ event, Crocker caved in and from that experience started her business. “I don’t consider us caterers,” says Crocker. “We are an event and culinary service company. We take the burden off of the client’s shoulders because their event becomes our event.” Crocker gives her all to each happening since she believes it’s the details that matter and make an event successful whether it’s serving her signature JSalad or Tomato Basil Soup or serving Champagne and crudities. Crocker’s staff are multitaskers whose priority is taking care of the guests. “That’s why we aren’t caterers. We are a culinary crew. We don’t stop moving until all the guests are gone,” she says. “I don’t do it for the money. I do it because this stuff makes me happy. I believe the old saying: “If you do what you love, you’ll never work another day in your life.” CH
This typical charcuterie is assembled on a board hand-crafted by Jenerations sous chef Greg Codde who owns a cabinet shop.
BELOW Jennifer Crocker loves creating specialized events.
This colorful vignette represents an event customized for her clients.
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Times have changed. Today in winedrinking countries, women are the primary purchasers of wine and women are becoming vineyard owners, winemakers and sommeliers. Lambert Bridge Winery and owner Jennifer Higgins.
Les Mars offers a variety of delicious food in this lavish boutique hotel.
DESTINATION Healdsburg exceeds expectations in food, wine and adventure BY KATHY BRYANT
HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA, WITH ITS 200 WINERIES,
boasts of over ten women winemakers, a trend that continues throughout California. Here, women are the lead winemakers in about ten percent of the state’s more than 3,700 wineries. Organizations like Women of the Vine, started in 2015 in Napa is, according to Lisa Mattson, director of marketing for Jordan Vineyard, an important networking opportunity for women to collaborate in a traditionally male-dominated industry. The women vintners I talked to in Healdsburg were passionate about their wines and many were pioneers in their field. Although they admit it’s a challenge being women in a malecentric business, they are making names for themselves, and, in the process, altering the taste of some of Healdsburg wines. However, women and wine is not a new concept. In fact, it’s ancient. According to Dr. Liz Thach, MW, Professor of Wine’s article in the April 2008 issue of Wayward Tendrils Quarterly, “Most historians now agree that wine was most likely discovered by a woman.” Thach surmises that it was likely a woman in ancient times, probably around 6,000 B.C. in the Caucasus Mountains, who picked some grapes and placed them in a pottery container in a cool place. Later she found a fermented
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LEFT Honor Mansion’s romantic pool patio at dusk.
drink that had a delightful flavor and a pleasant inebriating effect. Thus was wine born. Ancient history also finds many goddesses of wine who existed centuries before Bacchus and Dionysus. Unfortunately little is known about them, probably because the Greek gods were much later and masculine. In ancient Rome women were banned from drinking wine and could be legally killed for doing so. Times have changed. Today in wine-drinking countries, women are the primary purchasers of wine and women are becoming vineyard owners, winemakers and sommeliers. Jennifer Higgins at Lambert Bridge WInery worked with legendary Zelma Long of Simi Winery to learn the artistic complexities of winemaking. Although she originally planned to use her biochemistry degree towards a career in medicine, she, instead, switched to winemaking. Crane Creek Cuvee is their flagship wine. Although her wines have won many awards, Higgins says, “I don’t like rating wines. We’re not working towards a number.” Over at Wilson Artisan Wines, Diane Wilson has been working in wine since 1993 and has established herself as a standout winemaker in Sonoma County. Her signature wine is Ellie’s Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, that’s named after her mother. Continuing the family tradition, her daughter, Victoria, learned the variables of terroir and how that impacts wine during her studies at UCLA. After years of working with her mother, Victoria Wilson now produces Russian River Valley wines. Most wineries have backers and partners, but that’s not the case with Susie Selby at Selby Winery. Selby learned to make oldworld wines by starting as a tasting room
manager, then a forklift driver/cellar master and then assistant winemaker at a large winery. “I’m intuitive rather than technical in the way I approach winemaking,” Selby says. “I think the difference between men and women winemakers is that men are more confident in their palate. They say it’s good and don’t ask for help. Women agonize more over the final product and women ask for help. But things are changing. There is no one perfect skill set.” Jordan Vineyard creates wines that are made for food. They’re lower in alcohol, brighter and have lower acidity. Maggie Kruse, their assistant winemaker, says,” I have to admit winemaking wasn’t the most natural decision for a 17-year-old girl from Wisconsin. But I found winemaking to be one of the few careers where you can be creative while using science and a trained palate to back up your artistic decisions. I never considered anything else.” A beautiful place to visit, Jordan Vineyard was inspired by the wine estates of France so you can tour the vineyards, lakes, chef ’s garden and much more. Another splendid place to visit is FerrariCarano Vineyards and Winery in the Dry Creek Valley which has been producing elegant wines since 1985 on 70 acres. Here you’ll find acres of flowering gardens, vineyard walks and wine tastings. The winery has three women as winemakers and all the wines here are estate grown. These are just small sampling of the wineries to visit in Healdsburg. There is a wine road you can follow which TripAdvisor calls the #1 wine destination in the United States. CH
ABOVE Outdoor setting at Jordan Winery. TOP LEFT Jordan
Winery prepares for outdoor tour tasting.
TOP RIGHT Jordan Winery figs harvested.
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HEALDSBURG IS NOT ONLY ABOUT WINES
SHED is a market, cafe and gathering spot located in the heart of Healdsberg. The Journeyman Meat Company makes artisanal meat products. 118 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
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The charming town has 20 art galleries, over 30 wine tasting rooms and dozens of stores where you can find antiques, collectibles, clothing, and shoes. Winner of a 2014 James Beard Award for restaurant design, SHED is a market, cafe and gathering spot. They support over 25 local farms, sell 162 different products including meads, ciders, pickles and have a seasonally created menu. In the spring, we tried oysters on a half shell with preserved lemon; a cured fish board; the SHED salad with shaved vegetables; and an asparagus and smoked trout mousse. An unusual after dinner drink was turmeric tea, which was surprisingly delicious and healthy. Valette is another favorite restaurant which also features local food and wine since 2015. Spoonbar has a market-driven menu on custom plates by local potter Jered Nelson. Journeyman Meat Company follows the European tradition of making artisanal salumi, sausage and cured meats. Walking into Journeyman is a bit like walking into a similar shop is Bologna. Healdsburg has a variety of hotels and b&bs to stay in. At the high end, Hotel Les Mars, a member of Relais & Chateaux, is a 16-room hotel resembling a French maison with antiques and service to match. If you desire contemporary styling, Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites is easy walking distance to restaurants and downtown Healdsburg and a perfect place to stay for families since the suites include living rooms and kitchens. Honor Mansion is outside of town but offers rooms in the historic mansion, as well as newly built contemporary suites.
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One of The Most Vibrant Ten Blocks In Santa Barbara BY DAWN MOORE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIN FEINBLATT
IF YOU EXPECT TO FIND A PROLIFERATION
The offices of AB Design Studio is just adjacent to the Funk Zone.
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of man-buns in an area described as “the Funk Zone,” you’d be right, but only a little. The historic area near Santa Barbara’s waterfront has enjoyed a sexy renaissance with the help of forward-thinking artists, interior designers and wine makers attracting locals and day-trippers, alike. For decades, this industrial area between the beach and the 101 freeway was home to fish processing warehouses that rattled with the daily passing of trains. Now, it’s the hottest neighborhood in town where celebs sip private reserve pinot behind Cor-ten steel facades and world-class artists’ studios are tucked inside Quonset huts. What made this area so hip that businesses nearby call themselves “Funk Zone-adjacent?” Arguably, the mixed-use redevelopment of the old Bay Cafe site by local architects Clay Aurell and Josh Blumer, partners of AB Design Studio. Situated at the zone’s epicenter of Yanonali and Anacapa, their masterfully re-purposed old brick warehouse now serves as a restaurant plus a
wine maker/winebar/wine store concept space, then an adjacent smaller building was converted into the restaurant (and selfie destination) The Lucky Penny. But it’s the sprawling and lively outdoor patio space connecting it all where the success of the firm’s “place making” philosophy comes to life. It doesn’t hurt that winemakers have colonized the 10-blocks between State and Garden Streets where 20+ vintners comprise the soul of Santa Barbara’s famed Urban Wine Trail. Add some of the country’s best chefs who now preside over Funk Zone menus and you’ve got a vibrant community to hang out, grab a microbrew and critique the latest art exhibition. Weekends will be filled with baby strollers and yes, hipsters. But if you want the best of what the Zone is about, arrive at dusk to stroll, sip, view street artists and basically get funky. CH
Restaurants, wine tasting bars, galleries and street artists claim the Funk Zone as Santa barbara’s hip new neighborhood.
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