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Designer Colin Dusenbury Creates A Space For Art Between The Meadowlands And Forest Text by Kavita Daswani Photography by Matthew Millman
UNDERSTATED OPULENCE San Francisco Decorator Showcase’s
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MOVING LIGHT THROUGH SPACE
Architect Brion Jeannette Creates A Luminous Home By The Sea Text by Kathy Bryant Photography by Mark Lohman
Los Angeles Designer Kristi Nelson Sets Up A Rural Family Retreat In North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains Text by Jennifer Blaise Kramer Photography by Sarah Wauters
EUREKA VALLEY SERENITY Ann Lowengart Updates A San Francisco Edwardian
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ABOVE Designer Colin Dusenbury created a private retreat in Montana with space for the owners extensive art collection. It also had to serve as a transition between the meadowlands at the fore and the forest behind it. See story beginning on page 66. Photograph by Matthew Millman. RIGHT In the upper-level garden styled breakfast room Argentinian designer Eche Martinez honored the turn-of-the century academic style of the mansion. A haunting portrait of the designer’s mother circa 1973 surveys the tranquil room with its eclectic ensemble of contemporary, vintage and antique pieces. See story beginning on page 74. Photograph by Chris Stark.
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ello Summer, and hope you are all enjoying some down time. Once again we are featuring a showcase home on our cover. This year it is the San Francisco Decorator Showcase House which was really spectacular. We have also included a short feature on the Orange County Philharmonic House of Design featuring five interior designers who we feel created wonderful rooms. If you
remember, last year’s cover for July/August was of the entry at the Pasadena Showcase. We will continue to support all showcase homes in California as the proceeds from each are vitally important to the school programs in the state. I love to travel and finding homes outside California, designed by California interior designers, is always special. In this issue we are proud to show a family retreat by Kristi Nelson in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It just happens to be her own vacation home. Designer Colin Dusenbury created a private retreat and country lodge that showcases the owners’ substantial art collection (one of three he has done for his special client) in Montana. Have a wonderful summer and we’ll see you in September with another issue full of stunning homes, and in this case, a great entertaining, food and wine section. Susan McFadden Editor in Chief
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JENNIFER BLAISE KRAMER Jennifer Blaise Kramer is a Santa Barbarabased writer and editor who covers lifestyle, travel, home, and design for various publications, including House Beautiful, Condé Nast Traveler, Domino, and Sunset. As a California native, she adores her home state, but can’t help dreaming of her next getaway or that someday house by the sea in Maine. See her story on a North Carolina vacation home beginning on page 90.
ANH-MINH LE Anh-Minh Le’s byline has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, C Magazine, California Home + Design, Cottages & Gardens and Interiors California, among other publications. She also served as the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Silicon Valley and co-founded the independent lifestyle magazine Anthology. See her story on shopping for art in Laguna Beach beginning on page 58.
MATTHEW MILLMAN Matthew Millman has been photographing architecture and design for over 20 years. His work has appeared in most design publications, including Architecture Record, Dwell, The New York Times, and Architectural Digest. His books include Art House and West Coast Modern. Matthew also photographs for institutions such as SFMOMA and Judd Foundation, completing a survey of Donald Judd designed and collected furniture last year in conjunction with the Donald Judd: Specific Furniture exhibition. See his photography featuring a Montana home beginning on page 66.
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William Richard Crutchfield Air Land Sea IX: Zepp, 1970 Lithograph Sheet 12-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches RIGHT
William Richard Crutchfield Air Land Sea VII: Fuji at Pisa, 1970 Lithograph Sheet 12-1/2 x 11-1/2 inches
The Norton Simon Museum presents a small exhibition of William Crutchfield’s intricate and highly imaginative lithographic suite AIR LAND SEA. Crutchfield, produced this series at the renowned Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in 1970. This exhibition marks the first time that the entire suite—one of the nine un-numbered editions traditionally reserved by Tamarind—has been shown together at the Museum since its donation in 1972. AIR LAND SEA is presented in the Museum’s small rotating gallery on the main level from July 19 through November 4, 2019. To complement the exhibition, three additional works on paper by Crutchfield from the Museum’s collection will be installed in the modern and contemporary art wing. For more information please call 626.449.6840 or visit www.nortonsimon.org.
THE BAKERSFIELD MUSEUM OF ART
Enemerio Galvan Lotus & Sun Acrylic and metal leaf on panel 10 x 10 inches
The Visual Arts Festival has been a Bakersfield Museum of Art tradition since 1989. This year marks the 18th biennially held festival which runs until August 17. The Sublime has long been understood in the arts to mean a quality of greatness or grandeur that inspires awe and wonder. It became a signature element of the Romantic period in eighteenth-century Europe and was initially articulated in relation to the natural landscape. The Sublime was repurposed in modern art as a means of investigating the infinite and unfamiliar rooted within the artist - the sensations of these spaces prevail as unrelenting entities to the psyche of human life. For more information please call 661.323.7219 or visit www.bmoa.org.
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PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM
Palm Springs Art Museum is pleased to present Brave New Worlds: Explorations of Space, on view through December 15. The exhibition features five women artists, Kelly Akashi, Gisela Colon, Victoria Fu, Karen Lofgren, and Adee Roberson, who work sculpturally to represent their unique understandings of the body’s connection to the external world. Brave New Worlds occupies a series of galleries each devoted to a single artist which taken together create distinct yet interlinked aesthetic experience. This exhibition presents works that expand our understanding of how bodies can occupy space, and how that space can enrich the body with new energies. The museum invites the public to trace their own movements alongside these sculptures. For more information please call 760.322.4800 or visit www.psmuseum.org. ABOVE
Karen Lofgren Like This I See You in Dreams, 2018 Polyurethane castings of Amazonian medical plant leaves, aluminum powder, embedded wool, fiberglass, on cast aluminum LEFT
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Calendar | MUSEUMS & GALLERIES WILLIAM TURNER GALLERY – SANTA MONICA
William Turner Gallery is pleased to announce our second solo exhibition for Mexican artist, Javier Peláez, entitled Broken Tree, on view until September 7, 2019. With this new series of work, Broken Tree, Peláez delves deeply into his personal history as inspiration for his complex abstractions. The artist’s late father was an architect, and Peláez explores notions of natural, generational order with those of disruption and conflict. Natural structures and rhythms feel subverted and interrupted. Utilizing the tree as a metaphor for fatherhood and the natural world, Peláez presents a body of work that deconstructs their familiar representations, to reveal compositions that are dramatic, engaging, slightly disturbing and hauntingly beautiful. The gallery is located at 2525 Michigan Ave, Suite E-1, Santa Monica, CA 90404. For more information please call 310.453.0909 or visit www.williamturnergallery.com
HEATHER JAMES FINE ART – MONTECITO
Heather James Fine Art presents a rare look into art history’s past and present, offering important works from a cross-section of periods, movements, and genres including Post-War, Contemporary, Impressionist, Modern, American, Latin American, and Old Masters. In 23 years, Heather James Fine Art has expanded into a global network with galleries located in Palm Desert, California; New York, New York; San Francisco, California; Montecito, California; Jackson Hole, Wyoming, along with consultancies in Los Angeles, Chicago, Newport Beach, Austin, and Basel, Switzerland. Each year, its galleries present an array of museum-quality exhibitions, exploring historical and contemporary themes, or examining the work of individual influential artists. Heather James Fine Art is dedicated to bringing exceptional art to private clients and museums globally, while providing the utmost personalized logistical, curatorial, and financial services. The gallery is located at 1298 Coast Village Road, Montecito, CA. For more information please call 805.845.5001 or visit www.heatherjames.com.
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BEDFORD GALLERY – WALNUT CREEK
In response to the popularity of our 2015 exhibition BLOW UP, Bedford Gallery is excited to present a second exhibition of inflatable art. BLOW UP II explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms. BLOW UP II will feature large-scale artworks by a roster of internationally renowned artists not before seen at the Bedford. This exhibition is on display until September 15, 2019. BLOW UP II will travel nationally after its debut at the Bedford Gallery. The gallery is located at Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596. For more information please call 925.295.1417 or visit www.bedfordgallery.org.
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Rina Banerjee Take me, take me, take me...to the Palace of Love, 2003
SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART LAGUNA ART MUSEUM
Laguna Art Museum announced that Self-Help Graphics, is view through September 22nd. Self-Help Graphics is an East Los Angeles printmaking workshop and arts center that emerged from the Chicano movement of the 1960s. It was founded by Sister Karen Boccalero, who was inspired by the committed social and political commentary she saw in the silkscreen prints made by her fellow nun, the celebrated Sister Corita Kent. In 1982 Boccalero launched the Screenprint Atelier program, which provided Chicano and Latino artists of the Los Angeles region with studio facilities, materials, and the technical guidance of a master printer. The result was an extraordinary and exuberant flowering of the silkscreen print. Self-Help Graphics, 1983-1991 is comprised of prints from the large SelfHelp Graphics collection purchased by the museum in 1992. For more information please call 949.494.8971 or visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.
BOWERS MUSEUM – SANTA ANA
Dimensions of Form: Tamayo and Mixografia addresses Rufino Tamayo’s artistic legacy vis-à-vis his Mixografia prints. Fifty prints on loan from Mixografia in Los Angeles depicting silhouetted figures, celestial bodies and the feathered serpent-god Quetzalcoatl will illustrate the “fourth great one’s” last artistic expedition to discover a uniquely Mexican style in form. The fruit of this venture is Mixografia, a studio and a medium whose perfect marriage of artistry and technology allowed Tamayo to transcend the confines of the second dimension. The largest lithographic stone plate ever created, made for one of Tamayo’s earliest mixographic works, serves as the entry point for the exhibition. This monolith indicates both the immense legacy left behind by Tamayo and how an aging visionary and a family of immensely talented mechanical engineers were able to combine their talents to breathe true dimensionality into paper. The exhibition opens September 21st and runs through January 19, 2020. For more information please call 714.567.3600 or visit www.bowers.org.
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Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World is the first mid-career retrospective of the artist’s work. The exhibition presents almost twenty years of Banerjee’s large-scale installations, sculptures, and paintings—including a re-creation of her work from the 2000 Whitney Biennial; sculptures featured in the 2017 Venice Biennale; and recent work for the Prospect 4 New Orleans biennial. Banerjee creates vivid sculptures and installations made from materials sourced throughout the world. She is a voracious gatherer of objects—in a single sculpture one can find African tribal jewelry, colorful feathers, light bulbs, Murano glass, and South Asian antiques in conflict and conversation with one another. These sensuous assemblages reverberate with bright colors and surprising textures present simultaneously as familiar and unfamiliar. Rina Banerjee is on view through October 6th. For more information please call 408.271.6840 or visit www.sjmusart.org.
Main Events LEGENDS 2019
The Most Highly Acclaimed Design Event In The U.S. 1
LEGENDS at La Cienega Design Quarter LCDQ, in Los Angeles, draws thousands of design aficionados, editors, influences, VIPs and tastemakers in interior design, dĂŠcor, art, fashion and architecture from around the world. This year, from May 7-9, thousands of LEGENDS attendees celebrated the design stars of yesteryear and, for the first time, the LCDQ honored two living legends: design superstars Bunny Williams of New York and Suzanne Rheinstein of Los Angeles. The Opening night party held at Fig & Olive on La Cienega drew an oversize crowd filling the tented area, and moving the large crowd into part of the restaurant. 1 Troy Hanson, Jennifer Convy and Christine Anderson. 2 Honorees Bunny Williams of New York and Suzanne Rheinstein of Los Angeles. 3 Opening night at LCDQ held at Fig & Olive.
California Homes was honored to be part of Legends 2019 and had a sold out crowd for their panel May 8, held at Renaissance Design Studio, entitled Kitchen Couture: Architects Turn Up The Heat. Guests joined Erik Peterson, AIA, Erika Egede-Nissen, Marketing Director Walker-Zanger and Honor Oatman, AIA for a lively discussion on trends in kitchen design, moderated by editor, Susan McFadden. Wine, Champagne and hors dâ€™oeuvres were served. 1 Panelists Homer Oatman, AIA, Egede-Nissen, Walker-Zanger, Erik Peterson AIA, and California Homes editor, Susan McFadden talking about Kitchen Couture at Renaissance Design Studio. 2 A standing room only crowd at Renaissance Design Studio.
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The American Riviera Design Conference ASID LA American Riviera Design Conference held in Santa Barbara June 6-8 was a major success beginning with the luncheon held at the Canary Hotel followed by a panel with Rocky LeFleur, Barclay Butera, Michael Berman and Jerry Joyce. The program then continued with a tour of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the beautiful Santa Barbara Court House. A cocktail party followed at the Santa Barbara Inn penthouse for all attendees. Tours were also offered on the following two days including a beautiful home designed by Cabana Home designers Caroline Thompson and Steve Thompson, Lotusland, and other major architectural sites in the area. California Homes was honored to be the media sponsor for the conference.
1 Cathy Haslem, Professional Development Director ASID LA, Kelly Azzarello, President ASID LA, Rocky La Fleur, Fernando Diaz, Barclay Butera, Ed Paulsen, Michael Berman and incoming ASID LA President Shephard E. Vineburg 2 Rocky La Fleur with Eleanor Schrader 3 Girls just having fun 4 Michael Berman, Barclay Butera, Shephard E. Vineburg, Kelly Azzarello, Cathy Haslem, and Susan McFadden
5 Shephard E. Vineburg, incoming new President of ASID LA and Ed Paulsen of Kravet 6 Steve Thompson of Cabana Home Santa Barbara and the girls.
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THE ULTIMATE TREASURE HUNTER, interior designer Maja Lithander Smith, has long traveled the globe in search of one-of-a-kind pieces for her clients’ homes. Her San Francisco shop FOUND by Maja was born of a desire to share a bit of the beauty she finds in her travels more broadly. Maja’s curated and collaborative collections include fabrics, rugs, furnishings, lighting, decorative home accessories, unique fashion collections and accessories.
CH What are your favorite travel essentials? I love my finds from French pharmacies! I cannot travel without NUXE Huile Prodigieuse–it’s a light spray oil. I use it all over, and it has the best scent and Berroca Vitamin C tablets–to keep me healthy! A pashmina, I source them from Andraab in Jaipur and are perfect on the plane and for any climate. A Filu hat for chic sun protection and a monogrammed tote bag from Corroon. Always a book and tons of design magazines, I am old school, I love to read the real thing. CH What inspires you to select your travel destination? I’m inspired by cities; there is nothing I love more than setting off on foot and discovering a city. My longer souring trips are often timed to coincide with annual design, art, and antique fairs. Periodically I will do something quickly to find specific pieces for the store or clients. Recently I needed lighting for a client’s home, so I made a short trip to Paris to visit favorite vendors and the Marche Des Puces. And while there, I went to Madrid to El Rastro for some new vendor sourcing and to visit a favorite artist. This year, I’m excited to go back to Colombia, India and then Milan for Salone Mobile 38 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
CH How would you describe your aesthetic in five words? Storied, Soulful, Elegant, Daring, Collected, Worldly CH You lived in Tokyo for several years. Did your time there influence your approach to design? I loved living in Japan. Everything from food to architecture, fashion and furnishings is graceful and considered. The clean lines, artistic integrity, attention to detail and the incredible art of presentation have informed both my aesthetic, as well as my design process. CH When it comes to vintage pieces, is there one period you love above all others? I adore vintage glassware from the 1920s to the 60s because it tells a story of how people entertain -champagne in a coup glass conjures a glamorous era. Right now, I am obsessed with the 70s–especially bold brass and smoke glass furnishings, like the Italian bar carts I just found in the Marche de Puces in Paris (which serve as inspiration for some of the custom furniture we’ve commissioned for my store). My design interests aren’t confined to a single era. I own Gustavian Swedish furniture, Belgian, French and Italian antiques- some of which are centuries old. I love the mix–when pieces that represent varied periods, geographies and styles come together harmoniously, it’s a beautiful and singular thing.
CH Any new projects on the horizon? We just completed a home in Tiburon. We worked with a wonderful family on the purchase of a new contemporary home with breathtaking views and great bones. We helped them design custom pieces, and sourced vintage lighting and art to add soulful layers. They are burgeoning art collectors, and it was a joy to source with and for them. Upcoming projects include a revamp on a beautiful home in SF and buying projects for clients in for fabulous lighting pieces that I cannot wait to plan my next trip! CH What are some of your new favorite destinations? A recent trip with my family to Egypt and Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It fueled my desire to return to this part of the world and find artisans to create collaborations for FOUND. CH What is your favorite California getaway? Montecito! Santa Barbara is so unique–from the natural landscape to the weather, food, and architecture, it always feels great to be there. Butterfly Beach is my favorite local spot.
CH In your opinion, what is the allure of global textiles and crafts? Why are we so drawn to them? We all want our homes to tell a story, have a soul, and reflect who we are. Gorgeously-crafted pieces elevate interiors in a way nothing else can. There is genuinely no substitute for impeccable quality and storied design. All the better if it comes with a backstory. Worldly aesthetes care about where their pieces come from and want to spend money on things they love and feel good about. Working directly with international artisans and paying them fairly is integral to FOUND. My clients are buying into an ethos as well as an aesthetic. Found by Maja, 3484 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, 415.780.1082, www.foundbymaja.com
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Notebook | WHAT’S NEW PLACES
GROWING UP A Historic Country Inn Is Transformed To Farm House Chic Without Losing Its Charm MACARTHUR PLACE has a long history in the Sonoma
community. It is one of the oldest examples of Victorian Architecture in Sonoma. The recent $20 million renovations were directed by Sue Firestone of SFA Design, RDC Architecture and conceptualized in partnership with experiential branding firm Love & War. The 64 guest rooms, suites, and cottages feel residential and feature custom-designed furniture, some rooms include wood burning fireplaces, and all have the signature MacArthur Place “Provision’s Bar. There are three dining options on the property; Layla the hotel’s most elevated dining experience is a Mediterranean menu with standout items, Halibut Shakshuka, and Lamb Tagine. The Bar at MacArthur offers an all-day food menu, and The Porch is an all-day coffee shop and market place. CH MacArthur Place, 29 E MacArthur Street, Sonoma, 707.938.2929, www.macarthurplace.com
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Elegant and Relaxed Space For Foodies And Design Enthusiast PHOTOGRAPHY BY STUDIO ARNA
A CHARMING ADDITION to the Montecito Country Mart, Merci is the creation of French-trained pastry chef Elizabeth Colling. Her experience as a pastry chef under chef Ludovic Lefebre at Bastide and a food editor at Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings bring a unique culinary and design partnership. The international architecture and design firm KallosTurin created the space in greys, brass, and Elizabeth’s signature blush tones. The color scheme continues to the Mud Australia porcelain used for serving. The setting is casual but very refined and could be located in Paris just as easily as Montecito. Merci’s small but curated breakfast includes house-made brioche toast, farmer’s market fruits with yogurt and granola, fresh juices, pastries, smoked bacon, and fresh farm eggs. A specialty coffee program features Nicaraguan producer Carlos Ramirez’ Bonito Coffee from Ojai. Lunch consists of seasonal soups, grain salads, composed salads, vegetable dishes, tartines, and sandwiches. Many of Merci’s dishes are vegetarian with a number of them gluten free and/or vegan. Quality and simplicity of ingredients are held to the highest standard—the jambon-beurre is made with the very best ham, Elizabeth’s favorite butter from France, and baguette sourced from Oat Bakery in Santa Barbara. CH
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New Soane Britain Location in San Francisco
JUST A QUICK STROLL across the street from their previous discreet location, the new lightfilled showroom in the San Francisco Center Galleria reinforces their strong standing in the design community. Soane Britain is known for its support of artisans and the small workshops that excel in traditional crafts, such as iron forging, chair making, precision engineering, and saddlery. Soaneâ€™s design and production teams work closely with the craftsmen
to ensure exceptionally well-made, classic, and enduring products. Every Soane design is made in Britain. Soane Britain has recently launched a new collection of rattan designs inspired by a collaboration with Cobblers Cove in Barbados. CH Soane Britain, 101 Henry Adams Street, No. 384, San Francisco, 415.590-3260, www.soane.co.uk
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Books REVIEWED BY KATHY BRYANT
Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family
Text by Pieter Estersohn For lovers of American historic architecture and design, Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family, is a dramatic look at some of the finest examples of stately American architecture built between 1730 and 1946. What’s a bit surprising is that all were originally owned by members of the Livingston family and their descendants. These eighteenth-century country homes for the landed gentry and for nineteenthcentury industrialists, including the Astors, Chandlers, Delanos, were constructed on land owned by the Livingston family who settled the area in the late seventeenth century. Estersohn includes a brief history of Robert Livingston, the founder of the American branch of the family, who was originally from Scotland. He realized the importance of land and purchased as much as possible especially along the Hudson River. There are now more than one million Livingston descendants living in America.
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Award-winning architecture and interiors photographer ABOVE The ChidPieter Estersohn takes the dingstone dining reader into thirty-five majestic porch offers a houses along the Hudson River spectacular view that feature a wide range of of the Catskill styles and architecture. The Mountains. architecture and the interiors LEFT The are enhanced by photographs monumental of the verdant lawns and river 1820 Tuscanviews. This book gives one style columns a peek into the lifestyles of of Edgewater centuries ago in America since were painted to many of the houses have been resemble marble. restored to their original design. Estersohn, who recently restored Staats Hall, an important house in the area that’s included in the book’s introduction, has a fascination for the featured homes and their histories. It’s this insider’s view that elevates his book and makes it a bit of a personal journey into the past. It also gives a fresh look into the historical significance of this region. A foreword by John Winthrop “Wint” Aldrich who is a descendant of the original builder of Rokeby, a distinguished country-seat, adds another personal perspective to the history of the area. Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family Text by Pieter Estersohn Foreword by John Winthrop Aldrich 336 pages; 400 color photographs Hardcover 9x11 inches US $85, $111 Canadian ISBN: 978-0-8478-6323-5 Rizzoli New York
McClean Design: Creating the Contemporary House
Text by Philip Jodidio Preface by Paul McClean Foreword by Valerie Mulvin and Niall McCullough Irish-born architect Paul McClean’s new book, McClean Design: Creating the Contemporary House, is 240 pages of visual splendor. Not only are the ultra-modern, luxuriously sleek houses graphically presented, but so are his floor plans and thoughts on the designs. In his Preface McClean says, “Our intent in designing a home is to get beyond what is programmatically required and into something that enriches the lives of its inhabitants while helping them connect to the natural world around them.” Certainly the natural world is never far away in his designs. His firm makes use of glazing systems to maximize views and light. Textures, natural materials and water features are used to full advantage. In his introduction, author Philip Jodidio gives a short history of the evolution of the private house in Southern California and explains how McClean fits historically into this progression through his flexibility and capacity to adapt to change. Twenty-one homes are pictured in the book from a relatively small one in Laguna Beach to expansive houses on over 30,000-square-foot lots. The book follows his architectural journey from his Bird Streets home in the Hollywood Hills to the Bel-Air home of Beyonce and Jay Z. In all his projects he is committed to environmentally sustainable design practices, which must be sometimes difficult with residences this large.
ABOVE This Bel Air house is seen mirrored in the large pool, with its ground-level spaces fully open to the exterior. TOP RIGHT In this Bel Air house the spine corridor connects all the ground floor spaces.
McClean Design: Creating the Contemporary House Text by Philip Jodidio, Foreword by Valerie Mulvin and Niall McCullough 240 pages; 200 illustrations Hardcover 9 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches $75 U.S., $100 Canadian ISBN: 978-0-8478-6350-1 Rizzoli Electa JULY/AUGUST 2O19 | 51
FEEL THE DIFFERENCE
Between The Sheets Specializes In Affordable Luxury For The Home BY ANN LINGLE
PERHAPS IT’S HARD TO FATHOM NOW, but nearly 40 years ago it was difficult to find luxury sheets in the US. Travelers came back from sleeping in beds in five-star hotels in Europe and wanted the same luxurious feeling in their own bedrooms. “We saw a niche to fill there,” says Steve Bizal, vice president and general manager of Between the Sheets.
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“You spend one third of your life in bed, so it makes sense to elevate that into the best possible experience,” says Bizal. “And although the original expenditure may be higher than that for ordinary sheets, in the long run the indulgence is well worth the price.” Between the Sheets uses only the finest grade Egyptian cotton, woven in Italy to the highest standards in every step of the process.
1986 home decor has a been an important element of Between The Sheets. They have an in-house design service as well as a wide selection of products to enhance any room in the home.
The Sheets sells only the finest grade Egyptian cotton sheets, woven in Italy to the highest standards.
However, Between the Sheets isn’t only about luxury linens. It has also been a home decor source since 1986. You can visit them to see and touch the world’s finest Egyptian cotton sheets and duvets, many exclusive to them. But the sumptuous experience doesn’t stop there. They also have a selection of furniture, chandeliers, lamps, tabletop and unique accessories for bed, bath and home. An advantage to shopping at Between the Sheets is that they have an expert staff with years of design experience who will even come to your home to help create the bedroom and living spaces of your dreams.
Since many items are in stock or readily available through their vast resources, rooms can be customized with splendid results. Very few places can do that. With stores in Newport Beach, Palm Desert, West Los Angeles and Del Mar, their stores are easily accessible throughout Southern California. CH www.betweenthesheetsinc.com
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PHILHARMONIC HOUSE OF DESIGN The 26th Annual Philharmonic House of Design Stood Atop The Bluffs of Laguna Niguel PROCEEDS FROM THE ORANGE COUNTY HOUSE OF DESIGN benefit the Philharmonic Society of Orange
County’s nationally recognized Youth Music Education Programs (philharmonicsociety.org/education), serving 160,000 Orange County students from elementary through high school each year. This year’s house was a 7,200 masterpiece located in the guarded coastal community of Monarch Point, offering panoramic vistas of Three Arch Bay’s whitecaps, Catalina Island and beyond. The following features five interior designers and their chosen rooms.
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DINING ROOM L’ESPERANCE DESIGN Paul L’Esperance and his partner Daelen Cory, always produced theatrical spaces wherever they work and the dining room at the design house was no exception. The beautiful peacefulness of the Canadian birch forest wraps the room, creating an enchanted forest where guests can lose themselves in golden leaves and sky with silver moonlight peering through its white branches. They aspired to create a one of a kind setting that empirically awakens all senses through the beauty. Of special interest was the table setting featuring the over table skirt from Jean-Paul Gaultier for Scalamandre, chargers by Michael Aram Tiles, Plates from James Peter Henry for Table Art; limited edition Limoges, a round wool and nylon rug from Ariana Rugs, and a beautiful glacier crystal chandelier from Lightopic. The birch cloud forest vitrine installation was by Little World Design as was the butterfly table sculpture. Wallpaper was custom designed by L’Esperance Design. Other art from FP Contemporary in Culver City. Photograph by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien
MASTER BEDROOM DEIRDRE EAGLES INTERIOR DESIGN The master bedroom of the 2019 Philharmonic House of Design, designed by Deirdre Eagles, is an ethereal and enchanting personal retreat inspired by its relaxed coastal setting. What started as a dark and uninspiring room was updated with palate of fresh shades of blue, white and warm neutrals. In contract to the blue on the walls are intricate hand painted white Magnolia blooms. High above in the deep coffers of the ceiling, is a treatment made of Kozo, a Japanese fiber from the Mulberry Plant, that was designed in such a way that it actually moves in the breeze appearing as a wave or a cloud. Drapery fabric is by Schumacher, Sandoway Vine in Delft. Custom canopy bed is upholstered in Kravet velvet. Loveseat and pillows upholstered in Schumacher, pattern is Langham Stonewashed Union in Bluebell. Club chairs upholstered in Pindler’s pattern, Darby in Marine. The fireplace was completely remodeled going from old world in dark wood to white wood in coastal Hamptons style. Photograph by Jeri Koegel
LIVING ROOM JOHN HENRY DESIGNS When taking on the task of updating the living room in the Orange County Philharmonic House of Design, John Henry Kaufman of John Henry Designs wanted to show that a dated home can be updated without destroying the basic structure. John Henry embraced the existing moldings and architecture and decided to make them pop by using black and white. Changing the fireplace to white was key as well as was adding the gold cork to the ceiling. The teal velvet sofa is also a great dose of color to draw guests into the space while the 100% Shearling rug by Stark Rugs and Carpet in Costa Mesa, makes sure you stay. Fuse Lighting was obtained through Thomas Lavin’s Laguna showroom as were the grey lounge chairs by Jium Ho Gobbi in DeLe Cuona fabrics. The chandelier is by Paul Ferrante Los Angeles. Origami console from Donghia Los Angeles, wallpaper is Seagrass Black from Cowtan and Tout and the ceiling gold cork wallpaper is by Candace Olsen through Kenneth MacDonald. The art in this room was exceptional including the art over fireplace by James Kendell Higgins “La Jolla Fields”, and art in the window is by Ed Moses. Fireplace Glass screen and anchor chain from Wilshire Fireplace Shops. Photograph by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien
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UPPER LOUNGE FRANK PITMAN DESIGNS, INC. Designer Frank Pitman named his room the upper lounge because he wanted to create a space that the entire family could use for a variety of activities, from entertainment such as movies, TV, music and gaming but also a great work/study space. The sofa is by Swaim from Witford
Laguna showroom. The black credenza is from Century Furniture, Laguna showroom. The Cloud chandelier is from Ron Dier Designs and petrified wood cocktail table and sculptures from Ethos Contemporary Art. The Rug is from J. D. Staron Laguna Showroom. Drapery fabric from Kravet Laguna showroom and also Andrew Martin Fabrics. Noir desk and chair from Bassman & Blaine, Irvine showroom. Photograph by Jeri Koegel
GUEST HOUSE SIMPLEXITY STUDIO The guest house was designed by Audrey Duncan and Alfredo Martell of Simplexity Studio. They felt that we all dream of running away to paradise and escaping the demands of everyday life, so designed a beautiful guest area that would guarantee a feeling of real escape. This guest house welcomes all who enter with a sophisticated array of colors and textures. Soft beiges mimic the sandy beaches and the vibrant greens and blues resemble the ocean. Sofa from Cisco. Coffee table from Ligne Roset. Small drum from Rob Ron Dier. Rug from Rugs Plus. Window treatment from Calico Corners. Lighting from Lightopic and plants from Four Seasons Interiorscapes. Photograph by Claudissima Rubalcava
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2019 DESIGN AWARDS GALA CELEBRATION SEPTEMBER 22 DANA POINT YACHT CLUB PRESENTING SPONSORS
THE MAGAZINE OF ARCHITECTURE THE ARTS & DISTINCTIVE DESIGN
The ASID OC Celebration Gala is the highlight of each year for our designer members and industry partners alike. As we close another successful term for our chapter we celebrate our current President and Board Members, install our incoming President and new Board Members for the next term, and we recognize the excellence of our Design Awards Winners with trophies and scholarships.
SHOPPING FOR ART
IN LAGUNA BEACH The Art Colony That Is Part Of Laguna Beach Is Paradise LAGUNA BEACH has long been known as the art colony in Cali-
fornia . Vacationers come to the area to see the artists with their easels set up on the beach or watch them perform their work in various galleries throughout the city. And of course the famous Sawdust Festival and Pageant of the Masters, drawing visitors from all over the country, adds to the excitement during the summer. Laguna Beach and the arts are certainly one. The reputation stems from its establishment as an art colony in the early 1900s, with artists Norman St. Clair, a San Francisco artist who abandoned his cramped fog-laden studio in Northern California to become a permanent resident, William Swift Daniell and Gardner Symons buying land and building properties in Laguna Beach. With its burst of vibrant colors, lush flora and seaside landscape, Laguna Beach is an impressionst painting
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Father Bill Moore SS.CC. Sea and Sky #9 Mixed media on canvas 12 x 12 inches Courtesy of Avran Fine Art Gallery
come to life. These artists are credited as one of the first to establish the town as an artists’ colony, a reputation that has carried on for more than a century. The summer of 1918 was filled with many firsts for Laguna Beach On July 27 including the formation of the influential Laguna Beach Art Association, and the town’s first art gallery, what is now known as the Laguna Art Museum that opened its doors and hosted the town’s very first exhibition. More than 300 visitors crammed the modest building in order to view nearly 100 paintings on display in both oil and watercolor, as well as several pieces of sculpture. With each passing year the Laguna Beach Art Association continued to play an instrumental role in promoting the area as a cultural destination. And it continues today. CH
Gallery in Laguna Beach features paintings by artist and owner Marc Whitney that capture the private, visual experiences that define our daily lives.
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A Richard Serra sculpture sits in the front meadow. Montana sandstone, clear cedar and oxidized steel help blend the house with its natural surroundings.
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A COUNTRY LODGE IN
A REFRESHED OCEAN-VIEW ESTATE IS AS PAMPERING AS A WELL-LOVED BOUTIQUE HOTEL
DESIGNER COLIN DUSENBURY CREATES A SPACE FOR ART TEXT BY CANDACE ORD MANROE BETWEEN THE MEADOWLANDS AND FOREST PHOTOGRAPHY BY MK SADLER TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW MILLMAN
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.”
The many wooden forms of the house come together at the front entry. The all glass entry gallery features an original Frank Gehry fish lamp chair.
A private and protected outdoor area for the family to gather together in the extra deep James Perse oiled teak lounge chairs.
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project in Montana, Colin Dusenbury was tasked with creating a space that would showcase a substantial art collection while still feeling warm and welcoming. It had to serve as a transition between the meadowlands at the fore and the forest behind it. And it had to act as private retreat and country lodge, but be sophisticated enough to host gatherings populated by heads of state and celebrities. “My task was to weave all this together,” said
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Dusenbury, principal of Los Angeles based Dusenbury Design. The designer had formerly worked with James Magni, himself known for creating residential spaces for clients with serious art collections. “The client wanted to work with a designer who is used to working with art and designing a house around an art collection,” said Dusenbury. “This is a family that has been collecting furniture, rugs and objects through many generations, and in a multitude of styles. The objective
was to find a way to combine various important styles, from mid-century pieces to 17th century Chinese lacquer furniture, in a cohesive way.” The three-bedroomed home, which took more than three years to complete, stands on the site of a former cabin which was taken down piece by piece, and then donated to a local company that restores homes for low-income families. From there, Dusenbury worked on the interior architecture and design. “I was there from when it was just dirt, to placing the final vase on a table with music playing and champagne.”
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The home is one of several residences owned by the family, who split not just their time between their homes - but their art collections as well. “The house wasn’t required to hold their entire collection,” said Dusenbury. “But it was required to be a flexible space for the works.” The designer estimates he spent 60 percent of the interior designing time documenting, measuring and cataloguing the pieces, which include Frank Gehry sculptures and Rauschenberg paintings. “Once we installed all the furniture, the client and I came through with the catalog of art, with the light coming into the
The walls and ceiling of the open kitchen are wrapped in wood and quartzite, creating a warm, contemporary jewel box in the main living wing, featuring Ed Rusha’s “Call Of The Wild”. Custom walnut dining table and dinning chairs by Holly Hunt. Oxidized steel and gold leaf Mamalampa chandelier.
OPPOSITE The library houses the family’s extensive collection of books. The furnishings were built around the client’s antique Navajo rug. An antique Japanese lacquer screen frames the views to the butte behind. The sofa and table was custom made by Dusenbury Design. The 14’ long table for family gatherings outdoors is from James Perse.
house. We placed the art based on that viewing rather than saying ‘let’s start with the big pieces and do the house around that.’” He also had to consider options for occasionally switching the art around; unused pieces are stored in a 2,000 square foot temperature-controlled storage room on the property. Outside of the art, Dusenbury sought to create cosy living spaces within gleaming glass walls. “There is clear glass everywhere, to catch views of mountains and trees. The house is built like a number of different pavilions that are connected by bridges, walkways and gallery spaces. But there is a
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feeling of intimacy, where three generations of family members can gather around the fireplace for the holidays and take the dogs on a hike down the river. This a family that are stewards of the arts, and take their support of artists very seriously. They are active in the film world as well, so there are always lots of different types of people coming through. They have an open door policy that way.” A two-bedroomed guesthouse on the property was designed for the client’s grandchildren. “It’s a space for them to run and around and play,” he said. “And to ensure they’re not drawing on the Andy Warhol.” CH
The home blends seamlessly into the natural surroundings. The pool plaster was kept very dark so that it acts also as a reflecting pool. Outdoor furniture by David Sutherland. A Robert Graham sculpture stands in relief against the meadow. A cashmere carpet and natural plaster creates a soothing bedroom retreat. Bench is vintage Robsjohn-Gibbings in ivory raw silk. Bed is Holly Hunt in top-stitched leather and cashmere, with bedding by Frette.
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SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE’S BEAUX-ARTS MASTERPIECE TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL
H I S Y E A R’ S San Francisco Decorator Showcase eflected an understated opulence. Held at a classical Beaux-Arts mansion located in Presidio Terrace, many of the rooms referenced the original owners love of French culture and the arts. Knows as “Le Petit Trianon,” the 18,000-square foot building was designed in 1904 by architect Frank S. Van Trees for wool merchant Marcus Koshland and his wife, Cora. The Versailles inspired estate features sandstone facing, symmetrical squared form, roof with balustrades, and a quartet of Corinthian columns. Le Petit Trianon survived the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake with damage to the columns and steps. During the recovery of the city, the Koshlands shared their twenty-room home with sixty people. Later Cora Koshland, a founder of the San Francisco Symphony Association and one of the first directors of the San Francisco Opera Company, held concerts in the three-story atrium with marble columns. Many great musicians played there including Yehudi Menuhin and Isaac Stern. Mrs. Koshland died in 1953. After being owned by several different parties, the mansion was abandoned and neglected for many years. Fortunately, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase and its league of talented designers saved the languishing property which is a designated San Francisco and Nationally Registered Landmark.
THE LIVING ROOM Susan Collins Weir and Chris Weir | Studio Collins Weir Studio Collins Weir juxtaposed the ornate interior architecture of the living room with modern furnishings. The chic salon centers on a massive Mathieu Lehanneur carved white marble coffee table from the Carpenters Workshop Gallery. A midcentury styled circular sofa and banquette upholstered in garnet mohair embrace the table. Ozone Parisienne Opéra’s chandelier with lantern-shaped sand-blasted blown glass fixtures casts an ambient light. Photograph by Matthew Millman
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L’APPARTEMENT Heather Hilliard | Heather Hilliard Design L’Apartment is where the multigenerational family gathers at the end of the day. Heather Hilliard Design fluidly mixed generations of furnishings to give this room a cosmopolitan feel. An 18th-century French tapestry “Ruins in a Park,” shares space with Jean Royère’s iconic Ours Polaire sofa. India Mahdavi’s whimsical tricolored lacquer Flower Coffee Table and a pair of Rene Gabriel oak armchairs finish the conversation group. Photograph by David Duncan Livingston
RECITAL SALON Martin Kobus | Martin Kobus Home Dutch designer Martin Kobus’ Chiaroscuro shaded Recital Salon is a tribute to Cora Koshland’s love of music. Symphony by de Gournay, a dramatic geometric wallpaper covers the arched-dome ceiling. Kobus painted the restored paneling and trim in C2’s moody color Stout. Against the backdrop, he placed custom upholstery and drapes in different shades of velvet. The Marrakesh made chandelier resembles musical notes dancing in the air. Photograph by Douglas Friedman for the Facinator
THE BREAKFAST ROOM Eche Martinez | ECHE In the upper-level garden styled breakfast room, Argentinian designer Eche Martinez honored the turn-of-thecentury academic style of the mansion. Willem RackĂŠ Studio hand-painted the walls to mimic old limestone, and a new terrazzo floor flecked with greens and grays anchors the space. A haunting portrait of the designerâ€™s mother circa 1973 surveys the tranquil room with its eclectic ensemble of contemporary, vintage and antique pieces. Photograph by Christopher Stark
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MARIE’S MAGNOLIAS Dina Bandman | Dina Bandman Interiors Dina Bandman’s “Marie’s Magnolias” imagines a modern-day Marie Antoinette retreating to her private quarters. The ethereal bedroom in tints of lilac and mauve showcases a delicate plaster treatment of white magnolia branches etching the pale lacquered ceiling. Magnolia branches also frame a mirror surmounting Caroline Lizarraga’s faux marble finished fireplace. Holland and Sherry’s translucent textiles dress the regal four-poster bed. Photograph by Christopher Stark
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MASTER BATHROOM SPA Alexis Humiston | ABH Interiors Cora Koshland’s granddaughter’s butterfly-themed débutante ball inspired ABH Interiors Master Bathroom Spa. A hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper entitled “Paradise Lost,” depicts crumbling ruins, forgotten gardens, abandoned boats, and wandering peacocks. While the wallpaper alludes to time past the spa itself was modernized for today’s débutante with a freestanding tub, double shower, fireplace, and newly installed and polished 100-year old French Oak floor. Photograph by Suzanna Scott
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COLORS AND PATTERNS OF HOUGHTON HALL: REIMAGINED FOR LE PETIT TRIANON Jonathan Rachman | Jonathan Rachman Design Anglophile meets Francophile in Jonathan Rachmanâ€™s exotic salon. Incorporating the interior architecture of the room, the Sumatra born designer created a visual feast covering the walls in a hand-painted lapis blue silk wallpaper designed for Houghton Hall in Norfolk. Celadon painted wainscoting, ceiling beams, and trim set off the eighteenth-century Chinoiserie paper. Turquerie styled banquettes and drapes in a seductive carnation pink mix with citrine velvet midcentury silhouetted armchairs. Photograph by Suzanna Scott
Light Space MOVING
ARCHITECT BRION JEANNETTE CREATES A LUMINOUS HOME BY THE SEA TEXT BY KATHY BRYANT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK LOHMAN
Lighting fixtures are selectively placed to provide full daylight on a cloudy day or in the evening. The stone on the wall and fireplace are hand-hewn limestone and were specifically selected to enhance the beauty and comfort of this entertainment lounge. ABOVE
The ceiling is veneered cedar grape stakes, just as was the ceiling in the original house Jeannette designed forty years ago. It gives a nod to the missionstyle ceilings.
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IN THE 1970S WHEN AR CHITECT
Brion Jeannette returned to Southern California from Tucson, Arizona, where he graduated from the University of Arizona School of Architecture, he had a clear vision of what his architectural designs would be. In Tucson, he had been involved in the design of many hacienda-style homes and that, combined with his interest in energy efficient design, led to a dynamic synergy that continues today. Architect Clifford May was another influence through his creation of the California ranch-style homes and modernized versions of the Spanish Colonial hacienda. “I spent decades learning how to enhance life in the sun by harnessing its positive force, while simultaneously shielding life from the sun’s harsher side,” Jeannette says. In fact, he’s seen the
pendulum swing in his favor since now architects are touting energy conservation, something Jeannette pioneered. In fact, the California State Energy Commission asked for his help in drafting the first Title 24 energy codes. “Some people laughed at energy conservation,” he says. “That is until gas prices went up.” And until climate change became an important topic for the world. His clear architectural vision came in handy when the current owners of a Corona del Mar property he’d designed 40 years ago, dubbed Casa Bahia Serena, contacted him. Long-time residents of that beachside city, they had enjoyed living in his creation but were now ready for a new, larger home incorporating the adjacent property they had acquired. They had a large family, enjoyed entertaining and used their home often for philanthropic events.
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Arches, a trait of the California style, grace most apertures including the master bathâ€™s tub entry.
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The master bedroom exudes quiet grandeur with its vaulted beamed ceiling, turned tester bed, white linens and subtle rug. Codie, posing on the settee, is one of the familyâ€™s three dogs.
The kitchen walls and counters are book-matched Taj Mahal Quartzite which is simple and easy to live with while giving a sophisticated aura. The floor is limestone, while the appliances and range hood are stainless steel.
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After much design deliberation, it was decided to tear down the original property and start anew, while still retaining some of the features they loved in the 40-year-old house. “They wanted the new home to be a 21st century statement on hacienda living, epitomized by seamless interfaces between inside and outside living done in elegant, casual architectural style,” Jeannette says. “These clients are creative people and their input enhanced the property.” When you enter the house, you pass through inviting entry gardens that beckon you further inside. Upon entering, you see a clever contradiction of Old and New World materials. But it’s the expansive views that are a bit breathtaking with the
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natural light and the blues of the sea and sky making you immediately part of the environment. And yet, perhaps surprisingly, the house is energy efficient as well as beautiful. Overhangs shield the rooms from too much sun, high-performance glass protects from the sun’s glare and a large skylight spans the entire central core of the home. This operable skylight has panels programmed to open automatically on warm, sunny days and to both release hot air and enhance gentle breezes. There is a Savant control system for practical matters like heating, cooling and irrigation. “I like to use American products as much as possible,” says Jeannette. As examples, Oceanside’s Design Synthesis doors
create expansive openings to the Newport Bay and the sanded limestone is from Kentucky. Solar panels provide nearly all of the home’s energy requirements. “Usually my designs exceed those requirements by 60 to 70 percent. One way to do this is to make sure the design fits the site. For example, the kitchen should face east to get the morning sun.” Another design principle Jeannette uses is Feng shui which subtly creates harmony and balance within the home. “We work with Taiwanese masters on this,” he says. “It should never be obvious. The principles of Feng shui simply make people feel good.” The creation of this home was a happy confluence of Jeannette and his support staff which includes his
wife and partner Bonnie Jeannette, architect Amy Creager, and other architects who have been with him for years on over 1000 projects. For this home, the owners were also involved and the house was facilitated by Corona del Mar’s Tony Valentine Construction and interior designer Rachel Horn. This 14,640-square-house that took a year and a half to build is a jewel in the crown for Jeannette whose creations are found throughout the world. His architectural motifs include his beloved hacienda but also feature a broad diversity depending on the client’s needs and tastes. As Jeannette says, “Architecture should enhance the quality of life for the client and the environment.” CH
The master bathroom has a frameless glass shower. The walls are made of large hand-chiseled and sanded limestone with a smooth honed finish. The large window is the backdrop for the solid carved stone freestanding tub.
Every room in the house has a view, even the interior rooms. The house is linear allowing the entire length to be focused on the Newport Bay views by the bay as well as views of the jetty and the ocean beyond.
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Los Angeles based interior designer Kristi Nelson extended the viewing space of her North Carolina farmhouse with a custom stone terrace and outdoor fireplace.
LOS ANGELES BASED DESIGNER KRISTI NELSON SETS UP A RURAL FAMILY RETREAT IN NORTH CAROLINAâ€™S BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS TEXT BY JENNIFER BLAISE KRAMER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH WAUTERS
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Westwood, interior designer Kristi Nelson looked well beyond the west coast. She zoned in on the Blue Ridge Mountains where her in-laws had a home that they’d summered on together for decades. They found a home that checked both of their big wishes—it was within walking distance of the private club (cue the golf and tennis), yet still had uninterrupted mountain views for soaking in that sweet Southern (make that not Southern Californian) living. “We wanted an old home, and this has a farmhouse look and feel that’s so incredibly inviting and unfussy,” Nelson says of their 1952 house that was built to look like a 1920s home. “It looks like it belongs in its environment and it came from a certain era.” Fully winterized with wood siding and a metal roof, Nelson played up the farm feel with a mix of traditional and modern décor in every room. In the grand living room with its large stone fireplace, bold patterned, pink and green chairs are paired with gingham lampshades from Cowtan & Tout along with an old turned-leg coffee table— one of the many natural wood pieces she incorporates for texture, grounding, and
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The kitchen floors recieved a checkerboard treatment, which Nelson has done in marble and linoleum, and here experimented in with paint to get the exact color she craved.
OPPOSITE TOP The back porch is adorned with Southern-style wicker from Janus et Cie. OPPOSITE BOTTOM Designer Kristi Nelson and her favorite turquoise, vintage, spring back chairs.
ABOVE The dining room walls are painted Benjamin Moore Napa Vineyards and layered with Scalamandre Dunraven draperies.
Cheery plaid textiles grace the guest room’s head board (Bob Collins & Sons Shalimar) and bedskirt (Jane Shelton Sumner Plaid), both found through Keith McCoy.
TOP RIGHT Natural wood antiques, such as this secretary desk, offer neutral moments in a house full of color.
The home’s green walls and floors were inspired by their lush views of the Blue Ridge Mountains right out their windows.
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“I wanted it to feel Southern,” Nelson says. “There’s so much charm to it in its simplicity.” warmth. “I love antiques, they’re built better and have more character than what you find today. Use what exists—it gives a sense of history,” Those pink and green chairs were a must, she says, adding that “anything too precious wasn’t going to work, it had to be full of energy.” That color palette travels from the living room to the dining room, where walls are painted in Benjamin Moore Napa Vineyards green with Scalamandre Dunraven pink and yellow floral draperies layered on. Nearby, the same shades continue into the kitchen, which gets a retro treatment with butter yellow walls and a painted green and white checkerboard floor with black keystones interlaid. “Since this isn’t our main home, we wanted it to be bright and fun. I wanted to do things I wouldn’t normally do in my L.A. home, which is more formal,” she says. Nelson took even more chances playing color in each of the three
bedrooms, yet every hue had a raison d’etre. Green in the damaskclad master bedroom echoes the grassy acres outside; a cheery yellow guest room nods to the North Carolina sun; pale blue ceilings throughout are for the fresh air and blue skies. And just for fun, she painted every single door purple (Benjamin Moore Grappa) that happens to go with the Clematis growing outside in the garden. When they’re not serving mint juleps on the wide, wooden porch, you can often find this family out on the lower stone terrace that Nelson designed. This spot, complete with an outdoor fireplace, is even closer to the edge of all the views where dense L.A. neighborhoods and traffic are distant memories. Both outdoor lounges are done in simple gray, weathered Janus et Cie wicker furniture and a few occasional ferns. “I wanted it to feel Southern,” Nelson says. “There’s so much charm to it in its simplicity.” CH
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Serenity EUREKA VALLEY
ANN LOWENGART UPDATES A SAN FRANCISCO EDWARDIAN TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSE MANUEL ALORDA
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The updated kitchen references the original Edwardian architecture of the house. On the counter, an elegant oblong glass vase echoes the grey veining of the marble.
OPPOSITE In the dining room, Lowengart installed a pair of wallpaper panels from Fromental in the pattern Prunus. She flanked these with Christopher Boots’ Pythagoras sconces.
A N F R A N C I S C O ’ S Eureka Valley showcases fanciful Victorians on hilly terrains with tree-lined streets. It attracts residents seeking a quiet neighborhood while still enjoying the vibrancy of the nearby Castro district. One professional couple with communication careers in hightech, found such a home when they purchased a two-story Queen Anne-style Edwardian. To give the interiors a modern update while still honoring the architecture, they hired San Anselmo, interior designer Ann Lowengart. Lowengart is known for carefully listening to her clients and interpreting how they want their homes to look and feel. For this couple with hectic work schedules, it was essential for them to have a tranquil retreat where they could relax and recharge. To accomplish this, the designer utilized a neutral color palette of ivory, greige, and taupe with splashes of watery blues and greens. Streamlined silhouettes and organic shapes create continuity from room to room. The entry sets the tone for the house where period stain glass windows cast light on a contemporary lacquered console. A 1970’s French molded resin antelope skull with horns accessories the table. In the living room, Lowengart installed a luminous abstract painting by Jenn Shifflet. A. Rudin’s curved sofa fits snugly into the bay window anchored by a deep pile Merino wool area rug. In a cozy corner of the room, Ironies faux bois Vigo Table interacts with Greta Grossman’s whimsical Gräshoppa Floor Lamp. For the adjacent dining room, Lowengart maximized the entertainment space selecting a wooden table with an elongated oval top and crossed pedestal base. She companioned this with Holly Hunt’s Scandinavian mid-century styled dining chairs. Hand-painted silk panels of fruit trees in a minimalistic Chinoiserie style dominate the room. John Pomp’s hand-blown
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sculpted glass crystal pendants illuminate dinner parties. The dining room flows into the light-filled kitchen. An intimate breakfast nook overlooking the deck juxtaposes classic Cherner wood leg stools with a custom walnut and iron counter height table. Jean-Claude Langer’s abstract figural painting quietly observes the scene. Off of the kitchen, Lowengart wrapped the powder room walls in a shimmery finish wallcovering from Innovations. Its pebbly texture recalls petite shagreen. Ascending the traditional staircase to the second floor, A.J. Oishi’s bullseyes painting creates a serene ambiance. Outside the master suite, one of Elizabeth Geisler’s photorealistic waterscapes evokes memories of carefree holidays. Lowengart dressed the bed in Fog & Fury’s artisanal handmade, felt coverlet and pillows. It is the perfect place for her clients to relax and recharge. CH
BELOW Matt Devineâ€™s circular steel and powder coated wall sculpture decorates the taupe grasscloth in the master bedroom. Neutral colors continue from the main floor to the upstairs master suite.
Throughout the house, Lowengart used a clean crisp white for trim, ceilings, and walls. In the master bath, polished chrome fixtures accent the pale hue.
A skylight illuminates the stairway and second-floor hallway. White geometric ceramic sculptures by Mo Cornelisse playfully climb up the walls.
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A Bucolic Dream Comes To Life In Napa Valley BY ANH-MINH LE
ROUGHLY 1,550 FEET UP, in the southern hills of Napa Valley, video-game entrepreneur Kenzo Tsujimoto fulfilled his dream of becoming a vintner—and to enchanting effect. Vines populate just 145 acres of his 3,800-acre property, leaving much of it a woodsy wonderland. From the steel entrance gate of Kenzo
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Estate, visitors traverse a two-mile driveway toward the winery, through lush landscape that includes forests, Leoma Lakes and a tunnel of manzanita and oak trees. Past a second gate, the vineyard unfolds. Even after a decade, winemaker Marc Nanes remains in awe of his commute. “I’m still looking around every day when I come here, checking out the scenery and the surroundings,” he says. But this is more than a pretty setting. “We have these sloping hills facing all directions, so we have a lot of variation throughout the vineyard—which means we have subtly different microclimates that lead to a very diverse crop,” Nanes explains. The end result: “The quality of our fruit is so good, it really helps us make good wine.”
At Kenzo Estate, everything is done on site, from grape growing to bottling. In the tasting room, guests can marvel at the bucolic environs while sipping Kenzo Estate’s rindo (a blend of Bordeaux varietals) and asatsuyu (a sauvignon blanc, its only white wine), among others. There’s a tasting counter, as well as tables inside and on the flagstone terrace. “Kenzo and [his wife] Natsuko requested a beautiful winery that reflected the natural landscape to make their high-quality wines,” says Howard Backen of Backen & Gillam Architects, which was tasked with designing the winery “at a distinct vale.” The Western red cedar structure features “large sliding door openings that allow connection to the outdoors and access to prominent natural views,” he notes. Tastings can include tours of the cave where barrels are stored, as well
as the state-of-the-art tank room. During the harvest season—midSeptember for whites and mid-October for reds this year, according to Nanes—a highlight is the automated optical sorter, which separates the good grapes from the bad ones and is on display to visitors. While picking takes place at night, crushing is already underway by 7:30 a.m. After that, the fermentation begins. “Then it starts to smell like wine-making, so you’re not just seeing it, you’re smelling it,” says Nanes. “It’s a great time to be here because it’s really a full-sensory experience of the process.” CH
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ABOVE Visionaries and owners of Kenzo Estate, Kenzo and Natsuko Tsujimoto
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GATHERINGS THE ART OF ARCHITECTURE A retrospective at the Arader Galleries looked at the work of three prominent San Francisco architects. Classical buildings by Andrew Skurman, colorful watercolors from Geddes Ulinskas, and contemporary spaces from Ken Linsteadt highlight the precise nature of the design process. In a world where technology prevails, the show of architectural illustrations features a poetic contrast to the computer-guided renditions that have become an industry standard.
1 Arader Galleries 2 Andrew Skurman, Terrie Ann Hug, Franรงoise Skurman 3 George Brazil, Terrie Ann Hug, Edward Westbrook
4 The Art of Architecture event 5 Phoebe Rios, Kendra Boutell, Alaysha Riley 6 Anthony Murphy, Geddes Ulinskas, Margarita Tzoka,
Angela Aviles, Alfredo Zaparolli 7 Gioi Tran, Aaron Gordon, Claudia Jeustel, Kevin Vawter 8 Suzanna Allen, Eric Remmen, Geddes Ulinskas
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Events & Affairs FESTIVAL OF ARTS FINE ART SHOW This summer explore Laguna Beach’s Festival of Arts-a juried fine art show featuring 140 of Orange County’s top artists in an open-air gallery setting. A world-renowned art destination, visitors can take tours of the exhibit, catch an art demonstration, dine at the on-site restaurants, create their own masterpiece, or simply sit back and enjoy the creative atmosphere. There are even daily art classes for kids! Weekends are jam-packed with live music and special events providing entertainment for all. Open daily July 5–August 31st, weekdays from 12-1:30pm and weekends 10am11:30pm. General Admission: Weekdays $10, Weekends $15; Students & Seniors: Weekdays $7, Weekends $11; Children 6-12: $5; Free Admission for Children 5 and under, Military, and Laguna Beach Residents. For more information please call 949.494.1145 or visit www.foapom.com.
PAGEANT OF THE MASTERS The Pageant of the Masters is arguably one of the most unique productions in the entire world. This uber-creative, one-of-a-kind show combines theater, performance art and art history. Each evening during the summer season, classic and contemporary works of art are faithfully re-created with theatrical illusion and real people posing as living pictures. A live narrator serves as a guide through the story of each re-creation accompanied by the music of a professional orchestra. The 2019 Pageant of the Masters, “The Time Machine,” will take audiences around the globe and into the past, present and future in search of great art and amazing stories. Taking its cues from science fiction fantasies, “The Time Machine” will be your ticket to thrills, laughter, beautiful music and extraordinary living art under the stars. Shows nightly at 8:30pm thru August 31, 2019, advance tickets $15-$240. For more information please call 949.494.1145 / 800.487.3378 or visit www.foapom.com. 106 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
AMERICAN CRAFT SHOW –SAN FRANCISCO The American Craft Show returns to San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture this August 2 – 4, 2019. As the Bay Area’s longest running craft show featuring 250 of the country’s top contemporary craft artists, specializing in everything from handmade ceramics to fine jewelry, furniture, and textiles, the annual craft marketplace offers everything from artisanal crafts to food and drinks to indulge your collector’s impulse. New this year is a marked change for the show thanks to the organization’s new Executive Director, Sarah Schultz. This year’s show offers a once-a-year opportunity for Bay Area collectors, fans, and enthusiasts of design, craft, and art to discover and shop the best one-of-a-kind, fine-quality crafts in the country. For more information please call 612.206.3100 or visit www.craftcouncil.org.
GATHERINGS CALIFORNIA CLOSETS Huntington Beach Showroom Grand Re-Opening The California Closets Huntington Beach grand re-opening, with media sponsor California Homes Magazine, showcased a newly renovated showroom full of modern vignettes and a transformed design center. Guests enjoyed drinks and appetizers from Love At First Bite Catering and were encouraged to tour the showroom as well as the state of the art warehouse and wood shop. A raffle was included at the end of the night, where three lucky guests won California Closets certificates to kick start their dream closet.
1 Remodeled California Closets Showroom 2 Derek King, Alex Cassidy and Justin McBride 3 Champagne served on ice 4 Dan Nickerson and Mike Cassidy
5 Rachel Svoboda, Angie Tirre, Nancy Oâ€™Brien, Jennifer Savio and Christia Brockman 6 Denny Muusse, Lisa Lidd, Linda McCall, Mike Cassidy and Bill Elson
7 Jennifer Pearson instructing tour of warehouse 8 Guests enjoying the beautiful re-modeled showroom 9 Suzie Alexander, Mike Cassidy, Karen Hendrix, Jennifer Pearson and Brittani Heising
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GATHERINGS C|DOBBS AT CORONA DEL MAR PLAZA An Event Featuring Designs By Monique Du Rock C|DOBBS recently celebrated the Spring Collection of Designer Monique Du Rock and her fabulous dresses, evening and casual wear. The event was held at the new C|DOBBS location at Corona del Mar Plaza sponsored by California Homes Magazine. Monique Du Rock worked with Valentino for twelve years in New York and has been producing her own unique line for ten years. Guests sipped on Champagne while shopping the beautiful showroom. Photography by Ann Chatillon. 1
5 1 Designer, Monique Du Rock, Carol Dobbs, Linda McCall and Leyla Finkle 2 Model, designer, Monique Du Rock, Model 3 Models wearing Monique Du Rock Spring Line. 4 First row: Sylvia Prata and Denny Muusse. Second row: Kathy Booker and Linda McCall. Third row: Petrina Friede, Kathleen Bashian, Leyla Finkle, Kimberly Smith, Aggie Reyes and Lisa Lidd. 5 Mike and Sue Cassidy
MAVENS OF DESIGN Lucy Longeragan, Founder of Los Angeles Interior Firm, Mavens of Design, Launches Blog and Hosts LA’s Top Tastemakers
Lucy Longeragan recently hosted a select group of designers, actors, clients and friends for a rooftop soiree at Frankie’s Bar at EP&LP to celebrate the launch of her firm’s Mavens of Design Profiles blog. The blog features virtual tours of thought-leaders and tastemakers from around the world in their own home. Guests toasted the launch as the sun set while sipping rose’ and craft cocktails and enjoying canapés from EP&LP.
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1 Drew Evans and Lisa Adams 2 Actor Paul Green and Katie Austin 3 Shaun Thompson, Lucy Loneragan, Melissa Combes and Laura Rogers 4 Roxi Sharangi, Ryan Sahagian Charles Miller, Lucy Loneragan, Jason Lai (Best Show Wins)
GATHERINGS ASID OC , C.S. WO. & CALIFORNIA HOMES CELEBRATE Celebrating the Upcoming ASID OC Designer Awards Gala In September Was A Great Reason For A Party Thank you to C S. Wo & Sons for partnering with California Homes Magazine and offering their beautiful showroom to host the kick-off for the ASID OC Designer Awards Gala to be held in September. California Homes is honored to be this years media sponsor for ASID OC and thanks President Michele Prata for the opportunity to work with her. Thank you also to California Homes sponsor California Closets, and also Pacific Sales and Cosentino as sponsors for ASID OC. Photography by Ann Chatillon. 1
1 Ben Elkin, Dianne and Rick Allen, Paul Fernandez, and Kimberly Smith 2 Megan Vonachen, Linda McCall, Taryn Kabel, Patricia Hilton and Kathleen Bashian 3 Louise Medrano, Yves Arguin and Aggie Reyes 4 James Schaefer, Homer Oatman, Karen Avne and Denny Muusse 5 Melanie Scotto, Mase Kazerani and Lene Vineyard
6 Martha Grady and James Schaefer 7 James Schaefer, Wendal Wo, Taryn Kabei, Linda McCall, Mike Cassidy, Michele Prata and Brad Harris 8 Jennifer Taylor, Dan and Karla Brockington, and Marion Hartwich 9 Wendall Wo, James Schaefer, Brad Harris, and Larry Campman 10 Lisa Lidd, Carol Dobbs, Ray Langhammer and Mary Rock
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GATHERINGS ASID OC EXPO The 30th Annual ASID OC Expo Was A Major Success Over 60 industry partner exhibitors participated in the ASID OC Expo at the Newport Renaissance Hotel. The event included the actual expo show with signature cocktails and food buffets while guests viewed the luxury lines of interior design products. Exhibitors included California Closetsâ€™ parked trailer on-site. The day ended with a keynote by Wynn Design and Development Las Vegas, vice-president, Roger Thomas, who spoke about hospitality design followed with a Q & A session. Photography by Ann Chatillon.
1 Julia Alt, William Elson and Elisabeth Soto Dâ€™Angelo 2 Greg Dennis, Carolina Mihailovic and Andrew Stoermer 3 Roger Thomas, Key Note Speaker 4 Mike Cassidy and Missy Almester
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5 Julie Rask, Judy Dinh, Jennifer Martin and Nan Chit 6 Honoring our chapter President Michele Prata, Allied ASID who envisioned the 30th ASID OC Expo in her term with Speaker Roger Thomas but was unable to be at Expo due to an emergency appendectomy.
7 Tracy Randall, Scott Newhan and Melissa Fernandez 8 Kimberly Smith, Aggie Reyes, James Schaefer, Linda McCall, Char Cowan, Rick Campos and Karen Avne 9 Pamela Barthold and Jessica Jones
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