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Architect Grant Marani Creates A Family Retreat Text by Kendra Boutell Photography by Peter Aaron
This Corona del Mar Home, Built By Crawford Custom Homes, Architecture by Mark Teal AIA And Interiors By William Stubbs, Brings Design To Life Text by Kathy Bryant Photography by Lisa R. Baker
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Architect Grant Marani, a partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, working with designer Agnes Bourne, used poured concrete floors to ground the space while custom-designed blackened steel ring chandeliers with silk shades hang from the high vaulted ceiling in this Glen Ellen home. The two large light fixtures delineate the living area from the dining. See story beginning on page 68. Photograph by Peter Aaron.
The patio, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Corona del Mar features furniture by Serena & Lily. The home, built by Crawford Custom homes of Costa Mesa, CA and designed by William W. Stubbs with architect Mark Teal AIA, features ocean views from almost every room. Landscaping by Mike Dilly of MZDA Landscape Architecture, Corona del Mar, CA. See story beginning on page 78. Photograph by Lisa R. Baker.
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While it is still raining in California as I write this letter, I do feel the early signs of spring just around the corner. We have chosen three homes to feature in this issue, all with outdoor spaces to share, and also an excellent story on gardens by four of California’s most accomplished landscape designers. We chose two designers from southern California and two from the northern part of the state to give you an idea of how different climates dictate the path a landscape designer must take. The three homes included are Architect Grant Marani of Robert M. Stern Architects, clients in Glen Ellen who wanted a family compound built on a rolling acreage, and the house that was created surveys the magical sunlit vistas of Sonoma Mountain and Valley. Interior Designer William W. Stubbs, with builder Crawford Custom Homes and architect Mark Teal, designed his longtime clients home in Corona del Mar to look like them, not he or a trend. We could not resist using their patio as a cover as I feel it conveys the coming spring here in California. Our third home featured by designer Lisa Lerner is full of beautiful colors and a pool area I love. We hope you enjoy this issue and that we have a glorious spring with green hills and plenty of wildflowers. I think it will happen. Susan McFadden Editor in Chief
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PETER AARON Peter Aaron has been shooting architecture and interiors for thirty-five years. He started his career as a cinematographer, but consistently found himself more attracted to still photography. He began a transformational apprenticeship with the great architectural photographer Ezra Stoller. Since that time, he has photographed structures by many of the most influential and groundbreaking architects of the last thirty years, including Robert A.M. Stern, Rem Koolhaas, Charles Gwathmey, Michael Graves, Peter Eisenman, Robert Venturi, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and Raphael Vinoly. He has been a contributing photographer for Architectural Digest and my images frequently appear in other magazines and books. See his photography of a Sonoma home beginning on page 68.
LISA R. BAKER Lisa R. Baker founder of Lisa Renee Photography Inc. has served Orange County more than 18 years. She says,”The best part of being a local photographer is the long term and close relationships I build with my clients.” Her clients are some of Orange County’s most influential people and businesses such as Mission Hospital, Nolet Spirits, Crawford Custom Homes, Audi/Infinit of Mission Viejo. She continues to be a regular contributor of photography to Orange Coast Magazine since 2012. Her images can be found on the cover of community publications such has Neighbors by the Sea and Radiance Magazine. Although she is a California native she was raised in the Pacific Northwest where she began her love for photography. She returned to Southern California to finish her education at the The Art Institute of California formerly The La Jolla Academy of Advertising Arts. She currently resides in San Juan Capistrano with her husband and two children. See her photography on the cover story featuring a Corona del Mar home beginning on page 78.
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BOWERS MUSEUM – SANTA ANA THE WENDE MUSEUM – CULVER CITY
The Wende Museum is proud to announce the Upside-Down Propaganda, Art of Sun Mu. Sun Mu – a pseudonym, meaning “no borders” – fled his country (the last remaining Stalinist state on earth) in 1998. Trained as a propaganda-poster artist, he continues to work in the style in which he once glorified the North Korean army and state leaders, ironically turning propagandistic messages on their heads. Sun Mu’s first exhibition in Seoul was met with confused responses, as some viewers felt they were being confronted with North Korean state propaganda, and the authorities were called. In 2014, a planned exhibition of Sun Mu’s works in Beijing was canceled at the last minute, following North Korean protests. His work is on display until June 2, 2019. For more info please call 310.216.1600 or visit www.wendemusem.org.
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Now through July 14, 2019, Bowers Museum is pleased to announce Guo Pei: Couture Beyond, this exhibition showcases the iconic work of world renowned couturière designer Guo Pei. Featuring more than 40 breathtaking pieces from her most bold runway shows, the masterpieces on view underline the artist’s impact on the fashion world and beyond. For over 20 years Guo Pei has been dressing celebrities, royalty and politicians from around the globe who turn to her for show-stopping creations. Guo Pei: Couture Beyond is organized by the Bowers Museum in collaboration with SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film and SCAD: The University for Creative Careers. For more information please call 714.567.3600 or visit www.bowers.org.
SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Distinctive architecture, uninhibited ocean views, bold super graphics, shared open space, and meditative tranquility—these were the beginnings of The Sea Ranch, a beacon of Modernism on the Northern California coast. Designed by a small group of Bay Area architects and designers in the early 1960s, the development was envisioned as a progressive, inclusive community, guided by the idealistic principles of good design, economy of space, and harmony with the natural environment. This exhibition brings together original sketches and drawings from the project’s designers, along with archival images, photographs of The Sea Ranch today, and a full-scale architectural replica. The environmentally attentive design philosophies explored at The Sea Ranch, along with the nowiconic graphics, resonated globally and continue to influence architecture and design today. The Sea Ranch is on view until April 28, 2019. For more information please call 888.357.0035 or visit www.sfmoma.org. 28 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
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WILLIAM A. KARGES FINE ART GALLERIES
William A. Karges Fine Art is internationally known as one of the premier galleries specializing in historically important, museum quality Early California paintings executed between 1880 and 1940. Armin Hansen, William Wendt, Agnes Pelton, Selden Gile and Granville Redmond are among the artists in the gallery’s holdings. We also handle fine American paintings by artists such as Robert Vonnoh and Childe Hassam. The gallery is also known for its superior level of scholarship and the museum quality publications produced over the last few years. Karges Fine Art actively buys and sells early California and American paintings by artists such as Edgar Payne, Granville Redmond, Maurice Braun, Guy Rose, Percy Gray, Paul De Longpre, John Gamble, Marion Wachtel, Elmer Wachtel, Joseph Kleitsch and many others. William A. Karges Fine Art is the exclusive representative of the estates of Cornelis Botke and Rinaldo Cuneo and represented the estate of Jessie Arms Botke. The galleries are located at 6th & Dolores, Carmel, CA 93921 and 2525 Michigan Ave., T-3, Santa Monica, CA 90404. For more information please call 800.833.9185 or visit www.kargesfineart.com
TRENZ GALLERY – CATHEDRAL CITY
Trenz Gallery located in Cathedral City, CA is filled with color and energy. On exhibit are works from gallery co-owner, Roger Leighton, featuring his original contemporary paintings, ceramic and metal sculptures. Also featured are ceramic artists: Denise GreenwoodLoveless, Craig McMillan, Louise Murdock and Vern Chamness. We have original paintings by: Ruben Nieto and David Hardy. Mid-century fabric art by Robert Hoffmann and various works from over 15 other artists. We offer commission pieces as well as art repair and re-purpose. Visit Trenz Gallery during their 2nd Saturday Art Walk each month from 5:00-8:00pm. Normal hours are: Monday through Saturday from 11:00am5:00pm. The gallery is located at 68845 Perez Road, Suite H15, Cathedral City, CA 92234. For more information please call 760.202.8769 or visit www.trenzgallery.com.
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ELEANOR HARWOOD GALLERY – SAN FRANCISCO “What Befell Us” is a new body of large-scale botanical sculpture created by Bay Area artist and author Tiffanie Turner. This new work is a continuation of Turner’s meditations on our tolerance of aging and imperfection, on what we consider ugly and what we consider beautiful, and on the high costs to our society and our natural environment of these pursuits. The works are meticulously hand made out of paper mâché and Italian crepe paper, sometimes painted and sometimes stained with coffee to create the impression off withering petals. Some sculptures span as wide as six feet giving us a macro view of the flowers’ anatomies. Tiffanie Turner - “What Befell Us” exhibit opens April 19th and will be on view until June 1st, 2019. The Gallery is located at 1275 Minnesota St. Suite 206, San Francisco, CA 94107. For more information please call 415.867.7770 or visit www.eleanorharwood.com.
Books REVIEWED BY KATHY BRYANT
Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool Text by Annie Kelly Photography by Tim Street-Porter Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool is more than just a quick dip into refreshing pool visuals. Instead the book, written and photographed by the dynamic design duo Annie Kelly and Tim Street-Porter, is a concise history of pools, a primer on how to design a pool and a celebration of private oases throughout the world. With more than 200 photographs of pools of every architectural shape, size and style, the book is a perfect way to find your dream pool. It could be perched on a cliff in Los Angeles, on a beach in Mexico or Bali, in a historic house or, of course, in Palm Springs. My favorites are infinity pools and they
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were easy to spot since the book is sectioned into garden pools, architectural pools, infinity pools and fantasy pools. Kelly explains the difficulty in designing and building these pools which adds to the enjoyment of the book. There are glimpses into pools owned by celebrities like Cher and Dianne Keaton, as well as some by famous designers like Bunny Williams and Martyn Lawrence Bullard. The last section of the book explores poolside elements like unusual surfaces, hot tubs, pool houses and much more. Itâ€™s helpful to have practical advice in case you are inspired to create a swimming pool that is uniquely your own. And you will want to after perusing this lavish picture book. Splash: The Art of the Swimming Pool Text by Annie Kelly Photography by Tim Street-Porter 224 pages 11 x 9 inches/ 200 color photographs Hardcover $55 U.S./ $75 Canada ISBN: 978-0-8478-6430-0 Rizzoli New York
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ORDER, RESOLUTION & BEAUTY For more than three decades, Paul Brant Williger has dedicated his talents to fulfilling the residential requirements and dreams of a host of discriminating high-end clients. The reputation he has built is that of a gifted architect with a proven ability to engage with patrons in such a way as to permit them to articulate and realize their own visions. Williger began his career in the office of Robert A.M. Stern and, like Stern, displays a keen understanding of the requisites for luxury living, his bespoke skills having been honed in the affluent enclaves of Southern California, from Laguna Beach and Montecito to Malibu and Beverly Hills. Although known for his fluency in a number of architectural traditions, Williger is not one to place style over substance. “The signature or brand is not crucial for me. What is important is that I have realized my clients’ desires and gone beyond their expectations. That’s when I know I have done my job.” This mantra has served him well and has been one of the keys to his building the exclusive and discerning client base that has followed him to his namesake architectural firm, Paul Brant Williger. “My approach,” he explains, “is to begin with the clients’ dreams, together with the site and the project parameters, and to articulate these into a built form. My task is to find the opportunities in each situation which, when addressed intelligently, add depth and richness to a project.” My clients come to me because they know that along the way we will navigate that process without losing sight of the aesthetics. The goal is order, resolution and beauty--not just getting a building permit.” Paul Brant Williger Architect, 110 N Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, 310.490.2742, willigerarchitect.com
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Their future idea is to create Maple Jude as a destination where people can experience first-hand the lifestyle of their products.
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last detail of what goes into making a space beautiful; a lifestyle shop for the home was a natural next step. All of their products are hand-designed by Jen and Perry. From their organic cotton textiles, they create table linens, decorative pillows, tea towels and dog beds that are all handmade in Southern California. They developed a ceramic tile line along with their textiles as they believe architecture materials hold the same significance as their decorative counterparts. It is exciting for them to offer their unique patterns on both mediums. This dynamic duo thinks that it is vital to provide exceptionally well-made, authentic and unique products. Having a classic edge is very important to them; they love how a black and white combination endures over time, thus making it a signature for both their tile and fabric collections. Their company name Maple Jude holds special significance to Jen and Perry. During their design process, Maple Jude has always been the muse for their artistry. They keep this dream world of Maple Jude at the forefront of their minds to bring them inspiration and vision
for creating their beautiful products as well as developing their lifestyle brand. Their future idea is to create Maple Jude as a destination where people can experience first-hand the lifestyle of their products. Their vision for the future is to offer workshops that inspire and educate future design students as well as professionals. They love to encourage others to dream bigger. Visit www.maplejude.com and follow @maplejude on Instagram.
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New Neighborhood Hot Spot Verjus in Jackson Square THE BELOVED SAN FRANCISCO CULINARY SCENE duo
Lindsay and Michael Tusk have gifted the city with another gem, a wine bar and wine shop in San Francisco’s Jackson Square, Verjus. Inspired by the Parisian caves á manger, the wine bar presents an informal dining experience that forgoes the formalities of reservations, a full-service staff, and print menus in favor of casual counter service with biodynamic wines and French-inspired fare. Designed by Lindsay Tusk in collaboration with Jensen Architects, the interiors hark back to 1950s and ‘60’s-era France. Notable design elements include custom cement floor tiles from Lindsay Lang Design; Pierre Chapo tables and chairs; custom oak wood shelving boxes made by local artisan Michael Mellon; and vintage mid-century modern Luigi Caccia Dominioni and Gino Sarfatti globe light fixtures. A statement high-gloss burgundy ceiling and playful vinyl soundtrack complete the mood. CH
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Two Showrooms Growing to Fit the Needs of the Market VISIONNAIRE
Occupying the light-washed first floor of a midcentury modern building in the heart of West Hollywood’s Design District the newly opened west coast flagship of Italian luxury brand Visionnaire is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Visionnaire’s “360-degree” design approach, apart from offering a vast range of furniture, lighting, and accessories, the in-house design team also tackles complete interiors, creating wholly bespoke environs for residential, hospitality, contract, and luxury transportation. Visionnaire, 144 North Robertson Boulevard, West Hollywood, 424/335.0599, www.visionnaire-home.com
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The Hewniverse has expanded to 10,000 square feet, and its co-creators Jeff Holt and Peter West are continuing to bring fresh energy to the design community. The new 3,500 square foot addition in the historic San Francisco Design Center is a perfect marriage of classic and contemporary with exposed brick and Benjamin Moore Dove White walls. The airy gallery gives breathing room for designers to view the outstanding selection of fabrics and wall coverings on display. The standout lines include Fromenthal, Fermoie, Michelle Pereira, Justin Van Breda, and Peter Fasano. Hewn, 101 Henry Adams Street, No. 480, San Francisco, 415/962.7833, www.hewnsf.com
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DESERT X – COACHELLA VALLEY Desert X, one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year, the second edition is now open through April 21, 2019. Free and open to the public, the recurring international contemporary art exhibition is curated by returning Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and 2019 Co-Curators Amanda Hunt and Matthew Schum, and will activate the desert landscape through nineteen sitespecific installations and performances by some of today’s most recognized international contemporary artists. The exhibition will explore ideas of site-specificity, the frame of post-institutional art and the interactive possibilities that attend it. Diversifying the range of media presented in 2017, Desert X 2019 will add film projects and evolving, process-driven works to its presentation, which will span fifty miles across the Coachella Valley and beyond, expanding to the south to explore the ecological bellwether of the Salton Sea, and further across the border into Mexico.
LEGENDS 2019 TO CELEBRATE ICONS OF DESIGN
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County is proud to announce its 26th Philharmonic House of Design: a 7,200 sq. ft. Hamptons-style masterpiece located in the guarded coastal community of Monarch Point, perched high atop the bluff of Laguna Niguel mountain and offering panoramic vistas of Three Arch Bay’s whitecaps, Catalina Island, and beyond. Tours run from Tuesday, May 14 – Sunday, June 9, 2019. Attendees of the 2019 Philharmonic House of Design will enjoy an onsite café by Saltwater Catering and a boutique featuring clothing, jewelry, accessories, home décor and gourmet items as well as fabulous opportunity prizes. Proceeds benefit the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s nationally recognized Youth Music Education Programs.
What becomes an icon most? Fifty design stars from around the U.S. and the world are going to define that in their own way during the La Cienega Design Quarter’s annual highly acclaimed LEGENDS event, which this year will celebrate the design stars of yesteryear. The most sought-after event on the national design calendar is set for May 7, 8 and 9, 2019. This year’s theme – Legendary: Icons of Design – is a revival of the very first LEGENDS theme in 2009. There will be 3 full days of programming, kicking off with breakfast “Shop the Quarter” on Tuesday, May 7, with luxury transportation throughout the LCDQ. A scavenger hunt sponsored by Sotheby’s Home will make the experience all the more fun, followed by the highly sought after “Opening Celebration” that draws a legendary crowd to toast the LCDQ.
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PRIVATE COLLECTIONS – SAN FRANCISCO Celebrating its 20th year, Private Collections the insider experience and opportunity to tour homes of ten prestigious art collectors in San Francisco on April 30, 2019, tours at 4:30 and 6:00.; reception at 7:00pm. A sister event to The San Francisco Fall Antique Show, this spring art tour raises money for Enterprise for Youth, an important nonprofit that is celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2019. With Honorary Chairs Alisa Carroll and Gary Hutton, guests will join either the Masterpiece tour of Ken Fulk’s Saint Joseph’s Art Society or one of the additional nine Premier tours. The evening culminates with a post-party and silent art auction at Simon Breitbart Fine Arts Jackson Square Gallery. For tickets and more information on collections, please visit www.privatecollections.org.
PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE OF DESIGN The 55th Pasadena Showcase House of Design will be held at the Boddy House on the grounds of Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge from April 21 - May 19, 2019 (house tours are closed on Mondays). The Hollywood Regency style, 12,000-square-foot mansion was designed by James E. Dolena and will be reimagined by 26 designers. Tickets $35 $50. Includes free parking at shuttle service. Don’t miss the fabulous Shops at Showcase featuring 29 vendors and “pop-up shops”. Plus, Designer Talks and an Art Gallery dedicated to California painters. Camellia Cocktail Lounge and Maple Restaurant onsite. Proceeds benefit arts and music programs throughout Southern California. For more information please call 626.578.8500 or visit pasadenashowcase.org.
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5TH ANNUAL VENICE DESIGN SERIES Welcome to the The 5th Annual Venice Design Series - offering six special events showcasing the talents and artistic vision found in Los Angeles unique neighborhoods. The 2019 Series consists of four private tours and two dinner parties in Venice, Brentwood, Trousdale Estates, Downtown LA and Mar Vista. Each event mixes architecture, food, design, and art together to create an up close and personal experience, narrated by an expert in the field. Here is a first look at the 2019 event lineup taking place in April and May: Saturday, April 27, 2019, VENICE DINNER PARTY WITH CHEF MATTHEW KENNEY-Plant Food + Wine Venice Sunday, April 28, 2019, BEVERLY HILLS’ TROUSDALE ESTATES TOUR Saturday, May 4, 2019, MAR VISTA’S HISTORIC “MODERNIQUE” HOMES Sunday, May 5, 2019, BRENTWOOD DINNER AND CONTEMPORARY ART PARTY Saturday, May 11, 2019, DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (DTLA) ARTISTS’ STUDIO TOUR Saturday, May 18, 2019, GEMS OF VENICE ARCHITECTURE, ART & DESIGN TOUR For more information please visit www.venicedesignseries.org.
GREEN WITH ENVY
Much like in interiors, Landscape Design Is An Art Of Shape And Form, Texture And Layering. Yet Unlike The Protected Shell Of The Indoors, The Great Outdoors Make For Wild Elements And Natural Imperfectionsâ€”Not To Mention That The Materials (Quite Unlike Furnishings) Are Living, Breathing Plants. Here Four California Landscapers Give Us A Peek At Their Art Form And How They Excel At Designing From The Ground Up. BY JENNIFER BLAISE KRAMER
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A longtime lauded green goddess in the industry, Molly Wood is known for her personalized, magazine-ready gardens. Here she worked her magic for one client looking for an easy, outdoor haven near Newport Beach. Warm Ipe (Brazilian hardwood) wraps around the barbeque, hot tub, and fence while unthirsty synthetic turf mixes with modern gray square pavers made of pre– and post–consumer recycled materials. Asparagus Fern and Green Aeonium add low-maintenance graphic impact around a pergola, which provides shelter and shade over the breezy, low-slung seating. “Furniture can either elevate a space or drag it down,” Wood says. “Pay attention to the movement of sun and shade in your garden and plan accordingly with seating areas.” Nearby she created another organic-inspired oasis complete with a duck pond, chicken coop, pool, bocce ball court, dining area, and private hot tub off the master suite. Located in an equestrian area on an active estuary with all sorts of wildlife, Wood kept the design loose and natural with flowing grasses and blooming perennials that are repeated in the distant views. Arizona flagstone and Del Rio gravel tie into the native tones along with fragrant plants, such as the hummingbird-attracting Smokey Westringia and Salvia Leucantha. “I was inspired by the idea of creating a garden that needs only supplemental water during the hottest months of the year once established,” she says, advising to always pick plants that aren’t fussy. “In general, we Californians are busy, active people without a lot of time to tend to needy plants.”
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Known to bring her “east coast sophistication to the west coast wild,” landscape designer architect Katharine Webster did just that in Sonoma’s George Ranch. This modern, country home was designed by architect George Bevan and it was important to let the rural setting and trees remain in-tact when laying out the new elements. “We created a landscape design that would frame the views, vistas, and sight lines, while giving a sense of living on the edge of nature,” says Webster, who incorporated new corten steel raised beds, bluestone, willow, and decomposed granite paving with what was already in place. Retaining the old fencing lends a sense of history
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while added stone walls provide new, needed boundaries. Interplanting between pavers provides softness in the hardscape and a mix of droughttolerant yet lush plants cut back on water and enhance fire resistance. Rustic walkways wind through the lower gardens and paths, leading to a sport court and bocce court set among oak trees as well as a fire pit area and tent that’s set up for spontaneous camping adventures. Always aiming to offer a connection to the site, the pool house frames the distant view to the meadow beyond. Says Webster: “The site’s meadow was so peaceful with the arrangement of oaks dotted throughout the property, it has grace to it.”
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STUDIO WILLIAM HEFNER
Thinking beyond the garden, Studio William Hefner fully integrates architecture, interior design, and landscape for what the firm calls a holistic practice. Hefner’s own home and garden in Montecito, set on over an acre of land, is a perfect example of this full-service approach. He designed around seven oak trees that are nearly 250 years old on the property and took it another step further, overlaying a new group of coast live oaks in with the native trees to continue the existing random pattern across the site. “The inspiration for the project was the character of the native vegetation of the central coast,” Hefner says, using Agave franzosinii, Calamagrostis foliosa, and Stipa ichu in the garden as well as native stones.
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In grading and excavating for the pool, they unearthed an abundance of local stone and boulders “as large as small cars.” Those thousand-year-old stones were used on the buildings and as gravity walls to retain and level portions of the site. Between the walls are level areas for fruit orchards and vegetable gardens with connecting pathways built big enough for bikes and go karts. A large pool is scaled to the property and anchored by the lawn. The sleek pool lounge lets the family catch the last light of the day when the mountains turn pink and the sun falls over the new and old oaks—trees he says, “that make the elements of the house feel like they’ve been there for generations.”
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ZETERRE San Francisco-based Zeterre puts worldly spin on their local outdoor spaces. Their creative concepts run whimsical to grand with lots of graphics and pattern. For one Palo Alto home, founding landscape architect Jarrod Baumann shaped the entire garden around amazing trees. Working off a Japanese Maple that had been pruned and trained for over 10 years at the nursery, that hovered just one foot above ground, Baumann planted surrounding creamcolored crushed limestone to better show off the handiwork. Another Japanese Black Pine had been trained for over 40 years and adds history against nearby Corkscrew Shaped Weeping Elms and Gingko Shrubs. One wall was inspired by a tansu chest while a zipper pathway was created after an ancient garden that Baumann had seen in a recent trip to Kyoto, Japan. “Using them in a Japanese fashion, the two really work well together,” he says. “I love this sort of Zen quality.”
Always thinking global, Zeterre designed another internationally-inspired garden in Pebble Beach,where clients wanted their Spanish revival house from the early 1900s to feel more French classical. At the time, Baumann (who was then 27) had been spending a lot of time in France and was highly influenced by the gardens at Vaux Le Vicomte. Pulling from a favorite garden in Provence, the gateway off the 17-mile drive is adorned with latticework of ivy and a limestone antique urn. Plantings are kept very minimal to be low-water and low-maintenance, so the garden relies heavily on structure and form. A bocce ball court is lined with a path of tall, upright Italian Cypress trees, limestone caps and finials were done by master carvers from France and Italy, and leftover pollarded trees nod to the Old World elegance. Adds Baumann: “We were able to maintain these from the original Spanish revival home and these definitely add wonderful history.”
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Baumann was highly influenced by the gardens at Vaux Le Vicomte.
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IN GLEN ELLEN ARCHITECT GRANT MARANI CREATES A FAMILY RETREAT TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER AARON
BELOW In the entry of the main house, Marani installed bluestone paving. A playful Indonesian carved wood deer greets visitors.
Bourne selected Belgian linens and textures from Calvin, Christopher Farr, and Larsen Fabrics for the Great Room. She detailed the draperies with a contrasting band at the bottom of the panels.
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influenced home in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights, architect Grant Marani’s clients wanted a counterpart in the country. Marani, a partner at Robert A.M. Stern Architects, created a family compound on hilly acreage in rural Glen Ellen. The primary house hides amid a forest of mature oak trees, while high above it, a guest cottage surveys the magical sunlit vistas of Sonoma Mountain and Valley. As with the clients’ city residence, Marani drew inspiration from Maybeck’s architecture adding a Northern California farm vernacular. For the interiors, he teamed with interior designer Agnes Bourne, who collaborated with him on the San Francisco project. The main structure, painted barn red showcases a white great room with an adjacent kitchen. Poured concrete floors ground the space while customdesigned, blackened steel ring chandeliers with silk shades hang from the high vaulted ceiling. The two large light fixtures delineate the living area from the dining.
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Whimsical touches in the Great Roomâ€™s dining area include an Industrial lift table repurposed as a bar cart and a giant wooden ship model on a sofa console.
“Our goal was to create, with an elegant and comfortable compound of modest buildings, a place where our clients could truly unwind.” –GRANT MARANI
ABOVE In addition to an interior kitchen for the Ahwahnee, Marani devised an outside kitchen and pantry. The space acts as a utilities area and storage space for wine.
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For the Ahwahnee guest cottage the Poet’s Room provides a quiet area to read and write. As with the main house, Bourne custom designed many of the furnishings.
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In the main house master bedroom, a cream hair on hide rug from Kyle Bunting anchors the space. The foliate patterned bed cover reflects the bucolic view from the bay windows.
BELOW Marani patterned the main house master bath after the one he did for the clientâ€™s home in Pacific Heights. He wanted them to feel a continuity from one place to another.
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To open the great room to the outdoor pavilion and pool, Marani installed lift and slide pocket doors. A pale neutral color scheme enhances the landscape. Bourne bisected the space with a tuxedo arm sofa fabricated by J.F. Fitzgerald Co. Traditional English club chairs are juxtaposed with Ted Boerner’s Gio Ponti inspired Moderne lounge chairs. Marani completed the first-floor indoor-outdoor living area with a master suite. On the second level, two guest bedrooms flank an octagonal reading room. For an overflow of guests, the homeowners envisioned a writers’ retreat on an elevation a quarter mile from the main house. Calling it Ahwahnee after the grand hotel in Yosemite National Park, Marani organized the buildings in a U-shaped configuration. The living quarters face an opposing dining terrace across a carpet of verdant lawn. A free-standing
kitchen and pantry center the two areas. For construction, the architect selected simple, authentic materials: corrugated metal roof, Sonoma stone, bluestone paving, cedar board-and-batten wood siding, posts, and rafters. In the romantically named Poet’s Room, a tapering, poured in place concrete fireplace rises to meet the fifteen-foot ceiling. Different zones for living, eating, sleeping and dreaming divide the open space. Earthy shades of vermilion and brown complement the foliage. Phoenix Day’s custom light fixture of etched glass cylinders and antique brass illuminates the room. Outside, a dining pergola and barbeque beckons. Guests, including Marani and Bourne, recline on Reed Bros hand-carved redwood furnishings, enjoying a glass of wine while taking in the majestic panorama. CH
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The owners love Brittany, France, so Bill Stubbs, working with architect Mark Teale, AIA, of Teale Architecture and builder Richard Crawford of Crawford Custom Homes in Costa Mesa, staggered the roofline to look like the rooflines of a Breton village. The house sits on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, so almost every room has a view. Stubbs found the gates in Paris. Doors and windows are from Albertini Italian Doors and Windows.
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THIS CORONA DEL MAR HOME, BUILT BY CRAWFORD CUSTOM HOMES, ARCHITECTURE BY MARK TEAL AIA AND INTERIORS BY WILLIAM STUBBS, BRINGS DESIGN TO LIFE TEXT BY KATHY BRYANT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LISA R. BAKER
The living room features the amazing floor that Stubbsâ€™ designed that was created in a latticework pattern from Italian tiles. The sofas have Ralph Lauren fabric, the two floor lamps are from Bradburn while the rug is from AER Textiles.
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houses tell you about the actual people who live in them, not the interior designer. Case in point is a luxurious house overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Corona del Mar.. The view, of course, is vital but even more important is that the house reflects the owners’ loves: blue and white porcelains, Paris flea market finds, cheerfully bright colors and extensive entertaining areas. Enter Bill Stubbs, principal of William W. Stubbs & Associates of Houston, Texas. Stubbs has worked with these clients for years and designed their primary house in San Antonio, Texas. “After all these years, it’s Bill who we turn to for interior design. He knows our likes and dislikes and I love working with him,” says the owner. Still, according to Stubbs, a new construction ocean front home in Newport Beach is a challenge because the approval and permitting process is grueling. “At one point the clients decided to abandon the project because of the slow process. Persistence and creativity prevailed and Crawford Custom Homes and I built a house that was worth the considerable effort.” “My design style is client centric,” says Stubbs. “I want the house to look like them not me or a trend. I encourage clients to be involved. These clients are both numbers people. He is a CFO and she is a CPA. He is completely hands off and she is very into the process. I work very well with this and completely enjoyed the entire project.” The client centric ambience starts with the exterior’s staggered roofline that mimics those found in Brittany, France, a favorite vacation spot of the owners. Stubbs, working with architect Mark Teale, AIA, of Teale Architecture in Costa Mesa, California, and builder Richard Crawford of Crawford Custom Homes in Costa Mesa, created the style and direction. It’s almost whimsical with a dove cote-like structure and angled roofs. Thus begins the francophile experience. After walking through the iron gate into the courtyard, the viewer enters a true great room that highlights the expansive ocean view, but not before there’s a gasp of surprise at the unique tile floor. “You need to put an anchor on the floor. It’s an important element. It’s a bit like an opening of a curtain.” The floor’s wow factor makes it look like
leather although it’s hand-done terra cotta tiles from Italy with granite in between. It took craftsmen one year to lay the floor like a jig saw puzzle. The house has an emotional charge that reflects the clients. It’s obvious they are collectors and that they love to entertain. The long dining room table, state-of-the-art kitchen and plush living room furniture make guests feel right at home. “We had 24 people here for dinner and the house accommodated them beautifully,” says the owner. They entertain nonstop with house guests or family every weekend and they also host philanthropic events. Since the ocean view was critical to the design, Stubbs made sure there was a view from almost every window. “The color scheme brings the view inside so when the sun sets the house is still filled with light,” explains Stubbs. “People spend time in the house after the view is gone, so I make sure that every room has interest and joy at night too.” A classic element that Stubbs has revived in this house is wallpaper. “I’m a big proponent of wallpaper because it adds a sophisticated layer to the design.” He’s also not afraid of color. Legendary designer Dorothy Draper said that color could elevate the spirit and she counseled against the “will to be dreary.” There is nothing dreary about this house and every room sparkles with color and wit, even the guest rooms. “Guest rooms give me the opportunity to experiment and do something splashy and fun,” Stubbs says. The owner likes the different guest rooms so much that she named each of them and guests are playfully challenged as to which room to stay in. One architectural surprise is the wine room which is in plain view on the lower floor, rather than tucked away behind a closed door. “That makes it more usable, since it’s easy to find a good bottle of wine quickly.” The attractive room has antique grape collection bins over school-busyellow grass clothe walls, making a clever design statement. The piece de resistance for the view is found in the master bedroom. Here the wallpaper is mellowed and the design elements, even the Stubbs’ designed carpet, take second place to the 17-foot-long glass window made in Italy that allows for an ever-changing ocean spectacle. “The window weighs two thousand pounds and it took 30 men to lift it into place,” explains the proud owner. “We love it.” “Relationships are important to me,” says Stubbs. “It is a breathtaking house, but it is also comfortable and not intimidating. People can sit in the living room or on the patio and relax. The design is eclectic, soft traditional and fresh but with a strong foundation.” CH
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A French console anchors the hall with its chairs from Highland House and a mirrored screen found in Paris. OPPOSITE The kitchen continues the French motif with open shelves from Urban Archeology, a custom French wall mount range hood from Lonestar Range Hood Co. and appliances by Pirch. A bronze plate rack found in Paris and chairs by Theo Alexander are inviting.
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The owners named each of their guest rooms to add to the enjoyment of staying with them. This is the Queen Ann bath with two small wall-mounted sconces by Taylor and a vanity furniture base from J. Tribble Collection. OPPOSITE The Queen Ann room has a bedside table with Schumacher fabric and two Chanel lamps from Bradburn. The drapery is by Design Line Drapery. AER Textiles created the rug.
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Stubbs made sure that the view was the star in the master bedroom. As the owner says, â€œThe view is always different. I love sitting here and watching it change.â€? The walls and the carpet are muted to let the view shine. The wallpaper is from Thibaut, the rug which Stubbs designed from AER Textiles, and the bedside chests are from Ebanista. Legacy Linens supplied the bedding and the drapery fabric is from Scalamandre.
Comfortable furniture for enjoying the view is covered with the Robert Allen Durallee Group recovered fabric. A large open cabinet is from Bliss. The original pine tree frames the picture. Stubbs worked around the tree to create a perfect vignette.Mike Dilley of MDZA Landscape Architecture in Corona del Mar created luxuriant planting areas along the side of the house as well as the front entrance and back patio.
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A traditional Encino home underwent a major interior revamp at the hands of Lisa Lerner.
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SAME PAGE DESIGNER LISA LERNER AND HER CLIENT WANTED COLOR TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LAURA HULL
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I S A L E R N E R H A D T O J U G G L E number of factors when tasked with decorating the traditional 7,000 square foot Encino home she completed last year. Firstly, her client was a single mother of four daughters, and this was going to be her first solo property. Secondly, the previous occupant was a professional soccer player who had outfitted the home in typically masculine colors - lots of grays, not a lot of warmth. And lastly, Lerner - founder and principal of Los Angeles-based Bennett Lerner Interiors, a full-service interior design firm - is known for her exuberant use of color.
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Thankfully, her client felt the same way. “She wanted to feel like it was her own space, a place that would make her happy,” sad Lerner. “She said to me, ‘I just want there to be color.’” Lerner says that she typically starts with fabrics and lets a room evolve from there. One of the spaces in which she fully unleashed her love of color was her client’s office space, done in an unconventional (for an office) combination of yellow and blue. “We went very bold,” said Lerner, indicating the sunny yellow and cobalt in the space. “We created an environment that would stimulate creativity. Yellow is such a happy color, and that with blue always works well.”
Guided by the fabrics, she found a blue with diagonal stripes fabric from Tulu Textiles by Nicky Rising Ltd, which she used for a pair of custom chairs. A yellow and white rug came from The Rug Company, and a pretty nature inspired print on draperies is from Schumacher. L e r n e r ’s d e f t u s e o f c o l o r a p p e a r s throughout the home; the master bedroom was done in soothing lavender shades, from the floral Schumacher draperies to the E
Braun beddings to the Carleton V-upholstered chaise. “We ran with lavender as a base and used some brass accents,” said Lerner. “Like the rest of the house, there are no masculine influences here. Everything is feminine, fun and inspiring.” Because the client’s daughters wanted to design their own bedrooms, Lerner focused her attention on other public areas, including the pool house, which she says she wanted to
ABOVE The dining table from Mecox Gardens is surrounded by chairs from Serene & Lily, covered by fabric from Carleton V. Light fixture is Ro Sham Beaux.
In the living room, custom-made chairs are covered by fabric from Jane Churchill at Cowtan & Tout, and a custom ottoman is upholstered in Walter G fabric at Nicky Rising. Holland & Sherry drapes frame the large windows. A pale rug is from Restoration Hardware and the wall sconces from Visual Comfort.
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endow with a “Malibu and Venice vibe.” The wall holds sepia-tinted old photos, including some original 1970’s skate board photos. The ocean-inspired wallpaper is from Black Crow Studios, and the French 1960’s wicker chairs were sourced from Hollywood & Home. Shades of pink, blue and white make the space inviting for the client’s daughters and their friends, said Lerner. The formal living room and dining room are somewhat more understated and very sophisticated. “She wanted the living room to be serene, sophisticated and tailored,” said Lerner. “She doesn’t use it very much. It’s really more of a show piece.” Lending to that theme is an artwork from Long Beach-based artist Mary Little which graces the area above the stone fireplace; Little uses cloth as her medium, which she transforms into
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BELOW The bed and bedside tables are from Bernhardt; atop the tables are lamps by Times Two Design with custom-made shades. Drapes and wallpaper are by Schumacher, and the side table from Made Goods.
In the lilac and lavender-colored master bedroom, a chaise is covered in a light purple fabric by Carleton V at Nicky Rising, with pillows made using Tulu Textiles also from Nicky Rising. The floor lamp is from Circa Lighting, and the side table from Interlude.
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BELOW The outdoor area is designed for entertaining. The chaise lounges and dining pieces are from David Sutherland, and umbrellas and furniture on upper patio from Serene & Lily.
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In the boldly-designed office, a series of blazing yellows and blues - fabrics from Tulu Textiles at Nicky Rising, draperies from Schumacher and Kathryn Ireland and the desk is from AFK Furniture.
pieces that look like they could be made from clay, glass or plaster. The piece made an impression on the client, who Lerner described as “very fashion forward.” “The dining room is sophisticated and has some traditional flair, ideal for dinner parties,” said Lerner. “I try and make an effort with every project to find unique accessories for every room.” In the dining area, that translated to a 1940’s Italian antique bone clam shell sculpture with gold inlay, and a stone sculpture on the buffet made of Tuscan alabaster, carved by Larry Frazier, and sourced at Dana John. Lerner said that her client was open and responsive to new ideas, willing to experiment with colors and concepts to create an impactful home for herself as a newly-single woman. “I always wanted her to feel like she had a choice, and she always loved everything I would bring her,” said Lerner. “We were 100 percent on the same page. She really was the ideal client.” CH
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TULOCAY VINEYARDS & WINERY
Taking The Napa Valley Cure At Coombsville BY KENNETH FRIEDENREICH
BY THE TIME YOU REALIZE you were in
Coombsville, you’ve probably driven past unaware. It is not a dinky town--how could it be? sitting inside a spent volcano--but as a YouTube video suggests, the wineries here want you to put all the razzmatazz aside and explore their AVA minutes from the center of Napa proper. coombsvillenapa.org Tulocay is one of the winery properties that has long flown under the radar. Coombsville, situated on the southeastern extremity of Napa Valley became an AVA in 2014. Tulocay proprietor Bill Cadman seems to dispense a Napa Valley vaccine intended to counter the epidemic of ego-driven, lifestyle strutting, number crunching wine “experiences” that almost present more caricature than unique character.
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Coombsville comprises about 11,000 acres of land, characterized by rocky soils marked by gravel and in places volcanic ash. The grapes ripen slowly in a district cosseted by fog and marine air. Yields bring small clusters with good acid balances setting off fruit with concentrated qualities a longer growing season provides. Tulocay is typical of the AVA, rising from river level to about 900 feet in places, harvesting primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. At first sip the wines display a kind of natural clarity.
Tulocay began making wine here in 1975, and daughter Brie is already assuming the winemaking, keeping continuity in the brand as well as the family. The Cabernet, in particular isn’t trying to be Bordeaux replicated; rather, it expresses the same varietal in an original context. This is why Napa Valley rocks. Or off its rocker to those accustomed to marble pillared, Spanish Baroque, woodland monuments with panaramic views of stretch limos and chattering multitudes. First off, your stretch SUV won’t get up the slope. Second, the wild turkeys are pets, not your quarry. Don’t eat them. Then, be ready for Buddy the Dog, a Maltese something or other who acts like Napoleon. He really is nice once he figures out that your pants hem is not made of Kibbles. For example, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon will won’t resemble a steroid injection; that is, the kind of fruit forward, heavily oaked, obrweighted style typical of big name wines from the Valley that hit the nose and palate like a longshoreman wielding a section of metal pipe. Frankly, my cohort Cab fans were taken aback by the absence of an assault. The nose is earthy, with plenty of black and cherry. But it doesn’t wear out its welcome. And the tannins are firm enough to suggest a year or two more in the cellar would do just fine. The fruit neither overpowers or disappears. In this respect alone, the Tulocay Cabernet from this great vintage across the boards sets itself aside from more
extracted, bulked up powerhouses produced elsewhere in the valley from 23,000 acres planted of this money grape. And for good measure, this wine really lights up a glass with beautiful garnet hues. We may wonder about general impressions Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon made at one time around the world, when Napa Valley had yet to take its place at the world’s table. This wine will respect food, not inundate it. And speaking of tables, the tasting room at Tulocay is the table in the dining room. Napa Valley once was more like this before it became the destination synonymous with “wine country.” No less important, this wine will keep. Pinot Noir as produced variously in California has earned its rightful place. I remember fondly some Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara and points north, and remain loyal to Russian River producers such as Dutton Goldfield and J. Rochioli. More than a little Pinot Noir arrives out of Carneros, like those of Clos DuVal and Road 31. Tulocay’s 2015 Coombsville entrant to this steeplechase of my long held affections and prejudices warrants your consideration. It may share the maritime fog and moderating temperatures of the Carneros, but this wine made just over the knoll and up the road could have been produced on Planet Zendor. It differs so greatly; one of the merits of diversity that isn’t just rhetoric. Start with the nose. Those violets will tickle your toes. It dances. The air releases a fever of blackberry and some tart cherries, mingled with what can
rightly be called earth tones. The acid balance is in your sipping from start to pleasing finish, holding the impression of a fine food wine--we gamboled through the wabes of smoked, peppery gouda and deli ham that proved not all marriages must begin--or end--with a shotgun. As the stem gave up its incandescent and regal colors, i was sorry to see it all go, but really liked making acquaintance of this wine. I would be remiss should space preclude mentioning the Petite Syrah and Zinfandel offerings from the same vintage, 2015, so rightly admired. Still, I want to comment on the two Chardonnay offerings. Two? The Cadmans have been drawing their fruit from the Haynes estate, not out of walking distance from their winery. It is their primary supplier in their thousand plus case output. Low output is a signature of Coombsville winemakers. One Chardonnay is barrel aged long enough to assert its oak and all the attendant stimuli this practice translates into your glass. The second one skips the furniture department. It is stainless, not merely because of its fermentation container. It is minimalism in a glass, like an original Breuer chair is the chair minus the flounce, bounce, and the remains of Buddy’s latest field trophy. This wine allows one to savor the citrus and minerals, the mere suggestion of flora and the dependable marine fog. But most of all, this Haynes Chardonnay lets you in on the secret of the Coombsville dirt, this alluvial composite of a once dramatic convulsion that helped to define the neat little acres to which we toast today. Tulocay takes serious pride in its production, leaving its website for the fun of it. CH tulocay.com
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A Trip Of A Lifetime Was Spent Exploring Some Of South Africaâ€™s Most Beautiful Locations Including Bushmans Kloof, Cape Town, The Wine Country and The Inyati Private Game Reserve BY SUSAN MCFADDEN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LARRY BRADFORD
ABOVE View of the grounds at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat. OPPOSITE TOP TO BOTTOM
By the time we arrived at Bushmans Kloof (valley or ravine) and were graciously greeted by General Manager, Rory du Plessis, we were more than ready to be pampered at this famous wilderness reserve and wellness retreat. Nothing sounded better than peace, beauty and tranquility. The trip had been a long haul with a 16-hour flight from New York to Johannesburg, a two-hour flight to Cape Town, and a threehour car drive to Bushmans Kloof. We managed to survive
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the long flight due to the wonderful service provided in business class on South African Airways. This extraordinary haven, situated at the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, is the ideal wilderness getaway to escape, restore and relax. Guests can discover the wonders of nature, choose from a vast range of outdoor activities, or do absolutely nothing but inhale the beauty, and give in to the peace, quiet and tranquility, which is exactly what I did. This luxurious Relais & Chateaux resort is part of the Red
The Exterior of the main reception. A pool in front of one of the guest cottages with a view of the 10,000-acre preserve. The Entrance to a guest cottage that has plenty of chairs to sit and enjoy the views.
Carnation Hotel Collection in South Africa. South African Beatrice Tollman has been a pioneer in the hotel industry for over 60 years, although she didn’t plan it that way. Upon marrying her hotelier husband Stanley Tollman, founder and Chairman of the Travel Corporation, in 1954, she was thrust into a business with no women leaders in which she had no experience. But through hard work, persistence and good instincts, she learned the ropes and flourished in her role while simultaneously raising four children. In 1984 she co-founded the Red Carnation Hotel Collection and helped build it into the renowned global brand that it is today, with properties in the UK, Ireland, Guernsey, Geneva, Palm Beach and South Africa. Bushmans Kloof, part of the South African group, is located amidst a mystical wilderness of wide open plains, rugged mountains, sacred rock art and abundant wildlife and is therapy itself – merely staying here induced a feeling of calm, relaxation and rejuvenation.
All of the Red Carnation Hotels carry an echo of the Tollmans’ South African heritage, either through animal print fabrics or wild animal paintings. Because this remains a family-owned business, Bea Tollman’s personal touches are what set the properties apart.
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Travel RIGHT Guests
on a day tour of the preserve catching a glimpse of some of the 50 Cape Mountain zebras, one of the largest privately owned herds of this endangered species.
BELOW Close of up the endangered Cape Mountain zebra.
guide, Lonnie, explaining the cave paintings.
But it wasnâ€™t all peace and quiet; we were taken on tours of the surrounding preserve which is an over 18,000-acre malaria and predator free haven in the heart of Rooibos country. The property serves as a safe refuge for many unique, and some highly endangered species of indigenous plants and animals. The fauna is diverse, featuring over 35 species of mammals including the eland and bontebok, as well as nocturnal animals such as the rare aardwolf and Smiths red rock rabbit. Bushmans Kloof is furthermore the proud owner of just over 50 Cape Mountain zebra, one of the largest privately owned herds of this endangered species (current recorded numbers total only 2790 worldwide). All thrive on the property, roaming freely. The absence of any large predators means that guests are completely safe to interact closely with nature when walking, running or mountain biking through the property, and participating in traditional nature drives. One of my favorite sights were the cave paintings. The San, South
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Africaâ€™s earliest inhabitants, roamed this region during the Later Stone Age and today are recognized as one of the oldest civilizations of mankind. Within this South African Natural Heritage Site are over 130 remarkable Bushman rock art sites, providing us the opportunity to observe and learn about some of South Africaâ€™s greatest national treasures. These ancient sites, located under overhanging cliffs, and in rocky shelters , have been meticulously preserved and recorded, making them some of the finest examples of rock painting in all of South Africa. The Lodge, seated in a majestic garden setting overlooking rock pools, towering cliffs and rock formations, leads to the 16 individually decorated cottages. My cottage included a bedroom and living room plus a wonderful porch overlooking unlimited views of the preserve. Daughter Toni Tollman is responsible for the design of all rooms and
ABOVE Chris Albrecht, winemaker at Bouchard Finlayson vineyard, owned by the Tollman family..
public places at Bushmans Kloof. The community dining area faces the river with breathtaking views and trees filled with birds of every variety. Executive Chef Charles Hayward brings contemporary Cape cuisine to all the culinary aspects at the lodge, with a menu that reflects the eclectic flavors of this region. Using the freshest ingredients from Bushmans Kloof’s’ own organic garden, he produces a veritable feast for the eyes, as well as the palate. This won Bushmans Kloof recognition on the coveted Conde’ Nast Traveler UK Gold List as one of the Best Hotels For Food in Africa, Middle East and the Indian Ocean. I could easily write another two pages but on to Cape Town.
CAPE TOWN | WINE COUNTRY Our drive to Cape Town was interesting as we drove along the Atlantic Ocean, arriving at the Twelve Apostles Hotel in time to unpack and relax with drinks in the bar prior to dinner. Stretching along the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Town has the flat-topped Table Mountain, one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, as its backdrop. The verdant mountains and hills plunge into the Atlantic, making this city one of the most dramatically beautiful in the world. Cape Town is a city with sophisticated restaurants and shopping and a reputation as a destination for the design-savvy since being named World Design Capital in 2014. A slew of new projects since have only strengthened its appeal, and the opening of the Zeta MOCAA have again turned all eyes to the city. The Twelve Apostles is at the very edge of the city and supports local ecology by planting indigenous vegetation on the property to help the environment, easy to do sincemore than 2,600 different plants grow on the Cape.
TOP LEFT On
the road to Cape Town.
ABOVE The terrace at the 12 Apostles Hotel in Cape Town, a part of the Tollman’s Red Carnation Group. RIGHT The
Tollman’s home at Bouchard Finlayson vineyard.
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Travel LEFT We were very close to this beautiful leopard. The animals on the preserve have not been hunted and quite accustomed to being around humans. BELOW This giraffe was probably about five months old and the mother was just out of sight waiting for her child to move away from our cruiser.
noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, all wines of outstanding quality. We were fortunate to enjoy a wonderful lunch presented by winemaker Chris Albrecht prior to leaving for our return trip to Cape Town. The next morning we would be packing for the last leg of our journey; the long anticipated safari at the Inyati Private Game Reserve located in the Sabi Sands Reserve at Kruger National Park.
A buffet breakfast is included in the price of the room and served in the Azure Restaurant with its expansive ocean view. In the evening, the Azure Restaurant serves South African specialties such as springbok tenderloin, a duo of quail as well as locally caught fish and calamari. I spied abalone on the menu but when tried to order was told they were out that night. I ordered instead the top sirloin and must say I was happy I did as it was one of the best steaks Iâ€™ve had in many years. This 70-room property is a relaxing getaway from the city. Some rooms face the Atlantic Ocean, affording stunning sunset views, while others face the mountains or gardens and two heated swimming pools. We had a driver the next day, courtesy of African Travel, Inc., accompanied by a very knowledgeable guide, and enjoyed the sights of Cape Town including the marina, the various city buildings and the statue of Nelson Mandela at City Hall. I was reluctant to leave our hotel but the following day we were off to the wine country and Bouchard Finlayson, also part of the Red Carnation Company owned by the Tollman family. They purchased the wine farm in 2000 under the one prerequisite of keeping Peter Finlayson as the General Manager. He has since produced wines of upward soaring levels of quality. This boutique-style winery is nestled in the Hemelen-AardeValley, Hermanus, South Africa and dedicated to the making of pinot
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ABOVE/LEFT A proud Cheetah. One of the 18,000 elephants on the preserve LEFT Our guide for the entire four days, Omega, know everything about all the animals at the Sabi Sands preserve. The staff keeps detailed records on the animalsâ€™ ancestry, death, and births.
A short hour and half flight from Cape Town to Nelspruit Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and we were met by our driver for the drive to Inyati Lodge. The lodge is located in the Sabi Sand Reserve which is the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism in Southern Africa. It is the oldest of all the private reserves in South Africa and was formed in 1934 and became a formal association in 1948. It is largely owned and operated by 3rd and 4th generation families who share a common vision with their ancestors. Nowhere in South Africa will you find a wildlife experience like the one within the Sabi Sand Reserve. Sharing a 31-mile unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, this immense 153,000 acres tract of land is home to the big five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant), and the magnificent seven (includes the cheetah and wild dog).
The drive itself was fascinating as we entered areas of farms and forests prior to arriving at our Lodge. Experiencing an African safari has been on the top of my bucket list for many years and as we approached Inyati Game Preserve my anticipation only grew. After checking in and being shown to our cottages, I finally realized I was in a real wilderness. There were signs on the property informing guests that the lodge is not fenced off and
that lion, leopard, elephant, hyena, rhinoceros and buffalo are found in the Sabi Sand Reserve and there is no physical impediment to them entering the area around the lodge. Guests are not allowed to leave the assembly area at night, where we enjoyed wonderful meals, and returned to our rooms without a ranger. The area is also a very popular spot for baboons and the cute, but very inquisitive, ubiquitous monkeys who know how to open doors. It
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ABOVE One of the most excellent advantages of travel is meeting new people from around the world as we did at Inyati. Michael (the son) and his parents, Marie and Joseph Kraus from Bern, Switzerland were in our safari and dinner group. We had many good conversations together. This was their third trip to The Inyati Reserve at Sabi Sands in Kruger National Park. They knew all the names of the animals including every bird.
was imperative we lock our doors at all times. One morning I woke up and opened my curtain to find a very large water buffalo standing at the window staring into my room. The cottages at Inyati are beautifully designed in the African lodge manner and all contain the amenities one would expect at a large resort, including hair dryer, soaps, laundry service, showers and to my delight bathtubs. The actual safaris are divided into
the morning drive and the afternoon drive. The morning begins with a wake-up knock on your door at 5:30am so we can be dressed and at the assembly area at 6:15 AM for coffee, fruit and pastries prior to leaving. Our group consisted of a lovely couple from Switzerland, a doctor wife and dentist husband and their son. We enjoyed many hours with them during the actually safaris and then at dinner. After three hours experiencing and viewing animals in their natural habitat including elephants, lions, leopards, cheetah, rhinos and a newly born giraffe and mother, it was back to the lodge for brunch. By then we were all starving and I must say the food was exceptional. I chose the next hour or so to socialize, take a nap and prepare for the late afternoon/ evening drive which gives a different view of the park as the sunsets are beautiful and if it rains, which it did one evening, accompanied by thunder and lighting. We all felt a
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real part of South Africa. After our stop for drinks and snacks at sunset, we continued the drive with the use of a spotlight to hopefully catch sight of some of the nocturnal game not normally seen during the day. We returned to the lodge around 7:30 p.m. just in time to freshen up for dinner where, of course, wine from Bouchard Finlayson was served and then off to bed. None of us had a problem sleeping after such a physical day. Inyati Lodge also offers guided nature walks, fishing at the Sand River and with a staff always willing to accommodate special requests such as a meals or a separate area to celebrate a special occasion. We were sad to leave on our fourth day but I know Iâ€™ll return to South Africa. CH
Blue Crane is also known as the Stanley Crane and Paradise Crane. It is the the national bird or South Africa.
ABOVE Photographer Larry Bradford and I are taking a break on the late afternoon safari. RIGHT Cheetahs
checking us out. OPPOSITE BOTTOM
Mother and baby Rhino.
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The bay area design community celebrated at its annual event Design San Francisco produced by the San Francisco Design Center over a robust four days including the first annual Tech Conference, two keynote presentations with international design visionaries Lulu Lytle and Jean-Louis Deniot and the biennial Designers of Distinction Awards of Excellence. In addition, SFDC showrooms hosted open houses, panel discussions, seminars, and book-signings. For more SFDC event information visit www.sfdesigncenter.com.
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