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A Rolling Hills Estates–Based Interior Designer Transforms A Second Residence In La Quinta For A Palos Verdes Estates Couple And Their Two Children Text by Jennie Nunn Photography by Mark Tanner
ABOVE Designer Christine Lin of Form + Field was tapped to refresh this family home in San Francisco. One of her favorite finds was the scalloped entry table set against an Alex Reed ceramic stool from The Future Perfect. See story beginning on page 80. Photograph by Brad Knipstein RIGHT Designer Birgit Klein enjoys informal entertaining in her garden at home in Montecito. See story beginning on page 60. Photograph by Megan Sorel.
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upcoming designers. A very modern and sleek beach house in La Jolla created by the brother and sister team of David and Suzie Lucas based in Seattle, a beautiful livable contemporary family vacation home in La Quinta by designer Anna Hackathorn, another family vacation home at Martis Camp near Lake Tahoe by designer Sarah Jones, and a beautiful San Francisco home by designer Christine Lin. This edition is always our Food & Wine issue, and we know youâ€™ll enjoy the story of jet-setter designer Birgit Klein and her idea of entertaining in the chic pavilion on the grounds of her Montecito residence. Plus check out our wine column on the Rutherford appellation in the Napa Valley. All this and so much more. Enjoy. Susan McFadden Editor in Chief
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Contributors MEGAN SOREL Megan Sorel is a visionary photographer based out of Santa Barbara, California. She has spent the last twenty years with her medium format camera documenting love, life and light in her authentic natural way. When she is not behind the lens you can find her exploring local artisan shops, on adventurous trips or being with her two young children. See her photography shot for the entertaining story with designer Birgit Klein beginning on page 60 of this issue.
JENNIE NUNN Jennie Nunn is a former full-time editor at magazines such as 7x7, California Home+Design, and Sunset. Her work has appeared in publications including Luxe Interiors+Design, 5280, DuJour, The San Francisco Chronicle, WestJet Magazine, Angeleno, and Interiors California. jennienunn.com. See her story on a La Quinta home beginning on page 96.
BRAD KNIPSTEIN Brad Knipstein has been creating images since he was very young. If you ask him, he will tell you “I have been working on my portfolio since I was 12. When my grandmother gave me my first portfolio case to display my prints.” Of course that was back in the film days where he crafted black and white fiber prints in a closet turned darkroom at his family’s home. To this day he carries the same passion and enthusiasm for photography with him everywhere he happens to be. R. Brad Knipstein Studio is a full service studio. From finding locations to retouching to pre-press and everything in between, photo production is his business. See his photography on a San Francisco Home beginning on page 80.
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Calendar MUSEUMS & GALLERIES THE HAMMER MUSEUM–LOS ANGELES
The Hammer Museum presents Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence, the most comprehensive retrospective to date of the work of American artist Lari Pittman. A prolific painter and sharp social critic, Pittman has been a strong presence in both the international sphere and the L.A. art community. From his earliest experiments with collage and decoration, to the iconic paintings he produced in response to the AIDS crisis and culture wars of the 1990s, to his more recent mural-scale paintings and symbolic, stylized paintings of textiles paired with portraits, Pittman’s works have remained prescient, incisive, and exquisitely rendered. This exhibition will include approximately 80 paintings and 50 works on paper drawn from the Hammer’s own holdings as well as from many public and private collections throughout the world. On view September 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020, Lari Pittman: Declaration of Independence marks the first time the Hammer Museum has ever devoted all of its major exhibition spaces to a single living artist. For more information please call 310.443.7000 or visit www.hammer.ucla.edu. ABOVE
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
Lari Pittman How Sweet the Day After This and That, Deep Sleep Is Truly Welcomed,1988 Acrylic, enamel, and five framed works on paper on three wood panels. 96 x 192 inches BELOW
Pae White “foreverago,” 2017 Cotton, lurex, polyester, cashmere, silver, aluminum, and lead 8 x 127 feet
SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART
In celebration of SJMA’s 50th anniversary, Beta Space: Pae White presents a compendium of new works and recent installations for the sixth iteration of the Museum’s exhibition series Beta Space. White’s peripatetic practice across various media and disciplines captures the spirit of this series: her work brims with artistic risk taking and experimentation, reflecting the wildly creative and innovative ethos of Silicon Valley. Beta Space: Pae White features newly made artworks that further White’s interest in shifting our associations and perceptions of everyday objects, materials, and phenomena. In addition, the exhibition features two monumental installations that upend traditional ideas regarding architecture, museum display practices, fine art, and craft. foreverago (2017) is the artist’s largest tapestry to date, at 127 feet long. For more information please call 408.271.6878 or visit www.sjmusart.org.
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GAGOSIAN – SAN FRANCISCO
Gagosian is pleased to present an exhibition of sculptures and drawings by Giuseppe Penone, his first in San Francisco. Penone uses objects from the natural world to document the intertwined relationship between humans and nature in evolution over a macroscopic, geological timeline. This exhibition will feature a selection of works in bronze, stone, and marble illustrating Penone’s ability to seamlessly transpose human-made and naturally occurring patterns. Giuseppe Penone is on view from September 17 through November 9, 2019. For more information please call 415.546.3990 or visit www.gagosian.com. ABOVE/BELOW
Giuseppe Penone Pensieri di foglie (Thoughts of Leaves), 2017 Bronze, river stone 71 5/8 x 77 3/4 x 37 1/4 inches © 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo: © Archivio Penone. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian.
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Lynda Benglis Siren, 1978 Chicken wire, cotton bunting, plaster, gesso, oil based size, gold leaf 58 x 19-3/4 x 9-3/4 inches Photo courtesy Pace Gallery © 2019 Lynda Benglis / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
PACE GALLERY –PALO ALTO
Pace Gallery is pleased to present LYNDA BENGLIS, on view thru October 23, 2019, the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery since joining in January this year. Bringing together twenty mid- to largescale works from the 1970s to the present, this exhibition highlights Benglis’s ceaseless investigation of materiality, form, and weight throughout her highly prolific career. Ranging from her earlier use of latex, foam, and aluminum to her more recent investigations with polyurethane, bronze, and handmade paper, the works in this exhibition provide an overview of Benglis’s expansive creative output, showcasing her voracious ability to push the boundaries of sculpture time and time again. The gallery is located at 220 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA. For more information please call 650.561.4077 or visit www.pacegallery.com
DAWSON COLE FINE ART–CARMEL
Dawson Cole is proud to present Richard MacDonald: A Convergence of Spires, Beauty and Passion. Artist reception is October 5th from 7-9 pm. and October 6th from 12-3 pm. The exhibition runs from October 4 thru October 31, 2019. Richard MacDonald’s body of work continues to evolve around certain “architectural” elements which give his work a uniquely expressive dimension. The recurring use of the slender, elongated “spire” as well as the elevation of the form through the use of a descending, flowing line of drapery, creates a distinctive look that is becoming a signature of Richard MacDonald’s work. These artistic elements emphasize the sense of time and gravity that adds to our ability to involve ourselves in the action portrayed. The gallery is located at the corner of Lincoln & Sixth in Carmel California. For more information please call 800.972.5528 or visit www.dawsoncolefineart.com
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REDFERN GALLERY– LAGUNA BEACH
Gregory Hull presents Pacific Gold from his recent travels along the California coast. Hull is one of the foremost artists of our time whose work is acclaimed nationwide. His unique creative vision produces a dynamic quality in each painting. Pacific Gold is a collection filled with many surprises including striking flower fields, dramatic ocean views and panoramic vistas. Every painting is masterfully executed filled with radiant light, brilliant color and bold brushwork. The gallery is located at 1540 S. Coast Hwy, #103, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. For more information please call 949.497.3356 or visit www.redferngallery.com ABOVE
California Charm Oil on Canvas 24 x 30 inches
Calendar | MUSEUMS & GALLERIES LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) presents Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge marking the artist’s first large-scale museum presentation. For fifty years, Thomas Joshua Cooper (United States, b. 1946, active Scotland) has been making photographs outdoors. Often realized through intense physical travel to remote and isolated sites, these stunning, large-scale, black-and-white photographs encapsulate the psychological impact of each place through geographic and atmospheric details. The World’s Edge is on view until September 26, 2020. For more information please call 323.857.6000 or visit www.lacma.org RIGHT
Thomas Joshua Cooper Torrential Warm Rain—The Mouth of an Unnamed Stream and the South Atlantic Ocean, Praia de Pacuíba, Very near the North-Most Point of Ilhabela/Beautiful Island, São Paulo, Brazil, 2006 Selenium and gold-toned chlorobromide gelatin silver print 28 x 36 inches LEFT
MONTEREY MUSEUM OF ART
Penelope Gottlieb: The Invasive Plant, reproductions of classic John James Audubon prints overpainted with tightly woven bands of invasive plant species is on view at the Monterey Museum of Art. The Invasive Plant series appropriates and significantly alters existing print plates from the John James Audubon archive. In these paintings, Gottlieb reconsiders the iconic 19th century imagery by binding the classic Audubon birds with tightly woven bands of invasive plant species. The images stage an invasion of this historical imagery, enacting the ravages of a contemporary ecological phenomenon wherein non-native species are introduced into an environment and overtake the balance of its delicate ecosystem. Through this exhibition, the Monterey Museum of Art seeks to draw attention to the growing environmental crisis and the fragility of our natural surroundings. In a region steeped in rich artistic tradition and surrounded by magnificent natural wonders as Monterey Bay, Gottlieb’s work shines as a testament to a growing culture of preservation and awareness. From vanishing species to invasive plants, Gottlieb shares how she uses beauty to spark a conversation about the fragility of nature. Penelope Gottlieb: The Invasive Plant is on view until December 8, 2019. For more information please call 831.372.5477 or visit www.montereyart.org. 32 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
Penelope Gottlieb Oenothera biennis, 2018 Acrylic and ink over Audubon print 37.5 x 25 inches
UCI INSTITUTE & MUSEUM FOR CALIFORNIA ART
UCI Institute and Museum for California Art is pleased to present El Camino del Oro at the Joan Irvine Smith and Athalie Richardson Irvine Clarke Gallery from September 14 through January 11. The first California mission was founded in San Diego by Spanish Franciscan friars in 1769. Over the next 50 years, Spanish missionaries established a total of 21 missions throughout the state all connected by El Camino Real, also known as Royal Road or the King’s Highway. By 1850, when California became the 31st state of the Union, many of the missions had been abandoned and were in ruins. It wasn’t until the 1890s, when artists began portraying the missions as relics of California’s history, that a serious effort was made to preserve and restore them. One of the oldest paintings on display dates from 1886. Painted by Alexander Harmer (1856-1925), it shows the front courtyard of the Mission San Juan Capistrano. What is now one of the most beautiful gardens in California was then dry and dusty, with just a few geraniums against the pillars of the arcade. For more information please call 949.476.0294 or visit www.imca.uci.edu.
Alson Skinner Clark San Diego Mission, circa 1922 Oil on board 16 x 20 inches
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Notebook | VISIONARY
CH Did you grow up in a creative environment? When did you first see a spark of your creative self ? CL I grew up with parents that saw immediately that I was headed down a creative road in life. I would sit for hours alone in my room, doing all kinds of art projects. I think when I beaded my father a lampshade for his birthday when I was 5, his dreams of me being a lawyer or doctor were put to rest. They always supported all kinds of wild ideas I would come up with. To be honest, I have never seen another path for me. What I do is my complete passion in life. I wake up everyday feeling so grateful and lucky that this is my job in life. I donâ€™t know another way. CH What restaurant projects have you worked on, and are you currently working on? CL So restaurants are a huge passion of mine. I love working with the chefs, who are also artists themselves. We help to translate the story of their food to the walls and decor of the space. We have have been very lucky 38 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
In San Francisco, we are working on the new restaurant Dear Inga with The Nopa/Liholiho Group. We just finished The Taub Family Outpost Restaurant designed by Studio Becky Carter opening soon in Sonoma. And finally, we are working with my dear friend Shelley Lindgren on her A16 restaurant. All very exciting!!
to work with some amazing chefs and restaurants. We have done Robin (SF), Nightbird (SF), Tosca (I restored the entire space), The Black Cat ( jazz club in SF), Pearl 6101(SF), August 1 Five (SF), The Riddler (in New York and SF), Bottega (Yountville), Coqueta in Yountville and SF, Alba Rayâ€™s (SF), A16 in Oakland and SF. We are currently working with Melissa Perello from Frances and Octavia in San Francisco who is doing a beautiful restaurant in Los Angeles, called M Georgina.
CH Are you working on any projects out of the Bay Area? CL I am constantly on the road painting all over the country, and sometimes the world. Right now we have many projects in New York, Washington DC, Detroit, Nashville, Los Angeles, Montana, Austin, Santa Barbara and I am working on a personal project in Puglia Italy where my husband is from. CH Have you worked on any retail environments? CL My best friend is in fashion and has a beautiful store in San Francisco on Sacramento Street called Betty Lin. I often accompany her to Paris fashion week, and she lets me take my inspiration from there to her walls, floors, and canvases in her store.We have done the whole store for her, and we constantly change it, as fashion is persistently changing. It keeps her clients continuously wondering what we will do next. We also every year partner with A16 to create a pop up for Fog Fair, the art show in
San Francisco. We need to have the room ready within hours, so it is a fun, intense way of producing a highly impactful space CH Where do you find inspiration? CL Honestly, I am in a constant state of being inspired. It is everywhere you look. First of all, I am surrounded by so many creative women in my life who supply me with so many ideas. Fashion is also a huge influence on my work. I love looking at the color and collections, even from the past. My favorites are Dries Van Noten, McQueen, JeanPaul Gaultier, Yves Saint Laurent. I also have the most incredible clients who constantly push me to
exert the boundaries for them and their projects. They inspire originality and imagination. Lastly, travel and nature. I love getting lost in cities, looking at architecture, landscape, all of it. I learn so much from seeing the world. And those experiences end up on many of my walls. CH What is your favorite quote: CL â€œThe meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it awayâ€? Pablo Picasso. CH Caroline Lizarraga, carolinelizarraga. com, IG: caroline_lizarraga
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Notebook | WHAT’S NEW PLACES
Kelly Wearstler Designs An Organic Homage To California Beach Cool THE SANTA MONICA PROPER is an oasis of style and calm. Visionary Kelly Wearstler found design inspiration from the surrounding coastline and classic Santa Monica history. The 271 guest rooms and suites have the signature Wearstler “cool factor” with design features that reflect a sense of place of the beach community. Understated with all the amenities a wellseasoned traveler expects in a luxury hotel; Fili D’Oro linens, Kelly Wearstler x Parachute Bathrobe, Aesop Amenities’, Nespresso Machine and residential designer bathroom. Proper has collaborated with award-winning chefs Jessica Koslow and Gabriela Camara for their signature restaurant, Onda serving California -Mexican influenced cuisine. The lobby lounge, Palma is an 40 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
excellent spot for light bites and small-batch mezcals. The lounge is filled with artwork from LA artists such as Ben Medansky, Morgan Peck, Toanya Aguiniga, Len Klikunas and Bradley Duncan. In November The Proper will open a 3,000 spa, Surya, in collaboration with celebrated wellness practitioners Martha and Roger Soffer. Based on Ayurvedic Indian wellness principles, guests and locals can experience a therapeutic massage, steam and oil treatments, cooking, yoga, meditation, facials, scrubs, and a residential series -Panchakarmalasting 3-21 days. After all of your enlightenment, you can continue your experience in the spa shop. CH The Proper, 700 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA, 310.620.9990, properhotel.com
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Iconic designer Dakota Jackson Opens Flagship Showroom at the Pacific Design Center “I’VE BEEN A PRESENCE IN LOS ANGELES
building friendships and goodwill for almost four decades. The PDC has been an enduring international destination for the most exclusive designs and the discerning design community” says Jackson The Los Angeles space is a play on whites in different media from the sparkling skating rink like tile flooring to an out scaled 80-foot curtain wall with a lyrical cutout motif. Unexpected splashes of subtly colored sheers punctuate the set. The opening will be just in time to display his latest Chess and Checkers’ furniture collection. Jackson explains, “Chess and Checkers are games that go back for thousands of years in different permutations. The pieces are iconic; themselves a distillation of the various cultures and evolution of form
over time. The games are recreational, competitive, and deeply intellectual. The direct sleek lines and hues of the tables presented in parchment and rich veneers add up to a careful study of the form.”
The Dakota Jackson LA showroom will be a home for unusual events and exciting ways to capture the excitement of art & design and a way to create a dialog within the community. Dakota Jackson, 8686 Melrose Avenue, Suite B370, West Hollywood 929/237.8105, dakotajackson.com
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‘I ABHOR THE AMERICAN IDEA of starting with a tabula rasa every few years and getting rid of everything. When I buy something, I intend to keep it for ever’ Lee Radziwill An opportunity to own a piece of the glamorous life and refined eye of an American style icon. She was one of Capote’s Swans, and muse to Andy Warhol, and Giorgio Armani. Her work as an interior designer prolific. She collaborated closely with Renzo Mongiardino on her widely celebrated homes in London and Oxfordshire. She explained that she liked to
create rooms that were primarily traditional and then add touches of bizarre and delicious. Objects from her homes in New York and Paris will be offered at the Christie’s sale. ‘Lee’s taste and style stand alone as a global symbol of sophistication and connoisseurship,’ says Christie’s Chairman Marc Porter, ‘embodying the elegance of a more glamorous era.’ Christies New York, October 17, 2019, christies.com
REGENCY EBONIZED AND PARCEL-GILT WINDOW BENCH Early 19th Century Estimate $2,000-3,000
Books REVIEWED BY KATHY BRYANT
The New Elegance: Stylish, Comfortable Rooms for Today Text by Timothy Corrigan with Michael Boodro Elegance is the perfect word to describe the interiors designed by internationally celebrated designer Timothy Corrigan. This stylish book is a follow-up to his Invitation to Chateau du Grand-Luce where he described his restoration of an 18th-century French chateau. He is the only American designer honored by the French Heritage Society for his restoration work on several French landmark buildings. Corrigan, who is an AD100 and ELLE DECOR A-list designer, always gives his projects a layered and detailed look that makes the rooms look as if generations of families have lived in the rooms and collected the art and artifacts through the centuries. At the same time, there is a California ease to the looks that combine well with European sophistication. Eleven diverse houses illustrate Corrigan’s design aesthetic in this informative, glossy book. Ranging in style from a John Fowler-inspired London townhouse and a Los Angeles
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house filled with Hollywood Regency glamor, to an artABOVE Highlighting filled Chicago apartment and the French ambiance that a Parisian pied-a-terre, the Corrigan loves, houses are chock-a-block with this nook in the creative ideas and timeless master bathroom designs. is both elegant What makes the book and comfortable. especially fascinating are the “interludes” in which he LEFT This room is details the steps to successful made warm and decoration which include Scale inviting with the and Proportion, Symmetry, wood paneling, minimal art and Architectural Details, ImpactFrench doors leadful Surfaces, Layering Art and ing to the garden. Mirrors, The Power of Color, The Role of Surprise, Mixing Elements, Drama Lessons and Details. These illustrated examples are wonderful templates for anyone looking to update a room or house. Corrigan is very generous with his knowledge which can be unusual in the design world. As Corrigan says in his Introduction, “But I can assure you that spending each day in beautiful rooms, rooms full of personal items and objects you love, will bring meaning and solace to your life, satisfaction and even joy.” And this book promises to help one do that. The New Elegance: Stylish, Comfortable Rooms for Today Text by Timothy Corrigan with Michael Boodro 256 pages, 150 color photographs Hardcover 9x12 inches $60 US, $80 Canadian ISBN: 978-0-847-86361-7 Rizzoli New York
5TH ANNUAL LEGACY DINNER HONORING
For his many lifelong professional achievements and contributions including the advancement of the classical tradition in architecture and art. THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019 HALF PAST SIX Oâ€™CLOCK COCKTAIL RECEPTION & DINNER THE CALIFORNIA CLUB 538 SOUTH FLOWER STREET LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA 90071 The California Club has graciously been made possible by SUZANNE RHEINSTEIN
ELIZABETH DINKEL Legacy Dinner Chair Proceeds to benefit the ICAA Southern California Education & Scholarship Programs COCKTAIL ATTIRE For tickets and further details, please visit www.classicist-socal.org PLATINUM: Ceci Clarke Inc., Crestron Electronics, Jeff Hyland, and Powerfull Electric, Inc./Powerfull Systems, Inc./SeeLess Solutions/ HEDsocal GOLD: Gordon Gibson Construction SILVER: Amir Development Company, Appleton Partners LLP, BCPM Associates,Bulley & Andrews, Charles Gemeiner Cabinets & Valle Reinis Builders, Dugally Oberfeld, E. Braun & Co., Evens Architects & KAA Design Group, Suzanne and Ric Kayne/Jenni and Richard Ehrlich, Janine Winkler Lowy, Julie & Edward J. Minskoff, McCoy Construction, Millworks By Design, Renaissance Design Studio, Riehl Construction Consulting, LLC, and Snyder Diamond BRONZE:Annette English + Associates, DD Ford Construction, Foster Reeve Architectural & ABOVE This Bel Air house is seen mirrored in Ornamental Plaster, Harold Jones Landscape, Inc., Hoffman and Ospina Landscape Architecture, Todd Kirshner, Mehraban, the large pool, with its ground-level spaces fully open toPatricia the exterior. MG Partners, A. Benner Landscape Design, Nancy and Stephen Paul, Whitney & Alex Phillips, Richard Manion TOP RIGHT In this Bel Air house the Rusher spine Architecture Inc., Air Conditioning, Sky-Frame, The Wixen Family, and Trailmark, Inc. corridor connects all the ground floor spaces. MEDIA SPONSORS: California Homes and California Home & Design JULY/AUGUST 2O19 | 51
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THE SAN FRANCISCO FALL SHOW
FALL PREVIEW MODERNISM WEEK — COACHELLA VALLEY Modernism Week’s 2019 Fall Preview will take place October 17-20 at various locations in the Coachella Valley. The weekend’s events provide attendees with the opportunity to celebrate the midcentury modern architecture, lifestyle, and design and participate in the events and activities that are new and unique to this festival, returning favorites, and events that will also be offered during the annual 11-day festival in February 2020. Highlights of the October Fall Preview include a wide range of events including walking tours, Premier Double Decker Architectural Bus tours and Charles Phoenix-led bus tours, a tour showcasing homes across a range of neighborhoods, the Modernism Show and Sale-Fall Edition, educational events, and evening cocktail parties. For more information please visit www.modernismweek.com.
ARCHITECTOURS 2019 The American Institute of Architects Santa Barbara is proud to announce their 11th annual ArchitecTours event. This year’s tour will celebrate the intersection of art and architecture. Art can be found in architecture throughout our community. It bridges both old and new architectural styles and transcends time. Join us as we explore nine exceptional projects illustrating the diversity of Art and Architecture from Montecito to Goleta – mark Saturday, October 5th on your calendar for this unique event. ArchitecTours is an annual celebration of local architecture and cultural identity. Projects on the tour showcase the design and depth of knowledge of AIA architects. The self-guided tour offers a rare opportunity for a behind the-scenes look at exceptional properties. Experience the transformative power of architecture. Come be inspired by these examples of history, sustainability, and creativity that are enriching Santa Barbara’s future! The tour will be held on October 5th from 10am to 4pm. For more information please call 805.966.4198 or visit www.aiasb.com.
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The San Francisco Fall Show is the leading international art, antiques, and design fair on the West Coast. Founded in 1981, the 38th edition of the show features over 50 of the top dealers from around the world. This year’s theme is Wanderlust: Around the World with Art, Antiques & Design. Wander the globe with us and experience the art and artistry found along the way. Destinations near and far conjure rich textures, vibrant colors, pleasing patterns, and a sense of place. Cultures throughout the world develop their own unique visual style from which arises meaning, symbolism, devotion, and a strong sense of identity. Stylistic attributes can travel between places, inspiring artists and artisans to infuse new meaning into their works. All proceeds benefit Enterprise for Youth. Opening gala preview on October 2nd and show begins October 3-6, 2019. For more information please call 415.989.9019 or visit www.sffallshow.org.
Owners Soheil and Sammy Mehraban Prepare For Their Fall 2019 Original Collections
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Haute Bohemain Potion by Liesel Plambeck
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AREA RUGS ARE OFTEN THE UNSUNG HEROES OF A DESIGN SPACE—
but how does one begin to select and understand the value of these beautiful walkable art works? In many ways, a hand-crafted rug can be more valuable than a photograph or a painting, and yet many designers struggle with how to determine, and better yet, communicate its intrinsic value to their clients. Rugs can be undervalued simply by an absence of knowledge, and a misunderstanding of their actual value. They should be thought of as fine paintings without a frame. When you hear the phrase ‘walk on art,’ you can begin to truly re-think what is right beneath your feet. Mehraban Rugs in Los Angeles works daily with interior designers and consumers, discussing how to dissect a rug as a work of art, choose quality, and understand the thousands of hours that go into these highly complex woven items. Soheil and Sammy Mehraban are third generation rug experts who learned the trade from their grandfather and father, and have a vast knowledge about what designers are seeking today in area rugs. Their Los Angeles showroom on La Cienega features an array of vintage
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LEFT Mehraban Rugs showroom MIDDLE Bonbons by FORM Design Studio BELOW Sammy and Soheil Mehraban
tribal pieces, flat weaves, and very modern, artful designs. The coveted Haute Bohemian Collection, also known as the “official rug of Malibu,” features clean lines poetically inspired by glimpses of everyday patterns. According to Soheil and Sammy, “We worked over a year to create the perfect white. And it is perfect.” By fall of 2019 Mehraban will feature seven original collections—all by California designers. Many of their new contemporary lines appeal specifically to cutting-edge designers and architects, and are abstract and conceptual. Other lines appeal to interior designers seeking pure sophistication in their contemporary interiors. As to collectible antique rugs? Mehraban is a decided expert. Says Soheil, “Strengthening and continuing the tradition of oriental rug weaving motivates us to create exciting, irresistible rugs. A Mehraban rug has much to offer a room. It always improves the scene. That’s why we say #mehrabanme.” CH mehraban.com
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California Closets Offers A Wide Range Of Possibilities
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FOR OVER 40 YEARS, California Closets has
been a leader in offering premium custom storage solutions for the whole home. Offering a wide range of exclusive finishes—from classic shades to distinctive textures imported from Italy, their materials can be easily tailored to your personal style and are all CARB (California Air Resources Board) compliant and eco-friendly. Using proprietary CAD technology, California Closets’ nearly 800 professional design consultants create exquisite custom systems for spaces large or small, and the company’s skilled
ABOVE California Closets’ Murphy Bed solutions. LEFT California Closets’ laundry room solution and Vegan Leather Park Jewelry Box. BELOW Vegan leather Jewelry box, case, and tray with tarnishpreventing LusterLoc® lining to protect valuables.
installers ensure seamless, white-glove installation. To personalize your space, California Closets also offers beautiful lighting design, as well as specialty accent materials. And, to complete your closet, the company also recently launched their California Closets Essentials line of premium accessories, hangers and store expertly designed for beautiful function. Customers can schedule a complimentary design consultation or visit one of California Closets interactive showrooms to learn more. CH californiaclosets.com
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A NEW MIDCENTURY HOME
Publicist Nancy Joseph Works with Renowned Designer Christopher Kennedy to Create Interiors For Her New Home BY KAVITA DAWSANI PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAN CHAVKIN
AS A MARKETER AND PUBLICIST for top
names in design, Nancy Joseph has been exposed to the best, most iconic and of-themoment furniture, furnishings and materials. But when it came time to create the interiors for her new Palm Springs home, Joseph conceded that a bit of guidance would not go amiss. Luckily for her, she’d started working with renowned designer Christopher Kennedy, who gladly offered to step in and help Joseph shape her space. “It was five months in the making,” said Joseph, who bought the 2,600 square foot Canyon Estates home earlier this year after deciding to move from Los Angeles. “I love mid-century lines and architecture, the flat roofs and views that I can’t take my eyes off of. In many ways, this is probably the most grown-up place I’ve ever lived in.” (Joseph has kept her 1940’s beach bungalow in Venice.)
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ABOVE 32 x 32 inch semi-polished porcelain tile from Vives Ceramica @ EPC America, white leather Barcelona Chairs and Florence Knoll Bench, Barcelona Coffee Table, Platner side table, Divina Sofa by Piero Lissoni, life-size sculpture by Birgit Piskor, painting by Wyman Lancaster, Richard Schultz Serving Cart. Accent pillows and décor from Christopher Kennedy, Inc. LEFT Joseph and Kennedy toast to the 70’s.
She and Kennedy worked on retaining as much as possible of the 1971 Charles Du Bois-built home; the architecture was maintained, and details like the original doorknobs, acrylic sink faucets, bath and kitchen cabinetry and double front doors with oversized brass funeral casket handles serving as pulls. “I wanted to live in a house that had been given new life, but what it once was still shines through,” she said. “We wanted color and contrast and an allencompassing level of sophistication.” Much of their resources went towards surfaces - pulling away layers of wallpaper that had been painted over, ripping out cottage cheese
ceilings, demoing the out-of-date 12 x 12’ marble floor tile. Other elements retained were the mirrored wet bar and retro appliances from the 1970s, which Joseph said had barely been used by the previous owners, who only visited seasonally. The electric cooktop, she said, has push buttons that “remind me of ‘Star Trek.’ I use it, and I love it.” Joseph had an enviable furniture collection of modern classics amassed during her time working with brands like Knoll Studio and Richard Schultz - but much of it was in grey and white. Kennedy directed her to incorporate some color, including sunny yellow seat cushions in the kitchen, and
ABOVE Painting by Kenneth Joaquin@ Colin Fisher Studio, Black Circles vase on Florence Knoll credenza. Flowers and styling by Keith Fortner LEFT Saarinen Armless Chair, Florence Knoll Dining Table, Carbon Bar Stools from Moooi, Vera Neumann’s Wild Things wallpaper for Schumacher, Vintage GE Cooktop, décor Christopher Kennedy, Inc. 12 x 12 inch marble floor tile.
dramatic paintings for the 12-foot high walls. And the black-and-white kitchen wallpaper was actually designed mid-century. “The art was how Christopher got me to embrace color,” said Joseph. “We snuck in color by adding black as the new primary ground and sprinkling in bursts of muted colors with pillows and decor from his boutique. The design imperative was to pay homage to the time. I think we pulled it off! ” CH You can see this home and others like it during Modernism Week in February 2020. Visit modernismweek.com
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LEFT A covered table is the heart of Birgit Klein’s outdoor dinner parties. BELOW Designer Birgit (Bee) Klein at home in Montecito.
Interior Designer And Jet-Setter Birgit Klein Blends European Sensibilities With Santa Barbara Style BY JENNIFER BLAISE KRAMER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGAN SOREL
BIRGIT KLEIN KNOWS A THING OR TWO about jet-
setting. Born in Germany, she’s lived in London, New York, and LA, with a celebrity client roster that spans Italy, Paris, and Miami. Though she’s used to frequently bouncing between the Hamptons and Beverly Hills, Klein relishes the moments she spends at home in Montecito with her children, family, and friends. There she gives her passport a rest, opting for casual, elegant get-togethers in the garden—that’s fittingly set in the slice of California known as the American Riviera.
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LEFT The table is set with Belgian linens, low glassware, and fresh flowers for a casually elegant look. ABOVE Gardengrown tomatoes and cucumber mix with pomegranate seeds for a light, fresh, healthy dish. OPPOSITE Homegrown
kale and artichokes look picture perfect in the garden and on the table.
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“The house reminds me of a French Provincial farmhouse that you could find somewhere in the countryside in South of France and I was immediately drawn to it,” Klein says. “It has this easy relaxed style but with a timeless aesthetic of a European style farmhouse. Working with the home’s architectural lines, abundance of light, and manicured gardens, Klein combined the best of California living with European details. Her first goal was to create an oasis from her international schedule. Inside, this meant subtle shades and soft materials to create a restful retreat. “My life is so busy and my mind is so overstimulated with colors and textures every day that my home needs to be calm and soothing, quiet and relaxing, comfortable and welcoming,” she says. “To blend in with its surroundings I kept the palette to
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off-whites and layered it with rust, olive and blues and combined it with darker and metal pieces and many different textures such as cashmere, wool, linen, silk, fur, hides, leather.” Outside, pale blue Dutch doors and a Parisian-style bistro table are in one corner while poolside loungers and a hammock beckon a good book in the Santa Barbara sun. Woven chairs are plush with patterned pillows for friends to sink into at cocktail hour and nearby a leafy, covered outdoor table is Klein’s go-to spot for intimate dinner parties. When it
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comes to entertaining, she insists on keeping glasses full of good wine and setting a beautifully decorated table. Belgian linens, striped napkins, and fresh flowers are a must, which all cue her signature, elegant, global style. “I love to travel and I tend to pick up pieces from all over the place and ship them back,” she says. “The house is full of artwork and accessories I collected during my trips whether for work or pleasure. To me this is what makes a house a home, it’s the collection of items and the meaning or memories that come with them.” CH
ABOVE French blues and beachy rattan make a perfect marriage between European and California style. BELOW Bee feeds the chickens,
enjoying a slower
pace at home.
ABOVE Grilled corn with fresh lime plays off the sunny yellow daisies. OPPOSITE Friends gather poolside for a quintessential Santa Barbara garden party.
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Real Estate Insider
Fourth Generation Piedmont Resident and Innovator Keeps His Legacy Real Estate Business Relevant in Changing Times DJ GRUBB is part of a real estate legacy. His never-ending energy, innovation, and community-minded spirit have helped him build a standout name for himself in the crowded bay area real estate market. A fourthgeneration Piedmont resident he understands the East Bay market and has had a long-standing relationship with the residential inventory in his “neighborhhood.” His flagship office is located in Montclair with an additional office in Berkeley. In 2017, he launched his downtown Oakland office, which he calls his “millennial’s store.” The new location increases visibility and accessibility to this audience that is looking for a more urban experience. In addition, Grubb owns a mortgage company , Montclair based La Salle Financial with his business partner and CFO, John Carney which offers his clients mortgage services. CH grubbco.com
CH What is the most significant difference in the new generation of buyers? DJ The biggest difference in our new generation of buyers is that they are looking for a curated lifestyle. This is truly reflected in the popularity of outdoor spaces that are esthetically refined with full kitchens etc. CH What features in the home are current buyers top priority/obsession? DJ Kitchen and baths are top priority spaces. A kitchen today is a public space for entertaining.
CH What do you consider the definition of luxury? DJ Luxury is more about the quality of life; walk score, close to town “in the Village,” comfortable and elegantly casual, fine finishes & textiles and local fresh, refined shopping experience. CH What is the difference between the Grubb & Co experience and one with a big National brand firm? DJ We don’t hide behind a technology platform. Our objective continues to be as close to the community as possible. We live in the world we serve.
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Oceanfront LUCAS DESIGN ASSOCIATES CREATE SERENE INTERIORS FOR A LA JOLLA BEACH HOUSE TEXT BY MICHAEL WEBB | PHOTOGRAPHY BY AARON LEITZ
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RIGHT 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.
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who established their brother-sister partnership in Seattle in 2012, have a varied practice, but their residential interiors are deceptively simple. The latest is located on a gentle slope near La Jolla, overlooking the ocean, and they joined the team as construction was beginning. Architect Mark House of the locally based House Designs embraced the site with a walled forecourt, and an open-plan living room with pocketing glass sliders at front and back, divided from the sleeping areas by a poured concrete wall 50 feet long. Steps lead down to a pool and a screen wall of translucent glass shields the garden from neighbors. On plan,
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the 8500-square-foot house is a checker-board of rooms that open onto outdoor sitting areas--an inspired response to the benign climate. Stairs ascend to an office that seems to float over the living areas. Designing the interior was a challenge because the client heads a reinforcing steel company and has an engineer’s passion for precision and detail. As David explains, “he likes a few things done well, and we had daily discussions about the look and feel of the house. I was able to specify all the materials and transitions, to infuse simplicity with subtlety, and ensure that every detail would add interest. Luckily, we had worked on another house in La Jolla with this contractor and he had learned how to do a perfect pour on the exposed concrete wall”. The architect set the house well back from the cliff edge and
A dramatic board form concrete fireplaces acts as the focal feature in the living room.
The entry hallway highlights the homeâ€™s consistent material palette of board form concrete, wood walls and ceilings, metal detailing and stone floors.
David dramatized the shift of perspective on the slope, by inserting a flight of steps that connect the raised platform of the house to the pool. Inspiration for the interior came from the owner’s 160-foot yacht, and the designer tried to capture that expression of taste on a larger scale. The house had to double as a stage for weekend entertaining with friends and family, and as a sanctuary when the owner is here alone. Expansive living areas cooled by breezes off the ocean alternate with intimate private spaces. At every stage, the client provided a strong sense of direction and a rigorous scrutiny of what had been done. He admired the authenticity of old wooden barns and that encouraged David to specify hemlock boards for the ceiling of the living room. Slight variations of tone evoke traditional craftsmanship, though the finishes are far more refined than in any farm building. The same attention was given to the oak cabinetry, matching the grains to achieve a seamless continuity. Limestone floors contrast in tone
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and texture with the concrete and plaster walls. About 80 percent of the furnishings are custom. “The client would see things he liked but they were not exactly right, so we had them fabricated to order,” explains David. “And because the house is so exposed to sea air, we had the metal chair and table bases flame sprayed to protect them from corrosion and buffed to achieve a sensual finish.” The interior palette is subdued, relying on lush plantings for color. In the living area, white sofas are arranged on a soft-toned Lapchi rug, complementing the Sutherland lounge chairs grouped around a sunken fire pit in the forecourt. There’s a similar emphasis on comfort in the master bedroom and upstairs office. Your eye lingers on the way materials come together and the play of shapes within the airy rooms. Walls and roofs project out to provide shade and carry your gaze to the infinite expanse of the ocean. This is a house that welcomes you inside, and invites you to step outside, to relax and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. CH
The clean, tailored kitchen, designed as one, large open space with the dining and living room and seamlessly connected through shared materials, intentionally lends itself to being part of the entertaining experience.
BELOW A glimpse into the upstairs home office, showcasing each roomâ€™s relationship to the landscape and ocean beyond.
The large interior living space opens up to an exterior forecourt with sunken seating for informal entertaining.
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ABOVE The master bathroom opens up completely to the exterior with oversized sliding doors.
The master bedroom features suede wall panels with inlay nickel detailing, a board form concrete wall and fireplace, and a custom builtin leather bed and bench.
An exterior sunken seating space with fire feature creates the perfect private outdoor living space.
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This is a house that welcomes you inside, and invites you to step outside, to relax and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.
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An Artful Blend FORM + FIELDâ€™S ECLECTIC YET SOPHISTICATED RENOVATION FEELS LIKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TEXT BY HEATHER HEBERT PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRAD KNIPSTEIN
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H E N T H I S C L A S S I C AT H E R T O N T U D O R
suffered damage from heavy rainfalls, the homeowners tapped interior designer Christine Lin, founder of Form + Field, to refresh and reimagine their family home. Lin was tasked with creating a comfortable and welcoming interior that would artfully blend modern designs with some of the more traditional elements that were dear to the owners’ hearts. Inspired by a distinctly California aesthetic, Lin wanted to create a light and airy feel throughout the home. A new all-white backdrop laid the foundation for a palette of neutrals accented by pops of color in a diverse yet complementary palette. The colors are playful, yet quiet: hues of rose, dusty blue, ochre and olive in the entry parlor, maroon and mustard in the living room, and a joyful chartreuse in the family room. “We love using a mix of materials in our projects,” says Lin. “It contributes to the balance and character of a space.” Although she kept home’s historic architectural details intact, she carefully edited the interiors to create a
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â€œOne of our favorite finds is the scalloped entry table, set against an Alex Reed ceramic stool from The Future Perfect and the playful Westchester Animal Dot runner.â€?
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sophisticated blend of contemporary and classic elements that reflects the homeowner’s eclectic tastes. “The biggest challenge was reconciling the different styles and family members and making sure the end result would still be cohesive.” Because their extended family routinely gathers here, the interiors needed to both child friendly and reconfigured in a way that would reflect how the home would actually be used. The formal living room became a media room where both children and adults can come together. The home theater is now a much-needed guest room, and the sunroom is now a playroom for the grandchildren. The result is a sophisticated yet comfortable home that maintains its timeless appeal – one that honors both new and cherished pieces and brings the homeowners a renewed sense of joy in their beloved family home. CH
ABOVE In the breakfast nook, Christine gave the owner’s existing furniture new life by reupholstering the chairs in a soft olive-tone fabric from Franciscan Interiors.
A pair of Fritz Hansen Ro lounge chairs, covered in a joyful shade of chartreuse, add a playful pop of color to the soothing blue tones of the wool and silk Mastour rug and the creamy neutrals of the sofa and ottoman from Lee Industries.
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“We love using a mix of materials in our projects,” says Lin. “It contributes to the balance and character of a space.”
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A vintage mid-century bentwood chair, reupholstered in a rich Maharam Mohair from Franciscan Interiors and paired with a Pascal accent table from Currey & Company, is one of the designerâ€™s favorites
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DESIGNER SARAH JONES SETS UP A PERFECT LAKE TAHOE RETREAT TEXT BY KMEAGAN GOOLD | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARAH JONES SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2019 | 89
N C O L L A B O R A T I O N with Principal Scott Gillespie of Sandbox Studio and inspired by the unique tastes of one Los Angeles family, interior designer Sarah Jones of Sarah Jones Interior Design, masterfully sets up the perfect Lake Tahoe retreat. By incorporating and maximizing the gorgeous natural setting, using organic tactile materials, a palette of soft muted colors, and playing off the large expansive windows, the great outdoors easily becomes the focal point of this beautiful mountain home with a farmhouse twist. Located in Truckee, CA in the Martis Camp development, this 4500 square foot home incorporates a native pallet of western red cedar and locally sourced stone and features a
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big bright open floor plan. The expansive windows allow for an abundance of natural light and the outdoors and indoors to naturally flow together. Covered and uncovered spaces surround the house making it the perfect gathering place for family and friends to connect with each other and the beautiful natural surroundings. Jones, who has spent much of her fourteen year career on projects in the mountains, has a singular eye for incorporating the outdoor element into each unique home. Many of the rooms, like the master bedroom feature high ceilings giving it a more spacious feeling while the reclaimed barn wood beams compliment the view outside. This appreciation of natural wood is used in stunning ways throughout the house. The pitched ceiling in the great room
BELOW A clean layer of both colors and textures elevate an otherwise simple stairwell. The bright white poplar planked walls, painted Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore are in stark contrast to the stained alder banister with steel railing details. Modern map art of Mammoth, Northstar, Alta, Snowbird, Squaw Valley, and Whistler found on etsy.com.
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Ample seating perfect for entertaining! Sectional, Pelham chairs and ottoman by Kravet. Fireplace poufs from Jamie Young are both functional and fun. The natural raw looking Beckworth coffee tables from fourhands.com playfully mirror the ceiling above. The large area rug by Stark Carpet holds the space and the magnificent Eternity chandelier in old iron is by Paul Ferrante.
BELOW The long table features a steel top and weathered teak base, which will only improve with age, and is surrounded by a backless bench and wicker dining armchairs all by Kingsley Bate. The gorgeous stone fireplace features locally sourced Sierra Granite.
boasts simple yet mesmerizing raw natural wood paneling and the stairwell features bright white poplar planked walls, painted Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore. This combination of different wooden finishes, contrasting materials, colors and textures beautifully highlight the architectural features of the home. The outdoor decks and patio areas surrounding the home are very much an extension of the family’s indoor/outdoor existence. Outdoor dining is a summer event and family and friends make the most of the longer days of extended sunshine. A long chunky table featuring a steel top and weathered teak base is surrounded by light wicker dining armchairs, making them easy to move around. The gorgeous stone fireplace features locally sourced Sierra Granite and encourages friends to linger around the table even as the evenings begin to
cool. On the other end of the home, a fireside sofa and lounge chairs encircle another Sierra Granite stone fireplace. The muted colors of the furniture enhance the calm serene surroundings, while the architectural details of the window panes and western red cedar paneling add visual interest to an already stimulating view. The details throughout foster a feeling of warmth and coziness. Rich leathers, steel, antique finishes and dark mahogany are in stark contrast to the 7.5” wide white oak natural hardwood floors, bright walls, unexpected pops of color, locally sourced textiles, and the very personal, often local or vintage artwork found hanging on the walls. Light and bright, clean and comfortable, with a subtle contrast between what’s new and what’s existing, this Tahoe vacation home is truly a gathering space that family and friends can enjoy. CH
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ABOVE High ceilings featuring reclaimed barn wood beams and big windows give the Master Bedroom a spacious feeling. The rich leather bed frame and iron base bench, both by Lee Industries serve as the focal point in this bright and inviting bedroom. The plush occasional chair and ottoman are also Lee Industries. CFC reclaimed lumber nightstands and Arteriors table lamps in a light antique finish easily compliment the view outside. Floor lamp by Restoration Hardware and end table by Global Views. The Rope Chandelier is by Paul Ferrante. Area rug by Unique Carpets, Ltd. and accent pillows, bedding and throws all from Eastern Accents/Barclay.
Outdoor furniture by Kingsley Bate in muted colors enhance the serene natural setting and the homes stunning architectural details, including the locally sourced Sierra Granite fireplace.
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Calm A ROLLING HILLS ESTATES–BASED INTERIOR DESIGNER TRANSFORMS A SECOND RESIDENCE IN LA QUINTA FOR A PALOS VERDES ESTATES COUPLE AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN TEXT BY JENNIE NUNN PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK TANNER
“The outdoor seating area feels like an extension of the living room when the wall of sliding doors is open,” says designer Anna Hackathorn.
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to design a second home situated on a golf course in La Quinta, they knew just the person to make their vision come to life: interior designer Anna Hackathorn, founder of Rolling Hills Estates–based eponymous firm. Hackathorn, who once worked for the likes of Michael S. Smith, had also designed their primary residence in Palos Verdes Estates. “We actually went to the same high school [different years], and I didn’t really know them in high school, but we knew of each other and knew each other’s names from around town, ,” says Hackathorn. “They called me about a year-and-a-half ago and said, ‘we’re building a house in the desert and we’d love to have you help us,’ and it was a great project because it’s always fun to do new construction. They wanted it to be comfortable, they liked what we had done in their Palos Verdes house, and they wanted that similar kind of aesthetic but more appropriate for modern architecture in the desert.” But, when Hackathorn initially reviewed the floorplans of the approximately 4,000-square-foot home built by architect Brian Foster of Brian Foster Designs, she encountered a few unique design elements. “They were unconventional because so many of the rooms are triangular,” recounts Hackathorn of the three-bedroom home with a one-bedroom detached casita and multiple outdoor areas for morning coffee and family
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gatherings. “It’s super modern and all of the rooms have unusual footprints, so it was tricky, but it was a good challenge.” It was also important to the clients that the furnishings and artwork not skew too stark despite the modern architecture. “The wife likes more traditional and bohemian kinds of things, and she didn’t want it to seem too stark and too typical of the kind of furniture that would normally be in a house like that. It was fun and I think it came together well,” adds Hackathorn of the thoughtful and deliberate design. “We really had to plan well to make sure that all of the furniture would fit. We considered making irregularly shaped rugs, but in the end the clients decided that they preferred rectangular rugs, so we made it work.” For the serene color palette, Hackathorn kept hues neutral in varying tones of crème, sand, and soft blues, and played up textures. “The backdrop is so beautiful, we didn’t want it to compete with that,” explains Hackathorn, who sprinkled in color with photographs by Petros Koublis, Shay Blechynden, and pieces from Fine Art America. “In a lot of my projects, I choose more oil paintings and pieces of that nature, but we felt like this photography captured that desert vibe.” In the open kitchen lined with barstools from RH, white subway tile from Maven Tile & Stone, and vintage cutting boards from Big Daddy’s Antiques, Hackathorn continued the easy flow in the adjacent dining
The dining room features a trio of pendant lamps from Serena & Lily and a dining table from RH and chairs by Noir.
A tranquil palette of soft blues and whites sets the scene for outdoor lounging. OPPOSITE
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The open living room with sweeping mountain views is layered with chairs from One Kings Lane, a stone side table by Noir, and a coffee table book featuring works by photographer Gray Malin.
room, with a round table by RH, woven chairs by Noir, and a series of pendant lamps from Serena & Lily. Floor-to-ceiling pocket doors in the living room connect the indoors to the outdoors and allow for lounging and taking in 360-views of the mountains. The sanctuarylike master with a trio of oceanscapes by Petros Koublis, is replete with a rug, bed, and side tables from Serena & Lily, and ceramic table lamps by Jamie Young. “I love that the lamps are very textured and they have that kind of rustic lean to them,” says Hackathorn. The children’s bedrooms (both of whom are in college) have a hint of pattern play and layers. The daughter’s room features an upholstered headboard in Walter G fabric, side tables from RH Teen, and a striped box from McGee & Co., and the son’s room is appointed with lamps from Noir, a rug by Dash & Albert, and a pillow by Indian Pink pillows. The project, completed just in time for Thanksgiving last year, is now considered a desert refuge for family weekend getaways, entertaining, and golf trips. “I think the gas was literally turned on the day before,” recalls Hackathorn, of the slow but steady race to the design finish line. “They are dream clients, and this is one my favorite design projects. It’s nice starting from scratch, and I think they like that it’s really comfortable and cohesive.” CH
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“THEY ARE DREAM CLIENTS, AND THIS IS ONE MY FAVORITE DESIGN PROJECTS. IT’S NICE STARTING FROM SCRATCH, AND I THINK THEY LIKE THAT IT’S REALLY COMFORTABLE AND COHESIVE.” -ANNA HACKATHORN
“The photographs by Petros Koublis provide a strong yet serene statement in the master bedroom,” adds Hackathorn. “This small table surrounded by a pond is right off the dining room, creating a perfect spot for coffee in the morning or cocktails in the evening.”
The Master bath is defined by small square mosaic tile in Carrara marble and a tall white vase with magnolia branches.
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DE LA CRÈME
Owner Jennifer Wilson Has Created An Exceptional Catering Company
BY CATHY MALY
FOR ANYONE WHO HAS HAD THE PRIVILEGE AND JOY
of experiencing Orange County’s premiere catering company, Crème de la Crème, they understand why for over 25 years this company that caters and coordinates major events in Southern California is an exception in the industry.
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Jennifer Wilson, owner and president joined Crème de la Crème in 1999 with a passion for creating and organizing events. In her dual roles as event planner and office administrator, she applied the disciplines she learned as a corporate accountant to reorganize the office structure and plan and produce one-of-a-kind events. Having been founder and executive chef Mark Miskiewicz’s right hand for 13 years she was more than ready to take the reins. “When Mark told me he would be retiring, I thought about what my next career would be. Then I was
“At Crème de la Crème, it’s a party every day. We love creating extraordinary events for our unique clientele. Every detail encourages us to keep up the creative.” - JENNIFER WILSON, OWNER & PRESIDENT
reminded that this is what I love to do and I’m good at it, so why would I think of doing anything else. At that moment I decided I would take over the company.” Jennifer’s vision for the future of her company embodies the company’s mission – Rise to the Occasion. Some of the prominent events that Jennifer has been involved with are the Nordstrom, Aston Martin, Home Depot, Golden State Foods, Lennar, Laguna Art Museum Gala, Vans US Open VIP, South Coast Plaza 50th Anniversary and South Coast Repertory Opening Nights. Ever mindful of the client’s experience, her motto is “let us manage the details, so you can be a guest at your own party.” Born and raised in Whittier, Jennifer and her family currently reside in North Tustin. CH
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IN NAPA VALLEY
The Food Soldiers Of Rutherford BY KENNETH FRIEDENREICH
SO THERE I WAS TYPING AWAY in my garret one chilly night when my keystroke missed. Instead of “foot soldiers,” I struck the letter “d.” So, like Dr. Fleming, who wanted to make a smoothie and ended up by mistake with penicillin, I invented the food soldier. West Point will never be the same. A food soldier, it occurred to me, represented a go-to bottle of wine any winemaker with kitchen sense would pair with a favorite meal. The idea is so appealing because the wine projects the character of the dish without itself going AWOL. This is the kind of wine that can come from any region.
ABOVE Inglenook Winery, located in the historic heart of Rutherford, built in 1879. Photo by Napa Valley Photograher Geoff Hansen.
Conn Creek Winery Estate Vineyard Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon
Black cod with beluga lentils—a winepaired entreé from Sequoia Grove Winery’s Terroir Tasting experience in Rutherford.
What makes the Rutherford wine so distinctive, a growing area of 7,600 acres, with a trade association of 65 grower and vintner members, is first its midpoint placement in the Napa Valley, warm rather than hot, cosseted by marine air, comprised of slopes over here and flat river land over there comes down to grapes, largely Cabernet Sauvignon. Steve Tonella, president of the eponymous winery who has lived with this territory for several decades, puts the matter in perspective. He told me it’s the acid balance here that thrills him most—that element helping to organize and preserve what’s in the bottle, adding these points: “Rutherford is an appellation within the appellation, which has a diversity of soils, exposure, and orientation that is as complex as Napa Valley. “The alluvial soil fans reach into Rutherford from the
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PEJU Winery in Rutherford offers wine, food and a stunning sculpture garden for guests to enjoy.
ABOVE Rancho Caymus Inn, a boutique hotel in Rutherford, provides a welcoming respite in between tastings.
Visiting Rutherford calls to mind places like the Grill, an industry gathering haunt where every table has several bottles opened at once, a kind of parade ground for growers and winemakers. What we gather here are inspirations that come from the kitchens of those producing these wines. The searching out will improve any round of tastings. The Rancho Caymus Inn located in the revamped town center is a good place to rusticate as you find your way to a winemaker’s home kitchen or special event. The food soldiers, wherever they march, will help secure a perfect meal.
east and west, combined with warm days & cool evenings and elevation, make Rutherford the perfect place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals. “Rutherford ranges from the wonderful western hillside to the western benchland that yields amazing round, deep, complex wines with great elegance and balance. Rutherford Dust represents a later ripening site in the heart of the valley with slow maturation which adds finesse and complexity to the wines.” The distinctive wines coming out of this landscape allow even those new to viticultural areas to soon recognize the varietals grown in a place where some grapes look down to the valley floor from the western hills and others that enjoy the warmer sun on lowlands reaching to the natural division of the Napa River. The Rutherford “Bench” and its “Dust” call attention to some unique properties of fruit coming from this location in the middle of the Napa Valley. The place always matters for wine. The pioneers associated with the marquee wineries here such as Beaulieu or Inglenook will figure in any respectable history of the state’s wine industry. Maynard Amarine and Andre Tchelistcheff put the place of origin at the top of making superior wine from varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon. The “dust” is pertinent to the effects on mouthfeel and flavors once the cork pops—chocolate, coffee, and some elusive acidity that encourages cellaring wines from the area.
PEJU Food Soldier Wine: PEJU 2008 Reserve Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Owners: PEJU Family Winemaker: Sara Fowler Recommended pairing: Rack of lamb. Remove most of the fat layer. Season heavily with Lawry’s seasoned salt. Cook 30 minutes at 480 degrees, then broil 5 minutes “I cook almost every night. Have done so my whole life.” - Herta Peju SEQUOIA GROVE WINERY Foot Soldier Wine: Sequoia Grove Winery Cabernet Franc, Tonella Vineyard, Rutherford Winemaker: Molly Hill Recommended pairing: Black Cod with beluga lentils, plum sauce, and caramelized fennel and parsnip puree. Chef Britny Maureze created this recipe for Sequoia Grove’s Terroir Tasting experience. “My goal is not only to enhance what’s already great about our wines but to challenge the pairing paradigm and encourage others to do the
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Wine same. Seafood and red wine aren’t an obvious fit, but by choosing the right flavors and textures, fish can pair just as well, if not better, than your typical red meat option. Black cod is a decadent fish, providing richness and protein, both essential elements to reigning in youthful tannins. The complex spices, tart plum, and creamy purée bolster layers of earth and toasted barrel, concentrated fruit, and luscious texture.” - Chef Britny Maureze
S. R. TONELLA CELLARS Food Soldier Wine: S. R. Tonella Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford Owner: Steve Tonella Recommended pairing: Grilled Herb-Crusted Rack of Lamb with Mint Chimichurri
CONN CREEK WINERY Food Soldier Wine: 2016 Conn Creek Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon Winemaker: Elizabeth DeLouise-Gant Recommended pairing: Gnocchi Di Zucca (Gnocchi with Kabocha squash, sage, and Pecorino cheese) Travis Westrope created this pairing for Conn Creek’s Anthology Club members. “It’s a simple yet flavorful dish that brings out the black currant and blackberry flavors in the wine.” - Chef Travis Westrope
DAVIS ESTATES Food Soldier Wine: Davis Estates 2016 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford Owner: Mike Davis Recommended pairing: This 2016 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc from Rutherford glistens with a light straw hue and brilliant clarity. The aromas of lime zest and tropical fruit are bright and vibrant. A soft, rich mouthful opens to a well-balanced acidity that reveals subtle nuances of lime, grapefruit, and pineapple. “It reminds me of a vacation in a glass, paired perfectly with sunshine, the pool, and good friends.” - Mike Davis
These pairings suggest that the varietals featured in the recipes have the mojo and flavor profiles to stand up against savory dishes conceived to show off the virtues of the Rutherford AVA. As a famous general noted centuries ago, armies move on their stomachs. We might add, they prevail at dinner on their palates. Special thank you to the Rutherford Dust Society—who celebrates its 25th anniversary this year—for providing the inspiration. CH For recipes and more information, visit rutherforddust.org/california-homes
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Tonella Vineyard in Rutherford AVA. Photo by Alexander Rubin.
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Travel The green hills of Solvang in Santa Ynez Valley.
BELOW RIGHT Guests can embrace the old Western life at Alisal’s rustic-luxe resort.
Interior designer Nathan Turner grew up on a Northern California ranch and elevated the experience and aesthetic in debuting The Turner House. BOTTOM LEFT
Ranch Refined Designer Nathan Turner Puts A Luxe Spin On Solvang’s Alisal Ranch BY JENNIFER BLAISE KRAMER
SET BETWEEN FARMLANDS AND VINEYARDS 30 miles north of Santa Barbara, Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort has been a longtime getaway for Southern California families and stars. Doris Day and Clark Gable (who married Lady Silvia inside the resort’s old library) are among the stars who’ve flocked to this 10,000acre luxury dude ranch over the past 75 years to ride horses, hike, fly fish, and sit around the campfire at famed Western-style cookouts. So, when it came time turn the ranch experience up a notch, Alisal looked to yet another star—interior designer, author, and Native Californian Nathan Turner—to raise the bar. Turner, who recently penned the lifestyle book, I Love California: Design and Entertaining the West
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Coast Way (Abrams, $40), truly put his heart into designing the Turner House, a three-room guest cottage that’s full of vintage furnishings, handcrafted furniture, and iconic Western prints. Having grown up on a ranch in Northern California, Turner was inspired by the property’s authentic feel and nostalgic history. “It was so important to me to honor the legacy of Alisal,” Turner says. “Coming from a California cattle family myself, I know and understand the lifestyle. I wanted my rooms to feel as of they’ve always been there, collected over time.”
Warm reds and wood against a stone fireplace lend a classic country look.
Turner sourced most of the furnishings and accents from his favorite Los Angeles stores—Big Daddy’s Antiques
is his go-to for rustic, wood furniture. BELOW Pendleton products throughout the Turner House tie into the other Alisal cottages that also sport classic Pendleton patterns.
Balancing rustic and chic, Turner took design cues from the resort’s California-Monterey style. He filled the house with mixed materials that work with the property’s age and patina, including reclaimed barnwood paneling, river rock stone, and classic ironwork, while creating an independent, elevated, and standalone experience. “It’s unique in the way that it really is a one-off, filled with rich Ralph Lauren fabrics, vintage tables, and antique furniture and rugs,” he says, adding that he didn’t stray too far from the “ranch path,” but layered the cottage more than the other rooms on property to make it feel comfortable, collected, and personal. “It feels as if you’re staying at someone’s ranch house.” CH
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Ralph Laurenâ€™s signature heavier fabrics reflect the rough and rugged ranch life.
ABOVE Alisalâ€™s tree-lined country road.
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Reclaimed barnwood makes a high texture backdrop for a gallery wall, much of which was sourced at The Mart Collective in Venice, which Turner loves for their Western corner.
Trail rides are often followed by Western-style cookouts.
Turner says it was important to add to that “collected-over-time feel.”
BELOW For a horse ranch with so much history,
Everyday farm life on the range at Alisal.
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This fall Nathan Turner is holding a three-day “I Love California” workshop (October 23-25, $1,800 and up) at Alisal Ranch & Resort. Guests get to experience the Turner House during the three-day event that includes activities including with the host, such as table décor, margarita and guacamole making, breakfast horseback rides, and elevated s’mores under the stars. For more information, contact Alisal at alisal.com.
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GATHERINGS KETTAL SHOP San Francisco Showroom Dunkirk Celebrates the Opening of their New Kettal Shop San Francisco legendary outdoor furniture showroom Dunkirk hosted a festive evening of Spanish tapas catered by McCalls to celebrate the opening of their new KETTAL shop featuring a showroom full of the Spanish outdoor furniture companies innovative and timeless contemporary pieces. dunkirksf.com
1 Heidi Gerpheide Publisher of California Homes and Ginger Wayland of Dunkirk 2 Mitch Zerg of MZA Associates and Rachael Fischbach, Principal of Brayton Hughes 3 Kirk Wayland owner of Dunkirk, Katie Valkucak and April
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Shepard of MZA Associates 6 Mitch Zerg of MZA Associates, Kirk Wayland of Dunkirk and Carlos Alfaro of Kettal.
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GATHERINGS THE RUG COMPANY Celebrating The Rug Collection By Adam Hunter On June 27th, The Rug Company celebrated the launch of its latest rug collection designed by Adam Hunter. An assortment of 4 rugs inspired by California, the collection was aptly celebrated in a private event for 200 guests at the brand’s LA showroom in West Hollywood. Mr. Chris Norton kicked off the celebrations with zestful ‘old Hollywood meets La La Land’ jazz renditions before guests were treated to a special performance by the former Broadway star and host for the evening, Adam Hunter. In an early surprise birthday celebration, Adam and the guests were treated to cake, courtesy of Sweet Lady Jane bakery. Throughout the event, guests enjoyed a lavish menu of hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Très LA Catering and mixture of custom Finlandia specialty cocktails and wines by Korbel and Sonoma-Cutrer. 1
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