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alifornia certainly has an abundance of world renowned architects and designers so there is usually no problem filling a magazine six times per year with great features on homes. This issue is partly about indoor-outdoor living. The homes featured are all designed to enhance the surrounding land. From the ocean to our mountains, including vineyards in Healdsburg, we see it all. I love unique hotels and we often feature something special such as the Prospect Hotel, a new 24-room boutique hotel in a resurrected style project in
the Whitley Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. Award-winning designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard tapped into a rich vein of Tinsel town lore for his inspiration. One of my favorite books out this year is Margie Graceâ€™s book, Private Gardens of Santa Barbara. We have extended our review of this book to four pages in order to show you, our readers, some of the most beautiful gardens in California. We hope you enjoy this Spring issue showcasing the beauty that is California. Susan McFadden Editor in Chief
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Contributors KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL Kelly Phillips Badal is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor specializing in home design, lifestyle and travel editorial. The former editor in chief of Interiors California, her work has been published in Sunset, Luxe, Angeleno and L.A. Confidential; sheâ€™s also held staff positions at Better Homes & Gardens and Country Living. A native of the midwest, she spent nearly a decade living in New York City before falling in love with California. See her cover story on page 74 of this issue.
MARK TANNER Los Angeles based photographer Mark Tanner has been shooting everything from fine jewelry to architectural interiors and everything in between for many years. Along with his enjoyment for editorial and commercial projects, he has a strong passion for creating fine art photographs as well. See his photography on our cover story beginning on page 74 of this issue. www.marktannerphoto.com
HEATHER SANDY HEBERT Heather Sandy Hebert has spent her life immersed in architecture & design. For over 25 years, she guided the marketing efforts for the San Franciscobased architecture firm founded by her father, Donald Sandy, FAIA. She left the firm in 2017 to pursue her love of storytelling, and works with numerous design, hospitality and winery clients, to help them develop and convey their stories. Her first book, The New Architecture of Wine, was published by Gibbs Smith Books in August, 2019; her second book, At Home in the Wine Country, will be released in 2021. See her story on a Marin County home beginning on page 64 of this issue.
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Sonya Rapoport Koch II, 1973–75 Spray acrylic and graphite on canvas 72 x 96 inches
Sonya Rapoport: Biorhythm focuses on a decade of rapid transformation in the artist’s practice—from her first SJMA exhibition of paintings in 1974 to her computer-mediated interactive performances— examining the artist’s prescient exploration of computercollected and -analyzed personal data and its aesthetic and cultural implications. This multiyear project Biorhythm (1980–86), for which she collected and analyzed personal data through both self-assessment and technologybased calculation. Using thenpopular biorhythm computers to measure and plot users’ emotional, physical, and intellectual states and comparing the data to personal accounts—including verbal statements made by performance participants and her own diarylike pictorial collages made daily over the course of a year—Rapoport charted the correlation between computed and personal assessment. Biorhythm is on view until July 5, 2020. For more information please call 408.271.6840 or visit www.sjmusart.org.
THE INSTITUTE AND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA ART IRVINE Focusing on idealized representations of the North American wilderness, Sublime Wonderlands examines longlasting associations of the American landscape with rugged beauty, limitless resources, and national pride. Assembling a selection of over forty landscape paintings spanning the late 1800s to the 1980s and ranging in style from American Romanticism to contemporary abstraction, the paintings gathered here chart the development of a persistent narrative about landscape and identity. Sublime Wonderlands is on view until May 23, 2020. For more information please call 949.476.0294 or visit www.imca.uci.edu.
FOREST LAWN MUSEUM – GLENDALE Judson Studios: Stained Glass from Gothic to Street Style brings together two of Los Angeles’s preeminent, century-old cultural institutions— Judson Studios and Forest Lawn Museum—for an exhibition that shines a new light on the contemporary and historic practices of stained glass through the pioneering work of Judson Studios. The exhibition is on view at Forest Lawn Museum from April 23–September 6, 2020, with a press preview and public opening on the evening of April 23. Judson Studios includes nearly 100 original stained glass artworks, preparatory drawings, oil paintings, watercolors, and archival photographs as well as collaborations with contemporary artists that redefine traditional stained glass art. For more information please call 323.340.4782 or visit www.forestlawn.com.
Marco Zamora and Judson Studios Amor Fati, 2015 Stained glass and fused glass, 49 x 25 inches LEFT
James Swinnerton Sunset in Monument Valley, 1928 Oil on canvas 30 x 40 inches 28 | CALIFORNIA HOMES
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JoAnne Artman Gallery is pleased to present, Connecting the Dots, an exhibition featuring new works by America Martin. Referencing Paul Klee’s statement that, “A line is a dot that went for a walk,” the title serves as a fitting descriptor of Martin’s adept and exuberant use of line. Employing smooth, bold curves as well as hard, geometric strokes, she adheres to the most fundamental aspect of drawing - the line - to tell a story, connecting compositional elements and personal narratives throughout her practice. Indulging her imagination, Martin allows lines to guide the visual properties and narrative of each of her compositions in the continued and playful fantasy of a dot going for a stroll. Connecting the Dots is on display until April 30, 2020. The gallery is located at 326 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651. For more information please call 949.510.5481 or visit www.joanneartmangallery.com. ABOVE
America Martin The Maidens Oil and acrylic on canvas 57 x 50 inches
America Martin Cornflowers Shasta and Barberton Daisies Color ink on cotton paper 28 x 35.75 inches
ADELE GILANI ART GALLERY - SAUSALITO
Located in Sausalito’s New Town District, Adele Gilani Art Gallery celebrates human connection, color, and joy in an intimate oasis of contemporary art. AGA Gallery is a place to learn the language of art and deepen our relationship to it. The artwork in AGA Gallery is bold, memorable, inspiring and created by full-time artists dedicated to understanding and cultivating the language of creation. AGA Gallery primarily exhibits painters from Oakland such as Adele Gilani, Julia Marchand, Michelle Fillmore, and Jirsa but is no stranger to alternative art forms presenting screen-prints by John Mavroudis and digital embroidery by Stephen Wilson. The gallery is located at 328 Pine Street, Sausalito, CA 94965. For more information please call 859.489.3714 or visit www.adelegilani.com.
THE ERIN HANSON GALLERY – CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA
Meet the artist Erin Hanson during a special Open House at the new Erin Hanson Gallery in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Erin will be on hand to discuss her work and sign books and calendars. Experience the beauty of Open Impressionism paintings and enjoy an evening in Carmel! Wine and refreshments will be served. The Erin Hanson Gallery is located on San Carlos between 5th & 6th Street in Carmel, CA 93921. For more information please call 858.324.4644 or visit www.erinhanson.com.
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The San Diego Museum of Art is pleased to present the exhibition In the Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, featuring nearly 70 paintings by renowned 17th century Dutch artists whose works introduced innovative artistic and technical approaches to the art world. On view May 23, 2020, through September 7, 2020, this exhibition showcases the subjects in which Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–1669) and other Dutch masters specialized. In the Age of Rembrandt: Dutch Paintings from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston showcases Rembrandt’s extraordinary ability to use composition, color, form and brushwork to capture human emotion and imperfections, as seen in the masterpiece Portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh (1632), one of the painter’s earlier works. Also featured in the exhibition are Reverend Johannes Elison (1634) and Maria Bockenolle (Wife of Johannes Elison) (1634), providing insight into the popularity of portraiture. For more information please call 619.232.7931 or visit www.sdmart.org.
Jacob van Ruisdael Winter Landscape with Two Windmills, 1675-80 14 x 16 inches Oil on canvas
PALM SPRINGS ART MUSEUM
Palms Springs Art Museum presents Lino Tagliapietra: II Deserto Fiortito on view until April 30, 2020. One of the greatest living artists working in glass, Lino Tagliapietra was born in 1934 in Murano, Italy and became an apprentice glassblower at age 11. Even at a young age, Tagliapietra exhibited an immense dexterity for glass and, at age 21, was appointed the title of “Maestro,” an honor reserved for only the best glassblowers. This special exhibition includes more than 30 pieces created over the past 15 years, including new work. The selection highlights Tagliapietra’s creations in a range of spectacular and experimental forms, as well as his intense colors and intricate patterns. For more information please call 760.322.4800 or visit www.psmuseum.org. LEFT Lino Tagliapietra installation photos by Lance Gerber RIGHT MIDDLE
Wim Delvoye Installation of 23 Circular Sawblades, 1989 Enamel paint on sawblades and wood cabinet
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Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) is proud to present In the Meanwhile…Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary Art. This exhibition is on view from March 22 until August 30, 2020 and highlights the institution’s never-ending pursuit of acquiring avantgarde contemporary art. The installation focuses largely on works never-before exhibited at SBMA. Part I Works on Paper (March 22 – July 5) first of this twopart exhibition presents over 30 works on paper, encompassing drawings, prints, and photographs, and is inspired in large part by an initiative introduced by artist and philanthropist Basil Alkazzi. Part II Painting and Sculpture (May 3 – August 30) presents a multidimensional array of works ranging from allegorical paintings by Nigel Cooke, Noah Davis, and Jeni Spota, to major sculptures by Vernon Fisher, Jim Isermann, and Cheryl Pope, among many others. In the Meanwhile embraces the opportunity to languish in a moment of anticipation—taking a moment to glance back at recent history, but also to imagine what is to come.
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ANDREW FISHER AND JEFFRY WEISMAN
create design alchemy in their interiors and furnishings. When they founded their eponymous San Francisco design firm in 2000, their backgrounds could not have been more different. Fisher worked for flamboyant maximalist Tony Duquette after studying studio art at California College of the Arts. He later became a business associate of traditional interior designer John Hallock. By contrast, Weisman was the protégé of
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Notebook | VISIONARY Fisher Weisman’s Cairo quatrefoil sconce, handcrafted in steel and papier mâché, adds an exotic touch to any interior.
FAR LEFT An Ice Cube Pendant floats above an Acanthus Minor Desk. The bureau plat features sculptural, hand-cast, solid bronze legs with acanthus leaf designs. BELOW The white gesso Schiaparelli-esque Flare Table Lamp illuminates a Moorish inspired Casablanca Console.
modernist Charles Pfister. Armed with a design degree and MBA from Stanford, he chose the restrained minimalist route designing corporate interiors for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Gensler. The partners blended aesthetic is most apparent in Casa Acanto, their 18th–century residence in the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Once a tannery, Fisher, and Weisman transformed and expanded the L-shaped building into an opulent yet edited getaway. The designers arranged the property for indoor and outdoor living with older jacaranda trees, a Sala Abierta facing a saltwater pool, and terraced gardens.
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Reminiscent of the ceremonial crowns of New Spain, Fisher Weisman wrapped natural sisal rope around steel to fashion the Crown Lantern. A dangling rock crystal ball gives a Tony Duquette touch to the Ziggurat wall scones fabricated from steel, papier mâché, and hand-blown glass.
At Casa Acanto, an angular Ziggurat Chandelier plays with the circular form of the Gilded Cage Dining Table Base.
Working with local artisans, they installed hand-hewn pine ceiling beams and floor tiles aged with a mixture of gasoline and tar. As a counterpoint to the warm woods and terracotta, a color palette of blue and white echoes the decorative arts of not only Mexico but the near and far east. At the same time, European antiques mingle easily with new custom pieces. Inspired by the renovation of Casa Acanto, Fisher and Weisman launched a line of furniture, lighting, and accessories collaborating with gifted craftspeople from Mexico and beyond. The Collection benefits from each designer’s unique perspective.
Fisher, with his background in metalworking and sculpture, brings a jeweler’s eye to each piece while Weisman’s foundation in architecture values scale and proportion. Whimsy and fantasy merge with form and function in gilded chandeliers crafted from papier mâché and steel, crown lanterns fabricated from sisal rope, and gessoed Giacometti-esqe table lamps. CH View the Fisher Weisman Collection in San Francisco at HEWN or in Los Angeles at Jean de Merry. For design services, contact Fisher Weisman Brugioni, 3150 18th Street, Suite 206, Box 519, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415.843.5007
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The queen of organization, Martha Stewart, has collaborated with California Closets to create a customizable line, The Everyday System, for every room in your home. The modern metal and wood design with a hidden track system requires minimal installation and is offered at an accessible price point. California Closets, www.californiaclosets.com
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John Pierpont Morgan was one of America’s foremost art collectors of his time. He was also the grandfather of Paul Pennoyer, the late husband of the firm’s founder Cecily Pennoyer. The access to Morgan’s original art pieces, Cecily felt it was essential to preserve the history he had collected throughout his lifetime and devised a remarkable method of casting the lead and ceramic garden objects. The legacy continues with Virginia Pennoyer Newman at the helm. The collection includes planters, urns, statuary, seating, fountains, and wall plaques. They are committed to manufacturing quality products in an array of shapes and sizes, using materials that make their planters exceptionally lightweight, weather-resistant, and durable. The use of marble and rock encourages the growth of moss and lichen on the containers, creating the timeless and gently aged look that designers covet. CH Pennoyer Newman, 2665 Main Street No. 206, Santa Monica, CA 90405, pennoyernewman.com
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INTERIORS The Runway Moves Into Your Living Room With Two Distinctive Collaborations From London
The family run company is known for their luxurious hand-painted wallpapers and fabrics with extraordinary attention to detail. The new collection with fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu, embodies his signature look of romantic florals and is a perfect collaboration of craftsmanship and style.
deGournay, 3681A Sacramento Street, San Francisco, 415.800.7978, www.degournay.com 1. Erdem Spring/Summer 2020 collection in deGournay fabric in front of Kelly Green wallpaper. 2. Detail of deGournay artist at work.
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1. Tuileries sofa covered in Regency Swirl Adamâ€™s Pink and Ripple console. 2. Timbuktu Koro Grenat Vert screen. The pattern is inspired by the staggered architecture of mosques in Mali.
3. Timbuktu in Mirage. 4. Regency Swirl in Etrurian Blue 5. Duro Olowu and Soane Britain founder, Sara Lytle.
The fashion designer Duro Olowu is known for his vivid, graphic patterns, inspired both by his Nigerian background and international lifestyle. Olowu has collaborated with Soane Britain on four new fabrics that exuberantly combine tradition and modernity.
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Books REVIEWED BY KATHY BRYANT
Private Gardens of Santa Barbara
Text by Margie Grace Photography by Holly Lepere Santa Barbara, often dubbed the American Riviera, is home to some of the most beautiful gardens in the world, and many of them were designed by Grace Design Associates, the awardwinning Santa Barbara-based landscape design-build studio. This, their first coffee table book, features 230 color photographs of gardens from 18 residential homes. Here is the chance to get an intimate peek behind garden gates and see these designs up close. Written by Margie Grace, founding principle of Grace Design Associates, the book is a personal tour through her own garden and those of her clients. “Each garden is a response to the unique character and architecture of the site, adapted to the personality and lifestyle needs of the people who live there,” says Grace. Among other considerations are soil health, animal habitat and stormwater retention. Twice named International Landscape Designer of the Year by The International
ABOVE A large ceramic pot adds architectural interest to the garden.
A pair of rare sphinx statues survived a debris flow. They stand guard to the entry.
Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Grace is a member of an elite group whose work is celebrated both locally and internationally. What makes this book so special is Grace’s personal commentary on each project. In the Introduction she refers to herself as a Garden Maker who works with nature to create gardens to feed our spirits and inspire our dreams. Each showcased garden is distinctive and has its own charm whether the garden enhances a large estate, a modest bungalow or a beach retreat.
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ABOVE Flanked by a large nature preserve on one side and a well-treed estate on the other, this two-acre lot is perfect for dining al fresco. LEFT A viewing platform at the pond is a perfect place to relax.
My favorite is her own garden which takes cues from Santa Barbaraâ€™s famous Lotusland. The property is divided into themed spaces such as the Bromeliad Garden and the Secret Garden, an Asian-style space, among others. Throughout the book she encourages readers to take inspiration and ideas from Private Gardens of Santa Barbara and make them their own. SInce, according to Grace, the bookâ€™s landscape styles range from traditional to contemporary, romantic to whimsical and restrained to unapologetically exuberant, readers are sure to find a creative idea to take home and cultivate. CH Private Gardens of Santa Barbara Text by Margie Grace Photography by Holly Lepere 256 pages, 230 color photographs Hardcover 11x9.5 inches $50 US ISBN: 978-1-4236-5414-8 Gibbs Smith Utah MARCH/APRIL 2020 | 49
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Beautiful roses add exuberance to the garden.
OPPOSITE TOP : Colorful droughttolerant plantings and sandstone boulders native to the site are used throughout the garden. OPPOSITE BOTTOM
This oval cedar â€œspoolâ€? - used for cool summer dips and warm winter soaks - holds more than 4,000 gallons of water, which can be used for firefighting.
The Glamour Of Hollywood’s Golden Age Is Refreshingly Reimagined In Martyn Lawrence Bullard’s Latest Hotel Design Reveal BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL
LOS ANGELES’S FAMED WHITLEY HEIGHTS
neighborhood is home to a particularly rich vein of Tinsel town lore. Once a celebritystudded community of 1920s and 30s starlets, including icons like Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich and James Dean, the area is a treasure trove of Hollywood history—which award-winning designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard happily tapped for The Prospect, a new 24-room boutique hotel in a resurrected
in the midst of a residential street, the subtle yet striking exterior of The Prospect boasts a black and white palette, striped awnings and cherry-red door.
OPPOSITE The lobby’s jewel tones, gleaming gold accents and geometric floor tiles recall Hollywood’s Golden Age. “We took design cues from the regency-style architecture and from the fact that this area had been an amazing celebrity commune, with all that old-school glamour, to create a sense of place,” says designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
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1939 Regency-style property. In addition to Golden Ageappropriate opulence like the lobby’s floor-to-ceiling gilded palms and emerald green walls, Bullard hunted down everything from ticket stubs to old Oscar invites and movie stills, all of which refer to the area. Each guest room’s bespoke design winks to famous former residents too, the glamorous Greta Garbo perhaps most impressively. “Her great movie was Mata Hari, so that room has a wonderful sort of chinoiserie-exotic flavor about it, with a wonderful four-poster
Lucite bed and a beautiful image of her,” says Bullard. “I also love the Cary Grant room, which has dark royal blue lacquer with two different types of marble blue wallpaper all juxtaposed with zebra print—which may sound horrendous, but looks amazing together.” That kind of luxurious, eclectic and sophisticated decor that’s made Bullard a favorite of the likes of Elton John, Cher and the Kardashians is on bold display throughout The Prospect. Contemporary objets d’art mix with velvet-swathed
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BELOW The daily Continental breakfast is an indulgence, with pastries from Tartine and Vittoria coffee. BOTTOM RIGHT Donâ€™t miss the chance to sip something sparkly from the minibar vintage crystal stemware, and channel your inner screen siren. OPPOSITE Life-size gilded palm trees steal the show in the lobby. Bullard sourced artwork and furnishings from Texasâ€™s Round Top Antiques Fair, eBay, various flea markets, and voila! Creative Studio in Los Angeles.
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banquettes, mismatched vintage oil paintings pair with wildly patterned wallpaper and everything is tempered by a swirl of memorabilia. Bullard browsed the work of Hollywood Regency-style designer mainstays like Billy Haines and Tony Duquette for inspiration too. “I wanted to evoke a true feeling of sense of place, of glamour, of romance, of the history here,” says Bullard. “And it was important to position those
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historic takes with modern hits in a way that doesn’t feel tacky or tongue-in-cheek, but interesting and inherited instead.” It’s only apropos that the hotel opened on the cusp of the 2020 Oscars, even more so that two nominees and one winner stayed the night. “That means The Prospect’s history and vibe has already become part of today’s history,” says Bullard. CH
LEFT Filled with palm trees and cactuses, the hotel’s lush courtyard garden is a laid-back haven that’s minutes away from the bustle of Hollywood Boulevard. BELOW A freestanding black clawfoot tub in the Grand Premier Suite looks incredibly elegant set against the chinoiserie-adorned walls. BOTTOM LEFT There’s
no lack of glam factor throughout the one-of-a-kind premier rooms—some of which even include lacquered kitchenettes.
OPPOSITE Each of The Prospect’s premier rooms nod to a famous movie star, celebrity or actor who’d lived in the area, and in the Grand Premier Suite—colloquially known as the Mata Hari Suite—Bullard pays ode to Greta Garbo and her famous role with chinoiserie wallpaper, a stunning four-poster Lucite bed and plenty of memorabilia.
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Windows & Doors The Series 4400-T-Pivot Door Is This Companyâ€™s Latest Launch BY KAVITA DASWANI
WITH ITS LATEST LAUNCH, the Series 4400-T Pivot Door, acclaimed industry leader Fleetwood Windows & Doors can ensure that homeowners in New York and Maine have access to the same seamless and dramatic pivot door as their Californian counterparts. The product is the first weather and energy rated pivot door designed for luxury homes. It is sturdy enough to be used in sub-zero temperatures as it is in the balmier climes of other parts of the country.
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Pivot doors, which typically slide to a 90-degree opening, obviate the need for conventional hinge fixtures. However, most doors of his kind require a closer that is a shoebox-sized fixture buried into the cement. The Series 4400-T is affixed with a small pivot plate about the size of a business card. This allows for a degree of versatility that makes the door as attractive as a grand entrance door as it is for a second story balcony, ensuring an aesthetic that flows throughout the home. The door is also designed to be retrofitted into just about any residence, as well as in spec homes and rebuilds. The Series 4400-T is the latest from Fleetwood Windows & Doors, the Corona-based company that was founded in 1961 and specializes in modern, high-quality and sustainablyproduced fixtures for residential projects. Fleetwood currently operates across the US, Canada and Mexico. CH www1.fleetwoodusa.com
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A TRANQUIL RETREAT A FAMILY COMPLETES A TRANSFORMATIONAL PROJECT AT THE FOOT OF MT. TAMALPAIS TEXT BY HEATHER SANDY HEBERT PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL DYER
Soothing grey-green tones continue into the living room, where the architects lowered the floors to gain additional ceiling height. A cut-away fireplace clad in custom zinc panels adds an industrial element.
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OR A MARIN COUPLE AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN,
this property nestled at the base of Mt. Tamalpais represented everything they wanted. It offered proximity to nature, a healthy indoor-outdoor lifestyle, and, most importantly, a tranquil retreat from the hectic pace of their modern lives. The challenge was the home itself. The 1960s craftsmanstyle home had good bones and a strong presence - heavily influenced by the design legacy of Greene & Greene - but the convoluted floor plan and dark interiors called for a complete
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overhaul of the interior spaces. Marin-based Polsky Perlstein Architects partnered with Mansfield + Oâ€™Neil Interior Design to completely transform the home for modern family life. One of the key decisions was to move the kitchen from the dark northwest corner of the house to the sunny southwestern facade, where it could open directly to the light and the views of the mountain. The new kitchen and adjacent family room now form a great room that acts as the nexus of the home: all indoor/outdoor flow passes through this generous space directly out to the rear terrace.
ABOVE Graceful globe pendants from Avrett hang above a generouslyscaled island in the open kitchen. Clean lines and the neutral hues of the floor, island, and cabinetry receive a hint of color from the soft green Cle tiles on the backsplash, and open shelving provides room for personal collections.
In the dining room, a playful pendant from Holly Hunt hangs above the sleek Altura table and Bright chairs.
OPPOSITE Existing windows and doors were replaced by steel doors and windows from Jada on the ground floor. The steel doors and windows were not only elegant but allowed slimmer stiles and rails to usher more light into the interiors.
BELOW In the lower-level family room, which opens directly onto a landscaped play area, a custom sectional provides loads of room to hang out, and a Tidelli hanging chair made of marine-grade rope adds an element of whimsy.
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ABOVE Heightened shades of teal punch up the color palette in the family room, and fabrics are designed for heavy use. Subtly striped flooring is durable, designed so that kids can run freely indoors and out. BELOW The pool house - formerly a 1970s-era “Tiki hut”–is now a chic retreat. Hits of orange and a fun corrugated metal ceiling make this a lively space.
The design team then turned their talents to creating an open, airy, and contemporary interior that would effortlessly accommodate an active family of four (plus two dogs). Livability was key. “We wanted to create an everyday home where our clients could interact and entertain easily and comfortably,” says designer Lisa O’Neil. Clean lines, comfortable furnishings, and a neutral palette provide a distinct sense of tranquility. The designers then layered in subtle and sophisticated colors, drawing hues from the natural surroundings deep into the interiors. Soft, grey-green pillows in the living room, blue-green tones in the master bedroom, and more lively pops of apple green and turquoise in the downstairs rec room give each space its own unique tone. This project is the first collaboration between the architects and designers, but their symbiotic approach is evident throughout. The clean lines of the cabinetry and island in the kitchen, combined with
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delicate outlines of the pendants and counter seating, provide a perfect complement to the elegant lines of the steel doors that now line the home’s rear facade. In the living room, the architects had strategically lowered the floor level to increase ceiling height. The designers added hints of a more industrial palette - custom zinc paneling on the fireplace and a barn board-clad half wall dividing the living and dining areas - that not only delineate the transition from living to the dining room but add just the right amount of visual heft. Sited down a newly-terraced slope, the renovated pool house caps off the project. The designers dressed the space - formerly a 1970sera Tiki hut - in a neutral palette with accents of orange - chosen to complement the house’s blue-green color scheme, as well as the abundance of nature just outside. The renovated craftsman-style home now takes full advantage of its peaceful woodland setting and its breathtaking views of Mt. Tamalpais. CH
In the master bedroom, cooler tones of blue-green create a spa-like sense of retreat. Bernhardt nightstands are topped with lamps by Kelly Wearstler for Circa, flanking a Luna bed from Arturra. The custom bench by Jonathan Coppin is covered in a Larsen fabric.
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On the upper-level terrace, chairs from Sutherland surround the firepit.
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Directly extending off the living room and kitchen, an arcade of ornate Corinthian columns on the main floor loggia frame an unobstructed ocean view. OPPOSITE The homeâ€™s impressive arched, mahogany-and-glass double front door, custom designed by architect Homer Oatman, is based on classic French door styles.
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A NEWLY BUILT BEACH HOUSE IS INFUSED WITH BOTH CLASSIC ELEGANCE AND CONTEMPORARY CHARM TEXT BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK TANNER
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T H I S I S A F O R M A L Y ET R EL A X E D FR E NCH - ST Y L E
home–and yes, I know that’s an oxymoron,” quips designer Errol de Jager of his clients’ newly constructed Dana Point home. He breaks down its style by what he and the homeowners dubbed the “three R’s”: rustic, refined and romantic. The ground level’s living spaces are the most refined; the upper floor’s four bedrooms are intimately romantic; and the walk-out basement, anchored by
a family room, reads more rustic. But overall, de Jager insists, though his clients desired formal living spaces, they recognized that their location—a coveted oceanside lot on The Stand—called for a touch of California casual, too. “It’s like a Provençe manor—formal, but softer, and not going baroque. It’s evocative of what you might see in France if a family had owned a home for three to four
LEFT Subtle touches of gold appear in the formal living room and kitchen, uniting and elevating both spaces. The living room’s formal arrangement of seating both sets the tone and defines the line between it and the open kitchen.
generations,” explains architect Homer Oatman. His challenge was balancing the traditional architecture the home demanded against today’s lifestyle. “A couple hundred years ago everything was built out of stone and you couldn’t have a lot of windows and openings. Now, especially as this is a beach house, we’ve embraced the view, the light and the indoor-outdoor lifestyle that’s so California,” he said. Perfecting this equilibrium meant compromising on strict
ideas about formality, particularly with just roughly 3,000 square feet per floor tucked within the shoebox-shaped lot. Given the limitations, the kitchen opens unconventionally into a formally attired living room and the formal dining room has doorless double-wide entry ways that nod to modern openplan layouts. “It’s a very up-to-date floor plan that gets its oldworld feel primarily from the materials and palette,” notes builder Mike Reeves of Corbin Reeves.
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LEFT A round table and armchairs by Dennis & Leen, a furniture company known for its 17th-century Frenchinspired designs, preside over a dining nook in the kitchen. OPPOSITE An ornate brick fireplace, paneled alcoves, stone vases and candlestick chandelier all nod to the homeâ€™s classic French home inspiration.
Enhancing that historic ambiance are the furnishings, finishes and fixtures, which in some instances are the result of de Jager’s painstaking problem-solving. Combining a formal living room with a kitchen was particularly intimidating. “We came up with the idea that the refrigerator would be armoire-style and that the traditional upper cabinets would extend down to the counters, letting them read like display cabinets,” he said. “That was a wild card.” Also key are the intricate paneling and coffered ceilings that span the entire floor, adding a formal sensitivity throughout. Even downstairs on the casual “rustic” level, the designer opted for reasonably formal furnishings and a delicately detailed coffered ceiling, visually connecting it with the rest of the house. A similar element is at play in the master bathroom upstairs, where the paneling and elongated cabinetry echo the kitchen’s aesthetics. A soft palette of woods, grays and light blues successfully tie the whole home together. The true triumph of the project is that homeowners, after initially envisioning this house as their beachside family getaway, fell so deeply in love with it that it became their primary residence. Their daughter even married there shortly after completion. “That’s the reason we do what we do. It’s not for money or recognition. It’s so a family has a home they can treasure and love,” says de Jager. CH
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BELOW The master bedroom’s double-wide doorway opens completely to a private, glass-walled balcony with stunning sea and sky views. Ferrell Mittman’s elegant St. George bed is perfectly placed to fully appreciate the scene. OPPOSITE A luxurious freestanding tub is the statuesque centerpiece of the master bath, which includes cabinetry and paneling evocative of that in the kitchen. The high ocean-facing dormer window lacks a window treatment— deliberately—but a pocket door allows the room to be closed off for privacy.
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LEFT Directly below the formal living room and kitchen lies a family room and bar (as well as a home office), featuring two fireplaces, two TVs and a pool table. Formally arranged furniture and a common color scheme keep this level visually connected to the others. BELOW Wide doorways opening to the living room, dining room and kitchen all the way back to the loggia illuminate a pathway out to views of the Pacific.
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DESIGNER PARVIZ PAGARI DOES A HEAD-TO-TOE TRANSFORMATION TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARY E. NICHOLS
Architecture by Warner Group Architects all aglow in Montecito.
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A Jean De Mary wooden sideboard sits beneath a mirror from Michael Taylor.
In the Poggenpohl custom kitchen, an inviting breakfast nook: beneath a George Smith chandelier is a Jean De Mary metal base breakfast table. Chairs are upholstered in fabrics from Holly Hunt. Counter chairs also from Jean de Mary upholstered in Thomas Lavin suede beneath pendant lights from Wired.
LT H O U G H I T WA S O N C E OW N E D A N D O C C U P I E D B Y A FA M O US
basketball player, the Bel Air home that was recently made over by Parviz Pagari needed a head-to-toe transformation. “There was quite a lot of work to be done,” said Pagari, who is based in Beverly Hills and is originally from Iran. “When I saw it, I knew it had great potential.” The new owners, Michael and Fariba Rad, enlisted Pargari to completely renovate the Mediterranean-style home in a gated community, gutting the 15,000 square feet of living space and overseeing the landscaping on the 45,000 square feet lot. The renovation took almost two years, and was completed in 2019. “All we really left was the structure,” said Pagari. “But otherwise we changed all the interior architecture, added bathrooms, moved the swimming pool from the front to the back so it’s now an infinity pool. We made some very significant changes.”
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In its previous incarnation, the house had a private barber shop on one of the lower floors. Pagari removed that and replaced it with suites for the household staff. One of the upstairs rooms was formerly a walk-in closet for the previous owner’s vast collection of athletic shoes. Pagari transformed that into a massage room, with an adjacent space for barbering. And a point of pride for the homeowners - the rare luxury of his-and-her powder rooms.
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Pagari said that the overarching goal for his clients was to capitalize on the substantial outdoor space and combine that with their love of entertaining. “There are lots of interior and exterior gathering areas, and doors that open up to allow access to the outside spaces,” he said. “It’s perfect for entertaining.” That the couple had worked with Pagari in the past allowed them to develop a shorthand - leading to a fair bit of creative freedom for the designer.
ABOVE Swimming pool and landscape design by Parviz Pargari. Outdoor furniture and fabrics from Janes et Cie.
Cabinet and mirror custom designed by Parviz Pagari. Lantern and sconces by Foundry Lighting. The pouf ottoman comes from Witford.
Jean de Mary sofa with fabric from Kravet. Fabric for pillows from Scalamandre. A coffee table is by Jean de Mary and custom glass paint artwork on the wall. Sconces from Wired. The accessories in the space are from Formations and Chaaban.
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RIGHT In the master suite, the custom bed and bench are from Nancy Corzine; nightstands by Michael Taylor. The bedding is from Robert Allen custom made by International Down & Linen. In the seating area, chairs by Gregorious Pineo are covered with fabric from Holly Hunt. Lighting, including the chandlier and sconces, from Wired.
“They trusted me 100 percent,”he said. “I just started creating and coming up with ideas and then of course asking their opinion. They have a great appreciation for design. Otherwise, our most important objective was that the house should have a fully cohesive look.” Pagari went to his most valued design resources for upholstery, furniture and rugs, pedigreed names such as Holly Hunt, Jean De Merry and Thomas Lavin. Other than the piano, which came from the Rads previous home, everything else in the house was new, much of it custom-designed by Pagari - even the gleaming mirrors in the bar area, which features a mix of metal, glass, wood and stone elements. That’s one of many neoclassical luxurious touches, the others being slabs of five by eight-foot Italian granite that cover the entire first floor. Throughout, a sense of lightness and brightness permeates the various spaces; the Poggenpohl kitchen, living room, family room and formal dining room that seats 14 all flow easily together. In the master bedroom, Pagari created a separate living/lounging space and small bar area where the couple can relax with a pre-bedtime drink by the fireplace. “We decided to have the whole house painted white, and with the details of the trims and wall moldings, the effect is very chic,” he said. “But it still feels very happy and comfortable.” CH
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Farmhouse TAYLOR LOMBARDO ARCHITECTS AND DESIGNER REBECCA LOEWKE STRIKE A BALANCE BETWEEN RURAL AND CONTEMPORARY TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADRIÁN GREGORUTTI
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NO DELUSIONS DESIGNER SHELDON HARTE DESIGNS HIS OWN HOME IN PALM SPRINGS TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY TREVOR TONDRO
Architecture by Warner Group Architects all aglow in Montecito.
Sofa and chairs by Restoration Hardware, with Perennials Dove cushions. Maker & Moss Indigo Ombre coffee table. Ortal fireplace
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on 15 acres in Sonoma, completed by Taylor Lombardo Architects last year, began as a rather different project. “It started off as a very modern spec house,” said Tom Taylor, partner at the San Francisco-based firm. “But the owners sold it before we started construction. The new owners came in, loved the floor plan, but wanted something less modern.” After an extensive redesign, the estate - with more than 10,000 square foot of indoor space across three buildings reflects the owners’ vision for a second home that should still feel like a family home. There is plenty of space for their young children - including a playhouse in a barn. For large gatherings, Taylor created sophisticated indoor-outdoor open-plan rooms, including one with a dramatic vaulted ceiling. Taylor said that striking a balance between rural and contemporary was a critical factor. The mostly flat acreage includes a working vineyard, while a two-story barn is designed to hold farming equipment.
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“We were going for a contemporary farmhouse and didn’t want it to be very rustic,” said Taylor. “A lot of times, when people think of a modern farmhouse, they think of something that’s slightly rustic but has modern features. The clients definitely wanted something more overall polished than that, while keeping the openness of a modern house.” The main house is 6,600 square feet and arrayed in an easy flow with oversized windows and doors (including some that are 40-foot wide) that let in plenty of light. Taylor said that the selection of doors and windows was amongst the most “handwringing” of aspects of the job. “We were trying to find a balance between something slightly traditional and more modern,” he said. “The original design was for aluminum doors, and that worked fine then. But it didn’t feel right for the redesign. We went with a mixture of steel in a couple of places, while most of the house has wooden doors for a more traditional look. And that ended up being a good choice.” The original more modern design had flat roofs, but the pitched roofs are now an important aspect of the design. A guest house is a cozy 600 square feet, while the garage/barn, at 2,800 square feet, can be seen from the main house so the children can play in its upstairs playroom and still be within sight of their parents.
In the great room, pendants from Paul Ferrante. The 10’ dining table is from Restoration Hardware’s Reclaimed Oak Parsons collection, with chairs from West Elm Slope Leather in Aegean Blue with antique brass. Center table by Arteriors Seren. Custom sofas through Rebecca Loewke.
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Harte’s and Comb’s interest in art spreads to the outdoors, where a Robert Kuo grasshopper climbs a wall next to a 17th-century marble torso from Italy. The dog sculpture and furniture are from Formations.
In the kitchen, the backsplash tile is Cream Crackle by local company Sonoma Tilemakers. Cabinetry is Hardwood Habitat. The hood is custom through Lux Metals in Santa Rosa, with fittings by Waterstone in Antique Pewter, and pendants from Paul Ferrante. Artwork is Matt Rogers from St Helena.
Taylor Lombardo worked with Peninsulabased interior designer Rebecca Loewke, who continued the modern-yet-warm aesthetic. The interiors have a clean and neutral background - 40x40” porcelain tiles that look like concrete, soft white walls, warm and light woods. Jeff Wollmer, founder of Wollmer Custom Building in Santa Rosa, was the general contractor on the project. Loewke said that despite the scale of the home, the overarching goal was to create a place that was warm and inviting. “The most important thing to the family was to have a place where they could come up on the weekends or spend the summer and not worry about anything,” said Loewke. “Everything needed to be family-friendly.” Loewke, who had worked with the owners before, helped achieve this ease and accessibility in a number of different ways; the bathroom floors are covered in porcelain tile for efficient clean-up,
cabinets work smoothly and are chip- and dent-proof, and the seating areas are designed for long lounging sessions. “We kept a neutral foundation with lots of soft tones, knowing that they could add art here and there,” said Loewke. Pops of color came in areas like the powder room, rendered in an intense midnight blue. The family room has accents of orange and grey, while turquoise and blue tones up-lift the great room. Ensuring a seamless indooroutdo transition was key; one wall opens up entirely onto the outdoors, and the same flooring continues between the indoor living room and the outdoor dining area. Dramatic lighting, from Paul Ferrante and Circa Lighting, anchors many of the spaces. Taylor agreed that keeping the happiness and safety of the children and their friends was paramount. “That was the primary motivation for the owners,” he said. “There’s a barn to play in, a forest, a creek, and everything is viewable from the house. It’s a fun place to be a kid.” CH MARCH/APRIL 2020 | 99
A bucolic setting frames the Sonoma house designed by Taylor Lombardo Architects and Interior Designer, Rebecca Loewke. The homeowner wanted a natural palette and a place where they could bring families and friends for the weekend.
BELOW The powder room has porcelain tile faux wood floors and fittings from Newport Brass. The mirror is by Restoration Hardware. Paint color is BM 2062-20 Gentlemans Gray. Pendants by Arteriors.
ABOVE The master bathroom has fittings by Sigma in Slate finish. The tub is MTI, pendant by Paul Ferrante. Limestone tile through Da Vinci Marble.
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In the master bedroom, white oak flooring by California Wood Floors. All lighting by Circa Lighting. Floating oak nightstands are custom made through Jeff Wollmer. Accent pillows are from Room and Board. Custom headboard and rugs through Rebecca Loewke.
BELOW The Sonoma estate strikes a balance between rustic and contemporary.
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A Classic Scotland Cruise
The Scotland Canals Offer an Intimate View of The Highlands BY KATHY BRYANT
SAY “SCOTLAND” AND IMAGES ARISE: kilts,
bagpipes, thriftiness, whisky, the Loch Ness monster. Visit Scotland and other images become stronger: smiling, friendly people, vast unspoiled acres of gorse or heather, ancient history that’s still immediate and a cultural heritage that speaks through the centuries. Scotland tourism is lately coming through the rye into the light with tourists, over seven hundred thousand from the United States alone last year. Long considered cold, rainy and windy (which it often is) it is still a land that remains largely untouched by commercialism. One of the most surprising things to visitors is that this land is largely uninhabited (around five million people) and that miles of moors, mountains, and lochs can be found without any cottage or person in sight. We chose to see Scotland on a barge trip on the Scottish Highlander run by European Waterways. A barge is an intriguing way to see the Highlands since you are on the water so the forests, mountains and hamlets are close.
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LEFT Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland and overlooks three sea lochs. It’s been restored so you get the feeling of how a laird must have lived. BELOW The Scottish Highlander passes by Urquhart Castle, a spectacular 13th century ruin. OPPOSITE TOP Cawdor
Castle, immortalized in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, has superb gardens and a collection of tapestries, art and furnishings. The Dowager Countess of Cawdor lives there part of the year.
OPPOSITE BOTTOM The Highland Club, a former 19th century Benedictine Monastery, is where we saw a birds of prey demonstration and even got to take a small part in it. The location is right on Loch Ness so the natural beauty is amazing.
Usually we docked in hamlets like Fort Augustus and could walk around at leisure. Besides that, every day we took a minibus tour to landlocked spots like the Culloden Moor, scene of the last major battle in 1746 when British soldiers faced the Highlanders. A museum there graphically and movingly explains it all. Our barge trip started in Inverness, the largest city and cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth. The city is famous now for the site of many of the scenes from television show The Outlander. Unfortunately, I never saw Jamie. We were met by our guide Sonia in a chauffeured minibus and taken to the 117’-long barge where we had a champagne welcome and a stroll along the canal. The Scottish Highlander has four cabins, one of them a suite. Our dinner that night included salmon appetizers and a pork loin entree. All meals, beverages and excursions are included in the price of the trip. The barge has its own private chef who created healthy, delicious meals which always included French wine, local produce, breads, fish and meat, as well as desserts followed by cheese boards with both local and French cheese. MARCH/APRIL 2020 | 103
Travel LEFT The lounge on the Scottish Highlander is a good place to meet for a drink and get to know fellow passengers better. After every excursion, you are greeted with a welcome drink and canapé upon arrival. BELOW There
are four cabins on the barge and one suite. All have a Scottish design theme and en suite bathroom with a shower.
The canal system we so enjoyed was built to reinvigorate a devastated economy in the Highlands and the Caledonian Canal where we spent much time was one of the last, built in 1822. Although the Caledonian Canal is an inland waterway, the wide expanses of lochs can make it seem as if you are out to sea. Since we traveled in the fall, the autumn colors of beech and birch trees were around us everywhere, especially along Laggan Avenue where we were encompassed by red, gold and orange foliage. Every day on the barge trip was completely different. One day, feeling as if we had been whisked to 2000 B.C., we visited the Clava Cairns, a pre-historic clan chieftain burial site and another Outlander setting. It was a bit cold and gloomy the day we visited and with few tourists around it was easy to visualize living in the far past, as well as feeling happy that we didn’t have to now. While docked at the hamlet of Fort Augustus, we visited the private Highland Club, a former 19th century Benedictine Monastery on the banks of Loch Ness. Here we were able to get up close and personal with eagles, owls, falcons and other birds of prey. It was scary at first, but then delightful. On our drive to Eilean (island of ) Donan Castle, which overlooks three sea lochs, we spied three stags in the gorse, a nice welcoming committee. There has been a fortified structure here since the 13th century and Eilean Donan Castle has seen its share of battles and repair and disrepair until 1911 when it was restored.
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Today it is splendid place to visit, giving a real sense of how a laird might live. The Castle may look familiar since many movies have been filmed here. For many, the highlight of the trip was our visit to the dramatic scenery of Glencoe, famed for one of the darker days in Scottish history when soldiers of the Campbell clan massacred 30 members of Clan MacDonald. A museum there explains it all. Each day of this barge trip was so replete that it is impossible to mention all the events and do justice to the expansive scenery of blue and grey skies, scuttling clouds over the moors, a n d s n ow- c a p p e d b e n s (mountains). The weather was cold and brisk, or as our guide Sonia said, “fresh.” Yet the openness was so welcome that a future trip to Scotland is already in the dreaming stage. CH europeanwaterways.com
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Events & Affairs SAN FRANCISCO DECORATOR SHOWCASE Back for its 43rd year, the San Francisco Decorator Showcase recently announced the details of its 2020 edition. Built in 1926, the 6,500-square-foot Mediterranean-style home is located in the West Clay Park neighborhood. This year, 21 design firms will decorate 29 distinct spaces. “We have a wonderful blend of veteran Showcase all-stars mixed with first-time emerging designers, and I’m looking forward to seeing their vision come to life,” Jenny Borden, the director of operations, tells AD PRO. The showcase will feature designers such as Barbra Bright, Sean Leffers, and Kristen Peña. “We were inspired by the gorgeous Mediterranean style of the home and the view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance,” Peña, who will design the master bedroom and closet. “Without giving too much away, think sumptuous velvet, antiqued mirror, natural stone, decorative paint, and chains all working together to create a sexy, luxurious master suite.” The Showhouse will be on display from April 25 through May 25, and proceeds will go to the San Francisco University High School Financial Aid Program. For more information please visit www.decoratorshowcase.org.
THE SPRING GARDEN SHOW AT SOUTH COAST PLAZA The 31st Southern California Spring Garden Show presents At Home in the Garden at South Coast Plaza for four days beginning April 23. The annual event highlights the latest ideas in outdoor living and gardens and draws more than 100,000 visitors. It is the largest Southern California garden show offering complimentary admission. South Coast Plaza’s home décor stores are partnering with innovative Southern California landscape designers and home and garden experts to deliver beautiful ideas for elevating one’s nest. Now in its 31st year, the Southern California Spring Garden Show is the largest Southern California garden show to offer complimentary admission and draws more than 100,000 visitors with exciting outdoor living and gardening themed happenings. New this year: Gardening guru Lauri Krantz will be hosting a talk and a book signing for her book A Garden Can Be Anywhere – Creating Bountiful and Beautiful Edible Gardens. For more information please call 800.782.8888 or visit www.southcoastplaza.com/gardenshow.
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2020 PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE OF DESIGN Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, a non-profit organization bringing music enrichment programs to Southern California. This year’s showcase house was inspired by country houses built in the eastern United States between 1776 to 1820. The Federal-style estate was built in 1937 and designed by architect, Gerald R. Colcord. Sited on park-like grounds, it is a 6,700 square foot family home that features brick veneers, dormers with circular head windows on the second floor and a broken pediment that crowns the front door. Pasadena Showcase House of the Arts’ annual fundraiser is one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country. Now in its 56 years, the Showcase House is visited by approximately 25,000 guests annually. The tours run from April 26 to May 17, 2020. For more information please visit www.pasadenashowcase.org.
GATHERINGS SCAVOLINI OC AND LIGNE ROSET A Beautiful Showroom, Great Food, Wine And Fabulous Jazz Made This Event, Sponsored by Scavolini OC and California Homes, Special Guests were invited to embrace, inspire and create with European Design at a recent event held at the Scavolini OC showroom at SOCO in Costa Mesa. Invitees including architects, builders and interior designers enjoyed wine and appetizers from Crème de la Crème while listening to the fabulous jazz of the Hugh von Kleist Music Group. Sponsors included Oatman Architects, Inc., Corbin Reeves Construction and Stark Carpets. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANN CHATILLON
1 Magdy Mikhail, Martyna Trembinsak and Shady Elzoheiry 2 Rick and Dianne Allen 3 Miquel Sandoval, Farah Smith, Aggie Reyes and James Schaefer
4 Richard Krantz, Christy Ye, and Kerwen Zhang 5 Greg Hawkins, Mike Reeves, Angela Risser, Amir Kazerani, Lauren Van Geem, Mase Kazerani, Susan McFadden, Cynthy Harris and Homer Oatman
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GATHERINGS CALIFORNIA CLOSETS California Closets and California Homes Magazine Enjoy An Event During Palm Springs Modernism Opening Night California Closets partnered with California Homes Magazine for drinks and appetizers during the opening night reception of Palm Springs Modernism Week. Guested were invited to visit the California Closet mobile showroom and be among the very first to see their brand new EVERYDAY SYSTEM, a collaboration between Martha Stewart + California Closets. PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID MOORE
1 Mike and Sue Cassidy with Suzie Alexander and Megan VonAchen 2 Terri Rucker, Preston Mitchell, Susan McFadden, Lori Ramos and Ashley Werbel 3 Dan McCann and Lori Ebeling
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4 Susan McFadden and Jennifer Convy 5 Lori Ramos and Terri Rucker 6 Tom Swope and Carlos Silveira
GATHERINGS DECORATIVE ARTS SOCIETY The Decorative Arts Society Hosts An Evening Introducing Award Winning Landscape Designer Kathryn Herman Sugar and Mike Barnes graciously opened their Corona del Mar home to 120 patrons and underwriters of DARTS (The home was previously featured in California Homes Magazine). As a part of the 25th Annual Series of Decorative Arts Society lectures, Herman was invited to share a presentation on “The Allure of the Garden”. Since its inception, Decorative Arts Society has distributed over $2 Million to Orange County non-profit organizations that help and empower women and children to achieve their potential as responsible contributing members of the community. 2 2
1 Designer Bill Stubbs, Sugar and Willam “Mike” Barnes 2 Roger and Marion Palley, Hyla and Dick Bertea
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PALOS VERDES COASTAL ARCHITECTURE TOUR 3 Exploring The Architecture, Coastal Beauty, Rich History And Fine Culture Of Palos Verdes A group of 35 design aficionados spent the day exploring the architecture, coastal beauty, rich history and fine cultural points-of-interest of Palos Verdes and its environs on Saturday, Oct 19. It was led by regional architectural expert/architect Joseph Spierer, AIA, principal, Joseph Spierer Architects, Inc, and South Bay artist and historian Steve Shriver, as they brought Palos Verdes to life. A portion of the proceeds benefitted the AIA Long Beach/South Bay education and scholarship programs. 1
1 Joe Spierer, Joseph Spierer Architects, Inc; Kristine Hammond, Executive Director, AIA - Long Beach/South Bay; Gail Phinney, Director of Education, Palos Verdes Art Center; Steve Shriver, artist and South Bay historian. 2 Carina Mills, AIA, President and AIA California Rep, AIA - Long Beach/South Bay; Kristine Hammond, Executive Director, AIA -Long Beach/South Bay; Joe Spierer, Joseph Spierer Architects, Inc; and Steve Shriver, artist and South Bay historian at Wayfarers Chapel.
3 Joe Spierer, Joseph Spierer Architects, Inc and Steve Shriver, artists and South Bay historian at the Shriver Farmstead designed by Gordon Kaufmann in 1931. 4 Stephanie Rosso, Joseph Spierer Architects, Inc; Karissa Kizer, AIA, and Frauke Hormann, both of Harrison Design.
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