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FLOATING OVER THE CITY

To Live On The Bird Streets In Hollywood Is To Have Officially Arrived Text by Sari Rose Photography by Jim Bartsch & Simon Berlyn

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EAST MEETS WEST

Monica Cardanini Designs A New England Styled Home In Woodside Text by Kendra Boutell Photography by David Duncan Livingston

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TIMELESS ELEGANCE

Interior Designer Dina Marciano Creates A Spec Home In Corona Del Mar That Is Simple Yet Sophisticated Text by Kavita Daswani Photography by Mark Tanner

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COMBINING TRADITIONAL WITH MODERN Designer Kelly Hohla Creates A Splendid Union Of Two Aesthetics Text by Kavita Daswani Photography by Paul Dyer

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Designer Monica Cardanini transformed a 1970’s Woodside ranch house into a traditional eastern colonial. See story beginning on page 80. Photograph by David Duncan Livingston.

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Designer Fabiana Issac worked with a family’s Moroccan heritage, love of Paris, love of navy blue and delight in fine wine for the remodel of a space where functionality and personality jibe. See story beginning on page 62. Photograph by Brad Knipstein.

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30 CALENDAR California Museums And Galleries BY CATHY MALY

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isionary | Nickey Todd V & Amy Kehoe Shop | Stephan James Product | Desks Product | Surfaces Product | Outdoor Furniture Spotlight | Vintage Timberworks & Thermador

52 BOOKS A 21st Century Palace Asia

Taking Control Of Your Household Water Quality With Pure Elements

Lisa Adams Of L.A. Closet Design Made Her Client’s Wishes Come True

60 DESIGN PROFILE

BY KATHY BRYANT

62 KITCHENS

Designers and Architects Serve Up Fresh Inspirations During This Stay-At-Home Era BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL

104 TRAVEL

ARCHITECTURE International Architect Gerhard Heusch Is Driven By His Travels And Passion

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Editor’s Letter

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anuary began with a positive upward trend then the pandemic hit all of us, changing our direction for 2020. Being the warriors that California breeds, we immediately changed course and worked on innovative new ideas regarding how to survive the underlying fear of Covid-19 and how to keep our lives as normal as possible, continuing to work, only this time at home. Designers and architects are very adaptable and it is always amazing how resourceful people can be. Zoom, Virtual, and Instagram Live all came into play. If our customers can’t come to us, well then we’ll go to them, was the attitude and it worked.

Traditionally this is our “kitchen” issue, and as writer Kelly Philips Badal points out in her opening paragraph,” The role of the kitchen is more central to our lives than ever right now.” She takes us on a journey through seven unique kitchens. We hope you enjoy this issue and find some solace in knowing California Homes is going to continue to publish six times per year, bringing our readers exciting and beautiful design .

Susan McFadden Editor in Chief

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Contributors Contributors KELLY PHILLIPS PAUL DYER BADAL Paul’s former profes-

Kelly sion Phillips workingBadal as a is aloan Los Angeles-based office at a bank writer editor is longand behind him specializing in home now. Paul began as a design, and hobby lifestyle photographer travel editorial. The shooting homes for his former editor in chief in brother, a contractor ofthe Interiors CarmelCalifornia, area. This her work has been published in Sunset, Luxe, led to introductions to architects and interior Angeleno and L.A. Confidential; she’s also held designers. He made the professional leap fifteen staff positions Better & Gardens and years ago andat has beenHomes shooting full time ever Country Living. A native of the midwest, she since. Specializing in architecture and interiors spent a decade living in resorts New York led tonearly shooting for hotels and so City now a before falling in love with California. See her big part of his job is travel. “I get to see resorts cover story on that pageI 74 of this issue. and locations otherwise never would have traveled to. It’s a very nice perk of the job.” See his photography in Kitchen Central on page 62 of this issue.

MARK TANNER

Los Angeles based photographer Mark Tanner hasDÔ been Q. GIGI shooting everything Q. Gigi Dô is an attorfrom fineajewelry ney and formerto staff architectural interiors reporter for the Los and everything in the Angeles Times and between for many Orange County Register. years. Along his Her work haswith been enjoyment for editorial andpublished commercial projects, in many he has a strong passion formagazines creating fine art includphotographs as well. See hisVivid, photography on ing Orange Coast Magazine, and Culture our cover story beginning on page 74 of this magazine. She specializes in writing about travel, issue. dining,www.marktannerphoto.com celebrities, beauty and fashion. See her Architect Profile beginning on page 56.

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Hebert has spent Livingston has been her life immersed the photographer of inseven architecture & home design design. For over 25 books for magazine years, shenationally guided theand features marketing for regionally.efforts His interior the San Franciscophotos convey the based architecture firm founded byplace, her father, sense of they Donald Sandy,with FAIA. She left the firm in and 2017 to show homes inviting natural light pursue hercompositions. love of storytelling, and works balanced Livingston wearswith the numerous design, hospitality and winery clients, hats of art director, photographer and stylist. toLivingston help themlives develop their stories. in theand hillsconvey of Marin with his Her The his Newphotography Architecture of Wine, on wifefirst andbook, son. See beginning was published byissue. Gibbs Smith Books in August, page 80 of this 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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PALM SPRINGS MUSEUM

THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY–SAN MARINO The Botanical Gardens contain more than 15,000 different kinds of plants in more than a dozen principal garden areas, including the Japanese, Rose, Shakespeare, Camellia, Jungle, Palm, and Australian gardens. The newest of these is the Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan, The Huntington’s Chinese garden. It features a lake, bridges, pavilions, and a teahouse, all built with exquisite craftsmanship by artisans from China. The spectacular 10-acre Desert Garden includes nearly 4,000 species of desert plants in a variety of unusual shapes, forms, and colors. A new ceremonial teahouse is located on a ridge with an expansive view of the historic landscape. An online stroll of these beautiful gardens can be taken by clicking on the Botanical Collections Tour on their website at www.huntington.org. For more information please call 626.405.2100 or visit www.huntington.org.

RIVERSIDE ART MUSEUM The Riverside Art Museum has partnered with Google Cultural Institute to create the Google Arts & Culture website to post their exhibitions. The Riverside Art Museum’s online exhibition includes numerous paintings, drawings and photographs from its permanent collections along with weekly series of small exhibitions that will be updated every Saturday. Please visit www.artsandculture. google.com and search Riverside Art Museum to view the online exhibitions. For more information please call 951.684.7111 or visit www.riversideartmuseum.org.

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Palm Springs Museum’s new online exhibition, The Faye Sarkowsky Sculpture Garden is set within the Eric Johnson Memorial Gardens at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert. It features significant sculptures from the museum’s permanent collection, surrounded by a landscaped desert oasis including native plants, winding walkways, and water features. Sculptures on view include works by Fletcher Benton, Betty Gold, Donald Judd, Dan Namingha, and Jaume Plensa, among others. Each sculpture also has an audit transcript. For more information please visit www.psmuseum.org.


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BAKERSFIELD MUSEUM OF ART

While BMoA adapts to meet these challenging times, they have begun developing digital content that furthers their mission: bringing diverse visual arts experiences through the exhibition and preservation of fine art, educational programs, community outreach and special events...now available online. While they maintain physical distance from everyone, the BMoA team is developing innovative opportunities to keep you connected and engaged with art. Join the national conversation by searching #museumathome and tag them @thebmoa on your social media. For more information on museum at home please visit www.bmoa.org.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART In response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, LACMA completely redesigned its homepage. From the new home page, virtual visitors can watch short films, view exhibition walkthroughs and documentaries, listen to curated audio soundtracks, compositions, and live recordings. Exhibitions Fiji and To Rome and Back have featured audio playlists which can be found on-line. Visitors can also browse artworks from their permanent collections. For more information please call 323.857.6010 or visit www.lacma.org.

SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF ART

With the recent outbreak of COVID–19 this has caused used to change how we do things with regards to Museums. Do you know what time it is? Or even what day? Time seems to meld into itself these days, but at SJMA, we are watching the clock—the clock tower, that is! San Jose Museum of Art has created an online video entitled, Behind the Scenes: Winding a Historic Clock, a YouTube Video. San José’s historic clock, manufactured and installed by Danish clock-maker Nels Johnson himself in 1909, was originally part of the City’s first post office and library. The so-called Century Tower Clock was designed to last 100 years, hence the name, and it instantly became an iconic marker of downtown. The clock has survived turbulent times for over one hundred years, including the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Thanks to the Museum’s dedicated staff, who wind it weekly and care for its maintenance, the Century Tower Clock ticks on. We hope this symbol of San José’s enduring history provides a sense of comfort, solace, and continuing perseverance in the face of our current crisis. For more information please call 408.271.6840 or visit www.sjmusart.org. ABOVE

1972 Clock Tower San Jose Museum Rendering TOP LEFT

Andrea Johnson Nightfall, Salinas, 2020 Acrylic on canvas 72 x 36 inches LEFT/MIDDLE

Constance Gordon Cumming, Levuka in Ovalau, Fiji, 19th September 1875 Watercolor 19 3/16 x 28 28 inches Domenico Moglia The Colosseum, c. 1850 Glass micromosaic on marble

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James Wolanin How The West Was Won Acrylic + resin on panel 36 x 36 inches BELOW

Armin Hansen (1886 -1957) View from my Hotel Oil on board Current modern-day view of the same scene.

JOANNE ARTMAN GALLERY–LAGUNA BEACH JoAnne Artman Gallery is starting to promote a new series of online exhibitions in place of physical exhibitions that are currently not possible. JoAnne Artman Gallery, presents: A New Series of Exclusive Online Exhibitions, introducing: How The West Was Won. The romance of the Old West reminds modernity of the freedoms it represents in our imaginations. Artists America Martin, Billy Schenck, Greg Miller and James Wolanin incorporate the legacy of Western Expansion into their art. These artists will inspire, provoke, engage and mesmerize. With visual perceptions always changing, peek behind the stories told and you’re sure to find the right artistic expression. This exhibition is available online thru June 30, 2020 and can be found at www.artsy.net by searching JoAnne Artman Gallery. 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.

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John Singer Sargent Mrs. Huth Jackson, 1907 Oil on canvas 60 1/2 x 40 1/8 inches

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Heather James Fine Art presents, Jewels Of Impressionism and Modern Art 3d Virtual Gallery Tour which you can explore virtually online. The late 19th and early 20th century was a fertile moment in art history as artists began to challenge the status quo in their search for new expressions. This exhibition brings together outstanding treasures representing the dynamic ideas and theories that sprung forth from this time. Starting with the Impressionist pioneers Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, and Alfred Sisley, these artists turned towards technological and scientific advances to capture a rapidly changing society both in the city and in the countryside. As the impact of Impressionism spread, artists like Frederick Carl Frieseke, John Hubbard Rich, and Henry Richter put a uniquely American spin on the movement’s tenets. At the same time, other artists spring-boarded into a new modernism. Also explore the masterwork by John Singer Sargent which showcases the artist’s unmatched excellence in portraiture. Watch the video online for a closer look at the complexity and elegance of Sargent’s Mrs. Huth Jackson. For more information and other tours, please visit www.heatherjames.com.

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WILLIAM A. KARGES FINE ART - CARMEL

Karges Fine Art presents Armin Hansen. View from my Hotel, is a remarkable historical scene of Monterey Bay and the Old Southern Pacific Railroad Station by one of the most famous early Northern California painters. The view is near the docks where the rugged fishermen of the Monterey Peninsula worked, an area that the artist was very familiar with. Hansen is widely admired for his use of deep, saturated primary colors and bold, vibrant, angular brushstrokes, and this is a fine example of his unique, individual style. The Carmel Gallery is located Dolores and Sixth Ave., Carmel CA 93921. For more information please call 831.601.2071 or visit www.gallery@ kargesfineart.com.


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Object Obsessives The Mindful Curation Of Todd Nickey And Amy Kehoe BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL

IN THE 16 YEARS SINCE THEY LAUNCHED

their eponymous firm, and the 11 since their eclectic home goods emporium first opened its doors, Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe have become the L.A.-based authorities on a collected, artfully layered, unfussy style of California chic that’s widely coveted. And while the onset of the pandemic did disrupt the launch of the pair’s new 4,500-square-foot decor shop at 7226 Beverly Boulevard—open for just ten days before shuttering in the wake of the state’s stay-at-home

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Notebook | VISIONARY With an open plan arrangement and plenty of natural light ushered in from skylights and arched windows, Nickey Kehoe’s newly-opened shop location (just a block away from its previous home) is the brand’s largest yet.

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A standout from Nickey Kehoe’s private label collection, the Tufted Bench is casually regal— perfect in an entryway or at the foot of a bed.

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BELOW Plushy wide wale tan corduroy upholstery gives the traditional style of the brand’s Classic High Arm Sofa an informal twist.

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“None of us has ever had this kind of time to sit and ponder and muse,” says Kehoe. “We’re all experiencing a new intimacy with our own spaces.”

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order—the duo view the future with optimism. As they should, given what’s on the horizon. Alongside the expanded Nickey Kehoe boutique, their latest heirloom-quality lighting designs for The Urban Electric Company premiered in April, an anticipated book celebrating their interior design work is set to publish in September, and a vintage-inspired wallpaper line that’s been three years in the making becomes available this fall. As for the pair’s carefully-honed curatorial skills, which have ensconced them as “hunter-gatherers of good taste,” they’ve drawn from their earliest days to meet this year’s challenges. “Amy and I started our business without a backer, with very little money,” says Nickey. “We’ve always been scrappy about how we find things, and that includes eBay, LiveAuctioneers, and more. At some point, we’ll be back at flea markets or traveling to France, but right now, we’re going back to our old resourcefulness.” The designers are currently offering virtual store tours while working on a reopening plan. “We’ve had huge success with FaceTime shopping, and have so much more space than social distancing will be easier and


The design firm’s shop showcases its own line of furnishings, textiles, lighting, and accessories alongside pieces by makers from across the globe, styled with its signature oldworld charm-meetsCalifornia chic aesthetic.

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New from Nickey Kehoe’s collaboration with The Urban Electric Co., this statement 30-inchwide Dome light is simple yet sleek.

muse,” says Kehoe. “We’re all experiencing a new intimacy with our own spaces.” That level of at-home intimacy is further explored through their upcoming book, Golden Light: The Interior Design of Nickey Kehoe (Rizzoli, Sept. 15, 2020), which serves as a retrospective for their nearly twodecade-long design journey. The title is an homage to California’s famous light, Nickey explains. “We came up with the idea of winding our way through Los Angeles, with projects that span from the east side to the west, really just following that trail of light.” Adds Kehoe, “each passing year has brought us so many experiences that deepen what we’re drawn to and broaden what we like—but it’s always in sync, and always with a common thread. Our style continues to evolve, and the fact that ours has grown so much deeper and richer over time is something I love.” CH

The brand’s English Roll Arm Chair draws inspiration from the sinuous, pleated low arm style first popularized in 19th century British country homes.

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more achievable when we do open our doors,” says Nickey. In addition to refined-rustic finds from across the globe and the brand’s own lines of furnishings, textiles, lighting, and accessories (check the bathroom for a glimpse of one of their forthcoming wallpapers too) their larger location also includes a working kitchen from Plain English, functioning primarily as an in-shop showroom for the U.K.based traditionalist brand. “It affords us the ability to collaborate with chefs, and have in-store demonstrations and collaborations that will be really fun—someday,” says Nickey wryly. The last two months have given them to reconsider the importance of home, both aesthetically and from a utilitarian perspective. “None of us has ever had this kind of time to sit and ponder and PHOTOGRAPH BY DAN ARNOLD

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CURATED COLLECTION Shop With The Keen Eye Of Interior Designer Stephan Jones INTERIOR DESIGNER STEPHAN JONES began his career in high-end residential interiors in Chicago, and he honed his skills under such prominent Chicago design firms as the Environments Group, Jack Lenor Larsen, Richar Interiors and Bruce Gregga Interiors. He opened his own firm in 2007, and later expanded it to Los Angeles. The Stephan Jones | Shop is the next phase of his design journey. In addition to the bricks and mortar location customers can shop from the comfort of home online. His design is grounded in storytelling and the curated collection of art and furnishings reflect his keen eye and refined taste. The collection includes, a French arts & craft armchair, mid century Italian and Scandinavian furniture, cermaics by Didier Toulmonde and paintings by David Garcia.

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A 21st Century Palace Asia Text by Jorge S. Arango Photography by Sargent Photography Palaces are not confined to the far distant past as the 21st Century Palace series of books illustrates. The latest edition features Asia, but not an Asia of pagodas and forbidden cities. Rather this is a tripartite mansion in Asia created by acclaimed designer Geoffrey Bradfield of Bradfield & Tobin and architect Richard Landry, Founder/President of Landry Design Group, references Louis XIV-style chateaux like Versailles. As Richard Landry says in his foreword, “This appreciation for timeless architecture has led to a career in creating classically-inspired residential estates and has prepared us for undertaking the design of this sizable French-inspired modern-day chateau in Asia.” For Geoffrey Bradfield color was the fresh approach he took to the design. “I was enthralled by the way the histories of various colors wove exciting and intriguing paths across human experience, through every genre of art…,” says Bradfield.

ABOVE Landry has often been inspired by the way the Chateau de Chenonceau in France’s Loire Valley incorporated water into the design of the grounds. Here the lake laps right up to the sports complex, which can also be reached by boat. All around are willows and marsh grasses planted by landscape architect Robert Truskowski of Laguna Beach.

An overview of the master bedroom in ivory, champagne and orchid pink. LDG’s architecture conveys restfulness and serenity through the curved wall which Bradfield and his team emphasized with a round custom rug showcasing a cut-pile rose design and a rondo work by Rachel Hovnanian.

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The book itself is almost a monument at nearly 300 pages with 200 color photographs. Still this 250,000-squarefoot estate is made more reader friendly through the lavish photographs, the text which explains cultural references and by the famous quotes sprinkled throughout. Each chapter showcases a particular room or space and explains what went into its creation. Of particular interest is the architectural commentary and, my favorite, the history of color and why each one was chosen as a motif for a particular space. For example, the color red is introduced by a Chinese proverb, “An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet…It may stretch or tangle, but never break.” Within the palace estate are entertainment halls, intimate salons, more than three dozen bedrooms, all

contained on thirty landscaped, lakeside acres designed by Robert E. Truskowski. As the book explains, he managed to synthesize diverse cultures in the landscaping. Landry used the European classicism as a foundation for this 21st century palace in Asia, while Bradfield’s elegant interiors are timeless. Both design firms incorporated Eastern principles of feng shui, numerology and symbology into their work while still keeping the classic French inspiration. As Arango states in the Preface, “Though outwardly Western in character—thus hinting at the presence of the French in Southeast Asia—this palatial home is nevertheless infused with Eastern principles of placement, symmetry, function, light and horizontality.” CH

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ABOVE An aerial view of this Asian Palace which includes a tripartite mansion of 250,000 square feet on 30 acres and houses over three dozen bedrooms, as well as a Karaoke lounge, billiard parlors, a theater, library, sports complex and many other rooms.

Minium, the fiery orangey red color of the velvet upholstering the dining chairs, was the lady of the manse’s favorite color. Minium, like lead white (the silvery greycast white of the wallpaper ground) actually derives from the same source material, making the paring perfect. Against the far wall is a sculpture by David Rodriguez Caballero.

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21st Century Palace Asia Text by Jorge S. Arango Photography by Sargent Photography 296 pages; 200 illustrations Hardcover 9x12 inches $85 US ISBN: 978-1-891640-99-5 Smallwood & Stewart

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Architecture

Architect

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This International Architect Is Driven By His Travels And Passion BY Q. GIGI DÔ | PHOTOGRAPHY BY GERHARD HEUSCH

THE MID -AFTERNOON SUN SHINES through the floor-to-

ceiling windows at the Oak Pass residence, a spacious and airy home resembling a modernist box. The stillness of the interior is pierced by gentle steps and lively conversation between Los Angeles-based architect Gerhard Heusch and a visiting friend. He is taking me on a tour of the 3,500-square-foot home that he built in 2000. Heusch recalls the first time that he saw the property he immediately felt its good vibes and positive energy. The location was perfect, but the city required a fifteen-foot setback for all of the hillside residents. Undeterred, Heusch implemented a graceful solution to circumvent the restriction and built ten narrow columns to raise the sleek home fourteen feet above the ground. The rooms flow seamlessly from the dining and living spaces to the kitchen. Heusch created invisible walls between the rooms by playing on shadows and light,

ABOVE A three-story retail building in West Hollywood by Heusch Inc. Rendering by Heusch Inc. BELOW Stairs leading down to Heusch’s newly built studio beneath his house. OPPOSITE TOP A spacious 1,500-square-foot studio used as Heusch’s office. OPPOSITE BOTTOM

Heusch’s labor of love, his home resembling a modernist box raised on high columns for privacy and serenity.

“For me, architecture is a collaborative process revolving around my clients’ needs and their aspirations.” -ARCHITECT GERHARD HEUSCH

blending them in harmony with the natural surroundings. The result is his dream house that appeals to his love of nature, simplicity, and serenity. “Design is an expression of our time and culture. I aspire to design spaces that elevate the living experience,” says Heusch, the founder of Heusch Inc., a Los Angeles architecture firm with offices in Paris and Buenos Aires. Born in Germany, Heusch attended school in Belgium and later graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. “For me, architecture is a collaborative process revolving around my clients’ needs and their aspirations,” says Heusch. His architectural career began with him working in Paris, and

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later on he moved to Los Angeles. After working at the prominent Dworsky Architecture firm, Heusch launched his own firm in 1991. He is known for designing modern homes with beguilingly warm minimalist interiors that embrace and respect the natural environment. Aside from his many local projects, such as an 11,000-square-foot residence in Beverly Hills and a 40,000- square-foot three-story retail

building in West Hollywood, Heusch attracts clients from all over the world. His clients include art patrons, producers, retailers such as Chopard and Escada, luxury hotels, and restaurants from Europe, West Africa, Asia, and South America. His designs are driven by his passion, his travels, and his creativity while incorporating his clients’ preferences. The most important

common denominator in all of his design projects is his love of nature. These elements inspire what Heusch does on a project, he explains as we are sitting in a newly added 1,500-square-foot studio space that he built under his house--to avoid the ever-present LA traffic. With a roster of international clients, his fluency in four languages has certainly been an asset. One afternoon, while he was driving on the 405 freeway, Heusch was weaving in and out of traffic in an attempt to get home sooner. He made several business calls via the car speaker phone speaking in both French and English. On another call, Heusch switched to Spanish, a language that he learned when he spent time in Argentina renovating a beautiful historic French-colonial building in 2006. He transformed it into a luxury boutique hotel called the Algodon Mansion, which is located in the toney Recoletta district of Buenos Aires. Heusch fell in love with the city and stayed for five years to work on other projects, including the Algodon Wine Estates in Mendoza. In nearly 30 years in practice, Heusch has garnered a roster of clients with impressive architectural projects. Among his favorite designs is his own home surrounded by oak trees on a quiet hillside in Los Angeles. CH www.heusch.com MAY/JUNE 2020 | 57


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Pure Elements Water Taking Control Of Your Household Water Quality

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health fears, economic strife and environmental concerns, we need to take control of everything we can. While we languish quarantined inside our homes, now is the time to reduce our reliance on outside necessities. Rick Allen has been a visionary for water treatment designed to give people control of their household water quality. His Newport Beach company, Pure Elements Water, has helped thousands of homeowners enjoy safe, high quality water.


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Reducing reliance on plastic bottles and eliminating salt-based technologies, Rick has become recognized as an expert in providing water quality that can increase longevity for our population and our planet. During this pandemic, we are all experiencing limited supplies of bottled drinking water and other health necessities at the supermarket. Now you can install a system that elevates your incoming city water to the healthiest, safest quality. It’s time to eliminate your reliance on costly and inconvenient bottled waters. Your pocketbook, back and our environment will thank you. The greatest area of exposure to harmful chemicals occurs while bathing. Carcinogens are in your shower water and steam, resulting in concentrated exposure through skin and lungs. Pure Elements custom-designs whole house filtration and salt-free water conditioning systems around each municipality to achieve maximum protection. The result is a luxurious, chemical-free bathing experience not achieved with generic water filters. The newly clean water is extremely beneficial for sensitive skin and hair. With an epidemic number of pinhole leaks in copper piping in

Southern California, Pure Elements has designed systems that successfully address the core causes. No home with a Pure Elements’ system installed in the last twelve years has reported a further pinhole leak. These homeowners avoided the cost and inconvenience of replacing their pipes or applying epoxy linings. It’s a Win-Win – Save thousands, no disruption, prevent future pinhole leaks and enjoy high quality water throughout the home. Pure Elements proprietary systems also address hard water issues without the use of salt or chemicals, protecting tankless water heaters, appliances, fixtures and our environment. No slimy feeling or problems associated with outdated salt-based systems - 98 out of every 100 systems designed today by Pure Elements are salt-free. Control is within reach - Pure Elements’ proven custom whole house water systems are recommended by today’s leading healthcare providers. They also address hard water issues without the use of salt or chemicals, helping to protect our environment. And Pure Elements Total Property System also benefits pools, spas, water features and landscaping. CH www.pureelementswater.com, rick@pureelementswater.com

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Design Profile A custom, LED back-lit cabinet for him is a combination of open and closed storage with shoes at easy view. Sweaters are accessible and protected with glass doors. Hidden hampers flank the left side of the wardrobe.

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BELOW The bureau holds his daily items with a glass top for the display of sunglasses, belts and other accoutrements. Drawers are custom-lined and partitioned for further organization. Hanging ties are displayed behind a touch-latch shallow cabinet door.

L.A. Closet Design

Lisa Adams Of L.A. Closet Design Made Her Client’s Wishes Come True BY KATHY BRYANT PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGHAN BEIERLE O’BRIEN

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MOST OF US ARE LUCKY to have one well-designed closet, but the family that worked with Lisa Adams, CEO/Designer of L.A. Closet Design, hit the jackpot with four custom closets. “I’m proud that each closet truly represents each family member in its function and aesthetics. Everything has its place with room to grow,” says Adams. Adams, the creative genius behind L.A. Closet Design, offers clients personalized dressing spaces while working closely with architects and interior designers. On this project she was recommended by SFA Design, the clients’ design team. To get the best closets possible, Adams worked with SFA Design, Richard Manion Architects and the JRC Group to make sure that every detail was perfect. “In general, the clients wanted to make sure that each room in the house was cohesive and tied with the rest of the house in terms of design and materials. Beyond that, they trusted me to make the closets both functional and beautiful,” explains Adams.


“I’m proud that each closet truly represents each family member in its function and aesthetics.” -LISA ADAMS, CEO/DESIGNER OF L.A. CLOSET DESIGN

Lisa Adams in front of a client’s three-way mirror and show cabinet. Boots are hanging on boot trees, Adams’ signature touch.

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FAR LEFT Her closet features a pull-out table for folding and packing. BELOW This is the daughter’s closet, which has all the elements of an adult closet, but designed with a little girl in mind. It has easily accessible drawers, pull-out shelves and hooks to display her favorite tutus, bags and hats.

And beautiful they are. All of the closets are varying shades of a gloss lacquer finish with custom hardware.The exception is the husband’s master closet which was made with stained rift-cut white oak cabinetry. In this house, no closet shares all the same design features. Although they are tied together with some common elements, they are four distinct customized spaces. One of the most important pieces of good closet design is lighting. “Lighting is not only functional so that you can easily see things, but it also sets the mood and ambiance in the space,” says Adams. “The dressing process is much enhanced when you are able to control the lighting with switches for various items in the closet, as well as dimmers and chandelier lighting.” Since the clients wanted boutique-like spaces, Adams made sure that each closet was

an experience on its own. The wife’s closet has a Moooi chandelier, Marc Phillips custom silk area rug and a three-way mirror as well as crown molding details “The daughter picked the butterfly hooks for her closet to make it her own. In the children’s closets it was important for them to be able to access their shoes, drawers and hampers so they would know where everything was. For his closet, we added a pullout packing drawer, and a charging station, among other custom features.” Adams holds two graduate degrees and an MBA from Pepperdine University and has a science background, making her able to tackle closet space design with a very detailed perspective and approach. “That combined with my type A personality ensures that everything is not only beautiful but also has its place. It’s the details that make every closet unique.” CH www.laclosetdesign.com

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Kitchens

Kitchen

CENTRAL DESIGNERS AND ARCHITECTS SERVE UP FRESH INSPIRATIONS DURING THIS STAY-AT-HOME ERA BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL

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MAN ARK LOH PH BY M A R G O T PHO

THE ROLE OF THE KITCHEN is more central to our lives than ever right now. Yours may currently be doubling as an office, a homework station and the only eat-in “restaurant” still open, the place for Zoom convos and in-person gatherings alike, a space that comforts us while it nurtures us. And when functionality and design intersect in this essential hub, the kitchen becomes a place that excites us visually, too. From dual-level islands to statement stools, sculptural light fixtures, twotone color schemes and striking uses of natural stone and wood, the newest ideas in kitchen design contain plenty that’s praisewor-thy, as each of the beauties here aptly demonstrate. It’s worth noting that epidemics of the past have directly influenced kitchen design in ways that largely remain today. A perfect example is the ubiquitous white subway tile utilized in thousands of minimalist remodels. It’s a look first popularized in the 19th century, when food-borne illnesses like typhoid, botulism and trichinosis were major health concerns. Grime showed up instantly on a white tile surface, and could be quickly wiped clean. (Linoleum flooring came into use for similar reasons, but hasn’t achieved nearly the staying power, design-wise.) It’s still too early to predict what changes to our homes the COVID-19 pandemic may usher in—but we’ll eagerly declare that we’re always hungry for innovation. CH

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Kitchens PHOTOGRAPH BY MARK LOHMAN

HAEFELE DESIGN Light and dark are both at play in this airy Malibu kitchen by Laurie Haefele of Haefele Design. Bold black-and-gold Tom Dixon pendants strike a visual contrast against the bookmatched Calacat-ta marble wall and handleless teak cabinetry that’s been triple-bleached to a sandy hue. An asym-metrical wood bar top, custom-cut with a thick back bevel by CafeCountertops, provides an angular accent to the island. The overall beachy tones make perfect sense for this Victoria Point home, which cantilevers right over the ocean. And as the kitchen is open to the main living space for a family that loves to entertain, “everything we could hide, we did,” remarks Haefele. Sub-Zero refrigerators are disguised behind custom paneling, a clever pocket door reveals a coffee station, and the microwave is placed in the lower cabinetry. A lack of upper cabinets add to the clean, clutter-free look, but what really keeps this area clean—literally—is the gallery-style “dirty” kitchen just off its right hand side, where food is prepped and dirty dishes can be stacked out of sight. Back there lies additional storage, pantry items and Gaggenau ovens. The family also spends plenty of time outside, which is why another of Haefele’s designs, a built-in custom David Rockwell by Caliber grill, is a key element of their oceanside deck (previous page 62). “The sea just melts into the sky out there, so they didn’t want to see a big barbecue,” says Haefele. Her solution was to engineer a custom high-grade stainless steel lid for it; when closed, it creates a wide countertop area. The wooden slats behind the grill are architecturally matched to the rest of the house. haefeledesign.com

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LANDED INTERIORS & HOMES

PHOTOGRAPH BY BRAD KNIPSTEIN

A modern farmhouse aesthetic, combined with pulled from a Shaker palette, set the tone for this sunny Silicon Valley kitchen. A bright backsplash of shimmery saffron clé tile—made even more prominent by the lack of a hood—is the room’s highlight, offset by the island’s hunter green hue and putty-colored custom shiplap cabinetry. “I wanted a look that wasn’t too country, but clean and a bit contemporary too,” says Lynn Kloythanomsup of Landed Interiors & Home, who designed the room as well as the rest of the newconstruction home. Her clients, a young family of four, wanted an open kitchen and dining area for entertaining and family gatherings, so Kloythanomsup designed bar seating on the island—with comfortable white leather upholstered barstools by San Francisco maker Fryn—to handle overflow from the adjacent dining table. Classic globe pendants from Triple Seven Home, sconces from Schoolhouse Electric and Rejuvenation knobs (purposely small rather than statement) complete the kitchen’s look. A GE refrigerator, microwave and range, alongside a Dacor wine fridge, round out the appliances placed in the space. landedinteriors.com

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ELAINE MORRISON INTERIORS When designer Elaine Morrison was asked to create a kitchen for an in-construction home in the Carmel Highlands, she felt so strongly about its layout and flow that she sent drawings back to the architect—who eliminated two walls as a result. That’s just one example of Morrison’s precision: Her meticulous kitchen plans nailed down the placement of everything from napkins to Ninja accessories; even the junk drawer was predetermined. There’s a baking section, cabinets for liquor and glassware, even spots for foils and baggies neatly hidden away. Functionality is key for her client, the designer explains. “She has a clean look, and she’s very tailored and sophisticated,” she says. The symmetry of her design plays up its orderly appearance, as Sub-Zero fridge and freezer columns—with fronts custom-matched to the dark wood Italian-made Aran Cucine cabinets—are flanked by Miele’s double oven, a speed oven, and a steam oven. There’s also a Miele induction cooktop on the island and two Miele dishwashers and a Sub-Zero wine fridge below the counters. For the finishing touches, gleaming Ceasarstone countertops face off against polished white glass lower cabinetry, while crystalline pendants from Studio Joseph Watts and glossy Edra barstools raise the glam factor just enough. elainemorrisoninteriors.net

PHOTOGRAPH BY RYAN ROSENE

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STEIN AD KNIP H BY BR P A R G O PHOT

FABIANA ISSAC DESIGN STUDIO A family’s Moroccan heritage, love of Paris, obsession with navy blue and delight in fine wine all coalesce magnificently in this showstopping kitchen in Oakland. With a client who is, in her own words, “a total cooking addict,” designer Fabiana Issac leaned into the gut remodel of a space where functionality and personality successfully jibe. “My client cooks constantly, has dinner parties all the time and has three kids, so this is the most important room in her home,” Issac says. The designer rejiggered the entire layout, shifting the sink to a central spot within the island, adding a casual banquette dining area and turning a former window into a door that now leads to a small deck. In went a Sub-Zero fridge, freezer and wine suite, a custom-designed six-burner range and oven by Bluestar, and a storage-focused island with bar seating. But the details are where Issac’s skills shine. Hand painted terracotta tile from Tabarka—in a floral pattern inspired by the Rue des Rosiers, a famous street in Paris’s Marais neighborhood—draws the eye from the kickboard to the backsplash. A large-scale rendering of the family’s wine label stands in as contemporary art above the banquette, which features leather-like vinyl upholstery. An unexpected touch of beadboard adds extra texture behind the glass cabinetry. And the room’s crowning glory, a custom blue and brass hood—with button-like rivets that play off the fasteners on the Visual Comfort pendants that front it—brings the homeowner’s beloved sapphire hue to brand new heights. fabiisaacdesignstudio.com


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COOPER PACIFIC KITCHENS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGHAN BOB

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGHAN BOB

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A kosher kitchen is, in the words of Cooper-Pacific principal designer and owner Steven Cooper, “a super kitchen.” Orthodox families require separate zones for the preparation of meat, dairy and pareve (typically referring to baking), as well as specific pots, pans, utensils, cooking implements for each category. Appliances are tripled to avoid mixing during preparation and cleanup, too. So this tranquil white-and-blue kitchen is packed. It has three sinks, three Miele dishwashers and a wall of Wolf products: three standard ovens, a convection steam oven and a warming drawer. The six-burner rangetop is also by Wolf; the refrigerator and freezer (tucked behind cabinetry panels) are from Miele. “Kosher kitchens require a massive amount of appliances and storage to fit into a beautiful, thoughtful, functional space,” Cooper says. “You end up designing almost two-anda-half kitchens, which would normally take 50% more space, within a standard-size kitchen box.” This Beverly Hills kitchen, part of a larger a renovation of the forever home for a retired couple and their extended family, focused on updated appliances, better storage solution and extra-functionality—like adding a side door to the display cabinet that extends down to the countertop so glassware is within reach of the dining table. The details nod to traditional styles, from the coffered ceiling to the Shaker cabinets and classic subway tile—laid herringbone-style in a refreshing blue. cooperpacific.com


TIFFANY WAUGH DESIGN

PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVID DUNCAL LIVINGSTON

Farrow & Ball’s Smoke Green is the undisputed star of this Presidio Heights kitchen renovation, part of a home built in the 1900s. “It’s a color that fits a historic palette, it’s classy, elegant and re-freshing too,” explains designer Tiffany Waugh. As her client is dedicated to preserving her house’s period characteristics yet wanted a kitchen suitable for contemporary life, Waugh made cer-tain to bring in a few distinctive nods to its heritage. The designer had a Berkeley-based artisan cre-ate a leaded glass panel for a display cabinet that matches an original located elsewhere in the house, opted for Shaker-style custom cabinetry crafted by Cabinetsnmore and chose an heirloom-like ball pendant from Urban Electric. There’s a custom-fashioned bread bar below the display cab-inet and lots of extra storage on high. Striking Breccia Capraia marble, extending beyond the coun-tertops and backsplash to wrap around an adjacent wall’s window all the way to the ceiling, adds a wow-factor to the mix. And with a Miele stove and speed oven, plus a SubZero fridge (covered by custom paneling), this lovely space has a timeless appeal. tiffanywaugh.com

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TO LIVE ON THE BIRD STREETS IN HOLLYWOOD IS TO HAVE OFFICIALLY ARRIVED TEXT BY SARI ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY BY JIM BARTSCH & SIMON BERLYN

The living room, with its beautiful views, features B&B Italia Metropolitan swivel chairs in burnt orange velvet from DIVA Furniture, Flexform Ettoré Sofa from INEX, Custom Mirror Coffee Table from Westchester Glass and Platinum Hand Loomed Velvet Rug from Westwood Carpet. Custom white terrazzo flooring from Solistone and Annie Leibovitz’s SUMO Book, Collector’s Edition, round out the space.

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RCHITECT PAUL MCCLEAN had the privilege of designing a soaring, glass-enveloped residence on noted Blue Jay Way for a close friend, and the completed structure, with its 360-degree city views, is second to none. To achieve his vision for this spectacular home, McClean brought on interior designer Lynda Murray. “We wanted you to feel like you were floating over the city,” says Irish-born McClean of the project. Indeed, connecting the homeowner to nature is something the architect strives to do with all of his projects. He explains that this concept has been with him since childhood. Since the climate of Southern California is so forgiving, he can accomplish this goal, seamlessly integrating the indoors and outdoors. One of the signature ways McClean designs his homes to connect to nature is through the water. The house on Blue Jay Way features an infinity pool with a lower pool beneath it, which provides both city and ocean views. To incorporate an additional aqua feature, a water courtyard was added to the home. Another hallmark of McClean’s designs is light, which is generously showcased in this residence. The architect states, “Successful architecture, at its core, is about making spaces work with light.” The lower level bedrooms of Blue Jay receive natural light from multiple sides because the house is built on a slope. Additionally, a skylight over a floating staircase is employed to provide natural illumination to the ground floor. Along with a four-car garage, the home’s ground floor features family and media rooms, as well as

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three bedrooms. The Master bedroom, kitchen/living/dining space, office, and an additional bedroom, are on the main level. Lynda Murray of Lynda Murray Interior Design says, “When working with Paul McClean, I always know we are going to get a home with the most incredible views, and this house was no exception. The intent behind my design approach was not to take away from the view with pronounced colors and busy furniture. I wanted to keep the design fluid throughout with clean lines and low-profile pieces, and a hint of color here and there. When architecture is really good, the furniture should be complementary and inviting. We went with a black and white palette using black Agatha quartzite clad fireplaces and walls, with custom white terrazzo floors inside and out, so the entire look is seamless.” McClean, who established his eponymous design firm in 2000, says of the home, “For me, this is a quintessentially Californian home, a study in black and white with a very light touch on the site, connecting ephemerally to its surroundings.” McClean provides a warm, inviting environment in all of his homes and with this home, also wanted to give the homeowners the feeling of floating over the city. CH


LEFT Holly Hunt Adriatic Counter Stools provide contrast to this sleek, minimalistic Poliform Kitchen design, with Miele appliances and Dornbracht fixtures. BELOW Illuminating the entryway is the Mesh Pendant by Luceplan, which hangs over the Van Dyck center table from Minotti. For the dining room, that seamlessly blends with the outdoors, the 3 Tier Mobile Chandelier by Douglas Fanning from Jean De Merry hangs above the Eyl Dining Table with satin painted glass from MASS Beverly. Henge W Hexagon Dining Chairs from MASS Beverly complete the dining room. OPPOSITE Artwork from Creative Art Partners graces the walls of the stairwell. The Terrazzo stair treads are from Solistone.

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The black and white color palette is clearly seen at the front of the home, with Black Agatha Quartzite entrance stone from Stone Source and custom white terrazzo stairs from Solistone. OPPOSITE TOP Teatro Custom was employed to help bring this theater to life. The seating was designed by Lynda Murray Interior Design. Half Cylinder Wall Bracket Lighting is from Thomas Lavin. The Mutatio Table Lamp by Le Klint is from Lumens. The finishing touch is the Phillip Jefferies Suede Lounge Plush Platinum wall covering. OPPOSITE BOTTOM The view takes center stage in this bedroom, which features the Bartlett Bed from Minotti Los Angeles and Stage 2-Drawer Nightstands from Cantoni.


City and ocean views are on full display from the pool area, which includes Aegean Aluminum Collection in White from RH Modern and Babylon Planters in white from DEDON.

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“For me, this is a quintessentially Californian home, a study in black and white with a very light touch on the site, connecting ephemerally to its surroundings.” -ARCHITECT PAUL MCCLEAN

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MONICA CARDANINI DESIGNS A NEW ENGLAND STYLED HOME IN WOODSIDE TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY DAVID DUNCAN LIVINGSTON

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Her clients directed Cardanini “to furnish the home in a classic style with a dash of youth,” the designer said.

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ESIGNER MONICA CARDANINI’S CLIENTS

wanted their 1970’s Woodside ranch house transformed into a traditional eastern colonial. The San Mateo native who worked on a previous residence for the couple was uniquely qualified for the project. Cardanini maintains homes in both New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area and understands each coast’s design nuances. She collaborated with classicist architect Andrew Skurman and his firm to create a gracious California country estate in the American Georgian style. The homeowners requested blue etch throughout the interiors, and a shade of petrol dominates the light-filled formal living and dining room. Cardanini painted the beadboard a creamy white and used accents of myrtle and taupe. Two conversation groupings organize the spacious area, the main one centered on a fireplace flanked by arched bookshelves. Hugh Scott-Douglas’s Post-Internet artwork surmounts the mantle in contrast to the neoclassical millwork. A pair of A. Rudin


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In the open plan family room and kitchen, Cardanini centered Jasper’s oak Wentworth Buffet between the two spaces. A contemporary oblong hand-forged iron-framed pendent from Gregorius | Pineo illuminates the kitchen counter while Paul Ferrante’s neoclassical style chandelier casts soft light over the breakfast table.

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ABOVE At the rear of the house, Skurman Architect aligned a new pool on the central axis. A refined symmetrical façade provides the backdrop for outside entertaining.

The designer repurposed the clients’ existing armoire, occasional table, and lamps for the Master Bedroom, mixed with new furnishings. A broadloom carpet from JD Staron grounds the space.

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sofas in chenille provides elegant seating when joined by a Billy Baldwin inspired parchment and brass coffee table. In the generous bay window, a contemporary chandelier comprised of ebonized metal rods highlights the dining space. Rose Tarlow’s English style Pickwick dining table companions with streamlined armchairs in faux leather. Cardanini continued the blue, green, beige, and white hues of the living room into the adjacent open-plan family room and kitchen where the couple and their two young daughters gravitate. Richard Misrach’s large transcendent seascape photo sets a casual tone. The Anglo-Indian floral and foliate motif of the drapes echo in the octagonal vaulted breakfast room’s Bird and Thistle toile wallcovering from Brunschwig & Fils. For the white master bedroom, Cardanini cocooned the room with curtains in subtle blue border print linen designed by Bunny Williams. She created a seating area with a pair of tufted tub chairs and a skirted ottoman in solid sky fabric. Crisp white cotton sheets with line embroidery dress the bed upholstered in Jasper’s pale blue Chatham linen. The elder daughter chose the same cool color story for her bedroom as her parents, while the younger daughter went bold with pink and coral. Cardanini reflected on the finished project, “The wife had a vision of how she wanted their home to live and feel. With that said, she was an integral part of the design team, and her input was spot on. We spent a lot of time together, meeting and sourcing items and always had fun!” CH

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INTERIOR DESIGNER DINA MARCIANO CREATES A SPEC HOME IN CORONA DEL MAR THAT IS SIMPLE YET SOPHISTICATED TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK TANNER

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Marciano relied on a pale, soothing palette for the light-filled living room. The coffee table is by Ligne Roset and the Mondrian sofas are from Poliform and lighting throughout is from Lee Broom Company. OPPOSITE A clean, minimalist entrance to the contemporary home sets the tone for the interior.

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The kitchen was custom-designed by Marciano using Italian-made cabinetry and countertops. Dina Marciano with Hady Elhairy from Kaz Development. OPPOSITE

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DINA MARCIANO IS ALL TOO AWARE of the challenges of working on a spec house, chief among them being that one is compelled to design almost in a vacuum, with no idea of the tastes and aesthetic of whomever might move in. But Marciano, whose interior design practice is based in Laguna Beach, took an even-handed approach on the 7,000 square foot spec house in Corona Del Mar: to create an interior space that was so warm and inviting that anyone would feel at home there. “My idea was to give the potential buyer that lifestyle experience, that particular feeling of warmth when you come into a house.” Marciano was brought onto the project by its developers, Newport Beach-based KAZ Investment Management. The architecture of the contemporary coastal property, with its striking ocean views, was designed by Brion Jeannette of Brion Jeannette Architecture, also in Newport Beach, who sought to “take full advantage of its incredible site, views and energy conserving opportunities,” said Jeannette.

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“This home is designed to blend the inside and outside spaces for year-round pleasure, washing the home with plenty of natural light and ventilation.” Inside, Marciano sought to keep everything “neutral, simple and sophisticated. “I wanted it to have a timeless elegance,” she says. “It’s the appropriate style that matches the coastal view.” Poliform and Ligne Roset were two of her favored furniture sources. Unlike many spec projects that temporarily stage a home, Marciano had a more permanent outlook, outfitting the house in such a way that it

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becomes a turnkey experience, so a prospective buyer may feel comfortable enough to just move in. Colors throughout are within a palette of neutrals - upholstered grey dining chairs along a dark wooden table, a living room in shades of pale and slate grey. The kitchen - typically a focus in Marciano’s residential projects - features Calacatta Marble counters. Appliances from Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove. “Everything was custom-made and has a very atelier feel,” she said. “We used solid wood cabinets and glass to make everything look as natural

ABOVE In the dining room, the table and chairs are from Poliform, with art by Argentinianborn, Colorado-based artist Guadalupe Laiz. A wine display cabinet was designed by Marciano to make the bottles appear to be floating. OPPOSITE An illuminated staircase leads down to the first floor that features a theater, gym and three bedrooms all leading out to the pool.


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The white walls and grey furnishings are designed to capitalize on the coastal views from the window. Dark purple in a cosy lounge chair acts as an accent. Art from Guadalupe Laiz. RIGHT A small seating area is conducive to some quiet reading time.

as possible.” A wine room, adjacent to the dining room, is designed to look as if the bottles are floating, using a combination of acrylic and stainless steel. The two-story house features living/public spaces on the ground floor, including a movie theater, gym, bar and a pool outside, as well as three bedrooms. The upstairs master suite there is also an office upstairs was also designed with calm and serenity in mind.

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“It’s a place where we can just be with ourselves,” said Marciano. “ T h i s r o o m h a s m a ny l a r g e windows that bring in that natural light, and the calming color palette goes well with the ocean outside.” Marciano said that working on a spec house like this was, in many ways, very freeing. “I think about design in a profound way,” she said. “I want people who walk in here to just feel it, to think, ‘I love being here, I want to stay.’” CH


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Combining

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A Peninsula estate was conceptualized as an assembly of smaller buildings joined together in a casual composition, and rendered in a contemporary European style

with

Modern DESIGNER KELLY HOHLA CREATES A SPLENDID UNION OF TWO AESTHETICS TEXT BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL DYER


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OR INT E RIO R D E SIG NE K E L LY Hohla, the opportunity to create the interi-

ors of a custom-built Peninsula house represented something of a homecoming. She had previously worked with the clients on their San Francisco home as well as a vacation property and knew their style. Hohla, principal of San Francisco-based Kelly Hohla Interiors, collaborated with Richard Beard, principal of Richard Beard Architects, also in San Francisco, and contractor Peninsula Custom Homes of San Carlos to create this primary residence that at once reflects the modern spirit of the owners, while seamlessly incorporating some important antique pieces brought from their previous home. “There was a good trust there,” said Hohla. “We knew it was going to be a contemporary house. They are a young family with three small children, and there is a simplicity to many of the elements of the house. We didn’t want the antiques to feel too heavy.” The approximately 14,000 square foot three-level home was built from the ground up and took about two and a half years to complete. Beard conceived of the house as an

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“assembly of smaller buildings joined together in a casual composition, rendered in a contemporary European style. “Traditional proportions and detailing are used throughout, and there is a relaxed elegance that is definitely derived from the setting - the way the house captures the vistas, courtyard views, and gardens,” he said. “It’s designed to be pleasant whether you’re sitting in one place, or moving around in and through the compound. The spaces one encounters range from very public, to quite private, and everything in-between, but there’s always something pleasant for your eye to rest on.” Hohla said it was important that the property be as childfriendly as possible, while still allowing for the parents to entertain. A playroom/study space for the children is done in pretty shades of green and blue. In a bedroom, bunk beds are outfitted in lively white and orange. And outside, the family ensured that there was plenty of flat, green space that the children could run through. “The family loves color,” said Hohla. “In their previous home, we did a lot of blues. I like to joke that blue is almost neutral in design. There aren’t many people who don’t like it. And we wanted to bring in some purple, lavender, teal, and aqua.”


ABOVE Antiques and modern pieces co-exist in the open-style living/dining room. A coffee table custom designed by Kelly Hohla Interiors is at the center of a seating arrangement that includes lounge chairs by Holly Hunt and vintage Paul Frankl from Coup d’Etat. Drapery fabric from Holland & Sherry features custom embroidery. Antique side tables are from C Mariani Antiques and Epoca Antiques and an antique rug comes from Tony Kitz. At the dining table, side chairs are by Roman Thomas.

In the entryway, sconces are by Jean de Merry, the bench by De Sousa Hughes and the stair runner comes from Mark Nelson Designs.

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ABOVE The 14,000 square foot home is set on mostly flat land, allowing plenty of space for the owners’ three young children to play.

Uplifting shades of blue and green make this playroom a standout. The window banquette was custom designed by Kelly Hohla Interiors. The striped rug is from Mark Nelson Designs and the lighting is from Paul Ferrante.

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ABOVE A bunkroom features duvets from Pottery Barn, bedding from Serena & Lily and custom Doreen Leong and sconces from Circa Lighting.

Tiles for the powder room are from Artistic Tile and stonework from Fox Marble. The mirror is by Donghia and custom pendants are by Fuse Lighting.

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Hohla worked on the interiors with her colleague, designer Alana Dorn, who said the overall objective “was to make the spaces feel elevated, inviting and approachable. Everything needed to be beautiful, of course, but still comfortable enough for this young family to spread out and have fun.” Hohla said it was important to ensure that some of her clients’ beloved antiques - including a rococo console and a gilded-framed mirror - blended in with the contemporary, light-filled aesthetic. “We split up the antiques, so there wasn’t everything in one space,” she said. “There’s just a sprinkling of things here and there.” Hohla and Dorn said they selected contemporary furniture that worked well with the antiques, including pieces from Holly Hunt and BDDW. In addition to the main house, Beard and his team created a pool and pool house, striving to make those areas feel “like they were in their own realm. “We were able to carve out a corner and create a landscape transition that makes them feel a world apart in a way, but still handy,” said Beard. “It’s really pretty terrific - from the main house, you hardly know they’re there. But in fact, it’s a generous and handsome space, with a character of its own.” CH

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“Traditional proportions and detailing are used throughout, and there is a relaxed elegance that is definitely derived from the setting - the way the house captures the vistas, courtyard views, and gardens.� -ARCHITECT RICHARD BEARD

In the pool house, chandeliers are by Holly Hunt, a custom outdoor table by Sutherland, drapes by Susan Chasten and art by Michael Gregory at Berggruen Gallery.

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Travel

Nashville, Tennesse

Music City Is Much More Than Country/Western BY KATHY BRYANT

ALTHOUGH NOT A BIG FAN OF COUNTRY/WESTERN

ABOVE At Colonel LIttleton’s General Office and Works in downtown Lynnville, the Colonel took us on a tour which included seeing the leather he makes his special leather goods from. LEFT Geist, a popular bar/ restaurant, is housed in a circa 1900 blacksmith shop. They have a variety of mixed drinks and tempting desserts.

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music, I was still anxious to visit Nashville. I had heard that Music City was much more than its country music. That turned out to be truer than I imagined. For example, the atonal performance of Thibaudet Plays Turangalila with the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center that I attended was as far away from the easy rhythm of pop tunes as possible. Nashville is constantly evolving. Contrasts abound: towering skyscrapers, funky honky-tonk bars, worldclass museums, barbecue joints, elegant restaurants and high-end vegan dining. Through it all, Nashville keeps its authentic flavor and kids do flock here to make it big in the music business. But there is also a sophistication that pervades it all, except for maybe the honky-tonk bars. In fact, Broadway with its honky-tonk is a good place to immerse your self in the old Nashville vibe. Between the loud bands, giant burgers and cowboy-hatted crowd, the fun is quick and rambunctious. After a night on Broadway, I was ready to visit other areas like Germantown, a historic community on the National Register of Historic Places a few blocks from downtown Nashville. Named for the European immigrants who settled here in the mid-19th century, there are now trendy restaurants like 5th & Taylor with


traditional American cuisine, Tailor Nashville where you are part of a dinner party and, my favorite, Geist. The restaurant is housed in one of the city’s oldest buildings and has a bar and dining room furnished with handcrafted pieces from local artisans. There is also a garden and courtyard with an outdoor cooking stove. For a country music experience, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is a state-of-the-art jewel. There are exhibits explaining the music’s history and, my favorite, a recoding booth where you can sing along with the words and music and then play back your performance. Worth a good laugh in my case. Another must is Historic RCA Studio B, Nashville’s oldest recording studio. Elvis Presley recorded 250 hits here as did Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers. Even I could feel the historic vibrations. For a break from Nashville we headed to Lynchburg, Tennessee, for a tour of the iconic Jack Daniel’s distillery. The charcoal-mellowed whiskey has been available since 1866, even during Prohibition when it was classified as medicinal. The distillery is in a beautiful area of Tennessee and the tour guide was informative and funny. After the tour we had lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s where the food is home spun and served family-style on long tables. Some of the dishes give a nod to the area like poached pears in Jack Daniel’s whisky. After a quick walk around town we drove to Lynnville and met Colonel Littleton at his general store. He talked

ABOVE The restaurants in the historic Germantown have many crucially acclaimed restaurants often featuring cheeseboards with local products. MIDDLE The

historic RCA Studio B, built 1n 1956, helped create the Nashville Sound. LEFT The two-hundred-yearold Belle Meade Plantation was once the nation’s leading thoroughbred farm. Horses like Seabiscuit, War Admiral and Smarty Jones trace their lineage here. Tours are now given of the property. Photograph by Kathy Bryant.

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Travel about his love for historic preservation and also showed us how he creates his leather goods that are shipped throughout the world. A highlight of the trip for me was Belle Meade Plantation which was like stepping back into the past with its lush green lawns, grazing horses and magnolia trees. This 1853 Greek revival mansion was home to English Derby winner Iroquois and renowned as a thoroughbred stud farm with horses like

ABOVE/LEFT A tour of Jack Daniel’s Distillery includes a stop at the tasting room. ABOVE RIGHT The Ryman Auditorium located in downtown Nashville was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. Also known as the Mother Church of Country Music, the Ryman still hosts concerts and tours.

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Seabiscuit tracing their lineage here. There are hourly house tours that bring the whole historic period alive. They also have the only winery in Tennessee. A rather unusual building is The Parthenon, the world’s only full-sized reproduction of the Greek Parthenon. Here you will find Athena, the tallest indoor structure in the Western world. More interesting to me was the museum’s collection of American art. Of course, no visit to Nashville would be complete without hearing a performance at the Grand Old Opry, a Nashville staple since 1925. We were able to go back stage to watch the performances from a different angle and to even peek into the dressing rooms. This would be a perfect experience for a country/western aficionado. I only spent four days here so I missed a lot of things like an Impressionist painting exhibit at the Frist Art Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, Ryman Auditorium and the Andrew Jackson Hermitage, among others. Those are some good reasons to go back again soon. CH


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