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WHEN UPKEEP IS FULFILLING “The best thing for a trail is use,” Martin says. “To use it is to love it, and once that love deepens, the maintenance is easy. We have multiple clients who run major corporations. When they are out on their property, they release the pressures of their everyday work by improving a creek crossing, clearing a view spot or moving a fallen tree. It is gratifying labor with immediate results.”

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“A well-planned trail is a portal, inviting one to fully step into the unmatched beauty of nature.”

PERSONALIZED PATHWAYS A good trail design will consider … • Age: When it comes to designing a trail, thought must be given to the user. A trail to attract grandchildren, providing opportunities for small discoveries and delights, is going to be quite different from a path that efficiently guides one to various outbuildings. • Activities: How people will use the space is, of course, also important. “If our client wants to do a lot of hiking, we’ll make their trail a little straighter and steeper than we would for a family of runners,” Martin says. “And a cycling trail meanders and undulates more, including wide, round turns.”

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THE COLORS OF HAPPINESS For A Young Hillsborough Family, Oakland Interior Designer Jon De La Cruz Updated Traditional Architecture Text by Diane Dorrans Saeks Photography by Jose Manuel Alorda

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DESERT DAYDREAM

Middle Eastern Designs Drive The Richly Layered Interiors Of This Coachella Valley Getaway Text by Kelly Phillips Badal Photography by Andrew Bramasco

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STORIED PAST Justin Pauly And Michael Bliss Edit A Carmel Valley Property Text by Kendra Boutell Photography by Paul Dyer

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MODERN HISTORY

Marea Clark Updates A Pacific Heights Victorian

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DIVERSE STYLES A Holmby Hills Estate Reflects The Eclecticism Of Celebrity Designer Shawn Taddey Text by Roger Grody Photography by Mark Lohman

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For a young Hillsborough family, Oakland interior designer Jon De La Cruz updated traditional architecture with the jolt of bold paint hues. The dining room walls are painted in Farrow & Ball ’Oval Room Blue,’ Apparatus ‘Highwire’ chandelier and oil paintings by Mark Russell Jones help complete the room. See story beginning on page 62. Photograph by Jose Manuel Alorda.

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The owners of this property with a storied past asked Monterey architect, Justin Pauly to renovate this Carmel Valley guest house with adjoining pool house, and enlisted Carmel landscape architect, Michael Bliss to restore the grounds complementing the history of a home originally built in the 1930’s. See story beginning on page 78. Photograph by Paul Dyer.

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24 CALENDAR California Museums, Galleries & Gardens BY CATHY MALY

31 NOTEBOOK 31 Visionary | Charles de Lisle 34 Shop | Nancy Evars 36 Product | Indoor Sports 38 Product | Bassam Fellows 40 Spotlight | Soane 42 Cloth & Paper | Leah O’Connell

50 DESIGNER PROFILE

Roxanne Hughes Packham Following In The Footsteps Of A Creative Family

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54 RENOVATION

A Carefully-Preserved Victorian Facade Hides A Sunny, Skylight- Studded Contemporary Home

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Editor’s Letter

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keep thinking with each editor’s letter that I will

be able to talk about the end of this pandemic we’ve suffered through for over a year, but it seems we will probably continue through most of 2021, at least wearing our masks and trying to social distance. Some small good usually comes out of disasters, and this is true of COVID-19. Everyone has realized the importance of home, and since we’re spending so much more time in our home, we have certainly had plenty of opportunity to look around and notice all things that need repairing, upgrading, or replacing. Interior designers, architects, and builders are busy reupholstery, redesigning, purchasing

new furniture for clients, adding pools, replacing kitchen appliances, and whatever else we notice during our stay-at-home period that needs fixing, including cleaning out closets. This issue has something for everyone, including a restored Victorian in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights, a desert home with a Moroccan flair, a traditional home in Holmby Hills, and a beautiful country home in Carmel with landscaping I fell in love with. So back to my closet. There is a saying if you have not worn something in over a year, throw it out or give it away. I’m doing just that. Have a wonderful March and April. Buy some daffodils, finish your home repairs, etc. and know this too shall pass. Please be careful and wear your mask. Susan McFadden Editor in Chief

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Contributors AMY BARNARD Los Angeles based interiors photographer Amy Barnard has a life-long passion for photography and beautiful homes. While she appreciates and captures all styles, it is classicism in both interior design and architecture that holds a special place in her heart. Her work has been featured in AD Middle East, Elle Décor India, Milieu (among others) and multiple books by Rizzoli. Amy is currently working on her own book about a home in Santa Barbara styled after a Venetian Palazzo. See her photography beginning on page 86.

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PAUL DYER Paul Dyer is a commercial photographer specializing in residential interiors, architecture and hospitality. Most assignments are for Bay Area architects and interior designers but also include hotels and resorts nationwide and south into Mexico. He is based in San Francisco and has been shooting here and around the country for over 15 years. See his photography on our cover story beginning on page 78.

JOSE MANUEL ALORDA Jose Manual Alorda is a Spanish-born photographer based in San Francisco. He received his MFA from the University of Barcelona. His work has been featured in Elle Décor Spain, Architectural Digest, Galerie, and Luxe. In 2013 and 2016, Manuel Alorda received honorable mentions from the PX3 Prix de la Photographie in Paris and the International Photography Awards in the USA. See his photography beginning on page 62 of this issue.

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Papillon Gallery specializes in European and American paintings and sculpture from the period 1890-1950, with emphasis on the School of Paris. Modernist figurative works that capture the ambiance of the period is their particular focus. The book Modern Figurative Paintings: The Paris Connection documents many of the artists we handle. A follow-up book, Modern Figurative Paintings: Paris and The Modern Spirit is now available. Papillon Gallery is pleased to present Belle Cramer an American modernist to its collection.

VOSS GALLERY– SAN FRANCISCO Voss Gallery presents “Paradise,” an all-female group exhibition of New Contemporary paintings by California-based muralists Amandalynn, Carly Ealey, Celeste Byers, Lady Mags, Marly Sutter, Nataile Gabriel, and Olympia Altimir among others that reflect on what a personal paradise can be during tumultuous times.

The gallery is located at 357 S. Curson Ave, 8K, Los Angeles, CA 90036. For more information, please call 323.365.1577, or visit www.papillongallery.com.

HAINES GALLERY– LOS ANGELES Haines Gallery proudly presents L’envie, by Aime’ Mpane. Working between Kinshasa and Brussels, Congolese artist Aimé Mpane examines the legacy of colonialism on the African continent while celebrating the spirit of its people. A third-generation sculptor whose striking works incorporate elements of painting, Mpane uses an adze—an ancient, axe-like woodworking tool also used by his father and grandfather—to create his colorful, roughhewn portraits and sculptures. The gallery is located at 49 Geary Street, Suite 540, San Francisco, CA 94108. For more information, please call 415.397.8114 or visit www.hainesgallery.com.

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“Paradise can mean many things to a person. Whether it be a location, connection, or even a state of mind, one’s personal Paradise is a space where pleasure flows freely and the difficulties of life drift away. Oftentimes Paradise is achieved through actions or connections. There is a unique beauty in collaboration, that pushes the boundaries of one’s own perceptions and allows for something new to be created. The ‘Paradise’ exhibition is a collection of artists who all share the ability to create works that can inspire others to join together and celebrate the beauty of life, and to me, that is the true definition of Paradise.” –Amandalynn (artist & guest curator of the exhibition) The Gallery is located at 3344 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 For more information please call 415.234.3691, or visit www.vossgallery.art.



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Opening in Galerie XII’s new space at Bergamot Station Arts Center, Santa Monica, this new show is about women seen and emboldened by women. They are proud to feature the work of Patty Carroll, Maia Flore, Mona Kuhn, Ziqian Liu, and Anja Niemi. The works presented explore different ways of expressing the beauty of the female spirit. The models - often the artists themselves- are represented anonymously in either a poetic way, an atypical way, a colorful way, or a sexy and sensual way that does not shy away from embracing womanhood in all its rich, complex, and multifaceted totality. This exhibition, Women On Women, is on view until April 10, 2021. The gallery is located at 2525 Michigan Ave., Suite B2, Santa Monica, CA 90404. For more information please call 424.252.9004, or visit www.galeriexii.com.

DIANE ROSENSTEIN GALLERY–LOS ANGELES

Diane Rosenstein Gallery is pleased to announce Static, a solo exhibition of paintings by Vanessa Prager on view through April 10, 2021. The recently completed series of new oil paintings by Prager, a self-taught artist based in Los Angeles, continues her exploration of sculptural impasto techniques and revisits 19th-century post-Impressionism in the 21st century. Prager’s new paintings pack a sensory and emotional impact, redefining perception in a high-def world. Her impasto pieces resist the quick take and allow us to discover the hidden treasure of the work itself; in these paintings, more is more. In this time of pandemic, when screens dominate as a means to work, play, connect and exist, Prager is the analog compass directing us back to the tangible. With big, heavy, drippy canvases and what can only be referred to as extreme painting, Prager rejects artificial crispness and reminds us how an abstract work can help us locate feelings so precisely. The gallery is located at 831 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038. For more information, please call 323.462.2790, or visit www.dianerosenstein.com.

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APRIL MODERNISM WEEK

Modernism Week announced the exciting array of in-person events it will offer during the April, 2021 Modernism Week festival. These events include home tours, the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale and Modern Design Expo, walking architectural tours, an outdoor Garden Tour, talks, and other programs specifically designed to allow for social distancing and safety protocols. In addition to on-site events in April, newly created online programs will also be available on the Modernism Week website running simultaneously with the festival. The new April Modernism Week will feature many new and popular returning in-person events (assuming the state of California will allow these events at that time). These programs will include two newly-remodeled designer Featured Homes that will be open for timed, ticketed, socially distanced tours, and the Palm Springs Modernism Show & Sale, which will be organized to allow for social distancing and timed entry. All events are designed to accommodate social distancing and safety protocols. For more information regarding all the events occurring in April please visit www.modernismweek.com.

25TH ANNUAL NEWPORT BEACH GARDEN TOUR

The 25th Annual Newport Beach Garden Tour, hosted by the Sherman Library & Gardens’ Volunteer Association, is happening virtually again this year. It will be available for viewing starting on Saturday, May 8, 2021, the day before Mother’s Day. A professional videographer will film all of the amazing gardens featured on this year’s Tour. Get ready to view some spectacular gardens that otherwise might not be part of a ‘traditional’ Garden Tour. Also, you’ll be able to watch and re-watch the videos at your leisure, from the comfort of your home. Sponsorship of this year’s Newport Beach Garden Tour will directly support children’s education programs. Programs will include science and history-based field trips for schools, as well as after-school classes and kids’ camps. Tickets to the Newport Beach Garden Tour are on sale now. Sherman Library & Garden is located at 2647 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, CA 92625. For more information, please visit the www.sherman.org.

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Charles de Lisle Sausalito Interior Designer Charles De Lisle Orchestrates Interiors Of Charm And Individual Character

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of styles his work encompasses, and for his diverse and highly original reference points. As a young student, he studied ceramics and fine art, and he approaches his many projects with a rich and rare knowledge of design history. De Lisle also designs furniture pieces that have become very collectible among his tech clients. Recently we visited his studio, social distancing, to discuss his views on design today, to discuss his newest work, and to dissect the evolution of his interiors.

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Inspired by California crafts, and unafraid of saturated colors, Sausalito interior designer Charles de Lisle orchestrated a South of Market loft of charm and individual character. Photo by Aaron Leitz.

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CH It’s been a boom year for designers. What are seeing?

CDL I’m excited to see a more original combination and mix of materials. Designers and architects are creating very rigorous buildings using humble materials like plywood, and as well as using luxurious finishes, saturated colors, and moments of polished metals. I like looser, bigger furniture groups, made up in new textured fabrics that are edgy and warm. I like the way designers are abandoning the idea of “calm” and minimal, and are now boldly creating maximal-experience designs within minimal architecture. Homeowners want a more personal experience and are embracing the idea of ‘more is more’. CH Which new directions in design are you excited about now?

CDL We have always kept to our own lane rather than follow any single direction or trend. It’s exciting to pull great influences from as many different sources possible and to build something new. All design is essentially about initiating a change and questioning ways in which we experience life at home. Currently I’m happy to notice a shift away from glamorous, stylized interiors back to what I like to believe is a more naïve, spirited feel. For example, I’ve referenced the later 1980’s and early 90’s ways of mixing high and low, industrial “off the shelf ” with great period or vintage – inspired by style cues seen in work by Ward Bennet or John Dickinson

CH Which California-centric trends and directions do you applaud?

CDL I’ve always admired the work of great California artists from the 1970s and 80s like J.B. Blunk, and vernacular/ modernist architects like Bill Turnbull. Local crafts and handmade furniture and hand-woven textiles are very appreciated and valued now. Craftsmanship is admired. It makes sense that the romance of the California life lived well both outside and inside is relevant and inspiring in a time where we are adapting interiors, reviewing what makes us happy, what enriches our athome life.

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“All design is essentially about initiating a change and questioning ways in which we experience life at home. Currently I’m happy to notice a shift away from glamorous, stylized interiors back to what I like to believe is a more naïve, spirited feel.” - CHARLES DE LISLE

For a house in Pacific Heights, Charles de Lisle designed living room decor of maximum flexibility. This music cabinet/ bar with screen doors that close and conceal the interior has handpainted murals by de Gournay. Architects: Marmol Radziner. Photo by William Abranowicz / Art + Commerce.

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CH Your office is a multi-disciplinary one. You are an interior designer, a furniture designer, and design concept planner and you work on retail design and a range of projects. In your world, they are all closely connected.

CDL I grew up making things, drawing, and being quietly obsessed with contemporary architecture. I love making things that work, that function, and can be enjoyed. I am open to designing a garden, a chair, a coffee cup, and interiors of all kinds. CH What’s on the boards? CDL We’re in the final stages of a renovation of the Sea Ranch Lodge. It is a great privilege to work on this sixties iconic building and return to the clarity of the original vision. Other projects on the horizon are a weekend retreat in Glen Ellen, a vineyard ranch in Napa, beach houses on the Northern California coast, a vacation compound in Costa Rica, and custom residences in San Francisco.

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COLLECTIVE Interior Designer Nancy Evars Launches A Multi-Line Showroom And Meeting Space For The Silicon Valley Design Community BY HEIDI GERPHEIDE | PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF EVARS COLLECTIVE

PENINSULA TASTEMAKER NANCY EVARS , a veteran of the bay

area design community and Decorator’s Showcase San Francisco alumni, has opened a multi-line showroom in San Carlos. The seven showroom vignettes feature California made custom furniture, noteworthy fabric and wallcoverings lines, Serena Dugan, Elworthy Studio, and CW Stockwell, to name a few, accent furniture, accessories, pillows, and hand-selected one-of-a-kind pieces. Nancy is also introducing The Club at the Collective to foster community, networking, sharing practices, and support among new and established designers. The champagne bar sponsored by Comartin Cellars will inspire and help create the clubhouse spirit. CH

Evars Collective is located at 1600 El Camino Real Ste B, San Carlos, evarscollective.com.

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Notebook | DESIGN 1. Geometric dining table in walnut and satin nickel. 2. The Bicorn side chair is the result of a collaboration with Isay Weinfeld, who invited Bassam Fellows to create designs for a new landmark dining space in NYC. 3. & 4. The Brutus chair launched in Milan in 2020. It has its roots in the powerful Modernist verna- cular of Perriand and Jeanneret but is softer and visually lighter.

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CRAFTSMAN MODERN Design Team Bassam Fellows Continues To Create Impeccable Crafted Furniture With A Minimal Artisanal Philosophy A LITTLE OVER TEN YEARS AGO , archi-

tect Craig Bassam and creative director Scott Fellows began drafting their vision for a new kind of American luxury company. Bassam Fellows’ pioneering Craftsman Modern aesthetic, which marries architectural authority with a minimal-artisanal philosophy, was introduced with the iconic BassamFellows Tractor Stool at the 2003 Salone del Mobile in Milan. From its inception, the company has focused on building

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relationships with some of the world’s leading craftspeople while forging innovative and intelligent collaborations across the worlds of architecture, branding, and design. CH Available through showrooms Los Angeles | Una Malan, 814 North La Cienega, 310.734.7077, unamalan.com San Francisco | Coup d’Etat, 111 Rhode Island, Suite 1, 415.241.9301, coupdetatsf.com



Notebook | SPOTLIGHT A bedroom suite at Cobbler’s Cove resort in Barbados featuring rattan pieces and fabric from the Soane Britain collection. RIGHT

Lulu Lytle, founder of Soane Britain and author of Rattan.

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CHAMPION of RATTAN

Soane Britain Celebrates The Craftsmanship Of British Workrooms

SOANE BRITAIN, FOUNDER LULU LYTLE,

and author of Rattan’s first book in decades have revived the British rattan industry. Her evolving collection of new rattan designs are produced with integrity and brings a joyful atmosphere to any interior. Her book celebrates the laid-back luxury throughout history that evokes memories of Riviera glamour, grand yachts, tropical verandas, English croquet laws, and conservatory settings. CH 101 Henry Adams Street, No. 384, San Francisco 415.590.3260, soane.com

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Soane Britain’s evolving collection of new rattan designs are produced with integrity and brings a joyful atmosphere to any interior.


LEFT/ABOVE The casual elegance of the Soane Britain collection featured in the pages of Rattan. TOP LEFT BELOW

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A Textile Collection Inspired by Interior Designer Leah O’Connells’ Love of Flowers

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1. Harriet | Linen available in four colorways 2. Odette wallcovering 3. Hathaway | Linen available in oyster or natural background in three colorways 4. Designer Leah O’Connell

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LEAH O’CONNELL IS AN INTERIOR DESIGNER

and textile enthusiast. A native San Franciscan, her style combines the city’s traditional elements with California’s natural ease. Leah’s first textile collection, born of a lifelong love of pattern and color, is a natural extension of her interiors — elegantly exuberant, unfussy, and timeless. Few things make her happier than flowers, so it is no surprise this debut is an ode to florals. The collection launched in 2020 with ten textile prints and four wallpaper patterns, with more coming soon. CH Available in Los Angeles through Hollywood at Home, leahoconnelltextiles.com

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Labor of Love

Ruben Flores’ Exterior Designs Celebrate Nature In All Its Glory BY KATHY BRYANT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK TANNER

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AS A SIXTH-GRADER, RUBEN FLORES DESIGNED

his first incredibly successful vegetable garden. From that fertile beginning, Flores has immersed himself in his chosen path of horticulture and design. Flores, President of Visionscape Inc. and Laguna Nursery owner, has degrees in both horticultural and business administration. Still, more than that, he has built a reputation by creating innovative ways of expressing and reinventing the landscape. “There are no constraints for creativity but your own mind,” he says. Flores takes the ultra-creative approach to design, producing modern landscapes that are inventive, artistic, and exciting, but at the same time sensitive to the complexities of the site and the client. “I figure out a way for the person to enjoy all of their property. Often people don’t use half of

ABOVE Ruben Flores created this placed centerpiece that will last for weeks without water. TOP LEFT Champagne Bubbles Iceland poppy is a burst of color for a garden. LEFT This koi pond was designed and installed by Flores and features water lilies, hyacinth and water lettuce. BELOW Tall queen palms and bamboo are backdrops for a pool with potted bromeliads and succulents.

“I figure out a way for the person to enjoy all of their property. Often people don’t use half of their garden areas because of poor design.” - RUBEN FLORES their garden areas because of poor design.” Instead, Flores creates and utilizes all outdoor areas and separates these living spaces into outdoor uses, and then manages to connect them so that a client may gracefully meander the spaces of the garden with ease and aplomb. Each of these garden areas then become a usable sanctuary for activity and leisure. His projects range from small courtyard gardens to large estates, including the late Severin Wunderman Villa in Laguna Beach on a verdant cliff overlooking the ocean at Aliso Beach. Currently, his challenging and extensive exterior design is for singer Michael Feinstein’s Craven Mansion in Pasadena, built in the early 1900s. “There will be a grand garden, both a pink and a

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Gardens Emanating from the creativity of renowned California horticulturalist Ruben Flores, Laguna Nursery offers a unique combination of plants, gifts, art, fountains, furniture, and architectural artifacts, in a confluence designed to inspire and invigorate outdoor environments.

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blue garden, a secret garden, formal hedge garden, and the ‘piece de resistance’ a music garden with a formal lawn terrace that can be turned into a concert area for 200 at a moment’s notice.” For this project, Flores’ work has both layers of meaning and history as well as aesthetics. Since much of Flores’ work is done in Southern California, he does have one wish. “Everyone should have a citrus tree in their yard. Azaleas and camellias are beautiful, but a flowering and fruiting tree is seldom the focal point of a major garden area. What could be better than enjoying an apple or an orange from your very own tree?”

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ABOVE A vintage 1920s wooden parade horse and New Orleans fencing makes a whimsical display at the nursery.

ABOVE A vintage neon flower sign, rain chains and wind chimes welcome visitors to the nursery.

Colorful wind chimes and signing make for an enticing entrance.

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Besides his landscape design company, Flores is also the proprietor of Laguna Nursery, which is an idiosyncratic space, to say the least. Clients can explore this relatively small shop much like the English did when opening the pyramids. You will never know what treasure you will find or bump into. It could be a breathtaking Murano glass chandelier or an inexpensive stone bracelet. There are Italian terra cotta fireplaces and a multitude of Asian artifacts. In fact, to add to the interest level, there are such a plethora of pieces to select from that were placed intricately and cleverly by Flores that some have had cameo roles in major motion pictures, as has Flores himself. For those interested in learning more, Flores offers garden walk tours of Laguna Beach yearround. What better way to learn about gardens than from a master? CH LagunaNursery.net or @Laguna Nursery on Facebook VisionScapeInc.com or @VisionScapeInc on Facebook

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Builder Profile All Coast Construction’s gallery-like home for prominent art collector and patron Chara Schreyer sits high in the hills overlooking Los Angeles. McRitchie Design was the architect. Photo by Roger Davies

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An interior view of the same Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney-designed home, the living area shows the precise clean lines that extends to the patio and pool. Photo by Jeremy Bitterman OPPOSITE BOTTOM

Quality and craftsmanship are on ample display throughout the exterior of the Schreyer home by McRitchie Design. Photo by Roger Davies

Built to Order

High-End Residential Builder Michael Grosswendt Has Constructed A Legendary Reputation For Quality Custom Work BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL

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PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPH BY FRED LICHT

WHEN YOU WALK INTO A ROOM AND IT’S JUST RIGHT, it rings like a bell,” says All Coast Construction’s Michael Grosswendt. The high-end residential building company’s founder and president, Grosswendt has spent nearly 30 years erecting some of Southern California’s most extraordinary homes. Stars like Courteney Cox have appeared on his client list—Grosswendt built her longtime Malibu home and has a special affinity for the ‘Bu’s community--and one of his current projects is a bold custom home he jokingly describes as “the Hobbit meets Star Trek.” He’s the guy turning visions into reality for some of L.A.’s most recognized designers, with


He founded his own company in the early 90s when he was adrift and unmoored—quite literally. While working as a carpenter he was tapped for a rush job installing shelving on a cruise ship bound for San Francisco from L.A. He didn’t get off for two years. And since his work required materials shipped to different ports of call regularly, it only made sense to call his fledgling company All Coast Construction. Since officially setting up shop in L.A., he believes what’s kept his phone ringing is his near obsessive commitment to quality control. To maintain that, he keeps his team small and deliberately limits the amount of projects they take on each year, staying personally involved in each one. His is a more unusual perspective in the high-end SoCal market where bespoke building skills are in high demand. But it allows him and his team to give each project meticulous attention. And after the construction is finished, All Coast Construction often stays involved collaborators like Trip Haenisch, Annette English and Wade Weissman. And while he’s built with–and for– many of SoCal’s top-tier players at this point, his own foray into the field can be traced back to one key figure: his Dad. Grosswendt’s father built two of the three homes the family lived in during his formative years. With family genes running to tall (Grosswendt is 6’9”), his dad installed all their countertops a half foot higher than standard heights in the kitchen and bathrooms. Visitors to their home sometimes complained, Grosswendt recalls, but to him it just felt...right. “That’s an early example of how good custom design made such a difference in my life, because none of us ever had backaches from bending over low counters,” he says with a laugh.

through the dedicated estate maintenance services they offer, often revisiting homes they’ve built seasonally for repairs. “The type of homes that we build are complicated, and the way to keep them from complicating our clients’ lives is to have them proactively maintained,” he says. He’s a detail guy; it’s simply another way he maintains a high level of quality. It’s a mindset he applies to his team too. This past year, for instance, he’s stationed a team member at every site dedicated to maintaining strict Covid-19 protocols. But bottom line, Grosswendt is in this business because he loves creating custom homes, and has no plans to slow down. “Quality is what excites me,” he says. He means it. “I love the gratification that comes from taking something good and making it better,” he adds. “Much like how a good book or a good song inspires people so deeply, the same applies to a home.” CH allcoastconstruction.com

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Design Profile

Roxanne Hughes Packham

Following In The Footsteps Of A Creative Family BY KAVITA DASWANI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK LOHMAN

DESPITE A FLOURISHING BUSINESS WITH AN ENVIABLY varied portfolio - a wine country retreat in Santa Ynez, a Cape

Cod style house in Los Angeles - Roxanne Hughes-Packham dallied with the idea recently of dancing away from her design practice. “Over the years, I always thought I’d phase out of designing about this time in my life,” said Hughes-Packham, who is based in Camarillo, “However the idea of home and it as a place of respite, aside from even the design of it, has fascinated me. Gracious spaces and the atmosphere of welcoming spaces have always been entrancing to me.” The thing that convinced the designer to keep going, however, was the 100th birthday of her grandmother. “Coming to the realization I might have 50 years left...in those years, I wanted it to mean something,” she said. Consequently, Hughes-Packham segued into an even more fulfilling field - designing spaces where the need was primarily for shelter and safety, like comfortable rooms at the Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura where doctors could rest while on grueling pandemic-related schedules, or designing the interiors of James Storehouse in Newbury Park, a warehouse open to foster

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BELOW A favorite transitional kitchen designed in collaboration with a client, studio manager Judy Samsky, this city kitchen features a Le Corneau range and cabinetry designed by Roxanne and Mark Mulchay of California Designers Choice Cabinetry. Features include Allan Adler silver, Vietri & Astier de Villatte pottery, marble work by LI Modern Marble, Kravet fabric, and furniture and antiques from Summerland Antique Collective. The contractor was Bill Roffel. OPPOSITE LEFT Designer Roxanne Hughes Packham. Portrait by We Heart Photography.

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Design Profile LEFT The views in the designer’s own Santa Rosa Valley home called

for simple window treatments so the sweeping valley vistas were the focal point. The space features plenty of white, dark wood, rattan plates and linens. A French table and chairs are a gathering point in the room, and the Spanish antiques were acquired when the designer lived in Spain. The interiors of a yacht in Newport Harbor, the designer’s hometown, were done in a combination of navy, silver and teak.

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families. In all her philanthropic endeavors, Hughes-Packham was able to rely on the generosity of suppliers that she’s worked with for years - Nicky Rising, Thibaut, Eastern Accents. For Hughes-Packham, her philanthropic ventures in many ways cap an already illustrious career that she came to in a somewhat circuitous way. Born and raised in Newport Beach, she says she found herself gravitating towards design when she couldn’t settle on a major at USC, and concurrently took design classes at Woodbury University in Los Angeles. That leaning towards creativity is in her blood; her great-grandfather Porter Blanchard was a famed silversmith with a studio on Magnolia Street and an integral part of the Arts & Crafts movement; and her grandfather Allan Adler created silver offerings for the likes of Errol Flynn and Frank Sinatra from a location on Sunset Boulevard. Her company, Sunset and Magnolia, was named in tribute to her lineage. But still, she was initially unclear about what type of design to pursue. “After I graduated from USC, I studied fashion design,” she said from her home in Camarillo, Ventura County. “But I ended up not really liking it. It was so fast-paced, and it didn’t feel as much like I was making any difference in anybody’s life.”

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Then came an opportunity for Hughes-Packham to move to Spain with her husband, who was in the military, and stationed near Sevilla for three years. “I soaked in everything there,” she said. “I fell in love with European design. When we moved back to California, I incorporated that casual livability that the Europeans have, where they design for themselves and not to impress others.” A friend loved what the designer had done with her own home, and enlisted her to help design a 1,200 square foot home that needed to house a family of six. “I needed to make every space work,” she said. “It was like designing a New York apartment. Every bed had to have storage. More jobs followed, serving to establish the designer’s reputation for versatility and an approachably elegant aesthetic.


“I’ve had so many clients, but there’s not one specific thing that appears in all my work. I like creating spaces for what the family needs it to be.” - ROXANNE HUGHES PACKHAM “I’ve had so many clients, but there’s not one specific thing that appears in all my work. I like creating spaces for what the family needs it to be.” One client asked her to do a Federal style house, based on the classic architecture of the early days of the United States from the late 1700s to around 1830. “I had to do so much research,” she said. “I bought 25 coffee table books and studied it like crazy. We found a lot of authentic pieces from the East Coast, and created a really one-of-a- kind, singular home.” While those intriguing projects continue to come in, Hughes-Packham is more focused than

ever on service; outfitting the 4,000 square foot James Storehouse for social workers and foster families, to picking up everything from homewares to computers, she is also looking forward to an upcoming home for foster kids who have aged out of the system. Much of her interest in those projects, she says, is inspired by her clients. “The one thing a lot of them have in common is a deeper sense of purpose,” she said. “They contribute to their communities. I want to be able to take the idea of creating beautiful living spaces, and applying that to everyone.” CH sunsetandmagnolia.com

ABOVE A guest room in the designer’s home was outfitted with plaid curtains brought back from her travels. A lamp is made using a Moroccan vase purchased during a trip to the country. Obsessed with beautiful fabrics, some of these plaids were brought back from travels in suitcases.The lamp made from a Moroccan vase was purchased when visiting the country. The grasscloth is by Thibaut, pillows from Leontine Linens in New Orleans and the bed, bedding and pillows from Serena & Lily.

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Renovation

Let There Be Light

A Carefully-Preserved Victorian Facade Hides A Sunny, Skylight-Studded Contemporary Home BY KELLY PHILLIPS BADAL PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL DYER

NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER — or a house by its facade. This classic San Franciscan Victorian proves that point precisely: Behind its circa 1900s exterior lies a contemporary stunner with nary an ornate crown molding in sight. It’s an endto-end rethink of an original home that had “lots of character, but not a lot of space or light,” builder Christopher Gate recalls. “This was an ambitious and complex ground-up renovation that dramatically transformed it.” And it’s full of surprises. Multiple skylights span the structure, shiplap and circular windows reference the homeowner’s Nantucket roots and fold in unexpected nautical hints, even a few traditional elements are snuck in among the sleek contemporary interiors designed by Ric Pully. The result is a striking light-drenched residence with a style that, refreshingly, doesn’t check just one box. That idea is driven by architect Joram S. Altman’s design. For instance, the main floor’s contemporary open layout includes a parlor—an essential space for any high-class Victorian-era home—but it doesn’t have doors. The parlor, living room and library have traditional coffered ceilings, but sans ornamentation and painted a stark white, they feel modern and geometric. And

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unadorned windows, skylights that floods the rooms with light and clean-lined furnishings throughout further banish any associations with 19th-century stuffiness. The living room’s white paneled accent wall is another traditional moment. And shiplap, a rustic-leaning finish that might have appeared in an old Victorian homes only in private areas, is spot-lighted there and in the kitchen and dining areas. “These were all ways we paid homage to the history of the house and to a different period without being too literal,” Pulley. “We wanted a quiet nod to traditional design

with an emphasis on a contemporary aesthetic.” Light plays a starring role in the home’s transformation. A chief complaint of the owners, a family of four who’d lived in the previously-existing house for close to a decade, was the lack of it. So now, skylights are tucked in wherever possible. “It’s become a very well-lit house despite the fact that there are no windows on either side— only at the front and back,” says Gate. The game-changer is an enormous four-paneled skylight letting sun shine from the top level down a central staircase to a new subterra-


Sunlight is ushered into the open dining area’s rear addition via a glass-paneled ceiling and glass doors. In an unusual twist, the transparent ceiling doubles as a glass-bottomed balcony off the pri-mary bedroom—a unique feature that builder Christopher Gate says the homeowners absolutely love. The glass walls are angled around the property’s 110-year old canary palm tree.

Glass follows the roofline of the primary suite’s shower. The size of the primary bedroom and bath were both enlarged during the renovation, with cathedral ceilings enhancing a feeling of spacious-ness.

nean library excavated two floors below. Throughout the five-year build, Pulley concentrated on unifying the home with a cohesive design. A black and white scheme with warm woods anchors the palette, and mid-century modern furnishings (rather than expected antiques) mix with more contemporary pieces. The liberal use of white enhances the light and emphasizes the architecture, and material repetitions convey harmony. “We aimed for a level of classic permanence, a look that’s stylish but not too current or trendy,” he says. The staircase is another striking piece of

Appliances are neatly hidden behind smooth white panels in the open kitchen, while the floating ceiling defines the space and acts as a surround for a series of lights. Interior designer Ric Pulley extended the shiplap across a powder room door for a seamless look.

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Pulley chose mid-century modern and contemporary pieces for the room; the black steel shelves to the right extend into the home’s parlor. The living room’s coffered ceilings were an exercise in pre-cision: Gate’s team used the main floor’s joists to form the gridlines.

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architecture with floating treads and glass railings chosen to allow the passage of light. It’s further illuminated by a one-of-a-kind glass chandelier dreamed up by the homeowner, a work of art that dangles nearly two stories. Gate and his team custom fabricated it, sourcing the glass and parts from Italy, hiding the wiring and delicately suspending it from the skylight’s crossbars. “It’s a dramatic piece of lighting, and everything needed to be meticulously aligned in

order for it to hang perfectly,” says Gate. “There was absolutely no margin for error.” A dominant usage of white extends outside, where glossy paint softens all the Victorian accents of the original facade— which was carefully preserved the home was built around it. Now, the exterior itself is a slightly contemporary spin on the city’s beloved “painted ladies” style, cleverly providing just the tiniest clue as to what awaits inside. CH


A luxurious tub hugs one end of the primary suite’s bathroom. Light pours down the central three-story staircase from a gigantic skylight. White paint gives the original Victorian facade a more contemporary look. The front door’s vibrant red hue references the wife’s Hong Kong upbringing.

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Books REVIEWED BY KATHY BRYANT

Richard Manion Architecture: Streamlined Text by Adele Cygelman Principal photography by Erhard Pfeiffer As Architect Richard Manion says in the Introduction to his second monograph, “This second book is about the integration of modernism within an overall framework of tradition and heritage, responding to the evolving nature of my clients’ programs and lifestyles and my design ideas.”

To illustrate this creative principle, Richard Manion Architecture: Streamlined features 14 distinctive estates that he has adapted to modern living. They show both the firm’s signature style and attention to detail as well as a mastery of history and architecture. “In this volume there is a breadth and variety of projects within a framework of simplicity and restraint, discretion and harmony,” writes Interior Designer David Desmond. The residences showcase how brilliantly Manion’s architecture reflects historical accuracy and period details while at the same time being firmly planted in the 21st century for contemporary living. Modernism is integrated into traditional forms to create houses that honor history and classicism but are still fresh and new. The variety of his projects is brilliantly shown in over 300 photographs by Erhard Pfeiffer. Here you will find a sprawling estate in Montecito, Villa Montagne Al Mare, a seaside edifice in Malibu and Rutherford House in Beverly Hills which was built in 1938, among others. It’s always a joy to read books that allow us to visit houses we might otherwise never know about. This book is definitely full of dream houses. Richard Manion Architecture: Streamlined Text by Adele Cygelman Principal photography by Erhard Pfeiffer 276 pages, 300 color photographs Hardcover 11.62 x 1.12 x 15.12 inches $60 US ISBN: 978-1-8647-0857-8 Images Publishing

ABOVE The west loggia was originally open, but the owners wanted an enclosed casual space, so 10ft-tall arched doorways and hand-troweled plaster were added to match the existing casing.

Interior designer David Desmond took the colors of Hubert de Givenchy’s Paris apartment as his inspiration for the living room. The green velvet sofa was based on a Renzo Mongiardino design. Artwork is by Tay Bak Chiang.

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Charlotte Moss Flowers Text by Charlotte Moss Dispel any winter blues by reading and perusing this vibrantly photographed new book by Charlotte Moss, Charlotte Moss Flowers. Within these pages are clever hints and fond memories of her flower arranging from a single hydrangea in a vase to lavish displays for celebrations. Flowers are nature’s glorious creations and with Moss as our guide we can marvel at their range and colors and at the almost limitless way to enjoy them. “Rules on volume, composition, shape, color and suitable containers tend to make me squirm,” says Moss in her Introduction. “Over time and with practice you will develop your own style, learn what works together, which flowers require the tall vase, which one like breathing space. All of this, let me repeat, all of this, comes with practice and trial and error.” Moss has been documenting her floral compositions for over a decade and shares with the reader the variety of her creations. Moss’ grandest displays are for the city while informal creations are obviously for the home and country. Whether the displays are exterior or interior, her talent for arranging them is always evident. There are floral arrangements in situ in tasteful living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms. We may not be able to afford antique furniture, hand-painted wallpaper or silk drapery, but it is possible to arrange flowers in every room in our homes to make a personal statement, with Moss’ help. An added attraction to the book is her descriptions of works by past tastemakers: Gloria Vanderbilt’s use of flowers in her interiors; Pauline de Rothchild’s elaborate tablescapes; Bunny Mellon’s topiaries; Constance Spry’s use of inventive containers, among others. Moss and her stepson James Friedberg, a glass artist based in San Francisco, have collaborated on a collection of six vases to launch simultaneously with the book. Moss is an interior designer, author and philanthropist and has authored ten other books, including the 2018 Charlotte Moss Entertains. Charlotte Moss Flowers Text by Charlotte Moss 272 pages, 300 color photographs Hardcover 8.5 x 11 inches $50 US ISBN: 978-0-8478-7014-1 Rizzoli New York

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In the entry, walls and millwork are painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Railings’. A vintage Les Prismatiques console is juxtaposed with a Zographos ottoman. The dining room walls are painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Oval Room Blue.’ Apparatus ‘Highwire’ chandelier. Oil paintings by Mark Russell Jones.Wood and Designer Tim Clarke blackened steel ’Stickbulb sconces are by RUX. Parker & Burkhart handcrafted dining table. Vintage creates a sense of Kai Kristensen Model 42 chairs in rosewood are re-upholstered in shearling and Nubuk by SH Frank. anticipation, drawing guests through a handsome wroughtiron door. The spiral staircase is the spine of the house, a ribbon of plaster that connects its activities.

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COLORS of Happiness

FOR A YOUNG HILLSBOROUGH FAMILY, OAKLAND INTERIOR DESIGNER JON DE LA CRUZ UPDATED TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE WITH THE JOLT OF BOLD PAINT HUES TEXT BY DIANE DORRANS SAEKS | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSE MANUEL ALORDA

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ESIGNER JON DE LA CRUZ is an expert at perfecting décor

that feels personal and inspiring for a range of clients and locations. And he is sensitive, after working on a broad swathe of interiors for more than two decades, that vibrant tones can be a powerful statement, especially in a traditional residence with classical architecture. “I enjoy working with color, and with this Hillsborough project, the family encouraged me to choose even stronger and more saturated hues,” commented de la Cruz. “We wanted to shake up this elegant thirties house and give it a more contemporary custom-made feeling, with bold colors.”

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ABOVE The Hillsborough house is situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac and overlooks a very private garden. OPPOSITE In the living room, a pair of tortoise-finish tabourets are by Ironies. Two vintage Billy Haines-style chairs are covered in a Groundworks epinglé fabric. Tuxedo-arm chair in Corraggio linen.


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ABOVE The landing wallpaper is by Philip Jeffries. RIGHT In the study, a pair of vintage Zographos chairs. The 1945 desk is by Maria Bergson.

The Hillsborough house, superbly located in a quiet neighborhood and surrounded by oak trees and clipped hedges, is the second house de la Cruz has designed for this family with two young children. They were among his first clients when he launched Jon de la Cruz. Their perfectly calibrated professional relationship has resulted in rooms that are enriched with a thoughtful and very distinctive color palette. Guests are welcomed in the commanding entry with soaring walls dressed in Farrow & Ball midnight blue ‘Railings’ paint. The almost black color adds a glamorous dimension to the stairway. A witty turquoise blown-glass Circle chandelier from SKLO Studio catches the eye. In the dining room, the designer’s color confidence is revealed with walls painted matt-finish ‘Oval Room Blue’ by Farrow & Ball, in contrast with the wainscot and ceiling finished with the same tone in a full gloss finish. An adjustable chandelier by Apparatus adds its kinetic character to the room. Abstract oil paintings by Los Angeles artist Mark Russell Jones bring mystery and allure to this west-facing room, which glows with golden light at the end of the day.

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De la Cruz selected Kai Kristensen Model 42 rosewood chairs, 1956, for the dining room. For fashion flair and a dash of wit, they were upholstered with a Nubuk suede seat and a cloud of palest grey shearling on the oval back. “It’s a great pleasure to advise this young family on collections of antiques, art, and vintage pieces,” said de la Cruz. “They have become passionate about finding iconic pieces from the fifties and sixties, so we seek out furniture that has quality and authenticity for each acquisition. Their choices will give them pleasure for many years.” In the kitchen, materials like oiled rift-sawn walnut custom cabinets and an Arabescato white and grey marble counter from Fox Marble are artfully framed by walls and


In the kitchen, custom walnut perimeter cabinets and a custom standing seam hood surround. Circa Lighting pendants. RH counterstools. Fox Marble supplied the island top in Arabescato marble, and the Pietra Cardoza stone for the counters and backsplash.

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In the bedroom, a vintage Italian sofa in cotton velvet. Wallpaper by Thibaut. The bed is by Made Goods. Below, the ‘Mosaic’ mid-century Lane cabinet, and Thibaut wallpaper. In the powder room, wallpaper is by Nobilis. Sconce by Kelly Wearstler for Circa Lighting. OPPOSITE

work counters of honed black Pietra Cardoza sandstone. In contrast, the stove hood was custom made in bold standing-seam blackened steel. The designer dialed down the colors in the study and painted walls and ceiling in a calm, soft grey ‘Andromeda’ paint by C2 Paint. The pair of cube-shaped turquoise tufted leather vintage chairs by Nikos Zographos is the perfect counterpoint to a sculptural mahogany slab desk by Maria Bergson. “Like most of the furniture in their collection, these Zographos chairs could happily inhabit any room,” commented de la Cruz. “Multi-purpose, versatile pieces give the house a very contemporary feeling and are poised for updates, and changes as the children grow up, and updates are an exciting part of decorating.” CH

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Statement linen draperies made from Manuel Canovas’ vibrant Moroccan lantern print set the tone in Sharon and Mauricio Oberfeld’s Middle Eastern-inspired Coachella Valley home’s living room—a fabric Sharon describes as “meant just for me.” On the wall is a panel by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher that references Rajasthani design.

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up in Mexico, but the Middle East has claimed her soul. The L.A. jewelry designer has a special affinity for Morocco, Turkey, Egypt and many countries of the Arabian peninsula. She’s traveled extensively through the region, and it’s always spoken to her: She even likes to joke that her alter-ego is a Cairo girl named “Jasmin,” and calls camels her spirit animal. But as enamored as she is with the foods, fabrics and culture of the Middle East, she’d never felt that the Arabian castle of her personal interior design fantasies had a place in her L.A. life. The daughter of one of Mexico’s most prominent contemporary architects, she’s been surrounded by contemporary design since childhood. Even today, the Beverly Hills home she shares with her husband, luxury developer Mauricio Oberfeld of Dugally Oberfeld, is a clean-lined glass-walled contemporary masterpiece. So when she and Mauricio purchased a vacation home in La Qunita, she saw the chance to turn her Arabian Nights-fueled fever dreams into reality. The Santa Barbara-style home the Oberfelds bought, tucked within The Hideaway Club Golf community, took real vision to reimagine initially. It was done up in what Mauricio likens to “super formal Louis XIV French” style. But he easily saw through that. “Everything about the way it was finished and decorated was wrong and it was kind of this ugly duckling, but the bones were right,” he recalls. Sharon also grew immediately excited about the home’s potential. So the Oberfelds tag-teamed it: Mauricio rejiggered portions of the layout, most notably joining an existing casita to the main house and completely redoing the outdoor area, while Sharon plunged into the interiors, enlisting her longtime friend Sarah Chavez of Chimera Interiors as a pro sounding board.

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“It’s a true oasis, this beautiful, peaceful place that could be in Beirut, Cairo or Dubai, with the privilege of not even boarding a plane.” - SHARON OBERFELD Sharon first envisioned a Moroccan riad. But then she quickly broadened her scope, realizing that she wanted to incorporate Turkish fabrics, which eventually culminated into the creation of a media room that nods to the Ottoman Empire with a striking tented ceiling. She wanted to pull in pieces from Cairo, Dubai, Cyprus and Saudi Arabia. And even though there’s a definite Middle Eastern vibe, Mexico (the birthplace of both Sharon and Mauricio) is still represented—most dramatically through the kitchen’s raffia custom chandelier by artist Mario Lopez Torres and the living room’s gilded iron Arturo Pani tables. Seeking out just the right fabrics, finishings and furniture quickly became an all-consuming passion project for Sharon. She’d scour the Internet for images of items she loved, then track them to their source— often on the other side of the world without a working website. “I literally would wait until Mauricio fell asleep and then run to the computer and

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start Googling, staying up late because of the time difference to call Lebanon, to call Dubai, to call a man in Egypt and use my three Egyptian words to make him understand that I wanted to buy something,” she says with a laugh. She rang a shop in Saudi Arabia multiple times, only to be hung up on—again and again—when the owner realized she didn’t speak Arabic. (She eventually enlisted a fluent friend to help). She finagled a shipment of mirrors from a tiny neighborhood shop in Oman that had never even mailed a package its neighbors. She traced the aforementioned Mexican artist Mario Lopez Torres to his home village, talking his son into convincing him to create a custom commission for her. She even went down a rabbit hole hunting for an unusual camel chandelier she’d spied on Pinterest, tracing it to an antiques dealer, her buyer, then to the new owners of the buyer’s previous house—purchasing the chandelier right off their ceiling. “It got to the point where I was so invested I didn’t care what it took, I


ABOVE Furnishings from Janus et Cie and David Francis flank the pool. BELOW The Oberfelds’ home looks out onto one of The Hideaway Club’s fairways and is surrounded by stunning mountain vistas. OPPOSITE Rattan chandeliers by Mexican artisan Mario Lopez Torres typically feature a menagerie of jungle animals, but Sharon commissioned hers directly—asking for just two monkeys.

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was going all out,” says Sharon. “She won’t quit, she’ll search until she gets to the source,” adds Mauricio. “I’d constantly ask her, ‘Have you reached it? Did you find the end of the Internet?’” In the midst of this, interior designer Sarah Chavez provided a steadying hand, “keeping me from making about 1,000 mistakes,” Sharon admits. Chavez arranged rewiring, upholstery, sizing (“I barely know how to measure,” quips Sharon) and much more, green-lighting hundreds of decisions along the way. “She’s one of those magicians who solved every impossible problem,” says Sharon. “And I’m lucky, because no one else would have put up with this craziness.” The result of the 16-month end-to-end renovation, however, is completely transportive. It’s akin to entering a different world, an exotic desert bolthole that’s taken on new significance for the Oberfelds over the past year while travel has been largely curtailed. “It’s a true oasis, this beautiful, peaceful place that could be in Beirut, Cairo or Dubai, with the privilege of not even boarding a plane,” says Sharon. “I can’t even count the hours I put into this, but it was worth every minute to me.” CH

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ABOVE Immersive fabric from Cairo’s Alef Gallery—used on the walls, windows, couch, sconces and even on the ceiling—turns the Oberfelds’ media lounge into a tented Turkish-inspired retreat. The chair is by Egyptian artist Rasha El Gammal. OPPOSITE TOP Mexico City-based Simon Hamui custom-crafted the Oberfelds’ bed of Arabicpatterned laser cut wood; the bedding was hand-embroidered in Morocco. The draperies are Schumacher’s “Cordoba” in embroidered linen, a design inspired by Moorish tiles. OPPOSITE BOTTOM A rich array of overlapping patterns create a hypnotic effect in the primary bathroom. The wallpaper is “Marrakech Palm” from Bradley USA; the curtain—covered in Arabic calligraphy—is from Cairo’s Alef Gallery; the wood panels are by the same artist who made the Oberfelds’ bed. The chandelier is a vintage piece by Maison Jansen.

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Storied Past JUSTIN PAULY AND MICHAEL BLISS EDIT A CARMEL VALLEY PROPERTY

TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL DYER

Pauly and Bliss enriched an already stunning California terrain with striking architecture and landscaping. TOP LEFT In contrast to the traditional architecture of the main house, the pool house is transitional, with both styles complimenting the property.

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The restored pool house is now a place where multiple generations of the family can gather around the pool and shelter from the Carmel Valley heat, which can often reach into the 100’s.

COASTAL Consciousness A SPECIALIST IN OCEANFRONT DESIGN PRESENTS THE QUINTESSENTIAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIFESTYLE TEXT BY ROGER GRODY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY NOAH WEBB

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THE OWNERS OF THIS RURAL CARMEL VALLEY PROPERTY

bought it with a storied past. Purchased originally by the Wolferman family from Kansas City in the late 1930s, they enlisted Hugh Comstock to build their summer home. Comstock created the fairy tale cottages of Carmel-by-the-Sea, responding to the savanna covered eight-acre parcel, he designed a Post Adobe ranch for the Wolfermans. Their adobe and redwood residence graced the 1942 cover of Sunset Magazine as an example of Western living. By the 1950s, famed illustrator Hank Ketcham lived there, and the compound included a Paddock pool with a pool cabana. Ketcham and his staff crafted “Dennis the Menace” cartoons from the pool house. Sadly, this building and the entire grounds were dilapidated when the new homeowners procured the estate in 2015. The couple, who enjoy entertaining family and friends, hired Monterey architect Justin Pauly to renovate and reimagine the pool house and other outbuildings. They selected Carmel landscape

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BELOW In the farm kitchen, the salvaged siding’s rich patina re-used to clad the vaulted ceilings creates a rustic ambiance. OPPOSITE Bliss used a mix of landscaping materials to blend with the environment and project’s history; adobe block, gravel, and stone.

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One of the project goals was to fabricate a new indoor and outdoor living space intended for entertaining while incorporating the existing dilapidated poolside structure’s general footprint.

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The design team focused on the breathtaking landscape and interior architecture by selecting functional furnishings with simple lines for the guest bedroom wing.

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LEFT The original Post Adobe ranch, which inspired the homeowners’ master planning, now benefits from restored landscaping. BELOW In the guest bath, Talavera-inspired wall tiles reference Comstock’s design inspiration for the property.

architect Michael Bliss to restore and update the grounds, incorporating a vegetable garden and hobby vineyard. Following their clients’ instructions for “simple beauty,” Pauly and Bliss complimented Comstock’s original vision of the California Ranch. Pauly juxtaposed traditional characteristics of the main abode with modern elements for the pool house. A 13-foot tall board-formed concrete wall serves as the central structure’s backdrop, which contains a generous steam room, full bathroom, changing facilities, and an outdoor lounge with enclosed TV and bar concealed by a large bi-folding door. Following a covered walkway leads to the farm kitchen building where the homeowners process produce grown on-site with an outdoor dining area for entertaining. Crosswise there is a guest bedroom wing with bedroom suites and a gym. Pauly repurposed materials from demolished portions of the pool house into the remodeled spaces. The exterior redwood panels on the non-painted side became cabinetry and clads the ceilings in the farm kitchen and the guest bedrooms. Bliss also utilized salvaged adobe brick and Carmel stone pavers in his hardscape design. Native meadows, manzanita, lavender, and fruitless olive trees scattered strategically now unify the property while integrating with towering blue, valley, and California live oak trees. The completed project honors the estate’s storied past while updating it for the current owner’s needs as a home for all seasons. CH

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A dry bar replaced the awkward staircase in the living room. Abnormals Anonymous’ wallpaper, Meet the Flockers, in the colorway, Atlantis adds a fanciful touch.

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In front of the fireplace mantle, the designers placed a pair of barrel back swivel chairs in a sky-colored heavy melange wool flannel from Holland & Sherry. A round ottoman from Gina Berschneider acts as a table.

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Modern History MAREA CLARK UPDATES A PACIFIC HEIGHTS VICTORIAN TEXT BY KENDRA BOUTELL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY BARNARD

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MAREA CLARK INTERIORS DEFTLY EQUIPOISED

this Pacific Heights Victorian’s restoration while renovating it for the 21st-century. “Our thought process began with the idea of old meets new, and how we could complement the beautiful historic bones of the home while making it function for a modern California family. There’s a balance between the existing traditional elements with artful, more contemporary pieces that feel fresh and current for today.” Marea Clark said. The three-story residence retained its original fin de siècle characteristics; leaded windows, cove plaster ceilings, and fluted columnar woodwork. Clark and project manager Kenya Stabler highlighted these features with a pale, cool color palette. They collaborated with architect Brooks McDonald and Eric Friedman of Arrow Builders to reconfigure the

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first floor for better flow and access. To set the house’s tone, the designers juxtaposed a Louis XVI style demi-lune cabinet with an asymmetrical shagreen and bronze-patina mirror from R&Y Augousti in the foyer. A streamlined marble fireplace centers the white living room punctuated by sea-colored upholstery. Surmounting the mantle is a work by surf photographer Michael Townsend. On one side of the room, the activity focuses on an ebony grand piano where the two young daughters practice while their parents relax on a tailored A. Rudin sofa. At the opposite end, a custom sectional covered in an opulent Rose Tarlow linen velvet provides seating for TV viewing. Clark and Stabler paired this with a grasscloth wrapped chow coffee table and a classic RobsjohnGibbings walnut klismos side table from Epoca.


In the open dining room and kitchen, the designers continued the white shell accented with blue and green hues. For the rectangular dining table, they worked with HEWN showroom to customize a modern Keith Fritz design.

ABOVE The clients wanted an open plan kitchen and dining room, which necessitated removing significant bearing walls. Fortunately, they had worked with builder Eric Friedman and architect Brooks McDonald previously on their Healdsburg home. OPPOSITE Portland artist Kati von Lehman’s white stoneware planters’ circular shape plays off the white semi-gloss chandelier shades in the dining room.

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ABOVE In the white master bath, Californian artist Serena Mitnik-Miller’s oceanic work surmounting the oval freestanding tub casts a calming ambiance.

A glamorous Miranda Bench from Marcali Designs upholstered in Holland & Sherry’s Steel Blue Spencer Velvet provides a place to change shoes or pause and reflect in the master bedroom.

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“Our thought process began with the idea of old meets new, and how we could complement the beautiful historic bones of the home while making it function for a modern California family.” - MAREA CLARK INTERIORS

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One of the young daughter’s bedrooms shares space with a play tent and four botanical illustrations by Kristen Morabito. The floral motif repeats in the drapery fabric from Lulie Wallace.

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BELOW The powder room surprises visitors with Cole & Son’s vibrant Savuti wallpaper, named for an African garden where baboons and chameleons sun themselves in flowering Coral Trees.

Marea Clark utilized local upholstery room, Hardesty Dwyer, for the custom sectional and accent pillows. Roman shades in a sophisticated Art Deco patterned wool softly filters light.

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In the open dining room and kitchen, the designers continued the white shell accented with blue and green hues. For the rectangular dining table, they worked with HEWN showroom to customize a modern Keith Fritz design. A sculptural mobile chandelier from Zia Privan illuminates dining, while antique mirrored sconces add an elegant touch. Initially, the main floor did not include a powder room; McDonald and Friedman carved out space for one, which Clark and Stabler wallpapered in a fanciful dark viridian African pattern from Cole & Son. Ascending the stairs to the second floor leads to the private rooms, including the master suite. In the master bedroom, the color scheme takes its cue from an abstract waterscape by photographer Thea Schrack installed on a moody hemp wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries. Clark and Stabler completed the ethereal room with accent pillows inspired by 19th-century Japanese Ukiyo-E prints balancing the old with the new. CH

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DIVERSE STYLES A HOLMBY HILLS ESTATE REFLECTS THE ECLECTICISM OF CELEBRITY DESIGNER SHAWN TADDEY TEXT BY ROGER GRODY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MARK LOHMAN

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A stately East Coast Traditional, designed by architect Gerard Colcord, is a Holmby Hills classic.

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N T E R I O R D E S I G N E R S H AW N TA D D E Y

has accommodated a clientele of Hollywood celebrities and high-profile financiers for more than 30 years from her Melrose Avenue offices in Los Angeles. While many designers are recognized for a signature aesthetic, Taddey moves seamlessly between diverse styles, but all of her commissions incorporate warmth, depth and a meticulous attention to detail. “For me, the most important skill is listening,” says the founding principal of Taddey Karlin, who notes that even clients who are not certain of what they want or cannot articulate it, know how they want to feel. “My goal is to translate their desires into living spaces that exceed what they even believed possible,”

says the designer, who adds, “I’m always looking for ways to charm and delight a client.” One project representative of Taddey’s range and versatility is an estate in the exclusive Holmby Hills neighborhood of L.A., a 12,000-square-foot East Coast Traditional designed by architect Gerard Colcord, whose Hollywood legacy is legendary. One enters the home into a soaring foyer dressed up with a formidable crystal chandelier by Dennis & Leen, with antique furniture from Charles Jacobsen and a striking seascape by painter Ran Ortner, a friend of the homeowners. This was the fifth home Taddey designed for investors Mich Mathews-Spradlin and Jason


Taddey showcases the owners’ art collection, represented by this Diego Rivera original. OPPOSITE A coffered ceiling, seascape by Ran Ortner and bookcase designed by Shawn Taddey contribute to a casually elegant living room.

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Spradlin, so she was familiar with the family’s sensibilities and lifestyle. “I enjoy a collaborative design process, which makes clients more emotionally invested and more connected to the results,” says the designer. As a formally-trained artist, Taddey was also pleased to incorporate the couple’s impressive art collection into this project. A spacious living room with stone fireplace and paintings from Ortner and Diego Rivera is ideal for entertaining. The bookcases and

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coffee table were designed by Taddey herself, who states, “If what I’m looking for doesn’t exist, I just design it myself.” The dining room, with antique mirrors framing a ceiling clad in shimmering Innovations wall covering (reminiscent of silver leaf ), is not only elegant but theatrical. Two spectacular crystal chandeliers hang over a massive black walnut dining table with dramatic live edge. The residence is incredibly eclectic, with the lady of the house’s


ABOVE The master bedroom incorporates a silk Fortuny lighting fixture, Noir end tables and lamps from Reborn Antiques. LEFT Outdoor dining beneath a wisteria-covered pergola with fountain from Charme d’Antan.

office furnished with midcentury-inspired pieces and playful monkey wallpaper informed by a classic Art Deco design. But the gentleman’s study features rich, masculine textures, with a massive fireplace, bar and Jean de Merry leather arm chairs. Walls in the family room are lined with vintage maps commemorating the family’s travels, while much of the three-bedroom guest house has an Old English aesthetic. In the master suite, which is the only one of the seven bedrooms

located downstairs, a silk Fortuny lighting fixture hangs over the bed, and is complemented by a distinctive 18th century Dutch secretaire. “Antiques are critical for me, even in the most contemporary environments,” notes Taddey, who also placed an armoire from Brenda Antin in that suite. The secluded one-acre site provides an idyllic setting for a genuine indoor-outdoor lifestyle, with abundant opportunities for

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Filled with a beachy striped sofa, vintage French paintings and art from luxury residential architect Steve Giannetti is a poolside cabana whose wall of glass folds back to erase the border between indoors and out.

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recreation (including swimming pool and lighted tennis court), dining or meditation. Filled with a beachy striped sofa, vintage French paintings and art from luxury residential architect Steve Giannetti is a poolside cabana whose wall of glass folds back to erase the border between indoors and out. Taddey’s favorite outdoor space is a lushly landscaped al fresco dining area, sheltered beneath a wisteria-covered pergola and accented by a fountain from Charme d’Antan in Agoura Hills. CH

ABOVE LEFT A cabana room with vintage French art opens up to a resort-like swimming pool. TOP RIGHT The estate’s lushly landscaped, oneacre site offers unique entertainment opportunities. RIGHT An office features playful Art Deco-inspired wallpaper and Taddey-designed midcentury-influenced furniture.

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