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Who’s who behind the scenes of this inaugural issue of C Home—plus, their go-tos for California design.
Spring intel from across the state: Madeline Weinrib’s chic prints brighten San Francisco. Why Coup d’Etat is the most talked-about name right now. Secret sources from Nathan Turner. Plus, for a hacienda in Palos Verdes Peninsula, more than meets the eye (about 50,000 square feet).
This year’s hottest plant. Sophisticated portable furniture. A rather “darling” estate.
Cheer up with a sunny new palette.
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Meet Waldo Fernandez, the decorator behind California’s coveted look.
43 WELCOME HOME
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44 LUSH LIFE
In Hillsborough, The Wiseman Group and landscape designer Stephen Suzman reinvent a timeless estate.
52 ACQUIRED TASTES
With the masterful guidance of Kathleen and Tommy Clements, a handsome Hollywood Hills couple build an equally cultured collection of art and objets.
58 WORLD VIEW
A contemporary Santa Barbara beach abode pairs a busy family’s outdoor lifestyle with a nomadic-chic collection of colorful, global treasures.
64 SKYLINE REVISITED
In San Francisco, a fog-gray palette adds unlikely impact to an aerie with a stunning view.
68 ROCK STUDY
Take artful respite atop Kendrick Bangs Kellogg’s fantastical Joshua Tree masterpiece.
72 ON THE WATERFRONT
Surrounded by a forest of old-growth redwoods and sequoias, this secluded Tahoe compound is reimagined by the owners’ talented son.
76 ISLAND AIR
With hypnotic views and private olive groves, a Coronado couple’s dream house emerges from the sand.
Kelly Wearstler’s Golden State vibe.
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WHO’S WHO BEHIND THE SCENES OF THIS ISSUE AND THE PLACES THEY FIND INSPIRATION
Todd Gildred “The concept was camp for adults and a time when people first experienced the beauty of Lake Tahoe,” says TCannonDesign’s Todd Gildred of reimagining his family’s shoreline compound (“On the Waterfront,” p.72). The up-and-coming designer—a Santa Barbara native living in S.F.— is finishing a boutique B&B near Pleasanton and a Hollywood Hills Eichler, among other projects. C SPOTS • Coup d’Etat • Twenty Five Lusk • The Lower Slaughter Manor is one of my favorite places on the globe
Kelly Wearstler For this issue’s Collage (p.82), interior designer Kelly Wearstler created a mood
Jay Jeffers “Collected Cool was a fantastic labor of love and a stroll down memory lane. I’ve had the great fortune of working with wonderful clients, friends and artists,” says S.F. interior designer Jay Jeffers (“Skyline Revisited,” p.64). Rizzoli releases his book this month. C SPOTS • Driving to my home in St. Helena
board of her California style exclusively for C Home. Her new offerings include, fittingly, the Malibu furniture collection launch; more seasonal jewelry and Paperless Post stationery designs; and another Rug Company collaboration later this year. Also look for a late-March Paris shopping trip sale with One Kings Lane. C SPOTS • Getty Villa • The Bradbury
• Blackman Cruz in L.A. • The Herzog & de Meuron-
Building • Downtown L.A.’s Union Station
designed de Young Museum
Diane Dorrans Saeks “It was such a pleasure writing about the Hillsborough property first decorated by the great Michael Taylor. The Wiseman Group and Stephen Suzman have given it new life,” says C’s S.F. Editor-at-Large, Diane Dorrans Saeks, about “Lush Life,” (p.44). The noted author recently (Fall, Rizzoli). C SPOTS • The wilds of Mt. Tamalpais • A scull from Schoonmaker Point across Richardson Bay • Rowing to Belvedere Point
Matthew Millman “The Hillsborough house [“Lush Life,” p.44] is one of those magical places that
Alison Clare Steingold
makes being a photographer so much fun,” says architectural lensman Matthew
“Writing about J.B. Blunk chainsaw-carving Sim Van
Millman, who also shot Jay Jeffers’
der Ryn’s door in Inverness, and Ken Kellogg
Russian Hill project for this issue. In
climbing boulders in Joshua Tree to take measure-
addition to work for The New York Times
ments, I can’t help but wonder how to preserve and
and Interior Design, Millman’s most
document the state’s handcrafted houses,” says
recent book is West Coast Modern; titles
C Home’s Design Editor, Alison Clare Steingold, who
with Jeffers and Paul Wiseman are
led the team in creating this premiere issue. C SPOTS
forthcoming. C SPOTS • Oliver Ranch,
• Sea Ranch • John Lautner’s, well, anything • Patrick
Geyserville • William Stout Architectural
Dougherty Stickwork shelters at Hall, Napa Valley
Books in S.F. • The Salk Institute in La Jolla
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of the S.F. space. Blue Lulu Cotton Carpet. White & Black Endless Tibetan Carpet. Hot Pink Jambo Cotton Carpet.
<< A cool blue dhurrie, a blast of purple and a black-and-white pop on zigzag shag… Madeline Weinrib always makes a statement. Granddaughter of ABC Carpet & Home founder Max Weinrib, the textiles master is a celebrated artist in her own right. She rethinks well-traveled motifs into handmade rugs, pillows—even lingerie bags; reimagines Kandinsky works as napkins; emblazons Uzbeki medallions on wing chairs. This spring, to complement her atelier at ABC, she’ll add a San Francisco Design Center showroom with 4,000 square feet for pattern play. Exclusives include the new Kuba carpet collection (based on antique African textiles) and custom services for one-of-a-kind design. One Henry Adams St., S.F.; madelineweinrib.com.
SCENTS + SENSIBILITY
Michael Angove for Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay Home candle, $70.
You’ll want to paper your walls with this romantic berry pattern covering Jo Malone’s new candle collaboration with Michael Angove, the U.K. artist whose graphics are as juicy as an Ojai grove. $35-$85; jomalone.com.
the quiet life “Godfather of Green,” Sim Van der Ryn, is a former UC Berkeley ecological design professor who settled in Inverness and built his own abode near the late sculptor J.B. Blunk (who chainsaw-carved the giant front door and cypress sink). Highland House has since transformed with a Finnish sauna, Ken Sawyer Japanese pavilion, yoga room, spiral staircase and an edible garden. Beginning this April, the remarkable eco-property is available for vacation rental—and you can schedule some downtime with Van der Ryn. From $575/night; vanderryn-eco-refuge.com.
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When she’s not baking heavenly lavender-lemon cookies or sharing recipes, Valleybrink Road caterer Barrett Barrett Prendergast Prendergast combs the handcrafted array at local boutiques, visits the periodic Artisanal LA and shops Silverlake Wine to fill orders for her ambrosial wooden gift boxes. All include lush florals plus a variety of items such as Sqirl preserves, Los Poblanos salves, Z Confections caramel popcorn and Little Flower marshmallows. She delivers, too. $100-$400; valleybrinkroad.com. Large Sweet Box, $400.
The house dates back to 1972.
WEINRIB: HUSBAND WIFE. VALLEYBRINK (2): ANDRÉ VIPPOLIS. VAN DER RYN: COURTESY RICHARDOLSEN.ORG
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Changing of the guard
1960s French Amoeba settees, $3,900, a Mathieu Matégot table, $4,900, and 1890 Sutro Baths billboard, $23,280.
Since Darin Geise began recovering and reselling finds at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire in 2002, Coup d’Etat has expanded time and again. Today, its S.F. Design District location has 8,000 square feet of vintage and repurposed antiques, Coup Studio pieces, and represented lines (Scala, Holland & Sherry and U.K. furniture darling Ochre). Geise also supports artists such as Daniel Hopper and Jocelyn Marsh, maker of delicate cast creatures. Every eight weeks, the shop completely redesigns with a “New Coup Edition” of vignettes. They could be floor-to-ceiling trees, a salute to Victor Vasarely, or the Trojan horse. The changeover, celebrated with Champagne and caviar, is its own spectacle (mark your calendar for March 31 and June 2). “We really pride ourselves on being an experience shop,” says Director Jason Jackson. “But you wouldn’t know from one visit. I tell people, you really don’t understand Coup until you’ve come three times.” 111 Rhode Island St., Ste. 1, S.F., 415-241-9300; coupdetatsf.com.
Coup Studio Stud Chaise.
Scala Uovo side table, $9,100.
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MODERN MOOD Joining its sister location in Costa Mesa, Design Within Reach has unveiled a studio and private showroom on Melrose Avenue. Look for a rainbow swatch wall (including Knoll and DWR’s new textiles) and the recently introduced Milo Baughman Goodland collection. 8612 Melrose Ave., WeHo, 310-659-9018; dwr.com.
Sol LeWitt linocuts. Tony Duquette lamps. Sam Maloof chairs. Polish your paddle— Bonhams auction season arrives now! • MADE IN CALIFORNIA: CONTEMPORARY ART Apr. 1 (L.A.) • CA & WESTERN PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE Apr. 8 (L.A.) • 20TH CENTURY DECORATIVE ARTS Apr. 14 (L.A.) • PRINTS & MULTIPLES Apr. 29 (S.F.) • ENTERTAINMENT MEMORABILIA May 4 (L.A.).
Emil Nolde, Tänzerin, 1913, lithograph on Japan paper, est. $200,000-$300,000.
NEST EGG A two-story hanging cloud light fixture anchors the new DWR.
BARE LUXURY “Thread count is a relatively new construct,” says Ariel Kaye of Parachute Home. “When it comes to bedding, the focus should be on the caliber of the thread.” Designed in L.A., her Italian-crafted linens streamline the market with well-priced duvet, fitted sheet and sham sets available in crisp percale and luminous sateen. They’re broken-in-soft and come in simple white, hazy fog and powdery blue. The Venice, $249/set, parachutehome.com.
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Smart thermostat and smoke/carbon monoxide detector company Nest continues its gadget development thanks to the $3.2 billion purchase by Google, which has helped to fund the Palo Alto upstart for two of its three years. nest.com. Nest Protect, $129.
COUP D’ETAT(3): CHRISTOPHER STARK. BONHAMS PRINT: COURTESY OF BONHAMS. DWR: SHARON RISEDORPH
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Feeling subtle Interior designer and Emmy award-winning set decorator Kerry Joyce knows his greige from his beige; yet, the tones are rich and not austere. Consider his new Etude textiles and wallcovering debut. Whether embroidered in decadent wool or mimicking tree barks, the textures make an impact in otherwise mellow surroundings. “Nothing completes a muted scheme better than a touch of nature. In my designs, I consider the view outside as a part of the palette. Incorporating plants and flowers is as important to the look as furniture and art.” kerryjoycetextiles.com. Etude stone-washed Belgian linen embroidered with wool, to the trade, Kneedler Fauchère, L.A. and S.F.
Martyn Lawrence Bullard and creative director Stéphane Parmentier curated the Christofle table.
Silver Time tea fountain, $2,950.
NATHAN TURNER’S SECRET DESIGN SOURCES From the decorator and author of Nathan Turner’s American Style: ANTIQUING Stuff, S.F.; The Mart Collective, Venice; Petaluma Boulevard, Petaluma; N. Palm Canyon Drive, P.S. DESIGN SHOWROOM Cavalier Goods, S.F.; Nickey Kehoe, L.A. FURNITURE Blackman Cruz, Nathan Turner JF Chen, L.A.; MidcenturyLA, NoHo; Coup d’Etat, S.F. SALVAGE Charme d’Antan, Agoura Hills; Ohmega Salvage, Berkeley. FIXTURES Carter Hardware, B.H.; Liz’s Antique Hardware, L.A. BEACH ACCESSORIES Mate Gallery, Montecito. GENERAL STORE Broome Street, Silverlake. FLORIST Sticks and Stones, B.H.; Bloom & Plume, Lily Lodge, L.A.; Birch, Bloomers, S.F. TEXTILES Peter Dunham, Carolina Irving, Lisa Fine, Kathryn M. Ireland, Katie Leede. EMBROIDERY Nancy Stanley Fine Linens, B.H. REFINISHING Joseph P. Reardon Antique Restoration, Pasadena. nathanturner.com.
Trompe-l’oeil painting around the U.S. Open regulationsize tennis court.
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STERLING STANDARD What a perfect way—outdoors—to fête Christoﬂe’s new ﬂora-inspired collections. Underneath black chandeliers, stately Malmaison candelabras cast a glow onto roses and anemones, while tulip-shaped Kawali goblets and Jardin d’Eden ﬂatware accented the backyard fantasy at Julia Sorkin’s Beverly Hills house. christoﬂe.com. PALOS VERDES PENINSULA
HOT PROPERTY In gated Rolling Hills, city views are the backdrop for eight acres of equestrian trails and an arrival at Hacienda de la Paz. Over 17 years, classical Spanish architect Rafael Manzano Martos, along with architect Anthony Inferrera and a cadre of artisans in residence, have created 50,000-plus square feet of living—much of it subterranean. The meticulous extras: custom insignias on knobs; historically accurate nods to the Alhambra and Madinat al-Zahra; endless frescoes and inlay. If there’s one area, however, that fully shows off Hacienda’s dazzle—and $53 million listing price— it’s the 10,000-square-foot Hammam, a triumph of marble, carved sandstone and Venetian tiles. Soaking in those Moorish baths, you’d beg Calgon to do anything but take you away. Marcie Hartley with Hilton & Hyland, 310-691-5950; haciendadelapaz.com.
JOYCE BEL AIR: TIM STREET-PORTER. TURNER: JOHNNY NICOLORO. CHRISTOFLE: COURTESY CHRISTOFLE. HACIENDA DE LA PAZ: MARK SINGER PHOTOGRAPHY
A Bel Air bedroom by Kerry Joyce.
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Billy Cotton facet mug, $10, Inheritance, L.A., inheritanceshop.com. Dansk Kobenstyle casserole, $100, crateandbarrel.com.
Lost City Sulphur Rose pillow, $422, bespokeglobal.com.
Craftsman and Wolves passion olive oil curd, $12, craftsman-wolves.com.
Jumping into photographer Peggy Sirota’s Hockney-esque dream.
Lois Breuner oil painting on canvas, 1974, price upon request, Revelation Home, Mill Valley, therevelationcompanies.com.
Leland International Palomino 3-seat Lounge, from $5,708, lelandinternational.com.
The Golden State’s vintage vibe and natural elements spring to life with a splash of color
Ralph Lauren Brancusi New York,$95, assouline.com.
Fig+Yarrow Bath+Body Oil, $42, Dream Collective, L.A., dreamcollective.com.
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Joaquim Tenreiro Mesa Triangular 9-seat dining table, $80,000, Thomas Hayes Gallery, L.A., 323-463-4434; 1stdibs.com.
Evie Group Hex box, $44, Comerford Collection, N.Y., 631-537-6200.
POOL: PEGGY SIROTA/TRUNK ARCHIVE. CURD: WILLIAM WERNER. FLOWERS: BON APPETIT/ALAMY. HEX BOX: COURTESY OF EVIE GROUP. RALPH LAUREN: COURTESY OF SHOOTDIGITAL
Turkish-T basic bath towel, $29, domino.com.
Rotation about the origin
The Mediterranean fountain is a focal point.
Though she started as a fine art grad, Naomi Sanders’ creativity sent her accelerating toward urban design and fabrication—and, as it follows, multidisciplinary Rios Clementi Hale Studios. (She earned her master’s in landscape architecture and went on to work for Marmol Radziner and KAA Design Group.) In light of her background, it’s not surprising that a recent Hancock Park project—a 1920s architectural gem—references the geometry of painter Mark Rothko in the planting at the front entry. More formal boxwood parterres give way to wilder arrangements of ferns and succulents in this historic residence. naomisanders.com.
Art Luna’s pick: an atypical Philodendron.
“IT” PLANT Will anything dethrone the Fiddle-leaf fig tree in 2014? • INNER GARDENS, WEHO The indoor bonsai tree called Ficus Microcarpa. innergardens.com. • FLORA GRUBB, S.F. Natal Mahogany. floragrubb.com. • ART LUNA, SANTA MONICA
Philodendron but not the typical kind. artlunagarden. com. • MARY McDONALD, WEHO I’m partial to the Fiddle-leaf. marymcdonald.com.
Obi, $230, allmodern.com.
KNOW WHEN TO FOLD ’EM
A reflecting pool, broken up by the dining room, sits in stillness along the house. SONOMA COUNTY
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A sumptuous leather and elegant brass fitting for a modern den, this limitededition Cricket lounger—a slick 1979 Henry P. Glass design revived by Brown Jordan—is also collapsible and portable. Additional 2014 releases include EcoSmart Fires and an anticipated Michael S. Smith collection. SoCo, 3323 Hyland Ave., C.M., brownjordan.com.
Lest one think that buying in wine country means all you have to do is pick the grapes: For this 160-acre oak-studded property in the Valley of the Moon, Marta Fry Landscape Associates spent eight years on soil testing; hiring a vineyard manager; planning terracing and exposure; building roads; protecting against critters; and creating infrastructure like water supply. For the Aidlin Darling Design main house, at the mountain’s base, public and private quarters are demarcated with stone terraces, a spa and pool on one side and a “moon garden” on the more intimate hillside for what Fry calls “a modern villa framed in an agrarian setting.” aidlindarlingdesign.com; mflastudio.com.
SANDERS: JENNIFER ROPER. PHILODENDRON: ART LUNA. CRICKET LOUNGER: COURTESY BROWN JORDAN. DARLING/FRY: MATTHEW MILLMAN
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In the family room of Robert and Darryl Offer in Brentwood, a mustard-hue Saarinen Womb chair and three-arm Serge Mouille fixture.
With commissions from Soho House L.A. to the royal family of Bahrain, and Pitt stops in most of Brad and Angelina’s enclaves everywhichwhere—the Waldo Fernandez way, with its relaxed, “Eurofornian” style, is going strong BY BRIAN D. LEITCH
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insider CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT Working
with Mark Rios at Lloyd Wright’s Avery House in Brentwood, Fernandez chose a piece by contemporary Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone for David and Suzanne Johnson. A sunlit dining room. At the Offer house, a custom Waldo’s Designs bench. Fernandez did all the architecture and interiors for his East Hampton home.
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OFFER HOUSE: TRIA GIOVAN. PORTRAIT: COURTESY OF WALDO’S DESIGNS
e started out in Hollywood designing sets, and like the proverbial boy in the mailroom who winds up running the studio, Waldo Fernandez is an international success story with deep roots in unfettered California cool. His worldwide roster of clients, including young Hollywood stars and an expansive vitrine of visionary entertainment execs, certain of whom actually did come from the mailroom, appreciate his easy way with the most sophisticated juxtapositions of fine art, furniture and architecture. The eternally handsome, Havana-born designer is in his element in California but knows his way around his Left Bank Ruhlmanns and Royères. He’s an Old World adventurist and a midcentury mixologist, and he moves fast. “I’m sick of Danish furniture everywhere,” he says. “Quality French furniture will come back. I always start with buying books for clients. Like for Brad [Pitt, a longtime pal] I said, ‘You like Jean-Michel Frank? Here. Look.’ It’s interesting—one will mark the book, excited. One looks. Another never opens the book.” A John Lautner monograph comes off the shelf for Jamie McCourt—he’s having fun right now redoing a house for her in Malibu, a Lautner previously owned by Courteney Cox. One assumes she perused her pages well. Decorators are often, shall we say, tight-lipped when it comes to complimenting their own kind, but it’s hard to
the East Hampton residence, Jean-Michel Frank armchairs in animal hide, Carlo Mollino lamp, vintage table by Jacques Adnet and Sigmar Polke’s Salamander Stone, 1997. Curvy Gio Ponti chairs join a rare Milo Baughman for Glenn of California coffee table/planter, c. 1955. Warhol prints add a shock of color to Brent Ratner’s master bedroom in Beverly Hills; vintage leather bench from JF Chen; antique Moroccan carpet from Mansour underfoot. A sitting area in the East Hampton house.
find one who doesn’t happily concede that Hall of Famer Fernandez has created a quintessential California Style. “He brought all of California to the next level,” says one left coast admirer. Homes for Jennifer Aniston, Goldie Hawn, Tobey Maguire and his recent revamp of Spago Beverly Hills are exemplary. But lest you think it’s always a love-fest, the extremely affable decorator has indeed “fired” a few deep-pocket A-listers that would make your jaw drop. If the relationship isn’t reciprocal, the romance dies. “It’s like a marriage,” he says. Most clients are not short-lived affairs. “But I never get friendly
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until after we finish the first project, like a first date, because they lose respect.” Enter Elizabeth Taylor, a personal and professional kindred spirit since the ’70s. “I arrived and she was by the pool [in Bel Air]. She had one of those mirror reflectors around her face. She told me, ‘I want white shag carpet.’ I said, ‘But you have six birds and five dogs!’ She says, ‘I want white shag carpet.’ I say, ‘OK.’” Bel Air or Bahrain, Waldo’s World is wherever he happens to fall in love with a wonderful new place, object, project or person. Passion is what keeps him going. •
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LUSH LIFE In Hillsborough, The Wiseman Group and landscape designer Stephen Suzman reinvent a timeless estate By Diane Dorrans Saeks Photographed by Matthew Millman
A vine-covered fruit tunnel, shaded walks and moments of repose beneath specimen pines and redwoods. OPPOSITE The loggia is scented with white and lavender wisteria, and CĂŠcile Brunner roses.
n the heart of leafy Hillsborough stands a house whose luminous stone walls, soaring slate roofs and ravishingly beautiful rosescented gardens are reminiscent of 18th-century classic gardens in the Cotswolds. Originally built in 1973 as homage to English country houses, this poetic residence has recently been restyled, updated and reimagined by The Wiseman Group. Witty and eccentric new decor shows off the owners’ museum-quality 20th-century art collection. It all began with a phone call after the new homeowners had acquired the landmark house, recalls Paul Wiseman. They had a few improvements in mind. “Our firm’s obsession is rare, one-of-a-kind and highly customized rooms, furniture, embroideries, decorative painting and beautiful textiles, so this was a dream assignment,” says Senior Designer, Lauren Daley. The designers immediately fell in love with the house and its distinguished feeling of history. “Our clients are very generous benefactors of all San Francisco cultural institutions, as well as of local garden clubs, and they’re enthusiastic and adventurous travelers and lifelong connoisseurs of art,” says Wiseman. “Their collection, particularly a series of vivid Milton Avery paintings, was a starting point for colors and furnishings for the sitting room.” Today, the living room is tranquil with dashes of chartreuse, orange, citron and emerald on exuberant pillows that seem to have wandered in from the flower garden. In the master dressing room, the designers created a magic world of antiqued mirrors, a nickel-and-parchment vitrine, a silk-and-wool carpet and two Knole chaises for repose. It’s the harmony between house and garden that is so striking. The owners are avid and knowledgeable gardeners who have traveled >>
Michael Taylor originally designed the soaring 52x26-foot living room, and The Wiseman Group lightened it with a pale wash of decorative paint; mossy silk velvet sofas seem to mirror the exteriors. OPPOSITE, FROM TOP
Classic English climbing roses on handcrafted tuteurs in the boxhedged rose garden. Specimen trees surround the residence.
Along the hall, shelves hold 20th-century works on paper. An all-white assemblage of porcelain and rare volumes in an upholstered bookcase behind the Knole chaise. BELOW Bronze figure by Gaston Lachaise.
For the India-inspired bar, The Wiseman Group devised Moghul-style fretwork with laser-cut wood, painted by James Stancil, to mimic carved marble.
FROM TOP In the bedroom suite, a custom-crafted parchment-andnickel vitrine displays jewels and Judith Leiber purses. Fortuny curtains and leafy carpet bring the garden indoors.
<< the world to study botanical treasures. Among their favorite landscapes are horticultural landmarks like Hidcote in the Cotswolds, which became inspiration for their own extensive redesign. San Francisco landscape designer Stephen Suzman began his work on the oak-shaded grounds in 2000. Spread out over a park-like five acres, the garden had originally been planned by the great San Francisco landscape designer Thomas Church. Today, redwoods and oaks shelter a pool terrace and a new pool house/guest quarters. The English-style garden is a confection of white and lavender wisteria, pink and white rambling roses, cutting gardens, noble oaks and sweeping lawns. The scope now includes a redwood grove, kitchen plantings, espaliered fruit trees, a perennials border and a stone pine walk. Under Suzman’s guidance, a swamp grove and quiet woodland gardens continue to flourish. Given its location in prime San Mateo County, the Hillsborough house has an impressive lineage. The great California designer Michael Taylor, working closely with architect Angus McSweeney, created the house in the 1970s for Elaine McKeon, president of the board of trustees of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and her husband, George. With known passion for 18th-century English architecture and design, Taylor journeyed through the auction houses of London and the Cotswolds. He gathered inspiration as well as a trove of 17th-century linen-fold wall paneling and other extant detailing. “I had great respect for the original Taylor interiors,” says Wiseman. “For moral courage, I asked myself, ‘What would Syrie Maugham or Frances Elkins do?’ They loved the refreshment of ivory and white, so I’ve lightened everything up. I think they would approve.” •
The powder room walls, cabinet and mirror, painted in a charming trompe-l’oeil style by S.F. muralists Evans & Brown, took cues from the iconic ’40s stage sets of French artist Christian Bérard.
In the high-traffic bar area, walls and drapes are upholstered in the same bone-colored hemp fabric. A Poul Kjaerholm table sits in front of an antique English Chesterfield sofa. The aged Agra carpet is from Lawrence of La Brea. A portrait of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s original owner, with his spaniel, was found in the garage. Pages from a rare first edition of Ed Ruschaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Every Building on the Sunset Strip hang above a custom Clements Design sofa in handdyed Brenda Antin linen; slatted Charlotte Perriand table.
ACQUIRED TASTES With the masterful guidance of Kathleen and Tommy Clements, a handsome Hollywood Hills couple build an equally cultured collection of art and objets By Christine Lennon Photographed by Sam Frost
Walter Darby Bannard’s The Sheet, sourced at Leadapron, contrasts antique Spanish chairs from Lief. Poul Henningsen chandelier from Gallery L7; Lucca dining table. The 18th-century Italian marble bust is from John Nelson Antiques.
hen Eric Duffy and Michael Martin hired mother/son design team Kathleen and Tommy Clements to help them furnish their stately, traditional house in the Hollywood Hills, they may not have predicted the conversation would still be happening six years later. “We’ve treated this project as a living, breathing thing, adding to it, changing it, letting it evolve,” says Kathleen. As the design duo’s aesthetic developed, so has the look of this residence. Dark, stained floors have been bleached a pale gray; works by artists Walter Darby Bannard and James Lee Byars have been acquired. The overall effect is mature and collected, “not thrown together in three months,” says Tommy. Though they started working together as a team eight years ago, Tommy and Kathleen agree that the last four have been their most inspired. “Tommy has an eye for contemporary, important mid-
century pieces and art,” says Kathleen. “When we layered that with a lot of the things I love, like 18th- and 19th-century antiques, it became this great mix. Now he loves the things that I do and I love the things that he does.” “We have very similar taste,” adds Tommy. “But we still have times when we disagree.” “Usually, Tommy comes around,” Kathleen laughs. Their polished eclecticism is what has drawn clients like Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi to their work. It’s on full display in the Duffy/Martin living room. In front of a shiny black-lacquered mantelpiece paired with a 19th-century Philibert Cockx painting, Biedermeier club chairs flank a whimsical John Dickinson three-footed table. “We had the chairs upholstered in the blue velvet, and the seat cushions in mohair, but they ended up looking too perfect,” says Tommy. “We actually sanded down the fabric to age it.” “They were so threadbare in spots that we had to patch them,” says Kathleen. “Now they’re perfectly aged.” •
In a guest room, the textured coverlet is from Pat McGann. A Catherine Opie photograph hangs in the corner.
Under a painting by Marianne Kolb from Obsolete in Venice, an 18th-century carved Italian console from Blackman Cruz. Sculpture by Markku Kosonen.
Next to James Lee Byarsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; A White Paper Will Blow Through the Streets, the Clements Design glass bar is glossyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but still unobtrusive.
Tommy and Kathleen Clements.
19th-century wingback chair, Galerie Half; vintage Turkish kilim, Woven Accents; a coverlet from Pat McGann accents a glossy bed by Ralph Lauren Home in the master bedroom.
Exterior flagstones were repurposed for the guest bathroom. Lacquered walls, a ticking shade and a Waterworks vanity keep the scene masculine and polished.
Charlotte Perriand CP-1 vintage sconces in the office; walls are Farrow & Ball Carriage Green.
Holly Hunt-upholstered Biedermeier club chairs from Lief flank a John Dickinson table from Downtown in the living room; the original mantel was transformed using many coats of Fine Paints of Europe high-gloss black.
A contemporary Santa Barbara beach abode pairs a busy familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s outdoor lifestyle with a nomadic-chic collection of colorful, global treasures By Joan Tapper Photographed by Nancy Neil
Gina Tolleson warms up in Mexican blankets as her sons return from an afternoon surf. OPPOSITE Hot pink sets the tone for the outdoor room, where Balinese umbrellas flank a bamboo lounger layered in exotic textiles and rugs from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond.
Tiago tries a skateboard move at the front gate.
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Elk antlers found at Whimsy Antiques. A Quan Yin from Bali draped with amber from Poland and shell beads from Kauai. Beads and a crystal from Brazil in front of a Peter Beard photo.
Reflecting a playful mix of styles, a wood table from India contrasts resin-and-wire chairs from Porch.
ina Tolleson vividly remembers her first glimpses of the house she shares with her three sons on Padaro Beach. The former model, Miss World 1990 and onetime television reporter—now executive editor of Santa Barbara Magazine— was living in Los Angeles in the early 1990s and spending weekends in the Carpinteria hills. “I was always a beach girl,” says Tolleson, who grew up in South Carolina. “I’d drive down to Padaro and walk from one end to the other,” and the home’s bird’s-nest tower was visible from the sand. As fate would have it, in 2000, when she was ready to relocate, the multilevel concrete-and-glass contemporary was on her real estate agent’s list. Though it’s just 2,000 square feet, the three-bedroom house, with a walled courtyard, is “ideal for our lifestyle,” says Tolleson. Her boys range from 16-yearold Carter to 8-year-old Luca and Tiago, 7. “Most of the house has white walls, and I had the floors painted white. It’s a perfect surface to run in with sandy feet.” It’s also a superb backdrop for the furnishings and textiles that Tolleson collected on travels to India, Morocco, South America, Bali and Africa. An opium bed and African masks, for example, share space with Ethiopian chairs and calfskin rugs from Argentina. In recent years she has added complementary pieces from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond, Maison K and Porch. “Now that the baby-proofing is over, interior designer Amanda Masters has been helping me reclaim the house. I want to mix exotic, earthy things with modern and midcentury items to tie in with the architecture.”
Amanda Masters carefully curated the sitting area on the second floor; a Turkish rug from Upstairs at Pierre Lafond covers the Balinese daybed, while pillows from Afghanistan and India bolster the back; modern stools from Maison K complement a â&#x20AC;&#x2122;70s arc lamp that illuminates the open space.
No kids allowed— Tolleson enjoys a private moment in her tower room.
Her favorite spot? The outdoor room that opens to the courtyard. The pink hue was inspired by a 40th-birthday trip to Rajasthan. “I’ve had dinner parties there,” she says. “It’s colorful and comfortable and sexy for cocktails.” As for the tower that first caught Tolleson’s eye? It’s had many incarnations over the years. “When I moved in, I made it a Moroccan casbah,” she says. Later it turned into an office, and when the kids were small, it was closed off. “Now it’s where I can go for meditation with a glass of wine and to look at the ocean.” •
Eclectic curios from Tolleson’s travels surround the fireplace. The watchword in the boys’ room is “fun.” Ikat curtains filter light onto a plush giraffe and chair from Urban Outfitters. Family keepsakes in a Nepalese shrine box.
Barefoot in paradise: Tiago (in blue) and Luca in the lush courtyard.
In San Francisco, a fog-gray palette adds unlikely impact to an aerie with a stunning view By Jay Jeffers Photographed by Matthew Millman
Cloudy tones extend the Bay vista. Vintage mahogany-and-leather lounge chairs by RaphaĂŤl Raffel.
A glamorous focal point: curvaceous wing chairs around a bouclĂŠ ottoman by Michael Berman. Subdued design frames the view of the neighboring Neoclassical building. In the Summer Sun by Robert Motherwell. CLOCKWISE
Lights by John Pomp Studios. The bedroom pendants were crafted with teardrops of mirrored glass discovered at Twentieth Century Interiors. Sculptures from the 1960s were found on a trip to Madrid. Vintage bookends from Cavalier by Jay Jeffers. Masatoyo Kishi’s Opus No. 61-313 adds a stroke of intrigue.
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In this sky-high Russian Hill home, floor-to-ceiling windows blur the boundary between interior and exterior. They frame a quintessential San Francisco skyline view that begins with Grace Cathedral, encompasses the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge, and ends with the Transamerica Pyramid. The apartment was originally designed by the brilliant Michael Taylor, but the pink chenille wallpaper, carpeted baths, and mirrored walls— though the height of style in their time—had run their course. The new owners wanted a clean, modern canvas that would showcase their art collection. To coax the city’s ethereal atmosphere inside, we chose a palette of grays, taupes, and white to make it look as though the fog had rolled in and taken
shape. Bold, sculptural forms, from the strong silhouettes of the wing chairs to the angular lines of the floating console, also give the space wow factor. A look this minimalist leaves no room for error. We were fortunate to collaborate with Sutro Architects, whose rigor helped ensure impeccable lines. We took the space back to the studs and opened it up by taking down all of the interior walls. And though the look is streamlined, it’s never flat or cold. We chose finishes in a range of textures from chalky whitewash to striated limestone to flamed granite. We like to think that whether looking out of the windows or in, the view is equally stunning. •
IMAGES AND TEXT EXCERPTED FROM © JAY JEFFERS: COLLECTED COOL BY JAY JEFFERS WITH ALISA CARROLL; RIZZOLI NEW YORK, 2014.
ROCKSTUDY Take artful respite atop Kendrick Bangs Kelloggâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantastical Joshua Tree masterpiece By Alison Clare Steingold Photographed by Lance Gerber
Between ground-up construction and the one-of-a-kind interiors, Bev and Jay Doolittle waited almost 15 years before they moved into the house.
CLOCKWISE Seen at rear, John Vugrinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glass mushroom with 800 pieces of sandblasted glass; his satellite-like marble lighting orbits across. Three-legged furniture carved out of Honduras mahogany. The property abuts Joshua Tree National Park.
Twenty-six concrete columns support the roof.
n April, 1955, Kendrick Bangs Kellogg was off to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Arizona, where the University of Colorado student had been fully moved by Wright’s concept of design evolving from its own context. Two years later, San Diegan Russell Babcock had Kellogg—then at Berkeley—design a copper-roof triangular house in Mission Beach in lieu of building the structure that Lloyd Wright designed for them over in Mission Valley. A career was born. Kellogg’s grounded yet soaring engineering feats and painstaking detailing have developed as a flavor of architecture that is in organic harmony with the nature of the site. (If iconoclast John Lautner’s mise en place bears any resemblance, he, too, was a disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright’s.) Today, attention is lavished upon Kellogg’s designed and hands-on built arching domes (Onion House, Kona, 1962), petal-like solar panels (Yen House, La Jolla, 1979) and swooping lines (The Charthouse, Palm Springs, 1977). Then, there’s the Doolittle House, pictured here, a stunning 1988 commission in Joshua Tree for artists Bev and Jay Doolittle (now listed with TTK Represents; organicmodern estate.com). A fossil-like natural rust gate hails entry to an asymmetrical, almost inconceivable mass of concrete, stone, copper and glass. Built into the boulders, 26 columns support overlapping concrete plumes with pockets of glass in between. The house blends so deftly that it could be mistaken for a skeletal creature. Inside, two decades’ worth of intricate crafting by John Vugrin has yielded pieces such as an elaborate marble sink, a copper fireplace and a glass-topped “vertebrae” table. From outside terraces, the view is a vast horizon of high desert. The effect, in whole, has all the mystery of a Peruvian Nazca line. Is it primitive? Is it futuristic? You decide. •
The foundation was jackhammered into granite bedrock. Vugrin spent 20 years crafting furnishings and fencing for the residence.
In the great room of the Main House: vintage club chairs from Big Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Antiques, S.F., an indigo Aga John rug, crisp C&C Milano drapes and a petrified-wood table by Tahoe artist Royce Johnson, plus an antique model ship Todd Gildredâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother found decades ago. OPPOSITE The exterior view of the property remains unchanged.
ON THE WATERFRONT Surrounded by a forest of old-growth redwoods and sequoias, this secluded Tahoe compound is reimagined by the ownersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; talented son By Christine Lennon Photographed by Paul Dyer
The painted and sanded walls and exposed rafters of the Chicken’s Nest cabin set a rustic-Nordic tone, and the sand-and-turquoise palette echoes lake hues. BELOW The elk is a souvenir from Gildred’s uncle’s ranch in Montana; Gildred’s family collected the stones for the fireplace in the ’80s; the chevron lamp is from Ralph Lauren Home; the live-edge table is another Royce Johnson creation.
hough Todd Gildred recently received his master’s degree in interior design from San Francisco’s Academy of Art and is just now establishing his own design firm, he started conceptualizing his first commission—a collection of waterfront cabins on Tahoe’s eastern shore—more than 20 years ago. “I’ve been spending summers up here since I was eight months old,” explains Gildred, 29. “My parents took us to Lake Tahoe in 1985, and when they discovered this property in the middle of a national forest, my father knew he had to have it.” Gildred’s father, Stuart, now deceased, was from a successful land-development family of Polish descent in Mexico City. The family owned a ranch in Santa Ynez, and the Gildred patriarch was an accomplished rodeo horse cutter. He was a character his son likes to describe as a “Mexican-Jewish cowboy,” and the property in Tahoe was as colorful and unique as its owners. “If I showed you before-and-after photos, you would laugh,” says Gildred, describing the rustic interiors, including carpets with burn marks from s’mores roasting inside the main house. Gildred, who expressed a passion for building and architecture from an early age, had plenty of ideas for improving the property. “I was most excited to gut the kitchens and bathrooms, and open up everything for large family gatherings.” After a yearlong interior renovation (the governing bodies of the communities in and around Tahoe, like the scenic board and the Forest Service, make exterior alterations a challenge), the four buildings on the property are now stunning examples of lakehouse-chic design. Gildred drew from the area’s Nordic influence, established by the post-Gold Rush Europeans who flocked to the area from
San Francisco. He chose a color palette mimicking the variations of colors of the waters, the gray granite boulders, sandy shoreline, turquoise shallows and deep cobalt at the center. The Boathouse is now a sleek party room inspired by the vintage wooden boats for which Tahoe is famous. The Main House is an inviting family space built around the original fireplace. The guest cabins have whitewashed walls, exposed beams and modern kitchenettes, all designed with extended reunions in mind. “It’s camp for adults and kids,” he explains, “waterskiing, hiking, boating across the lake for a cocktail, and getting away from technology.” One thing the house doesn’t have? “A satellite TV.” •
A pitched ceiling and built-in beds make a cozy guest nook; patchwork quilts by Restoration Hardware and Ralph Lauren shams. ABOVE, FROM LEFT The floors of Chickenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest are c. 1930s. The dining area off the great room utilizes a built-in banquette to store table settings; an antique Irish bench and English chairs surround the cerused-oak dining table; the patchwork Persian rug was dyed a deep cobalt.
ISLAND AIR With hypnotic views and private olive groves, a Coronado coupleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dream house emerges from the sand
By Alison Clare Steingold Photographed by Roger Davies
On the serene patio beyond the living roomâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oversize window and Cowtan & Tout drapes, vintage Walter Lamb chairs hold court around an Inner Gardens stone table topped with an oak sculpture from Roark Antiques, N.Y.
mong the Nantucket-like cottages of Coronado Island, one contemporary residence feels worlds apart. Its owners—a California couple with grown children—desired a mature yet low-key setting for their dream home. Before they leveled their narrow sliver of land, they’d contacted interior designers Jeffrey Alan Marks and Ross Cassidy. Over a two-and-a-half-year build, together with Drex Patterson of Island Architects, Smith Brothers Construction and landscape designer Scott Shrader, the team fashioned an airy structure flowing around an azure pool. “We wanted it to feel like it was coming out of the sand,” says Shrader of the exterior’s crushed oyster stucco with seashell. To avoid an evening “fishbowl” effect and to engage a private garden view from the inside, Shrader planted a silvery grove of olive trees as a shield from the street. During the day, sunshine pours in through floor-to-ceiling glass windows, while Shrader’s signature outdoor rooms seamlessly extend living space outside. Though their clients were fearless, Marks confesses he held back from his distinguishing “jolty”
feel, “to keep that transition to the landscape.” Indeed, much of the ingenious design reflects the natural ease of living. Downstairs, a turntable car garage means simple entry and exit. “For the all-seeing modern house, you have to be perfect. You don’t get a moment to burn anything. Here”—Marks points to the open kitchen, which still keeps major appliances hidden, “you have space to screw up a little bit.” The ground-floor powder room offers three points of entry—front hall, poolside cabana, and the back decking, where there’s an outdoor shower. Post-surf or motorcycle ride, the husband can find plush towels, a bench and dual leather-lined bins without traipsing sand inside. (Just in case, there’s neutral French limestone flooring throughout.) Hewn woods and cool stone, luxe velvets and sophisticated Italian pieces—says Cassidy, “The juxtaposition of natural and glam is all about high and low in textures.” A Christian Liaigre dining table with a chic bench, for example, adds quiet beauty without visual clutter. Still, the aesthetic grows more playful as time passes and the couple’s art collection expands. “This is their forever house,” adds Marks, “to be together.” •
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Carlos Motta loungers—a Scott Shrader favorite—line the pool. Appliances in the open kitchen are cleanly hidden; Jim Zivic leather barstools. A funky aloe tree welcomes visitors. The family room warms up with a Christopher Farr rug anchoring a restored English wing chair from Coup d’Etat and a Holly Hunt cerusedoak lounger; Italian cocktail table from Downtown.
The staircase runner is for Murphy the dog; the Michael David Green metallic driftwood sculpture is from Coup dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Etat.
It took eight men to carry this slate-and-iron table upstairs; Lindsey Adelman glass-and-rope chandelier; rocking chair from Galerie Half. Animal Sculpture, 1950. The breezy living room’s de la Cuona linen sofas trimmed with Holly Hunt leather; Saladino Furniture quilted ottoman; custom sheet-metal and oil-rubbed-bronze coffee table; JAM for Palecek lamp. In the powder room, Marks designed the bin; antique slate chalkboard from Galerie Half. Adam Belt’s prism-like Through the Looking Glass—a Marks find at Quint Contemporary Art, La Jolla.
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