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Farmhouse fresh | page 30

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A rustic home in the foothills is refurbished with wooden beams and barn doors from a New England farmhouse.

The blues are a good thing, when it comes to outdoor accessories.

Taking the plunge | page 36 Our pros offer tips on choosing a pool — just in time for summer.

Home buying guide | page 41 Installing the right outdoor lighting sets the mood for relaxation and romance.home with

Shop talk | page 18 Outfit your garden with trinkets from The Gardener and Ladera Garden and Gifts.

In style | page 20 Purple reigns over the season’s home décor.

The tasting room | page 22 Try our recommendations for perfect picnic quaffers.

The wide world of rice | page 44 A host of colors and varieties diversify this global staple.

At the table | page 26 Savor samplings from Bittersweet Bistro and Jordan’s at the Claremont.

In the garden | page 50 Planters, pavers and fireplaces add renewed interest to your yard.

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Like many Californians, my favorite time of year is the transition from spring to summer. Even with the state’s temperate climate, I look forward to warmer days and balmy evenings. This is when I think about barbecues and picnics (see page 22 on picnic wines) and settling into an easy, laidback routine. In our featured home, the owners also encourage easy living. After buying a nondescript home in the foothills, they worked with architect Mark English to rebuild the structure using barn doors and beams from a New England farmhouse. In Haute Stuff (page 15), we explore the soothing world of summer blue, and in At the Table, our celebrity chefs equip us with easy dishes to welcome the new season.

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Kathryn McKenzie Nichols Take the plunge | page 36 Now that I’ve seen what a welldesigned pool can add to the landscape, my perception of them has changed. Talking to Ray Whitford at Palo Alto’s Lifetime Pools has also given me an appreciation for creating pools the right way, with energy-saving features that cut down on expenses and preserve the environment. Who would have dreamed that beauty and technology could come together so perfectly?

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Richard Bischoff Outdoor lighting | page 41 I learned about home improvement from my father, who gently encouraged me to stay away from power tools, lest I hurt myself. So I write about home improvement ... and in return my dad avoids computers. Though originally from the Boston area, I moved to the Bay Area in 1990 and have had no desire to return. And for good reason. Where else can you sit in outside in May and enjoy the outdoor lights?

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Blue Azure skies, pools of ultramarine — the soothing shades of blue are very much a part of the outdoor life. Add some touches of cobalt, cerulean or sapphire to your outdoor living. — Terri Hunter-Davis

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Kick back and put your feet up with Smith & Hawken’s Harbor lounge chair, which includes an ottoman that tucks neatly out of sight. All-weather wicker and Sunbrella cushions resist the elements. $379;


The chambray blue and bright yellow of these sunflower linens add a touch of Provence to the patio table. Sets of four placemats, $40, and four napkins, $32, at Sur la Table stores or

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Park your Blue Moon on Pottery Barn’s ceramic cube table, in a glossy deep blue reminiscent of pools at Hearst Castle. Built-in handles make it easy to cart indoors once the weather turns. $149 at



Bauer Pottery’s vintage-inspired flower pots always look fresh in the garden or on the patio. Complement them with Bauer’s Indian bowls, both in an array of blue hues. Pots from $26, bowls from $150 at



Gather ’round the pool or table in CB2’s café chairs in sky blue. They’re rust-resistant, sturdy welded steel with powdercoat finish. Also available in yellow and white. $99.95 at CB2 in San Francisco and Berkeley, or online at

Bask in the sun and wiggle your tootsies on Pottery Barn’s round sundial outdoor rug in soothing shades of natural and blue. The hooked pile is soft underfoot, but made from fade- and mildewresistant polypropylene. $249 at


Retreat from the harsh rays under Crate and Barrel’s 9-foot round umbrella, in fresh stripes of sapphire blue, cocoa, taupe and stone. Frame, cover and stand sold separately, $79.95-$199; order at local Crate and Barrel stores or online at


Picture this pitcher full of freshly squeezed OJ. Coordinating “Dotted Blue” and “Marine” pitcher and glasses, in handblown cobalt glass from Mexico. Pitcher $39.99, set of six glasses $49.99 at Novica,

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The Gardener peddles an uncommon assortment of gardenwares, such as Japanese scissors for cutting stubborn roses and terracotta exports from Tuscany. Owner Alta Tingle also stocks accoutrements to make the most of homegrown fruits, veggies and flowers. Ceramic and wooden salad bowls let you share Mother Nature’s bounty with friends. Watering cans make the mundane a little more fun. And a well-edited selection of cookbooks provide new twists on some of your favorite recipes. Tingle, a former garden designer and lecturer on landscape design, opened her Berkeley location 24 years ago, followed by wildly popular shops in Healdsburg and San Francisco’s Ferry Building.

Discerning shoppers live for the discovery of a hidden gem — a place where the possibilities for purchase are varied and delightful. Such is the case with Ladera Garden and Gifts in Portola Valley, a boutique that offers truly gorgeous plants and unique presents. Four years ago, longtime owners Juan and Mercedes Navarro augmented their full-service nursery with the eclectic, beautifully arranged shop. Run by buyer/manager Mary Adams, it features everything from table linens, jewelry and funky birdhouses to a $700 pewter wine holder studded with Swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones. Decorative items for large houses, such as the bold Jan Barboglio iron works or Fortunata Italian ceramics, are a specialty, but it’s a good bet anyone with a shelter or a love for charming things will say hello to a good buy.

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InStyle With spring in full swing, we lean toward fashions that match the bounce in our step. Alberta Ferretti comes through with this beguiling number that seems, with its gossamer fabric, fully capable of lifting off on its own.

You’re the fairest of them all with this Venetian glass mirror from Wisteria. The 21-by-40.25-inch looking glass will grace any wall of the home. $189 at www.

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Pick this trio of cheerful asters, as interpreted by designer and paper artist Jeffery Rudell, to brighten a bedroom or study. The 6-inch-by-9-inch paper relief is framed in an 11.5-by-14.5-by 2.5-inch wooden shadow box. $600 at the New York Botanical Garden Shop,

Purple reign As with the Ferretti gown, we envision gentle breezes playing amid the folds of this Soho Pavilion from Z Gallerie. Outdoor entertaining just became downright regal. 10 feet tall, wide and deep. $599 at These 1.5-inch pewter-plated drawer pulls in either brass or silver and embedded with semi-precious stones will show off your attention to detail. $75 each by Marjorie Skouras Design at Get on the road to Morocco with a richly embroidered poof from the Rabati Collection at that will complement any contemporary décor. $450. 20 SPACES MAY 2009

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Picnic pick-me-ups Outdoor pours for that most casual of meals ou keep that red-and-white checkered blanket in the boot of your roadster for days such as this. It’s loaf-plus-jug-plus-thou time, and you want to be ready for a picnic whenever the mood, or the sun, strikes you. But not to take that “jug of wine” line literally — you want a 750 ml bottle of something light and refreshing to share with the thou of your life. This is the scenario in which you want to invoke the ABC Rule — anything but chardonnay. Too heavy. Too ponderous. Too nap-inducing. You want something livelier. Casualer. Refreshinger. (And, it must be said, cheaper.) You want a quaffer — something you don’t really have to think about to enjoy. And something less alcoholic than your dinner pour. What you want in your wicker basket is something along the lines of a pinot grigio (like Estancia’s), a sauvignon blanc (St.


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Supery, Geyser Peak, even Ferrari Carano), a gewürtz (Navarro — actually any Alsatian-style wine from Navarro) or a rosé (Meeker’s Pink Elephant). But if you and your sweetie are feeling a tad effervescent this summery day, you can do no wrong by popping (actually, easing) open a sparkler. Prosecco seems to hold sway this season, especially bottlings by Zardetto and Zenato. But is there no better way to celebrate a lazy lunch than by swinging by a winery and “general store” (more kinds of artisinal cheese, local thinsliced meat and big poofy breads than you can shake a stick at) and heading somewhere green and leafy to take the foil and cage off a California sparkling wine? Gloria Ferrer’s Brut, Domaine Chandon’s Blanc de Noir and, if you are heading south, down Temecula way, Thornton’s pricier Brut Reserve are excellent companions with which to share

a casual meal al fresco. (Just don’t call it ’Frisco.) Still in a mood for red? • St. Innocent Shea Vineyard Pinot Noir 2006, $42. Serious pinots also can accommodate spring’s sometimes transitional weather — and, if you’ve a mind to, grilled salmon. St. Innocent, from the Yam Hill foothills of the Willamette Valley, opens slowly to reveal an intensity of dark, gorgeously integrated fruit. Grade: A• Soter Beacon Hill Pinot Noir 2006, $54 From the Yamhill-Carlton District of Oregon, a more reticent Burgundian with a hint of spice. Grade: B+ • Black Cap Pinot Noir 2006, $46 Another seriously distinguished pour, with hints of black cherry and tea. Sensuous. Grade: A— Craig Summers Black

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JORDAN’S Photos by Ken Perkins

Executive chef

Thomas Hanson Age: Old enough to know better Hometown: Born in Wausau,

German farmer and she loved to cook breakfast breads, desserts and an occasional Old Fashioned or two. I also admire culinary greats Jean-Louis Palladin, Raymond Blanc, Dean Fearing and Stephan Pyles.”

Wis.; lives in Walnut Creek

Mentors: “Tom Kovacs, former Experience: 30 years at 4- and 5star resorts, such as Hotel Bel-Air, The Palace Hotel, Quail Lodge and St. James’s Club in Antigua Early inspiration: “My grandmother was my first inspiration. She was the wife of a

chef at the Palace Hotel, taught me to roll with the punches and not get complacent. My first mentor, Frank Woods (who is now deceased), also taught me a lot, especially about keeping a young, cocky chef — like myself — in place. Working with him at a hospital

Jordan’s (at the Claremont Resort) 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley 510.549.8510;

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early in my career, I learned to make everything from scratch: soups, sauces, baked goods.”

Alternate career: Playing for the NBA

Favorite foods: Hamburgers, Mexican food, foie gras, white truffles and anything pork Most proud of: “My daughter, the apple of my eye.”

— Stephanie Simons


JORDAN’S Seared hand-harvested sea scallops with chanterelle baby vegetable compote and lemon thyme butter sauce Serves 8


Ingredients: 8-16 chemical-free diver scallops (depending on size) 1/2 pound chanterelles, cleaned and blanched 8 bay yellow squash, quartered and blanched 12 baby carrots, blanched and cut on bias 16 red grape tomatoes, halved 1/4 cup peas, shucked and blanched 1 tablespoon shallots, minced 1 tablespoon chives, chopped 1 teaspoon lemon thyme, chopped coarsely Salt and pepper to taste

Lemon thyme butter sauce 3 shallots, sliced 3 sprigs lemon thyme 1 bay leaf 8 white peppercorns 1 cup white wine 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 1/4 cup heavy cream 6-8 ounces sweet butter Juice from 1/2 lemon

Chef’s note: Use whatever is seasonal or available at your market for the vegetable compote. Try a small herb salad on top for garnish or, for a special occasion, a dollop of your favorite caviar.

• In a small saucepot combine first six sauce ingredients and cook on medium heat. Reduce until almost evaporated (or until 3 tablespoons are left). Add heavy cream and reduce by half. Decrease heat to low; whisk in until smooth and homogenous. Strain through fine-gauge strainer, season and add lemon juice. Can be made one to two hours ahead and should be kept warm, not hot. • Toss scallops with chopped lemon thyme, salt and pepper. In a large sauté pan on mediumhigh heat, add a little olive oil. When it starts to smoke, add scallops and sear for one to two minutes on each side, depending on your preference. While the scallops are cooking, add a little olive oil and butter to another hot sauté pan. Sauté shallots for 10-15 seconds. Add chanterelles and cook for 30 seconds, then carrots and squash, cooked for another 30 seconds. Add peas and tomatoes and cook for 15 seconds. Season with salt and pepper; top with chives. To plate: Neatly mound mushroom-vegetable compote in the middle of a dinner bowl. Arrange a scallop on top and ladle butter sauce over the scallop. Garnish with chervil sprig. MAY 2009 SPACES 27


BITTERSWEET BISTRO Photos by Kerry Hiroshi Paul


Thomas Vinolus Age: 46 Hometown: Aptos Experience: Culinary Institute of America, New York City; business degree, University of California, San Diego. Mentors: “The best chef I ever worked with was a hotel chef at the Hilton in Irvine. He was very

talented and came into the hotel one day and fired every department head in the kitchen because they were not doing it the way he wanted. He proceeded to run the entire show that night like clockwork, all by himself.”

Early inspiration: “My mom went back to school when she was 40 and it was either learn how to cook or eat out of a can. [laughs] No, really, I have always been passionate about cooking. I loved helping out in the kitchen from a very young age.”

Bittersweet Bistro 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos 831.662.9799;

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Favorite food: Meatloaf with roasted vegetables, potatoes and pan gravy Most proud of: “We knew two people and had $1.78 in the bank the day we opened the restaurant. We found an old change jar stash from our college days, rolled coins and used that money to open the first day.”

— Martha Cargill


BITTERSWEET BISTRO Bittersweet Bistro asparagus salad with Meyer lemon vinaigrette Serves 8


Ingredients: Vinaigrette 1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice (can substitute generic lemons) 1 teaspoon lemon zest, chopped fine 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon honey 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 dash Tabasco Salt and pepper to taste

Salad 32 jumbo asparagus spears 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 pound mesclun greens 12 ounces Parmesan reggiano cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler to yield long thin strips 1 red pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and sliced Salt and white pepper

• In a non-reactive bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, zest, mustard, Tabasco, honey and oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste. • Preheat oven to 500°F. Snap each asparagus spear between your hands; lightly peel the ends. Toss asparagus tips in two tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle generously with salt and white pepper. Spread the spears between two preheated rimmed baking sheets; bake two minutes until spears are cooked al dente. Transfer to a chilled rimmed baking sheet and refrigerate until cold. • Cut the asparagus spears diagonally into thin oblong discs, leaving the top 2 inches of the tip intact. Toss greens and asparagus discs with 1/2 cup of vinaigrette. Divide between eight chilled plates. Top with reserved asparagus tips, shaved Parmesan cheese and sliced roasted red pepper. Serve immediately.

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mhouse fresh

By Joan Chatfield-Taylor Photos by Claudio Santini


ifteen years ago, San Jose resident Sarah Hammett decided she was sick of city life. She called her real estate agent and declared, “I want a small house with plenty of land around it.” Soon she was the owner of a wooded parcel in the hills of Los Gatos. The site was spectacular, the house less so. Some buyers would have torn down the little 1950s ranch house. Hammett never considered it. “I don’t believe in taking something that’s in good condition and wasting that material,” she says. Moreover, she already had plenty of ideas for transforming the house into something worthier of its lush hillside location. “I’ve been interested in interior design my whole life,” she says. “When I was a child I used to redo my room all the time, and I had my first subscription to Architectural Digest when I was 12. I’ve always loved to see what people have done with older buildings. I remodeled my first house in 1991.” Armed with her ideas and folders full of magazine articles, she turned to San Francisco architect Mark English for help in transforming the house from generic ranch to one-of-a-kind cottage. Their most dramatic step was to connect the garage to the house with a one-and-a-half-story, barnlike structure built of recycled fieldstone and wellworn barn siding. Its rustic materials and details deliberately do not match


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the rest of the house, to give the impression that the house developed and expanded over the years. “I had a sort of mythology about it, that this was the first building, just a simple basic building that the rest of the house grew around,” says English. Once connected to the house, the garage and the adjoining shop became a spacious bedroom and a music studio with floor-to-ceiling, sliding windows opening onto the lawn and the view across the valley. A new pitched roof echoes that over the living room, and the original garage doors have been masked by old barn doors salvaged from an East Coast farm. The use of different exterior materials underscores the idea of a building taking shape gradually over decades. English continued the fieldstone entry wall to wrap around the kitchen next to it. The spacious living room beyond is clad in crisp wooden slats, as if it had been added later. The deep

eaves typical of California ranch-style houses were cut back, to let in light and give the living room wing the crisp, tailored look of a New England cottage. English says, “I was thinking of country buildings I had seen in Italy, where very simple structures have been added on to, creating an agricultural compound. The different materials suggest history, in a kind of visual timeline.” Sarah Hammett was the ideal client for this concept. She is an ardent collector with a deep affection for old things, whether they are objects inherited from her grandmother’s house or architectural fragments she has picked up from antique shops and recycling specialists. “I would arrive with things I’d found, and then Mark would have to figure out how to use them,” she says with a mischievous smile. “When they were going to tear my grandmother’s house down, I was heartbroken. I had such memories of her front door and of

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‘I had a sort of mythology about it, that this was the first building, just a simple basic building that the rest of the house grew around’ — Mark English

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the handle that it took two hands to turn. I took a number of doors and handles, the kind of thing you can’t get any more.” She wanted her bedroom to be cozy, cavelike even, and she got the feeling by installing heavy beams recycled from a North Carolina tobacco barn, sourced from Black’s Farmwood in San Rafael. The gleaming, wide-planked floor, also made of old wood, emphasizes the rustic look. Even in a wholly new bathroom Hammett strived for a look of well-worn age. A horse trough serves as a bathtub, and an antique console was remodeled to surround a bathroom sink. She rummaged through a shop in Carmel to find old, un-shiny towel racks. Hammett didn’t want to erase the history of the house by updating everything. One bathroom has its original bubblegum pink tile, circa 1954. The kitchen still boasts its vintage green tile, as well as the original O’Keefe & Merritt stove. A Sub Zero refrigerator — bought second hand — and a Bosch dishwasher have been added, but Hammett makes sure you don’t take these status symbols too seriously: no decorative front panels on either. It’s a nicely quirky touch in a house that’s all about rejecting shiny, predictable perfection. S

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What you should know before planning for a backyard pool By Kathryn McKenzie Nichols

ong, long ago — in the 1950s and ’60s — everybody’s backyard pools looked alike: kidneyshaped, with a diving board at one end, and filled with vivid blue water of a hue not found in nature. Like so much else, pools have changed dramatically. They’re a far cry from the cookie-cutter look of yesteryear. Pools can be free-form, outlined in flagstone, or in natural rock that forms grottos and waterfalls. A formal pool can incorporate an adjacent spa. A vanishing edge pool, with its stunning visual impact, is a grace note in the landscape. And even a seemingly tiny yard can accommodate a properly designed lap pool. These days, the pool is not just a place where the kids can splash, but is a vital focal point in the total look of a home. The aesthetics of the pool count as much as its entertainment value. “People are trying to create a unique environment in their back yards,” says Raymond Whitford, president and CEO of Lifetime Pools in Palo Alto. The ambience of the yard can be enhanced by the pool as well as by complementary structures, hardscape, landscape and lighting, both inside and outside the pool. This unique environment comes at a price, however, and the cost is just one of the considerations. Not only is building a pool an expensive project, but it involves a considerable investment in time and effort, a willingness to put up with noisy machinery and workers digging up the yard, and a variety of permits and inspections. “It’s major construction. It can be traumatic,” says Whitford, who estimates that the typical pool installation will take from eight to 12 weeks, although it may take longer if the permit process goes slowly. “Sometimes it can take from weeks to months to secure permits.”


Taking the plunge

Photo by Kerry Hiroshi Paul

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How much does a pool cost? Depends on how elaborate your plan turns out to be. Your total expenditure depends on the design, depth and length, but plan on spending at least $18,000 for a basic inground pool. Custom designs will run more.

Where to start The first, and most important step, is finding a reputable pool contractor. According to Christina Cozzi, a representative for the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, it’s important to get recommendations from friends, neighbors and family members who have had pools built. Avoid unlicensed contractors and check with the Better Business Bureau to make sure there are no outstanding complaints or suits against the builder you have in mind. Using an experienced contractor is important in any kind of construction, but particularly when it comes to pools because of the engineering involved, says Whitford. “You need to have a contractor who is familiar with the geology of the area,” he noted, especially on California’s slip-prone hillsides. “The finished pool might look beautiful, but there could be a potential for problems years down the road.” Whitford says to look for pool builders who are licensed, have been in business for some years, and are members of professional organizations such as APSP,

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the Master Pools Guild, and the California Spa and Pool Industry Education Council. As with any other major construction project, homeowners should get bids from two or three different contractors. Have a look at their finished work as well, and ask if you can visit any projects that are under way.

Decisions, decisions An experienced pool contractor will be able to guide homeowners through the process more easily than a less knowledgeable builder. There are a bewildering number of options and choices. Does the homeowner prefer a free-form, formal or lap pool? What will its purpose be? What style suits the home? Savvy contractors will be able to ascertain the owner’s needs and wants, and will also be well acquainted with local permit and approval processes needed to complete the project. Whitford says that a pool builder should be able to direct homeowners to energy-saving options, such as heating the pool with a passive solar system, installing an automatic pool cover that keeps debris out and heat in, or using variable-speed pool pumps that substantially reduce electricity costs. “The choices can be overwhelming,” says Whitford. Some intriguing modern options include pool interiors in dark colors and underwater fiber optic lighting.

Photo by Kerry Hiroshi Paul

Photo by Kerry Hiroshi Paul

Fitting everything together Additional help may be required to help tie together a backyard plan with the anticipated pool. An integrated landscaping design makes sure that the pool’s style meshes with the rest of the property, says landscape architect Steve DuBridge, owner of DuBridge Design in San Jose. “A landscape architect can make sure the [yard] design is cohesive, coherent, and that it all fits together,” says DuBridge, noting that ideally, the shape and style of the pool, outdoor structures, exterior lighting, hardscape and landscaping should all work together. A creative pool contractor and the landscape architect collaborate to create a look that enhances the property as a whole. And what do you get for all this money and aggravation? In the end, a place to relax. A thing of beauty. And a very important enhancement to a home’s value. Says Whitford, “These days, every pool becomes a custom project.” S

Resources: DuBridge Design 408.298.8560 Lifetime Pools 650.494.7070 Royal Pools 408.371.8000

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Outdoor lighting By Richard Bischoff Photos by Dennis Anderson Lighting design by Randall Whitehead

Artful illumination turns your garden into an evening oasis MAY 2009 SPACES 41 NOVEMBER 2008 SPACES 41


A cheery dining area by day (above) becomes a warmly lighted, intimate retreat by night (left).

hen it comes to outdoor lighting, the options used to be few and far between: There was the light where the walkway meets the street, the light by the front door, a security light by the carport or garage, and whatever you could find to light the backyard so you wouldn’t trip over the kids’ toys. Today, you can use creative lighting techniques, regardless of your budget, to create a sense of ambience as well as an environment that increases your home’s beauty, curb appeal, security and, in the process, an entire new room — your yard — with well-placed lighting fixtures. Now is an opportune time for homeowners to utilize the latest in energy-efficient lighting technology to create a welcoming environment inside and outside the home, says San Francisco lighting designer Randall Whitehead. “My whole goal is to sex up energy-efficient lighting,” he says. “People back away from me when I suggest using fluorescent lights. There’s a visceral disgust for lights that look like soft-serve ice cream, but if I use a light that doesn’t make the humming or buzzing sound that people associate with fluorescent lighting, and hide the light inside a fixture so the homeowners don’t see it, they’re OK with it.” Whitehead, who has nearly 30 years of lighting design experience, also likes to use longlasting LEDs, which use lighting to accentuate plants and other garden features.


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Extend your canvas The Chinese concept of “borrowed landscape” is a favorite of René Bihan, principal managing architect with the SWA Group in San Francisco. “You can use light to change the scale of your space,” Bihan says. “For example, uplight a large tree as the only object and it suddenly becomes a large sculpture; gently wash light over a neighbor’s wall to expand the feeling of your landscape. By utilizing this technique, you can use other elements to make your landscape part of the larger surrounding environment.”

Create an outdoor room Without outside light, windows and French doors become what Whitehead calls “black mirrors” at night. Creative outdoor lighting “helps you to expand the space inside your home,” he says. “You can make interior spaces look larger by creating a lighting scheme that allows you to look out into your yard at night.” While both Whitehead and Bihan appreciate the need to conserve energy and incorporate green principles, they also feel that solar lighting is not a stand-alone solution. “Solar lighting has not lived up to its promise,” Bihan says, “but it’s very good as part of a family of lighting. You can use a floodlight to illuminate a fig tree in your back yard, put twinkle lights around the edge and use little


solar lanterns on the path. Then, put everything on a timer.” “Using solar light outdoors might make you feel more green,” Whitehead adds, “but the collectors that are used by most of these products do not store enough energy to provide good light at night. You might be better off using energy-efficient light sources instead. Use textured or frosted lights to hide the lamps inside, and mount pathway lights in your trees to create a dappled moonlight effect.”

When it comes to lighting, it helps to know there are four basic types: • Decorative: Used to create a visual experience, this category includes examples such as lanterns.

• Accent: Used to highlight objects such as trees, water features, plants and statues

Art and light

• Task: Used for illuminating work areas such as a barbecue.

• Ambient: Provides a gentle fill and softens harsh shadows.

If you have a little stimulus money coming, consider leaded-glass light-sculptures, such as the ones created by artist Adam Kurtzman. “This is the ultimate in indoor/outdoor lighting,” says James Bacci, gallerist at ArtHaus in San Francisco. “The lighting portion of the sculpture is in the base. If you want to install the sculpture outside, you simply lift off the glass, and place it on an outdoor fixture.” Kurtzman’s artwork is priced from $3,600 to $7,500. The good news? You can maximize your investment indoors or out. Lighting your outside spaces can and will create a whole new ambience for your living environment. Better yet, you can find lighting solutions for all budgets, and keep your energy bills at a minimum in the process. And don’t tie yourself down to one idea. As Bihan says, “Lighting is like furniture — you can move things around. You don’t need to light everything. Light should be balanced with dark. For a good theatrical effect, the quality of dark is as important as the lighted space.” S

Resources ArtHaus 414.977.0223

SWA Group 415.836.8770

Randall Whitehead Lighting, Inc. 415.626.1277

The Light Works 408.370.0177

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