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A publication of southbay magazine

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Twenty-Fifteen


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Twenty-Fifteen

The Surge of the South Bay

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ur community is changing. We are evolving. The proverbial sleepy little beach town is no longer. It has awoken, and it has an appetite. It has been eye-opening for me to watch the evolution for the last 35 years. Some love it, some hate it, some are unbiased … but no matter what side of the coin you fall on, there’s no denying the South Bay has something very attractive that appeals to a very large group of people.

Sure we have great weather with great proximity to the beach, but I think it’s much more than that. There’s an argument to be made that there is a very high level of design sensibility here. Eclectic, yes, but a sensibility nonetheless that goes far beyond the giant monsters popping up all around us. Though many are works of art in their own right, there is still something to be said for the 1,500-square-foot, 1960s beach cottage next door to the monster masterpiece. Both equally as interesting, just a different story tied to each. In this issue of HOME you will find some of that great design sensibility I am referring to. You will also find the visionaries who each have a different story to tell. Familiarize yourself with these folks. They are leading a very important charge. They live here, work here and are the visionaries for how people should reside here and settle into the South Bay way of life.

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Amber Klinck WRITER A Colorado girl turned SoCal beach bum, Amber currently works in LA as a freelance writer. With a love of the little details, she has a strong passion for story. When not chasing after her young daughter, she can be found tapping away at her computer in search of inspiration.

Siri Berting PHOTOGRAPHER With several years experience in both art direction and photography, Siri has been making imagery for quite a while, much of that time with her husband, Jeff. Sharing a brain and a love for photography is what drives them to create compelling images. Life is a journey, and they are enjoying the ride together.

Laura Watts COPY EDITOR As a writer and editor for the past two decades, Laura knows the power of words. She has been the copy editor for Moon Tide Media, including Southbay HOME magazine, for the past five years, and she edits the magazine’s design showcases. She shares her love of the written word with her son, with whom she’s enjoying the journey of at-home virtual school.

7th Heaven Welcome to our “Lucky 7” edition of Southbay HOME. It’s hard to believe we’re entering our fourth year publishing this wonderful magazine for you. When we first launched back in 2012, we had no idea what the response would be. Sure, we knew the South Bay appreciated great architecture and home design, but there was no way to anticipate the positive response from both the community-at-large and those in the building and design business. As national “shelter” magazines began to disappear from newsstands following the real estate crisis, ours fortunately continued to flourish—primarily due to the curious nature of our wonderful readership. Who doesn’t enjoy a good peek into our neighbor’s home? When invited, of course! And lucky for us, we’ve been invited inside some of the best homes in our area. Not only do we get to see the glorious final results of each and every one of these passion projects, but we get to hear the story behind the story ... how a collaboration between the architects, builders, designers and homeowners helps create a dream home that matches the unique lifestyle of its inhabitants. That’s the Southbay HOME touch. In the wide world of home design, there’s something special going on right here in the Beach Cities, and we’re proud to put that growth front and center. Enjoy!

– Darren Elms, Editor What’s your design style? Share your home at letters@moontidemedia.com.

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Suzanna Cullen Hamilton WRITER Suzanna is a writer and regular contributor to regional and national publications and websites featuring articles on lifestyle, entertainment, architecture, interior design, the arts and the environment. She is a former business owner with sales to a high net worth clientele, and she currently resides in Los Angeles.

Lauren Pressey PHOTOGRAPHER Lauren has been photographing South Bay children and their families since 2006. She strives to capture her subjects honestly and artfully and loves the Southern California landscape she gets to work with. A resident of Hermosa Beach and mother of two, she can often be found traveling with camera in hand, documenting the craziness that is her little family.

Diane E. Barber WRITER Diane is a South Baybased lifestyle journalist, interior designer, equestrian and animal lover. Her writing is inspired by her passion for celebrating incredible people, animals and the arts. She is a construction design expert, and when not creating new living spaces or crafting new stories, she is immersed in her beloved horse world.


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FEATURES

A modern masterpiece in Manhattan Beach sets a new scale for South Bay living.

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Instinct and imagination transform a ranch-style house in Palos Verdes into an elegant, multi-level Spanish revival dream home.

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Inspired craftsmanship and fun fixtures transform a former ranch house in the Redondo Riviera into a slice of country chic.

American Martyrs annual Sophisticated Snoop invites us inside a Hermosa Beach beauty on The Strand.

A Manhattan Beach family creates a peaceful retreat inspired by the Pacific.

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ALSO IN THIS ISSUE… 37 | FIRST IMPRESSIONS Eco-Enhanced Landscape 38 | BEST IN SHOW Charles Lushear 50 | SHADES OF THE SOUTH BAY Rooms with a Hue 62 | ROCKIN’ IT Harold Greene 64 | BEFORE & AFTER WLWN Team Effort 68 | TRENDS Nautical Wallpaper 81 | ROOM MAKEOVER Make Room for Baby 84 | LEAVES OF CLASS Jan R. Carlson 96 | MEDIA Inside Out 112 | FULLY EXPOSED Danny McCaw 114 | MODERN INSTINCTS Palm Springs Show House And…

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A pergola was added for vine support and painted the same color as the home for a quiet presence.

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“Each concept is inspired by everyday experiences … much like how a comedian writes his or her material,” shares Charles Lushear of his woodwork creations. “I reimagine objects that we interact with on a daily basis but tailor them on a different scale, oftentimes with a new, functional purpose and always handmade with beautiful materials.” His Lifeguard Stand Doghouse playfully combines and celebrates two things that bring happiness to most people living in the South Bay: pets and the beach. He says that every line and angle was

designed as an almost exact replica of the iconic Los Angeles lifeguard stand, with a few exceptions made to lend itself to the nature of dogs. “I prefer a clear view of the dog from across the yard, so I moved the ramp from the side to the center, preventing the railing from blocking the entrance,” he adds. “This allowed energy to flow freely inside from out.” Place a custom order at bohemianworkbench.com.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: The functional Nintendo controller coffee table put Charles on the map as a furniture designer. Originally from New Jersey, he spent countless hours playing video games with friends in the ‘80s and discovered an army of people who can joyfully relate to the same experience in their adulthood with this piece. He brings that same whimsy and creativity to all his Bohemian Workbench creations.

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LIVING

LARGE A MODERN MASTERPIECE IN MANHATTAN BEACH SETS A NEW SCALE FOR SOUTH BAY LIVING. WRITTEN BY SUZANNA CULLEN HAMILTON | PHOTOGRAPHED BY ANNIKA LUNDVALL

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ost South Bay homes are not grand in scale due to the tiny lot sizes found in the Beach Cities, but the newly constructed home of Mimi and Philipp Stephanus shatters that truth and sets a new expectation for size.

Located in a specific area of Manhattan Beach where lot sizes are typically larger, the house sprawls across the land in a series of compartments that unfold onto the expansive outdoor living area. Rather than build from lot line to lot line as most South Bay homes are constructed, Mimi and Philipp chose to use the entire property—but in creative ways that incorporate numerous types of living spaces.

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After living in the South Bay for 20 years, including most recently in a Mediterraneanstyle house, Mimi and Philipp wanted to completely change direction and build a modern home. Whereas too many South Bay homes gravitate toward the safe and nebulous description of “warm contemporary,” the Stephanus house boldly embraces a gutsy scale created with an abundance of texture and light. “We knew we wanted a modern house, so we chose architect Carol Cozen to create it for us,” says Mimi. Carol is an acclaimed architect whose portfolio contains both residential and commercial work, and her focus is on clean lines and cohesive scale.

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“It was important to use the entire site, even though the lot posed significant challenges with the sloping grade,” says Carol. The carefully edited landscape and discrete entrance belie the grand size of the house, though the massive exterior steps set the tone for what waits behind the front door. Upon entering the house, every visible wall is open to the huge outdoor living area. Soaring ceilings combined with the sliding doors opening to the outside create not only visible space but also a completely fluid floor plan. The visual line pulls the eye through the entire house to reveal numerous outdoor seating areas, as well as the unexpected additional structure of an office pavilion.

“I spent a lot of time with the Stephanus family, and I really listened to their needs in order to create this very unique design,” says Carol. Philipp frequently works from his home office when he’s not traveling, and he needed a quiet space to take phone calls. Because his former home office had been in the master bedroom, it was imperative to create a better solution in the new property. While Philipp wanted a separate office on the property, he wanted it to be integrated into the overall design of the house. To that end, Carol created a masterful solution in the form of an office pavilion that’s a very creative use of space, both physically


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and psychologically. Although it appears to be a separate structure for an office on the ground floor, the second floor of the tower contains the master bathroom and closets, and it’s linked to the master bedroom via a second floor bridge made of frosted glass panels that let in light but permit privacy. Now Philipp can get dressed without waking Mimi and head down to his office yet remain in the confines of house. “While we

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have a home office on the ground floor, it’s in another structure, so it’s literally a separate office—and that’s been great,” says Mimi. Texture abounds in the Stephanus house. Concrete, zinc, wood, glass and stone create subtle but powerful statements. Solid elements used throughout the house provide strong juxtaposition to the open negative space and abundant windows. Additionally, multiple floor surfaces exist

throughout the house. “At first I was concerned about the poured concrete floors, but they’ve been one of my favorite elements due to ease of use and the neutral aesthetic,” says Mimi. People are used to seeing these materials in commercial spaces, but the Stephanus house proves that they’re just as applicable in residential applications. Even though the floor plan is open, each space is well designated. While the chef’s


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kitchen is open to the living and dining areas, the architecture gives definition to the space so it doesn’t feel like most open concept floor plans where the kitchen mess is visible when entertaining or dining. The large mudroom is a colorful, organized space tucked away from view but immediately accessible from the entrances. In total, the house functions beautifully due to the architectural planning and building execution. “Jeff Wilson is an excellent contractor, and he and I work together frequently,” says Carol. Longtime family friend Valerie Sartini was brought in as the interior designer. “Valerie is a very close friend, and she designed our Mediterranean-style home with lots of color. So this was a complete departure from that look,” says Mimi. Simple forms in neutral tones are the overarching theme of the interior design, with bursts of color infused from the artwork, wallpapered bedrooms and bathroom tiles. “When Mimi said she wanted modern, I was a bit nervous because it’s so different from

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her past two homes. So I needed to create a warm environment for them in a modern shell, and I think we were a huge success,” says Valerie. Almost every feature and furnishing of the house was custom-designed. From the graphic black shelves in the upstairs landing to the furniture to the outdoor, square fire pit, everything was either altered from its original design or created for the Stephanus house. “The goal was to make this a fun, classy, modern home, so we customdesigned about 95% of everything in the house,” says Valerie. Whereas most homes have one outdoor living area, the Stephanus home has multiple areas. Immediately outside the dining room and kitchen is a large fire pit with ample seating where the family gathers almost every night. Beyond the office and living room is another outdoor area where a massive infinity pool the color of the ocean drops off one side of the lot, while an outdoor kitchen and dining area balance the other side of the backyard.

At the very rear of the Stephanus property is one nugget that might be the envy of every South Bay resident: a private sand volleyball court. “Because our kids play collegiate volleyball, a court was imperative for family gatherings,” says Mimi. While the Stephanus house might not be on The Strand, there’s plenty of space for all of the activities associated with living at the beach. Landscaping is a critical component of any home, and frequently modern homes require more thought to create the carefully edited but appropriately proportioned landscapes around them. Connie Heitzman installed olive trees, gravel and various plantings that will continue to balance the house as they mature on the property. Whether inside or outside, Mimi and Philipp have many places to gather with friends and family. By strategically thinking about how they wanted to live and how to best utilize the large property, they created a grand home that feels perfectly sized for this close, active and modern family.


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IN THE LIVING ROOM … Wimborne White 239 Blackened 2011 Plummett 272 Yellow Ground 218 “I am completely in love with this fresh scheme for spring from Farrow and Ball. Wimborne White is the perfect crisp white to reflect natural light on the ceilings and is anchored by a gorgeous, light-grey Blackened for the walls and trim. Plummett is my unexpected go-to for woodwork these days, as it is a fabulous, contrasting reprieve from the all-white cabinetry trend we had been seeing. Lastly, I would use this pop of yellow on a Dutch door. A little accent of Yellow Ground keeps things chic!” farrow-ball.com Kate Lester, LEED AP Owner/Principal Designer

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IN THE KITCHEN … Black Blue 95 Pointing 2003 Stone Blue 86 Parma Gray 27 “I like to keep things neutral and use color strategically. The island is usually the center of the home, so why not accent it with a little color? I like to use a color like Black Blue on the doors and window trim because it will highlight architectural details and make the neutral palette stronger.” farrow-ball.com Kelly Sutton, LEED AP, ASID, NCIDQ President/Design Director

Warm Sienna 1203 Onondaga Clay 1204 Putnam Ivory HC-39 White Dove 0C-17 “Rich colors of fresh foods create an appetite-stimulating and ‘linger-a-while’ ambience in a dining room. Especially great with Spanish architecture is a tone-on-tone blend of earthy, red walls. Adding a complementary light warm ceiling color that can be repeated in fabrics visually raises the ceiling height against the heavier reds. Contrasting white architectural detailing brightens and finishes the classic look.” benjaminmoore.com Diane E. Barber, ASID Owner, Equestrian Designery


Passion PLAY Instinct and imagination transform a rundown ranch-style house in Palos Verdes into an elegant, multi-level Spanish revival dream home. WRITTEN BY DIANE E. BARBER PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

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hen South Bay residents and California natives Don and Deb Terrell found their Palos Verdes Estates property, they looked beyond its deplorable condition with an optimistic vision and purchased it. Deb’s professional interior design expertise, Don’s business savvy and their shared affinity for Spanish architecture were key to the major undertaking—one that would send most couples running. “A real estate agent showed us the house in 2002. It was a 1949 ranch-style dump with shag carpeting, mold in the bathrooms, dead grass and a dirt bike course for a backyard. But Don and I both knew what it could be, and we just wanted the great bones it had to work from. We made an offer to buy it the same day,” says Deb. The Terrells were residing with their young son, Cameron, in the Hollywood Riviera at the time, when they opted to give up an ocean view for the nearly double-sized lot. During a two-week cleanup they stayed in a motorhome while making their new residence livable.

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They moved in and over the course of four years built an extensive library of Spanish architecture books while developing a plan to build their dream home. The missing link to the transformation was the perfect architect. “We interviewed several architects. No one understood our vision until we met Miles Pritzkat, who was the last one we met with,” explains Deb. “He listened, and he got it right away. He is a true collaborator. Don rolled up his sleeves with him on the floor planning, and they had such great harmony.” Key to their successful client/architect partnership was not only collaboration but also a mutual appreciation for authentic, Spanish revival-style architecture with European roots (distinctly different from New World Spanish architecture) and the importance of neighborhood compatibility. “Don and Deb did not want a ‘McMansion’ that would make a huge statement, even though they certainly could have built one with the large lot frontage we had to work with,” says Miles. “Instead we designed what looks like a single-story home from the street that descends down into the back of the property.” During the 18-month building project, the family moved into a rental house two blocks away to easily be hands-on throughout the comprehensive remodel. Perhaps the most enchanting architectural feature in the redesign is the perceived grand tree house ambience. Expansive foldaway doors on two floors perched atop the basement level open to the backyard and a private forest of statuesque trees, as the property seemingly falls away from the structure. “We always try to work to some degree with what is existing while also working closely with the clients on the desired feel of the home. It was important that the house stepped down the lot while creating an inviting visual flow between levels without feeling compartmentalized,” says Miles. “We also tried to create a sense of indoor and outdoor spaces and a flow that pulled you into other rooms to explore. The double staircase on one side pulls you to the patio, and the other pulls you to the kitchen.” Other notable architectural elements included handmade roof

tiles, the addition of wire-brushed Douglas fir ceiling trusses and retaining the original fireplace. Two interior fireplaces were added. One, which is tapered, was inspired by the historic Adamson house in Malibu. A third fireplace, adjacent to the indoor/outdoor bar, was designed for outdoor living enjoyment. The inviting and beautifully appointed kitchen is so much the heart of the Terrells’ lifestyle that the entire house was designed around it. “We entertain a lot and often have weddings, school and charity events in our home. Our next fundraiser is in May for Torrance Memorial hospital’s Ambassadors Program,” says Deb with a smile. Evident throughout the home is Deb’s design talent and discerning appreciation for details. All of the interior and exterior walls were hand-plastered by El Segundo-based Steptoe & Son Plastering. Eclectic, 200-year-old courtyard doors from Egypt were converted to interior doors. The exterior, old-growth cedar doors with 1920s-influenced, oversized, divided light glass were custom-made by a family business in Oregon. New rustic hardware from One Stop Windows & Doors in Torrance was mixed with original vintage hardware. To complement the centuries-old craftsmanship of the antique interior doors, Deb worked closely with a local cabinetmaker blending old doors and other relics with new wood on all of the cabinetry. In keeping with the Spanish revival design, narrowplanked, dark oak floors; concrete, arabesque-shaped floor tiles; and handmade decorative tiles finished the floors. The furnishings are a sophisticated array of new, custom-upholstered pieces blended with exquisite antiques, including a 1920s dining table from Argentina with hand-carved trusses. A server made from reclaimed wood from the Baltic Sea is paired with the table. Dark woods, black granite and the brilliant colors of hand-painted tiles crisply contrast the fresh white and soft neutral wall and marble colors. Warm, earth-toned leathers and lush textiles balance the contrasting dark and light.

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We also tried to create a sense of indoor and outdoor spaces and a flow that pulled you into other rooms to explore. The finishing touches include an eye-stopping collection of early 1900s original light fixtures, such as the pair of crystal chandeliers above the kitchen island that originally adorned one of the first homes built in Palos Verdes. Antique replicas from Lighting Zone in Torrance complement the collectible treasures. Julie Lehman made the custom bedding and window treatments of richly textured fabrics, and accessories from Fringe in Riviera Village were added to complete the interior design masterpiece. Artists always attach a piece of their soul to their work, which is apparent in every room of the home. But paramount is Deb’s prideful

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tribute to her Italian Catholic heritage and her love of family. In honor of her roots and her loved ones, she made a donation to a church. A nun named Sister Marie in the Inland Empire handcrafted three old-style stained glass windows: one of her family crest, one of Don’s family crest, and the third is a coat of arms for Cameron. Though they don’t have their own coat of arms yet, the family dogs Cody and Snoop Dogg are also a beloved part of the Terrell family. They all enjoy life in a very special home that rivals the finest Spanish architecture on the peninsula.


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ROCKIN’ IT “My guiding principal as a furniture maker has always been to make objects that are both useful and beautiful,” shares woodworker Harold Greene of San Pedro. When he began his business more than 40 years ago, he was inspired by the work of Charles and Ray Eames, George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, Gerald McCabe and James Krenov. “The works are different from each other’s in design and method, but what they have in common is an unmistakable honest simplicity.” Harold’s rocker (shown here) is made of zebrawood cut into narrow “staves” and glued together to form a barrel-like curve that is comfortable against the sitter’s back. The runners are walnut cut into thin strips and laminated to form the curve. The seat is a solid piece of zebra fitted into the walnut sides with a sliding dovetail. Harold’s work will be on display at Contemporary Crafts Market in Pasadena, June 5–7. craftsource.org

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Harold began making furniture in 1974. He recently designed the seating for the Ralph J. Scott fireboat museum plaza in San Pedro as part of the LA Waterfront project. He’s also a musician and has been making musical instruments, primarily electric basses, for many years. For more of Harold’s fine work, visit antiquesofthefuture.net.

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WITH THE HELP OF AN AUCTION BID AT WALK WITH SALLY’S “WHITE LIGHT WHITE NIGHT,” A MANHATTAN BEACH FAMILY GETS MOVING ON AN AUSPICIOUS RENOVATION. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK | PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

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From the moment you walk through the large Dutch door of the Jacobsons’ newly remodeled craftsman, you’re greeted with a bright and open floor plan that’s both spacious and inviting. Sunlight fills the communal living space through large skylights and window-lined walls; the height of the vaulted ceilings provides a light and airy ambience that complements the warmth of Steve’s and Kristen’s welcoming dispositions. If you had visited the Manhattan Beach home prior to its massive renovation, however, “light” and “airy” would not be the words you’d use to describe it. With an awkward layout of narrow hallways, an enclosed dining space and iffy construction—“The plumbing was so bad it was duct-taped in spots,” explains Steve—a major overhaul was in the cards from the moment the home was purchased. Helping the Jacobsons through the transformation was Kelly Hamm, president of Coastal Creations Architecture, and Rigo Sanchez of Aspen Custom Home Builders. Kelly “was awesome to work with, taking a house with so many competing designs and turning it into


our dream home with a Cape Cod style,” explains Steve. As for Rigo and his team, Steve describes them as “quite simply the best.” He explains, “Rigo designed and created all of our kitchen cabinets, mommy station, kitchen nook, master vanity and the wainscoting throughout the house. During this process, his entire team became part of our family. He does fantastic work.” With family-friendly livability as a top priority, the new design of the house had to incorporate a level of functionality that complemented the Jacobsons’ lifestyle. “I care about three things in this world, and they’re all right here,” says Steve about his wife and their two young children.” With a vision that literally had them moving walls, the Jacobsons began to recreate the space to fit their needs. The original front door, which opened directly into the main living area, was replaced with an entryway lined with hooks, cabinets and cubbies just begging for neatly organized book bags, jackets and shoes. Slightly separated but completely visible from the main living space is a kids’ lounge, perfect for keeping little ones entertained

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while still in view. “Part of the essence of the house is that it’s a place people can come with their kids,” explains Steve. With a garage converted into an arts and crafts room, a bathroom fit for a princess and a kids-only TV area, it’s clear the needs of the youngest Jacobson family members were taken into consideration. But so were the needs of Mom and Dad. With gorgeous woodwork from Artistry Hardwood Flooring, a stunning master suite with hidden his-and-hers closets, and Steve’s favorite perk: a built-in control hub for all the tech needs of the home discreetly tucked away behind a door in the main hall, the Jacobsons’ residence includes a touch of sophistication and modern convenience in addition to family practicality. The evidence of the Jacobsons’ love for entertaining is sprinkled all over the house: built-in speakers throughout the communal areas—part of the electrical work implemented by Brian Rose and his team at Alltek Electrical; the bar seating and open layout of the kitchen; a built-in cocktail area (including an impressive set of

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“RIGO DESIGNED AND CREATED ALL OF OUR KITCHEN CABINETS, MOMMY STATION, KITCHEN NOOK, MASTER VANITY AND THE WAINSCOTING THROUGHOUT THE HOUSE. DURING THIS PROCESS, HIS ENTIRE TEAM BECAME PART OF OUR FAMILY. HE DOES FANTASTIC WORK.”

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Moscow mule-inspired copper mugs); and a fully stocked wine fridge. “We host a lot,” explains Kristen. Over the holidays the family’s home was filled with people, including overnighters making use of the guesthouse, which was the Jacobsons’ primary residence during the first two months of construction. As luck would have it, the family’s plans for renovation coincided with a home makeover package auctioned off during a Walk With Sally “White Light White Night” event. And while every detail of the new abode is a distinct representation of the Jacobsons’ creative vision, the completion of the project included the collaborative effort of some of the South Bay’s most talented. Miriam Rainville and her team at Rainville Design Studio implemented the revamp of the front of the house, including the design of the landscape, new lighting and a waterconscious irrigation system. “They were really great during this process, capturing

exactly what we wanted,” Steve notes. Kate Lester of Kate Lester Interiors lent her expertise during the final staging of the home as well as during the construction phase of the remodel, assisting in the layout design of the kitchen and bathrooms, appliance selection and placement, paint color selection, beam positioning and the lighting plan for the intended furniture selection. “There were many occasions where Kate’s input and direction kept us from making mistakes that we would have made without her insight,” explains Steve. “She was our savior on many fronts.” Also included in the home makeover package was a customized aromatherapy collection from Tabula Rasa. The Jacobsons’ excitement over their new residence and how it fits into their lives is clear. After what felt like an endless escrow followed by a rocky purchase and a construction zone for a living space, Steve and Kristen finally have the perfect home for their family of four.

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Pacific Overtures Wallpaper is making a comeback in a big way. Rich textures, bright patterns, classic motifs … they’re all popping up in some of the chicest rooms in town. In the spirit of summertime, Hermosa Beach interior designer Jordan Shields shares her favorite rolls of a nautical nature for the season ahead. For more on Jordan, visit her at jordancshields.com.

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FOR COMMON ROOMS Grasscloth in Navy by York Wallcovering I chose a grasscloth because it adds a great texture and makes the space feel warmer. I chose navy, but they have white and cream options for a more subtle look. Sometimes grasscloth doesn’t hold up well in high traffic areas, but for those areas a white chair rail gives a great nautical feel and there are a ton of ways you can make a chair rail look without doing a ton of custom millwork. yorkwall.com

Walnut Wallpaper There are a ton of fun and colorful prints, but I chose this one that looks like handdrawn waves because it works for a child’s room but isn’t age-specific … so it is easy to decorate with later. Children’s rooms are always a toss-up since children grow up so fast and go through different phases and likes at various ages. So it’s important to choose items you can use as anchors and decorate around with a variety of styles and colors later on. walnutwallpaper.com

FOR THE BATHROOM Fornasetti II by Cole & Son I chose a bold, fun pattern because I love the idea of making powder rooms and bathrooms a fun space with a bold wallpaper. It’s a great surprise for guest, and it’s a small space you’re not in as often—so you won’t get tired of the pattern. You might as well have some fun with it and go bold. cole-and-son.com

FOR THE DEN Geometric Rope by Cole & Son For both den options I chose some masculine prints. I like deep colors like navy, maroon and dark greens for dens. Both of these wallpapers have a masculine and warm feel while having some fun with classic prints. cole-and-son.com

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ost people are superstitious about the number 13. However, for Bonnie MacLeod and David Brunner of Hermosa Beach, 13 ended up being a very lucky number in the end. Bonnie is a licensed contractor, and she and David longed to build the perfect Southern California beach house. Their desired area was so specific that it included just a few blocks within Hermosa Beach. When a one-story cottage became available, they purchased it and began planning their new home. The small lot size dictated the typical three-story floor plan of the Beach Cities. However, they lived in the tiny original house for eight months until every design aspect of the new home was thoughtfully considered. “David is the designer and I’m the builder, so we work well together when conceptualizing a house,” says Bonnie. Finally, when a water line broke and they were forced to wash dishes in the bathtub, they agreed that it was time to stop planning and start building. Architect Jeffrey Dahl laid out Bonnie’s specifications. “I like wide entries and hallways and doors only on bedrooms and bathrooms, so Jeff’s great at making our specifications work,” says Bonnie. Shockingly, within weeks after breaking ground on the new house, their lives turned upside down when David was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing to give in to worry, David and Bonnie plowed ahead with the construction. Then in an act of true determination, Bonnie decided to advance the home construction to LEED certification.

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LEFT: Colorful books and personal items add character to a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf. ABOVE: Clean lines and modern furnishings dominate the home, but a “winged� chair offers a playful and unexpected design surprise in the library.

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“The footings were poured, the house was framed and David was in cancer treatment when I decided to change course and attempt LEED certification,” says Bonnie. Because part of LEED certification involves lumber usage, the initial construction and stud placing could have been a huge issue causing extensive delays. However with exacting engineering calculations, Bonnie was able to continue the construction without having to rework any of the initial build. That critical calculation saved considerable time and money. As the house progressed and Bonnie became well-versed with the LEED process, beautiful and eco-friendly products were incorporated into the design. Although the house is considered eco-friendly, it exudes a contemporary Mediterranean feeling due to

EcoClad siding resembles beautiful wood panels, while continuous circulating fans and high efficiency air conditioning units strategically placed throughout the house are elements of “green” construction that integrate seamlessly into the overall design. Hickory floors on the top floor provide a warm counterpoint to the bold glass staircase that links the three floors of the home. Porcelain tiles resembling wood planks transition to the outdoor living areas, creating a clean line throughout the house. Contemporary lighting and molded, modern, white plastic chairs are a modern alternative next to the huge, wood, farmhouse-style dining room table. A bold indigo rug anchors the living area, where a liquid metal fireplace surround and massive framed mirror reflect light and provide a glossy finish against the

“David is the designer and I’m the builder, so we work well together when conceptualizing a house.” the overall clean aesthetic and white palette with minimal decoration. Throughout the home, texture takes precedence over decor. The house has a concrete foundation and poured concrete floors on the ground level.

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wood and fabrics. In the midst of all of these contracting styles and forms is a plank swing suspended from the ceiling. It is a reminder that simple designs and pure pleasure will always out-

weigh sophisticated design schemes and visual foils. The living room opens to an expansive deck with ocean views, where their handsome German shepherd rescue, Hank, has room to play while they eat and lounge outside. Voluminous, white, molded armchairs from Kartell continue the simplistic vibe created in the primary dining room so it visually flows from one area to the other. A second rooftop deck is unusual for most South Bay homes, but the rooftop deck takes outdoor living to a more sophisticated level due to the landscaping Bonnie and David installed on the roof. “I hauled each one of these planters up and planted them myself, and then I installed an irrigation system that indicates when the plants need water,” smiles David. The linear landscaping combined with an outdoor living area makes the rooftop deck feel more like a room than a roof. The Arclinea kitchen is David’s great joy in the house. At first glance it’s a polished, sleek, white kitchen with stainless steel appliances. However, upon closer inspection the kitchen is a highly sophisticated and superbly understated study in perfection. Exquisitely detailed drawers and cabinets provide the ultimate in kitchen organization.


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“Every utensil and serving piece has its own particular space within the drawers,” says David with obvious joy. Five ovens, a huge hidden refrigerator and a large island guarantee easy entertaining. The induction cooktop ensures the most energy-efficient cooking method while also being the safest and fastest. While many SoCal residents love to flash fancy, grownup toys, Bonnie and David incorporate both playful and substantive elements to their home. David is a retired veterinarian and the author of a book series that has been published in multiple languages. Injecting humor in the form of commentaries by animals, the guides by Quirk Books offer simple but effective solutions for dog and cat owners. Additionally, David collects 20th-century lithographs and counts pieces by John Lennon among his favorites. “I have a lot of interests, and transitioning from science and medicine into more creative endeavors has been fun,” says David. Bonnie is at once free-spirited, creative and determined, and those traits are evidenced in the house. Her red Ducati motorcycle that David gave her now resides in the library with his book collection, while a giant pair of eagle wings adorns her desk chair. “I had to have the python wallpaper and cowhide rugs,” says Bonnie as she stands in the home office in her denim mini-skirt and boots—completing the vibe of uptown-cowgirl-meets-Mykonos.” After 13 arduous months, Bonnie and David emerged stronger and happier than ever. David’s cancer was cured, and their dream house was completed with LEED certification. Throughout it all, “Hank has a fabulous disposition and remained the best dog ever,” says Bonnie. Sometimes life changes unexpectedly, but ultimately those changes lead to a greater appreciation for the finer, more delicate elements in life. Bonnie and David wake up every day to a fantastic view of the ocean in their dream house surrounded by the people, the rescue dog and the objects that make them smile. Thirteen turned out to be a very lucky number indeed for these grateful South Bay residents.

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CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS SIRI AND JEFF BERTING MASTERFULLY CONVERT THEIR PRODUCTION OFFICE INTO A DUAL BEDROOM FOR THEIR GROWING FAMILY. PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIRI BERTING

The Challenge: Convert the office into a bedroom that will accommodate two kids with very different ages and needs in one space.

Solution #1 – TALL ORDER The room has vaulted ceilings, so going vertical was a must. Jeff built a bunk bed that not only worked for the space but added a style that would not quickly become outdated.

Solution #2 – NEUTRAL TERRITORY The plan allowed for plenty of available floor space for play and an opportunity for their son to spread out on a soft surface when he wants.

Solution #3 – CUSTOM TOUCHES The table that sits over the bed on the lower bunk was designed to be lifted off and fit through doorways without needing to clear off toys. This way they can stash it in another room when guests visit without breaking up the LEGO worlds.

Solution #4 – EQUAL OPPORTUNITY The couple love an eclectic mix of old and new items and didn’t want it to look too feminine or masculine, since their son and daughter are sharing the room. Solution #5 – THINKING AHEAD The space will also be good for them to grow into. Once their daughter outgrows the crib and changing table, she will move to the bottom bunk, and that side will open up to become a desk area for homework.  “THE CHANGING TABLE WAS DESIGNED TO BE A ONE-HANDED, RIGHT-HANDED PIECE—AS YOU ALWAYS NEED TO BE ABLE TO DO THINGS WITH ONE HAND WHEN YOU HAVE A BABY,” SAYS SIRI. “WE REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT THE NEEDS AND FLOW OF A ROOM WITH TWO KIDS.”

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Try to incorporate new and old items into the design along with family heirlooms and artwork. You never know where kids’ inspiration comes from, and it is nice to expose them to a mix of things besides just what comes out of a catalog. Thinking about furniture that has a life beyond a specific age range adds character and is a good investment.


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LEAVES OF CLASS With a background in textile art, Jan R. Carlson’s approach to kinetic art is distinctly unique. While her artwork is experienced as a celebration of earth’s beauty, its delicacy reminds us of the fragility and balance inherent in the world of nature. Made by hand from silk and stainless steel wire, MoonLily Silk Mobiles are exceptionally lightweight and reactive to the slightest disturbance in the air. “The sweeping branches and stylized tree leaves are now emblems of the studio’s designs,” shares Jan. “Many of the silk colors are hand-dyed, and subtle variations distinguish each mobile as handmade.” The mobiles are artfully packaged in a gift box and ready to suspend with enclosed nylon thread. MoonLily Silk Mobiles plants one tree for every mobile sold through American Forest’s Global ReLeaf program, americanforests.org.

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armhouses have been gracing the Midwest since the 19th century, but it’s a rare architectural style for the South Bay. For Redondo Riviera residents Tracy and Maury Gentile, finding an original ranch-style home near the beach provided the perfect spot to create a modern take on the Midwestern style. “We had been researching homes and interiors on Houzz.com, and we kept gravitating toward farmhouses,” says Maury. Tracy and Maury have spent their careers in South Bay real estate. During the course of raising

three children and working in the South Bay, they’ve lived in numerous houses of varying styles. However when the nest became empty, they decided it was time to downsize and create a simpler life. “We just happened to see this house on the day it was reduced on the market, and we put in an offer,” says Maury. The house built in the early 1950s was in original condition and in dire need of a massive remodel, so it had not attracted any buyers. Given the Gentiles’ experience in real estate, they immediately recognized the good bones of the house and the sterling location. Although the Gentiles have vast contacts in the home sector, it was a tremendous undertaking to remodel the Riviera home. While the couple created a floor plan that preserved the original footprint of the house, they also added a master suite to one side of the house and a huge wrap-around deck with spectacular ocean views. David Powers Construction handled the consuming renovation project in a miraculous six months. “We took the house apart and went down to the studs, and then we had to reinforce the footings,” says Tracy. They also made a major change to the living area by altering the pitch of the roof in order to gain significantly more light. Fortunately the pitch change did not alter the roof height, so it was within the remodeling permits of the Riviera. The exterior of the Gentile home is reminiscent of American Midwestern farmhouses—with a metal roof, bright red board-and-batten walls, and crisp white trim. A water pump from 1920 found in El Segundo has been repainted glossy black and installed near the front door. It’s a bit of nostalgia both for the area and for the utilitarian purposes originally required for a farmhouse. Once inside the beamed ceiling of the main living area, the house expands in all directions. The 2,200-square-foot, single-level home has an open floor plan that makes it completely comfortable for the entire family. The 4,000-square-foot deck with a partial roof drastically increases the overall living space of the house, and the barn theme continues outside.

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ABOVE: The wide patio was designed both for convenient outdoor entertaining and to take advantage of the panoramic coastal views. BELOW: Metallic details with a vintage edge at the home’s front entrance and in the wall-to-wall tiled bathroom.

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The open concept living area incorporates various elements of farmhouse style in a modern way. Sliding barn doors have been used for centuries in farmhouses for ease of moving cattle, and they’ve been used for decades in lofts on the East Coast where space is tight. Alder wood barn doors were the perfect solution in the Gentile home for a modern take on a time-honored classic. Board-and-batten walls are used inside and outside the house. Vivid walls with sharp white trim highlight the quality craftsmanship of the construction. Abundant windows and huge fans in every room ensure daylight and constant breezes. Wood floors are typical in farmhouses, but Tracy and Maury opted for a porcelain tile that resembles wood. It’s easy to keep clean at the beach, and it stays cool even when temperatures rise. Additionally, it’s generally less expensive and requires far less maintenance than hardwood floors. “It’s now one of our favorite features of the home,” says Maury. Changing the roof pitch permitted Tracy and Maury to completely change the ceiling in the main living area. “They were ready to paint the wood-beamed ceiling bright white, but I said leave the wood,” says Tracy. The solid wood ceiling now grabs the attention of anyone who enters the house. The ceiling fan resembles a wind turbine, and it’s highly efficient at cooling the large space. The kitchen is modest in size but big on style. “We spent hours searching home styles and details, and we fell in love with Big Chill appliances,” says Tracy. They’re not easy to source, but the appliances pack a powerful punch of retro style. Rachael Ray has used Big Chill appliances in light blue, but Tracy opted for classic black because it worked so well with the red used throughout the house. The master suite addition is truly a room with a view. Situated on the side and facing the rear of the house, the entire suite opens onto

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the spacious deck with expansive ocean views. Additionally, there’s plenty of natural light throughout the space but no need for window coverings due to the careful placement of the windows. Most couples would balk at sharing a bathroom sink, but Tracy and Maury now share a huge farmhouse trough sink in the bathroom. Additionally, the shower is open with no need for a curtain or glass. “It’s so nice not to have to clean glass shower walls,” smiles Tracy. A cast iron tub, vintage-style lighting and a classic, black-and-white color scheme complete the 1930s look of the bathroom. While some would presume that a 10’ x 10’ room might be too small to be a guest bedroom, this house proves that it’s ample and comfortable. Flooded with sunlight and decorated in bright colors, the guest bedrooms in the Gentile house are warm and welcoming. Pops of colors from penny tiles in the guest bathrooms provide whimsy and give life to the small spaces. Every room in the Gentile home has an ocean view, including the laundry room and office. The home office has one wall of doors that open to the deck, while another wall shows the exposed brick of the original house. “It was important to us to keep a part of the house so that the children of the original owner as well as future generations would know that we preserved the history of the house in this huge renovation,” says Tracy. The showstopper of the house is the covered deck. With a pitched metal roof that echoes the main room, it is truly a living area that happens to be outside. Wrapping around half of the house, the deck is a whopping 4,000 square feet. Barrel tables and bar stools continue the farmhouse theme with multiple seating and dining areas. “We downsized in this house, but the space is so open and light and efficient that it actually works better than our previous house,” says Maury. Most people find themselves simplifying later in life. For Tracy and Maury, that downsizing actually opened up their lifestyle.


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A collection of great reads and eyecatching visuals designed for both the indoor and outdoor design aficionado.

ROOTED IN DESIGN: SPROUT HOME’S GUIDE TO CREATIVE INDOOR PLANTING By Tara Heibel and Tassy De Give Hardcover, 224 pages Ten Speed Press

ALEXANDER GIRARD By Todd Oldham and Kiera Coffee Hardcover, 664 pages AMMO Books This massive monograph on seminal designer Alexander Girard covers virtually every aspect of his distinctive career. One of the most prolific mid-century designers, Girard’s work spanned many disciplines, including textile design, graphic design, typography, illustration, furniture design, interior design, product design, exhibit design and architecture. Exhaustively researched and lovingly assembled by designer Todd Oldham, this tome is the definitive must-have book on Girard’s oeuvre. amazon.com

HYPERNATURAL: ARCHITECTURE’S NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE By Blaine Brownell and Marc Swackhamer Paperback, 176 pages Princeton Architectural Press

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Indoor plants play a large role in the design and feel of a space. Focusing on indoor gardening—from small containers and vertical installations with air plants to unique tabletop creations—Rooted in Design provides readers with the means to create beautiful and long-lasting indoor landscapes. The authors, owners of the successful Sprout Home gardening stores, offer expert advice for choosing plant varieties and pairing them with unique design ideas. Sharing practical tips honed through hundreds of plant design classes, they tell readers everything they need to know to care for their one-of-a-kind green creations. pages, a bookstore in Manhattan Beach

By looking to nature as a teacher rather than simply as a source for raw materials, pioneers in the emerging biomimicry movement are developing design methods and materials to create intelligent buildings that emulate life itself. Two architecture and material experts present an international collection of 42 case studies that illustrate astonishing new applications possible in this rapidly growing field, from Echoviren—a botanical pavilion that was designed to wilt into its surrounding redwood forest in Northern California—to the MIT Media Lab’s Silk Pavilion, constructed by the threads of silkworms as they passed over scaffolding. Together these projects show that by looking to nature, design can be a tool that makes our built environment more efficient, sustainable and, most of all, livable. papress.com


MARIMEKKO: IN PATTERNS By Marimekko Paperback, 248 pages Chronicle Books

THE POSTAGE STAMP VEGETABLE GARDEN: GROW TONS OF ORGANIC VEGETABLES IN TINY SPACES AND CONTAINERS By Karen Newcomb Paperback, 224 pages Ten Speed Press To accommodate today’s lifestyles, a garden needs to fit easily into a very small plot, take as little time as possible to maintain, require a minimum amount of water and still produce prolifically. When first published 40 years ago, the postage stamp techniques, including closely planted beds rather than rows, vines and trailing plants grown vertically to free up space and intercropping, were groundbreaking. Now in an ever busier world, the postage stamp intensive gardening method continues to be invaluable for gardeners who wish to weed, water and work a whole lot less yet produce so much more. Now available on Kindle

THE BAREFOOT HOME: DRESSED DOWN DESIGN FOR CASUAL LIVING By Marc Vassallo Hardcover, 218 pages Taunton Press

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Internationally beloved Finnish design brand Marimekko’s iconic patterns grace home décor, apparel and accessories and have informed and influenced tastemakers worldwide for more than a half-century. Richly illustrated with photographs and prints both classic and new, this vibrant volume (launching along with covetable notebooks and postcards) offers a behind-the-scenes tour of the brand’s creative process. A colorful legacy is revealed, along with the innovative creators—from 1950s pioneers to 21st-century masters—who have shaped the company’s heritage and continue to make visual magic today. Rare sketchbook pages, in-depth looks at particular eras and page after page of gorgeous designs make this a book sure to enchant anyone interested in fashion, art or the patterned and color-drenched world of Marimekko. barnesandnoble.com

As our personal and professional lives become more demanding and hectic, people have reacted with a more casual, relaxed and open way of living at home. Kitchens are no longer just for cooking but serve as entertainment hubs. Barbeques on the grill have replaced formal dinners. As our lives at home have become increasingly informal, the “barefoot living” lifestyle has emerged, and there is increased demand to carry this attitude over into home design.
Relaxed, open, filled with light and intimately connected to the outdoors, barefoot houses make living at home feel like being on vacation 365 days a year. The 24 houses featured in The Barefoot Home reflect today’s barefoot times. From a long, low house on the Kansas prairie to an adobe home in New Mexico and a New England cottage by the sea, these homes capture the essence of barefoot living. pages, a bookstore in Manhattan Beach oursouthbay.com

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AMERICAN MARTYRS SOPHISTICATED SNOOP TOURS A STRAND BEAUTY. WRITTEN BY DARREN ELMS AND LAURA WATTS PHOTOGRAPHED BY GEOFF CAPTAIN STUDIOS

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efore Southbay HOME, the only way residents could get a peek into many of our area’s most specular homes was a personal invitation or philanthropic home tour. One such home tour has been going strong for 42 years: Sophisticated Snoop. The annual event opens the doors of a select number of residences for one weekend each year and benefits the American Martyrs School in Manhattan Beach. One of the six entries this year, this exquisite, modern masterpiece by Tomaro Design Group will certainly have tongues wagging. Located in Hermosa Beach, the contemporary-style home sits on a rare, 4,327-square-foot beachfront lot with 70-foot-wide frontage on The Strand.

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“When we were looking for a new home for our family, we wanted an open and approachable style of living,” shares the home’s owner, Lisa Lopez. “The ocean view and peaceful surroundings provide us with endless satisfaction.” Lisa and her husband were fortunate to collaborate with Louie Tomaro and Rick Tomaro for architecture and construction and Suzanne Ascher of Waterleaf Interiors for the design. “The home is a beautiful symphony of glass, steel and wood, singing with a family filled with heart, soul and beautiful memories—past and still creating,” shares Suzanne. “I was honored to be part of the composition that made this architectural piece a warm home.” A distinguishing feature of the outdoor view, a tranquil reflecting


“THE HOME IS A BEAUTIFUL SYMPHONY OF GLASS, STEEL AND WOOD, SINGING WITH A FAMILY FILLED WITH HEART, SOUL AND BEAUTIFUL MEMORIES—PAST AND STILL CREATING.”

pool and 60-foot-long infinity edge make the structure appear to float above the pool. Inside, a three-story glass atrium segmented by a glass staircase, glass bridges and water wall offer a breathtaking, light-filled entrance. The first floor is comprised of the great room with reading nook, kitchen and garage. The second floor has the master suite, three guest bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms and laundry room. The basement is set up for entertaining with rec room, living room, bar, wine cellar,

theatre and guest suite. Lending itself to the California lifestyle, the main living space and master suite open almost completely on the west-facing facades with 10-foot sliding doors that disappear behind stone walls. If you would like to see this home for yourself—and we think you should—be sure to stop by this year’s Sophisticated Snoop Home Tour on May 15, 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For tickets and information, call 424-212-7800.

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Change A MANHATTAN BEACH FAMILY CREATES A PEACEFUL RETREAT INSPIRED BY THE PACIFIC. WRITTEN BY SUZANNA CULLEN HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIRI BERTING

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alm blues, soft greens and dove greys with crisp white trim set the tone for Kathi and Perry Colligan’s ocean-inspired, traditional home. “We love living near the ocean, so it was the guiding force when creating this house,” says Kathi. Perry purchased the original 1940s house 20 years ago, and he and Kathi lived in it after they married. “Ten years later with three children, the floor plan didn’t work and the house was dated, so we thought we’d renovate to make things better,” says Kathi. However, after numerous issues with tree

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ordinances in Manhattan Beach and remodeling considerations, it became clear that starting over with a new build was the best option. Kathi and Perry wanted a transitional home that incorporated classic beach-style architecture. Manhattan Beach architect Joyce Flood has an extensive portfolio of seaside architectural styles, and she mixed traditional and modern elements into the home. “I combined their needs for a growing family and my knowledge to produce a house they can live in and enjoy for years,” says Joyce. Bermuda shutters on the exterior provide protection from the intense sun, yet sea breezes filter through the open windows. The high coffered and beamed ceilings combine with the tall, simple wainscoting to create verticality and great light throughout the house. The coastal modern house has a very peaceful feeling and a floor plan that flows well for a busy family. “The building process was smooth because we had a good builder in Mike Woodcock, who also


has a good sense for design,” says Joyce. Upon entering the home, it’s evident that while it might be rooted in traditional architecture, the house has a clean aesthetic. “I thought through how we wanted to live, and I didn’t want the trappings of a cluttered front entrance or a formal dining room that never gets used,” says Kathi. Therefore the entrance is completely void of furniture where mail, homework and sports equipment might land. Instead there is a large closet in the front hall and cubbies tucked around the corner to provide storage for book bags and shoes. Clear, glass pendant fixtures hanging in the stairway provide light but give the illusion of space. There are additional spaces throughout the first floor that help the house function well for the family. A room that could be converted to a formal dining room is currently the home office. It’s large, bright and offers plenty of workspace for everyone. Additionally, the kids have their own room for playing, relaxing or

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entertaining. There’s plenty of lounging space, while a chalkboard wall provides creative entertainment and bursts of color in the room. Although it’s a lively place now, it can double as a guest bedroom or study area as they grow. The main living area of the house is comprised of the kitchen, dining area and family room, which all open onto the backyard for one huge living space. While the kitchen is large, it’s also placid due to the materials and colors. The massive, white marble island doubles as a countertop and an eating area. “People question why we used marble in the kitchen, but it’s a classic look and we don’t mind the imperfections that might come with use,” says Kathi. Stainless steel appliances and crisp white cabinets keep the space open and light. The blue-and-grey tiled backsplash creates the illusion of water in both pattern and color and is another reminder of the nearby ocean.

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“I’M A BLUE-AND-WHITE PERSON, AND I WANTED SOME ELEMENT OF THE BEACH IN EVERY ROOM.”

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“I THOUGHT THROUGH HOW WE WANTED TO LIVE, AND I DIDN’T WANT THE TRAPPINGS OF A CLUTTERED FRONT ENTRANCE OR A FORMAL DINING ROOM THAT NEVER GETS USED.” The living room has pops of color in the form of the floral rug and bright orange ottoman that doubles as a footstool or low table. A mid-century-style chair and wood coffee table add a contemporary feeling to the furnishings, while vivid paintings add more color on the walls. It’s an uncluttered and inviting area for the entire family to gather. When the doors open completely to the backyard, the living area becomes one large indoor-outdoor space. One of the great design elements of the Colligan house is the pool. “It’s the only thing we preserved from the original house,” says Kathi. In a market dominated by the ubiquitous infinity pool, the Colligans’ vintage 1960s, kidney-shaped, concrete pool is a masterpiece of mid-century design. A putting green completes the retro vibe of the outdoor area where “Perry loves to come home and putt,” laughs Kathi. Although they have an outdoor dining and kitchen area, it’s clear that golf and swimming are the preferred activities for the Colligan clan. Four blue-and-white bedrooms upstairs provide ample space for the family. “I’m a blue-and-white person, and I wanted some element of the beach in every room,” says Kathi. A giant sand dollar hangs above the guest bed, while light filters in from the front balcony. The children’s rooms each have ample space to sleep, play and study and are infused with various shades of blue. They are the types of rooms that can transition easily as children grow into teenagers and then young adults. The master suite overlooks the backyard and has a distinctly Caribbean feel. Navy-and-white bed linens, Bahamian shutters and hardwood floors contribute to the island theme of the room. The master bathroom is beautiful in its simplicity. Calcified marble is used throughout the house, and the shower wall is made from a massive slab that offers a beautiful visual effect, as well as a wonderful texture. The overall ambience of the bathroom is that of a spa retreat. Renovating and building are never easy, but when the process yields results as fluid as those the Colligans experienced, it’s an easy decision to consider. Instead of having to retrofit a contemporary floor plan into a 1940s beach cottage, Kathi and Perry now have a light, open, new house that perfectly suits their family with a design aesthetic that reminds them of the beach they love so dearly.

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Torrance-born painter Dan McCaw developed his creative talents at an early age, growing up in the presence of another great artist: his father. “Kids usually get toys for their birthdays; I got easels and art supplies,” says Dan. “Every time spent with my father was a lesson on the basic fundamentals of art, creativity and philosophy.” Dan describes his painting style as “an action and reaction,” in which something is built up and then stripped away. “I work back and forth scraping, sanding, glazing, letting the subconscious work,” he shares. “I don’t like having a painting planned out—only in a general, abstract manner. I’m really looking for an internal response to a external image.” The painting Judgment, featured here, is a 50 x 40 oil-on-canvas of a nude figure on display. “It’s symbolic of how difficult it is to stand naked exposing our imperfections and vulnerabilities and how we are expected to be perfect and to meet the expectations of others.”

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Dan works at a 5,500-square-foot studio he shares with his father and brother in Old Torrance on Sartori Avenue. On May 23, they will open their studio doors for the first time in 12 years for an exhibition of their individual work. For more on this event and Dan’s paintings, visit mccawcontemporary.com.

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Modern A BOOMING REAL ESTATE MARKET FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA WEEKENDERS, PALM SPRINGS WELCOMES A SHOW HOUSE WITH AN APPROPRIATE MID-CENTURY FLAVOR. WRITTEN BY DARREN ELMS PHOTOGRAPHED BY ERIC LYNCH

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nyone who’s ventured to the desert in recent years will tell you that Palm Springs is enjoying a cultural renaissance. An influx of tourism, mostly from nearby big-ticket events like Coachella and Stagecoach, has sparked new interest in this legendary getaway, creating a bustling destination economy not seen in decades. One of the biggest benefactors of this new wave of visitors is the modernism scene. Once a quiet, well-kept secret for mid-century design fans and aficionados, the love affair has since blown up into a movement, with a yearly modernism show as its centerpiece. Having just celebrated 10 years, the event attracted thousands of visitors eager for a peek at one of the iconic Neutra, Alexander or Wexler homes made famous during the atomic age. This year Modernism Week featured its first show house, a restored mid-century property immaculately reimagined by a series of top national designers. Called The Christopher Kennedy Compound, the home was originally built in 1964 as part of the Canyon Country Club, now called the Indian Canyons Golf Resort. Although no architect was

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found on record, it’s suspected that the home was custom-built and designed by the developer himself as a quintessential Southern California ranch-style house. “Canyon Country Club was quite posh in the 1960s, and it still really is,” says interior designer Christopher Kennedy, who now owns the home and spearheaded the project. In fact, the man-made lake at the clubhouse features the Walt Disney Fountain, donated by Mr. Disney himself. “He was enjoying a round of golf shortly after the club first opened and saw the lake,” says Christopher. “He told the manager, ‘That lake needs a fountain!’ He happened to have one in storage in Anaheim, and shortly thereafter the fountain showed up in Palm Springs.” Christopher started his design firm in Palm Springs in 2005, the same year as the first modernism show, so he shares kinship with the event. “It feels a bit like we have grown up together,” he says. “After having my nose to the grindstone for so many years, when I finally came up for air, I wanted to give back to the city that has given me so much—personally and professionally.” Surprised that Palm Springs has never hosted a show house like


“BEAUTY AND GLAMOUR COMBINED WITH EASE AND RELAXATION IS SOMETHING THAT I STRIVE FOR IN ALL MY DESIGNS.” many other design-rich cities, Christopher decided to start one himself. “I need to give credit where credit is due, so I have to give a shout-out to Windsor Smith, whose House of Windsor several years ago (with Veranda magazine) showed me that it was possible for a single designer to spearhead such a project.” He called on his talented friends, including Celerie Kemble, Jiun Ho and Trina Turk, to come onboard for the project. Other designers he knew and admired, like Michael Berman, Mark Cutler and Linda Allen, began to round out the team, while others reached out themselves to get involved, such as Trip Haenisch and Nancy Price—adding new friends to the mix. In order to make the home as a whole feel cohesive, the team was

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given a design direction and overall aesthetic to work with. Christopher set a color palette for the designers to adhere to: a refreshing mix of cool blues to reflect the desert sky and waters, and fresh greens mirroring the palm leaves and golf course grasses. Having Palm Springs as a muse also served Christopher and his designers in an overarching design direction. “What inspires me about the Hollywood history of Palm Springs is the old photographs of the stars who called it home,” he says. “The pictures of them playing golf, tennis or lounging poolside … these people were beautiful and glamorous, but they were also on vacation. That idea of beauty and glamour combined with ease and relaxation is something that I strive for in all my designs.” Overall the home makes wonderful use of the space and perfectly melds the beauty of desert indoor and outdoor living. Clearly, despite their individual tastes and styles, the gathered designers were able to pull off a modernist feat: a home lovingly period yet remarkably fresh. “People say that the home has a good aura. I think that has a lot to do with the people and products I have selected,” explains Christopher. “I think you can feel it when you walk in the door.”


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2015 DESIGN SHOWCASE THE ARCHITECTS

THE DESIGNERS

126 Michael Lee Architects, Inc.

154 Caroline Burke Designs and Associates, Inc.

128 Pritzkat & Johnson Architects, Inc.

156 Norman Design Group

130 Joyce Flood + Associates

158 Kate Lester Interiors

132 Welch Design Studio, Inc.

160 Nadia Designs 162 Kelly Sutton Design, LLC

DESIGN / BUILD

164 EdenLA Furniture and Interiors

134 Tomaro Design Group, Inc.

166 Konni Tanaka Design Group

136 C & C Partners Design Build Firm

168 von Hemert Interiors

138 Lane Design Build

170 Sara Balough Designs

140 ras-a, inc.

172 Quatrine Furniture, Inc.

142 Custom Design & Construction

174 Lavish Gift + Home 176 Laurels Fine Furniture

THE BUILDERS 143 Tri/Sam Development Inc.

THE OUTSIDERS

146 KKC Fine Homes

178 JDS Outdoor Designs

148 LuAnn Development

180 Cutting Edge Landscape and Design, Inc.

150 Zigrang Construction Inc. 152 Archer Building Group

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MICHAEL LEE, AIA Michael Lee Architects, Inc.

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DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

Cahoon Residence – This 4,000-squarefoot, four-level home is a vacation getaway for its retired owners and their extended family. The house is designed for large gatherings and sleeps 16 people. During family visits the adults are constantly entertained by the procession of grandkids running back and forth from the six-bed bunk room in the basement to the pool and spa on the roof. A large kitchen, dining and living area on the third level opens to a deck and BBQ area with a spectacular view of the ocean and the volleyball courts at 22nd Street. The style of the home is modern, but coral-clad walls and cumeru wood ceilings warm up the vibe and bring on the beach.

DESCRIBE THE VERNACULAR OF YOUR PRACTICE.

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We are primarily a custom residential design firm. We specialize in private homes throughout the LA Basin and Southern California, with some of our newer projects in Temecula, Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Topanga and throughout the Hollywood Hills. Our belief in the basics of good design enables us to design successfully in a range of styles. We also do multi-family residential, small commercial and restaurant work, along with interior design and construction management. Design/build has been a very successful formula for us on numerous projects.

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY THAT CAPTIVATES YOU? Working in architecture is challenging, given the huge range of skills and responsibilities that an architect must take on. However, this is what makes being an architect so rewarding. An architect must solve problems in an aesthetic way, engineer projects costeffectively, guide them through the byzantine municipal approval processes, and then coordinate the construction and finishes of those projects. Having an understanding of all aspects of the design process and a deep appreciation for good architecture and all of its various components gives us great satisfaction.

WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THIS INDUSTRY? We look at every project with fresh eyes and as a chance to design a unique and exciting building that will enhance the lives of its inhabitants. We carry this enthusiasm forward through the design and construction process, and we work diligently to ensure our projects exceed our clients’ expectations.

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS? Our belief in good design and our understanding of what it takes to create lasting quality architecture.

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DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. Located in the hills of Palos Verdes Estates, this Craftsman-style influenced home has a one-story look from the front elevation but opens up to dramatic 270º views of the Queens Necklace and Catalina. This home was transformed from a nondescript, Spanish ranch house. Though a lot of the shell of the house remained, this should be considered an all but new home. With help from Elizabeth Reback for the interior design and craftsmanship of the builder, Chris Rice, what started as concepts and sketches became a reality.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FEATURES ABOUT THIS HOME? Working on large-scale remodels offers the opportunity to transform a space to the vision of the client by giving the home a facelift, or a complete transformation in this case. The original family room didn’t take full advantage of the views, and there was no organization to the layout. We vaulted the room and designed a disappearing wall made from a combination of windows and doors. The windows sit atop a wet bar so when the wall is opened, there is a fantastic indoor/outdoor space perfect for entertaining guests or just to take in the amazing views. The wall opens to a large, covered patio, which continues around to the kitchen and toward the side yard to create a wraparound porch that helps enhance the architecture.

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WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF YOUR COMPANY? In 2005, after collaborating at another firm, we decided to form our own practice. Our firm consists of two experienced, licensed architects. Both of us are involved in every project in some capacity from start to finish. We think this is the best way to maintain the integrity of the design. Having been in business for 10 years this summer, we feel we bring a timelessness of classic architecture to the people in the coastal areas of Southern California and hope to continue to do so for many years to come.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. We are a small, quality-focused design firm specializing in custom residential architecture, renovations and new construction. We provide detailed plans required for truly custom designs, whether with architecture, interior design or exterior hardscape features. This can be done in-house or preferably in conjunction with other design professionals.

WHAT DO YOU SEE ON THE HORIZON FOR THE SOUTH BAY? We think high-quality design and construction is going to continue to increase in this area. There is a lot of old housing stock on great lots in great neighborhoods that doesn’t meet the needs of the current South Bay lifestyle. Our success has been in translating these increasingly sophisticated tastes into the built environment. We think this trend will continue and even accelerate in the future.

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JOYCE FLOOD Joyce Flood + Associates AIA

505 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 4 Manhattan Beach 310-376-4797 | info@joycefloodarchitect.com joycefloodarchitect.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

This project is a custom-designed home for a family of five (including the dog). It was built by Rubicon Ventures. This is a threestory house on a through lot in the Sand Section of Manhattan Beach. The challenge of the project was to provide ample daylight to the main living areas, since the kitchen, dining area and family rooms are located on the middle level. I achieved this by centrally placing the stairwell with big windows, which provided natural light to the kitchen and dining areas. The open floor plan creates a feeling of space. The covered decks at the end are extensions of the living areas. The homeowners worked with a local interior designer to help with colors and furnishings that complemented the architecture.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. I started the firm in 1996. I have been practicing for 30 years. I work closely with clients and builders to provide the clients the right design that would fit their lifestyle.

HOW DO YOU KEEP CLIENTS HAPPY FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION? Maintaining constant communication and being flexible with my designs and explaining thoroughly all the options that are presented. I’m also around during construction to help clients with decisions.

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WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT WORKING ON HOMES IN THE BEACH CITIES? Each area is unique. There is always a design challenge to every project. I’m always coming up with different solutions, but in the end the nice beach weather becomes part of the design in creating outdoor spaces that are extensions of the interior living areas.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST BENEFIT YOUR CLIENTS GAIN FROM WORKING WITH YOU? Listening to what they want and creating a functional, livable space and giving them the house that suits their lifestyle.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY THAT CAPTIVATES YOU? There are so many creative people in the industry. There are endless design possibilities.

DESCRIBE YOUR CLIENTS. I’m lucky to have good clients who are fun to work with. There are clients that are on a tight budget … and those who have unlimited resources!

WHAT IS IT ABOUT YOUR WORK THAT YOU FIND MOST FULFILLING? Seeing my clients happy with the space I created for them and hearing that they are proud of their home.

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LISA WELCH Welch Design Studio, Inc.

Manhattan Beach | 310-318-6868 info@welchdesignstudio.net welchdesignstudio.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. Our clients had three main desires: (1) Make the home feel as spacious as possible. Upon entry you are greeted with a gracious, two-story space revealing how the home is organized. (2) Fill the home to the brim with natural light. The butterfly roof creatively solved this desire, as it lifts up where most roofs drop down, creating expansive spaces filled with abundant light. (3) Design it to be modernist and unique to Manhattan Beach. This was solved through many explorations of different forms, light studies, textures and colors. The result is a design the owners are very happy with.

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR CLIENTS HAPPY FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION?

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We interact differently with each client, depending on their specific needs, desires and wishes. As architects, we are asked to do three things: listen closely; prove you listened closely by creating unique design solutions responding to each individual client; and follow through. We stay involved with our clients until the very end—and many times much longer.

HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOUR FIRM FROM THE COMPETITION? Many architects have a signature look and they try to push their ideals and aesthetics onto their clients. We take a different approach. We love diversity and are just as satisfied designing a minimalist shrine for contemplation as we are designing a swanky

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pad for a jet-setting executive or a Craftsman cottage nestled amongst a grove of trees. The joy for us is collaborating with our clients to develop the perfect home for them, no matter what style it is. We thrive on ideas we receive from our clients. Additionally, we provide many services other firms may not provide. We design all the architectural interiors. We also design the landscape/ hardscape: pools, gazebos, gates, etc.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST BENEFIT YOUR CLIENTS GAIN FROM WORKING WITH YOU? From our very first meeting, we want our clients to feel that we are here for them. They are not just a number, and their project is not handed off to another team of people. When you hire WDS, you enter into an agreement to have an experience. It is our job to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.

ARE THE DETAILS IMPORTANT? Absolutely!! Our technical knowledge is second to none. Design is also about taking the grandest gesture and translating it into the minutest detail. How should a door sit within its wall and how is it detailed? How is a corner treated where two materials come together? How should a window, recessed in a thick stone clad wall, be properly flashed? How can storage be behind a door you can’t see? These questions translate to very important details—details that can make or break the design.

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TOMARO DESIGN GROUP, INC.

Manhattan Beach | 310-318-8089 | Tomaro@Tomaro.com | Tomaro.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

INTERIOR DESIGN BY NORMAN DESIGN GROUP.

This contemporary beach home was designed for an active family of five who originally lived directly next door but had the need for a home that better suited their lifestyle. The family requested a fluid design that would allow for entertaining and would also provide a private, intimate feel. Oriented to the west and south, the Lshaped home welcomes the ocean breeze and allows it to flow through the open floor plan in order to take advantage of the Southern California weather. Pocketing door systems allow for natural ventilation and, when opened, provide physical connections between multiple spaces. The program and organization were driven by the family’s lifestyle. The pool and yard provide a central gathering area for the family and their guests. It is surrounded by several large spaces designed for entertainment, and the result is an inviting home where lines blur between interior and exterior space. The programmatic organization changes on the second floor by providing a sense of intimacy along with views to the entertaining spaces below. All rooms utilize a light, natural material palette and clean lines to create a clean, minimalist aesthetic and to emphasize the natural light that spills through the home’s large openings. The simplicity and open layout combine to create the perfect home for a modern Southern California family.

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN THIS INDUSTRY? Tomaro Design Group has been on the forefront of design and construction in the South Bay for 25 years. Since our inception in 1991 we have specialized in all types of architecture, ranging from Mediterranean, traditional, warm contemporary and everything in between. As a design/build firm we offer our clients a full-service approach including architecture, interior and landscape design, and construction management services. This allows us to take the project from concept to completion. With more than 100 completed projects, we understand what works, what’s good and what lasts.

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR TOMARO DESIGN GROUP? We have two new large-scale commercial projects recently permitted and set to start construction in the coming months. One is a four-story medical center comprised of medical offices, small retail spaces and two levels of subterranean parking. The other project is a 15,000-square-foot office building that will be built by our Building Division. We are continually pushing the envelope in both architectural design and structural engineering, allowing us to create projects that are innovative and compelling.

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PATRICK CUNNINGHAM AND MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM C&C Partners Design Build Firm

1601 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 160, Hermosa Beach | 310-322-0803 Patrick@candcpartners.com | CandCPartners.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. To take advantage of its proximity to the ocean in South Redondo Beach, we designed this beautiful, four-story Spanish Colonial-style home to enjoy views of the water from the several balconies built along the back. With wonderful arches—referring to its traditional inspiration—running throughout the exterior and interior of this 6,200-square-foot house, it maximizes the lofty living spaces within. Several of those living spaces stand as a great testament to Spanish style, such as the open kitchen, with its spacious granite top island and wood floor breakfast nook, and the custom iron handrails and gates surrounding the main staircase and second floor enclaves. Even the custom movie theater room has a sumptuous air to it. Adding to this is the spacious rear yard loggia, complete with a precast stone fireplace. Also in the rear yard is a complete outdoor barbecue kitchen, adjacent to a seating area that features its own fire pit, which is perfect for entertaining family and friends on those warm South Bay days and nights. Throw in the large swimming pool and spa, and you are all set with an exquisitely custom-designed home that meets all of your Southern California living needs.

WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THIS HOUSE? C&C Partners president, Patrick Cunningham, was and has always been inspired by the

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works and designs of architect Addison Mizner. Mizner, who lived between 1872 and 1933, was an American resort architect whose Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial Revival style interpretations left an indelible stamp on South Florida, and in particular Boca Raton. His use of loggias, colonnades, arches, grand staircases and decorative ironwork can all be seen in this modern South Bay design by Patrick Cunningham.

HOW WAS YOUR VISION COMPLETED? The beauty of the way C&C Partners operates is in its inherent teamwork. The firm was started by Patrick Cunningham and his brother, Michael Cunningham, in 1987. Patrick leads a team on the design side of each project, and Michael then takes over on the construction side, working with an extremely talented and experienced group of building professionals. This makes for a virtually perfect handoff from design to completion of the project. All of this is achieved through C&C Partners’ innovative, 15-step design/build process. We pull together different team members who can add valuable input at various stages of the project. This results in a design that meets our clients’ needs and desires, as well as ensuring that it is extremely well-planned and cost-effective. This award-winning approach is another reason why C&C Partners continues to be the preferred design and construction firm in Los Angeles’ most established and exclusive neighborhoods—but especially in the South Bay.

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GARY LANE Lane Design Build

2212 Pacific Coast Hwy. Hermosa Beach 310-937-8081 Gary@lanedesignbuild.com lanedesignbuild.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

This stunning coastal plantation-style home sits on a sunny corner in Manhattan Beach’s Tree Section neighborhood. The owners of this 3,600-square-foot home are originally from the East Coast and wanted to blend coastal charm with traditional features and style. We accomplished this by taking full advantage of the frontage of the lot and incorporated traditional details such as shutters, white siding and even a gas light on the front porch. We tapered the exterior walls to create the look of a lighthouse that encloses the interior stairway. Features such as the brown metal roof and the retractable pocket doors that open to the rear patio give the home its coastal feel. We also designed a basement living area featuring a media room, extra bedroom and bathroom, which can double as a guest suite for visiting relatives. This project was not without its challenges. A large utility box was located on the front of the property, which impacted the aesthetic of the project. After months of negotiation, the box was successfully relocated and the project was underway. One of the many benefits of a design/ build firm such as ours is that we are involved from the beginning lot purchase to project completion. This allows us to advise, plan and problem-solve throughout the project.

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The owners are thrilled that their new home embodies their new California lifestyle while easily showcasing their antiques from the East Coast.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR OWN HOME. My wife and I decided to downsize from our large, Nantucket-style home when the kids went off to college. We found a fixer with a view in the Hollywood Riviera and decided to completely transform it. Our vision was to create a single-level home that reflects our casual, beachy lifestyle and our love of entertaining. With the retractable doors open almost year-round to the backyard, we are enjoying the best of what the South Bay has to offer.

WHAT’S NEW IN YOUR BUSINESS? Having been in the design and construction business for more than 30 years, we have added real estate services to our company. We have found that clients need assistance in finding and analyzing properties for either remodeling or new construction before they commit to purchase. Because we are builders, we also have access to many off-market homes before they are listed. Last month Lane Design Build teamed up with an interior design firm. With this added benefit, our clients can be assured that the final product is cohesive and harmonious.

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ROBERT SWEET ras-a, inc.

2507 W 190th St., Redondo Beach 310-937-1760 | ras-a.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

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Located on a long and narrow lot in Manhattan Beach, the solution is a long and slender building that is arranged around a courtyard. Carved out of the southern interior side of the lot, the courtyard becomes a large outdoor living space, which brings  sunlight into the core of the house and allows the interiors to spill outdoors. The original house on the site, built in 1927, was hand-demolished to the foundations. Its footprint and silhouette are recycled into the new design as a smooth, troweled, white, stucco box that contains the home’s public spaces. It is in sharp contrast to the dark, charred cedar that clads the private portions of the house. Bricks from an old patio on the property are repurposed into an outdoor fireplace and grill. The interiors have concrete flooring, maple stairs, walnut casework and ceilings of hemlock, which match the sauna. A passive solar design, consisting of operable windows and ventilating light wells arranged to take advantage of constant ocean breezes, keeps the house cool in the summer without the need for an A/C unit. A hydronic radiant floor system provides clean heat for the house, including the outdoor patio—allowing year-round use of the courtyard.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM. We are a boutique design/build studio. We believe in good design and getting our hands dirty. With a background in architecture, design and construction, our team is capable of taking our projects from

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conception through completion. Our objective is to create built environments for our clients that enhance their quality of living while leaving a positive impact on the community and nature. Each of our projects is provided a unique solution based on site, program, context and budget.

WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT WORKING ON HOMES IN THE BEACH CITIES? We love working on projects in the Beach Cities because it is the perfect setting to explore the relationship of light, space and a connection to the outdoors. Our climate allows us the opportunity to create buildings that truly blur the boundary between the inside and outside, which exemplifies California modern living.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE? Aside from being a modernist at heart, I try not to have any preconceived notions of style or a particular formal quality when I design—rather, I define a problem and then design a specific solution to that problem. The end product is a holistic result that relates to the project’s site (physical  constraints, existing structures, zoning, sunlight, etc.), the clients program and the context or locale of the project.

DESCRIBE YOUR CLIENTS. Our clients tend to have a common creative thread and share in our design approach. The design process really becomes a collaboration influenced by the uniqueness of each client.

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BILL SIMONE Custom Design & Construction

2001 E. Mariposa Avenue, El Segundo | 310-815-4815 info@VisitCustomDesign.com | VisitCustomDesign.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. The panoramic view of Catalina and the Pacific Ocean of this nearly 5,000-square-foot Rancho Palos Verdes home stole our clients’ hearts. Their main concern was that the view was obstructed by a segmented floor plan. Tasked with finding a way to open the floor plan while still maintaining the functions of the space, we created an open space while still allowing an intimate family setting. Our clients are now able to watch the sunset from their enviable kitchen daily.

HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOUR FIRM FROM THE COMPETITION?

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Custom Design & Construction’s founder, Bill Simone, is credited with originating the design/ build remodeling process in Southern California nearly 30 years ago. Our award-winning designs are created in-house, and our proprietary remodeling process, The Design2Completion™ System, eliminates finger-pointing typically associated with a remodeling project. This innovative methodology is completely unique

to our company and truly sets us apart from any others in the remodeling field.

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR CLIENTS HAPPY FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION? Our client satisfaction success comes from creating partnerships with our clients. Successful partnerships require open, honest and frequent communication. Perfected over almost 30 years and 500+ design/build remodeling projects, our Design2Completion™ System facilitates communication so that it is a priority within every partnership.

WHAT ARE THE GREATEST ADVANTAGES OF UTILIZING A TRUE DESIGN/BUILD FIRM? There is a tremendous advantage in working with one firm that is committed to creative design, has field experience and can think like a quality builder. Our team members have gone through formal training in their fields of specialty and have a clear understanding of how a remodeling project comes together.


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MATT & MARIA KROHA Tri/Sam Development Inc.

20710 Earl Street, Torrance 310-370-4999 trisamdev@gmail.com | trisamdev.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

The featured project is the elegant home of Kevin and Charlene Michel. It is a 10,000-square-foot, custom, Victorian-style home in El Segundo designed by architect Doug Leach and interior designed by Suzy Moore. This grand home consists of spacious rooms that flow beautifully from the first floor to the second floor with an elegant, two-story, black walnut, circular, free-floating staircase. The kitchen consists of alder cabinetry and black walnut flooring, marble counters and a coffered ceiling. There are beautiful details around every corner.

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR YOUR FIRM? We are currently building a 9,000-squarefoot, contemporary, ranch-style home in Rolling Hills with all copper doors and windows. We are also building a 4,000-squarefoot home right on the cliffs of Palos Verdes Estates. We are bidding a few custom homes and expect to have another busy year. Our son, Niko, is studying business and real estate and is interested in someday taking over Tri/Sam Development. He has a great opportunity to step into a company with a 25-year track record.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST EXCITING PROJECTS YOU’VE COMPLETED? I have been fortunate enough to be involved in constructing many types of projects. We have built numerous restaurants,

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banks, office buildings and townhomes, but custom homes have become my specialty. The largest home we have built from the ground up was in Holmby Hills. This 28,000-square-foot custom home consisted of a built-in, two-lane bowling alley, ballroom, theatre, sports court, complete outdoor entertaining area and a tram that connected the main house to the guest house.

WHAT AREA OF THE SOUTH BAY DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN? We specialize in all areas of the South Bay: Palos Verdes Estates, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and now El Segundo. It makes no difference where we break ground to build a new home. All cities are unique for us. There was a time in the ’80s and ’90s when all of my work consisted of building homes ranging from 8,000 to 28,000 square feet in Bellair and Holmby Hills. Now I am concentrating my work in the South Bay area and staying away from the 405 freeway, so I am not spending half my day in traffic but rather on the actual jobs.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY THAT CAPTIVATES YOU? I have been building all my life, coming from a family of custom home builders in New York. Each project presents a different problem that needs to be addressed—from the framing stages down to the last finish details. I feel very fortunate to work with highly talented architects, designers and subcontractors.

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KIM KOMICK KKC Fine Homes

3216 Manhattan Ave, Suite E, Hermosa Beach | 310-372-6027 | komick@yahoo.com | kkcfinehomes.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This Hermosa Avenue home is one of two side-by-side masterpieces started in 2012. With this amazing location one house off The Strand, this home features a full basement, two living floors and an amazing fourth floor, complete with bonus great room, full bath, wet bar and a large deck with a built-in lap pool and Jacuzzi—all with whitewater views from Palos Verdes to Malibu. This house is fully automated down to the fire features and switchable glass windows. We utilized 360º photography to film the home at framing and at completion. This allows us to look inside of any wall at any time in the future. Visit our website to get the full scoop.

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DETAIL ON YOUR PROJECTS? In the luxury home business it is the detail that sets you apart from the other builders. Detail starts with an understanding of the plans and specifications, but it really is in the execution. It takes years of experience to be able to execute the extraordinary details, and it takes a trained eye to see problems long before they show up. I have decades of homebuilding experience, and I have the best

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project managers in the business—as well as an in-house detailer and designer to help facilitate the projects. It also helps that we build locally. Being able to get to the job in five minutes to review things in a timely manner assures the details get done without holding up the job.

WHAT IS ON THE HORIZON FOR KKC FINE HOMES? It has been a busy year, but we are completing a contemporary custom home located at 201 3rd Street. We are very proud of the detailed mahogany craftsmanship inside and out. We also just finished a fun commercial project at 1141 Highland Avenue. This is a beautiful, European-inspired office building that will be open for business next month. We will have several new homes ready for occupancy this summer in both Manhattan and Hermosa Beach. We are also very excited to be starting a cutting-edge office building at 2101 Pacific Coast Highway that will be close to net zero in terms of energy consumption. This is a sleek and contemporary design by Studio 912, featuring a roof deck and roof garden along with cutting-edge solar panels. The view from this property is amazing, and we designed it to capture all the South Bay has to offer.

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LUANN FABIAN LuAnn Development

P.O. Box 1911, Redondo Beach 310-428-3578 lfabian@luanndev.com luanndev.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. One of my favorite homes to date for multiple reasons, this home designed by Douglas Leach and inspired by our clients’ travels has details that are quite unique to the South Bay. I think this home really exemplifies our strengths as a custom homebuilder. The original interior finishes were planned months in advance. After our clients came back from a trip to Hawaii, they decided to change everything they originally selected and traveled to Bali for many of their interior finishes. Solid teak doors, cabinetry, tile and sinks all were part of our new design. The scheduling challenges were handled with ease, and our flexibility working with a design change turned out a finished home that is truly client-inspired.

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to our clients about what is involved throughout the process, the happier they are along the way.

HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOUR FIRM FROM THE COMPETITION? In my opinion, while it may be important to distinguish yourself from the competition in this industry, it is not as necessary here in the South Bay. Our community is fortunate to have some of the finest homebuilders in Southern California. Choosing who builds your home is more of a personal choice of whom you feel you can work with side-byside to bring your dream home to reality. Having said that, I believe we are extremely approachable. We focus on what is important to our clients, and we build beautiful homes unique to each owner, with quality and comfort in mind.

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR CLIENTS HAPPY FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION?

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY THAT CAPTIVATES YOU?

We have some fundamental beliefs that we employ throughout the process that we believe are strong cornerstones in keeping our clients happy. Communication is key to happy clients—understanding their goals and truly hearing them. Recently a client shared with us, “We always feel that we are the only client you have.” That is a huge compliment! We strive for transparency in an industry that is not known for it. Information is power—so the more information we provide

Every day, every client, every home is different; there is no boredom when it comes to being a custom homebuilder. Regardless of how much pre-planning goes into building a custom home, our work is unique by the minute. We take something from paper and make it become someone’s home where they will make memories that will last a lifetime. We are beyond blessed and honored to build quality, high-end homes for our amazing clients in this gorgeous South Bay area. How can that not be CAPTIVATING?

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TIM ZIGRANG Zigrang Construction Inc.

2550 Via Tejon, Palos Verdes Estates 310-375-3626 | timzigrang@gmail.com zigrangcostruction.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

This is a stunning, contemporary home designed by Patrick Killen and tucked into a tight lot in Hermosa Beach. The home has three bedrooms, four baths, a media room, a “quiet” Zen outdoor space, a roof deck, glass staircases, twostory window walls and an observation “diving board deck” that cantilevers 32 feet out of the building. Floor areas are covered in terrazzo and tile. Multi-slide doors open wide to bring in the ocean breezes. The building ascends over five levels, from the alley below up to Manhattan Avenue. One of the biggest challenges was to excavate 40 feet and then construct this home without disturbing the 80-year-old homes that are on each side. Neither home moved an inch during the process.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. We primarily are a construction company, but we help clients create a team by recommending architects or designers who will fit well with the owners’ expectations. With a team approach, we can better manage costs, schedule and desires for our clients. We also have many of the needed trades in-house, so there is no need to wait for a subcontractor to have an opening in their schedule to get to our job.

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WHEN DID YOU START YOUR BUSINESS IN THE SOUTH BAY? I started my company in 1981 while a business student at USC. Doing small jobs through college helped pay for tuition. After school I worked in the private sector for a few years, but I always yearned to be working for myself doing something creative. In 1988 I started Zigrang Construction. Over the years as we grew, we took on more and more employees. Some of these people are still with us after all these years. We are proud that we have created an environment where our employees care as much as I do how our projects run and completed. We believe each project is special, and these buildings are going to be around for a long time with our name attached.

WHAT ARE SOME EXCITING PROJECTS YOU’VE COMPLETED? We have had the opportunity to work with some great architects and designers on many styles of architecture. The home at 145 Rocky Point Road in Palos Verdes Estates sits on the bluff above Lunada Bay and was built for a client from London. This home was featured in House & Garden magazine. We recently completed a project on The Strand in Hermosa for a TV executive from New York. This project had a very clean, traditional beach design and will be featured in Coastal Living magazine in late 2015.

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BEN ARCHER Archer Building Group

707 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Redondo Beach 310-602-1492 | info@archerbuilding.com archerbuilding.com

DESCRIBE YOUR FEATURED PROJECT This was a really exciting build. When we arrived on the job, this 5,000+-square-foot home had been completely stripped to its studs, and the owners were in litigation with their contractor. Frustrated and disillusioned with the entire process, they came to us after receiving a strong recommendation. We were thrilled to have the opportunity to completely change their experience. This custom home became their pride and joy, and we made clients and referral sources for life. Each aspect of this home has been and built for the specific needs and everyday use of the homeowners. We built a new, 600-square-foot addition on the second floor and remodeled every square inch of the home. It features six bedrooms, six bathrooms, formal offices, a workout room, media room, living room, family room, formal dining room and a gourmet kitchen. It has heated floors, a floor-to-ceiling marble master bathroom, built-in closets in every bedroom, vaulted ceilings and gorgeous finish woodwork throughout. It is truly a custom home. We also provided the homeowners with a new custom pool, hardscaping and landscaping in the front yard and backyard.

WHAT’S NEW IN YOUR BUSINESS? After working extensively in the Beach Cities, Archer Building Group is continuing

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to build its presence on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Through our experience with both major remodels and ground-up construction, we have developed a high level of comfort in collaborating with the four cities on the Peninsula. We have some really exciting projects currently under construction on the hill, each providing a unique and functional living space for our clients.

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR CLIENTS HAPPY FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION? At Archer Building Group, our goal is to make each and every client a relentless source of referrals. Client satisfaction is the only way to achieve that goal. This big picture approach permeates every aspect of our business. We provide quality workmanship with unparalleled communication. Above all else, we act with integrity. We are sticklers for detail not only in the field but also in the office. We keep detailed records of each aspect of the job and keep our clients up-to-date so they can make informed decisions throughout the construction process. We use technology, including our own Archer Building Group smartphone app, to give our clients instant access to all of the details of their project. From finish selections to schedule updates, we provide our clients with easy access to every aspect of their project at the touch of a button.

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CAROLINE BURKE Caroline Burke Designs and Associates, Inc.

1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 210 Manhattan Beach 310-546- 6862 | carolineburkedesigns.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This is a beautiful, French-inspired home located in the Hill Section of Manhattan Beach. Caroline Burke Designs was given the opportunity to design and decorate the interiors with a fresh, European flair. Each of the rooms has its own personality, and it’s hard to decide which room is a favorite! I love the greys and purples of the living room, yet the simple sophistication of black and white in the dining room is sensational. This home is absolutely beautiful. Don’t be surprised to see it in a national magazine soon!

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Caroline Burke Designs (CBD) is a fullservice interior design and decorating firm located in Manhattan Beach. We offer interior design packages for new builds, which includes all the drawings a builder requires to build out the interior spaces of a home as well as all the material, plumbing and appliance selections. We work hand-in-hand with the architects and builders. We also as offer interior decorating that includes the design and feel of a home, furnishings, fabrics, window treatments, area rugs, paint schemes, art and accessories. Quality is very important to me, so I am extremely familiar with the available furniture lines. We make all of our upholstery locally

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so I can control the quality and the design of each piece.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR OWN HOME. Five years ago I purchased a small, English cottage-style home on a double lot in Palos Verdes overlooking the ocean. It needed a lot of TLC. I gutted the house down to the studs, reworked the rooms and rebuilt the cottage with new everything. I wanted to keep the integrity of the home and the coziness. I spent a lot of time designing the gardens. I added a brook, pathways through the different levels of gardens, citrus trees and raised planters where I grow all my herbs and tomatoes. It’s an awesome space where I love to go at the end of every day.

WHAT BENEFITS DO YOUR CLIENTS GAIN FROM WORKING WITH YOU? My clients get a design family when they work with my team. Everyone on my team works hard and is extremely detail-oriented, efficient and organized. We care about our clients and take pride in the outcome of every client’s home. In order to project manage and design an interior of a home, I believe you must have a strong team behind you. It is always our goal to design a home that is a reflection of the client’s personality and lifestyle. It is our job to make the process enjoyable and interesting for clients. I love to educate so my clients get a little of that to!

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PHIL NORMAN Norman Design Group

23824 Hawthorne Blvd. Studio. 200, Torrance 310-378-1111 phil@normandesigngroup.com normandesigngroup.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

This project shows a different aesthetic than people might connect us with. We had an amazing connection with our client, allowing a collaboration of beautiful ideas to unravel. The clients entertain frequently and came to Norman Design Group desiring a kitchen that was chic but also efficient for their parties. The kitchen had to flow with the adjacent family room, work well with the catering team and also be great for a family to cook in.  We worked in collaboration with senior designer Elif Karacay to combine high-gloss, lacquered cabinets, a contrasting walnut island countertop, polished concrete flooring and a fantastic pop of tangerine. The entire kitchen was completely reworked, and a new space plan was created, making the kitchen sleek and also very functional. The family room was very fun to design because we created a mid-century look combined with all of today’s modern entertaining must-haves. Peeking over the bar area are incredible, vintage, black and white photos showcasing LA’s iconic landmarks by artist Julian Wasser. The white lacquer and walnut combination was brought into this space as well for continuity.  The serene master suite is finished with luxurious linens, Hickory Chair case goods, Phillip Jeffries wall coverings and A.Rudin upholstery. 

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WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THIS INDUSTRY? First, I offer a very approachable and uncomplicated process to what sometimes can be a very intimidating journey for our clients. Secondly, we hold all interior products and quality of work to a very high standard of knowledge.

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS? I make sure the bridge between architectural detailing and interior decoration is seamlessly integrated. Once we receive the architectural plans for a house, we draw all of the millwork and architectural details. We also select all finishes, stone work, tile and furnishings to complete a home with the final touches that flow nicely together.

WHAT FIRST SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN THIS INDUSTRY? A little unknown fact about me: I will sometimes joke that I was born and raised in the design capital of the world, Iowa! However, growing up in the Midwest had its benefits because it offered many weekend estate sales my mom would drag me to. She used to buy old armoires, dressers and side tables and refinish them in our garage to be placed in our home. I was fascinated at the before-and-after transformations she crafted and how they looked so different in our house when she was finished. The interior design industry offers so many creative transformations, and that is why I believe I am so passionate about my career. oursouthbay.com

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KATE LESTER Kate Lester Interiors

2212 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach 310-316-3167 info@katelesterinteriors.com katelesterinteriors.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This project is a gorgeous home in Palos Verdes with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. This home may have had good bones, but when our clients brought us onboard, they were ready for a big change! Working with their contractor, we completely redesigned the entire first floor to create a comprehensive new open floor plan and layout. This new space boasts a custom-designed kitchen, dining room and library that take advantage of the stunning views from the top of the hill. Staying true to our clients’ love of fine art and vintage rugs, we designed a home that gives a nod to the traditional—but in a more modern way with its slightly cleaner lines and transitional color palette. PHOTOGRAPHED BY SOUTH BAY IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHY (HEADSHOT)

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM. Kate Lester Interiors is a completely fullservice interior design firm. We specialize in custom home design and are involved in the design/build process from framing to furniture installation. Our architectural and construction knowledge enables us to work seamlessly with all trades and has helped create a brand that is synonymous with luxury, comfort and a direct reflection of every client.

WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF YOUR COMPANY, AND HOW DOES THAT INFLUENCE THE WAY YOU PRACTICE YOUR CRAFT? A man’s home is his castle, and it provides sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of

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the outside world. At KLI, we create spaces that become the backdrop to life’s experiences and give our clients a sense of livable luxury. Sharing my expertise, joy and passion for design is not only my career, it’s what I truly love to do.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN THIS INDUSTRY? Ten years ago, after leaving a job in finance, I started my journey in interior design. I began in the sample library of a celebrity design firm in Hollywood and worked my way to senior project manager. I opened Kate Lester Interiors in 2010 in Redondo Beach, and since then our work has been featured in Ocean Home, DailyCandy, Romantic Homes, Unique Homes, Career Contessa, Southbay HOME and many others. It’s been a wonderful journey so far, and last month we opened our new studio space in Hermosa Beach!

WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THIS INDUSTRY? As a graduate of USC Marshall School and Otis Design School, I have six years of schooling under my belt! My previous experience in the financial sector allows us to provide our clients detailed budgets, monthly status updates and project timeline spreadsheets for every job. It’s just another way to show our clients that we are staying on target and being good stewards of their money from concept to completion. oursouthbay.com

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NADIA ELGRABLY, ALLIED ASID Nadia Designs

1601 N. Sepulveda Blvd. #383, Manhattan Beach 310-892-1799 | nadia.tidg@gmail.com nadiadesigns.org

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This was a dream project filled with excitement, fun and adventures. My wonderful clients, who became cherished friends, wanted a comfortable beach home with sophisticated style and spaces to enjoy the view with seamless indoor/outdoor living. He wanted a wine room for his collection, and she needed a comfortable space to entertain family and friends and an art studio to paint in. Each of their three daughters worked with us to select materials and personalize their bedrooms. The clients also wanted to build with environmentally approved materials and practice, and technology was key. The home is controlled by Crestron. Solar panels generate power. Radiant floor heating is just one of the many features. This beach home was planned and built with attention to detail. We explored choices and options together.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM. For the past 20 years we have provided comprehensive interior design service—from planning through completion, budgeting, space planning, ordering and installation—managing all aspects of the project as needed. We work with a team of talented craftsman and specialists and specialize in new construction and remodels for residential and commercial clients.

WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER? We feature white-glove service from planning through completion. This includes all selections of materials, cabinets, flooring, appliances, lighting and all features, spacial

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planning, all home furnishings, art, draperies and accessories. I believe in the value of personalized customer service. A warm greeting, a handshake and eye contact go a long way with me.

WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THIS INDUSTRY? One of the many things clients have commented on is the transparency of our services. We are a fee-based company. Clients are able to purchase items and services at our cost. Our fee is tailored specific to each project. We do not tack on additional commission or percentage charges. Clients are able to quantify and budget. Also, listening and responding to our clients’ needs drives our business. Each client and project is unique. Our design style varies from traditional to contemporary. Comfort and luxury are integrated with the latest technology.

WHAT FIRST SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN THIS INDUSTRY? I was working for a RTW firm and had been promoted to store planning. I was thrilled and confident I could take on the challenge, but I had to ask, “Why me?” My VP explained that they felt my spacial planning skills, combined with my sense of fashion, fabric and color, made me the ideal choice. That is what motivated me to go to design school. I love the creative collaboration process—meeting and surpassing our clients’ objectives and expectations. We constantly search the marketplace for new, cutting-edge offerings. It’s amazing how much has evolved.

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KELLY SUTTON, ASID/LEED AP Kelly Sutton Design, LLC

Manhattan Beach 310-975-4088 kellysutton@kellysuttondesign.com kellysuttondesign.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. My client was a bachelor buying a second home in California. He purchased the Spanish modern home after it had been partially torn down and rebuilt. We started with a blank slate, and the project took eight months. The house was entirely white to start, so it had a completely different feel and we decided on a design concept, which we called “masculine safari.” I redesigned the fireplace with the gorgeous book-matched, black-and-white marble slab. We also used a lot of wallpaper to add texture not only to the walls but in some spaces to the ceilings as well. The wallpaper in the living room wraps up onto the ceiling, highlighting the beams and architectural details. There is a lot of mixing of styles, which infused an eclectic vibe in the “masculine safari” concept.

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We offer full-service interior design, design consulting and product design for high-end residential properties and boutique hospitality properties. I started the company 2½ years ago after working seven years for top international interior design firm Hirsch Bedner & Associates in Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITION? Being raised in South Louisiana, I have a unique quality and outlook on life. Many of my

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clients are now friends. I think a little southern hospitality goes a long way when you are working on a project that is very personal to a client.

HOW DO YOU KEEP CLIENTS HAPPY FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION? I really get to know my clients and their lifestyles. It’s their home, and that is sacred space. There is nothing better than seeing a client ecstatic about their project once it’s complete. To be a part of making a house into a home that will represent someone and become a place they can make memories is beyond rewarding.

WHAT ARE SOME SIGNATURE TOUCHES THAT MAKE YOUR FIRM STAND OUT FROM THE REST? I am known for mixing styles and finishes. I typically will bring in vintage pieces to the design to give extra character and depth to a project. Anyone can buy a set from a catalog. It is more about creating a unique and customized look.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST BENEFIT YOUR CLIENTS GAIN FROM WORKING WITH YOU? I am very hands-on and the service offered is very personalized. I am at the factory making sure something is being made correctly or at the job site monitoring installation. I pay very close attention to the design details and how they get executed because this is what makes or breaks a project.

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JAMIE RODDY EdenLA Furniture and Interiors

350 N. Sepulveda, Manhattan Beach 310-376-0033 edenLA@edenLA.com edenLA.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This Manhattan Beach home was really fun to co-create with the owners. She wanted lots of crystals and silver, and I was happy to oblige! A custom silver cowhide ottoman with Greek key designs, Murano glass chandeliers, an antique mirror and silverleaf coffee tables all mix with a subtly coastal feel. It’s beach glamour! Really great, easygoing clients (and incredible views too) made this project one of our favorites of last year.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM. Our firm offers full-scale interior design services, as well as smaller-scale requests for custom or ready-made furniture. Half of our business is servicing our design clients, and the other half is helping interior designers find and procure the furniture, lighting and accessories they need for their clients. Because we have more than 200 vendors for furnishings and the ability to make whatever we need here in Los Angeles County, we are never limited. Our clients, both interior designers and design clients, really benefit from that— whether they’re shopping on our extensive and growing e-commerce website or in person with us in the studio. We also have excellent logistics and quality control personnel to make sure our clients’ expectations are met and exceeded. Every time.

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want luxury touches ... a more glamorous update. We enjoy decorating in many different genres, but we seem to be doing a lot of glamour-chic these days. What we’re most excited about is a return to the traditional sense of decorating (think plush and comfortable with lots of attention to detail)—but with decidedly updated and contemporary fabrics and finishes.

DESCRIBE YOUR CLIENTS. Our clients are the world’s most wonderful people. They want and deserve dedicated attention to their unique desires and needs while creating interiors that WOW. They also enjoy life, are usually pretty happy and enjoy working with like-minded professionals. (Like us!) They are people who like to have fun while maintaining integrity, and we are very blessed to know so many of them.

WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF YOUR COMPANY, AND HOW DOES THAT INFLUENCE YOUR CRAFT? We operate in all areas of life with a level of integrity that flows into our business. I truly believe the reason for our success has been our ability to treat every situation with the utmost integrity to the clients’ needs. That’s why they become addicted to working with us. That, and we’re super fun.

WHAT’S NEW IN YOUR BUSINESS? Our new Manhattan Beach Studio! We are beyond excited to be headquartered in our own community. We’ll be better able to serve the entire South Bay.

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KONNI TANAKA Konni Tanaka Design Group

Redondo Beach | 310-265-3632 konni@konnitanaka.com | konnitanaka.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

This new construction combines traditional Spanish architecture with muted, contemporary colors and finishes. With spectacular ocean views, it is the ideal Mediterranean home for this family. The clients wanted spacious interiors to showcase their collection of contemporary art and art photography combined with warm traditional details. To achieve this seamless blend of styles, we used fabrics influenced by Moorish motifs for drapery and modern lighting with crystal teardrops. We gave traditional materials like Portuguese limestone a simplified treatment for the fireplace and topped one with a reclaimed wood mantel. Traditional and contemporary furniture pieces are mixed. I’m seeing more blended styles in our market, and this project shows how well a client’s personal, modern aesthetic can work in a Mediterranean-style home. PHOTOGRAPHED BY DAVID WILLIAM PHOTOGRAPHY

WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DETAIL ON YOUR PROJECTS? To achieve the clients’ unique requirements, we design solutions that harmonize with their environment. Sometimes that means reframing a wall, as in this home’s family room. The clients wanted four televisions built into a cabinet. Rather than simply put a cabinet on the wall, we re-envisioned the entire wall. We designed a curved fire

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place, created a bench under the window with a curved edge and added a curve above the cabinet so the wall became a sculptural element in the room.

WHAT ARE SOME SIGNATURE TOUCHES THAT MAKE YOUR FIRM STAND OUT FROM THE REST? We take our clients’ interpretation of beauty and then design the architectural details, built-ins and specialty finishes necessary to create unique, fabulous interiors. We want clients to not only love their new space but be inspired, so we weave their personal aspirations into the design. Economics is an important aspect of successful design. After the project is finished, I want the clients to feel thrilled about the investment they made and to cherish every aspect of their new home.

WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF YOUR COMPANY, AND HOW DOES THAT BENEFIT YOUR CLIENTS? Successful design should be empowering to the occupants and beautiful to everyone who enters the space. Design is a discovery process. Clients need to explore what they want and how they want to feel. They discover the materials, colors and forms that resonate deeply with them. Our aim is to guide this discovery and to deliver not only a fantastic design but a beautiful soulful environment in which to live.

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GREGORY TOWLE, KAMAREN HENSON-UHLS AND FLOYD ELWELL von Hemert Interiors

23649 Hawthorne Blvd. in Torrance | 310-373-0442 | info@vonhemertinteriors.com | vonhemertinteriors.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. We are featuring two very unique clients with distinctly different tastes. Our first client wanted unique pieces that represented a traditional je ne sais quoi that evokes understated elegance. Our second client embraced an urban-style-meets-upscale-menswear with inspirations coming from men’s cuff links and crocodile loafers. As these individual styles vary, so do our fabulous design projects!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM. In Los Angeles 95 years ago, founder Anna von Hemert established von Hemert Interiors and opened a small interior design boutique on what is now the famous Sunset Strip. She set the tone for three passionate generations to follow in her footsteps. We offer dozens of luxury furniture brands, provide interior design services and furnish beautiful interiors with a unique selection of top brand name furniture manufacturers, fine rugs, home accents and other design services such as window treatments, floor coverings, design consulting and more.

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We continue to educate our interior designers with training from manufacturers, field trips, seminars and trips to the furniture market.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY THAT CAPTIVATES YOU? There is never a dull moment in our industry. Furniture styles, color trends and fashion change yearly. This keeps our inventory fresh, our interior designers inspired and our company on our toes.

WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THIS INDUSTRY? Our clients love that they can purchase just about anything from our showroom floor and have it delivered by our company within days. There aren’t many upscale interior design firms of this caliber left that can offer all of these services under one roof. We are proud to say we do! 

ARE YOU OFFERING ANY SPECIAL CLIENT PROMOTIONS? It’s our 95th anniversary this year! Save up to 50% off everything at all locations to dress up your home.

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS?

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Our highly experienced staff of interior designers exceed the expectations of our clients by offering the best selection of top home furnishing brands and Italian Imports at a remarkable value. We provide complimentary interior design services with the purchase of furniture.

Our interior designers enjoy working with clients on individual rooms as well as turn-key projects. Getting to know their customers and how they aspire to live is the best part of the creative process. Many of these clients become close friends! oursouthbay.com

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SARA BALOUGH Sara Balough Designs

42 Misty Acres | Rolling Hills Estates | 310-251-1968 | sarabalough@gmail.com | sarabaloughdesigns.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This wonderful project is a designer’s dream. Not only is the home architecturally interesting with large airy spaces, soaring ceilings, great stone, beams and arched windows, but nearly every room looks out on a drop-dead view of Catalina and the ocean. On top of all that, the clients are enthusiastic and fun—viewing the project as a great adventure. They envisioned a place where children and grandchildren could happily move from the swimming pool to the movie theater, up to the playroom and down to play volleyball, while parents shoot billiards and oversee the fun. Emphasis is on easy casual living with a great sense of openness and a peaceful feeling of order. It’s a dream come true.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM. Sara Balough Designs is a small boutique firm only a few years old, although I have 25 years in the creative arts and almost 10 in design. I returned to UCLA in my 50s to refine my design education and made such wonderful contacts in the LA arts and design industry that since that time, I’ve not stopped once designing and dealing in fine art. I personally service my clients. I meet with them individually, and the relationship we build together is critical to the success of the project. I swear you can tell by looking when a project was tortured and angstridden. Life is too short, so just as clients

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look for a designer that feels right for them, I look for those special clients too. At the end of a project, my clients are my friends and I respect and appreciate them.

HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITION? One thing I do is host an annual art show. I bring original fine art to the South Bay and Beach Cities. I like to give my clients and the community I live and work in an opportunity to see good-quality, original art.

WHAT ARE SOME SIGNATURE TOUCHES THAT MAKE YOUR FIRM STAND OUT FROM THE REST? I never want to complete a project and have people say they can tell it is a “Sara Balough design.” My role is to stimulate, collaborate, provide great resources and contacts, guiding my clients toward a personal environment unlike anyone else’s home.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE? I love architecture—the more specific and well defined the better. We did boho chic in a Spanish revival bungalow; contemporary in The Terraces; bright patterns of turquoise, yellow and orange for a Quadrille-loving client by the ocean; a little mid-century with a wonderful, eclectic client in Rolling Hills. It is the diversity of styles that keeps it fresh and makes me excited.

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GINA QUATRINE Quatrine Furniture, Inc.

1117 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach 310-379-2045 manbeach@quatrine.com quatrine.com

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR CLIENTS HAPPY FROM CONCEPT TO COMPLETION? Quality and customer service. We have a fantastic return rate of clients as proof we are doing our job. We stay in touch with our clients after they receive delivery of their pieces to answer any questions they might have.

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. The project was for a Dallas client who wanted a comfortable and livable look for her beach home in Seaside, Florida. She had Quatrine Furniture for 12 years and raised her family on it. So when it was time to furnish her second home, she came to us to do everything to make it look like a relaxing summer home. She also rents out the home in the fall, so she wanted slipcovered furniture so it could be washed and stay new-looking after each client left her home.

WHEN DID YOU START YOUR BUSINESS IN THE SOUTH BAY? We opened our first store in Manhattan Beach 26 years ago, and we remain in that space today. Since then we have opened seven stores around the country. We hand-make every piece ordered out of those stores in our own manufacturing facility in Long Beach.

WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THIS INDUSTRY? We are one of the last hand-made furniture manufacturers. We make our furniture from the wood frame up and import nothing. We are sustainable and truly custom. Our fabrics for our slipcovers can be washed at home and do not shrink in your washer and dryer—we guarantee that!

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WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO DETAIL ON YOUR PROJECTS? Every order from a client is handwritten in detail. After that order is received by our manufacturing facility, it is sent to each department in detail. We have a dedicated quality control department that inspects every piece after it is complete and ready to ship. Someone from our executive staff looks over the piece as well, to ensure that our clients’ piece is perfect.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR SIGNATURE TOUCHES? Since we are completely custom, our clients can pick from more than 400 fabrics. They choose their seat and back cushion fills, spring system and size of the piece, plus the ribbon detailing, special welting and decorative skirts. Often we do custom button closures and custom wood stains for furniture legs. The sky is the limit!

WHAT BENEFITS DO CLIENTS GAIN FROM WORKING WITH YOUR FIRM? Our staff is very knowledgeable about furniture and the process of making furniture. We have a large database of every piece of furniture we have ever made in 26 years, so we can reference older orders for clients when they are ready to purchase new slipcovers.

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ALECIA CALDER & STACY CARLSON Lavish Gift + Home

507 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach | 310-379-5999 info@lavishgifthome.com | lavishgifthome.com

TELL US ABOUT YOUR STORE AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. At Lavish Gift + Home, we are passionate about the art of giving and beautiful things for the home. Lavish Gift + Home is a store for the quality- and style-conscious consumer. We have curated a remarkable collection of gift and home accessories that express individuality and style. As your personal gift and interior stylists, we put trending products at your fingertips and offer an array of design services to suit your individual needs.

WHEN DID YOU START YOUR BUSINESS IN THE SOUTH BAY?

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After 18 months of planning and developing the vision for our store, we opened in November 2014. As single mothers of young children, we wanted to get back in the work force and do something that we were both passionate about.

WHAT FIRST SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN THIS INDUSTRY? We both share a common passion for creativity, craftsmanship and attention to detail. While searching for the perfect gift for friends and family, we found there was a large gap in the market. Lavish Gift + Home was created in an effort to bring back the retail shopping experience.

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR LAVISH GIFT + HOME? We are launching our e-commerce site, where we will offer exclusively handpicked pieces of gift and home décor. Our focus

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will be gift bundles that feature our most popular selections—making gifting easy and at your fingertips.

ARE YOU OFFERING ANY SPECIAL CLIENT PROMOTIONS? We will extend 10% off your purchase if you mention this ad in Southbay magazine.

WHAT IS A VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS? Revising minor details of a room is the easiest way to give it an instant refresh.  We carefully select products for our store with that in mind. Adding a touch of color, texture or a pattern can transform a room. From styling a coffee table to updating pillows on your sofa, we are here to offer suggestions and help make your space beautiful. The same is true for gifting. Customers come into our store and ask for our assistance in choosing that perfect gift for that special someone. We focus heavily on pairing items of the same theme, color or function. It makes for a visually stunning presentation. 

TELL US ABOUT SOME OF THE EXCITING ITEMS YOU CARRY. We carry an array of accessories for the home with an emphasis on coastal décor, but we also carry items that blend with any décor. Our faux succulent and orchid arrangements add a pop of greenery and beauty to any room. We also offer custom arrangements. Bring us a favorite container or choose from one of ours and let us create that one-ofa-kind accessory for your space.

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Laurels Fine Furniture

2606 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance | 310-534-5800 | laurels2005@yahoo.com | laurelsfurniture.com

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. Serving the South Bay since 1998, Laurels Fine Furniture features more than 13,000 square feet of high-quality, unique furnishings ranging from traditional to modern at competitive prices. The owners’ European heritage and generations of experience in the furniture industry is reflected in the eclectic styles Laurels carries. We have a friendly and experienced staff of interior designers to help our clients find their distinct style and pull together designs customized for their spaces.

HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOUR FIRM FROM THE COMPETITION? Laurels is dedicated to providing extraordinary service and selection, and we are proud to offer luxurious looks for a fantastic value. We have more than 30 brand-name manufacturers represented in our showroom and are proud to be exclusive dealers in the South Bay for several of our brands. Our clients crave personal service, and that is how we set ourselves apart from our competition. We have in-house refinishers and our own white-glove delivery crew.

HOW DO YOU KEEP YOUR CLIENTS HAPPY FROM START TO FINISH? Because we are an independent, familyowned showroom, we have all the resources we need to keep our clients happy. “Can this be touched up prior to delivery?” Absolutely. “Can the delivery guys move my old dresser when you deliver my new one?” Of course!

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We accommodate our clients whenever we can, as we are not beholden to any corporate policy coming from an office hundreds of miles away. Our clients also love that we offer interest–free financing so they can get their whole project done at once instead of in phases.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST BENEFIT CLIENTS GAIN WORKING WITH YOU? Big savings! Not only in their wallets but in time and energy. Laurels is virtually one-stop shopping for interiors—floor to ceiling. In addition to fine furnishings, we carry broadloom, rugs, wall decor, bedding, accessories, and an incredible assortment of lamps—all at incredible prices. The fact that our interior design services are free is the icing on the cake.

WHAT INFLUENCES DO YOU DRAW ON IN THE DECORATION AND AESTHETICS OF A CLIENT’S HOME? The client’s personality and lifestyle are primary considerations when starting any design. Also the architectural style and location of the home are a big influence on the design direction of a project. While some clients want their homes to have a consistent style—be it Mediterranean, Cape Cod or modernist—other clients enjoy the juxtaposition of traditional décor inside a modern home, or modern furnishings in a classic Spanish-style home. It’s all about an eclectic mix of modern and classic so we don’t have a room that feels trendy or straight out of a catalog. We can sometimes design for a client just based on inspiration from their outfit! oursouthbay.com

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JEFF STIMPFIG & ANA STIMPFIG JDS Outdoor Designs

1023 4th Street in Hermosa Beach 310-880-5028 | jeff@jds-outdoordesigns.com jds-outdoordesigns.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. Our featured backyard transformation was located in the hills of Manhattan Beach near American Martyrs Church. Our clients, Peilin and Chris Pratt, were amazing to work with because they really understood the concept behind maximizing their outdoor space. Before we started the project, the yard consisted of an old falling tree, a large unhealthy lawn and a loose brick patio. Now it consists of multiple functioning rooms for entertaining with friends and family. The main focal point is a 15-foot-long glass tile and stone water feature adjacent to a large outdoor kitchen and bar, an outdoor fire pit lounge with a concrete couch, a large dining area with a pergola, and an outdoor TV and a kid-friendly synthetic lawn area with a water fountain.

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WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THIS INDUSTRY? We offer a unique blend of design disciplines consisting of landscape design, architecture, horticulture, textile design, fine art, illustration and computer graphics. Manhattan Beach native Jeff Stimpfig has been a naturally gifted artist from a young age and comes from a long line of amazing artists and designers. Over the last decade, Jeff merged his true design passions into the world of landscape design, architecture and construction. In 2010 Jeff met his wife-to-be, Ana, a native of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, who graduated with a degree in architecture and worked for top architecture firms in Rio. Now living in Hermosa Beach, Ana has joined forces with her husband and has found her true place in the world of design and architecture.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS?

JDS Outdoor Designs is an exterior design and construction company offering a full range of outdoor design/build services, ranging from complete hardscape makeovers to simple plant and irrigation installations, to rooftop deck and balcony transformations. In business in the South Bay since 2004, we specialize in designing and building outdoor escapes that connect the inside of our clients’ homes to the outside. Small or large, we listen closely to our client’s functional needs, and we implement their aesthetic taste and style into the overall project.

We have a strong passion for architecture, landscape design, construction, fabric design and horticulture. With that said, our biggest asset is our ability to visualize these exterior spaces, create them in digital format and build them into functional outdoor rooms. There are no surprises for JDS clients because we present them with multiple drawings, 3D renderings, CAD drawings, photographs, material ideas and from there we execute the plan in front of us. It’s important to know that we are a build company, but first and foremost we’re an outdoor design firm.

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MATT PREUSS Cutting Edge Landscape and Design, Inc.

2711 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach 310-406-2251 matt@thecuttingedgelandscape.com thecuttingedgelandscape.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. We specialize in creating outdoor living spaces for homeowners. This project was challenging because of the space and how the homeowner was going to use it. They wanted an outdoor kitchen/eating area but needed to make sure it was covered. They also wanted to have an outdoor fire pit area for evening cocktails with friends and family.

We have worked with a variety of general contractors, architects, real estate agents and many great homeowners. All of my projects have a unique element that make each one exciting in their own way. 

WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT WORKING ON HOMES IN THE BEACH CITIES?

HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOUR FIRM FROM THE COMPETITION?

The space is really limited, so a keen eye for design and space is important.

We pride ourselves on customer service. Each client has their own idea of what a perfect outdoor living area is to them. We take their vision and blend it with what will work for the space and setting. We start with our design work, which allows the homeowner a 3-D image of what their project will look like, even before a shovel is ever put in the ground! It’s a great new tool for the homeowner. This attention to detail and customer input is an important part of our design and build process.

WHAT SIGNATURE TOUCHES MAKE YOUR FIRM STAND OUT?

WHAT FIRST SPARKED YOUR INTEREST IN THIS INDUSTRY?

California native plantings (succulents, drought-tolerant plantings).

I went to college in landscape architecture to study residential design and build. I wanted to work for clients who wanted the very best for the home and lifestyle.

WHAT AREA OF THE SOUTH BAY DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN? Mostly the Beach Cities: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Playa Vista, Palos Verdes.

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WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST EXCITING PROJECTS YOU’VE COMPLETED?

Our design and build approach to a project is unique because we can change things literally while we are working in the yard. Also communication is the key; we listen to the wants and needs of clients. We design toward what is practical and also affordable. We like to provide the latest products in outdoor living. 

WHICH LANDSCAPING PRACTICES WORK BEST IN OUR CLIMATE?

HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN THIS INDUSTRY? I went to school at Ball State University in Indiana. I graduated with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 2002 and have been in the business since 2003. I moved to California when I graduated and wanted to be in business for myself by designing and building for homeowners in the South Bay.

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HOME FINAL OFFER

We asked five local real estate professionals … “IF YOU COULD BUY A HOME ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD OUTSIDE THE SOUTH BAY, WHERE WOULD IT BE?”

CHAD H. FAHLBUSCH NW REAL ESTATE BROKERS “Telluride, Colorado. The San Juan Mountains are the most beautiful mountain range in the world and would be out my back door. Telluride is very hard to get to, so it stays relatively less crowded than other ski areas. I could ski in the winter, ride mountain bikes all summer and have no traffic.”

PATTY SULLIVAN VISTA | SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE “If I were leaving the South Bay and purchasing a replacement property, it would be in Pebble Beach where there is plenty of golf, exquisite shoreline and astounding ocean views from so many vantage points–rather like the South Bay.”

LAUREN FORBES COLDWELL BANKER PREVIEWS INTERNATIONAL “If I could buy a home anywhere in the world outside the South Bay it would be a yacht with a captain— that way I could travel anywhere and bring my surfboard and anyone I want to travel with—and I wouldn’t get lost.”

JOHN CAPELLARO COLDWELL BANKER PREVIEWS INTERNATIONAL “Varenna, Italy on Lake Como. Although prone to tourists part of the year, this lakeside town boasts beautiful gardens, exquisite villas, small cafes, the finest food in the world—PERIOD—and the most beautiful vistas I have ever seen. It is the place most like Heaven on Earth for me. Got a spare $10 million or so? Why are you torturing us like this?”

DARIN DERENZIS VISTA | SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REAL ESTATE “I would have to say a home in the hills outside of Florence, Italy. It’s a perfect combination of open space, beautiful scenery, great food and wine, and easy access to one of the worlds great cities!”

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Home I 2015  

Homes are more than buildings, they are the confluence of design, spirit, and the human beings who bring them to life. Southbay HOME goes be...

Home I 2015  

Homes are more than buildings, they are the confluence of design, spirit, and the human beings who bring them to life. Southbay HOME goes be...