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CULTIVATED COLLECTING

A cutting-edge contemporary house sparkles with curated art and objects from around the globe.

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A COTTAGE WITH ÉCLAT The renovation of an original beach bungalow yields flair and confidence in this 1922 Redondo Beach Craftsman.

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FIESTA FORWARD A Rolling Hills interior designer hosts an alfresco spring luncheon with a Mexico-meetsCalifornia twist.

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RANCH GOALS Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and volleyball star Casey Jennings build their Western-inspired dream home.

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ORGANIC ORIGINAL A mid-century architectural masterpiece in Palos Verdes will be raffled in conjunction with a landmark exhibition.

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COASTAL COLLABORATION A couple reimagines their home in Manhattan Beach to fit their every need.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

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THIS & THAT

This issue is no exception. All of our featured homes cele-

78 ESSENTIALS Table Manners

brate the best of indoor and outdoor living. We’re especially excited to share the new ranch home of Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings and her husband, Casey Jennings, in Manhattan

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Beach. We also gathered some of the South Bay’s finest architects, including the highly respected Dean Nota, for a discussion on the state of residential development in the region. Be sure to check out our spread on the magnificent Anderson House in Palos Verdes—a mid-century marvel by Aaron G. Green, a protégée of Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s currently the grand prize of the Palos Verdes Art Center’s annual raffle. Fingers crossed! Enjoy!

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One Bench, Two Ways

brighter color palettes, garden and landscaping ideas, and plenty of alfresco inspiration.

Q&A Evolution & Legacy

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“I love art in general because I feel like it’s the

I try to make it work with the room, but that

MIX IT UP

one thing that can most set apart a space,”

consideration can be a close second. When in

I like a mix of original art and reproduction piec-

says vintage art expert Anna Hackathorn. “Art

doubt, go with something simple. There is no

es. And it’s more affordable that way. Some-

is such a great way to make a home personal

need to make a huge statement with a frame if

times I like things that are framed—or some are

and unique, and it’s the finishing touch that

you love the piece of art.

framed and some not framed—and use different

really pulls everything together. I love when it looks like it’s been collected over time.”

shapes and sizes so it’s not all perfect. MAKE IT COHESIVE There are so many great ways to do a gallery

ART SOURCES ANNA LOVES

FRAME OF MIND

wall. You can choose all watercolors, frames

Local flea markets including Pasadena City

I often find vintage paintings at flea markets

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College, Long Beach Antique Market, Rose

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try just finding another frame in the same size.

POWER IN NUMBERS

In most cases, a fresh white or off-white mat

As a general starting point, begin with about

makes a world of difference.

five pieces of art for the wall. I think that’s the

For more on Anna, visit artsandhomes.com.

minimum, and it doesn’t all have to be symmetCONSIDER COLOR & STYLE

rical. I don’t think there’s a maximum number

It’s a matter of personal taste. I usually try to

of pieces.

make a frame work with the art itself before

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A cutting-edge contemporary house sparkles with curated art and objects from around the globe.


WRITTEN BY SUZANNA CULLEN HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL


anhattan Beach Boulevard

has a spectacular new sustain-

able billboard that promotes green living and imbues beauty—an impossible feat for ungainly conventional billboards. Perched on the second and third floors of a stunning new home by Brent Coert of The (W)orkshop, the living wall— designed by Habitat Horticulture—wraps around two sides of the house with a sculptural design that marries the best of contemporary graphic design and colorful plants. “This is not just for this house; this is for the neighborhood,” says Brent, who worked with plans from architect Brett Buchmann. The archetypal green space is as much a painting as it is a natural element in this neighborhood void of gardens, and it hints at the true passion of the owners of this impressive house. Carole Wagner Vallianos and her husband, Peter, have been Manhattan Beach residents for 34 years. “After living in a traditional Spanish home in the Tree Section, we wanted to be able to walk to restaurants and shops in town,” says Carole. They considered many lots on which to build, but one day they stopped by the contemporary house to see the construction. “Since we’ve retired, we weren’t considering a modern home;

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however, it became more emotional for us

bor-UCLA Medical Center, but she remains

as we envisioned life in this cutting-edge

chair of the board of the Richstone Family

space,” says Carole.

Center. These milestone changes triggered

The two had extraordinary internation-

a desire to find a home that would accom-

al careers. After working as an attorney,

modate their new lifestyle yet provide space

Carole transitioned into a State Department

for their collection. “We collect what we like,

position that took her to many diverse and

and we’re more into collecting than decorat-

developing nations including Turkey, India,

ing,” says Carole.

Bosnia and Cypress. Peter’s work also took him on an inter-

Although all of the finishes were not installed when Carole and Peter first toured

national path, so both were constantly

the house, the extraordinary attention to

engaged in a global perspective politically,

detail and the high level of quality through-

fiscally and aesthetically. As a result, Carole

out all facets of the house was evident.

and Peter have amassed a large and diverse

The open floor plan included high ceilings,

art collection that represents the depth and

incredible light and stunning products in a

breadth of their travels.

modern, elegant space.

Carole has retired as CEO at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Har-

The remarkable staircase is intended to mimic folded paper as it floats through

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We weren’t considering a modern home; however, it became more emotional for us as we envisioned life in this cutting-edge space.�

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the three-story house. Poured concrete floors with radiant heat on the first floor are as practical as they are beautiful, while wide-plank French white oak floors with a custom stain grace the second and third floors. Furniture-grade cabinets are found throughout the house and are a distinct element in the refined kitchen. “Linear ceiling lights pierce the house and create a subtle but individual custom element,” says Brent, who envisioned the inventive detail. There are multiple outdoor living areas, and the third floor decks provide tremendous space and views. The front deck overlooks Manhattan Beach Boulevard and the pier, while the back deck has a floating wall and ceiling that create a “room.” Carole and Peter made only a few changes in the final finish selections and room uses. The huge slab of Carrara marble with the waterfall edge creates a kitchen island that floats in the room like a piece of sculpture. The classic wood-paneled library doubles as a media room when a large screen drops down over the expansive bookshelves.

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Brent and Peter worked to create a masterpiece statement with the living room fireplace. The white onyx is lit from within so that not only is the fire alight, but the onyx glows softly and it frames a see-through firebox that’s visible both indoors and out. Throughout all of the carefully considered spaces, Carole and Peter imbued each room with pieces from their collection for an eclectic and layered composition. Contemporary Native American Inuit sculptures mix seamlessly with the Oriental rug and grand piano in the living room, while Mies van der Rohe Barcelona chairs float in the family room near a large Warhol lithograph. “Lola” is a life-sized contemporary Parisian sculpture that stands near the traditional dining room table and chairs. Carole’s collection of copper pots fits perfectly in the sophisticated kitchen, while the family’s expansive collection of books is equal to the number of paintings and sculpture. In total, it’s a masterful contemporary house filled with treasures that spark the imagination and interest of both the owners and their guests. The expressive living wall visible to the neighborhood is merely an indication of the accomplished and urbane owners who reside in this polished and sophisticated home that typifies luxury in all its definitions. ¢


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AT H O M E W IT H …

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CEO AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE PALOS VERDES ART CENTER PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

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AT H O M E W IT H …

Where?

black lacquered dining table with some of

“mind-boggling admixture of the louche

Portuguese Bend neighborhood in Rancho

the well-known figures of the movement

and luxurious.”

Palos Verdes.

including Karen Karnes, Paulus Berensohn and M.C. Richards.

How long at this current home? Two years.

My collection of china (necessities for

If you could change one thing at your home, what would it be?

a dinner party) began in New Orleans

While I love the vintage tile bathroom, I

with an estate purchase of a service for

would love a modern shower.

Who else lives here?

12 of Spode India Tree. This has expand-

Just me.

ed to include other services from Royal

Neutrals or color for your

Crown Derby. These contrast nicely with a

preferred palette?

How would you describe the style

collection of dinnerware from Shearwater

I’m not a neutral kind of guy. Color, pat-

of your home?

Pottery in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

tern, texture is reflected in my collection

The Spanish Colonial Revival style Harden

Founded in 1928 by Peter Anderson

of textiles. Fortuny pillows and vintage

Gatehouse was designed by architect

through the present-day Shearwater

Kantha quilts adorn a daybed designed by

Gordon Kaufmann and built in 1929 by

Pottery has produced art pottery of excep-

Flemming Busk that functions as a sofa. An

Frank Vanderlip’s sister, Ruth, and her

tional quality.

antique Scottish paisley shawl contrasts

husband, Eddie Harden. It was to be the

But nothing tops an expanding collection

sharply with vintage Hawaiian barkcloth

entrance to a grand estate to be built on

of Sascha Brastoff Surf Ballet dinnerware.

draperies. A striking pre-1920s Navajo

Portuguese Point. The original landscape

This multi-talented dancer, performer, cos-

rug from the Ganado region is found in

design was by Frederick Law Olmsted. Errol

tume designer and artist became a leading

the kitchen, and vibrant midcentury rugs

Flynn was a frequent guest of the Hardens

ceramics designer in the 1950s from his

from Morocco are found in the bedrooms.

along with other film stars of the era.

West Los Angeles studio.

A traditional beaded Delaware bandolier

Did you employ any help with its

Minimalism or the more the merrier?

room. Two 1920s British Colonial pull-up

interior design?

The more the merrier, please!

chairs covered in 1960s silk chinoiserie add

bag of my own making hangs in the living

The eclectic interior design is my own. It

additional color and interest.

reflects my love of eccentric things.

“THE ECLECTIC INTERIOR DESIGN IS MY OWN. IT REFLECTS MY LOVE OF ECCENTRIC THINGS.”

A favorite room in the home?

Any special attachments to a piece of art

What will NEVER make it’s way into

The living room with fireplace and high

in the home?

your home?

vaulted ceiling that easily transforms into a

My favorite work of art is a painting by

La-Z-Boy recliners and big, puffy furniture!

dining room accommodating 15 guests.

Aaron Sheppard featuring a neon element.

So you like to entertain?

How about the furniture?

world, where?

I moved to California from New Orleans. I

I adore my midcentury German glass tiled

Havana, Cuba. The creative energy of this

had a magnificent 1850s pied-à-terre in the

mosaic coffee table with hairpin legs. It’s

city is palatable. I love the tropical climate

Black Pearl neighborhood in Uptown New

resting on an outstanding vintage angora

and lush gardens. Havana, “the Paris of

Orleans. My neighbor, artist and bon vivant

mohair Tulu rug from Turkey, a gift from

the Caribbean,” shimmers with unparal-

Tim Trapolin, entertained nightly with din-

the owners of Amadi Carpets in Beverly

leled beauty.

ner parties—often with live music.

Hills. The Tulu rug is visually luxurious and

If you could live anywhere else in the

active. I also love my vintage Paul Frankl

What keeps you living here?

ties given by my mentor Sylvia Gallagher

rattan bamboo furniture that creates

Situated on the bluffs overlooking the

in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was an artist

expanded seating in the living room. One

Pacific Ocean with an unobstructed view

who played an important role in the studio

other favorite is a 1960s bronze lamp

of spectacular sunrises and sunsets, this

pottery movement of the 1960s. I enjoyed

by James Mont, an East Coast design-

property and its ever-changing panorama

many dinners around her immense, round,

er whose work is characterized by a

keeps me spellbound. ¢

It was a wonderful reminder of the par-

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A COTTAGE WITH Éclat The renovation of an original beach bungalow yields flair and confidence in this 1922 Redondo Beach Craftsman. WRITTEN BY SUZANNA CULLEN HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL


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uthenticity is often aspired but rarely achieved. For South Bay real estate agent Alison Clay-Duboff and her husband, Ken, the renovation of their 1922 Craftsman is as genuine and original as its owners.

Alison’s zest for life is mirrored in the Ferrari-red quartz island

that anchors the kitchen, while Ken’s wry humor is cemented in the master bathroom’s glossy red plumbing pipe. Throughout their thoughtfully considered renovation, Alison and Ken relied on a shared past of being native Angelenos and inveterate international travelers as they crafted their home with both comfort and panache. Although Alison and Ken own the Redondo Beach home, the paramount residents are their Bouvier des Flandres dogs, Argus and I.V. The “Boos” bound for the original front door with the same exuberance as their owners, and their bold physique matches the strong design aesthetic shared by Alison and Ken. The house is now a spectacular renovation, but the path to the rehabilitation was not as straightforward. With children from previous marriages, Alison and Ken raised their blended family while living in a four-bedroom townhouse near the ocean. “As empty nesters, we had plenty of space and I didn’t see any reason to move,” says Ken. However, Alison’s verve won Ken over with the promise of “finally having a space that’s ours,” she says.

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Alison and Ken toured the original-condition Craftsman, but it was already under contract. “Additionally, a builder told us that it was riddled with problems and we should run for the hills,” says Ken. No longer considering remodeling, they headed to Italy for a conference. While abroad, Alison received a call that the contract had fallen through; however, she had to confirm the purchase within two weeks or it would put it on the open market. Alison was prepared for tough negotiations, but her energy and tenacity sealed the deal. “From 6,000 miles away, I arranged for the townhouse to be painted and the floors refinished, and I flew back to list it,” Alison says. She immediately sold the townhouse and met the two-week condition clause. The Craftsman had good bones with lots of natural light, but the quirky floorplan was changed to accommodate larger open living areas and additional space for the master suite. Installing new floors and using gallons of crisp, white paint on newly opened walls, the interior of the house soon felt clean and fresh. After quickly renovating one bathroom and bedroom, they moved into the house while the renovation continued. They kept the original fireplace constructed from long red bricks, since it’s both a focal point and a room divider that breaks up the deep, shotgun-style house. “We updated the hearth with a solid slab to give it a cleaner edge, but the fireplace is a piece of history we wanted to preserve,” says Alison.

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The living room is eclectic with inviting white linen upholstery framing a cowhide rug. A vintage French Bergere chair and antique side tables add patina to

The master bedroom is a cocoon of simplicity. The raised beam ceiling creates a barn-like effect, but the

Native American-inspired throw blankets.

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Original French doors lead into the intimate din-

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ripped them up and “let the dogs walk in wet cement

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T H I S & T H AT

ONE BENCH, TWO WAYS WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN

ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES

Los Angeles–based interior designer Kristi

GRAPHIC CHIC

Nelson, founder of KMNelson Design, LLC,

“By keeping the color scheme black and white,

mosa Beach, gumtreela.com. Sunbrella awning

creates two entirely different outdoor looks

it’s all about lines on lines on lines, which has

stripe indoor/outdoor pillow, $39.50; Pottery

using one bench. “They show the versatility

energy without being overwhelming,” says

Barn in Rolling Hills and Manhattan Beach,

of classic design,” says Kristi of the two patio

Kristi, who is busy working on a Cape Cod-style

potterybarn.com. Schooner pinstripe outdoor

designs she conceived. “I’m a classicist, so I love

residence in Palos Verdes Estates. “The whole

rug, $183, Cadiz stool in black-and-white zigzag,

showing people why certain designs and things

group will stand out in the best way in any

$299, and Addison stool in charcoal-and-white

stand the test of time. Classics can be worked

contemporary patio or garden setting.”

stripe, $499; Frontgate, frontgate.com.

into almost any situation and don’t have to be used as is. Painting this bench blue instead of

Lutyens three-seat bench, $795 and Elle

leaving it natural gives it a completely new—and

relaxing chair, $495; Teak Warehouse,

unsubdued—personality.”

teakwarehouse.com. Hamamlique organic

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cotton striped throw, $96; Gum Tree in Her-


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accents that play that up [including curvy

Vintage mud cloth pillows, $168 to $236, navy

“The Lutyens bench is inherently bohemian.

tables and shades of blue] make something

diamond indoor/outdoor rug, $149, and pale

Its signature scrolling seat back directly

that seems stiff and old-fashioned, cool

blue batik pouf by Filling Spaces Designs,

references his time in India, so it was natural

and different.”

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Lutyens three-seat bench (painted blue),

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$795, Blok concrete chess side table, $179;

and making a big blue statement was a fun

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color play. Painting the bench blue adds

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punch and takes it out of the norm. The

ish, from $859, Dawei stripe air blue outdoor

curves of the back are really beautiful and

pillow, $129; Frontgate, frontgate.com. Black

have a very bohemian vibe, so adding the

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Fiesta F O RWA R D When Rolling Hills–based interior designer Carol de Miranda hosts an alfresco spring luncheon—replete with colorful linens, pieces from her own personal pottery collection and meaningful family recipes—guests enjoy an afternoon with a Mexico-meets-California twist. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY


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hen it comes to designing innovative tablescapes for dinner parties and family gatherings, Rolling Hills–based interior designer Carol de Miranda (demirandadesign.com) leaves no detail untouched. For a recent alfres-

co luncheon hosted at her own home for close friends, neighbors and family, the Palos Verdes native and mother of two conceived a casual, California take on the traditional eggs-and-bacon brunch with a nod to rustic, Mexican décor and recipes from her mother, who lived in Spain during college. “Spring brunches can sometimes be predictable with lots of pastels, and I wanted to mix in some interesting elements to give it a twist,” says Carol of the vibrant table layered with rattan chargers; multi-colored, striped sarape-inspired linens; blue-and-white serving bowls from Mexico; and purple, green and blue-hued vintage decanters and modern vases. “I have always loved collecting hand-painted pottery, plates and bowls from Mexico, Spain and my travels. I also feel so fortunate to have been given many beautiful pieces for my collection from family and friends. I was inspired by the rich colors of the plates and pottery and love to mix vintage and new and make interesting vignettes. It doesn’t all have to match and be from the same place.”  Carol used a combination of family recipes including chile con queso and guacamole passed on from her mother, a former full-time Spanish teacher, and salads including couscous with feta, peas, tomatoes, olives and carrots, and broccoli with chicken, cayenne pepper and pine nuts. The University of the Pacific graduate who studied interior design at UCLA also offered guests a signature cocktail: a Paloma. For dessert, Carol served a fresh fruit tart. “I think it’s fun to incorporate your own personality and family recipes when you are entertaining—and make it personal,” says Carol, who also topped the wooden dining table from Restoration Hardware with dark pink peonies. “My mother studied in Spain, and we grew up with a lot of Spanish and Latin cuisine. Her guacamole and chile con queso are just

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Mom’s Guacamole Serves 8-10 8 avocados 2 tomatoes, diced 2 red onions, diced 1 whole bunch cilantro, chopped 4 tablespoons siracha hot sauce a squeeze of lime to taste salt to taste In a large bowl, mash avocadoes. Add tomatoes, onions and cilantro and mix all together. Add siracha hot sauce, a squeeze of lime and a pinch of salt (or desired amount) for taste. Transfer to serving bowl and serve. Note: If refrigerated, place avocado pit in mixture and cover. Placing the pit in the mixture prevents the avocado from turning brown.

Chile Con Queso 2 cans diced chiles 2 cans evaporated milk 1 cup flour 6 eggs 1 cup cheddar cheese 1 cup Monterey jack cheese 1 container salsa (mild or medium) In a 9”x13”x12” casserole pan or Pyrex dish, layer 1 can of chiles in bottom of pan. Sprinkle 1 cup cheddar and 1 cup Monterey jack on top of chiles. Repeat with a layer of chiles and a layer of cheeses. In a blender, blend evaporated milk, flour and eggs. Pour the mixture over the chiles and cheese evenly. Bake at 350º for 45 minutes or until completely cooked. Remove from oven and salsa over the top of the casserole. Place back in the oven for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for 20 minutes before serving. Can be served hot or cold.

Paloma cocktail 2 ounces blanco or reposado tequila ½ ounce lime juice grapefruit soda salt for rimming (optional) If desired, rim the glass with salt. Fill the glass with ice and add the tequila and lime juice. Top it off with grapefruit soda.

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“Spring brunches can sometimes be predictable with lots of pastels, and I wanted to mix in some interesting elements to give it a twist.”

two of my favorite recipes.” From creating a specific plan-ahead chart to using unexpected objects as vessels for flowers and combing local flea markets and thrift stores for design ideas, Carol offers the following expert tips, recipes and inspiration on how to recreate the look. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX “Flowers are always a great way to bring in color and life to entertaining. I enjoy thinking of different ways to display flowers and used my vintage collection of glass decanters. I love the 1950s blue and purple Jim Beam decanters. The colors play off the hand-painted pottery and plates and add a vintage feel.” MAKE IT PERSONAL “Incorporate something fun and interesting from your personal collection to create a theme for your event. Go to flea markets and thrift stores to collect vintage china, glassware and silver.” 

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CREATE A THEME “Tie in a fun signature drink to go with your cuisine to make a memorable experience for your guests.” CONSIDER THE TABLE LINENS “Get creative with linens. They do not have to match. Use different linens to add color and interest to your table. Think of alternative options other than napkin rings. You can collect things such as shells, beads or ribbon. I chose colored ribbon in varying bright shades to tie it all together.” PLAN AHEAD “Rather than doing everything last-minute, create a chart and do a little each day leading up to the party. That way you can add finishing touches as needed.” MIX IT UP “Mix and match. Don’t be afraid to mix old and new. I chose the new beaded glasses from Pier 1 Imports and mixed them with a modern, faceted vase I bought at Pavilions and my collection of vintage decanters. Vintage pieces always add a wealth of uniqueness and a bring a personal element to the décor.” ¢

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the season—often into December—and grow

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best in full sun in our cool, coastal climate.

We love this hybrid tea rose for the same reasons

The South Coast Botanic Garden follows

that it won the All-American Rose Selections

organic gardening practices and keeps their

honors in 1965. This is a classic, long-stemmed

roses healthy by building the soil with organic

red rose and is perfect for a bouquet. The bush-

fertilizers and mulch, and with annual pruning.

es grow to an impressive 6 to 8 feet tall, so you’ll

Here are their picks:

need room for this one.

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This grandiflora rose is a bright hot pink! This

Another strong performer in our garden, this

grows into a large, bushy rose with beautiful,

rose is a hybrid tea with the fragrance and large

huge flowers.

blooms of an old-fashioned rose. The large, pink

The South Coast Botanic Garden’s central

flowers on this rose remind us of peonies with

featured rose garden is currently undergo-

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ing a major renovation. Many of the strongest

When looking for a yellow rose, these two

performing roses in the South Bay area will be

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grow into rounded shrubs about 3 to 4 feet

This delicate, five-petal rose is the perfect land-

uled to reopen later this year. Tanya and Reiko

high and would be beautiful in a border

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compact shrubs that grow to about 3 feet tall,

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are covered in bright yellow, fragrant flowers

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All of these roses repeat-bloom throughout

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Ranch Goals Three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and volleyball star Casey Jennings build their Western-inspired dream home. WRITTEN BY ELIZA KRPOYAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY


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hree pairs of brown, pint-sized cowboy boots rest at the entrance of Casey Jennings and Kerri Walsh Jennings’ newly built Manhattan Beach home. The

boots belong to their two boys, Joey and Sundance, and their daughter, Scout. “I have some Western roots,” explains Casey, who was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. “My dad is a cowboy still to this day.” The Jennings’ two-story, five-bedroom home is adorned in a neutral palette. Throughout most of the house is a natural, wide-plank wood floor, which Kerri describes as being as warm as sunshine. The walls in the entry, hallways and office are accented with white wainscoting. In the kitchen, the white ceramic subway tile backsplash complements Caesarstone countertops. All the cabinets were custom-built 1¾ inches higher than normal to comfortably fit the couple’s height and the family’s lifestyle. Casey and Kerri prepurchased their home from builder Jim Obradovich, whose plans were to develop the house and sell it. When Casey asked if he could purchase the home in advance, Jim said, “Money talks.” “I liked him already,” admits Casey. They met to discuss building the spec home, and after getting to know each other, Jim crumpled up the blueprints and said, “Here’s the architect, here’s me, let’s sit

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“It’s all of these little things that add up to a feeling of a loved environment.”

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down. What do you guys want?” Among their list of must-haves was a large living space where the family can congregate for games, eating and watching movies. One of the greatest features of this property is the big backyard, where the family can play soccer, work out and, of course, play volleyball. “It’s important to have space in life—metaphorically and in reality,” says Kerri, who grew up on an acreage of land in Saratoga, California. “Now our kids have a place to go play and explore.” Another request was a Western-style fence in the front yard and on the balcony. Jim agreed to the customizations. “It was really nice of him to let us do that,” Casey says, “because I don’t think that was normal.” Jim’s wife, Karen, also helped pick out all of the tiles and surfaces. “We lucked out with good people,” Casey affirms. “Jim and Karen built the house so, so well,” adds Kerri. “They put in so much heart and integrity.” Once the foundation was complete, Casey and Kerri enlisted Suzanne Ascher of Waterleaf Interiors, who has lived in Manhattan Beach for 22 years. Suzanne and her right-hand on the project, Diana Richardson, went to work on planning every space of the home. Suzanne’s philosophy with this and every project is to understand the needs, wants and lifestyle of the clients. Her goal is to bring it to fruition in a format that makes aesthetic sense, while never compromising function. “I’m not interested in the latest trends,” she says. “I’m happiest if a project is timeless, never hinting its date of birth. There are many factors that come into play when working in a family’s home. I try to consider the present architecture, individuals’ wants, taste, lifestyle and any heirloom pieces the family may want to honor.” For the Jennings family home, Suzanne opted for a soft and durable color scheme including oatmeal linen and shades of grey, white and pale blue. “We infused more intense color and character with accessories that are easily interchangeable,” she says. In the master bedroom hangs a piece of art that spells “happiness” in jumbled letters—a Christmas gift from Casey to Kerri. Kerri surprised Casey with a heart embedded in the shower tile. “It’s all of these little things that add up to a feeling of a loved environment,” says Kerri. “There’s nothing more important than a family’s home and the love that’s inside it. The materials inside are just that—they’re materials—but they signify a lot. That’s the fun part of expressing personalities and a shared vision.” Suzanne’s design harmoniously brought together sentimental pieces with entirely new furniture. “The art that is Western or movieoriented reflects what we love—what we love together and what we

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love individually,” adds Kerri. “It’s our lifestyle hang-

is a silhouetted photo of Casey and two of his

ing on the walls, and it’s in every touch.”

brothers. “Every year I take a camping trip with my

Growing up, Casey spent his summers around

capture them in the middle of the desert. “Not ev-

had a ranch. Zion, Utah is also a special place for Ca-

eryone can make it all of the time. Three of us made

sey. It’s where his father would take him and his four

it on this last trip to Zion.”

older brothers camping. It’s also where the movie

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While collaborating on art, Casey was reminiscing

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was filmed.

on family photos from the camping trip. The shot of

This is one of Casey and Kerri’s favorite movies and

Casey and his brothers caught Suzanne’s eye. “I love

also why they chose the name Sundance for their

it! We’ve got to make this work,” she said. In agree-

son. Cool Hand Luke—an original poster of that film

ment, Kerri said, “Let’s blow it up!” Suzanne took the

and also another favorite of the couple’s—hangs in

photo to Manhattan Beach-based artist Jeff Carson.

the office.

The finished product of three men wearing cowboy

Among Kerri’s favorite pieces of art in the house

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brothers,” explains Casey, who set up his camera to

horses and cows in northern Nevada where his uncle

hats hangs to the right of the fireplace.


On the opposite side, an image of a horse’s face peering through her tousled mane complements Casey’s photo. “Both these pieces have a mysterious feeling to them. You don’t realize what you’re looking at until you look a little deeper,” says Suzanne. In reference to the home’s Western inspiration, Casey says, “It’s all connected. Though the seed was planted in me when I was a kid, it’s now Kerri and I and our kids.” Casey describes his favorite aspect of their home, saying, “It’s our roots, our careers, our children’s interests and all of our healthy lifestyles wrapped into one special place.” ¢

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Minimalism or the more the merrier?

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Both! I like everything to look clean and organized, but if it’s too sparse it feels too cold.

How long at this current home? Originally purchased the lot in 2006 when

Any special attachments to a piece of art in

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the home?

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A painting by Darren Waterston that my hus-

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art collection. It hangs in our dining room.

smaller! After 18 months of building with Dave

Valenzuela of Lane Design+Build, we moved

Neutrals or color for your preferred palette?

in November of 2016 … just in time to host

I would probably say neutral with pops of

Thanksgiving and Christmas!

color … lots of blue and grey accents. I really like having neutral walls and big pieces of fur-

Who else lives here?

niture so you can have fun with pillows, rugs

My husband and three sons.

and accessories.

How would you describe the style of

What should every home have and why?

your home?

A great dining room table. That’s the one place

I would say modern farmhouse with a mix of

where everyone can really come together.

traditional. But no rules apply. I like a little bit of everything.

What will NEVER make its way into your home?

Did you employ any help with its

Never say never!

interior design?

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What keeps you living there?

was amazing and understood my style instant-

A great street and amazing neighbors. Before

ly. She pushed me to have fun and spend mon-

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ey on cool details such as tile flooring, cabinet

could never leave.

details, barn door designs—but to be practical and indestructible for our busy household and

If you could change one thing at the home,

crazy sports/entertaining lifestyle.

what would it be? I’m still in the “honeymoon” phase, so

A favorite room in the home? I love every room because each is functional, but I especially love the living room because it

If you could live anywhere else in the world,

embodies everything we tried to do with the

where would it be?

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Nowhere else. South Redondo is perfect

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After centuries of Native Americans and

cottages of the late 1890s to the 1930s—they’re

concurrently creating an interesting linear

European settlers occupying Southern

very livable with a quality that says, “You’re on

downtown. Redondo is the most suburban

California, single-family homes comprise the

permanent vacation!”

of the Beach Cities, but things are evolving.

Beach Cities we know today. However, the

Manhattan Beach has changed significantly, so

massive influx of people in the 21st century

DN: Any structure that incorporates a unique

there aren’t many old-school pockets. The big

is causing planning boards, architects and

quality of form, space and ambience that

question for the Beach Cities can be summed

residents to consider the past and contemplate

reflects the functional, technical, social,

up by Ogden Nash: “Progress may have been

the future of this high-occupancy area.

environmental and aesthetic considerations of

all right once, but it went on too long.”

Noted South Bay architects Dean Nota, Doug

the place deserves preservation. DL: Manhattan Beach and Hermosa are

Leach, and Keith Johnson and Miles Pritzkat of Pritzkat & Johnson discuss the issues with

What is the proclivity of people toward

very similar in aesthetics, with a big influx of

Southbay HOME contributing writer Suzanna

historic preservation in the South Bay?

beach plantation and contemporary homes—

Cullen Hamilton.

particularly near the water. North Redondo still DN: Redondo Beach has the most aggressive

has a fair amount of Mediterranean.

Does the South Bay have an

approach to preservation, but there is an

architectural legacy?

absence of leadership in the other Beach Cities

How about in Palos Verdes? Will those larger

on this issue. In large part residents see their

parcels of land mean that some of those homes

Dean Nota: Several architects of distinction

properties as investments, and protection

will be renovated rather than torn down?

left marks on the South Bay, including John

often involves the limitation of property rights.

Blanton, Richard Neutra, Ray Kappe, Michael

So that carries financial consequences for

DL: Existing homes in P.V. that have

Rotondi and Pritzker Prize-winner Thom

property owners.

architectural merit are normally preserved and

Mayne. There is a lineage of modernism that is unique to Southern California.

renovated rather than torn down, but smaller DL: Real estate values have skyrocketed so

homes built in the ‘50s are likely to be torn

much that building costs are secondary to

down and replaced.

Pritzkat & Johnson: Early modernists such

land costs. Therefore clients are apt to tear

as R.M. Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright

down existing houses in order to achieve more

PJ: Some areas of P.V. have an art jury that

and Cliff May also created South Bay

modern amenities and styles.

reviews the plans prior to renovation, to ensure

houses that integrated lifestyle with the

strict design standards.

environment–a common thread that binds

PJ: While Redondo Beach has incentivized

their architectural legacy.

historic preservation, little is done to inform

DN: With the 2012 destruction of the Moore

owners about specifically what can and cannot

Residence designed by renowned mid-century

Doug Leach: South Bay architecture is

be done. As a result, it falls on the property

architect Lloyd Wright, my impression is that

constantly changing and a cyclical process.

owner to determine preservation.

there is little appreciation for preservation over real estate development economics in P.V.

Styles get overdone, and clients seek something fresh and new.

Is there an evolution of South Bay architecture

and elsewhere in the South Bay. Building code

since the second half of the 20th century?

inflation, zoning restrictions and real estate

Are there certain South Bay architectural

market conditions dictate that tearing down is DN: Until the 1980s little quality work was

the only logical approach in these economic

constructed in the South Bay, but there’s

situations. In the absence of any preservation

PJ: The natural light in the South Bay is

been steady improvement in both design and

process, it’s teardown time.

magical, so architecture that eliminates barriers

construction. Ray Kappe and John Blanton

between indoors and out is preferred. That

created terrific architecture, but Blanton’s

On the other end of the South Bay, will multi-

best work was destroyed in Manhattan Beach.

family housing increase in overcrowded

Michael Lee and Robert Sweet worked for me

Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach?

elements that should be preserved?

said, we have a special place for the simple beach

and now produce excellent projects. PJ: As long as developers can make money Do you identify different architectural styles

doing it, the trend is not going to change.

between the various Beach Cities? DL: Developers will always opt for the most PJ: Hermosa Beach has retained its “bohemian”

units possible given what the zoning allows.

Beach City past while DN: There is a crisis in housing affordability and sustainability, and the single-family, detached home is outmoded for a sustainable future. Regional planners, planning commissions and city councils must unite and guide.

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Speaking of affordability, are your clients considering other areas as a result of skyrocketing costs?

What emphasis is put on landscaping and outdoor

DN: Hermosa and Redondo are replacing

living?

rooms is critical to the overall home

Manhattan.

design, so we encourage our clients to hire DL: Outdoor living is a critical component,

landscape architects.

PJ: The increasing load of property tax payments

but occasionally the landscape suffers, as it’s

based on a purchase price means that a new

the last piece of construction, and sometimes

Do South Bay residents appreciate quality

homeowner could be paying exorbitant taxes

clients run out of money.

finishes and interiors as they relate to the comprehensive whole?

while an older neighbor pays the equivalent of an electric bill. As a result, younger people are

PJ: Utilizing exterior spaces and outdoor

taking on fixer-uppers and going smaller. Do you believe certain styles should be eliminated from the South Bay vernacular? DL: Various styles will come and go, but there has been a movement away from the Mediterranean style. DN: Good architecture transcends styles, so clients seek modern solutions that fit the lot proportions of the South Bay sites. PJ: There is always a demand for timeless architecture, but the chunky developerMediterranean has gone for good! On the flip side, what products or features do you think will stand the test of time? PJ: Houses designed with classic materials and quality construction that optimize the features of the site while also enhancing and nurturing the lifestyle of the inhabitants will endure. DN: Well-composed, minimal forms and spaces that capture a unique aspect of the site executed with timeless materials will endure. DL: An indoor-outdoor lifestyle permeates the South Bay, so features that give flow and ease to a residence will always be valuable architectural elements.

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“An indooroutdoor li fest yle permeates the South Bay, so features that give flow and ease to a residence will always be valuable architectural elements.”

— Doug Leach


DN: My clients understand the value of interior lighting, materials and furnishings, so I aspire to a collaborative

such as ceilings.

approach between architect, owner and design consultant.

PJ: South Bay owners like an open concept floor plan with maximized views. Providing

DL: Very few

PJ: Designers think from the inside out, so we

interior air quality is important, so air

request LEED certification, but

require our clients to have an interior designer

conditioning is now a frequent request.

solar panels are a frequent request.

so they end up with the best products.

Recent energy codes require an abundance I sense the move toward “green” building

of insulation–something many older homes

Regarding the use of space and features, what

in the community. Is LEED certification

are lacking.

aspects of a home are important to owners?

important to your South Bay clients?

DN: Home sites are limited in space, so the

DN: Everyone says they want sustainability,

open floor plan offers the illusion of space.

but few understand the commitment. High-

Subtle methods such as half-walls, level

maintenance mechanical and electrical

DL: Planning codes are different in each Beach

changes and ceiling height can define rooms,

equipment costs, as well as the complexity,

City, so pick an architect and contractor who

while quality craftsmanship, materials and

inhibit most from engaging. The greenest

have vast experience in that city.

space organization drive client priorities.

square foot that you build is the square foot

What’s the best advice could you give

that you don’t build. DL: Capitalizing on views is important to

someone moving to the South Bay?

PJ: Build on the best location you can afford, and understand the regulations of that city.

clients, so the open floor plan accommodates

PJ: There are increased costs with green

maximizing volume and views. We now

features, and LEED requires certification from

include air conditioning in every home to

a third party–something most clients don’t feel

address comfort, air quality and allergies,

the need for. However, they are interested in

while focusing on interesting interior details

solar panels and Tesla battery packs.

DN: Keep it simple and build what you need. ¢

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ong regarded for incredible ocean vistas, horse trails and a placid lifestyle, Palos Verdes is often overlooked for the rich mid-century architectural gems nestled among the hills. The opening of the Aaron G. Green and California Organic Architecture exhibit at the Palos Verdes Art Center (PVAC) profiles a renowned mid20th century architect while concurrently promoting the raffle of

one of his organic homes tucked into the cliffs of Palos Verdes. “Curated by Alan Hess, this is the fourth scholarly exhibition at the PVAC

and the first in Southern California on Green, and the PVAC shows bring national acclaim by reaching new audiences,” says Scott Andrews, communications director of the PVAC. “Organic architecture” is a term coined by Frank Lloyd Wright that describes his philosophy that “form and function are one.” Tenets of this philosophy include the idea that architecture should be environmentally integrated and evolve from the site while also having an interrelated composition in both interior and exterior design. As a result, building materials indigenous to the site area, lines that follow the geography and built-in furnishings are hallmarks of this design style. Aaron G. Green was an internationally renowned architect whose career began as an assistant to Frank Lloyd Wright and continued for more than 60 years while developing a portfolio that included residential, commercial, industrial, municipal, religious and urban designs. Green was born in Mississippi in 1917 and received his architecture degree from The Cooper Union—a most prestigious architecture and art school. After working for Wright as an apprentice in the Taliesin Fellowship, Green continued working with him for more than 20 years both as an employee and through their joint projects via Taliesin Associated Architects. Green maintained offices in both San Francisco and Los Angeles and

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designed his own projects separate from those with Wright. In 1959 he designed the Anderson Residence in Rancho Palos Verdes, and it remains a textbook example of organic architecture. With an emphasis on local materials and embodying a Japanese aesthetic, the house follows the lines of the rugged Palos Verdes cliffs. Remarkably, the house remains in pristine condition—both in terms of architecture and interior furnishings. Nationally renowned photographer Maynard Parker took photos of the Anderson Residence soon after its completion, and those photos now reside in the permanent collection of The Huntington Library. When the house was photographed in 2016 by Lance Gerber, it proved that very little has changed since the house was built and it’s been well-preserved. The sharply gabled roof is anchored by a massive stone fireplace, while exquisite redwood walls and cabinetry are constructed to furniture-grade standards. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows offer spectacular panoramic ocean views. The open floor plan flows throughout the interior and spills onto the pool terrace, where the area visually drops off into the ocean–a fluid creation designed long before today’s “infinity” pools. The elongated, pentagon-shaped pool subtly mimics the rooflines of each wing that frames it. The interior furnishings of the three-bedroom, two-bathroom home are minimal in number but maximal in luxury. Built-in sofas with a pair of striking Japanese gilt- and paint-decorated screens above each anchor the living room. The master bedroom cabinetry is of the same caliber as the kitchen furniture-grade cabinetry, and both are plentiful but not distracting from the views. Each room opens to the outside, so the flow of light and air is as fluid as the floorplan itself. “The emphasis is on the relationship between the inside and the outside and softening the border,” says Andrews. As part of annual fundraising, the Palos Verdes Art Center will raffle the Anderson Residence as the grand prize of the 2017 Palos Verdes Dream House Raffle. The sale of 77,000 raffle tickets permits the PVAC to expand educational and outreach programming while also providing architectural and artistic education through the interest generated about the house. “The exhibition and raffle are about the emphasis of scholarly work on important architecture—

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Collaboration A former Chicago–based couple seek design help and reimagine their home in Manhattan Beach to fit their every need. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY


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or former Chicago residents Mary and Brian Gaede, a move to warmer weather in a state like California was always on the wish list. “We kind of hit the wall on the Chicago weather,” says Mary, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, and managing

director for a middle-market finance firm. “We wanted the LA weather, but we didn’t want the LA scene.” But there was one slight problem. They didn’t know where to begin searching. So Mary looked to the one person she knew who lived in the area for advice and insight: her cousin, Erin Hedrick, founder of Erin Hedrick Design. “We’d never even been to Manhattan Beach and ended up looking at houses here mainly because Erin lived in Manhattan Beach and recommended it as family-friendly,” recalls Mary. “Besides Erin and a couple friends of friends, we truly knew no one here when we moved.” Using Erin’s recommendation for a Realtor, they flew out from Chicago one weekend to begin the house hunt. Yet the Gaedes didn’t anticipate placing a bid on a house the first weekend they visited the area. “We saw this house the first day we came out to look and fell in love with it,” recounts Mary of the 3,750-square-foot, three-story, four-bedroom home with a wink to Cape Codstyle architecture. “We especially loved the light in the house and the open feel with all of the windows and high ceilings. While we never expected to do so (and are not usually impulsive people), we signed the papers to buy our house on that visit. It was a scary time, but there’s definitely no looking back. We’re so happy to be here.” Although the house was large enough for the couple and their growing family (they now have three children), it didn’t exactly fit their design aesthetic. “When we first moved in, the entire house was painted the same cream color so there was not much ‘personality’ to the rooms,” explains Mary. “We lived with it like that for a few years, and we did little things over time like changing out light fixtures.” When it came time to enlist help from an interior designer, Mary once again called upon Erin, who had previously worked in the film and as a pastry chef. “Their house was really the biggest project I had ever done, and it jumpstarted my career,” says Erin, who helped reconceive the fresh, coastal-inspired home gradually, room-by-room, with new paint, wallpaper, refinished floors, artwork, accessories and fabrics. Erin continues, “It was a dream, and I feel very lucky that I was given the opportunity and that they trusted me. We have 24 cousins on that side of the family, and our friendship has definitely grown.” In the light-filled living room, Erin used some of the

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couple’s existing pieces from their home in Chicago, includ-

modern. She wanted to keep it coastal and keep every-

the fireplace. They reupholstered a chair from their former

thing kid-friendly, playful and sophisticated at the same

home with a custom fabric and added a touch of glam to

time. It’s bright and airy, and you feel good when you walk

the space with a pair of tall mercury glass hurrricanes by

in. It’s not cluttered, and everything has a purpose.”

Regina Andrew and a metallic suede and hemp area rug by Serena & Lily.

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are darker. Mary is kind of traditional, but she likes hints of

ing an all-white painting by artist Sally Ko that hangs above

Down the hall in the formal dining room (used primarily for special family gatherings and holidays), eye-popping

“Mary was really wanting it to flow and for all the color

hues of coral are juxtaposed with dark wood accents. A

in the house to be consistent and to blend,” says Erin. “For

framed, oversized sea fan serves as a focal point above

the walls, we deviated from this one grey shade of paint

the sideboard topped with a giant clamshell and planted

in varying strengths, so some rooms are lighter and some

with succulents.


The adjacent family room is the “main hub” of the house for family meals, playtime and relaxing. It features a cabinet by Oly Studio, a large sea urchin, a group of small prints by Driftwood Interiors in Australia, and an ikat-patterned “Adaline” hand-knotted rug by Serena & Lily. A built-in bench by Coastal Cabinets with pillows in a batik-inspired “Seya” design by Quadrille acts as storage for toys and games. “I’ve always loved fabrics, and I’m kind of obsessed with them,” adds Erin. “I just feel like pillows and the drapery complete the home. Definitely with pillows—that’s where I like to layer.” Upstairs, the resort-like master suite—admittedly one of Mary’s favorite rooms—is fashioned in soft grey, white, camel and navy tones, with a shell chandelier by Made Goods, a bed from Williams Sonoma Home, a rug by Madeline Weinrib, artwork by local artist Tricia Strickfaden and an overscale photograph of the Manhattan Beach Pier by local photographer Bo Bridges. Careful attention to detail was also carried through each of the children’s rooms, including whimsical, blue-and-white Pirate wallpaper by Little Choux and hand-painted artwork by Mary’s friend, Eva Linden. The backyard, now one of the top hangouts for basketball, entertaining, grilling and watching movies, needed a complete overhaul. “It was all concrete and had a small patch of grass, and it was not functional,” says Mary. “The kids always ended up with scraped knees. It was not very usable.” To help with the redesign, the Gaedes enlisted the expertise of landscape architect Rob Jones of Jones Landscapes and founder and lead architect Anthony Laney of Laney LA, Inc. “It was small, dark, damp and overgrown and didn’t feel like a spot you wanted to hang out in,” says Anthony, who spent months designing the outdoor oasis complete with AstroTurf; a basketball hoop; a built-in bench flanked by two planters; and a designated seating area with TimberTech wood composite, a modern fire table, trellis and grilling area with a Wolf barbecue grill and refrigerator. “The grass was dead, and the concrete slab isn’t the best for playing on. What’s so wonderful about the turf is it’s always green, and it doesn’t need to be watered. We used a synthetic infill that both holds down the turf and makes it feel dense.” Now the backyard, outfitted with Restoration Hardware’s Biscayne Luxe sofa and a pair of Ciel Lounge chairs for family dinners and get-togethers with friends, is the most popular “room” in the house. “When you walk back there, you think, ‘Where did the world go?’” says Anthony. “Our goal was to create a really comfortable space,” adds Mary of the final design. “Every inch of our house is used. I feel very blessed how it all worked out. I can’t imagine ever leaving.” ¢

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THE BUILDERS

130 MICHAEL LEE

150 ARCHER BUILDING

ARCHITECTS, INC. MICHAEL LEE

132 PRITZKAT & JOHNSON

ARCHITECTS

MILES PRITZKAT & KEITH JOHNSON

136 JOSEPH SPIERER

ARCHITECTS, INC. JOSEPH SPIERER

134 LANEY LA 138 KKC FINE HOMES KIM KOMICK

GROUP

BEN ARCHER & MELANIE ARCHER

152 ZIGRANG

CONSTRUCTION TIM ZIGRANG

154 SRL CONSTRUCTION STEVE LARKIN

156 RICHARD HAYNES

DEVELOPMENT RICHARD HAYNES

168 SARA BALOUGH

DESIGN/FREIGHTHOUSE SARA BALOUGH

170 ABOUT:SPACE, LLC 172 EDENLA INTERIORS JAMIE RODDY

THE OUTSIDERS

174 JDS OUTDOOR DESIGNS JEFF STIMPFIG & ANA STIMPFIG

176 ENVIROSCAPE LA MIKE GARCIA

THE DESIGNERS

158 KATE LESTER DESIGN/BUILD

140 C&C PARTNERS

PATRICK CUNNINGHAM & MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

142 RAS-A, INC. 144 CUSTOM DESIGN &

CONSTRUCTION

146 DENTON

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148 BCI DESIGNS +

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INTERIORS KATE LESTER

160 NORMAN DESIGN

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PHIL NORMAN

162 KCM INTERIORS KIMBERLY COLLETTI

164 WATERLEAF INTERIORS JILL JOHNSON & SUZANNE ASCHER

166 VON HEMERT

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THE ARCHITECTS

MICHAEL LEE ARCHITECTS, INC. MICHAEL LEE, AIA 2200 Highland Avenue Manhattan Beach 310-545-5771 info@mleearchitects.com mleearchitects.com

DESCRIBE THE PROJECT YOU FEATURED.

good architecture and all of its various compo-

James Residence: This 3,500-square-foot,

nents gives us great satisfaction.

single-family residence sits at the top of the historic sand dune that created the Manhattan Beach Sand Section. This prominent perch gives the house unusually dramatic views stretching from Palos Verdes to Santa Monica, and the fourlevel home is designed to maximize those views. The kitchen, dining and living rooms comprise the “great room” on the top floor, and the bedrooms and garage occupy the middle levels. In the basement, a “man cave” with a frameless glass wine cellar, a home theater and an outdoor spa complete the program. A wood-and-steel switchback stair connects the four levels around a floating fireplace and saltwater aquarium, and a skin of bleached Cumaru clads the building in beautiful wood. 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

DESCRIBE THE VERNACULAR OF YOUR PRACTICE. 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 being in Newport Beach and Santa Barbara County. 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. 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 assure that our projects exceed our clients’ expectations.

byzantine municipal approval processes, and then

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS?

coordinate the construction and finishes of those

Our belief in good design, and our under-

projects. Having an understanding of all aspects

standing of what it takes to create lasting

of the design process and a deep appreciation for

quality architecture.

projects cost-effectively, guide them through the

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THE ARCHITECTS

PRITZKAT & JOHNSON ARCHITECTS MILES PRITZKAT & KEITH JOHNSON 306 Vista del Mar, Suite A Redondo Beach 310-375-7700 info@pritzkatjohnson.com pritzkatjohnson.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

another contemporary project that just received

This contemporary design is located in the Up-

planning department approval from the city of

per Avenues of South Redondo Beach. Because

Palos Verdes Estates—another “expansive glass

it was a new construction, we could design the

with great views” type of project. We also have

home how the owners requested instead of

a project we are working on with developers in

working around existing conditions. Lots of light

Manhattan Beach that is under construction that

was essential, so large panes of glass were used

has a unique theme to the exterior … pictures

along with an open floor plan. The owner want-

will be in an upcoming issue of Southbay HOME

ed a lighter palette for the house, so we decided

and our website in the near future.

on stainless steel for the roof and the visible flashing along with a smooth, light stucco and natural anodized aluminum doors and windows. The house was built to entertain! There is a large roof deck with 360º views of the Pacific, Palos Verdes Peninsula and the snow-capped mountains.

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

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

best way to maintain the integrity of the design.

Pritzkat & Johnson Architects provides clients

this summer, we feel we have brought a timeless-

with a high level of design and technical exper-

ness of classic architecture to the people in the

tise. We believe each client deserves a unique

coastal areas of Southern California and hope to

design solution based on their specific needs.

continue to do so for many years to come.

With more than 40 years of architectural experience, we design distinctly creative yet functional spaces that are appropriate to the natural and built environment of Southern California.

Having been in business for more than 12 years

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY THAT CAPTIVATES YOU? When our clients decide to start the design process, it signals the beginning of one of the

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MORE INTERESTING PROJECTS YOU ARE WORKING ON?

most unique endeavors in the human experi-

A well-known architect, Cliff May, designed a

surroundings. Going on that journey with our

home in Rolling Hills that our clients recently

clients by designing and delivering distinguished

moved back into after an extensive remodel. We

homes that combine a high level of artistry and

kept true to the original design intent while mak-

functionality—no matter the style or scale—is a

ing it more functional for our clients. We have

truly gratifying experience.

ence: the shaping and customizing of your own

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THE ARCHITECTS

JOSEPH SPIERER ARCHITECTS, INC. JOSEPH SPIERER 707 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100 Redondo Beach 310-876-8761 joe@calarchitect.com calarchitect.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. Creativity, aethetics and efficiency were key in the design of this custom Redondo Beach home. Although the site was small, a great deal of thought and planning went into this design. The Cape Cod style feels right at home at the beach. Upstairs, four unique bedrooms and three bathrooms line the perimeter, maximizing light. The lowest bedroom ceiling is 11 feet tall, which helps create an open feel. By combining the kitchen, dining, family and play rooms, we have created a great room that spans the entire length of the home. With 12 large windows, it is bathed in light throughout the day. The details were given individual attention by general contractor Archer Building Group. HOW DOES BEING DETAIL-ORIENTED ENHANCE YOUR WORK? The details become the most important part of a design after the initial vision is established. We pride ourselves on consistently producing a well-detailed set of documents. If properly detailed, the contractors bidding the project will be able to base their pricing on the same scope, and the client can compare apples to apples. As a result, the selected contractor is much more likely to complete the project without an excess of the dreaded “change order.” The more detailed the plans, the more smoothly bidding and construction will go, and the better the design will turn out.

DO YOU HAVE A NO-FAIL FORMULA FOR ADDING A TOUCH OF “COZY” TO HOMES?   The current trend in homes is to have large, wide, open spaces. These spaces can be great for parties or large family gatherings. The downside is that if the space is too large and open, it can feel cold and cavernous. To remedy this, material choices can make the space feel homey and can help define separate functions. Varying ceiling heights and using wing walls and columns can also help create a sense of calm.   RE-THINKING OR BRAND NEW? Both are great! Designing within the constraints of an existing home results in interesting design challenges. Meeting these challenges takes creativity and an ability to rethink the space. Remodeling an existing house may be more cost-effective, especially if there are areas that need little renovation. On the other hand, ground-up construction has fewer restraints. The sky is the limit when it comes to style, function, massing and even location. Starting from nothing, we realize our clients’ dreams. WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS? The process we call Pre-Design, which occurs before the pencil even touches the paper. We encourage our clients to approach us during escrow or in the very early stages of project discussion. Pre-Design can save clients a great deal of time and money.

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THE ARCHITECTS

LANEY LA

13110 Hawthorne Blvd. #A, Hawthorne 310-870-7175 | yes@laney.la | laney.la

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This young family of five, like many residents

TELL US ABOUT YOUR EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS.

in Manhattan Beach, live in their dream home.

Anthony Laney graduated summa cum laude

Unfortunately, their backyard was a nightmare.

from the University of Southern California. He

It was dark, damp, overgrown and harkened to

won 17 commendations and received the Amer-

an era of oversized wicker furniture and cheap,

ican Institute of Architects Medal and Studio

flaky stone. Still, they had aspirations of cre-

Design Award upon graduation. He quickly

ating an inviting and attractive outdoor living

became a licensed architect in California and

space—a private family retreat. So they hired

Hawaii and received his NCARB certificate. In

Laney LA and Jones Landscapes to transform

addition to leading his studio, Anthony teaches

their space into something special.

The Architect’s Sketchbook at USC for graduate

Though the yard is small, it can now host a major party. Guests are drawn to the anchoring

and undergraduate students.

grey limestone pairs perfectly well with the grey

HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR CLIENTS’ NEEDS AND DESIRES?

wood trellis. The heart of the yard is an open fire

To truly understand the values of our clients, we

pit with a large stone border, ideal for plates and

take a three-pronged approach to the pre-de-

glasses. The limestone slab was cut from a single

sign process. First, we lead our clients through a

piece to avoid unsightly seams in the corners.

detailed lifestyle interview. Second, we leverage

outdoor kitchen, complete with a custom trellis as the backdrop. The palette is calm and refined;

We specified outdoor furniture from Resto-

hand-picked inspiration images to draw out

ration Hardware and styled the space with a

our client’s unique taste profile. And lastly, we

bright, textured aesthetic. We installed a special

always explore multiple design iterations, espe-

trainers turf, to allow the space to double as a

cially during the early stages of design. Our cli-

sports court for the children, who are already

ents find this process to be truly enjoyable. More

accomplished athletes.

importantly, this effort leads to a home that is

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

nuanced, thoughtful and deeply personal.

Laney LA aspires to create work that matters. We

WHAT ARE SOME HIGH-TECH TOUCHES YOU OFFER?

believe in championing the dreams of our South

All our projects can be reviewed in 3-D on our

Bay clients by creating spaces that celebrate their

clients’ iPhones and iPads, allowing them to

unique lifestyle. Laney LA is a boutique archi-

explore the nuances of different design options

tecture studio dedicated to bringing world-class

and have the most current versions at the tip of

design services to the families of the South Bay.

their fingers.

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THE BUILDERS

KKC FINE HOMES KIM KOMICK 3216 Manhattan Ave., Suite E, Hermosa Beach 310-372-6027 | tracy@kkcfinehomes.com | kkcfinehomes.com DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

Construction. I specialize in building luxury beach-

Located in the Sand Section, this project was

front homes in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa

designed as a collaboration with Jon Starr and

Beach. My father and his brothers started building

myself. Our vision was to create the ultimate beach

in the area in the 1950s under the direction of my

life experience. It features beautiful board-formed

grandmother. After graduating from college and

concrete walls inside and out, reclaimed wood

spending six years working for real estate devel-

inside and out along with brushed aluminum and

opers, I started my own construction company

Corten tiles. And as a bonus, this beautiful con-

in 1991. Since that time I have built more than 100

temporary home will require little exterior main-

homes in the neighborhood. I build both custom

tenance. Inside this home is all about the massive

homes for clients and for speculation. I have also

views. The reclaimed wood ceiling in the kitchen

built several commercial buildings in the city.

is the perfect contrast to the stark white cabinets.

My honesty and integrity have earned great

The whole house is a contrast of the rustic and the

respect in the community. In 2015 I was received

modern. The back deck has a full kitchen and the

into the hall of fame as a distinguished alumni of

only fireplace. Visit my website for some awesome drone video by Klein Creative Media. WHAT ARE YOUR FIRM’S AREAS

Mira Costa High School, receiving awards from the California legislator and the county of Los Angeles for alumni who have used their education

OF EXPERTISE?

and experiences to excel in their chosen profes-

I am an expert in coastal construction, primar-

sions and make positive contributions to society.

ily building homes in the Sand Section and walk

I have worked closely with city staff in shaping

streets. Most of these homes have basements and

the city and ensuring that it maintains its beach

three or four floors. Having grown up at the beach

lifestyle and identity while creating a modern and

and building homes for more than 20, years our

beautiful landscape.

specialty is sharing the beach lifestyle with our clients—creatively incorporating fun outdoor spaces, surf storage, showers, rooftop pools and outdoor entertainment in a stress-free environment.

HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE SIMPLICITY INTO YOUR WORK? There is nothing simple about simplicity. To make a contemporary home look simple and clean takes

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND.

hours of precision detailing and planning to offset

I am the sole owner and president of KKC Fine

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DESIGN/BUILD

C&C PARTNERS PATRICK CUNNINGHAM, AIA & MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM 1601 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite #160 Hermosa Beach 310-322-0803 patrick@candcpartners.com candcpartners.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This 6,400-square-foot, French country-style home was designed and built by the brother team of architect Patrick Cunningham and general contractor Michael Cunningham. Presenting an old-world stone façade with traditional arched roof dormers and a distinctive slate hip roof, this chateau-inspired residence exudes a rustic warmth throughout its expansive interior. A gothic-style arched

that is so important to our clients. Beyond the elevated level of service our team provides— as well as increased efficiency, the ability to focus different minds on the same problem and mutual support—they make it possible for us to concentrate solely on the design and construction of our clients’ homes. WHAT ARE YOUR FIRM’S AREAS OF EXPERTISE?

doorway opens into a high-ceilinged living

Architecture. Construction. Landscaping.

room, featuring a large precast stone hearth

Interior design. We are an all-inclusive design/

and a sweeping curved staircase with detailed

build firm, and our crew of specialists pro-

iron banister.

vides expertise in all aspects of planning and

The outsized country kitchen boasts a

construction. Committing to the creation of a

family-style island that stretches 18 feet and

custom home is a huge undertaking. Our clients

includes a custom-made, 4-foot stone

have peace of mind knowing that when they

farmhouse sink with three faucets. Exposed

have a question or concern about any part of

dark wood beams, finished concrete floors,

the process, they can make one phone call and

hand-made La Cornue range and authentic

it will be answered. We keep our eye on the big

wood-burning fireplace complete the room,

picture, guiding our clients through each stage

but a detour through the walk-in pantry

of development, while our team handles all the

transports you to the second “dirty” kitchen,

many details of custom residential construction.

perfect for use during large events. Additionally, the spacious 12,400-squarefoot lot cradles a large backyard containing a fire pit, built-in barbeque island with pergola, pool with family slide and spa, and a detached, 575-square-foot guesthouse.

WHAT IS YOUR #1 MUST-HAVE IN YOUR WORK? A structured process. We have developed a proven, team-oriented approach to custom home architecture and construction that has helped us deliver exceptional, one-of-a-kind homes, time and time again. Our 15-step de-

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS?

sign/build process is a seamless system that

Teamwork. We have a dedicated staff of ex-

takes our projects from concept to completion

ceptional individuals who are passionate about

with minimal complications, allowing us to de-

their jobs and about working together. Though

liver on time and on budget repeatedly. When

we are a medium-sized company, our system

we all work together as a unit, we can deliver

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something extraordinary that our clients can

operation while retaining the personal touch

enjoy for a lifetime.

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RAS-A, INC. 2507 W. 190th St., Redondo Beach 310-937-1760 ras-a.com DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

dirty. Having a multidisciplinary team of archi-

Located on a long and narrow lot in Manhattan

tects, designers and contractors, we are capable

Beach, the solution is a long and slender build-

of providing complete services—taking a project

ing that is arranged around a courtyard. Carved

from conception through construction.

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, a nondescript stucco box, was hand-demolished to the foundations and external framing. Its footprint and silhouette are recycled into the new design and finished in smooth troweled white stucco, which is in sharp contrast to the dark, charred cedar that clads

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.

old patio on the property are repurposed into

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE?

an outdoor fireplace and grill. The interiors have

Aside from being modernists at heart, we try

concrete flooring, maple stairs, walnut casework

not to have any preconceived notions of style

and ceilings of hemlock, which match the sauna.

or a particular formal quality when design-

the new portions of the house. Bricks from an

A passive solar design, consisting of operable

ing—rather, we define a problem and then

windows and ventilating light wells arranged

design a specific solution to that problem. The

to take advantage of constant ocean breezes,

end product is a holistic result that relates

keeps the house cool in the summer without the

to the project’s site (physical constraints,

need for an A/C unit. A hydronic radiant floor

existing structures, zoning, sunlight, etc.), the

system provides clean heat for the house, in-

client’s program and the context or locale of

cluding the outdoor patio—allowing year-round

the project.

use of the courtyard.

DESCRIBE YOUR CLIENTS.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

Our clients tend to have a common creative

We are a boutique design/build studio that

design process really becomes a collaboration

believes in good design and getting our hands

influenced by the uniqueness of each client.

thread and share in our design approach. The

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Custom Design & Construction with Bailey (dog) and Zoe (cat)

CUSTOM DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION

2001 E. Mariposa Avenue El Segundo 310-815-4815 Info@VisitCustomDesign.com VisitCustomDesign.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

nicely. The rest of the kitchen design fell into

Even though this project is a more traditional

place from there.

design style, its light, neutral color palette rep-

As the project started coming together and

resents the beach lifestyle of the South Bay. Our

our clients were able to visualize their dream,

relationship with this family started when they

they trusted us to add the adjacent bathroom

attended one of our complimentary educational

remodel as a finishing touch. In keeping with our

seminars to learn more about the design / build

light and warm palette, we selected ocean blue

approach to remodeling. They were looking

travertine for the floor and installed a comple-

to add on to their south Redondo home in a

mentary tile wainscot comprised of hand-made

manner that would allow for seamless transition

ceramic crackle tile accented with Lunada Bay

between their indoor and outdoor space.

Selenium Silk blend glass mosaic tile. However,

Our homeowners wanted something that felt light and warm, and they were looking to open up their floor plan. We wanted to design around the existing, beautiful, hand-painted cove molding but still give the home a completely new look. We started with the accordion doors, allowing their yard to be a picturesque backdrop. We used a composite decking material that gives you the feel of natural wood without the maintenance. The kitchen is the heart of the home to this family. They wanted a space that was elegant, warm and clean—a place to host Sunday barbecues. The island countertop is natural quartz

the piéce de résistance is the frameless shower enclosure with a wave-cut top. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. Custom Design & Construction’s design / build philosophy encompasses every aspect of a home remodeling project. We combine architecture, engineering, interior design, project management and financing into a coherent whole. Because we design what we build and build what we design, Custom Design & Construction delivers unsurpassed value—job after job, time after time.

and blue green quartzite with striking linear

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS?

striation. The leathered finish presents a unique

One of the largest differentiators between us and

texture while retaining the stone’s natural color.

the other design / build firms in the South Bay is

We selected a polished slab of Madre Perla—a

that we are able to offer in-house financing. Many

classic natural quartzite—for countertops. Not

of our clients have found this to be beneficial as

only are the colors complementary, but the

oftentimes it allows them to complete their entire

leather and polished textures play off each other

project at once instead of in phases.

called Corteccia Leather Slab—a lively cream

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DENTON DEVELOPMENTS | DENTON BUILD GROUP KEVIN LANG

562 Meyer Lane Redondo Beach 310-776-5939 kevin@dentondevelopments.com dentondevelopments.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

trust, providing timelines that strictly corre-

This home is one of a two-unit development

spond to payment schedules so our clients

in South Redondo Beach with views of the

can anticipate the next milestones in their

ocean, the Queen Palms of the Avenues and

home’s completion and always see the end

a view of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. These

in sight. Forming strong relationships with

reverse floor plan dwellings were consciously

architects, planning departments, engineers

designed and built to make the interiors feel

and subcontractors allows us to preemptive-

spacious yet intimate. It was important to lay

ly seek solutions to obstacles before they

out the rooms in a way that made moving

become problems. Building a custom home

around the home feel instinctive and relaxed,

is like buying a luxury car; you want to enjoy

which can sometimes be a challenge with

spending all that money instead of stressing

three levels.

out about it.

The goal of the finish selections was to blend the simple elegance of modern design with the coastal influence of the location. The polished gold kitchen finishes, walnut dovetailed drawer boxes and carefully curated tile selections established the detailed look, while the technology we installed completed

WHAT ARE YOUR FIRM’S AREAS OF EXPERTISE? We specialize in the complex. We bring a harmonious process to construction that is commanding and conclusive.

the sensory experience. Crestron systems

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO BUILD MY HOUSE?

throughout control shades, audio, lights,

This is our favorite question. If someone gives

alarms and security cameras. We are extreme-

you a concrete answer right away, be skepti-

ly pleased with how this build came together.

cal. There are a lot of variables in arriving at a

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. We are a full-service construction and real estate development firm. This company was established and has evolved from a love of materials, formation and invention. We are

price. The main components are lot location, architectural design and quality of finishes. Accurate and honest estimating is the most important thing in construction. The final price is why we do so much preparatory legwork before hand.

fascinated by new technology in the building

As an owner, you may consider having your

sector and are always interested in providing

contractor involved as early as your architect.

our client with the most up-to-date options.

A contractor will keep an eye on the budget

Most important are our clients. When we

and will be able to give you a running estimate

started out, we wanted to streamline the con-

of the construction timeline and let you know

struction process and make building a home

how minor architectural adjustments can drasti-

fun for our clients. We do that by establishing

cally affect budget and timeline.

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L to R: Frank Klutka, Malinee Bea Ettinger, Steva Nikolic, Shelley Hudson, Igor Micic, Sal Kaddorah, & Omar Al-Darraji

BCI DESIGNS + ASSOCIATES

312 S. Catalina Avenue, Suite A, Redondo Beach 310-902-2774 | Malinee@bcidesignsinc.com BCidesignsinc.com

This is our new “HOME”—our studio. When

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

we all decided to come together to form BCi

We offer a holistic approach to our clients.

Designs + Asssociates, we all agreed that we

When you walk through our doors you’ll find a

wanted to create a space that would showcase

designer, an engineer, a general contractor, a

our work and invite people into a world of pos-

project manager, subcontractors and an interior

sibilities and hopefully inspire people to unleash

designer all under one roof. We’re a real team,

their own imagination. The studio is an example

and there’s really no aspect of any job that can’t

of the process. This began with our imagination,

be done by our team.

was brought to life by the hands of our build team and was personalized by the people within

WHAT MAKES YOU AN EXPERT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?

the walls of the space. We feel that it’s a com-

Someone once told me, “Experts are expert at

plete and cohesive vision sprinkled by the ideas

telling you how things have been done—they are

that inspired it. It takes you outside the ordinary.

not experts in telling you how to do things dif-

HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE SIMPLICITY INTO YOUR WORK?

ferently than what’s been done in the past. That

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

really made me reflect on our roles as designers

Oftentimes people mistake simplicity for plain.

and builders. So we try not to be experts in what

I see it more as being natural. So when I’m

we do. Instead we listen to our clients, let them

designing, I try to implement things that look

tell us what their dreams, ideas and frustrations

and feel natural. The most beautiful and simple

are. From there we lend them our experience

colors, interactions and structure can be found

and insights so that together we can create the

in nature.

best possible home and spaces for our clients.

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS? A true collaboration from start to finish: design,

Between the team, we have more than 100 years of experience in the industry.

planning, engineering, building, all the way

WHAT’S YOUR #1 MUST-HAVE IN YOUR WORK?

through to finishes and furniture selection.

Balance.

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ARCHER BUILDING GROUP BEN ARCHER & MELANIE ARCHER 707 Torrance Blvd, Ste 100, Redondo Beach | 310-602-1492 ben@archerbuilding.com | archerbuilding.com TELL US ABOUT THE PROJECT.

the complex engineering makes it a very exciting

This Redondo Beach home remodel included an en-

and challenging build. We’re also finishing up a

tirely new kitchen, living room, dining area, outdoor

commercial tenant improvement in North Torrance

deck, patio, pool, waterfall and complete exterior

consisting of approximately 8,200 square feet of a

face-lift. Our client wanted an indoor/outdoor living

cosmetics office, warehouse, breakrooms and re-

space for their growing family, complete with stack-

strooms. This project has a cool, modern, industrial

able doors and a “spool”—a pool large enough to

feel, and we’re thrilled with the outcome. Another

accommodate a cannon ball with the features of a

project we’re working on is a Redondo Beach home

spa. We worked with Dannielle Albrecht Designs to

remodel that took the entire house down to the

create a peaceful and functional space. We love this

studs. It will be a beautiful home for a beautiful

final product!

family. We also are just finishing up two large home remodels on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. Stay tuned

DESCRIBE YOUR FIRM.

for photos in upcoming South Bay HOME issues!

We are a local, family-owned company based in Redondo Beach with a professional, experienced

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE QUALITY

crew of superintendents, project managers and

YOU OFFER CLIENTS?

assistants. We pride ourselves on excellent

Organization. Construction is a very complex

management of our subcontractors and trades-

process and requires forethought, organization

people to build the best product available. We

and endless multitasking. Our cloud-based system

really shine in new construction and large residen-

allows all of our employees, vendors and clients to

tial remodels where our communication, organiza-

access job information wherever they are. They can

tion and big-picture thinking has an opportunity

review schedules, documents and photos related

to take hold. We also handle mid-sized tenant

to their project immediately. Clients are constantly

improvements, particularly office spaces that

wowed by our high level of detail from the moment

recreate a homey feel.

they see our clear, detailed bid.

ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON

WHAT’S YOUR #1 MUST-HAVE IN YOUR WORK?

OTHER PROJECTS? One of our current projects is a new 4,600-squarefoot custom home in the Portuguese Bend area of Palos Verdes. This area was previously deemed “unbuildable” by the city due to the constant shifting and settling of the soil. The amount of concrete and steel we poured into the earth combined with

Without question, the Archer Building Team is our #1 must-have. When a client hires us, they hire not only Ben and Melanie, but they also hire our project managers, superintendents and our assistants. We are a team through and though; we pride ourselves on communicating with each other as much as we pride ourselves on our communication with clients.   SOUTHBAY HOME I 2017

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ZIGRANG CONSTRUCTION TIM ZIGRANG 2550 A Via Tejon Palos Verdes Estates 310-375-3626 timzigrang@gmail.com zigrangconstruction.com

The project is a total remodel of a mid-century

TELL US ABOUT SOME OTHER PROPERTIES YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON.

home that was built in 1960 and occupied by

We are very multidimensional. Today we were

the original owners until 2015. It also happens

working on a large home in Manhattan Beach

to be my own home. My wife and I were very

that is a traditional coastal home, a Spanish

excited to purchase this property, as there were

home near Torrance Beach, a Tuscan house

multiple offers. We assured the former owner we

overlooking Trump Golf Course and a modern

would get the great “bones” this home had but

home in Palos Verdes Estates. We have experi-

bring it into the future as far as design, comfort

ence in all type of architecture.

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

and efficiency. The house was stripped to the studs, the kitchen enlarged, rooms rearranged and all new finishes installed. A pool and other outdoor spaces were added to a once overgrown yard. The end result is what we call “Palm Springs glam!” It’s a fun space that makes you feel like you’re on vacation every time you come home.

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

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

Construction by myself. Over the years as we

We primarily are a construction company, but

Some of these employees have been with us for

we help clients create a team by recommending

more than 25 years.

architects or designers who will fit well with the

grew, we took on more and more employees.

We are proud that we have created an envi-

owners’ desires. With a team approach, we can

ronment where our employees care about how

better manage costs, schedule and desires for

projects are run and completed as much as I do.

our clients. We also have many of the needed

We believe each project is special, and these

trades in-house, so there is no need to wait for a

buildings are going to be around for a long time

subcontractor to have an opening in their sched-

with my name attached.

ule to get to our job.

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SRL CONSTRUCTION STEVE LARKIN

643 Cypress Ave., Hermosa Beach 310-505-6541 | info@SRL-construction.com | srl-construction.com DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

The backyard is accessible from the entire east

Behind the private gates of Rolling Hills, Sad-

side of the house, no matter which room or area

dleback is a contemporary take on the ranch

you are in. There is a grassy yard for their dogs,

house. The design of the home echoes the

a bright blue pool with stunning views, horse

owners’ Brazilian roots and modern aesthetic.

stables and corral area. The owners took advan-

Located on over an acre of land with panoramic

tage of the detached guest quarters above the

ocean views from Malibu to the Port of Los An-

stables by making it into a home office.

geles, this home is stunning. Upon entering the home you feel the warmth of the sunlight coming through the Hope’s steel sliding door system. The living area has mahogany tongue-and-groove high ceilings, and you are naturally led to the patio, backyard and pool. The transition from the wide plank white French oak floors to the exterior California limestone is perfection for the open concept of this home. Equipped with two kitchens—a modern

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. We are a full-service general contractor providing turnkey operations. A South Bay resident since 1971, owner Steve Larkin has great insight into the unique and modern beach lifestyle that is sought after here. Steve has a genuine connection with each client and project. His attention to detail, work ethic and relationship with other trades is unparalleled.

art. The sleek, modern kitchen is equipped

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS?

with an Island wrapped in quartzite slab with

Steve’s insight after 20 years in the industry is

a custom wood bar accent. The stainless-steel

the most valuable service we offer. Working

appliances and natural stone floors complete

in the Beach Cities typically confines one to a

the modern vision. The Brazilian kitchen is

limited footprint. The current trend of an open

American and a Brazilian—both are pieces of

equipped with a French La Cornue range and

floor plan in the modern home increases the dif-

pizza oven. The tile floor is a fun mosaic pattern

ficulty of the build by the beach. There are ever

breathing life into this contemporary take on a

increasing structural requirements, new energy

traditional Brazilian cozinha.

codes and other nuances that are simplified by

Down the floating staircase, the basement level is dedicated to entertaining with a wine

having Steve as your general contractor. His approach is hands-on, proactive and he always

cellar, bar, home theatre, gym, attached spa with

finds creative solutions that lead to a more ef-

soaking tub, dry sauna and treatment room.

ficient, high-quality build.

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RICHARD HAYNES DEVELOPMENT RICHARD HAYNES 2615 Pacific Coast Hwy., Suite 100 Hermosa Beach 310-379-1724 rhaynes@elwoodcapital.com ElwoodCapital.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR OWN HOME!

This contemporary home project was a 2,000-

I do not own a home! Since I am a full-time real

square-foot Manhattan Beach beauty. Our main

estate investor, I analyze everything in numbers.

focus was to showcase the stunning views of the

Turns out, the cost-benefit analysis says it is better

Pacific Ocean and iconic Manhattan Beach pier.

to be a renter in the South Bay and own income

The home is meant to be an escape allowing the

property throughout Los Angeles. So I am a

homeowner to really connect with the beach and

tenant paying rent in Hermosa Beach, and I am

quaint downtown Manhattan Beach, offering a

a landlord who owns income property in Los

seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The 25 feet

Angeles and the South Bay.

of bi-fold doors and glass-filled top floor are the highlights of the home. It is really unlike anything

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST?

else in the heart of Downtown MB.

By no means am I an artist, but the description given to poker’s no-limit Texas Hold’em being

WHAT STORY DOES THIS SPACE TELL?

an art and a science really resonates with me

This home was built to park your car on a Friday

(players need to know the numbers/odds

afternoon and throw away the keys. The location

along with reading their opponents). My job

and home truly embraces the South Bay lifestyle

is to constantly judge the artistry of a home

of walking to the beach, restaurants and enter-

in the form of costs to deliver the highest

tainment. You have everything you need within

possible returns to our investors in the form of

a 10-minute walk, being in the heart of the city’s Sand Section. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. Our services allow for local South Bay investors to diversify their portfolios into real estate development—more specifically, real estate in their own

resale value and managed expenses. TELL US ABOUT SOME OTHER PROPERTIES YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON. Town homes in the Manhattan Beach Sand Section and a new day care center in South Los Angeles.

backyard that is familiar and an investment they

VINTAGE OR BRAND NEW?

can easily understand. As we earn their trust

Vintage. You just can’t recreate timeless homes

here in the South Bay, it allows us to take them

with charm.

to locations all over Los Angeles to earn the best risk-adjusted returns during each real estate cycle.

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KATE LESTER INTERIORS KATE LESTER   2212 Pacific Coast Hwy.  Hermosa Beach  310-316-3167  info@katelesterinteriors.com  katelesterinteriors.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This project is a Mediterranean-style home in Manhattan Beach. It was custom-built more than 15 years ago, so the finishes felt dark and a little dated. We knew we needed to give the home a more current and fresh California Spanish feel throughout. The end result was a “Spanifornia” look showcasing bright walls, lighter wood finishes and pops of color via curated vintage textiles and rugs. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM. Kate Lester Interiors is a completely full-service 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. HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN THE DESIGN INDUSTRY?  Twelve years ago, after leaving a job in finance, I started my journey in interior design. I branched out on my own and opened Kate Lester Interiors in 2010 in Redondo Beach, and have had projects featured in Ocean Home, DailyCandy, Romantic Homes, Unique Homes, Kitchens & Baths, Southbay HOME and many others.

challenging) things about creating spaces in the Beach Cities is that people really want a home they can LIVE in. They want a home that is luxurious and unique but also want materials, fabrics and furniture that will enable them to enjoy an active, coastal lifestyle with their families and pets. At KLI we provide our clients with “livable luxury,” and oftentimes this means our gorgeous designs holding up to sand, sun and lots of family entertaining indoors and out! HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITION? We believe that spaces can be functional and luxurious. We strive to put our clients first. We answer the phone, return emails and visit the job site. We practice fiscal responsibility and stay true to our budgeting. By doing this, we build trust. We are good stewards of time and money throughout the design/build process. Most importantly, we work hard to create a lasting, positive experience for our clients and a home they will enjoy for years to come. WHAT’S NEXT FOR KATE LESTER INTERIORS?   Brick-and-mortar. This summer we will introduce our retail brand, Kate Lester Home, as well opening our first store in Hermosa Beach. The store will be filled with curated finds and bespoke items, as well as the Kate Lester Home line of furniture, pillows, rugs, art and acces-

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

sories. Check our website and social media for

One of the most interesting (and sometimes

regarding the furniture collection.

grand opening details and more information

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NORMAN DESIGN GROUP PHIL NORMAN, ASID, CID 24540 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance 310-378-1111 | phil@normandesigngroup.com normandesigngroup.com

We were lucky enough to be brought into this

FROM WHAT SOURCES DO YOU DERIVE CREATIVE INSPIRATION?

project from the ground up. It is a fantastic

Our clients bring us some extraordinary proj-

home that demonstrates our firm’s ability to

ects, so it is hard not to be inspired by these

design a project from start to finish. The clients

journeys, by our clients. I work very hard to stay

travel the Pacific Rim and Europe extensively

inspired and to keep my staff inspired. I read

and wanted a sophisticated, classic and cosmo-

trade magazines, travel, visit unique buildings,

politan feel. We achieved this look by working in

look at my colleagues’ work and have a huge

a mix of materials such as honed black marbles,

passion for design. I’ve been a designer for more

Calcutta marbles, polished chrome, warm wal-

than 20 years, but I still wake up every morn-

nut woods and dry brush glazes to add softness.

ing passionate about what our firm is working

The furnishings were done in our signature style

on and the possibilities that we can do better,

of mixing styles and periods, resulting in a very

not settle and be more creative. I have a great

unique interior.

creative staff and wonderful design library to

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR AESTHETIC.

motivate me each day.

particular attention to interior architectural de-

WHAT TAKES A KITCHEN OR BATH FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY?

tails. Understanding the interior architecture of a

Having a successful plan is a must, followed by

home, along with its key interior decorating fea-

superior finishes, great fixtures and researched

tures, is a critical component to our approach. I

appliances. I really like sitting down and writing

don’t have a particular look because I really do

exactly how you see yourself feeling when in

enjoy being inspired by my clients. It seems that

the kitchen and the bathroom. Proper lighting is

each client that partners with our firm speaks

crucial—don’t be afraid to splurge on the right

a new design language. I believe the outcome

decorative lighting, because it can make all the

should hold a reflection of the client but pack-

difference in the project. To invest in luxury is to

aged in a way that pushes them out of their

invest in things that will give you happiness in

comfort zone. I don’t use a lot of bold colors but

years to come. Design is a not an overnight pro-

trend toward softer, soothing colors that have a

cess, and when done right it can be consuming

calming effect. I think after all of our crazy days,

and sometimes complicated. The key is not to

we want to come home to a home that wraps

settle for just safe. Make it unique and a reflec-

itself around us in a calming way!

tion of your lifestyle.  

We have a classic design aesthetic that pays

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KIMBERLY & LUNA

KCM INTERIORS KIMBERLY COLLETTI 715 S. Pacific Coast Highway Redondo Beach 310-735-1991 | kc@kimberlycolletti.com | kimberlycolletti.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

many needs required. You want the lighting to

A kitchen always seems to be the heart of the

create a peaceful and relaxing environment.

home. This is true for the family living in this residence. It is an active hub, and the sizable island is perfect for gathering, serving and dining. The adjacent dining table is incorporated around a built-in bench that can comfortably seat six or more. The color palette is light with soft greys and white, and it has European oak floors that warm the airy kitchen. VINTAGE OR BRAND NEW?

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SOLUTION FOR A BIG, BLANK WALL SPACE? Art can make such an incredible impact. There are so many unique ways of adding interest to an otherwise bland area. Family photos all framed and matted identically can make a bold impact of symmetry and style. You can also go with an art gallery effect by combining many different styles of paintings with various frames.

I like both! I am currently renovating a vintage

If you have depth walls can be dressed with

Airstream. The body will stand true to the

shelves, and then artifacts of similar content

original design; however, the interiors will be

can also be very interesting. Paint, of course, is

very modern with state-of-the art technology.

a very easy and cost-effective solution to create

High-gloss cabinetry and ultra-suede ceilings

interest that can be either subtle or bold.

will create a very chic interior.

WHAT’S YOUR #1 MUST-HAVE IN

WHAT’S KEY TO ADDING SERENITY TO A

YOUR WORK?

MASTER BEDROOM?

Luna, my canine wonder dog. Music is always

Lighting is so important. You want to layer the

on, and popcorn will always be in the pantry. My

lighting so it can function with the many moods

children will pop in and out on occasion, as well

and directives of the space. A master suite

as Nicole’s children. We have been known to halt

should evoke comfort, safety, serenity and ro-

everything for a 30-minute game of HedBanz.

mance. To achieve this you need to incorporate

Now that spring is almost here, a ping-pong

ambient lighting (your general lighting) to light

table is great for brainstorming and a fun social

up your entire room; accent lighting to feature

outlet for the entire team. It is very important

special art pieces and items you may want to

to me to bring some of the elements I have at

showcase; and task lighting, which will make it

home into the workplace. It helps creativity

easy for reading and writing. The most effective

thrive and keeps the balance of work and family

plan incorporates all of the above to meet the

in place.

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THE DESIGNERS

WATERLEAF INTERIORS

JILL JOHNSON & SUZANNE ASCHER

1210 Morningside Drive, Metlox Plaza Manhattan Beach 310-545-7539 | info@waterleafinteriors.com waterleafinteriors.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

hands-on approach assures that all endeavors

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGN TEAM

Our featured project is a coastal Craftsman-

are perfectly executed and the goals of each

We have a very talented group of individuals work-

style home in Palos Verdes Estates with a sleek

client are met.

ing together at Waterleaf, all trained and educated

transitional interior. Both husband and wife are physicians and have very busy lives with three young boys and a love for entertaining. Their furniture is sophisticated yet comfortable, functional and luxurious. The palette throughout the home is neutral with pops of color that work seamlessly together.

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER DESIGNERS? Having a retail store connected to our design studio is so beneficial to our clients. Time and again, our clients tell us how helpful it is to be able to see and experience what we’re envisioning for them. Also, since we’ve been in our Metlox location for 11 years, we’ve estab-

in the field of design. Our team brings a terrific sense of style and energy to each and every project. Our designers include owners Jill Johnson and Suzanne Ascher and five designers and assistants as well as back office support staff. We believe that every project is a priority and are honored to be trusted as artists in our clients’ homes.

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lished strong relationships with vendors who

WHAT DO CLIENTS IN THE BEACH CITIES WANT FOR THEIR HOME?

Waterleaf Interiors is a full-service interior

show us all the latest finds in furniture, wall-

Many of our Beach Cities clients come to

design firm. We specialize in residential design

paper, lighting, bedding and more on a daily

Waterleaf for our expertise in creating the

and collaborate seamlessly with architects and

basis. Our newly remodeled studio allows us to

California coastal look—a casual yet luxurious

all trades—from the design/build process to

have samples of everything at our fingertips—

style that meets the needs of their busy lives.

furniture installation. We have completed proj-

tile, wood flooring, hardware, finishes and every

We work with our clients to make every space

ects ranging from homes along the California

possible fabric you could ever imagine. Having

beautiful, functional, comfortable and durable.

coast to a penthouse in Singapore and a yacht

everything under one roof cuts down on time

Space is so limited in our area, so we take the

in Puerto Vallarta. Whether the project is one

in sourcing and allows our clients to relax and

time to get to know how they truly plan to live in

room or an entire home from the ground up, our

focus on their projects.

their homes and design efficiently for them.

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THE DESIGNERS

VON HEMERT INTERIORS

SIA MOZAYANNI, FLOYD ELWELL, SUZY HALL 23649 Hawthorne Blvd. Torrance 310-373-0442 info@vonhemertinteriors.com vonhemertinteriors.com

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WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF EXPERTISE?

Sia’s clients purchased their home on a very

von Hemert Interiors is a fourth-generation

quiet lot adjacent to a golf course. One of the

family business. Our longevity has enabled us to

features of the house they found attractive was

have unique relationships with artists and high-

the large living room. They have a big family and

end furniture brands. We are proud of having a

like to entertain. Her challenge was to have for-

team that can take small or large projects from

mal yet comfortable seating for 17 guests after

its inception to completion. Our designers are

dinner. She also wanted to incorporate a few

professionals who understand the importance

pieces of furniture that her husband couldn’t

of being detail-oriented. They know a finished

part with. When she came to see Sia, the client

room has many layers, and they pay as much

was overwhelmed with the thought of the room.

attention to the scale, balance, color, art and

She wanted to have an aesthetically pleasing

accessories as they do to the furniture.

room—yet functional. After interviewing her clients, Sia had a clear vision of what they wanted for the room. The result is a formal and warm space that has several cozy seating arrangements, and the overall look and feel is inviting for the entire family to enjoy for years to come. Sia’s clients and their guests absolutely love it. WHAT DISTINGUISHES YOU FROM THE COMPETITION? The trust people have in our firm. It is also the almost 100 years of combined experience, quality home furnishings and skilled designers. We travel to Italy and bring back bespoke, handcrafted Italian furniture. We also carry a selection of upscale domestic brands. Our designers are professionals who believe in the art of living comfortably and beautifully. They act as von

TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY’S FOCUS. The main focus of von Hemert Interiors is to offer high-end quality home furnishings, window treatments, wall coverings, accessories and interior design services. Clients’ needs vary from needing to furnish an entire house to those seeking that one perfect piece. Our goal is to offer comfortable and beautiful furnishings that, while up-to-date, are classic and timeless. WHAT IS ON THE HORIZON FOR YOUR FIRM? Growth. We understand our clients have a choice, and there are many products to choose from. We pay close attention to what people need and look for in new furnishings. We are proud of our own line of green, handcrafted furniture: Compass Pointe.

Hemert Interiors ambassadors who make sure their clients get the very best furnishings and personalized service. We understand that quality and integrity matter to our clients.

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SARA BALOUGH DESIGN/ FREIGHTHOUSE SARA BALOUGH 2801 Pacific Coast Highway Torrance 310-251-1968 sarabalough@gmail.com sarabaloughdesign.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

way with the beautiful embroidered sheers from

This wonderful ranch in Santa Barbara is a sec-

Cowtan & Tout. Further softness was added with

ond home and weekend getaway for the clients.

Murano glass lamps and handmade parchment

Located amongst waving meadows, the prop-

shades that had etched silver leafing. The bed

erty is surrounded by vineyards with mountains

is high and layered with textiles, which add to

overlooking in the distance. Roses abound and

the richness of the room while maintaining the

birds chirp at this idyllic compound comprised

softness and neutral palette we wanted.

of multiple guest quarters and entertaining venues. Our goal was to make a comfortable, stylish interior while integrating family antiques with the books, porcelains and paintings collected by this passionate couple.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. At Sara Balough Designs and Freighthouse, we strive to bring up-to-date design to meet our clients’ goals—whether it is a kitchen remodel,

WHAT MADE THIS PROJECT PARTICULARLY INTERESTING TO YOU AS A DESIGNER?

condo expansion or whole house makeover. We

First, of course, the challenge of an out-of-town

pride ourselves in versatility. Sara’s showroom,

location limits access for walk-throughs and

Freighthouse, offers access to previously owned,

second-guessing. Sara did the bulk of her work

high-quality and interesting goods.

after only two visits. Secondly, the client had very real and specific desires to be met. Many family antiques had to find a home. In the end, the sophistication and taste of this integration is reflected in each room. As Sara says, “A beautiful interior is always the result of a happy collaboration.” WHAT’S KEY TO ADDING SERENITY TO A MASTER BEDROOM? We kept color to a minimum in the master because we wanted that incredible Dan Pinkham painting to carry the room. Softness and serenity come from the use of fabrics and colors. We chose a super-fine wool from Donghia for the drapes in the master bedroom

respond to the clients’ wishes and vision and

VINTAGE OR BRAND NEW? Vintage is the new black—haven’t you heard?? Vintage works into a contemporary interior to add the contrast that makes things interesting. For most people, vintage adds a sense of history and warmth that evokes feelings of home. Vintage doesn’t mean dusty, old or cheap anymore. It adds fun, funk, character and personality— check it out at our new Freighthouse location. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SOLUTION FOR A BIG, BLANK WALL SPACE? A fabulous painting from the California Art Club or Chase Langford will solve just about any wall problem.

because the fabric is luxurious and rolls beautifully. Light and pattern are added in a subtle

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THE DESIGNERS

ABOUT:SPACE, LLC L to R: Tecola Robinson, Gay Conlon, Christina Meneses, Josette Murphy (Principal), Cheri Carbajal, Geri Morris

345 Richmond Street, El Segundo 310-726-0137 | Josette@aboutspacestudios. com aboutspacestudios.com

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these two steps—construction and decorating—are

Our lucky client bought this home as a beach

interwoven. We love them both!

getaway; it’s three blocks from the water and a short walk to Downtown Manhattan Beach. It had good “bones,” but the kitchen was isolated, walled off from adjacent spaces and awkwardly laid out. We opened up the kitchen to the family and dining rooms, which flooded the top floor with light and views. We also gutted several other spaces, replacing outdated finishes and fixtures for a fresh, current airy feel. High contrast lends a more

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS? Our comprehensive approach to interior design is unique. For a remodel, a client does not need to hire an architect to design the construction changes, then a decorator to select furnishings and window coverings. We excel at both, and this ensures a cohesive vision throughout the process.

tones with beachy pale grey, watery blue-green and

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SOLUTION FOR A BIG, BLANK WALL SPACE?

lots of white. Once the remodeling was underway,

Fill the wall with wonderful photos that have per-

we turned our attention to decorating, helping our

sonal meaning. Frame them cohesively, varying the

client select easy-care and relaxed pieces, and using

size; compose them in an unexpected way and cover

artwork they had collected on their travels.

the wall almost floor to ceiling “gallery style.” Instant

contemporary vibe, so we layered dark warm wood

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

focal point!

We are really good at re-imagining space! We

WHAT DO CLIENTS IN THE BEACH CITIES WANT MOST FOR THEIR HOMES?

love the challenge of taking an existing building

In a word: “serenity.” And they want someone with

and reworking the floor plan to create something

experience to guide them in achieving something

wonderful and totally unexpected. If possible, we

amazing! Seriously, so many people are stretched

try to contain the project within the existing house

too thin with busy schedules. They crave a home

footprint and find opportunities to make new con-

that feels relaxing, personal, balanced and sup-

nections between spaces, or borrow space that is

portive of their needs. But they lack time and vision

underutilized. Often this means some remodeling /

to put it all together. Home decorating shows and

construction, and our team is adept at the technical

ready access to internet resources make it seem like

side of interior design—such as working drawings

it’s easy, but it takes time and skill to achieve the

and pulling permits. Usually this also means having

serenity most people want when they walk in their

a lot of fun with interior decorating. In our minds,

front door.

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EDENLA INTERIORS JAMIE RODDY, CEO

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

These clients originally came to me to update

TELL US ABOUT SOME OTHER PROPERTIES YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON.

one bedroom, but they loved the work and the

We’re working with so many great clients right

process so much that we eventually redecorat-

now. An almost-teardown remodel of a 1960s

ed their entire home together. We used a lot of

beach shack to a contemporary farmhouse; a

soft neutrals to create a warm and welcoming

typical Tree Section Spanish manse that’s get-

space, while incorporating treasures from their

ting brought into this decade with remodeling

travels for intelligent interest. They are enjoying

and adding some unique touches so they can be

entertaining more, and their pride of ownership

different from their neighbors; several redeco-

in their beautiful home could not be greater.

rating projects; a couple of new home move-ins;

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER. We offer full-scale interior design—from a new build to a simple or complex remodel, to full furnishing and decorating services.

and a custom tufted bar with an LED-lit onyx top (to name a few.) DO YOU HAVE A NO-FAIL FORMULA FOR ADDING A TOUCH OF “COZY” TO THE HOMES YOU WORK ON? Ironically, light. As much light and brightness

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SOLUTION FOR A BIG, BLANK WALL SPACE?

we can achieve in the building or remodeling

Custom art is one of our specialties. We design

space. Also, texture, texture and more texture.

the art and then find local artists to create it—

Even the most neutral and monochromatic spac-

because of exactly the “big, blank wall space”

es can seem delightfully rich and inviting with

that no traditional art fits properly. We’ll use

the right combination of materials and textiles.

triptychs or quadtychs or dimensional wood or metal pieces, for example. We love a big awkward wall. Bring it!

process is a surefire way to create a welcoming

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST? Very much so.

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JDS OUTDOOR DESIGNS JEFF & ANA STIMPFIG 1060 Aviation Blvd. Hermosa Beach 310-870-7003 info@jds-outdoordesigns.com jds-outdoordesigns.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

closely to our clients’ functional needs, and we

Our clients, John and Cathy Lowell, contacted us

implement their aesthetic taste and style into their

through their developer, Robb Stroyke. They asked

overall project.

Robb if he knew of a local design/build company that could be a one-stop-shop for concepting, designing, building and installing his large corner lot front yard on the corner walk street of 16th Street and Hermosa Avenue. Robb got us connected, and from there we did exactly what John and Cathy were looking for. They both wanted to maximize this space with multiple rooms and levels, which would all serve different functionalities. We did exactly that, incorporating the following elements: two large concrete couch lounges, one fire pit, a double-sided outdoor bar with a fire wall,

WHAT IS YOUR SPECIALTY? We primarily design and build fully customized outdoor spaces that have a clean-line architectural approach and less of a free-flowing, natural, traditional gardening/landscaping approach. Although we do specialize in the installation of plants and landscaping in the final phase of our projects, 95% of our jobs consist of this hardscape style—which always utilizes clients’ outdoor spaces to their full potential. We are all very lucky to live in a place where we can all use our outdoor spaces 365 days

two mirroring entry water features, a large IPE din-

a year, which is why we focus so much of our en-

ing deck, a meandering porcelain tiled entry path,

ergy at JDS on transforming these outdoor areas

synthetic lawn areas, and surrounding plants and

into livable, functioning rooms.

palm trees. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS?

SERVICES YOU OFFER.

Our ability to visualize our clients’ exterior spaces

JDS Outdoor Designs is an exterior design and

and create them into a photo-realistic, 3-D for-

build company offering a full range of outdoor

mat that looks so real, it’s hard to decipher these

design and build services ranging from complete

renderings from the real thing. This really helps

hardscape makeovers to pool and spa installa-

all of the parties involved because our clients will

tions; smaller plant, irrigation, potting and lighting

know exactly what the final product will look like

installations; rooftop deck and balcony retreats;

before we start the actual build. There are no

and the list goes on. We design and build outdoor

surprises for JDS clients, due to our design vision

escapes that connect the inside of our clients’

and this priceless 3-D system we have created

homes to the outside. Small or large, we listen

over the years.

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ENVIROSCAPE LA MIKE GARCIA, FOUNDER 2609 Vargas Way Redondo Beach 310-420-8507 mike@EnviroscapeLA.com EnviroscapeLA.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY?

The story of mankind has been told through fire

Sustainability is living today without borrowing

and water for millennium. We are still intrigued

from tomorrow. This requires that we use prod-

by this combination, and this is a signature craft

ucts that do not harm the environment, such

exclusively available through Enviroscape LA.

as chemical pesticides and herbicides, of which

We specialize in water features, ponds, drip irri-

the majority are labeled as carcinogenic. Saving

gation, native gardens and foodscaping (land-

water is crucial in making sure future genera-

scaping with fruit trees and veggies as shrubs).

tions will have adequate drinking water. And

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sustainability saves you money. But sustainability will not be accepted by the masses unless

Enviroscape LA is a full-service landscape con-

it is made to be beautiful. Our job is making

struction company serving the South Bay since

sustainability beautiful.

1979. After graduating with a degree in environmental horticulture, I earned a dual landscape

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SOLUTION FOR A BIG, BLANK WALL SPACE?

and tree service contractor license. My company

Vertical wall gardens or large pots with

has won numerous awards for best in LA, state

vertical plants.

and best landscaping at the international level. WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS?

HOW DO YOU HELP CLIENTS KEEP THEIR EYES ON THE PRIZE AND NOT GET DISTRACTED THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS?

In times of historic drought, the #1 issue on peo-

We put a lot of time into putting together all the

ple’s mind is saving water. For more than three

necessary items for our projects, so the day of

decades, we have specialized in designing and

installation everything is there and we get jobs

installing water conservation landscapes with

done quickly.

native plants and drip irrigation. Our philosophy of using the best materials and technology ensures the longest life of all that we install.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR OWN HOME! My home has been in many magazines, newspapers and television due to the fact it has many

WHAT’S YOUR #1 MUST-HAVE IN YOUR WORK?

of the sustainable elements people hear about

Native plants and drip irrigation save water,

harvesting and chickens.

our most precious resource. Clients want water conservation coupled with beauty. This is a goal that is very achievable with the right education and artistic talent. Installing drip irrigation saves more than 50% water, and native plants practically live on rainwater.

but never see, such as solar power, rainwater

TELL US ABOUT SOME OTHER PROPERTIES YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON. We also do commercial and schools. One recent project was the completion of the Redondo High School science pond and waterfall.

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