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INSIDE

FEATURES

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PALOS VERDES PIED-À-TERRE Nestled inside a gated community is a modern marvel built with insight and integrity.

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TEAM EFFORT A few of the South Bay’s finest come together to build a family’s dream home in Palos Verdes.

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CINEMA PARADISO A lifelong passion for film inspires the creation of a family’s home theatre.

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LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP A family moves from Tokyo to Manhattan Beach after a three-month-long collaboration with a designer via email.

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TIMING IT RIGHT With help from a design expert, a Manhattan Beach couple creates a light-and-airy retreat with layers of pattern and pops of color.

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A local South Bay couple put their personal touch on a historic, 110-year-old Redondo Beach home.


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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

108 ENTREPRENEURS

Nice & Neutral

MIX IT UP Welcome to the fall issue of Southbay HOME … our lucky 13th

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AT HOME WITH ...

in blue.

120 TRAVEL

Caroline Payne

Montage Residences Kapalua Bay

48 ESSENTIALS Blue Crush

edition. On these pages you’ll find something old, something new, something you’ll want to borrow and plenty of products

An Inside Crush

70 ARTISANS Chanee Vijay textiles

AND… 62 BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

We’re always impressed by the variety of home styles that appeal to our residents. The homes we feature here certainly run the gamut. Go back to the South Bay’s structural roots with a

Door to Door Valet

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gorgeous, lovingly restored Victorian in Redondo. Then there’s the design innovation and expertise on full display in a modern Palos Verdes retreat. Not too far from there on the Peninsula,

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These homes are true reflections of their owners and that essen-

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ON THE MARKET The Strand Offices

North & South

a custom Spanish home intrigues with beautiful Moroccan accents. And wait till you see the screening room on page 66!

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127 DESIGN SHOWCASES The South Bay’s Top Home Professionals

tial collaboration with local architects, builders and designers. Speaking of collaborators, be sure to check out the Design Showcases on page 127. As always, we offer you a comprehensive guide to the wealth of home design talent here in the South Bay. If you’re looking to build from scratch, do a revamp or even a refresh, consider using one of our local experts.

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See you in 2019!

Darren Elms

ON THE COVER Palos Verdes pied-à-terre Photographed by Joe Fletcher

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EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

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MANHATTAN BEACH’S RINI KUNDU WORKED AS A FASHION DESIGNER IN LONDON, PARIS AND MILAN BEFORE JUMPING INTO HER CURRENT CAREER AS INTERIOR DESIGNER. In her fall and winter mood board, you can pinpoint her love of textile and shape. “My inspiration is a classic marriage of clean, masculine lines interwoven with romantic raw materials such as brass and turned wood textures,” shares the designer. “I set all this to the color palette of winter wonderland whites.”

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PALOS VERDES PIED-À-TERRE Nestled inside a gated community in Rancho Palos Verdes is a modern marvel built with insight and integrity. WRITTEN BY ELIZA KRPOYAN | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JOE FLETCHER & LAUREN PRESSEY


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s you turn the final corner inside

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this Rancho Palos Verdes’ gated community, an impeccably linear beach house appears—outfitted

almost entirely in Brazilian hardwood siding. Retiree-turned-angel investor John Wyrsch owns the oceanfront property along with his ex-wife Cindy. The modern marvel was devised by Robert Sweet, founder of architecture and design/build firm ras-a studio. John’s friends are applying sunscreen on the terrace, which shares a pass-through bar with the kitchen. Inside, the kitchen windows are open as well as the two bifold doors in the dining room, creating a cross-ocean breeze. “What’s interesting about this area is the [homeowner’s] association owns the beach, making it restrictive to get on,” shares John over coffee in the dining area. The coffeemaker is hidden inside one of many pantries that allow the Neolith porcelain counters to remain uncluttered. From the second story you can see the beach, and there’s not a single person in sight. This makes for an ideal locale to build a house dedicated to your family and grandchildren. Because of its exclusivity, the kids can run around without worry. John lives most of the year in Springfield, Missouri, where he owns another home. He not only purchased this beach house to be close to his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren—who live up the hill—but he also designed the house with them in mind. On the first floor his two grandchildren have their

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own bedroom decorated by Martha Mulholland … picture crisp white bunk beds, blue bedding and a swinging chair. John’s favorite area of the house, however, is the balcony off his bedroom. “It has the best view,” he shares of the space where he reads the morning

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fittings in the house. The fire pit on the terrace gets a lot of use as well. “I told Robert that we want a fire pit. I don’t want one for looks, I want one that puts out heat,” John says with an emphasis on heat in his Midwest accent. He does a lot of high-heat cooking, so they

paper with coffee and drinks wine in the evening

installed an oversized hood above the stove to take

overlooking the ocean. His en suite bathroom fea-

out the smoke. Complementing the near-industrial

tures a steam shower, which is among his favorite

hood is the other Michelin-caliber equipment John


added, such as a built-in sous-vide oven by Miele. Back in Springfield John has a 1,500º grill, but on

however, was formed 10 years earlier. Cindy met Robert at a bar inside The Portofino

the wraparound deck of this beach house he uses

Hotel & Marina where she was staying for her daugh-

a Big Green Egg. Also on the deck is an outdoor

ter’s wedding. After talking a short while, they learned

shower where his grandchildren get the sand off

that they’re both from Missouri and that Robert’s

before coming inside.

mom lives a few houses from her in Springfield.

The project—including design, city approvals

When John and Cindy purchased the beach house a

and construction—took a year and eight months to

couple of years ago, Cindy recalled that Robert owns

complete. The relationship with Cindy and Robert,

an architecture firm in the South Bay.

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It’s not often that a homeowner praises the construction process, but John has enjoyed working

ant factor since he wasn’t interested in expanding

with Robert so much that he flew in from Missouri

the footprint of the house. It would have required a

to do this interview. “By far the best experience I’ve

permit not only from the city of Rancho Palos Verdes

had building or remodeling,” shares John about the

but also from the Coastal Commission, which could

rebuild of the 1951 beach house. Assisting in the

take years.

process were Paul Miller, project architect, and Sam Waskow, general contractor. “They really trusted and embraced the process,

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On Robert’s favorite design element of the house, he says, “We shifted the previous gable roof, creating two shed roof planes with an operable clerestory.

which allowed us to excel at our job,” shares Robert

This provided new ocean views from the second

on the success of this two-story home. While ras-a

floor while allowing the stairwell to double as a ther-

studio is not a firm with just one specific specialty,

mal chimney—exhausting warm air out while drawing

Robert shares that they enjoy working on beach

in cooler ocean breezes.”

homes and making them warm, modern, light-filled

Is there an overall theme? Robert quips, “We

and livable. These are qualities that are immediately

prefer leaving the themes to Disneyland. We want

apparent in John and Cindy’s home.

our architecture to be authentic to its locale and

Ras-a studio also excels at maximizing small

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spaces to their full potential, shares John—an import-

vernacular.” ¢


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AT H O M E W IT H …

CAROLINE PAYNE

RETIRED HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER AND FULL-TIME MOM PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

Where?

and we are lucky to have numerous pieces of her

Hermosa Beach across from St. Cross Church.

work. My favorite is a contemporary hot pink mixed media that greets you as you walk in the door. She

How long at this current home?

also designed and painted two barn doors in our

In 2003 we bought the Cape Cod-style home,

house, so essentially we have sliding art!

which was built in 1939. We then purchased the south lot in 2011 and rented out the duplex on the

How about other furniture or décor?

lot for five years. In 2016 we tore down the duplex,

I love our black farm-style kitchen table. We

combined the lots, extended the deck on our Cape

designed it ourselves at Big Daddy’s Antiques. It’s

Cod, changed the style to industrial farmhouse and

made of steel and zinc.

built a half-lot addition, yard and patio with a pizza oven and a spa. We are very proud of the fact that

Neutral or color for your preferred palette?

we reduced internal square footage across two lots

Neutrals, with a pop of color where you least

and added more outdoor living space, a yard and a

expect it. I painted a rusty mirror neon yellow, and

garden. We moved back in February.

it hangs under our stairs. It’s weird, but I love it.

Who lives here?

What will never make its way into your home?

My husband, Glen, our two daughters, Emmaline

Curtains, carpet … and cockroaches.

and Hennessey, and our pup, Roo. Do you like to entertain at the home or prefer How would you describe the style of your home?

to enjoy on your own?

Industrial farmhouse. Some people refer to it as

We love to entertain. My husband, Glen, is an

modern farmhouse, but we added numerous

amazing chef, and he is perfecting the art of home-

exposed structural steel elements internally and

made pizza in our wood-burning pizza oven. But

externally, so it has a little “edge” to it.

we love quiet days at home with our family too.

Did you employ any help with its interior design?

What keeps you living here?

I designed the interior myself; however my good

We love our proximity to Downtown Hermosa

friends Talia Frederick, a local interior designer, and

Beach, and we walk everywhere. We try not to use

Val Mellinger were my sounding board for many

the car on the weekends.

“WE LOVE OUR PROXIMITY TO DOWNTOWN HERMOSA BEACH, AND WE WALK EVERYWHERE. WE TRY NOT TO USE THE CAR ON THE WEEKENDS.”

decisions. Talia helped me design a few pieces of furniture and select some super-unique wallpaper.

If you could change one thing, what would it be? We would add a broom closet. We forgot about

What’s your favorite room in the home?

this when designing the home. Oops!

We love to hang out in our kitchen, which is the heart of our home.

What should every home have? A wood-burning fireplace in the kitchen. Ours is

Minimalism or the more the merrier?

grandfathered; we are very lucky. Everyone gravi-

Minimalism! The less “stuff” we have, the more at

tates to our fireplace when it’s ablaze.

peace we are. If you could live anywhere else in the world, Any special attachments to a piece of art

where would it be?

in the home?

We wouldn’t live anywhere else but Hermosa.

My soulmate, Jessica Alley, is an amazing artist,

Go HB! ¢

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Effort

A few of the South Bay’s finest come together to build a family’s dream home in Palos Verdes. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

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T

he sound of Van Halen spills outside as Shannon Lennertz opens the door of her Palos Verdes home. “A girl’s got to have a little rock ‘n’ roll in her life,” she says. Shannon, her husband, Chris Lennertz,

and their two young daughters have been in their new home for roughly six months. And though everything in sight looks picture-perfect, Shannon confesses they’re still settling in. At first glance the front of the stunning, Spanish-style home alludes to a single-level residence. But once you make your

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“We always say the best projects involve collaboration on all ends.�


way inside, the home reveals an open, sun-drenched entry with sky-high ceilings, sweeping views of the nearly half-acre

ager and vice president, building the studio for Chris was a

style of the home—with Spanish influences, Moorish details

particularly special part of the project. “To build a completely

and a grand, open living area—isn’t entirely new to Shannon

soundproof structure for him that he can work in here at the

and Chris.

house was a little bit challenging … and quite fun and educa-

very similar to this,” Shannon notes. “We loved our house,

tional at the same time,” Michael says. Unlike their Hollywood Riviera home, Chris and Shannon’s

and we loved that area,” Chris adds. “But the lots weren’t

Palos Verdes residence was built from the ground up with

really big enough to have both a pool and a home studio.”

their unique vision in mind. Helping them bring that vision

For Chris, a musical composer, having a studio at home

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For Michael Cunningham, C&C Partners construction man-

lot, and a spiral staircase leading down to a second level. The

“We used to live in the Hollywood Riviera and had a house

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on the lowest tier of the multilevel yard.

to life was architect Miles Pritzkat, the president of Pritzkat

meant less time commuting and more time with his family.

& Johnson Architects, Inc., and interior designer Christine

The studio is completely detached from the house and sits

Vroom of Christine Kimberlee Designs.


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“Shannon and Chris were very much involved,” Miles points out. “We always say the best projects involve collaboration on all ends … that’s part of making a true custom house for them, for any client. The more the client’s involved, the more feedback you get from them, the more it meets their needs and the more unique the house becomes.” For Shannon and Chris, building their dream home meant more than capturing a certain esthetic. They wanted to feel something the moment they walked through the door. “They are the most creative—not just in style but in their vision,” Christine says. “And although they had that vision, they completely trusted me to bring about the feeling they wanted when they walked in their home. They were so easy to work with and just a joy.” With a passion for travel that Shannon and Chris hoped to reflect in the home, an appreciation for unique furniture, antiques and new finds, and a love of high contrasts, Christine worked closely with the pair to bring everything together in a way that reflected the creativity of her clients while maintaining a cohesive feel. “She was fantastic,” Shannon says. “We clicked right away. She got us. It was great.” The use of tile—with pops of color, varying in size and found throughout the house—is one of the more striking design features. And while there are so many variations, there’s a commonality tying them all together. “There’s a lot of the same repetitive pattern,” Christine explains. “There’s star and cross—it repeats everywhere: on the floors and the walls, in the shower. [It was] a way to tie in all the amazing ideas from Shannon and Chris and their travel—to really capture a style that was old-world but have something that binds them together.” It works. Every unique tile draws in your attention without overwhelming the senses. Of course, before any ideas could come to fruition, the

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existing house on the lot had to come down, though it wasn’t a typical scrape and rebuild. The house was deconstructed. “A typical process for demolition is to simply roll in here with a bulldozer and tear everything down and then dispose of it all in the dumps,” Michael explains. “But when we deconstruct things, we salvage about 90% of the lumber that’s here—not only the wood flooring but the studs and the wood structure on the roof as well. It’s a process done with manual labor, of course, so it takes a little bit more time and a little bit more money. But it’s green.” Rather than dumping the materials in a landfill, they “get sent to Habitat for Humanity,” C&C’s job superintendent Maurice Martinez adds. Maurice, who was on-site every day for 20 months, says, “Working with Chris and Shannon was a wonderful experience”—a sentiment everyone on the team seems to share. With so much talent coming together to build such an incredible house, it’s nice to hear how much the family appreciates it and utilizes the space. “We don’t ever want to move,” Shannon says. “We live in this house. This is not just a pretty house to be pretty in.” For Miles it’s about the “beauty and the power of this process. Out of someone’s idea, you can create the real thing. You start with this super-rough stuff, and you conjure or manifest things to happen through everybody’s efforts and the team collaboration. It’s amazing what teamwork can achieve.” ¢

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EPISODE 4: Team Effort A few of the South Bay’s finest come together to build a family’s dream home in Palos Verdes.

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hy feature a dry cleaning business

garments in the world. They learn—and teach their

in a magazine about homes? Door

staff—how fibers are woven into textile, how different

to Door Cleaners not only special-

weaves are produced and the best methodology for

izes in caring for your wardrobe;

the care and upkeep of finished garments.

the family-run company can also clean and restore

“We often have to deconstruct a garment that’s

the finer things in your home. Their customized

made of different colored fabrics, clean each color

services extend to all household textiles including

separately and then put it all back together,” explains

bedding, pillows, rugs, upholstery, curtains and

Sajid. “We recently cleaned a one-of-a-kind couture

window coverings.

gown made of real gold thread embroidery, and a

Ordinarily these services are not offered by a dry cleaning business. But for 25 years the Veera family of Door to Door Cleaners has served the Los

wedding gown constructed mostly of feathers with barely any fabric!” Their comprehensive wardrobe care includes

Angeles area in not-so-ordinary ways. From simple

hand-washed and folded laundry, hand-finished shirt

dry cleaning and on-site spot removal to extraordi-

service, shoe repair, leather cleaning and handbag

nary restoration cases from fire or water damage, the

restoration. They also specialize in tailoring—including

company can handle challenges from the common

in-home tailoring for clients who prefer to avoid the

to the complex. In fact, Door to Door was recently

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ALL IN THE FAMILY Sajid and Habib’s parents, Yasin and Yasmin Veera,

favorite outfits and treasured wardrobe items, such

were long-time entrepreneurs when they started

as bespoke designer clothing and family heirlooms

Door to Door Cleaners in 1989. Today the brothers

like christening gowns and wedding dresses. But why

handle the day-to-day operations while their wives,

expand to include homes?

Shaheen and Molly, are grooming the next generation

“We have the technology and expertise to bring the

of six Veeras. Yasin and Yasmin fill an advisory role,

dry cleaner to your home, which is helpful because

and the friendly Door to Door staff members round

obviously it isn’t possible to pick up a couch and bring

out the team.

it into one of our stores!” shares Sajid Veera, co-owner of the business with his brother, Habib Veera.

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Living in sunny California—near the ocean—there

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are many windows and glass walls throughout most

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homes. We all enjoy that view! But uncovered glass

and as far east as Beverly Hills. (This is why they

wreaks havoc on fabric-covered surfaces—whether a

chose their business name—“door to door” to and

couch, a silk rug or drapes. Sun damage and dry rot set

from your home or office!)

in if the furniture and rugs are not cared for properly.

When they’re not working, the Veera family enjoys

“We have the ability to coat most fabrics with an

exploring nature and the culture and arts of Southern

invisible barrier that protects against staining and UV

California. They give back to the community through

rays,” says Habib. “This coating does not change the

various programs, and look forward to continuing

hand of the fabric or the color. You can prolong the

to serve the South Bay and Greater Los Angeles for

use of the piece with proper care and maintenance.”

generations to come.

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Cinema Paradiso A lifelong passion for film inspires the creation of the Van Dusen family’s home theatre in Palos Verdes. WRITTEN BY DIANE E. BARBER | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL

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W

hen my friends Bob and Silvia Van Dusen enlisted my interior design

in the movie industry,” says Bob. It is not surprising that the art deco accents,

services for the remodel and redesign

lush red velvet fabrics and rich, dark color

of their lovely, Mediterranean-style

scheme hint at the décor of the Loyola Theatre.

Palos Verdes residence, a state-of-the-art home

“It was my primary inspiration and goes back to

theatre that whispered of Hollywood’s golden

all of the time that I spent there,” he adds. “Silvia

years was a top priority for this entertaining-lov-

and I especially like the wall sconces. They

ing couple. During our preliminary meetings,

have alabaster shades and were cast in bronze

Bob’s primary focus was the theatre. Without

by European Lighting in Canada. The mermaids

articulating it, his enthusiasm shouted, “I’ve got

complement the ambience and our ocean view.”

this!” So I shifted my attention to working with

The collectibles that adorn the room are

Silvia on the rest of the project while Bob set his

mostly eBay and auction finds. “Silvia and I

sights on creating his ultimate movie aficionado

had a few ‘conversations’ about all of my eBay

haven/man cave.

purchases,” he says with a smile. “If I had to pick

Often our deep-rooted passions stem from

a favorite, it would be the Victor Model I 35mm

childhood. Such was the case for Bob, who

projector produced by the Victor Animatograph

grew up in Los Angeles captivated by the world

Co. in 1914. It’s a portable, hand-cranked

of cinema. His fascination began as a boy with a

unit made when permanent theatres were

family friend’s collection of 16mm films.

just beginning to be rolled out. It uses a carbon

“My dad had a friend with a makeshift theatre in his garage,” recalls Bob nostalgically. “The projector was mounted in the back, and

arc as a light source and the carbon was handfed. There are only four known to still exist.” Beyond the magnificent ambience, Bob is

he had folding chairs to seat his guests. We

especially proud of the sound. “It took quite a

usually watched shorts from the 1920s that

bit of tweaking to get it where I wanted it,” he

included Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and

explains. “The sound is configured with seven

Laurel and Hardy.”

surround speakers and one very large subwoofer.

He also spent summers devouring movies in

There are also sonic transducers mounted on

the neighborhood theatre–the landmark Loyola

the floor that convert low-frequency sound into

in Westchester. “My mom would drop me off

movement and the velvet-upholstered walls

at the Loyola for the afternoon. Our local bank

prevent sound from reflecting in the room. With

often gave away double feature matinee tickets

approximately 3,000 watts of total audio capa-

to see films such as The Pink Panther, It Came

bility, action films usually give the sound system

from Beneath the Sea and Boy Did I Get a

quite a workout.”

Wrong Number!” When not at the theatre, Bob

The advanced technology did not stop with

watched television movies from the ‘40s, ‘50s

the sound. The theatre and the entire house

and ‘60s starring Jerry Lewis, The Little Rascals

are automated using Control4 equipment. The

and other household names of that era.

lights, window coverings and sprinkler system

Decades later the Van Dusens now proudly have a dazzling home theatre that is a testa-

can all be controlled by smartphones, tablets or remote controls.

ment to their classic style, his long-time love

The equipment is also bridged to a voice

affair with Hollywood entertainment and the

recognition system. If the theatre is turned on

family’s shared appreciation of it. As you ascend

prior to sunset, all of the shades close auto-

the Brazilian cherry wood staircase from the

matically as the lights come up. After sunset,

entryway to the second floor of their splendid

the shades can be closed with the touch of

oceanfront house, dimmed lighting, a display of

a remote control button. Anthony Ferara of

antique movie projectors, roped stanchions and

U-NET was instrumental with executing the

a plentiful concession stand all set the stage for

technical design.

an experience to rival most boutique commercial theatres. Thirteen automated reclining black leather

Since the completion of the project, the Van Dusens watch movies weekly and often host movie nights with friends. I have had the plea-

seats perched upon two levels of cushiony,

sure of being a guest for movie-themed dinners

retro-style carpeting are precisely positioned

followed by classic films, popcorn and fine

in front of a 140-inch Stewart FireHawk screen.

wine, and I can personally attest that Bob more

“Stewart Filmscreen is headquartered in

than “got it” with the creation of the family’s

Torrance and has been in business since the

sophisticated, intimate theatre. He and his team

‘50s. They are the defacto standard for screens

of collaborators nailed it. ¢

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NATURAL WOMAN TEXTILE DESIGNER CHANEE VIJAY KEEPS IT CLEAN AND SIMPLE. WRITTEN BY DARREN ELMS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIRI BERTING

In 2009 Chanee Vijay was working in financial services marketing while renovating her home and blogging about sustainable home design. “I noticed a white space in organic home goods,” she says, “one that could be filled with simple but elevated designs.”  A year later she started from scratch with surface design. “I didn’t know I had a maker in  me, but apparently I did. I taught myself how to block and screen print, and sourced organically grown, chemical-free hemp and nontoxic inks.” Soon she opened an Etsy shop that flourished in the supportive makers’ community.  Although she got her degree in geography and sustainable development, Chanee studied clothing design, sewing and art in school. “I was intrigued by European hemp because of its eco-friendly properties and its textural beauty,” she explains. “I loved the idea of beautifully woven hemp in the old-world style—nubby with slubs and all—with shimmery, neutral-colored ink. That’s how my first pillow collection came together.” After a recent move to Kansas City, Chanee opened a new studio and retail showroom. “The space is triple the size of my garage studio in Manhattan Beach, which allows me to up my production significantly,” she says. The designer will launch a new website this fall, where clients can order custom pillow covers, throws and towels. She also plans to expand her wholesale line for brick-and-mortar shops. “I’m starting to dabble in clothing design again— creating a new line of organic hemp and linen robes, tunics and caftans for 2019,” she explains. “Perfect for beach time.” When Chanee lived in Manhattan Beach, she participated as an artist at the Hometown Fair. “I met so many talented and creative women who welcomed me into their world,” she shares, “artists and creative entrepreneurs like Siri Berting, Wendy Stillman, Robin Lebowe from Modern Knots and Homie, Lenora Marouani from The Souk, Norel​ Ebriani​from Pull & Thread ​and all the ladies from MIXT Studio. I’m so grateful for their friendship, collaboration and encouragement.” Although she knows her new Midwest home is the right fit at present, she can’t seem to shake her South Bay roots. “My husband and I eventually plan to return to Manhattan Beach, where we still have our home, friends and family.”  Read more about Chanee and her textiles at chaneevijay.com. ¢

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LO N G – DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP A family moves from Tokyo to Manhattan Beach after a three-month-long collaboration with a local designer via email. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY


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N

ancy Russert walks into Saori and Tom’s newly built Manhattan Beach residence with a bouquet of

says. “We just looked at [Nancy’s] work, and everything

Bakery. Over the past few months Nancy has had

was so beautiful.” For Nancy, an interior designer and the

full access to the couple’s home, but today she’s meeting them

owner of Les Beaux Interiors and Twist Custom, the project

face-to-face for the first time. “I’ve been [saying] they’re the

was almost too good to be true. “I walked in, and it was like

nicest people I’ve never met,” Nancy notes.

a dream,” she says. “It was a beautiful empty home, white

with their three young children, have been in their new home

walls, lovely spaces … and they pretty much allowed me to just create.”

after relocating to California from Tokyo … and nearly a year

Saori and Tom were transitioning from an urban living

since they purchased it. After viewing a multitude of houses,

space in Tokyo to a considerably larger home in Manhattan

the sweeping views and open, communal feel of their

Beach—with no plans to ship their existing furniture to the

chosen residence sold them in a matter of minutes.

new residence. Nancy had the opportunity to hand-pick all

“We were also running against the clock,” Tom adds. At

the furnishings, textiles, artwork—everything that Saori and

the time of purchase, Saori was pregnant with their third

Tom needed to transform their new house into a home. She

child. “We came to a point where there was a limited time to

was given a blank slate and unlimited access to the property

come to America and look at houses.”

as she worked.

The plan was to find a family home in Manhattan Beach,

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“We wanted someone local to decorate the house,” Saori

flowers and a box of sugar cookies from Beckers

It’s only a been a few weeks that Saori and Tom, along

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home. This is where Nancy comes in.

“It was amazing for me,” Nancy says. “It was fun and such

return to Tokyo to deliver the baby and head back after a

a gift to [have] the time in the house, to just pop in and

few months as a family of five—ideally into a move-in ready

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With Saori and Tom back in Tokyo,

in Nancy as a designer. “I got a sense of what

Nancy had to present her ideas via email,

Saori was drawn to,” Nancy notes. “I feel like

with short windows of response due to the

she has a lovely level of sophistication [with

time difference. “I had this golden hour,”

an appreciation for] timeless pieces. But she’s

Nancy says. “At 3 p.m. our time, I knew

also drawn to some prints and colors.”

they’d be waking up at 7 a.m. [their time] and

In addition to style preferences, Nancy

I’d be getting my answers.” With thousands

focused on how the family would be living

of miles and multiple time zones between

in the space. “They have three children, so

them, consistent and clear communication

we wanted to be sensible about fabrics and

was a must.

furniture that look lovely but that are user-

But what really made it all come together was Nancy’s understanding of what her clients needed as a family—and Saori and Tom’s trust

friendly,” Nancy explains. Despite the distance, the collaboration went seamlessly. “Everything she picked was so

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perfect,” Saori says. “I just ended up trusting her; I felt comfortable.” With the full confidence of her clients on her side, the only thing Nancy had working against her was time. Although the home was purchased nearly a year ago, Nancy wasn’t brought onto the project until three months before the intended move-in date. “I had this date in mind, so we had to just charge ahead,” Nancy says. “It was amazing; she did everything so quickly,” Saori adds. The results are stunning. The house is open and bright with blurred lines between the indoor and outdoor spaces. The second level boasts sweeping views of tree-lined streets and a glimpse of the Pacific on the horizon. Nancy’s design of the interior captures the essence of the home perfectly for a friendly yet elegant coastal vibe that is both esthetically pleasing and family functional. Outdoor fabrics in the most frequented areas of the home cater to this young family of five for easy clean-ups, while soft textures and coastal pops of color give the space an inviting, laid-back appeal. The artwork of local artists hangs on the wall—another perk of having a designer familiar with South Bay trends. “My parents are still here in the same house I grew up in,” Nancy says. “My office is in Downtown Manhattan Beach. I still run into people I went to elementary school with.” Moving from Tokyo to Manhattan Beach will, no doubt, be a big change for Saori and Tom. But having a local like Nancy around will certainly help bridge the gap. ¢

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ON TH MARKEE T

STUNNING CREATIVE OFFICE COMPOUND IN PLAYA DEL REY Now available—sustainably built and designed just three blocks from the beach— The Strand Offices boast expansive views of the Ballona Wetlands and Marina del Rey. PHOTOGRAPHED BY HUNTER KERHART

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ust a few minutes up Vista del Mar is The Strand Offices at Playa del

creative office compound built by local contractor Manhattan Pacific

Rey. That’s very good news If you love the South Bay—you don’t have

Development + Construction, Inc. Situated on four amazing lots overlooking

to commute to Santa Monica, Culver City or the Westside to find a

the Ballona Wetlands and Marina del Rey, the two-building property is just

new, creative office building. In fact, you can even take the bike path to

three short blocks from the ocean.

this beachside address. The Strand Offices is a new, private, 10,000-square-foot

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30 private parking spaces, complete with bicycle racks and four electric vehicle charging stations. There are two private entrances to each of the two office buildings from the parking area, ensuring complete privacy for owners, tenants and their guests. Sustainably built to the highest standards—even down to formaldehyde-free and dye-free insulation—each building is stubbed for 50 rooftop solar panels, and all lighting is energy-efficient LED. Office floors are light and bright with 10’8” and 11’6” ceilings, and Fleetwood-style doors open to expansive private decks with incredible wetlands and water views. Operable windows throughout provide just the right amount of ocean breeze to remind you why owning at the beach is without equal. The Strand Offices is creative office space at its finest and most modern. Materials include hand-chiseled Bulgarian limestone, solid wood flooring, mahogany eaves and walls—a feast for the senses. These buildings were designed for energetic, progressive companies and owners who appreciate high design and the best materials, all combined with the quintessential laid-back beach vibe. Playa del Rey is truly the last best beach for business. And it has a workstyle that others will envy. Plus it’s located in a beach community that literally has it all! When you step outside The Strand Offices, there are lots of choices within an easy stroll to eat and imbibe, including gastropub Tripel, which serves gourmet pub fare and a wide selection of craft beers; Playa Provisions down the street, which has everything from a dedicated whiskey bar to gourmet takeout, a restaurant and an ice cream bar; Penguini’s, with indoor/outdoor dining and amazing Northern Italian fare; Chinese food at Szechuan; local coffee favorite Tanner’s; and a host of other restaurants, bars, pubs, stores and service amenities. You can even take your dog to the office and get it bathed at Seaside Grooming while you work. You can have your clothes tailored at the end of the block and pick up groceries and a bottle of wine. It’s all here in Playa del Rey. And of course Playa Vista and its roster of tech and creative tenants is just two minutes away. So instead of being buried inside a large office complex, why not enjoy the prestige of having a prominent address of your own? If you’re an investor, Silicon Beach is booming … and this hard-to-duplicate property with unobstructed views close to the beach is an investment worthy of consideration. The Strand Offices at Playa del Rey is a rare opportunity for an investor or an owner-user to purchase a new, modern, architecturally distinctive office property by the beach.

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NORTH & SOUTH TAKE YOUR PICK THIS FALL WITH THREE NEWLY REIMAGINED DESIGNER HOTELS WORTH THE DOUBLE TAKE. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN

WHERE: Sausalito, California

DESIGN TALK: “The concept was to have rooms that open into the bay and honor the view above

WHAT: The Inn Above Tide

it all. The rooms were inspired by nature, and we brought the elements into the room with custom-

BACKSTORY: Initially constructed by William “Bill”

created wallpapers. One room has a fish wallpaper,

McDevitt in 1961 for use as an apartment build-

giving the impression that the water comes into

ing, the inn was redesigned in August 1995 and

the room, and a magic pond is created in the room.

transformed into a luxury boutique hotel. For more

Another has bird wallpaper where the internal walls

than 20 years the McDevitt family has continued to

of the room become seamless with the view. The

maintain the luxury property, now replete with two

upper room has a blue wavy wallpaper, extending

new suites and a redesigned second-floor suite.

the bay level into the room. They all have a very peaceful effect and bring nature in.”

DESIGN FIRM: San Francisco–based interior designer Antonio Martins, principal of Antonio

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School and Fish; a Gisele pendant by Arteriors;

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WHERE: Careyes, Mexico WHAT: El Careyes Club & Residences BACKSTORY: The brainchild of Italian entrepreneur, artist and banker Gian Franco Brignone, who first visited in 1968 from Turin, Italy. LOCATION SCOUT: The property is situated along approximately 7.4 miles of Pacific shoreline spanning nearly 5,000 acres of jungle, mangroves, cliffs and beaches on the Jalisco coast. DESIGN FIRM: Taller de Arquitectura, Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo DESIGN TALK: “We wanted to work in two ways: trying to be as intelligent as possible optimizing and taking advantage of what was already there, including a structure more complex in the lower levels than in the highest levels; and a huge opportunity to have different types of apartments, all facing two facades—one to the ocean and the other to the jungle. On the other hand, we got inspired by a beautiful image we saw from a visit of Francis Ford Coppola that he had when this building was originally open to the public. He said that it was beautiful … this feeling of getting out of your room and placing your feet on the sand. By that image of sand and nature creating this ‘primitive sophistication,’ we realized we want to keep this Careyes feeling, which is unique, and bring to the heart of the horseshoe the spirit of the jungle, with raccoons and birds, plunge pools that match with the color of the sea and a landscape that owns the land.” MATERIALS USED: “We use a local brick for floors, screens and walls, which is very particular because of its measurements—really big and beautiful, handmade. We also used local woods like the rosa morada tree and natural, local purple stone.”

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WHERE: New Orleans, Louisiana

Coffee Co. are within range of each other. The guestrooms are very spacious with soft blue and

WHAT: The Jung Hotel & Residences

beige tones, and the graffiti artwork adds a burst of color.”

BACKSTORY: Once the largest convention hotel in the south, the property originally opened in 1908

ARTISTIC TOUCH: “All of the artwork in the hotel

and was listed on the National Register of Historic

is by local artists, using a range of techniques and

Places in 1982.

sizes. There are currently 33 pieces of artwork that can be found throughout The Jung Hotel &

RELIVING HISTORY: President Lyndon B. Johnson

Residences.”

delivered a re-election speech at the hotel in 1964. DESIGNER ELEMENTS: “The lobby walls and DESIGN FIRM: Lisa M. Condon and Gustavo

columns are hand-selected white Carrara marble.

Arroyo, Lisambiance Design

The lobby flooring is oversized Italian porcelain tile, tone-on-tone design. The standout features are the

DESIGN TALK: “The vision for the hotel was to

draped niches in the lobby and the open niches in

create a comfortable, modern environment while

the gallery, which allow guest privacy. The deeply

maintaining the artistic elements of this historic

toned Macassar woods, accented with chrome ele-

building. Ease of movement from one venue to

ments on the furniture along with lush upholstery

another in the public areas was considered, and

fabrics, add to the comfort of sitting in the niches.”

the bar, private niches, restaurant and Daily Grind

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hen it came to finding their home in the Tree Section in Manhattan Beach, Judy and Stephen Bay were literally in the wrong place at the right time. “We went to the wrong house on the day of the showing, and it wasn’t originally

the house we wanted to see,” explains Judy of the fortuitous mishap. “We asked to see a different house, but our broker found this house and we fell in love with it.” “It had a really, really nice feel to it,” adds Stephen of the 5-bedroom, 4½-bath residence on a 5,000-square-foot lot. “We walked in, and we thought, ‘It has everything we were looking for.” The existing two-story home, though, was not quite the style they wanted. “It’s a very lovely Mediterranean-style house, but it had burnt orange walls, blonde wood floors and heavy drapery—and it was a bit formal for us,” recounts Judy. “We wanted it to showcase a lot of our artwork, and we wanted the walls to be a lighter color. Stephen is a big

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cook; we didn’t feel like the existing layout of the kitchen was working.” Over the years the couple put their own stamp on the house they once shared with their two children (now grown), their cat, Gus, and chocolate Labrador retriever, Harlan, in several design phases. “We basically redid everything with the exception of the laundry room and a little sofa at the top of the landing on the stairs,” says Stephen. To combat the dark feel of the home, Judy chose a crisp white paint—Simply White by Benjamin Moore—for the common areas and Natural Linen by Benjamin Moore for the master bedroom. “I like color that’s easy to transition out,” she adds. Judy selected a few pieces for the kitchen, master bedroom and living room from HomeGoods, Houzz, Pottery Barn and Frontgate and had some reupholstered in designer fabrics. “I like to add pops of color through curtains and pillows so it’s easy to change.” For the kitchen redesign, the couple turned to contractor Tom Rochford and designer Josette Murphy, principal of About:Space, LLC in El Segundo, who was a referral from a friend. Josette was also later hired to help with the adjacent breakfast room and den, living room, and master bedroom and bathroom. “The kitchen was dated and with very traditional styling and rather 1980s clipped corners and granite counters,” says Josette of the kitchen lined with custom cabinets by Benjamin Gordon of Gordon Woodcraft; an island countertop custom-made in solid plank walnut; a Francis multicolored wool rug from Contempo Floor Coverings; and Sheldon swivel counter stools from Frontgate recovered in Gostwick Park by Zimmer + Rohde and treated with a laminate for easy cleanup. “The layout didn’t change that much, but we completely gutted it and wanted to lighten it all up,” says Josette. “We distressed the island in an olive green color wash to look like a piece of furniture. The Omar blown-glass pendants by Currey & Company are mouth-blown and had this old Spanish vibe. They had some rustic, hand-painted Italian dishes that they wanted to display in the cabinets, and they wanted a place for easy access to cookbooks.” They also removed an unsightly existing blonde wood overhang and replaced it with beams, a perimeter soffit and new lighting. “We designed and stained the new wood ceiling beams to match the beams in the adjacent breakfast room so they looked original,” she adds. In the adjacent breakfast room, Josette used the couple’s own dining table and added a burst of color with tangerine-hued slipcovers for the four chairs made from Magnolia Fabrics. “We also added an area rug to soften the space,” she says. “The fabric was chosen to complement the island stools and the family room pillows and window coverings so that all three connected spaces had a similar feel.” In the den/family room area, Josette combined existing window coverings and a few of Judy’s own orange-and-cream printed pillows atop a neutral sofa to dictate the color palette, along with custom red pillows with a cream pattern in Schumacher’s Durance fabric in Bittersweet. “There’s a lot of different palettes, but by staying in a tight color range they complement each other and create interest and harmony,” she says of the pattern-on-pattern look. “Layering multiple patterns works best when you start with a more neutral ‘ground’ and keep the large elements visually quiet [like sectional, rugs, cabinets] so the eye has a place to rest too.” Upstairs in the master bedroom and bath, Josette—with the help of contractor Eric Friske—created the ultimate resort-like sanctuary. The master suite is awash in a textural cream and dark brown base with hints of pale indigo and butterscotch. The taupe headboard was

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reupholstered in Overton fabric by Pindler & Pindler, while two Sunset Point nightstands by Hooker Furniture flank the bed. “I’m not afraid to work with what the client already has and carry the client’s personal history through,” says Josette of using Judy and Stephen’s own pieces, including a wingchair from HomeGoods. “If a client owns pieces they love and they work with the design direction, by all means I want to use them. It really adds to the personality and brings depth. There is nothing worse than buying everything new from the same resource.” “I love our master bedroom suite,” says Judy. “It’s very tranquil and elegant. We have custom cabinetry by Torben Boesgaard of Concepts In Wood who helped designed the bedroom and bathroom cabinets and master closet while Josette worked on the finishes.” The glamorous master bathroom features Faceted Panels wall mirrors by Brayden Studio; Utopia sconces by Kelly Wearstler for Visual Comfort; a freestanding White Sawyer tub by Americh set inside the shower stall, surrounded by hand-painted wainscot tile from Walker Zanger’s Duquesa collection in Fatima pattern in Ambra color. “The bathroom had very little storage and counter space,” says Josette. “We splurged on the pattern tile, but everything around it was visually quiet and inexpensive. It was fun. I enjoyed that they had the courage to do this.” Now the couple, who also spend time at their second home in Santa Barbara, enjoy cooking at home and entertaining with friends and family. “There’s not just one place I like going to,” adds Stephen. “I’m happy just going into each of the rooms.” ¢

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If you love product delivery services like Stich Fix, you’re going to get a kick out of An Inside Crush. This new direct-to-door styling service offers customers a selection of curated home accessories each season. And it was all started here in Manhattan Beach. Owner and local resident Mireille Dermer Mengel got the idea when she recognized a need to more easily spruce up her living space every few months. “While many people are interested in keeping their home on trend, finding the time to do so and having the knowledge to do so can be limiting factors,” she says. An Inside Crush provides consumers with a “designer-in-a-box” at an affordable price with high-end products at a meaningful discount to retail. Every season a new box arrives with an assortment of five highly curated and on-trend home decor and accessory pieces chosen by Mireille.

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OLDIE BUT GOODIE A local South Bay couple put their personal touch on a historic, 110-year-old Redondo Beach home. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK PHOTOGRAPHED BY SIRI BERTING


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here’s something truly special about

The thought of covering windows with

rooms have been converted to serve other

an older home: a tiny reveal in every

paneling may seem like an odd option, but

purposes: an office, a dressing room and a

room, a story in all the little details.

Caroline McLean is quick to point out, “That’s

seating area that Peter refers to as “the world’s

It seems that everywhere you look,

what they did in the ‘60s and ‘70s.”

smallest French theatre.”

there’s new construction here in the South

One of the quirks of owning a home with

Peter gestures to a chair in the corner of

Bay—often two houses scraped to make room

decades of history is navigating through

the room: “This chair is from my great-great-

for a newly-built goliath.

decades of style preferences. Underneath the

great-grandfather. He was a judge, and this

green carpet Peter and Caroline found the

was his judges chair from his chambers, from

home’s original wood floors.

1850-something,” he says.

Now to be clear, we love those big, beautiful, brand-new homes. Every street in the Beach Cities is lined with architectural eye candy; it’s

“The [home’s first] owner was a Red Car

“You have to look back here,” Peter

pretty spectacular. But when an older home is

driver,” Peter mentions. “And we’ve heard

continues. At the base of the wall there’s

loved and cared for, there’s something pretty

he also owned a little dairy on Torrance

a small drawing of what looks like a steam

spectacular about that too.

Boulevard,” Caroline adds. “He kept their cow

tugboat. After removing the paneling on

in the garage.”

the walls and peeling back layers and layers

“This house was built in 1908,” Peter Neushul says. “When we moved in, it was ‘91 or ‘92.

The roughly 1,600-square-foot home sits

There was paneling everywhere, and there was

on a nearly 6,000-square-foot lot with a

green carpet. We took the paneling off, and we

freestanding garage tucked in the back. The

found windows.”

home has five bedrooms, though some of the

of wallpaper, Caroline and Peter found the artwork of a young child. “Somebody was clearly down there, quite industriously just drawing on the wall,” Caroline

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muses. “It must have been done in the ‘20s, because of the layers of wallpaper. We can date it, you know, like carbon dating.” Rather than cover it, Caroline and Peter carefully painted around the image. “We thought it was very funny,” Caroline says. Every corner of the house is filled with treasures, either brought in from Caroline and Peter or preserved by them. And whether it’s the couple’s overtly warm and friendly demeanor or the appeal of a home with so much history, this Redondo Beach gem is undeniably charming. “Pretty much everyone who comes to visit enjoys hanging out here,” Caroline says. “The scale of the rooms and their less-than-perfect charm seems to make everyone feel welcome and comfy.” The house itself reflects only part of the magic the two have created with the space. “This is Peter’s territory,” Caroline says as she walks outside the back door of what was once a laundry room and is now a sunroom off the back of the house. “It’s like a secret paradise.” There’s a bog for turtles, colorful koi swimming in a pond, tangerine trees, orange trees and avocado trees. They have roses blooming, figs, a coffee tree, grapevines, mangos, tomatoes and even a greenhouse. “I raise butterflies,” Peter says. “He takes the caterpillars and then puts them in his greenhouse in a special cage until they become butterflies,” Caroline adds. “And then when they’re born, he lets them out.” Stairs lead to a guest room, the master bedroom, Peter’s office and Caroline’s stylish and oh-so-feminine dressing room

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on the second level of the home. The room boasts vintage Chanel, Dior, formal hats and an assortment of glass perfume bottles displayed sweetly on the vanity. Some of the rooms upstairs have doorways that are noticeably uneven. “We think it was just built like that,” Caroline says. “In 1908, a humble little house like this—there’s usually no drawings.” The tub in the upstairs bathroom was restored after the pair discovered it hidden outside. “We found this bath buried in the backyard,” Peter notes. For Caroline and Peter, their home is a labor of love, perfected after nearly three decades of delicate care and more than a little creativity. “There are lots of older homes in the South Bay that, with a little vision and some TLC, could also be recycled and enjoyed for many years to come. In many instances they, like ours, have lovely gardens with mature trees, interesting architectural features and were really built to last,” Caroline says. To see a home so cherished and restored to what it was, rather than what it could be, is refreshing. ¢

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ISLAND UPGRADE WE’LL MEET YOU ON THE LANAI AT MAUI’S BEAUTIFUL MONTAGE RESIDENCES KAPALUA BAY.

If you dream of owning an oceanfront condo on West Maui with all the perks of resort living, you’re in luck. Montage Residences Kapalua Bay offers you the size, services and prime water view you desire for the optimal Hawaiian escape, plus 22,000 acres of tropical coastline right outside your door. But you better hurry. As of press time only five of these popular properties were still on the market. It’s easy to understand the appeal. Launched in 2014 in highly desirable Kapalua Resort on Maui’s western shore, Montage Residences Kapalua Bay offers 84 private residences with direct access to the beach and 50 luxury, residential-style suites available for nightly rental. The limited offering of whole ownership residences includes a selection of three- and four-bedroom options with spacious floor plans ranging from 2,789 to 4,055 square feet. These residences are sold unfurnished, but new owners may partner with one of the resort’s interior designers to customize their own experience. As Hawaii should primarily be enjoyed outdoors, each multi-room residence features generous outdoor living with more than 628 square feet of lanai. Spacious kitchens come fully equipped with Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances. Each unit also features parking, elevator access, marble finishes in the bathrooms and walk-in closets. Because your only responsibility on vacation is to relax, a private owner’s lounge provides exclusive services available to residential homeowners including travel and transportation arrangements, valet parking, luggage and sports equipment shipping and unpacking, grocery stocking, dining and spa reservations, catering, business services, child care, entertaining and event planning assistance, and all activity bookings. The staff can also arrange housekeeping and maintenance services. Now that you’ve settled into your accommodations, it’s time to explore the resort. The property is home to five distinct dining venues: Cane & Canoe (signature fine dining); Sunset Patio and Hana Hou Bar (poolside casual dining and drinks); Mahana Market (a general store); Cliff House (waterfront private event venue); Beach Club (private club with casual dining and drinks). If you don’t

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want to leave your home, no problem … there’s 24hour residence dining and personal chef services. At the heart of the property, a three-tier, lagoonstyle pool complex features spectacular ocean views, multiple areas for private relaxation, a familyfriendly kids’ space, an intimate adults-only area, a lazy river and a stunning waterfall. With easy access to the ocean, you can expect full-service beach activities and watersports during your visit. Both within and beyond the borders of Montage, you’ll discover one of Hawaii’s largest nature preserves, including five stunning white sand beaches, two marine sanctuaries, miles of hiking trails and two legendary championship golf courses. Let’s conclude on a relaxing note. The 30,000-square-foot Spa Montage perfectly integrates a peaceful indoor-outdoor experience with both ancient and contemporary products and services. The concept was inspired by the abundant wellness energy surrounding the spa from Mauka (mountains) to Makai (ocean). Natural materials, inspiring accents and indigenous plants have been carefully selected to provide an elegant, calming and holistic ambience that is typical of Hawaii. On arrival, guests are greeted by sweeping ocean views and spa experts who help create a personalized relaxation journey. This individual customization is the very essence of what sets the spa apart. Also unique is the expansive menu of offerings and experiences. Perfect for both couples and individuals, selections include: indoor and outdoor treatment areas and therapies; a rich array of water features; luxurious locker rooms and tranquil relaxation lounges; a state-of-the-art Fitness & Wellness Center; a nutritious and delicious Spa Café; an enticing Spa Boutique and a full-service Beauty Salon. Spa Montage employs top-notch personal trainers who create lasting relationships with owners and guests alike. Montage Residences Kapalua Bay continues to serve as a destination for those looking to refine their fitness regimens. We’d run there if we could. But, you know, oceans. So book your ticket and see why this incredible resort should be your new home away from home. For more, visit montagehotels.com. ¢

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4205 MIRALESTE DRIVE, RANCHO PALOS VERDES 3 Bedrooms • 2 Bathrooms • 2,224 sq ft • 8,940 sq ft lot

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CLASSIC TILE & DESIGN, INC. 310.376.8024 | FAX 310.376.6887 860 Pacific Coast Hwy. | Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 classictyl@aol.com | www.classictiledesign.com


2018 DESIGN SHOWCASES 128 LEAN ARCH, INC.

144 RICHARD HAYNES

JAMES R. MEYER &

DEVELOPMENT

SHEENA M. TASICH

RICHARD HAYNES

130 MICHAEL LEE

ARCHITECTS, INC.

146 ROY’S CONCRETE AND

MASONRY, INC.

MICHAEL LEE

132 LANEY LA 134 RAS-A STUDIO 136 LUANN DEVELOPMENT

ROY LINDAHL

148 OUTDOOR HARDSCAPES JIM WALSH

150 K.FAIR LANDSCAPE

DESIGN

KELSEY FAIR &

138 C&C PARTNERS

DESIGN/BUILD

PATRICK CUNNINGHAM &

RYAN HELD

152 JANIECE SNYDER

LANDSCAPE DESIGN

MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM

140 DENTON

DEVELOPMENTS

JANIECE SNYDER

154 KATE LESTER

INTERIORS

KEVIN LANG

142 ARCHER BUILDING

GROUP, INC.

KATE LESTER

156 EDENLA INTERIORS

BEN ARCHER & MELANIE ARCHER

EDITED BY LAURA WATTS PHOTOGRAPHED BY KAT MONK & SHANE O’DONNELL

SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION

JAMIE RODDY

158 ABOUT:SPACE JOSETTE MURPHY

160 CHRISTINE KIMBERLEE

DESIGNS

CHRISTINE VROOM

162 FKD+, INC. RICK FARNHAM & ELIZABETH KNAPP

164 LH.DESIGNS LINDA HAYSLETT

166 CAROLINE MCLEAN

DESIGN

CAROLINE MCLEAN

168 DIANE BARBER

DESIGNERY DIANE BARBER


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LEAN ARCH, INC. JAMES R. MEYER, AIA SHEENA M. TASICH, IIDA

530 S. Spring Street, 6th Floor, Los Angeles 213-744-9830 jmeyer@leanarch.com @leanarch leanarch.com

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sophisticated art collection curated by the owner

This modern, Montecito-style home located in the

and art advisor Victoria Burns offers insight to the

Tree Section of Manhattan Beach is a wonderful

owner’s desire to strike a meaningful tone for the

example of a modest Spanish Revival home—orig-

home—one that graces a modern family lifestyle

inally constructed in 1930—being reimagined as a

with sentimentality and tradition.

contemporary oasis. The design is an homage to the classic style, carefully crafted with attention to every detail. We traveled up and down the state, visiting different manufacturers and artisans to select the perfect materials for the home. Each decision was made with careful consideration for the overall design concept. Artisanal steel windows, troweled plaster walls, and handmade roof and floor tiles are part of a sumptuous palette of materials that literally glow in the early evening light. The warmth and character of each room demonstrates the depth of the design philosophy, which was as much an exercise in restraint as it was in creativity. The front entry and “paseo,” which connects the two side yards through the middle of the home, are the primary architectural elements defining the sequence of spaces. The “saddlebag” yards

WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF LEAN ARCH? Lean Arch, Inc. started as a small design studio in Manhattan Beach and has grown into a Los Angeles-based, award-winning design/build practice with a global perspective. For almost 20 years Lean Arch has overseen the design and construction of numerous private residences, restaurants, and commercial and tenant improvement projects throughout the western United States and China. Our experience and multidisciplinary approach to our work has allowed us to offer our clients a variety of specialized services, insight and perspective. We embrace a “learn by doing” philosophy and approach each project as an opportunity to expand our knowledge of design and construction.

feature a pool and patio on the west side and

WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THE HOME DESIGN INDUSTRY?

terraced cooking, dining and lounge areas on the

We value our clients. Our relationships are built

east side. Even the front yard is conceived as an

on trust, mutual respect, and our ability to listen

outdoor living room—engaging with the surround-

carefully to their needs and objectives. By engag-

ing neighborhood yet affording enough privacy to

ing in an enjoyable and collaborative process

guarantee its regular use and functionality.

where there are many voices, we find there are

Custom-designed furniture and upholstery

opportunities to continuously improve upon the

accent each room and underscore a minimalistic

original design concept and enhance the quality

approach to the interior design. A beautiful and

of the outcome.

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

This 420-square-foot, second-story guest-

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY THAT CAPTIVATES YOU?

house is a fresh take on the classic “mother-

Working in architecture is challenging, given

DESCRIBE THE PROJECT YOU FEATURED.

in-law’s unit over the garage.” The space is roomy and light-filled and full of fun stuff … like bunk beds that are actually stacked |double beds and an awesome bar for socializing outside the main house. The funky pendant lighting, the exposed beam ceiling and the built-in ladder for the beds all add to the good times. If there’s a bit of a “surfer vibe” to the room, it’s probably because all three of the owners’ grown children (two boys and a girl) are amazingly talented local surfers (and world travelers) who sometimes need a crash pad between trips. DESCRIBE THE VERNACULAR OF YOUR PRACTICE. We are primarily a custom residential design firm. We specialize in private homes throughout the L.A. 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.

the huge range of skills and responsibilities that an architect must take on. However, this is what makes being an architect so rewarding. An architect must solve problems in an aesthetic way, engineer projects cost-effectively, guide them through the byzantine municipal approval processes, and then coordinate the construction and finishes of those projects. Having an understanding of all aspects of the design process and a deep appreciation for good architecture and all of its various components gives us great satisfaction. WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THIS INDUSTRY? We look at every project with fresh eyes and as a chance to design a unique and exciting building that will enhance the lives of its inhabitants. We carry this enthusiasm forward through the design and construction process and work diligently to assure that our projects exceed our clients’ expectations.

We also do multi-family residential, small

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS?

commercial and restaurant work, along with

Our belief in good design and our under-

interior design and construction management.

standing of what it takes to create lasting

Design/build has been a very successful for-

quality architecture.

mula for us on numerous projects.

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LANEY LA 13110 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite A, Hawthorne 310-870-7175 | yes@laney.la | Laney.LA | @LaneyLAinc

Laney LA designed this modern, minimal home

HOW DO YOU VIEW THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS WITH A CLIENT?

for a filmmaker in Culver City. Influenced by

To say that it is a team effort would be an

Nordic architecture, the dark wood facade is

understatement. We seek to truly understand

complemented by a white, vaulted interior.

the values of our clients well before we begin

The home celebrates the client’s love of the

the design process by leading them through a

outdoors and rock climbing. The master suite

detailed lifestyle and inspiration interview. We

features an oversized reading nook, cantile-

then listen carefully to discern their aspirations

vered toward the backyard landscape.

and discover unique opportunities to enhance

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

their daily activities. From the very first meetWHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR FIRM?

ing, we ask clients for their engagement in the

Laney LA aspires to create work that matters.

nuanced, thoughtful and deeply personal.

process. This effort leads to a home that is

We believe in championing the dreams of our South Bay clients by creating spaces that

WHAT CURRENT TRENDS APPEAL TO YOU?

celebrate their unique lifestyles. We believe in

We are thrilled to see a trend toward a more

the power of the creative process as a platform

refined approach to the connection between

to touch people’s lives. Laney LA is a boutique

indoor and outdoor spaces. Our adventurous

architecture studio dedicated to delighting

clients push us to prioritize the outdoor living

through design. We bring a passionate and

experience and seamlessly integrate this idea

visual approach to the creative design process.

into the design of the architecture. This trend

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER PROFESSIONALS IN YOUR INDUSTRY? Our studio is committed to a visually rich

celebrates the quintessential southern California lifestyle—embracing natural elements within the heart of the home.

technology to explore multiple design solu-

ONCE A JOB IS COMPLETE, HOW DO YOU HANDLE FOLLOW-UP?

tions in an effort to discover the most delight-

No matter what stage a project is in, we stay

ful and intelligent strategy. Every home is

uniquely focused on providing high-touch and

crafted digitally as a highly detailed 3-D model,

high-tech services for our clients and col-

allowing our clients to virtually explore the

laborators. Even during construction, we stay

design before construction even begins. This is

closely connected to the project and make

often the highlight of our client’s experience.

ourselves easily accessible.

design process. We leverage cutting-edge

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RAS-A STUDIO ARCHITECTURE DESIGN CONSTRUCTION 2507 West 190th St., Redondo Beach | 310-937-1760 | ras-a.studio

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jointed with slated oak balusters that serve

Located steps from the Pacific Ocean in the

as both guardrail and the stair’s stringer. By

Portuguese Beach Club neighborhood of

splitting the existing gable roof to form an

Rancho Palos Verdes, this project is a complete

operable clerestory above the stairs, ocean

renovation and rebuild of a 1951 vintage beach

views are gained at the second level while

home. As a result of a previous haphazard DIY

providing passive cooling, as the stairwell

addition and the sinking structure’s proximity

doubles as a thermal chimney.

to a perpetually sliding hillside (the foundation has since been retrofitted to withstand), the clients needed to fully gut the original house and rebuild it from the ground floor up. Their brief was straightforward—they wanted an open, airy, light-filled vacation home to be used when they are in town visiting their children and grandchildren who live nearby. Due to zoning restrictions, the new design is contained within the original footprint and building height but provides a reworked floor plan for greater efficiency of the modest-size home—with a stronger connection to outdoor spaces. The kitchen is the heart of the main floor. It opens to an outdoor terrace (above the existing garage) through a pass-through bar. The dining area—adjacent to the kitchen—is flanked by two

The grandchildren’s bedroom and a guest bathroom are tucked behind the stairs on the first floor, while two master bedrooms each with ensuite bathrooms are located on the second floor. The Douglas fir beams and tongue-andgroove roof decking are exposed in the ceilings to add volume and maximize ceiling heights within the tight building height limit. Rigid insulation was installed over the decking and topped with an aluminum standing seam roof. The majority of the exterior is clad in Ipe wood siding due to its fire-resistant qualities, and the semi-subterranean garage is finished with troweled stucco. The landscaping was replaced with drought-tolerant plantings that blend with the surrounding natural landscape.

to a large wraparound deck. When the doors

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

and windows are open, the interior and exterior

We are a boutique design and build studio

areas blur into a fluid space with the kitchen and

that believes in good design and getting our

dining area as the nucleus.

hands dirty. Having a multidisciplinary team of

large bifolding doors that extend the space out

To increase the size of the living room, a

architects, designers and contractors, we are

walled-in stair and a space-hogging masonry

capable of providing complete services—taking

chimney were removed and replaced with an

a project from conception through construction.

open staircase. Its floating oak treads are finger-

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L to R: Raul Valles, LuAnn Fabian, Dominic Rouzaud, Terry Huff

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

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

member of our team back up every project

Inspired by classic New York brownstone

supervisor. With so many details going into

manors, elegant details can be found through-

building a home, sometimes focusing on the

out this modern-traditional designed by David

decision at hand allows for something to go un-

Watson Architect and constructed by the team

noticed. But when you have a support system in

at LuAnn Development. This home, unique in

place like we do, the team is supporting a team.

its attention to design detail and quality, takes advantage of abundant natural light to showcase high ceilings, a gourmet kitchen and an exquisite master suite with ocean views, a massive walk-in closet and spa-like master bath. TELL US ABOUT A TYPICAL DAY IN YOUR INDUSTRY. Our days begin early in the morning and end late at night. We start each day by checking into each one of our projects to ensure that our crews have a plan of action for the day and have the answers they need before they get started. We are in constant contact with our clients and subcontractors throughout the day. There is not much downtime, and it is ever changing. Before the end of the day we are planning for what is going to take place over the next few days—in this business planning is key. HOW DOES BEING DETAIL-ORIENTED ENHANCE YOUR WORK? Being detail-oriented is a must in the business, but that doesn’t mean that every general contractor is good at it. One of the practices our

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CRITICAL SKILLS FOR BEING SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? Key skills for continued success as a general contractor are adaptability, communication, follow-through, attention to details, effective project management … and, for me personally, lots of coffee! HOW DO YOU VIEW THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS WITH A CLIENT? Collaboration with our clients is a constant, and as such we focus on creating a house distinctly built for each owner and their lifestyle, needs and desires. Once we truly understand those, everything else seems to fall into place. Through meetings with clients we establish their preferences and provide several ideas and potential design features along the way. Our goal is to ensure that their vision comes to light. HOW DO YOU ENSURE CLIENT SATISFACTION? Listen closely, execute swiftly and follow up daily.

company has embraced is that we have another

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C&C PARTNERS DESIGN/BUILD 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.

European rustic oak feels suspended in the light

This 5-bedroom, 6½-bath modern masterpiece

from the glass walls that surround it. The goal

was created by brothers Patrick Cunningham,

achieved: effortless elegance.

AIA, and Michael Cunningham, GC, owner/ operators of C&C Partners Design/Build, in collaboration with Palos Verdes architect Russ Barto, AIA, as lead architect. Perched on a hill in the coastal town of Playa Del Rey, the unique, 5,400-square-foot dwelling is the embodiment of contemporary attitude. Utilizing a reverse floor plan, the bedrooms are downstairs, with the living, cooking and entertaining areas occupying the second floor. The living room flows seamlessly into the 560foot deck, aided by a floor-to-ceiling retractable glass wall system that allows for the best of Southern California’s indoor/outdoor living. These versatile entertainment spaces take advantage of the beautiful coastal views that create the perfect backdrop for any event— from casual barbeque to formal cocktail party. Attention to detail—both inside and out—

TELL US ABOUT THE VALUE OF COLLABORATION IN THIS INDUSTRY. C&C Partners Design/Build, project architect and general contractor, collaborated with Russ Barto, AIA, as lead architect to jointly design this featured home. C&C Partners Design/Build has had the good fortune to work with many of the top architects in the South Bay, and these collaborations have produced some exciting and beautiful results. It is our belief that bringing in talented individuals within the industry can improve innovation, keep concepts and materials fresh, and produce winning results for clients. Many current design/build projects are complex and multifaceted, involving ever-changing environmental and community requirements. The ability to harness cutting-edge ideas, people and resources from outside our company has

elevate the design. Clean minimal lines with

helped us meet challenges and achieve spectac-

unique features—including a sail-shaped wedge

ular outcomes. The individuals we work with gain

of weather-resistant Trespa architectural panels

benefits as well, working within the C&C process.

along one side of the house and walls of glass

When asked about the latest joint venture,

that let in an expanse of natural light—help high-

Russ Barto said, “It was a pleasure collaborat-

light the elements within. The kitchen features

ing with Patrick Cunningham on the design of

rustic maple cabinets that complement the gran-

the Playa Del Rey home. Patrick brought a lot to

ite slab counters, drawing attention to the center

the table; he possesses the rare combination of

island with its eye-catching Meteor Shower

design artistry and practical construction exper-

Satin granite slab top. The floating stairway of

tise.” Clearly a win-win.

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DENTON DEVELOPMENTS GENERAL CONTRACTOR KEVIN LANG 562 Meyer Lane Redondo Beach 310-200-1844 kevin@dentondevelopments.com dentondevelopments.com

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understand the process so they can anticipate

This was a design-led development project for

the next milestones in their home’s completion.

the interior and exterior. This three-unit build

Our thermal/infrared cameras help us mitigate

is currently on the market in Redondo Beach

moisture, air and hot/cold spots in the home.

for a competitive price. Considering we did

It’s also a crucial tool in water testing windows

custom cabinetry from a local craftsman, high-

and doors; we trust our tradesman but verify

end appliances and designer tile throughout,

as well.

offering it at market price was no small feat. DOES DENTON DEVELOPMENTS HAVE A PARTICULAR SPECIALTY? We love a challenge. Our goal is to always be growing our knowledge base; however, technical projects are what we are about. We

Our live feed cameras are active on all projects. Our newest addition is a 360º room camera allowing us to pan in any direction. This digitally links to blueprints, enabling us to have access to photos during client meetings in real time, or years down the road.

eight months of design/build coordination.

HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT YOUR CLIENTS ARE SATISFIED?

It required three engineers and five different

We make our client’s priorities our own—

trades to execute. But it was what the space

whether that’s a tight timeline, budget or

dictated. It’s a beautiful glass staircase that not

a complex specialty feature like the glass

only serves as a sculptural focal point, but it al-

staircase. Even after the final payment and the

lows sun from the third-floor skylight to diffuse

customer has moved in, it’s important to have

throughout—also allowing for the basement

a get-it-right mentality. We think it’s important

floor living wall to thrive.

to be accessible. Service is huge.

WHAT HIGH-TECH SOLUTIONS DOES YOUR STUDIO OFFER? We use software that allows our team and

ARE THERE PARTICULAR CONSIDERATIONS WHEN YOU WORK ON A PROJECT IN THE SOUTH BAY?

collaborators to view and interact with plans

Yes, 100%. Your contractor should be well-

to ensure quick and seamless communication.

versed in local construction. Palos Verdes

We use tools to photo-document projects

Estates vs. the Manhattan Beach Sand Section

before closing up walls, and at every stage of

is comparing apples to oranges. New construc-

inspection. We can then make modifications

tion in PVE could require 6-foot-deep footings,

with the least amount of rework, saving time

where in Manhattan Beach you will have to pay

and money.

a minimum of $20,000 in shoring if you have

recently finish a six-figure staircase that took

We update our Gantt chart, or project timeline, every two weeks. It helps the homeowner

a 2-foot difference in height between your lot and your neighbor’s.

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ARCHER BUILDING GROUP, INC. BEN ARCHER & MELANIE ARCHER 707 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100 Redondo Beach 310-602-1492 info@archerbuilding.com archerbuilding.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

clients regarding all aspects of their projects.

This mid-century modern home on 3rd Street

It includes budgets, photos, billing, schedules,

in Manhattan Beach was a really fun project

changes, specifications and plans. Over and

for us. We worked with a team of designers

over again we hear from clients: “You’re so

at AboutSpace to give our clients their dream

organized!” A lot of that has to do with the way

vacation home with a classy yet relaxed style.

we can present information. It never takes the

In a more modern home like this, quality of

place of person-to-person contact, which is

craftsmanship really shows and our attention to detail made all of the clean lines pop. We had playful fixtures, waterfall countertops, a custom entry door, various textures and detailed tile work. Overall, the clients wanted a spa-like retreat for their home away from home, and we’re proud of the end result. HOW DO YOU VIEW THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS WITH A CLIENT? The collaborative process with the client, the designer, the architect and our subcontractors is the life-blood of a construction project. Our job is to coordinate that process and make sure all of the individual pieces come together to form a cohesive vision. Then we build the home to conform to that vision. Houses are art, but they also have to be comfortable and functional. Many times clients come to us with a sense of what they want and look to us to help them finish their idea to make it useable and appealing.

essential in construction, but it does streamline the process and make everything easy to find at the touch of a button. In particular, when clients are out of town or are not local, they love checking on our progress through the app and the various streaming cameras we set up on-site. It’s a fun and functional way to keep everyone involved. TELL US ABOUT YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN LIFE. Definitely our three little boys. They bring joy and meaning to our lives and inform how we approach the world. We value integrity, communication and thoughtfulness in our personal lives, which translates to our professional lives as well. In everything we do we ask ourselves, “Would we be proud to share this with our kids?” They love visiting the job sites to see what mom and dad do everyday for work—they particularly like “cleaning up construction” with a broom. They are a constant reminder of what

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER PROFESSIONALS IN YOUR INDUSTRY?

an incredible opportunity we have to work

We are very user-friendly. We have a personal-

physical mark on the South Bay.

together, build beautiful homes and leave a

ized app that provides real-time updates to

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

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housing throughout Los Angeles. The goal

This coastal contemporary with industrial flair

through these means is to allow our investors

was an awesome project in North Manhattan

and clients to invest in real estate passively

Beach. There are two attached townhomes—

while enjoying superior risk-adjusted returns

one featuring four bedrooms with 2,450 square

not offered in traditional markets.

feet and another featuring three bedrooms with 2,000 square feet. Both units have spectacular ocean views and an open floor plan that are perfect for entertaining. My favorite part is the sleek kitchens with bifold doors that open to the deck. These townhomes have tons of class and taste.

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS AN ARTIST? By no means am I an artist, but the description given to poker’s no-limit Texas Hold’em being an “art and a science” really resonates with me (players need to know the numbers/odds along with reading their opponents). My job is to

WHY DO SOUTH BAY RESIDENTS NEED YOUR SERVICES?

constantly judge the artistry of a home in the

Our services allow local South Bay investors

returns to our investors in the form of resale

to diversify their portfolios into real estate

value and managed expenses.

development—specifically, real estate in their own backyard that is familiar and an investment they can easily understand. As we earn their trust here in the South Bay, it allows us to take them to locations all over Los Angeles to earn the best risk-adjusted returns during each real estate cycle. WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR YOUR FIRM? Townhomes in Manhattan/Redondo Beach and various developments in light-rail-adjacent properties in the city of Los Angeles.

form of costs to deliver the highest possible

WHAT ARE SOME AWARDS YOUR COMPANY HAS WON? Recently one of our homes was featured in Kitchens & Baths magazine titled “Farmhouse with Flair.” We also had a bathroom touted as one of “The 20 Most Popular Bathrooms of 2015” according to Houzz. TELL US ABOUT YOUR OWN HOME. I do not own a home! Since I am a full-time real estate investor, I analyze everything in numbers. Turns out, the cost-benefit analysis says it is better to be a renter in the South Bay and own

WHAT IS THE MAIN FOCUS OF RICHARD HAYNES DEVELOPMENT?

income property throughout Los Angeles. So I

South Bay spec home development and small lot

I am a landlord who owns income property in

subdivision, small commercial and low-income

Los Angeles and the South Bay.

am a tenant paying rent in Hermosa Beach, and

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ROY’S CONCRETE AND MASONRY, INC. ROY LINDAHL 23223 Mariposa Avenue Torrance 310-539-8023 roysconcretemasonry69@yahoo.com roysconcreteandmasonry.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECTS.

We pride ourselves on beautifully completed

(1) Modern design porcelain pool deck with

projects—on time and on budget.

illuminated glass rock inlay and hidden drainage system in Rancho Palos Verdes. (2) Outdoor BBQ with solid stone patio and putting green—great use of a small space in Torrance. (3) Lompoc stone outdoor fireplace with built-in bench seating in Palos Verdes Estates. (4) Colored concrete walkway and

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WAY TO PERSONALIZE A HOME OR YARD FOR A CLIENT? Design is a huge part of concrete and masonry, and it’s important that the work I do stylistically goes well with the home or property. I pride myself on the way my projects flow with

culture stone veneer—great curb appeal at

the rest of the property. I ask questions in the

the beach.

beginning of our working relationship about

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR FIRM? I was born and raised in Torrance and have always loved building and designing things. I founded Roy’s Concrete and Masonry, Inc. in 1982, so for the past 37 years I’ve been creating beautiful outdoor spaces for South

what is most important to my clients, what styles and materials they enjoy, and what their dream home/yard would look like. Then we take that direction and, with their budget in mind, give recommendations of how we could execute their vision.

Bay homeowners. Roy’s does everything

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN LIFE?

from driveways and patios to retaining walls,

The beautiful family my wife, Kim, and I have

pool decks, putting greens, custom BBQs,

created. We have been married for 37 years,

outdoor kitchens and fire pits. We specialize

and she has truly built this business with me

in concrete, block, brick, foundations and

every step of the way. We have two success-

stone work and base everything we do on

ful daughters, Michelle and Melissa, and a son,

the pillars of quality and integrity.

Michael, who helps me run Roy’s Concrete and

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHERS IN THE INDUSTRY? Many of my employees have been with me

Masonry, Inc. My 16-month-old granddaughter, Brooke, reminds me to step away from work and enjoy the little things in life.

knowledge of concrete and masonry and

TELL US A BIT ABOUT WHAT YOU DO “OFF THE JOB.”

synergy of working together allows Roy’s

When I am not working, you can find me

Concrete and Masonry to create beautiful,

on the golf course or taking my boat out

quality work that lasts for many years to come.

with my family.

for more than 20 years, so our team’s deep

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OUTDOOR HARDSCAPES JIM WALSH 1400 18th Street Manhattan Beach 310-420-9987 jimwalsh@outdoorhardscapes.com outdoorhadscapes.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

reputation that our firm has built in the

This project is hidden in the hills of Shady

community. Our customers become friends,

Canyon in Irvine. Owners of HPA Architecture

and that’s a good sign in this business. We

(Yong Nam and Susan Littlefield) teamed up

realize the remodels can be stressful on

with us to make this dream happen. The prop-

homeowners, so our motto is: If we are going

erty features waterfalls, fire, large golf greens,

to be in demand, we must over-deliver on our

and a pool with innovative technology. One

promises and always give more in service than

element we created was a swim-up bar that

we expect in payment.

has LED lighting under the onyx that lights up the bar poolside. This project has many wow factors that you can’t see. All features—including LED lighting, outdoor TVs, fire bowls, fire pits, swim jets, waterfalls and laminars—are automated. The main pool is all mosaic tile and trimmed with hand-made tiles.

WHAT IS THE MOST CRITICAL SKILL FOR BEING SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? We surround ourselves with some of the most talented people in the business to get the jobs accomplished; however, most important is our relationships with our clients. No project is worth it if there is no trust. We continue

DOES OUTDOOR HARDSCAPES HAVE A PARTICULAR SPECIALTY?

communication, build rapport and make sure

Our firm specializes in creating beautiful and

duty to make their dream a reality.

luxurious outdoor living spaces in custom homes, including swimming pools, spas, outdoor living areas, kitchens, sport courts, landscaping, driveways or simply just giving your place some curb appeal. We also specialize in building pool houses and guest houses.

clients realize that we will go beyond the call of

FROM WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FOR A NEW PROJECT? Inspiration is drawn from everywhere, especially hanging out with like-minded individuals and designers who have amazing ideas and taste. Constant and never-ending

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER PROFESSIONALS IN YOUR INDUSTRY?

improvement on our personal development

Our company carries multiple licenses; it’s

as well … next trip is Thailand!

a one-stop-shop for the customer. Outdoor Hardscapes can handle everything you need with your home project—from design, engineering and permitting to the installation of any project. We take a lot of pride in the

helps unleash the creative side. Travel is nice

TELL US ABOUT SOME OTHER PROPERTIES YOU’RE WORKING ON. We are working on multiple exciting projects in the South Bay. Keep up with our projects on our instagram account: @outdoorhardscapes.

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K.FAIR LANDSCAPE DESIGN KELSEY FAIR & RYAN HELD 2020 Perry Ave. A. Redondo Beach 805-272-5126 KFairLandscapeDesign.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

in-depth knowledge of horticulture, greywater

After getting settled in their new home, this active

harvesting, food-scaping and California natives.  

family of five needed to give their 1,400-squarefoot rooftop deck a purpose. The K.Fair Design team developed multiple 3-D renderings to explore the possibilities of what this roof could become. The result was a high-tech, high-function space that works for the whole family.  The entire rooftop is animated with smartphone-controlled lighting, speakers and screens. The firebox placement uses the ocean breeze to carry heat throughout the entire deck. Private nooks were carved out of the open space, with planters built into the spa surround. Safety was a big consideration, as this is

We have a highly skilled and trusted team of contractors and can manage comprehensive projects start-to-finish. We collaborate closely with our build teams to ensure a high fidelity to the original design. Since construction is an evolving process, any changes can be represented in 3-D to both the client and the contractor, ensuring the entire team has a clear picture of the end product. DESCRIBE YOUR AESTHETIC.

the main play area for the children. Strategic

We seek to strike a balance between hardscap-

design-conscious barriers added privacy and

ing and landscaping. We view a good landscape

gave Mom peace of mind. Versatility was a key

as one that offers usable multipurpose space

factor in making the space a success. The entry

while providing privacy with an easy-care plant

to the spa doubles as informal amphitheater

palette. Our most successful designs are those in

seating for slumber parties, while a bar top and

which the plant material and the hardscape work

hidden fridge makes entertaining a snap. With

seamlessly together.

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HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE INSTALLATION OF YOUR DESIGNS?

ANY TRENDS THAT YOU FIND PARTICULARLY APPEALING RIGHT NOW?

DOES YOUR DESIGN FIRM HAVE A PARTICULAR SPECIALTY?

After the heat of the past few summers, South

We specialize in dynamic 3-D renderings and an

private resorts in their own backyard. New high-

interactive experience for those seeking a highly

design pools and surrounding hardscapes are

personalized approach to design. Our clients are

not only the perfect place to cool down but an

delighted when we deliver renderings that can be

extension of the style of the home. We are see-

changed in real time during our presentations. We

ing a great deal of excitement around our pool

have a focus on sustainable design, and many of

designs that break out of the ordinary while add-

our large-scale landscapes often employ our

ing a timeless asset to the home.  

Bay families are building pools and creating

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JANIECE SNYDER LANDSCAPE DESIGN JANIECE SNYDER 229 2nd Street, Manhattan Beach 310-920-9744 | jsnyderdesigns.com janiece@jsnyderdesigns.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

hattan Beach-based firm that has grown

This project is in Palos Verdes overlooking

organically over the past 25 years. I work

the entire South Bay. Winter through summer

with a variety of clients, and we collaborate

the sunsets are incredible, and my clients can

together. I am given the reins to create

enjoy the views from Malibu to Catalina. This

unique, one-of-a-kind outdoor gardens and

house and pool were built in the ‘80s, and

outdoor living spaces—whether it be new

most of the yard was crumbling down the

construction or re-designing an outdoor

hillside. My client really wanted space to relax

patio and pool landscape. I am passionate

under the umbrella while family and friends

about creating gardens and outside spaces

played in the pool. Her husband wanted a fire

that are unique, intimate reflections of the

pit for making S’mores, enjoying quiet time and

client’s style and needs.

for the dads, kids and dogs to hang out near while they play on the full-size bocce court. The project did take some time, but we rebuilt the pool, created a beautiful outdoor kitchen and designed the gardens to soften the large property. This secret spot in the South Bay is quiet and peaceful while overlooking the bustling Beach Cities below. I used natural boulder steps to terrace the spaces and concrete benches to retain the levels to create interesting areas that feel natural, comfortable and inviting. Once we removed all the cracked, old concrete, I used a large Pennsylvania Blue subway tile to give clean lines. The backyard we created offers functional outdoor living for year-round enjoyment.

WHAT TRENDS DO YOU FIND PARTICULARLY APPEALING? The industry of design is always evolving and changing. The trend I love today is that the outdoor space is more important than ever. When I meet a client, I walk through the home and get a true feeling of what makes them happy and calm. I then try to pull that same feeling outdoors. I use colors and style to create a collective and consistent feeling from the moment you walk on the property— from indoor to outdoor. Besides creating an open and consistent space, I love to use fire in the landscape. Fire features create an inviting, warm space and can be used year-round in California. If I can

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR FIRM?

create a peaceful space for my clients, years

Janiece Snyder Landscape Designs is a Man-

relax, stop and smell the roses.

down the road they will always be inclined to

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KATE LESTER INTERIORS KATE LESTER 837 Pacific Coast Hwy., Hermosa Beach | 310-372-0504 | info@katelesterinteriors.com | katelesterinteriors.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

has an understated sophistication as well. Mixing

gorgeous! The whole experience is so much

The people who live here are the sweetest family.

in vintage and found objects was intentionally

more dramatic and impactful that way, which

They are a little Cape Cod traditional and a little

done throughout to keep the home from feeling

is why we do it. It’s a total transformation, and

California chic, so we worked our KLI magic.

too trendy, beachy or overly-decorated.

it’s memorable and emotional. Usually people

The lovechild of these two styles was born, and now I want to move in and just sleep in this entry because I am so obsessed. If you had seen the

HOW LONG DID THIS PROJECT TAKE TO COMPLETE, AND WHAT WAS THE PROCESS? This project was a large-scale remodel and took

cry (tears of joy, I hope!), and that makes my heart so happy. I love creating spaces that are the backdrops to people’s life experiences. My job rocks.

house before, you would have died: yellow walls,

about seven months to complete. We were on

rust-colored carpets, very ‘90s to 2000s hip but

board with the client from Day 1, selecting and

totally ready for a re-do. We bleached the dark

designing not only furnishings but also finishes,

HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITION?  

floors, opened up the dining and living room, and

millwork, plumbing, tile and lighting. Furnish-

We believe that spaces can be functional and

painted everything white. To add a bit of con-

ings were ordered and shipped to our ware-

luxurious. We strive to put our clients first. We

trast and East Coast sophistication, we painted

house, where they were inspected, assembled

answer the phone, return emails and visit the job

all of the trim and doors this perfect grey-ish

and housed until we were ready for full delivery

site. We practice fiscal responsibility and stay

taupe color. Our clients were totally game for

when the remodel was complete. Our policy is

true to our budgeting. By doing this we build

this, and I love it. If you want to talk about Top 10

everything at once—no exceptions. On installa-

trust. We are good stewards of time and money

rooms we’ve done this year, this office is way up

tion day the clients were sent away for the day.

throughout the design/build process. Most im-

there on the list. The grasscloth, the beadboard

When they came home that evening the furni-

portantly, we work hard to create a lasting posi-

paneling, the vintage rug … it’s perfection. I love

ture, drapery, art, accessories and plants were

tive experience for our clients and a home they

that this entire project is warm and textural but

installed. The home was complete, and it was

will enjoy for years to come.

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EDENLA INTERIORS JAMIE RODDY, CEO 350 N. Sepulveda Manhattan Beach 310-376-0033 edenLA@edenLA.com edenLA.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

work itself speaks for itself on our website

This happy Hermosa Beach couple wanted

portfolio at edenLA.com.

a cultivated California look downstairs—but a glamorous, chic feeling to the upstairs. The lady’s office lounge was especially fun to design. The overall space is very welcoming and a feast not only for the eyes but for the tactile senses as well. WHAT’S YOUR BACKGROUND? I’m a self- taught designer for almost 15 years now. I actually went to graduate school for cultural anthropology. One of the keys to my success with my clients is being able to

ARE THERE PARTICULAR CONSIDERATIONS WHEN YOU WORK ON A PROJECT IN THE SOUTH BAY? Ha! Of course! Family-Friendly Forever! People love to entertain, and stain-resistance is almost always a huge consideration. Our clients love to move effortlessly from the gorgeous outdoors to their newly gorgeous interiors, and they want them to stay that way. We unceasingly put our client’s lifestyle at the crux of the overall aesthetic, so this almost

truly understand their particular lifestyle as

always comes into play in the South Bay.

opposed to designing in one set way that is

DO YOU LIVE IN THE SOUTH BAY? WHY?

“my style.” I design for my clients—not for me. DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR SPECIALTY? We began as custom furniture specialists.

Of course ... because we can! The ability to be at a client’s home within five minutes makes for very effective, efficient collaboration—espe-

Now we build houses from the ground up,

cially during new home builds or remodels.

but we still have vast resources for all kinds

WHAT ARE SOME HIGH-TECH SOLUTIONS YOUR STUDIO OFFERS?

of unique furniture and decor procurement. Space planning and overall aesthetic balance is also a strong suit. WHAT IS THE MOST CRITICAL SKILL FOR BEING SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? For us, it’s listening to our clients and delivering outstanding client care. The interior design

We offer 3-D walk-through renderings when desired. And we also project working colorforms onto a 60-inch flat-screen in the studio when presenting to our clients. It all helps them feel at ease knowing exactly how their space will look before they make the decisions.

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ABOUT:SPACE JOSETTE MURPHY 305 Richmond Street El Segundo 310-726-0137 josette@aboutspacestudios.com aboutspacestudios.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEAM.

This Manhattan Beach Tree Section home,

My core design team is comprised of five

which is also highlighted in a feature article in

professional designers, including myself. Each

this magazine, was remodeled and decorated

of us earned a bachelor’s degree in interior

for a fun-loving couple who enjoys vibrant col-

design, with an emphasis on architectural and

ors and patterns and isn’t afraid to take risks.

three-dimensional concepts.

For example, we had this crazy idea to demo the large tub deck in the master bathroom (a boxy hulk of a thing that they never used) and replace it with a sculptural free-

WHAT WORD BEST DESCRIBES YOUR FIRM? Experienced.

standing tub installed within an open shower

WHAT TRENDS DO YOU FIND APPEALING RIGHT NOW?

with no door; just a pair of pony walls with

Frankly, we aren’t interested in what is trendy,

a glass panel on the showerhead side. The

because trends are fleeting and do not last. In-

result is far more dramatic and unexpected

stead we are passionately curious about what

and, come on y’all, what could be more sexy?!

will make each of our clients happy when they

The fully remodeled bathroom also has lots of

walk in their front door. For each client, this is

practical features such as plenty of storage,

different. We deploy classic, timeless design

new windows and great lighting.

principles to every project—principles like

The kitchen was completely gutted and re-

space, order and light and problem-solving.

built, and we also updated cabinetry, finishes,

Those principles transcend trends and stand

furniture and window coverings in the master

the test of time.

bedroom, living and family rooms. We tied the spaces together visually with the shared thread of the California Spanish vibe inspired by Santa

WHEN PEOPLE SEE A PROJECT OF YOURS, DO THEY RECOGNIZE IT AS YOURS?

Barbara, where our clients frequently visit.

A while ago a client said to me, “You know,

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER PROFESSIONALS IN YOUR INDUSTRY?

because it’s a particular style or color story

Our understanding of construction goes be-

was such a wonderful compliment! When we

yond what most interior designers/decorators

design a home, restraint is very important. Our

know. That knowledge gives us confidence

clients are going to live with our decisions for

to try new solutions to spatial problems and

many, many years, and we want them to love

insight into what is not going to work.

those results for all those years.

Josette, I can tell when a project is yours—not but because you know when to stop.” That

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CHRISTINE KIMBERLEE DESIGNS CHRISTINE VROOM 405 Via Chico #2 Palos Verdes Estates 310-941-5923 cks_designs@yahoo.com ckdesignfirm.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

new construction, full remodels and high-end

This gorgeous, contemporary craftsman home

custom interiors with a focus on attention to

was a complete ground-up new construction,

detail as well as attention to the client and to

and it was an honor to design it. Design / build

the project. My passion is creating one-of-a-

team C&C Partners led the way by designing an

kind spaces and allowing the clients’ personali-

amazing bone structure to work within. Not only

ties to truly shine. I believe spaces can be both

did the clients have impeccable taste, but they

luxurious and functional; creating that perfect

were an absolute pleasure to work with and for.

blend for an interior can truly be life-changing.

The initial vision was a classic craftsman /

It is my passion to aim for excellence and dedi-

cape, but that quickly evolved into more of an

cation and to create a space that my clients

edgy and exciting style. We added a touch of

will enjoy for life!

glam in each space. From the crystal chandelier in the laundry room to the metallic finish

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER PROFESSIONALS IN YOUR INDUSTRY?

of the upstairs built-ins to the custom zinc and

My focus is not just on the project and the

brass kitchen hood, this home was designed to

design but on all of the relationships involved.

be magazine-worthy.

I am inspired by people—from the client to

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We implemented traditional features like

the architect to the builder to all the trades

coffered ceilings, wainscoting and wing walls

involved. I keep my clients well-informed, in-

and blended those with updated, bold features

volved and comfortable throughout the entire

like satin brass, high-contrast black trim, and

design process—learning and, most important-

fun patterns and textures. The floor plan of

ly, laughing along the way.

the home was open and airy yet still had the traditional effect of distinct separate rooms. We have timeless and rich marbles mixed with playful stripes and borders … custom water jet tiles mixed with clean lines and glistening mosaics. Truly a stunner.

HOW DO YOU VIEW THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS FOR EACH JOB? I view collaboration as the most important aspect of the design process. It is built on the ability to trust the strengths of each individual involved. I believe in full collaboration and sup-

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR FIRM?

porting every trade on the project. I am not

Christine Kimberlee Designs is a full-service

port the initial vision and encourage the client

interior and exterior design firm specializing in

to branch out beyond their comfort zone.

only here to design the space but also to sup-

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FKD+, INC. RICK FARNHAM & ELIZABETH KNAPP 219 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 1 Manhattan Beach 310-545-1444 rick@fkdplus.com | elizabeth@fkdplus.com fkdplus.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

timeless yet ahead of today’s trends and have

This new, modern Cape Cod-style home

their home live for them and their lifestyle.

in Manhattan Beach was a ground-up construction project for FKD+, Inc. We created the 5,100-square-foot masterpiece, hand-selecting the tile and marble slabs and designing every inch of detail that is thoughtfully placed throughout the home, inside and out.  WHAT SETS YOUR FIRM APART? We are one of the first all-inclusive design/ build firms located here in the South Bay. We both reside here with our families, so we identify with clients in that respect. We provide

ANY TRENDS THAT YOU FIND APPEALING RIGHT NOW? We are seeing a direction toward a more modern look and feel. While most people don’t feel they respond to that style, we find that with the right choices they tend to pick something outside their comfort zone. Our job as a designer and builder is to find that mix and create the unique look tailored to each of our clients. HOW DO YOU VIEW THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS WITH A CLIENT? A project is defined by its collaborative style.

our clients with all aspects of the process,

That is one of the main reasons we started

including architecture, permits, the build,

FKD+, Inc. With each client we found they

interior design, landscaping and anything else

wanted a team that backed them and under-

that goes into the house of your dreams—all

stood what they wanted. We provide our

the way to the wine in the fridge, if so desired.

clients with that mindset through the design,

Our real estate side enables clients from the

budget parameters, style and actual build.

very beginning of the process to learn about our collaborative approach to each project. Our capabilities range from identifying your new property and renovations to full groundup custom builds, furnishings and finishes— any scale, any budget.

TELL US ABOUT SOME OTHER PROPERTIES YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON. We are currently designing and building a single-family residence for a young family in North Redondo Beach. We are remodeling a condo on Catalina Avenue for a lifelong client

DOES FKD+, INC. HAVE A SPECIALTY?

of Elizabeth’s whose needs changed upon

We listen to our clients. This is their project/

retiring. We are designing a new single-family

house; it’s not about what we want. That said,

residence for another longtime client in East

we do try to get people outside their comfort

Manhattan Beach whose home was previously

zones to think beyond today and beyond what

built by Rick. We look forward to buying, sell-

their neighbors have. We want clients to be

ing, designing and building your next project.

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LH.DESIGNS LINDA HAYSLETT Los Angeles | 310-955-4118 | LindaH@LHDesigned.com | LHDesigned.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

when reading or making changes to construction

This 4,000-square-foot, ground-up design/build

plans, space planning, material selections, creation

project was in Redondo Beach. We worked with

of custom pieces, furniture choices and accesso-

the developer to make it appeal to many different

ries/art. In addition, our experience in the fashion

types of clientele and feel like home as soon as any-

industry provides a unique perspective and upscale

one walks into the space. We were there through

taste level that flows beautifully together like a great

construction and picked out all the material/fin-

orchestrated runway show.

ish choices, color palette, designed the kitchen and bathroom layouts, made exterior choices and more. Being in one of the Beach Cities, we wanted to incorporate a softness that would be classic and withstand the test of trends. We incorporated a color palette of soft greys and whites paired with warm wood tones and marble to make the home have a breezy, seaside feel to go along with the coastal vibe that the area encompasses.

ANY TRENDS THAT YOU FIND PARTICULARLY APPEALING RIGHT NOW? There are two trends that I love right now. The first is people using their outdoor spaces as an actual extension of their homes and creating an indooroutdoor area. We’ve recently been involved in designing outdoor areas that are usable all year and feel welcoming, fun and functional. The second trend we love is wallpaper; it can easily make a

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR FIRM?

dramatic statement and add instant art to a space

We are a small boutique firm that’s able to de-

will keep getting more and more attention, and

liver big impact. LH.Designs is able to give more

LH.Designs will help keep them on the rise.

attention and time in the construction and design process to deliver a client’s expectations.

without spending a fortune. These growing trends

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

WHAT SETS YOU APART FROM OTHER PROFESSIONALS IN YOUR INDUSTRY?

Currently we’re working on three ground-ups in the

Our background in construction, training in interior

renovations. We love working on big and small

design and experience in fashion. We have strong

projects. The new builds are great because we get to

relationships with contractors and vendors in the

show range in contemporary, modern and traditional

construction industry, so we’re always involved at

style homes. But renovations give us a chance to be

the beginning stages of planning for a build or reno-

more creative because we get to know the home-

vation and know how the construction phase should

owner and infuse their personality into the space.

South Bay area, along with bathroom and kitchen

go. Our formal training in interior design helps

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CAROLINE MCLEAN DESIGN

CAROLINE MCLEAN 125 South Irena Avenue Redondo Beach

310-780-0177 caznpeter@aol.com carolinemcleandesign.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

freedom and good fortune to work with a few

Here are a few favorite spots in our recently

special clients and their teams on projects that

ANY TRENDS THAT YOU FIND PARTICULARLY APPEALING RIGHT NOW?

refurbished 1908 Historic Landmark home. The

keep me—creatively—on my toes. My hospitality

I’m enjoying the return of classic styles and

rooms are compact with a few quirky corners,

clients often look to create a residential feel at

details with a pared-down, edited twist that are

but they have lots of windows so they are bright

their properties, and residential clients love to

currently having a moment. It’s fun to see tradi-

and sunny. We live and work here, keep an open

come home to a relaxed resort vibe—perfect for

tional elements and patterns being revived and

door for family and friends, and use every inch

our South Bay location and right up my alley! I

reinvented for rugs, wallpapers and fabrics. Bold

of space. So it was time for another coat of paint

also love renovations … the trickier, the better!

colors and luxe textures can add warmth and

and a few quick upgrades. Being a designer, I’m constantly rearranging things and discovering new finds, so unlike most of my clients’ projects the results tend to be

WHAT IS THE MOST CRITICAL SKILL FOR BEING SUCCESSFUL IN YOUR FIELD? Being a successful designer requires a variety

personality to a clean, contemporary space, and there are lots around to choose from right now … perfect timing for fall and the holiday season.

good listener. Asking clients the “right” ques-

HOW DO YOU ENSURE THAT YOUR CLIENTS ARE SATISFIED?

tions to understand their vision for a project is

Communication is key! Clients often have a hard

important, but what’s really crucial is to actu-

time visualizing ideas, so a quick sketch—often

ally listen to their answers. It’s tempting to offer

directly on the drywall at a jobsite meeting—can

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR FIRM?

recommendations based on my own personal

really help a lot. Whether it’s an entire project or

aesthetic, but as a professional designer I was

a single custom piece, I include my clients in the

Having worked with an internationally acclaimed

trained to remember that, in the end, I am pro-

process so there are no surprises when they see

hospitality design firm for many years, I am

viding a service.

the final product.

less “designed” and more “assembled.” And, of course, it’s never really finished! If I had to describe the look it would probably be “California beach cottage meets British colonial outpost.”

of skills, but perhaps the most critical is being a

now an independent consultant enjoying the

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DIANE BARBER DESIGNERY DIANE BARBER Rolling Hills Estates 310-544-4798 dbarberinc@aol.com dianebarberdesigns.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. The client for this Palos Verdes project is

WHAT DIFFERENTIATES YOU FROM OTHER INTERIOR DESIGNERS?

a fellow equestrian, so I was delighted to

In addition to being an artist, I have a strong

incorporate our shared love of horses into the

business acumen and a passion for international

design. Her outdated 1970s residence was

travel, which were gleaned from my former

fully remodeled and transformed into an invit-

event production career with London-based

ing transitional ranch-style home. Ocean and

Formula One motor racing. My travels provide

golf course views and regular entertaining

great creative inspiration, and a keen business

called for bringing the outdoors in with raised

sense is key to the success of any project. I also

ceilings, open spaces, foldaway doors and the

have a degree from an esteemed design school

addition of an outdoor living room. Materials

(FIDM, Los Angeles), architectural drafting train-

and finishes included custom distressed hick-

ing and I understand construction at a core level,

ory floors, Brazilian granite countertops, clas-

which began during my upbringing working with

sic Carrara marble to create a spa-like master

my father who was a general contractor.

bathroom and special vintage finds. New furnishings were mixed with family heirlooms, and a Canadian equine artist was commissioned for original paintings to complement existing collectibles.

DESCRIBE YOUR CLIENTS. I have been fortunate to have extraordinary clients over the years with diverse lifestyles, backgrounds and project styles, including traditional, transitional, contemporary, earth-

DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR SPECIALTY?

friendly and horse properties. From young

Diane Barber Designery is a full-service design

families to aging-in-place adults, clients with

studio that specializes in redesign, remodeling

multiple residences and single profession-

and new construction with an environmental-

als, each one has provided me with a unique

minded approach. With great attention to

design adventure. My greatest compliment is

detail and excellence at interfacing with archi-

when a client becomes a friend, as many have.

tects, contractors and suppliers, I collaborate design/build/installation process to ensure

WHAT IS THE PHILOSOPHY OF YOUR COMPANY? HOW DOES IT INFLUENCE YOUR PROJECTS?

results that authentically reflect their personal-

“Challenge the ordinary and lead with your

ity and lifestyle. I love getting my hands dirty

heart.� I enjoy a spirited heart connection with

while blending the beauty of art and design

my craft and the people I work with. I tip my hat

with the nuts, bolts, dust and mortar of the

to the team of talented industry professionals

building trades for all architectural styles.

who work alongside me to transform my

closely with each client throughout the entire

creative visions into beautiful timeless designs.

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