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ALOHA, PALOS VERDES Open this courtyard gate and find yourself transported to a tropical paradise.

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IN THEIR COMFORT ZONE A lauded architect helps a couple with a vision for a Manhattan Beach modern oasis.

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BEHIND THE BEND At the 2018 Palos Verdes Homes Tour, guests visit three remarkable homes beyond the gates of Portuguese Bend.

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ALL IN THE FAMILY As the needs of Phyllis and Steve Spierer’s growing brood evolved, so did their Palos Verdes home.

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A LARGER SCOPE A South Bay designer sees the opening of a massive Manhattan Beach lot as an opportunity to design her family’s ideal home.

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A PIECE OF PROVENCE A drive-by to a coveted corner lot leads a Manhattan Beach couple to build their dream home with just the right personal touches and a nod to France.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS Potted Citrus

WANDERLUST AT HOME

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After seeing the award-winning film Call Me By Your Name

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late last year, I’ve been mildly obsessed with the Italianate villa

Native Tile

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AT HOME WITH ... Shane Andrews, PhD

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114 TRAVEL Villas Dreams in Costa Rica

AND… 121 DESIGN SHOWCASES The South Bay’s Top Home Professionals

featured prominently on screen. The well-worn antiques, the alfresco dining spaces surrounded by lush flora, the handsome

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statuary, the lush textiles … they evoke enough romanticism to

Muy Caliente

inspire a one-way ticket to Italy. Remarkably, we have a rival villa right here in the South Bay. Just behind the gates of Portuguese Bend stands the warm

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and majestic Villa Narcissa, home to generations of Vanderlips— the founders of Palos Verdes. This impressive, European-inspired property hosted luminary guests, Shakespeare plays and

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costume balls over the decades. Most importantly, it provided a home to the Vanderlip children and their extended family. How I wish I could have attended one of those parties, wandered the garden as child or raced my brothers up that long driveway with the ocean beckoning in the distance. Lucky for us, the villa will be open to the public for one weekend

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during the Palos Verdes Homes Tour in April. You can get a preview of the tour in this issue. Enjoy these and the five other homes featured on the pages of our spring edition.

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ON THE COVER The enchanting entrance and facade of Villa Narcissa in Portuguese Bend. Photographed by Shane O’Donnell

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FI R S T I M P R E S S I O N S

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MILD TEMPERATURES, ABUNDANT SUNSHINE AND LIMITED SPACE MAKE POTTED DWARF CITRUS AN IDEAL ADDITION TO YOUR HOME LANDSCAPE. MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MEYERS, MANDARINS AND LIMES WITH THESE HELPFUL TIPS. ILLUSTRATED BY CHRISTINE GEORGIADES

1. Plant in a pot with room to grow

3. Water regularly, but don’t over-

(at least 10” to 14” for two- to

water. Roots should be about

three-year-old trees) and plenty

50% dry.

of drainage. 4. Brighter the better. Find a spot 2. Use a lightweight soil mix and add a slow-release fertilizer once the

where the tree can get about six to eight hours of sunlight daily.

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5. Keep damaging pests at bay with

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deter necessary pollinators. 6. After fruit harvesting, do some light pruning.

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Aloha, PALOS VERDES Open this courtyard gate, and find yourself transported to a tropical paradise. WRITTEN & PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY


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here’s a secret oasis hiding deep in the Peninsula. Palm fronds arch overhead, and a lush array of bromeliads, ti plants and philodendrons create a wall of green. The tiki god Lono peeks out from behind a crop of anthuriums. When Carlos Ventura and Jim Roos purchased their

home in the Lunada Bay neighborhood of Palos Verdes Estates, they knew they wanted to surround it in tropical splendor. “I wanted the courtyard to welcome our guests with a sense that they have arrived in Hawaii,” says Carlos, a native of Panama who moved to California almost 20 years ago. The couple has traveled extensively to tropical locales as exotic as Central America and Southeast Asia. But it is Hawaii that has drawn them back 17 times, and it’s where they travel at least once each year with their two boys, Nicolas and Sebastian. “The first time we drove to Palos Verdes, it reminded us of Hawaii. Being surrounded by water on three sides gives the sense that you are on an island. Looking out over the ocean, you could be forgiven for mistaking Catalina for Molokai or Lanai.” Walking through the home, the garden is visible through every window. “We studied each space carefully and considered the light and how it will change throughout the year,” explains Carlos. A kitchen window looks over a backlit giant bird of paradise that feels as if it is part of the room. Outside the master bedroom, two king palms frame a view of the garden and beyond to the Santa Monica Bay in the distance. “Our garden is as much a part of the inside of the house as it is the outside.” The interior of the home reflects the design of the garden. Books, art and other objects evoke the warmth of the tropics. The sunken living room reveals the home’s midcentury roots and harkens back to Trader Vic’s. “When we were house hunting, I referred to this house as the Hawaiian House,” Carlos says. “That should have been everything we needed to know about which home to choose.” Stepping outside through the large double doors that open from the living room reveals a sanctuary of tropical flora. It’s here that the indoors and outdoors truly merge, with an indoor seating area flowing seamlessly into an outdoor deck built for relaxing and entertaining. The potted garden on the deck is as lush and enchanting as the rest of the outdoor space. “We had the deck painted white and selected all blue pots,” Carlos shares. “I wanted to draw the colors of the ocean into the space.” Along a side yard, a path of pavers meanders through a shaded garden of tropical plants. “This is the boys’ favorite place to play,” he says. It is easy to see why; around every curve is the perfect nook for a game of hide-and-go-seek. “The boys spend hours riding up and down this path on skateboards and scooters, but they know never to crash into any of Papi’s plants.” Hanging from an eave above the path is a hand-painted toucan the couple purchased on a trip to Panama. It is one of many objects hidden among the greenery. A wooden elephant from India, a Thai Buddha and a limestone carving of a Balinese monkey god hold residence among the bromeliads, ti plants and crotons.

“THE FIRST TIME WE DROVE TO PALOS VERDES, IT REMINDED US OF HAWAII. BEING SURROUNDED BY WATER ON THREE SIDES GIVES THE SENSE THAT YOU ARE ON AN ISLAND. LOOKING OUT OVER THE OCEAN, YOU COULD BE FORGIVEN FOR MISTAKING CATALINA FOR MOLOKAI OR LANAI.”

“I love leaving something for people to discover,” explains Carlos. “Whenever we travel I look for interesting items to incorporate into our home.” At the end of the path lush foliage opens to reveal an emerald

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backyard. A majestic triangle palm is flanked by 6-foot-tall ginger that reaches out over the lawn. When the couple sold their home in Santa Monica and turned their sights on the South Bay, they left behind a townhouse with limited outdoor space. Moving to the Peninsula offered them all the space their boys, then toddlers, could need. “This is why we chose Palos Verdes,” offers Carlos, while stretching out his arms. “When people think of the hill, they immediately think of huge ocean views. But wherever you live, I tell people they can make their own views with a garden.” On the far side of the yard, set between two lush planters, a pair of Adirondacks provides a quiet place to sit and admire the garden. “This is my space. On the weekends, when Jim takes over with the kids, I can sit here with a glass of wine and admire everything I worked so hard to build.” ¢

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FIRED UP THE LOCALLY MADE, HANDCRAFTED TILES OF NATIVE TILE & CERAMICS ADORN NUMEROUS PRESTIGIOUS COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS AND RESIDENCES THROUGHOUT THE U.S., INCLUDING THE HOMES OF HOLLYWOOD NOTABLES. WRITTEN BY DIANE E. BARBER PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL


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Local artisan and master tile maker Diana Mausser

designs. The business flourished, and in 1998 she

realized her artistic calling while growing up in the

moved to the company’s current quaint studio: a

South Bay. At a very young age she sewed her own

1940s bungalow in Old Torrance.

clothes while creatively changing the store-bought patterns that she worked from. “I liked to hang out in the Cotton Shop fabric

With a commitment to exceptional quality and time-honored tile crafting, Diana and her team of 10 artistic employees hand-press, glaze and fire

store in Hermosa Beach when I was child,” she

each tile as the resident cats and chickens look on.

shares. “I was so excited about all of the fabrics

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Her love for designing things did not stop with

Native Tile & Ceramics produces five distinct tile

clothes. In the 1970s she made and sold macramé plant hangers and watch bands and beaded necklaces. “I loved art and designing things,” she says. “When I was 8 years old until I was about 12, I set up tables on the beach in Hermosa to sell what I made. Then I started making quilts for my family. My sister and I even held carnivals for the neighborhood in our yard.” Diana later pursued a B.A. degree at UCLA, majoring in ceramics and textile design and also studying printmaking and photography. “After my first class in ceramics, I was completely hooked,” she recalls. “The more I was exposed to it, the more I realized how detailed and technical it is. With the chemical process it is science and art in one. I had a lot of happy accidents when first learning, which made me very excited about the possibilities.” She graduated from UCLA, attended the California College of the Arts in Oakland for one year and then was employed by a few Los Angeles tile companies. There was an experience at one of her jobs that awakened the desire to start her own business. “A client for the company I worked for as a glaze technician opened my eyes to California tile history and made me aware of the great potential for tile,” Diane says. “He wanted a tile with a carved image of a medieval knight on a horse slaying a dragon restored and reproduced, which was out of the scope of the company’s usual services. I convinced my supervisor that I could do it, and I did!” Driven by a passion for creating her own glazes and formulating colors (which she still does today) and creative inspiration from the historic arts and crafts tile of the late Ernest Batchelder, Diana set out to forge her own path in the tile industry. With barely enough money for a kiln and rent, she started Native Tile & Ceramics in 1990 within a 500-square-foot shed in a Marina del Rey boatyard. She began building the business with small restoration jobs. Soon after she opened her doors, the tile gods smiled on her when Manhattan Beachbased Metlox Pottery closed its doors and she happened upon a treasure chest of glaze supplies, which she purchased for merely $1. Her creative wings took flight, and she began crafting her own versions of California-style tile

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styles: vintage Californian with an antique and watercolor look; Malibu-style with crisp lines and a graphic design appearance; Cuenca-style with raised lines that originated in Spain; relief with carved patterns; and Tunisian with a distinct gloss and varied line quality. Today Diana is credited for designing more than 1,100 historically inspired Craftsman, Spanish and Moorish-style tiles, which have beautified numerous noteworthy buildings including the Avenue of the Peninsula shopping center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Pasadena Conservatory of Music, the Rose Bowl Stadium and the Biltmore hotel in Santa Barbara … to name just a few. They have also been sought after by discerning homeowners over the past 25+ years (including Steven Spielberg, Kevin Costner, Robert Downey Jr., Diane Keaton, George Lucas, Madonna and other celebrities) and can be found in kitchens, hearths, bathrooms, pools, outdoor living spaces and other architectural surfaces in homes locally and throughout the country. When asked what is on the creative horizon for Diana and her staff, she says with smiling eyes, “I am always ready for another dragon to light up my imagination.” You can find Diana's work at Classic Tile & Design in Hermosa Beach. ¢

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IN THEIR COMFORT ZONE A lauded architect helps a couple with a vision for a Manhattan Beach modern oasis transform a dilapidated bungalow into a custom-built residence with designated zones for just about every need. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN PHOTOGRAPHED BY KEN PAGLIARO


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ichael Liu and Anne Lee first moved to their home in Manhattan Beach for one important reason: their dog, Jasper. After purchasing

Jasper, a Lhasapoo, the couple (who were engaged at the time and living in a small apartment) needed space for him to roam. “Literally the day they put the sign out front on this house, I drove by and thought, ‘This location is perfect,’” recalls Anne, an optometrist whose hobby now is to work with rescue dogs. “The house here was probably the worst one on the block, but we just wanted the lot,” adds Michael, an emergency room physician, of the corner lot they bought two months before their wedding. “It was this little bungalow, and it was really poorly maintained. We cleaned it up and lived in it for a few years, always keeping in mind that we would redo it.” Two years later Anne and Michael discovered they were expecting twin girls; they knew they needed to act quickly. They interviewed four local architects including Michael Lee of Michael Lee Architects (who coincidentally shares the same name as Anne’s brother). They ultimately chose him for the complete redesign and rebuild consisting of four bedrooms, an expansive kitchen and dining area, a front yard with a fire pit and putting green, a craft room, an upstairs family room, a back patio with a fireplace, a rear lawn and an open playroom for the girls with plenty of space for playing dolls and dress-up. “We found him on Houzz.com, and we

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really liked his style and meshed with him the most,” adds Anne. “A lot of the planning was during pregnancy, so we were clueless on making it childproof.” “The main goal of the project was to design and build a beautiful modern home for a young family without ‘breaking the bank,’” explains Michael of the three-story, 3,600-square-foot home that took a year to design and two years to complete. “Also, while the corner lot offered

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great architectural opportunities, there were

felt warm and comfortable with, and our color

by Inax, imported from Japan (that mimics

potential privacy issues for the family.”

palettes were neutral with splashes of color,”

Kawara-bei walls of traditional Japanese archi-

says Anne. “Mike and I love Hawaii, and the

tecture); a 6-foot Yamaha grand piano from

Von Bergen, who assisted with the guest

Michael suggested interior designer Robin

island of Maui was where we were married. I’m

Michael’s childhood; a Serenite sofa by Roche

bedroom accessories and rugs and sofas in the

attracted to the orchid palettes of orange and

Bobois; and a Luna Pearl area rug.

downstairs living room, upstairs family room

green, and we like that Zen and spa-like feeling.

and back patio. She also sat in with them on

Robin helped tie it into the clean lines of our

double griddle, a Sub-Zero fridge, Caesarstone

design meetings for the tile, paint and color

modern house.”

countertops, a Miele coffee maker and micro-

palette during the design phase. “She had the same organic, modern mix we

The adjacent chef’s kitchen is replete with a

The Zen-like feeling continues in the front

wave, Bottega barstools from Design Within

living room with a Japanese ceramic, Sentousai

Reach and a dining table with a built-in lazy

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Susan from furniture company Joybird. “We use every room in this house,” adds Michael, who recovers from long hospital shifts in the downstairs soundproof guest room. “Some modern homes can feel sterile and museumlike, but our house feels much more warm.” For the busy family and three dogs (Squishy, an English Staffordshire bull terrier, and Bonny, a Jindo mix, joined the household after Jasper), natural lighting, an indoor/outdoor open layout and communal space for cooking, entertaining and playing were musts. It was also important to have space for everything from kids’ craft projects to defined areas for work, relaxing, and movie and TV nights with the family. “We have different niches for different things, and we utilize our space well to accommodate different needs including storage—all thanks to Michael Lee and his design,” says Anne, who has decorated the space with black-and-white photos by Mark Halper and a painting of the Manhattan Beach Pier done by her mother, Cindy Lee. “We created a space for things we had, and I feel like it’s really custom.” The custom touches are evident throughout the home, such as the open playroom with a mini-kitchen set and Mayflower chairs by Fabrice Berrux from Roche Bobois for the twins (now 5 years old), designed so Anne could keep a watchful eye on the girls playing below from several vantage points. Other features include a built-in dog bowl station in the kitchen; an upstairs family room with a skylight and comfy L-shaped sofa selected by Robin where the dogs like to lounge; an office area with a deck; and the girls’ bedrooms with a “secret” passageway in the closet to go back and forth between the adjacent rooms. From the view upstairs, a large, rough-bark eucalyptus tree that was once an eyesore has become a focal point and offers extra seclusion and privacy. Anne says she’d like to someday convert the downstairs play area to a karaoke theatre, while Michael wants to add a kids play area in the backyard. “We travel six to eight times a year, so we are often at the ski slopes in the winter [the twins take after their dad with their love of skiing] and Asia in the summer, where they visit their 96-year-old great-grandmother in Taiwan,” says Anne. “With all the traveling and hotel living, it’s nice to come back to a peaceful, airy home that’s indoor and outdoor almost all year long. What started as just a newlywed’s dream—to build from nothing, to make every whim a reality—is still surreal for us.” ¢

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here’s something about a great reveal … a little magic in the surprise. This year’s 32nd annual Palos Verdes Homes Tour, Legends by the Sea, presents three uniquely stunning properties, all of which boast spectacular ocean views. Catch a glimpse of these awe-inspiring seascapes from the vantage point of the homeowners who enjoy them on a daily basis. During the tour visitors will walk through a sun-filled sanctuary overlooking Abalone Cove, be transported to an Italian villa built nearly a century ago and meander through an author’s extraordinary collection of art from across the globe while enjoying the scenery from her fully renovated 1950s beach house.

FOUNDER’S GRAND VISION Driving up the tree-lined road to Villa Narcissa, the hustle and bustle of daily life starts to feel worlds away. That feeling is amplified the minute you arrive, greeted by lavish gardens and elegant statues. The walls of the entrance are adorned with paintings from floor to ceiling. Built in 1924, the villa has delicate treasures displayed in every room—photographs, jewelry boxes, trinkets from the past—that transport its visitors to another time. Eric deCarbonnel opens the shutters in every room, letting in the sunlight as he walks through the house. “I loved coming here in the summer growing up,” he says. It was Eric’s great-grandfather, Frank A Vanderlip Sr., who built Villa Narcissa after purchasing roughly 16,000 acres on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1913. The villa’s sprawling terrace overlooks the tennis courts below, but it’s the sweeping views of the Pacific that stop you in your tracks. On the horizon, clear as day, is Catalina Island. A portion of the terrace is shaded by rows of olive trees; string lights hang above. Today the property is often used as a vacation home for the Vanderlip family, as well as a venue for coordinated events. “My mother has been organizing painting weeks here,” Eric notes.

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AUTHOR’S ECLECTIC ABODE

band on the cliffside,” Lynn notes. Eclectic pieces of art from across the

windows. “I was in the kitchen, and a pelican flew by,” Lynn says. “It just took

Walk through the double gate, past the

globe, impeccably curated by Lynn, add color

my breath away.” Gazing at the coast from

vibrant bougainvillea and the Zen-like garden

and warmth to the space. Four sets of double

the master bedroom, another pelican makes

that leads you to the entryway, and then you’ll

doors, pre-hung and brought back from San

an appearance.

see it: the unobstructed ocean view from

Miguel de Allende, Mexico, waited patiently

Lynn Doran’s flawlessly remodeled 1950s

in storage until the home’s renovations were

proximity to the ocean aside, these three

home. “I love it here; I love it,” she says.

complete. Splashes of color and hand-painted

homes couldn’t be more different. Their

tiles complement the home’s whitewashed

owners, however, were all similarly drawn

wooden ceilings.

to the beauty of Palos Verdes, with each

A relatively large outdoor space allows for ample seating, an open-air dining area and plenty of opportunities to entertain. “I’ve had big parties with a tequila bar and a mariachi

Light pours in from the skylights, while sea life often makes an appearance in the

Only miles from one another, with their

of them holding a deep appreciation and respect for the land.

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CLIFFSIDE CONTEMPORARY Light floods into the 6,000+-square-foot home from every angle. The sky-high ceilings and glass-gabled roof offer an open and airy appeal, only grounded by the panoramic views of the Abalone Cove below. Walking down the long, private drive, the full scope of the seascape is briefly concealed. It’s not until you’re standing at the entrance of the home, gazing across the main living space and peeking over the infinity pool, that the blue horizon presents itself. The outdoor pool and patio area with direct beach access is quiet and peaceful with only a light breeze and the sound of the water below. “I’m out here all the time,” says homeowner Patty Woods. “We’re so in love with nature and anything that raises money and awareness about what our community is. That’s why we’ve opened our home to this event … so people can see this and cherish it and reconnect.” The large, contemporary Mediterranean makes the most of its proximity to the beach with outdoor access in nearly every room. Patty showcases her creativity through a collection of art—most of which is her own—throughout the house. Every room has a story, complete with cherished pieces … some handed down for generations. The library on the second floor of the home serves as an ideal spot to dive into a good book. ¢ On Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, these owners will open their homes and offer visitors a glimpse of what life is like on the Peninsula. Proceeds from the tour benefit the Palos Verdes Art Center. For more, visit pvhomestour.org.

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AT H O M E W IT H …

SHANE ANDREWS, PhD LMU COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSOR, KITCHEN DESIGNER AND MOM

PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

“WE ARE SURROUNDED BY PEOPLE WE KNOW AND LOVE.”

Where?

husband’s family for 200 years. Ebenezer looks so

Valmonte, Palos Verdes

much like my husband it’s uncanny.

How long at this current home?

How about other furniture or décor?

It will be four years in April when we began the

Our Quatrine couch. When my husband and I

construction. We didn’t move in until Christmas

finally sit and spend some time together after

Eve though.

getting the kids to bed, it’s hard to get out of it most evenings!

Who lives here? My husband, Chris, and my three daughters.

Neutrals or color for your preferred palette? Neutrals. Our life is so busy that we need a calming

How would you describe the style of your home?

environment to come home to.

I love Nantucket style, so that’s what I’m shooting for. Lots of white and pretty antiques.

What will never make its way into your home? Shiplap. While it’s pretty and fun, I try to avoid

Did you employ any help with its interior design?

anything too trendy. And artificial food coloring

No, it’s our hobby to rebuild and remodel homes.

and those awful plastic toys from the dollar store.

This is the fourth home that Chris and I have rebuilt from the ground up.

Do you like to entertain at home or prefer to enjoy on your own?

What’s your favorite room in the home,

Both!

and why? The kitchen. Chris and I spent so much time

What keeps you living there?

designing it so it would be just right. We pored

I grew up in Palos Verdes and love the tight

over the details in layout and design, tracking

community. We are surrounded by people we

down the right appliances, deliberating over the

know and love.

countertops, even finding the cabinets direct from the millworker. And we love it! It turned out

If you could change one thing at the home,

perfect. We spend so much time in here cooking

what would it be?

with our kids and entertaining our friends. It’s the

Our last project is a master suite, which we are

heart of our house.

hoping to start in the next couple of weeks. It would be great if that was already completed.

Minimalism or the more the merrier? Minimalism! I’m constantly giving things away.

What should every home have?

Too much stuff makes me anxious.

I’m an environmentalist, so I’d love to see every home have solar panels and a grey water system.

Any special attachments to a piece of art

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in the home?

If you could live anywhere else in the world,

We just inherited an oil portrait of sea captain

where would it be?

Ebenezer Lombard Davis that has been in my

Provence, France. All that lavender and butter! ¢


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All in the Family As the needs of Phyllis and Steve Spierer’s growing brood evolved, so did their Palos Verdes home. Written by Amber Klinck | Photographed by Lauren Pressey

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he Spierers’ family home is busy, with that kind of energetic buzz that only comes from a house full of family members who are incredibly at ease with one another. The entryway fills as people start to trickle in, each person greeted with open arms and friendly banter.

After everyone is settled, Phyllis and Steve Spierer introduce

themselves as the home’s owners, with more than three decades of living on the Palos Verdes property. “It’ll be 31 years in April,” Steve notes. The roughly 5,000-square-foot home—resting on a 1/2-acre lot—served the Spierers well when they were a young family. “When we moved into this house there were five of us: [Phyllis] and me, Joe, Melanie and their brother Mitch,” Steve says. But as time went on and the family grew, the format of the home’s main living space needed a major overhaul. “The genesis of all this was really July of 2015 when we had about 28 or 29 people here for a family gathering,” Steve explains. “All of those people were in the kitchen table area and the family room, but the living room and dining room were empty. People were crawling all over each other. I said to Joe, ‘Is it possible for you to do something where I can sit [at the table] and see everything?’” Steve wanted an open area where his growing family could congregate comfortably and where he could see the entirety of the space. So Joe Spierer, owner of Joseph Spierer Architects, started visualizing ways to make that happen for his father. “Here’s the story,” Joe says. “This was a family affair getting this together. I’m the architect; I’m Steve’s son. Ben is the general contractor; he’s my brother-in-law. My sister, Melanie, is his partner.” With a main living area of roughly 2,500 square feet divided into a living room, dining room, kitchen and family room, the primary goal of the project was to open the space for a more communal feel without losing the integrity of each room … while maintaining a high aesthetic standard. “One of the criteria my mom had was that she wanted a beautiful living space. My dad said he wanted the biggest television known to man,” Joe adds, only half kidding. “This was actually the most difficult part of the project for us when building it,” notes Ben Archer, president of Archer Building. At the push of a button, a massive 150-inch screen glides down in front of an elegant built-in, the projector turns on and the shades automatically close. In an instant the airy, sun-drenched sitting area is now converted into an impromptu home theatre. Understanding the needs of their clients and finding common-ground solutions when those needs are in contrast with one another is imperative for the trio. This project would be no different. But contrasting views on how to best utilize the main sitting area of the home would only be one of the challenges Joe, Ben and Melanie would face during this project. “This was much more

“Here’s the story. This was a family affair getting this together. I ’m the architect; I ’m Steve’s son. Ben is the general contractor; he’s my brother-in-law. My sister, Melanie, is his partner.”

difficult than building a brand new house,” Ben says. For starters, the main wall they needed to remove to open the

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space was a supporting wall. “The fireplace used to support the roof,” Steve explains. “So they had to do all kinds of concrete and steel inside these two pillars right here. Apparently if an earthquake shook the place apart, those would still be standing.” Once the wall was removed, the next challenge was making all the ceilings work seamlessly together. “When we opened up the wall and opened up the ceilings, which were originally dropped, we had to figure out how to make the transition between the new dining room, living room and kitchen look seamless. It took a lot of cooperation between design and construction,” Melanie explains. “It was also difficult to hide all of the guts of the building, like the HVAC unit, the plumbing and the electrical,” Ben adds. “[The new dining room] is the only section of dropped ceiling we have to hide anything. Everything else is vaulted to the roofline. We actually did a roof hatch in order to access the heating components, because there’s really no other way to get up there.” To maximize the view of the spacious backyard and to keep eyes on the grandkids often playing outside, the kitchen was moved from where the family room once was. “The kitchen is the center of the home,” Joe says. With natural light flooding in from the large windows and surrounding French doors and two massive islands with ample seating, the kitchen easily doubles as a functional work space and added area to entertain guests … though you’d never see any evidence of food prep at one of Phyllis’s dinner parties. “You know, I’m old school,” says Phyllis. “When you cook in the kitchen, you want to have everything out of the way when you entertain.” So Joe designed and Ben built a hutch in the kitchen where everything can be neatly tucked away. Taking the place of the original kitchen is a more casual, kidfriendly sitting area with glass doors that soften the sounds of little ones at play while allowing the parents to keep a watchful eye. In addition to the reconfiguration of the space, the entire exterior of the home has been refinished with a smooth coat of stucco where a rougher texture once was. The windows and doors are all new, and the trim has been removed for a cleaner look. Contributing to the home’s final finishes was Kate Lester of Kate Lester Interiors. “Kate was integral in making the finishes look right,” says Joe. “She spent a great deal of time with my mom and me [to better] understand my mom’s vision and make it happen,” Melanie adds. “As Kate put it, my mom wanted ‘functional elegance.’ She came up with fabrics, drapery, colors and concepts that fit my mom’s vision perfectly and tied into the design of the overall home. She gave it warmth and style.” With a design process that took roughly nine months and nearly a year of construction, the Spierers have a living space that truly caters to their family’s needs. It is beautiful and functional with a family-friendly element that doesn’t take away from the aesthetic elegance Phyllis hoped to maintain. With both businesses based in the South Bay, Joe, Ben and Melanie have worked on joint projects before. “It’s fun because we know each other so well,” Melanie says. Still, the vast majority of their work is with other builders or architects, so coming together to work on a project their family will enjoy for years to come was quite the collaboration. ¢

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Rancho Palos Verdes Pool Home 27539 Longhill Drive Offered at $1,298,000 Welcome to this beautiful Peninsula Center home! Bright and sunny, with an open floor plan, this 4 bedroom, 2 bath home is a true delight! The kitchen, with its large center island, is a chef’s paradise and remodeled with much attention to detail. The master suite is comfortable with good closet space and a remodeled en-suite ¾ bath. 3 additional

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HOTEL CALIFORNIAN, SANTA BARBARA THE LOOK: Spanish Colonial Revival meets Morocco meets California glam BY THE NUMBERS: This 121-room, pet-friendly hotel initially opened in 1925. It features a 2,500-square-foot Moroccan spa, a rooftop deck and pool, two dining options and a fitness center. CREATIVE GENIUS: Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design DESIGNER’S NOTEBOOK: “I came up with the design as a blend of Santa Barbara’s heritage and a more modern European vibe, exemplified by the mix of midcentury furnishings and Italian design classics,” says Martyn. “All edged up with modern art, capturing the essence of what the city represents today. A passion for tradition and a thirst for modern inspiration and innovation. I love the roof terrace with its pool and upper-level event terrace and bar. The space was hard to get approved, but now it is the best viewpoint in the whole of Santa Barbara and has such a sexy, lounge-y atmosphere. It’s the hidden gem of the hotel. A close second is the Moroccan spa. Its domed ceiling and Majorelle blue tile work is unexpected, tranquil and stunning all at the same time.” CALIFORNIA COOL: “The property captures the Californian spirit in every way. A casual yet stylish place that caters for all its guests’ needs … offering luxury—not in the old definition but in a modern version where comfort is key, service is everything and a smile is chosen as its first expression. I love the artwork we had custom-designed for the hotel. In partnership with Voila Gallery in L.A., we created one-off art that captures the spirit of Santa Barbara, the playful nature of a beach resort and the quintessential signature of the hotel’s style.”

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HOLLYWOOD PROPER RESIDENCES, HOLLYWOOD

contemporary furniture, art and sculpture, complemented by vintage pieces. The lobby is layered in rich, neutral tones and a few thoughtfully selected furniture and art pieces—evoking a

THE LOOK: City chic

sense of invitation and lounging.”

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KELLY’S FAVORITES: “The penthouses, which are a mix of

views of Hollywood, concierge services, group yoga and fitness

vintage finds and contemporary pieces. The custom designs,

classes, bicycles for guest use, a rooftop pool lined with cabanas

including my own furnishings and lighting, artwork from Chris

and a rooftop bar and restaurant, Filifera

DiVincente and ceramics by sculptor Bari Ziperstein, artisanal elements and rich natural materials—such as metals, woods and

CREATIVE GENIUS: Kelly Wearstler

stone—are truly a reflection of a raw and refined vibe.”

DESIGNER’S NOTEBOOK: “The Hollywood Proper concept

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Stays are based on a one-week

combines a sophisticated, neutral color palette, richly burnished

minimum. In San Francisco visit the Proper Hotel on Market

metals, custom wood flooring, fine wood cabinetry and

Street in a historic flatiron building. The Proper Hotel Santa

infusions from local artisans and artists,” says Kelly. “It’s my idea

Monica opens next year.

of California right now: modern and relaxed. The suites feature

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L’AUBERGE DEL MAR, A DESTINATION HOTEL THE LOOK: Fresh, coastal elegant BY THE NUMBERS: 121 newly redesigned guestrooms and suites; a 5,000-square-foot spa; two restaurants; an outdoor pool and fitness center; pet-friendly CREATIVE GENIUS: Barclay Butera, Barclay Butera Interiors DESIGNER’S NOTEBOOK: “When I took over the initial project years ago, I knew I wanted to pay homage to a quintessential Del Mar lifestyle,” says Barclay. “The area is steeped in rich heritage with a classic Californian vibe, so we really wanted to just freshen up and update the look. Crisp, new textiles and carpets, new contemporary-chic artwork and modern bedding rounded out the mix.” SOOTHING PALETTE: “For this refresh we stuck with a theme of soft celadon, washy blue, rich chocolate and soft sand. This soft, coastal color palette was a natural fit, and I hear the guests love it. It’s easy on the eye and pays homage to the beach; it does not compete with the natural surroundings. It sounds funny, but I am completely in love with the hallways.” OLD MAKES NEW: “Updating the wallpaper and carpets and adding new sconces gives these common areas a whole new look. The bedding was totally custom and done in collaboration with my licensing partner Eastern Accents. I wanted to get rid of the old idea of the duvet, so we used comforters with top and bottom sheets instead, trimmed in sophisticated Greek key and topstitching—perfect for living on the coast.”

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THE PHOENICIAN, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA THE LOOK: Sophisticated desert mod BY THE NUMBERS: The AAA Five Diamond, oasis-like property has undergone a three-year renovation including main lobby, guestrooms and suites; new restaurants; brand new three-story spa with 24 treatment rooms, a rooftop pool and Drybar; twostory Phoenician Athletic Club debuting in mid-April; and a newly redesigned and rerouted golf course opening late fall. CREATIVE GENIUS: Public Spaces: Ellen Bourque Johnson, Associate Principal, Director of Design at Parker-Torres Design; accommodations: Beverly Hills–based Wimberly Interiors DESIGNER’S NOTEBOOK: “We looked to the Sonoran Desert for our inspiration,” says Ellen. “From the Hohokam and Pima Indian tribes to the Spanish conquistadors to the pioneering ranchers, the Sonoran Desert has always enriched all who have settled here. The very land itself is breathtakingly peaceful and profoundly spiritual.” DESERT OASIS: “The Phoenician is majestically perched along the base of the southeastern face of the beloved and iconic Camelback Mountain. The line between resort architecture and mountain face is purposely blurred, mutually elevating the presence of each respective entity. One of the major renovation strategies involved opening up the lobby, eliminating any and all unnecessary obstructions to the magnificent view out into the valley. Another key strategy was to move the bar into the center of the lobby and replace the center window, allowing guests to enjoy a drink while taking in the fantastic views beyond.” NATURAL ELEMENTS: A custom chandelier above the concierge desk is inspired by the seedpods of the agave plant. “The layering of this chandelier against a craggy textured plaster wallcovering [that is reminiscent of the scorched desert floor] speaks to the land in a modern way,” says Ellen. “The concierge desk itself has a custom leather art panel that is inspired by the topography of the land. Fabricated in cowhide, this panel also represents the ranching history of this area. Indigenous materials were also celebrated; namely, the large handsome slabs of Black Canyon Onyx in our Afternoon Tea Room were quarried only a couple of hours away from the resort.” ¢


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A South Bay designer sees the opening of a massive Manhattan Beach lot as an opportunity to design her family’s ideal home. WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK | PHOTOGRAPHED BY MEGHAN BEIERLE-O’BRIEN


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here are many things to boast about when it comes

be converted into a pool. The fire pit area, pizza oven and grill

to living in the South Bay, but space typically isn’t

make it perfect for laid-back family nights or entertaining guests.

one of them. So when an opportunity to purchase

Added perks like the outdoor ice maker, drink fridge and bar sink

a 9,500-square-foot lot presented itself, Rebecca

make it “a great place for parties,” Rebecca adds.

Foster of Rebecca Foster Designs jumped on it.

“We lived on 18 Street when we moved to Manhattan Beach th

The tree-line views from the wraparound porch pair perfectly with how Rebecca describes the home. “It’s supposed to feel like

in 2010. We bought this lot around April of 2014,” Rebecca says.

a modern farmhouse,” she says. The floors are French oak—“not

“We had a house we loved in the same neighborhood, but as a

too dark and not too brown,” she points out. “It took me a long

designer this gave me the chance to really build my own home.”

time to find the right floors.”

The project took two years from the time the lot was pur-

French doors separate the indoor and outdoor living areas.

chased till the Fosters moved in. Louie Tomaro was the archi-

“The big thing now is those big sliding doors, but I wanted it to

tect, and Ron Slavens led construction. “Both were awesome,”

feel more traditional,” Rebecca explains.

Rebecca notes. Of the lot’s 9,500 square feet, the house takes up nearly

When it came to the kitchen, she wanted to make a statement: “I didn’t want it to be standard.” To assist her in that

5,600—leaving ample space for landscape architect Julia Schuart

goal, Rebecca enlisted the help of Steven Cooper, the principal

to help Rebecca realize her vision for the yard. With four children

designer of Cooper Pacific Kitchens.

ranging from age 11 to 16, the outdoor space was designed to meet the needs of every Foster (and their friends). “That’s what I wanted, for all the neighborhood kids to come

“I think sometimes kitchen and bath design is the least understood [as far as] importance. The kitchen is the most useful component of your home. I may be consulting on countertops

by,” Rebecca says. “It really has become a place where the kids

and tile, but Steven’s really the wise sage on what we need to do

know they can just show up.”

to make it more functional,” Rebecca says.

There’s a lower-level sports court—a space that eventually will

“A 10-minute conversation can transform a space,” Steven adds.

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“It’s supposed to feel like a modern farmhouse.”

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There are hints of blue sprinkled throughout—some that pop,

The kitchen as a whole has three sinks (including one out-

like the knobs on her stove or the exterior of her double oven.

side the walk-in pantry) and three dishwashers, making it ideal

The walls and countertops showcase a subtle hue. The richness

for hosting large gatherings. The combined wine storage/

of the dark walnut butcher block contrasts beautifully with the

freezer/refrigerator could easily be mistaken as a prized piece

large, white and fully functional island with its own sink, dish-

of furniture.

washer, cabinetry and drawers.

A long, elegant table in the formal dining room leads your

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eye to a beautiful yet functional built-in. “We wanted to create

the right colors,” Rebecca says. “It doesn’t look beachy, and yet

a more relaxed atmosphere but something that still was in

it has all of the beach colors. I carried it with me everywhere I

keeping with Rebecca’s sense of style,” Steven says. “So we

went. When you start to look at all the fabrics I chose, they all

brought in the uppers with the mesh inserts. Aesthetics were

go with this.”

obviously really important, but functionally this needed [to

Of home’s six bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths, two of

serve] as a proper storage area for things that weren’t going

the bedrooms and two of the bathrooms are in the basement.

to be in the kitchen.”

Designed to specifically cater to long-term house guests, there is

Again Rebecca played with color, opting for a soft pink wallpaper. “The fabric choices that she made are fun, they’re whimsical,

also an apartment kitchen with a sink, refrigerator and stove. The mudroom on the main level of the home has a washer

they’re lighthearted,” Steven says. And this is clear throughout

and dryer, another refrigerator for grab-and-go drinks and direct

the house.

access to the outdoor showers, as well as the garage. In order to

But there’s one particular piece of fabric that she attributes

avoid having to move their cars to make way for the kid’s bikes

as her source of inspiration for the entire home. “It just had all

(or any potential dings and scratches to their cars), the Fosters

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added a mini side garage door. The highest ceilings in the home are in the living room, just off the entrance of the house. The loft above has sliding barn doors, and the reclaimed wood above the fireplace adds a touch of rustic appeal. In addition to the loft, the remaining bedrooms and Rebecca’s work space are all upstairs. The master suite boasts a coffee nook as well as a cleverly concealed dry sauna. “We use it all the time,” Rebecca says. The massive tub and steam shower only add to the spa-like feel of the space. The house is one-of-a-kind, built specifically with the Foster’s needs in mind. Rebecca’s creative vision is showcased in every corner, as is Steven’s invaluable expertise on the kitchen and bath design. But Rebecca wouldn’t necessarily describe the house as her dream home. “In Manhattan Beach, even though this is a large lot, there are a lot of constraints,” she explains. “There are a lot of things I would do differently with more space. You always have to make some compromises.” Of course, you’d never know any compromises were made walking through the home. Every detail is absolutely stunning. ¢

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a Piece of Provence

A drive-by to a coveted corner lot leads a Manhattan Beach couple to build their dream home with just the right personal touches and nods to France.

WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

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Lynn Hedani and Bob Sydow’s Manhattan Beach

five-bedroom, 8,252-square-foot home. “We

French Provençal-style residence—distinguished

like a lot of bold color and the blue-and-yellow

by a mix of five different stone veneers for the

Provence colors, and we designed every inch

exterior, a blue-and-yellow palette, a hand-carved

from top to bottom.”

limestone fountain from France designed by

they thought about the idea of buying it and

the driveway yielding table grapes—is unlike any

making it their own. “We knew the property and

other on the block. And that was exactly what

that it was going on sale because the dad passed

they intended.

away. We were thinking of buying a double lot,

“We love going to Provence, but we love

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When the couple discovered the double lot,

Torrance–based Impression and four vines in

but we were not aggressively looking,” says Lynn.

living here in Manhattan Beach … so we wanted

“The Ells family was selling ‘by owner,’ but we did

to recreate Provence here,” says Bob of the

not attempt to buy it at that time. When the sign


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disappeared, we assumed the property had sold

wooden beams in the great room constructed

along with Bob and winemaker David Jeffrey

and regularly drove by it to see what was happen-

from an old railroad trestle; landscapes, back-

co-founded Calluna Vineyards near Healdsburg in

ing to it. And we saw Tracey Ells on the property

splashes and painted cabinets by decorative

Sonoma County.

that Saturday. We realized what a great opportu-

painter Carole Da-Cruz of The French Brush;

nity this was, and by the next weekend we owned

and wooden floors in a herringbone pattern to

mental photos. We bought virtually every book

a double lot. We thought, ‘If we don’t buy it, we

mimic floors found in Provence.

on Provence design that Amazon sold,” adds Bob,

will never find another.’ It was meant to be.” While Bob served as general contractor for

In the custom-built basement—or “man

“We’ve traveled a lot, and we take a lot of

who has been to Provence more than a dozen

cave”—a stairway lined with the same stone

times with Lynn and frequently travels to Montana

the project, the couple looked to local architect

veneer from the exterior gives way to a room for

and Chile for one of their shared passions: fly-fish-

Douglas J. Leach of Douglas Leach Architecture

Bob’s expansive, 150-engine train collection, a

ing. “It’s a lot of fun to do it ourselves. If there was

for the floor plans. Every square inch of the inte-

workshop and a wine cellar containing approx-

a new idea that we saw that we liked, we thought,

rior has been carefully deliberated and stamped

imately 8,500 bottles of wine from California to

‘That’s okay. We have time.’”

with the couple’s imprint (as well as that of

Bordeaux. “We built the house for a man cave

their two adult children)—including reclaimed

for the trains and a wine cellar,” jokes Lynn, who

For the six-year-long transformation, Bob and Lynn took on every project as their own, including

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We love going to Provence, but we love living here in Manhattan Beach … so we wanted to recreate Provence here.” the front yard and vegetable garden. The

expansive. The interiors are very authentic

great room, exterior railings, master suite bal-

couple worked with a landscape designer

to the architecture. They went to great

cony, interior main stair railings and the trellis

for a basic layout, but now Lynn tends to the

lengths to research that style, and they did

on the south patio.

veggie garden while Bob maintains the yard

a fabulous job.”

almost all by himself—spanning 157 rose-

Every small detail of the tranquil home— curated with handpicked artwork by artists

bushes, a stream and two fountains, laven-

artisans including Manhattan Beach–based

such as Daniel Maffia, Vincent Amicosante

der, sage, foxgloves, citrus trees, olive trees,

Mayauel Ward, a local glassblower who

and Bruce Cohen, and paperweights, per-

grapevines, camellia and 17 window boxes

made several pieces throughout the home

fume bottles and vases by late friend and

made of mahogany.

including emerald-hued pendants that hang

glass artist Paul Harrie—is a direct reflection

above custom countertops in the kitchen and

of the couple and their family. “When we like

was beautifully landscaped,” says Doug.

glass sconces in first-floor powder room and

an artist, we tend to buy a lot of his or her

“It is unique because the front yard is the

master suite. Mario Greiderer constructed

work,” says Bob.

primary outdoor area, and the space is very

steel doors—made to look aged—off the

“The best feature is the front yard, which

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backsplash handpainted by Carole of a market scene with every member of the family; the upstairs master bedroom with French oak ceiling panels depicting the couple’s initials, a rainbow trout and garden scenes from Provence; the master bath fashioned with slabs of genuine lapis lazuli countertops imported from Afghanistan; and a bench in between the two bathroom vanities painted by Carole to match. “It makes me feel happy, and it’s like being in France,” says Bob. “We never get tired of walking around the house or garden.” “There’s not one thing I would change,” adds Lynn. “Well maybe just one swinging door upstairs. I’d make it a pocket door.” This home will be featured on the American Martyrs School's annual Sophisticated Snoop home tour from May 18 through May 20 in Manhattan Beach. For more information, visit americanmartyrsschool.org. ¢

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LUSH LIVING

MODERN TROPICAL ARCHITECTURE BRINGS POLISH AND CONTRAST TO A COSTA RICAN SURF TOWN. WRITTEN BY DAVID DURAN

Experimenting with architecture isn’t anything new, but

to create a new style of architecture that is especially

when a bold and modern design is constructed outside

different for its location. Set against a lush, steep hill back-

its natural element and instead placed in a verdant trop-

drop, the villas come out from the ground and hang over

ical environment, the result is incredibly breathtaking.

open social spaces that are the epitome of indoor/out-

Costa Rica has long been a haven for those seeking nat-

door. The stark and bold steel frames sit on top of retain-

ural beauty and peacefulness. With more urban-centric

ing walls that evoke a tropical modernity that is all about

travelers heading south, it’s only natural that new spaces

lightness and openness—allowing the inhabitant to have a

for them to experience emerge—places that have a

profound and direct connection to the natural landscape

familiarity of home but that are surrounded by paradise.

that surrounds the villas and the ocean beyond.

Joya Villas consists of two extra-large vacation rental

“Joya Villas is a clear reflection of a new wave of con-

homes constructed with a blend of large steel frame

textual contemporary tropical architecture that is born

I-beams and carefully crafted wooden screens and floors

from and adapts to its precise location, land contours and

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climate,” shares architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe. “These

and roadside taco shacks are still part of everyday life.

ingredients are then brought to life through the careful

Due to its remote location, Santa Teresa hasn’t yet been

balance of modern building techniques and touches of

infiltrated by hoards of visitors—although the town does

handcrafted natural materials. Everything we do at Studio

have a healthy expat community that continues to grow.

Saxe is focused on trying to enhance the experience

This means that in addition to the friendly locals, there

of the natural in the inhabitant of spaces and perhaps

are approachable English-speaking foreigners roaming

even create moments of relaxation and reflection. This

around town.

train of thought and the architecture that is emerging

Every Sunday at the Rocamar Beach Club, locals and

could begin to be considered as the birth of an authentic

tourists all gather for a family “Sunday Funday” on the

Central American tropical architecture.”

beach. It’s a healthy mix of families and adults, and the festivities start in the late afternoon and run late into

GETTING THERE

the night around a bonfire, surrounded by artists and

Upon arrival to San Jose International Airport, guests

musicians. It’s a very sweet representation of what Santa

are greeted and escorted to a private terminal where

Teresa is all about … at the end of the day, everyone is just

Prestige Wings is located—a company created to effec-

there to be happy.

tively meet the needs of private Costa Rica. Flights are customized to the needs of each client, as they

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are all charter flights. The company is also one of the

For those looking for some resort time, Florblanca is a

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Pacific coast. The award-winning destination is situated

high safety standards.

on the pristine beaches of the Nicoya Peninsula in an

The strategic location of the airline at San Jose allows

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Playa Santa Teresa. The spacious villas at Florblanca are

Someone from the company is by your side every step of

situated among the diverse flora and fauna of the jungle

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and come with stunning outdoor bathrooms equipped

you through private security to expert pilots who take

with oversized soaking tubs. Monkeys also dominate the

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aircraft, Prestige Wings ensures that your trip to Santa Teresa starts and ends without a hitch.

Guests at Florblanca can enjoy locally grown food prepared by the chefs at Nectar, the signature restaurant. The resort will gladly arrange surfing, hiking, horse-

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back riding or zip line excursions through their activity

The sleepy surfer town of Santa Teresa is poised to soon

center. On property there are also professionally guided

become the next go-to spot in Central America for those

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seeking a more down-to-earth getaway, where luxury

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MARY HOCKING

168 KNAPP INTERIORS, INC. ELIZABETH KNAPP CAROLINE MCLEAN

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

TELL US ABOUT ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOME DESIGNS. One of our client’s homes in Rolling Hills overlooks the most amazing view. The original home was completely closed off from the view, and I knew immediately that this was an underutilized property. After 500 cubic yards of earth movement and three 30-foot folding wall systems, we had a spectacular home. The pool sits right outside the living room overlooking the horizon. When sitting on the couch looking out the window, it appears as if the pool blends in with the ocean beyond. It is a peaceful place to be. WHAT DO CLIENTS APPRECIATE ABOUT YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL? We believe time spent on a design directly correlates to its elegance and function, so we devote a great deal of time to our designs and drawings. Our clients know when we show them a design where every detail has been taken into account. We draw every curve on a custom fireplace, every windowsill on the outside of a home, and we even specify the size, direction and location of flooring throughout the residence. These details not only show our clients exactly what to expect but also inform the contractor on how to build the project. A comprehensive set of plans allows the contractor to bid the project down to the doorknob, which keeps the price on construction stable throughout the construction process. Setting clear expectations

through meticulous drawings leads to even happier clients. WHAT ARE SOME HIGH-TECH SOLUTIONS YOUR STUDIO OFFERS? We use the most cutting-edge technology. We use is a BIM (Building Information Modeling) software. Instead of the standard 2-D drawings that one would typically receive from an architect, we provide 3-D renderings, details and viewpoints of a project. This allows our clients to see the entire project from every imaginable area and even envision themselves living there. Our clients are able to provide more valuable feedback this way. It also creates more complete, interesting and beautiful designs. HOW DO YOU GET TO KNOW YOUR CLIENTS IN ORDER TO INCORPORATE THEIR PERSONALITIES INTO THE PROJECT? Before we even begin a design, we have an extensive interview with our clients. We ask them hundreds of questions, all of which are important in informing the subsequent design. We ask questions like, “What is your morning routine,” or “What is the first thing you do when you get home from work?” We also look at hundreds of pictures for inspiration. We look at pictures of architecture, landscaping and even decorative objects like vases, landscaping or art pieces. Using this method we design projects that meet our clients’ personal tastes and therefore become more meaningful and beautiful to them.

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LANEY LA

13110 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite A, Hawthorne 310-870-7175 | Yes@Laney.LA Laney.LA | @LaneyLAinc

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the world. Therefore it is only natural for us to draw

We believe the best works of architecture often possess

inspiration from our favorite destinations and the

characteristics of seemingly opposing forces. We admire

places that remind us of home. Collecting ideas in our

homes that can simultaneously express both boldness

sketchbooks and our iPhones, we are always searching

and modesty. Power and minimalism. Modernity and

for the next spark of creativity.

timelessness. Working with well-traveled clients, this featured project unapologetically anchors this corner lot while turning to face the ocean views. The material palette celebrates a raked stucco texture set against several layers of bleached mahogany. The home celebrates the walk street by positioning a beach room directly adjacent to a large patio mixed with landscape.

HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR CLIENTS’ NEEDS AND DESIRES? To truly understand the values of our clients, we take a three-pronged approach to the pre-design process. First we lead our clients through a detailed lifestyle interview. We listen carefully to discern their aspirations and discover unique opportunities to enhance their dai-

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ly activities. Second we leverage handpicked inspira-

Laney LA is a boutique architecture studio dedicated

And lastly we always explore multiple design iterations,

to bringing world-class design services to the fami-

especially during the early stages of design. This allows

lies of the South Bay. We believe in championing the

our clients to visualize and critique the benefits of very

dreams of our clients by creating spaces that celebrate

different approaches and solutions. Our clients find this

their unique lifestyle.

process to be truly enjoyable and it leads to a home

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR COMPANY?

tion images to draw out our client’s unique taste profile.

that is nuanced, thoughtful and deeply personal.

process. Every home is crafted digitally as a highly

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CURRENT HOME AND LANDSCAPING DESIGN TRENDS?

detailed 3-D model, allowing our clients to virtually

We are thrilled to see a trend toward a more nuanced

explore the design before construction even begins.

approach to the connection between indoor and

This exciting, fast-paced process is often the highlight

outdoor spaces. Our adventurous clients push us to

of our client’s experience.

not only prioritize the outdoor living experience but

Our studio is committed to a visually rich design

also seamlessly integrate this idea into design of the FROM WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FOR A NEW PROJECT?

architecture. This trend celebrates the quintessential

Our team is composed of designers from all across

ments within the heart of the home.

southern California lifestyle, embracing natural ele-

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ROCKEFELLER KEMPEL ARCHITECTS CHRISTOPHER KEMPEL, AIA, NCARB, & ROCKY ROCKEFELLER, AIA 201 Arena Street, El Segundo | 310-335-6000 | info@rockefellerkempel.com | rockefellerkempel.com

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well. Our clients notice. Fine details result in real

Located on a Manhattan Beach walk street with

value for our clients. Our homes feel solid, and this

views of the Pacific Ocean and Malibu coastline,

translates into longevity, durability and the highest

this luxury residence is the truest expression of our

resale value.

client. After returning from a relaxing vacation in Bali, they approached us with the task of creating an environment where they felt like they were “living on permanent vacation.” Using hints from Balinese architecture, we incorporated the use of many warm, rich woods, stone, glass, articulated ceilings and created open, natural, light-filled spaces. The result is a clean-lined and timeless expression of all that’s good when you experience that perfect getaway. FROM WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FOR A NEW PROJECT? Our inspiration comes from our relationship with our clients. The homes we design are a truest expression of them. That’s our mission. It’s a really fun process that we enjoy.

HOW DO YOU HELP CLIENTS EXPAND THEIR VISION? We help clients expand their vision through exposure to a whole new world of architecture. Often clients come to us with ideas about what they think they want. It’s fascinating to see that vision evolve into something that’s even better suited for them. The process is a lot of fun. HOW DO YOU MIX STYLES AND MAKE THEM FLOW SEAMLESSLY? Style is a funny word—it often trips up our inquiring clients. A talented designer and architect can apply the same fundamental design principles to any variety of styles and achieve a home that is beautiful and a true expression of a “style” that relates well to them. We are California Modernists at

WHAT DO CLIENTS APPRECIATE ABOUT YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL?

heart, which means we value all the good Southern

At our core we are detail-oriented architects.

natural daylight, indoor-outdoor living and a tem-

We care about how materials and surfaces come

perate climate perfect for natural ventilation. We

together in a way that’s sensible from a construc-

design with these qualities in mind and build them

tion standpoint, and beautiful from an aesthetic

into the values of the home design—whether that

standpoint. Working collaboratively with general

translates into a farmhouse, Balinese or minimal-

contractors for many years has heightened our

ist style. We’re the artist’s medium through which

awareness of how important fine craft and detail

your collection of ideas is organized into a cohe-

are—and frankly how rarely they are executed

sive and clear expression of how you want to live.

California living has to offer: sunshine, abundant

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HU MN+ LAB,+INC. BRYAN WINTERS 623 N. Lucia Ave., Redondo Beach 310-486-6522 | info@humnlab.com | humnlab.com

The Spaniard is a combination of an existing

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMPANY?

Spanish bungalow aesthetic with a complete,

We are a design/build lab. This means that

warm and thoughtful, modern, large-scale

there is one point of contact for our client: us.

remodel. In fact, only a few non-conforming

There is no breakdown in the process from

walls remained, but the bungalow scale on the

design to the built environment because we do

street façade—as well as the curb appeal—was

both—to ensure that every detail and every ma-

a constant. Excavating the raised crawl space

terial is resolved to the highest level possible.

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of the existing home, we were able to achieve higher ceiling and roof heights, which allows ample natural light to be filtered into the lower levels through skylights that punctuate the master suite’s second-floor green roof system. With the addition of twins, during planning the office space quickly became a jack-and-jill suite. An auxiliary building above the twocar garage serves as a playroom for all three children, with plans for it to become in-law quarters. The newly designed kitchen layout opens to an indoor/outdoor area, so Pacific trade winds cool and envelop the entire house. The master level includes a massive walk-in closet and a wet bathroom with a freestanding tub and walk-in shower. The bedroom looks out to the cedar decking, which leads to the green roof that insulates as well as provides a sense of calm and texture and a very scenic view in any direction, with mature neighboring trees. The simple color palette allows for punches of color accents, as well as fixtures that pop, like the brushed, gilded kitchen fixtures.

IN WHAT WAYS ARE YOU AN INNOVATOR IN YOUR INDUSTRY? We set a standard that others follow. We lead rather than follow. We do this by implementing the most progressive and advanced, computer-aided design called B.I.M. (building information modeling). We build the project from the ground up on the computer, which allows for minimal error with both the overall design and our interaction with our subcontractors. FROM WHAT SOURCES DO YOU DERIVE CREATIVE INSPIRATION? We derive our inspiration from our clients as well as proven philosophy on design. WHAT EARNS YOU THE HIGHEST MARKS FROM CUSTOMERS? Our biggest and best compliment from any client is our multiple repeat clientele. We make sure that from conception to turnkey we are accountable and provide the most intuitive and simplified process for our clients to make their experience not only fun but both practical and on budget.

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

Brothers Patrick Cunningham, AIA, and

HOW DO YOUR HOMES INTEGRATE INDOOR /OUTDOOR LIVING?

Michael Cunningham, GC, along with the team

Indoor and outdoor living are very fluid con-

at C&C Partners Design Build Firm, conceived

cepts in the Beach Cities, so you really want to

and constructed this one-of-a-kind, sprawling

do whatever you can to minimize the boundar-

European villa in the hills. Actually an exten-

ies between those spaces. One way to suc-

sive remodel, C&C Partners was enlisted to

cessfully interface those areas is by utilizing a

transform this 9,900-square-foot home into a

loggia—a covered outdoor transitional space—

three-structure living space with an abundance

between a living or dining room with retract-

of amenities. Reminiscent of an old-world

able walls, and a yard. You can have multiple

estate, the seven-bedroom, 10-bath, gated

activities happening simultaneously, with

property includes a master bedroom suite with

guests sitting in an indoor living area where

dual steam rooms, his and hers closets, and

pocket or sliding doors are completely open,

balcony, as well as a premium chef’s kitchen

and parents drinking wine by the fireplace

with island and breakfast area, formal living

under the loggia while the kids are hanging out

and dining rooms, a theatre and a gym. There

by the fire pit or in the pool … and everyone

are marble and limestone floors throughout

still feels together. The entire level has become

the indoor spaces, complemented by gran-

one large indoor/outdoor room.

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ite, quartz and marble counters—conveying elegance and quality from top to bottom.

You don’t need a big backyard to do this either. Oftentimes at the beach the interior

With three additional suites upstairs in the

flow of the house gets reversed because ocean

main structure, plus two separate guesthouses

views are so valued and yard space is minimal.

complete with kitchens, sitting areas and

Instead of a backyard, your outdoor space is

decks, room for company is plentiful. Fire-

a deck, so we put the bedrooms downstairs

places throughout the home add an air of

while the kitchen and living areas are on top—

warmth and charm. A lush and spacious out-

opening onto a large balcony or patio with all

door entertaining area, accessible via retract-

the outdoor amenities. It’s all about creating

able wall when weather permits, includes a

the right plan for a specific location and client.

covered loggia, lap pool, spa and manicured landscaping—perfect for enjoying the Catalina view. An automobile turntable allows easy utilization of the eight parking spaces.

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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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finger-jointed with slated oak balusters that

Located steps from the Pacific Ocean in the

serve as both guardrail and the stair’s stringer.

Portuguese Beach Club neighborhood of

By 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

The grandchildren’s bedroom and a guest

has since been retrofitted to withstand), the

bathroom are tucked behind the stairs on the

clients needed to fully gut the original house and

first floor, while two master bedrooms each

rebuild it from the ground floor up. Their brief

with ensuite bathrooms are located on the

was straightforward—they wanted an open, airy,

second floor.

light-filled vacation home to be used when they

The Douglas fir beams and tongue-and-

are in town visiting their children and grandchil-

groove roof decking are exposed in the ceilings

dren who live nearby.

to add volume and maximize ceiling heights

Due to zoning restrictions, the new design is

within the tight building height limit. Rigid

contained within the original footprint and build-

insulation was installed over the decking and

ing height but provides a reworked floor plan for

topped with an aluminum standing seam roof.

greater efficiency of the modest-size home with

The majority of the exterior is clad in Ipe wood

a stronger connection to outdoor spaces.

siding due to its fire-resistant qualities, and the

The kitchen is the heart of the main floor. It

semi-subterranean garage is finished with trow-

opens to an outdoor terrace (above the existing

eled stucco. The landscaping was replaced with

garage) through a pass-through bar. The dining

drought-tolerant plantings that blend with the

area—adjacent to the kitchen—is flanked by two

surrounding natural landscape.

large bi-folding doors that extend the space out

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to a large wraparound deck. When the doors and windows are open, the interior and exterior

We are a boutique design and build studio that

areas blur into a fluid space with the kitchen and

believes in good design and getting our hands

dining area as the nucleus.

dirty. Having a multidisciplinary team of archi-

To increase the size of the living room, a

tects, designers and contractors, we are capable

walled-in stair and a space-hogging masonry

of providing complete services—taking a project

chimney were removed and replaced with an

from conception through construction.

open staircase. Its floating oak treads are

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WHITE SANDS CONSTRUCTION AND INTERIORS 141 Arena Street, El Segundo | 310-607-0176 | info@wscoastal.com | WhiteSandsCoastal.com

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and construction firm founded in 2008 by two

This Manhattan Beach walk street project is one

lifelong friends. All of the partners live and work in

of the premier coastal homes in all of the South

the South Bay, so we understand and respect our

Bay. White Sands decided to implement our own

neighborhoods, our schools, the pristine views and

take on the popular modern farmhouse trend

why people choose the South Bay as a lifestyle

by incorporating classical design choices and

destination. Our mission is to create luxury custom

finishes. The goal was to create a timeless feel in

homes—both through design and construction—

a very on-trend genre, while also incorporating

that give you that sense of anticipation every time

all the modern conveniences one would expect

you walk through the door. The proof is in our

from a sparkling new walk street home. The

product, as each home we have built has sold for a

home includes white marble, reclaimed wood

record price.

beams, eight-panel interior doors, wide plank

because they are the soul of a project. WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR APPROACH AS HANDS-ON? Having a hands-on team that is invested in the project is crucial to its overall success. We feel this is what certainly sets us apart from the other designers and contractors. At White Sands, we believe that communication is the most important thing in moving a project forward, and it is the universal solvent when problems arise. In the planning and design process, we are there

WHAT TAKES A KITCHEN FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY?

to help turn our clients’ dreams into reality. In the

It must function efficiently, and the choices

approach in which we eliminate communication

in finishes and fixtures must evoke a sense of

gaps between the client, designer and

character and personality. The homeowner’s

contractor, which ultimately translates into

lifestyle should be top of mind in every decision,

both time and resources being saved. Post-

from the appliances and the cabinet placement to

construction we understand that getting

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the type of hardware used. We draw on inspiration

acclimated to your new home is a process, and

from our travels, our favorite shelter magazines

we will be there with you every step of the way.

White Sands is a fully integrated interior design

and especially from the homeowners themselves,

French oak floors, a four-stop elevator, movie theater and wood carpentry detail throughout. On the third level, a custom stainless hood with polished metal strapping adorns the top of a highperformance, five-burner range with double ovens by La Cornue. The home is a true showpiece.

construction phase, we emphasize a team-based

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Gary Lane & the design, construction and real estate team

LANE DESIGN + BUILD 2212 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach 310-937-8081 | gary@lanedesignbuild.com | lanedesignbuild.com

Our Palm Springs mid-century modern make-

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over began with an abandoned and gutted

For the desert house, we were inspired by the

home in the Magnesia Falls Cove neighborhood

mountains and palms surrounding the property.

in Rancho Mirage. Surrounded by original homes

Our goal was to present a vacation feel, so what

built in the ‘50s, this fixer was the perfect project

better way to achieve this than to have a palm

for us to transform. Our design goal was to keep

tree growing through the large, angled roof

the architectural integrity of the home while rein-

covering the entryway? The butterfly roofs of

venting it with new geometric angles and details.

mid-century modern homes in Palm Springs in-

The results are stunning.

spired us to add another roof angle to the rear of

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This “new-century” home is located on a

the house as an updated ode to butterfly wings.

corner nestled against the gorgeous desert land-

We used aluminum panels on the fencing and

scape. Clerestory windows let light shine into the

mirrors on all of the exterior doors to reflect the

interior rooms and make the roof appear to float

natural beauty of the desert. Painting the front

over the house. Along with the multi-slide pocket

door a bright yellow takes inspiration from the

doors, these features integrate with nature by

sunny days in the desert.

bringing the outdoor in. The uncluttered sleek lines and crisp white walls add to the accessibility and ease of this vacation home in the desert. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMPANY?

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TIP FOR TRANSFORMING A BACKYARD? Outdoor living is all about having varied spaces for relaxing, recreation and gathering with family and friends. We renovated the pool, added

Gary is a South Bay native and has designed and

a large Jacuzzi, designed plenty of recreation

built hundreds of homes locally over his 35 years

opportunities for family fun and added a new ca-

in business. We added real estate services to

bana. Rocks from the property form a creek bed

our company in 2016, and Gary is often called to

for the water feature. The pool house has a guest

evaluate the potential of a home before our cli-

room, pool bathroom and outdoor shower.

ents make an offer. He can consult on the feasi-

For the landscape design, Gary brought in his

bility of a remodel, estimated construction costs,

sister, Linda, a master gardener, to assist in the

city requirements and the value of the finished

selection of drought-friendly yet pleasing desert

product. He also has unique access to many off-

plants. She made sure the backyard plantings

market homes before they are listed for sale.

were kid- and dog-friendly while incorporating a minimalist aesthetic.

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COASTAL PACIFIC LANDSCAPES SERVICES INC. BRENDAN BEIRNE & JAMES MUSICK 2409 Sepulveda Blvd. #204 Manhattan Beach 424-299-4420 brendan@coastalpacificlandscapes.com coastalpacificlandscapes.com

At the Lyon residence we have created

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a seasonal display garden. The corner is

Coastal Pacific Landscapes is a full-service

transformed for every season. Some of the

landscape company built to provide quality

displays include Chinese New Year, spring, 4th

service to each unique client. Owner Brendan

of July/summer, a large pumpkin display and

Beirne had a vision to create a landscape

Christmas. The Lyon residence’s backyard was

company dedicated to creating and

designed to host large parties. The installation

maintaining extraordinary environments.

included a paver patio, a fire pit, natural gas

Coastal Pacific Landscapes services both

tiki torches and water features. The Shane

commercial and residential properties

residence demonstrates beautifully maintained

providing custom landscape design,

plant material. At the Ito residence, the entry

construction and maintenance.

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area planters are changed seasonally. And for the Stahl residence we performed a complete renovation including multiple water features, a Zen sanctuary, a BBQ island and a fire pit.  WHAT ARE YOUR AREAS OF SPECIALTY?  We are a full-service landscape company that does landscape design, construction and maintenance for both commercial and

FROM WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FOR A NEW PROJECT? The extraordinary environments we create are inspired by our in-depth knowledge of our clients and their lifestyles. We take the time to understand our client’s vision for the space and help make that idea into a reality. We also take into account sociology and how people

residential properties. Seasonal display

will use the landscape in a social setting.

gardens are one of our specialties that add

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE TIP FOR TRANSFORMING A BACKYARD?

flare to any landscape project. These seasonal gardens are created to embody a holiday,

Our favorite tips for transforming a backyard

season or match a party motif. Our other

are lighting and color. Outdoor lighting is key

specializations include: softscape, hardscape,

to enhancing a great landscape and allowing

masonry, fencing and trellis installation,

a client to enjoy their yard even after the sun

outdoor lighting, irrigation, pond and waterfall

has set. Using colorful plant material brings

installation, synthetic turf and putting green,

a landscape to life and provides a contrast in

tree trimming and removal, weed abatement

both color and texture.

and turf maintenance.

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K.FAIR DESIGN KELSEY FAIR & RYAN HELD 2020 Perry Ave., Redondo Beach | 805-272-5126 | KelseyFair@gmail.com | KelseyFair.com

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with the homeowner, and the families we work

This landscape in Redondo Beach packs all

with love our interactive process.

of the amenities of a big resort into a small backyard. In a 30’ x 30’ space we were able to design a pool, hot tub, seating area and outdoor theatre while leaving enough space to kick a soccer ball. We collaborated with Outdoor Hardscapes, which executed the build perfectly. By beginning with an animated 3-D model of the project, we were able to show the client how their family would use and move through the space. Changes to the design were executed in real time during meetings, and different versions of the project were presented quickly and easily. WHAT IS NEXT FOR YOUR STUDIO?

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON CURRENT HOME AND LANDSCAPING DESIGN TRENDS? We are finding interior concepts working their way outdoors. One of my favorite design trends is that of the refined outdoor kitchen. We have been designing outdoor cooking spaces and bar tops with materials that look as high-end as anything indoors but are durable enough to stand up to the elements. These outdoor spaces offer families a great way to reconnect with one another while enjoying our beautiful Southern California weather.

Next week we will be crane-lifting a custom-

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMPANY?

designed spa onto a third-story rooftop deck

Our design studio is broad in the style of

in Hermosa Beach. The space will be complete

homes we work on. Many of our clients are re-

with an outdoor projector screen, custom fire-

modeling existing homes, and some are build-

place and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

ing from the ground up. We have developed

FROM WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FOR A NEW PROJECT? From the clients, of course! Our delight in designing comes from our collaborative work

exterior designs for everything from plantation homes to Spanish revivals to modern dwellings. The diversity of our projects keeps our work interesting.

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JANIECE SNYDER LANDSCAPE DESIGN JANIECE SNYDER Manhattan Beach 310-920-9744 Janiece@jsnyderdesigns.com jsnyderdesigns.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. This is a beautiful coastal home in the

court and bocce court. Another project that I just commissioned

Manhattan Beach Tree Section. I really

is in the Hermosa Beach Hill Section. I love

wanted to create a living space that had an

this area because my parents’ home is just

indoor/outdoor flow. We chose the Walker

around the corner. As kids we had so much

Zanger wood tile to give a feel of one area

fun running around these blocks, and my client

from inside to outside. I wanted to open all the

says how much he enjoys the neighborhood

French doors to give the living room, kitchen,

feel. This project is on two lots with some

Jacuzzi and outdoor lounge an inviting feel

amazing views. It will be a modern beach

for all the family, neighbors and friends. While

home, and I will create an indoor/outdoor flow

in my clients’ kitchen, the sound of the water

with a beautiful, clean curb appeal.

feature flows throughout the home. My clients come up from the beach with family and friends, use the outdoor shower, stack their surfboards, BBQ in their outdoor kitchen, hop in the the giant Jacuzzi and then enjoy the outdoor TV and fire ... all with this new space.

WHAT ARE SOME HIGH-TECH SOLUTIONS YOUR STUDIO OFFERS? Since I was a young girl in the Hill Section of Manhattan Beach, I had a few neighbors who would ask me to do their gardens. I would head up to Bob’s Nursery, buy product and

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work so hard making the spaces beautiful for

Currently I am working on a 1950s ranch house

design work for large events and weddings

that overlooks a beautiful cannon up in Palos

when a friend asked me to do his landscape.

Verdes. I have directed the client to a modern,

That is where it all began. I found myself dig-

clean, mid-century feel inside and out. It is so

ging in the dirt and designing people’s outdoor

exciting working with a full acre. I am exposing

spaces. Today I have amazing crews that build

the bedrock and will create an infinity edge

all my sketches and my ideas. These past five

pool and a really simple indoor/outdoor living

years my napkin sketches and my pencil scaled

space. The property has beautiful, old canary

drawings all can be put into 3-D and 2-D,

palms that I will highlight and a hillside where

which my clients love and is done so easy with

I’ll build an edible garden, chicken coop, tennis

SketchUp and other CAD programs.

them. Twenty-five years ago I was doing floral

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

This home stands on Anderson Street in

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

Manhattan Beach. It is a home with a lot of

We are very multidimensional. We are

history—histories of bad remodels! The task

presently working on refurbishing a Nuetra

was to gut the house, lower and expand the

original home in Palos Verdes; a Spanish

garage and basement yet somehow keep an

home near Torrance Beach; a Tuscan house

assemblage of the original structure above,

overlooking Trump Golf Course; and a modern

thus keeping the height of the old building and

home in Palos Verdes Estates. We have

preserving the views.

experience in all types of architecture.

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The project involved not just tricky concrete work below but also installing new steel throughout. Holes were cut into the exterior, and steel beams and posts were surgically inserted and welded together. About the only thing left were the exterior walls. We had to re-level much of the house before we closed it up. The home has all new wiring, plumbing, HVAC, etc. The only thing we kept was the old weathervane. TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

WHEN DID YOU START YOUR BUSINESS IN THE SOUTH BAY? I started my company in 1981 while I was a business student at USC. After school I worked in the private sector for a few years, but I always yearned to be working for myself doing something creative. In 1988 I started Zigrang Construction; over the years as we grew, we took on more and more employees. Some have been with us for more than 25 years. We are proud that we have created an environment where our

We primarily are a construction company,

employees care about how projects are run

but we help clients create a team by

and completed as much as I do. We believe

recommending architects or designers who

each project is special, and these buildings

will fit well with the owners’ desires. With a

are going to be around for a long time with

team approach, we can better manage costs,

my name attached.

schedule and desires for our clients. We also have many of the needed trades in-house.

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

LUANN DEVELOPMENT

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

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own personal style and have given great care

Inspired by classic New York brownstone

and consideration to how they want their home

manors, elegant details can be found through-

to look and feel upon completion. We give our

out this modern-traditional home unique in its

clients the confidence that they have selected

attention to design, detail and quality. Situated

choices that will not only hold true to their per-

on a Manhattan Beach corner lot, this location

sonal style but that will be timeless.

allows for abundant natural light to fill the home with spectacular panoramic Hill Section views. The ground floor features a large entertainment room with a built-in bar, a secluded guest room with en suite bath, a private office and a mud room next to a three-car garage. The second level showcases high ceilings, a great room with fireplace, a gourmet kitchen with built-in dining nook, top-of-the-line appliances and two large balconies. The exquisite master suite features a balcony with ocean views, a massive walk-in closet and spa-like master bath with Calacatta Classico marble. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMPANY? LuAnn Development has been family-owned and operated since 2007. As owner/general contractor, my team includes my son, Dominic Rouzaud, and several highly skilled subcontractors. We offer services that range from a simple bathroom remodel to brand new, single-family home construction, as well as full interior and exterior design services.

WHAT DO CLIENTS APPRECIATE ABOUT YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL? A successful relationship is built on trust and communication. We provide clients full access to their project collaterals including but not limited to proposals, contracts, invoicing, budgets and timelines. Information is key, and we believe that if you have a transparent and fluid information flow, the building process goes smoother and our clients actually enjoy a successful building experience. A general contractor is like a conductor of an orchestra, making sure everything comes together at the right time. We have an excellent reputation in the community—not only with clients but with subcontractors. HOW DO YOU ADVISE YOUR CLIENTS TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN SUCCESS? Pre-planning and communication are likely the most important factors going into the planning of a new home or remodel. There are a lot of decisions that have to be made throughout the process, and there is plenty of time to do that in the early stages. This allows for thought and care to

HOW DO YOU HELP CLIENTS EXPAND THEIR VISION?

go into every decision so that they are not made

Most clients have a pretty good sense of their

ship—and especially with your general contractor.

in haste. Communication is key to ANY relation-

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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

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to be done to support a hillside or sand home;

This Redondo Beach whole-house remodel

understanding what is needed beyond what is

was a joy to build. Our clients were artistic,

written in the plans has proven to be very valu-

practical and engaged throughout the project,

able to clients. We work closely with engineers

and we felt honored to deliver their dream

to make sure the earthwork and the founda-

home. They designed many of their own fix-

tion are designed and built so that by the time

tures and finishes, which made for a fun,

we begin framing the home, it’s as though the

collaborative building relationship.

house were on a flat lot with sturdy soil.

Our clients wanted an updated coastal craftsman with an open concept floor plan and a master suite—all things that did not exist in the original home. We opened the entire downstairs space, creating a seamless transition between living and dining areas. The fireplace and kitchen became focal points, and their dining area transitioned to support indoor/outdoor living. We added a separate mud room/ laundry off the kitchen and redid the bathroom and music room. For our clients’ two small children, we built a “Harry Potter nook” under the stairs for playtime and toy storage.

TELL US ABOUT ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOMES IN L.A. The one we’re building! It was designed by Joseph Spierer Architects and is a large, modern Spanish home with indoor/outdoor living. One of our favorite design aspects of this house is its outdoor logia with a fireplace and pool area that has an updated classic feel. This build presented a few challenges because of methane in the soil and narrow city streets, but we worked closely with the city and engineers to make sure everything ran smoothly.

a den and used much of the space to create a

HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE YOUR CLIENTS’ PERSONALITIES INTO PROJECTS?

new master suite, both with hilltop views. Our

Our first meetings are key in creating a solid

clients designed and we built a master bath-

line of communication with our clients and

room “wet room” where the shower and tub

making sure the construction process is reflec-

are both in the same enclosure. We basically

tive of their personality. We find that getting

built a new house with the bones of the old.

to know a client up-front has been a key to

Upstairs we turned an enclosed balcony into

WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF SPECIALTY? We have experience with hillside and sand construction. There is so much work that has

construction success. If we understand their perspective on the home and their design style, we can make sure our management and construction style jives.

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KKC FINE HOMES KIM KOMICK 3216 Manhattan Ave., Suite E, Hermosa Beach | 310-372-6027 | kim@kkcdevelopment.com | kkcfinehomes.com

developed a process that produces exceptional

This is 58 The Strand in Hermosa Beach—a

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beautiful, contemporary, beach lifestyle home

I am about to start a new project in Hermosa that

clients monitor their projects by keeping

that I designed with Jon Starr. We combined

I am very excited about. The clients are creative

them engaged every step of the way; this

our experience in designing and building

and motivated, and the architect is an award-

helps us make decisions efficiently, eliminates

custom homes with our passion for Hermosa

winning firm that has created an amazing portfolio

costly revisions and keeps our projects timelines

Beach to bring the masterpiece to life. Situated

of custom homes, office buildings and campuses.

on track.

in south Hermosa near the newly revamped

I am fortunate to get to work with Takashi Yanai

bike bath and beach park, this custom home

and the entire team at EYRC Studios. We will

most satisfying aspect of my work is anchored in

interacts seamlessly with its environment. The

have a rendering of this job and others up on our

the opportunity to contribute to the community. I

home is made for entertaining with its sweeping

website soon. We are also building a project in

have developed this to be my core philosophy on

views and incredible custom features like a

the Manhattan Beach Sand Section designed by

every project. I was blessed with the opportunity

solid stainless steel pivot entry door, built-in

Michael Lee Architects, who we have enjoyed

to live and work in the most desirable community

breakfast nook, wine cellar and so much more.

working with many times over the years.

in the world. It is our unique way of life that seeds

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Jon Starr and I made sure that no detail was missed. It was completed in February and is now available to buy.

WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY SPECIAL? I have been building homes and businesses exclusively in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach for more than 20 years. That is more than

results. At KKC we help our

I was always taught—and still believe—that the

the ideas I bring to each new project. My goal is to build homes that provide the ultimate appreciation for beach living while enhancing the unique way we live our lives.

100 projects! In the course of that time, we have

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

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FEATURED PROJECT.

WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF SPECIALTY?

This updated transitional kitchen was completed for

For more than 32 years, Custom Design &

a Hermosa Beach family who wanted a kitchen that

Construction has specialized in residential

felt comforting yet modern. Our designers achieved

design-build remodeling—a practice we have

this by mixing a soft blue color scheme with striking

been credited with developing and perfecting

white countertops. The long island is the centerpiece

in Southern California.

of the kitchen, offering plenty of space to prepare meals and entertain. The new dining area is accented by a beautiful, angular chandelier that ties the entire space together. We gave our clients maximum storage space by incorporating drawers on the base of the island and cabinets both above and below the perimeter countertops. WHAT DOES YOUR COMPANY PROVIDE FOR CLIENTS? Custom Design & Construction has provided South Bay homeowners with innovative designs, meticulous craftsmanship and unmatched value since 1986. Whether you are envisioning a new kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, home addition or whole house remodel, our designbuild process makes remodeling smoother than you would ever imagine. We provide professional design, realistic renderings, professional project management and construction all under one roof, making us your single point of contact from the idea phase through

WHY WOULD A SOUTH BAY HOMEOWNER WANT TO WORK WITH CD&C? At CD&C, your goals are our goals. We want your home to beautifully fit your lifestyle as well as your budget. The remodeling process should be as enjoyable as the results, so we have developed our proprietary design-build process making certain that communication is clear and consistent. This ensures everything happens when and how it is intended and you get the results you expect, on time and on-budget. Since we developed the process in 1986, this commitment to our clients has helped us achieve industry-leading client satisfaction levels. CD&C has been recognized both nationally and locally as an industry innovator and has won many awards over the years for the talents of its design and remodel teams as well as for its business practices and professionalism. WHAT DO CLIENTS APPRECIATE ABOUT WORKING WITH YOUR COMPANY? Client’s appreciate the full service throughout our

project completion. The outcome is your completed

seamless process. Once a project has been fully

dream design, taking less time and expense than the

conceptualized by the award-winning design team,

traditional approach of using a separate architect,

the professional project management and field team

designer and contractor.

takeover to bring it to life.

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TORI CREATEZ MFG. & PLATINUM CONCRETE COUNTERS AND DESIGN L to R: Sergio Bermúdez, Andy Gaeta, Gabby Ruvalcaba, Maria Bobadilla, Gladis Ruvalcaba

7625 Rosecrans Ave., Ste. 37, Paramount 323-873-8142 info@toricreatez.com | toricreatez.com

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any project coming from high-end residential,

Our furniture is beautifully made using high-

hospitality, commercial or restaurants. We do not

quality wood, metal and Liqui-Crete (cement)

reject any project based on its volume nor value.

products by local craftsmen in the Los Angeles area. The wood is kept in its natural color to highlight its unique grain, thus creating a distinctive piece. Our pieces provide any indoor or outdoor space with a timeless elegance and sophisticated flare yet provide great functionality. Our furniture complements any room—from traditional to modern. Any of our pieces can be customized to meet your particular needs and colors.  HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITION? We are accessible to our clients at all times. We want our customers to be able to depend on us. We are a company that, when our competition is sleeping, we are awake creating the innovative furniture that is being desired. At the same time, we are the company you rely on to fill your

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR THE TORI CREATEZ COMPANY? The advancement of technology will create a platform for our brand to further expose and connect us within the furniture industry. We see ourselves growing more and providing new and innovative manufactured furniture. WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR APPROACH AS HANDS-ON? At Tori Createz, we are considered hand-on for the following reasons: Each project has its own project coordinator from start to ending. The process that we use is process order, shop drawings, production (milling), sanding, finish, upholstery, quality control and shipping. This makes our company reliable for any project. Everything is hands-on because it’s hand-made.

created. Our unique and creative products can

TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW PRODUCT LAUNCH.

be used to meet any expectation. We are one of

Tori Createz in collaboration with Platinum

the few pioneers that offer this to our customers

Concrete Design is offering an array of

in the industry.

products that look and feel like concrete but

home with the furniture where memories will be

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMPANY? We are a family-owned company since 1995. Our furniture is made in Los Angeles County. We can customize or build to your own design specifications, and we gladly manufacture small or large quantities for any size project. We accept

without the weight. It is a unique and elegant material that fits any customer’s needs. This product can be utilized in wood or metal, and in restrooms, walls, floors, kitchens, patios, etc. We offer all types of architectural finishes to match our customers’ samples and these can be applied on most every surface.

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KATE LESTER

KATE LESTER INTERIORS

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

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lighting. Furnishings were shipped to our ware-

answer the phone, return emails and visit the job

This project was a ground-up design project on a

house, where they were inspected, assembled and

site. We practice fiscal responsibility and stay true

walk street in Manhattan Beach where we teamed

housed until we were ready for full delivery when

to our budgeting. By doing this, we build trust. We

with LANE Design+ Build. Our client is a lover of

the build was complete. Our policy is everything at

are good stewards of time and money throughout

beach culture and an avid volleyball player, so we

once—no exceptions. On installation day, the client

the design-build process. Most importantly, we

really wanted the design concept to represent

was sent away for the day. When he came home

work hard to create a lasting, positive experience

that. I absolutely love the unique way we were able

that evening, the furniture, drapery, art, accesso-

for our clients and a home they will enjoy for years

to incorporate coastal influences and inspiration,

ries and plants were installed. The home was com-

to come.

without the home feeling too theme-y or deco-

plete, and it was gorgeous! The whole experience

rated. Natural fabrics, rich textures, reclaimed

is so much more dramatic and impactful that way,

wood and comfortable upholstery are a backdrop

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

for accents like rope-wrapped barstools, custom

and it’s memorable and emotional. Usually people

photography and vintage accessories.

cry (tears of joy I hope!), and that makes my heart

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so happy. I love creating spaces that are the backdrops to people’s life experiences. My job rocks.

WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR THE KATE LESTER BRAND? By far, the highlight of the past year has been the opening of our brick-and-mortar home store Kate Lester HOME in Hermosa Beach. The shop is filled to the brim with curated pieces, custom furnishings and bespoke finds by yours truly. This March we launched our online store, katelesterhome.

from day one. We were enlisted to select all of

HOW DO YOU DISTINGUISH YOURSELF FROM THE COMPETITION?  

the finishes, design millwork, plumbing, tile and

We believe that spaces can be functional and

available online!

For this project, we were on board with the client

com, so now all of these fabulous finds will all be

luxurious. We strive to put our clients first. We

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CAROLINE BURKE DESIGNS & ASSOCIATES CAROLINE BURKE 1020 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 210 Manhattan Beach 310-546-6862 info@carolineburkedesigns.com carolineburkedesigns.com

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that range from large new builds in Palos

This luxurious spa retreat-inspired home was

Verdes to the remodel of a small Cape Cod

recently completed in Manhattan Beach

in Manhattan Beach to simple refreshes of

and is a great example of the melding of

and updates of interiors.

sophistication with comfort that we’re known for combining in our interiors. The house has both formal and informal public living spaces, as well as great flow for outdoor living. Throughout the house, we used comfortable custom upholstery with elegant but understated finishes. Clean lines mixed with highend finishes and furnishings make this house an inviting, contemporary haven for this busy family. DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM HOME AND GARDEN. My dream home and garden project is actually my own home! After an initial renovation several years ago, I’m in the process of designing a complete remodel that will significantly increase the square footage of the house and incorporate a terraced garden with ocean views. Suffice it to say, it’s a labor of love and one that makes me keenly aware and appreciative of all of the issues my clients face when remodeling or building. TELL US ABOUT SOME OTHER PROJECTS YOU’RE WORKING ON. We are currently working on wonderful properties that are each different in scope and style. We recently completed the beautiful contemporary home in Manhattan Beach featured in this spread, as well as a Spanish colonial-inspired home. We have other projects

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR PROJECTS? I listen to clients to understand what type of home they want—so the interiors represent their vision and lifestyle. I draw on my decade of experience as a designer, and I also find inspiration in my travels around the world. WHAT TAKES A BATHROOM FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY? Bathrooms are one of my favorite spaces to design, and there are many elements that make them unique and beautiful—from classic bathrooms with traditional white cabinets to contemporary bathrooms with floating cabinets to colorful themed bathrooms for kids. We incorporate masterful tilework with beautiful lighting and high-end finishes so all bathrooms are luxurious regardless of space, style or budget. WHAT’S KEY TO ADDING SERENITY TO A MASTER BEDROOM? Master bedrooms are important spaces in homes today because people want to feel that they can retreat to a relaxing, peaceful cocoon. Serenity is achieved when the finishes and furnishings are soft in both color and texture. Lighting is important in achieving a peaceful environment. We make sure bedrooms have layers of lighting in both fixtures and window treatments so that various levels of light can be adjusted with ease.

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KCM STUDIO KIMBERLY COLLETTI 715 S. PCH Redondo Beach 310-735-1991 kc@kimberlycolletti.com KimberlyColletti.com

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a virtually maintenance-free environment.

The images shown are from our design

The final touch is the lighting and one of my

studio. We have a full-service design firm

favorites, interesting hardware really finishes

located in the South Bay. We have seen a

off the space.

high demand lately for kitchen and bath remodels, so we wanted to give the readers a peek inside our showroom.

WHAT TAKES A BATHROOM FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY? Taking risks—especially in powder rooms.

HOW DO YOU MAKE KITCHENS MORE FUNCTIONAL FOR TODAY’S BUSY FAMILIES?

These are one of the most loved rooms in

To most, renovating a kitchen or bath can be

drama, dark or full of surprising elements—

an overwhelming and daunting experience.

powders always take center stage in a home.

I find it an incredible process that allows for

For example, the mirror in the powder room

great opportunities. A kitchen should have

featured here is composed of oyster shells.

many design elements incorporated into

the house. Guests can’t wait to see what’s inside. Whether they are trendy—full of

color, textures and materials. It also needs

DO YOU LIKE TO MIX STYLES? IF SO, HOW DO YOU MAKE THEM FLOW SEAMLESSLY?

to function well and suit the needs of the

Yes, I love mixing styles. A home somewhat

individual homeowner. You are not going

is like a movie. It’s reveals stories of your

to over-design a kitchen where one rarely

life in small segments of each space you

cooks. On the flipside if you are designing

enter. Collections from places traveled

space for a chef, every little detail will make

always keep fond memories in front of you

or break the functionality of the space.

when curated and arranged strategically.

the space. Esthetically it should be a play of

State-of-the-art appliance selections cater

I personally love modern art with more

to everyone. Quartz solid surfacing from

traditional spaces to keep the interiors fresh.

companies such as Cambria or porcelain

Also if using an antique table, I enjoy using a

products from SapienStone give us amazing

modern accessory to create the “opposites

design selections to choose from as well as

attract’’ effect.

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EDENLA DESIGN. BUILD. FURNISH. 350 N. Sepulveda #4 Manhattan Beach 310-376-0033 edenLA@edenLA.com edenLA.com

This 4,000-square-foot stunner was a develop-

FROM WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FOR A NEW PROJECT?

ment project we completed while partnered

I allow the inherent architecture of a space

with Tony Barberi of TonyHomes. The original

to lightly inspire the direction of the interiors.

plans called for everything to be white and grey,

Whether Mediterranean, beach cottage or

and we reimagined the entire design. Taupe

uber-contemporary, the clients’ own identity

trim on white walls brightened the space, and

can be infused into the interiors while

the bold neutral textures throughout brought

being gently guided by the architecture.

interest and warmth. We were given free reign

Mixing styles is mandatory to achieve a sense

to design with this project, so every inch of the

of intelligence and interest for any project.

house has completely unique designer touches

The architecture of a space should always be

while maintaining a sense of universal appeal

the starting point, though.

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for the potential buyers. It worked, as the home went into escrow within a month of listing with multiple offers. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMPANY?

HOW DOES HIRING YOUR FIRM ADD VALUE TO A PROJECT? Our fees are justified immediately by the sense of calm the client has knowing they’re not going to make any expensive mistakes. We make sure

We’re still helping our many wonderful private

that all the choices for the house are timely or

clients with everything from new construc-

timeless (never dated). We ensure all materials

tion to remodels, refurnishing and decorating

and designs are consistent with the architecture

their homes. But also, lately we’re moving more

and throughout the entire project, ensuring an

into partnering with the multitude of develop-

entirely beautiful space from roof to floor to

ers who are interested in taking home design

vase placement. Our ability to work with all the

in the South Bay to a more sophisticated and

trades necessary for the completion of the space

elegant space. We boldly take our fees for flips

allows the client to focus on their lives—not their

and development on the back-end (after the

construction or redecorating.

projects close)! This allows developers to utilize our expertise to create a home that will sell immediately and for top dollar without spending any money up front. Our knowledge alleviates the risk that a new project will sit on the market for months. It’s truly win/win.

HOW DO YOU HELP CLIENTS EXPAND THEIR VISION? We are experts in taking what a client or developer thinks they want and then expanding exactly that to a completed project beyond what they ever even knew was possible. This is one of our firm’s most tangible added values.

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CAROLINE MCLEAN DESIGN/ SCOTTIEDOG STUDIOS

CAROLINE MCLEAN 125 S. Irena Avenue, Redondo Beach 310-780-0177 | caznpeter@aol.com carolinemcleandesign.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF SPECIALTY?

vintage piece, for example, can add warmth, char-

The historic Montague House (our home for

My professional background is in luxury hotel

acter and a “human touch” to a sleek contemporary

the past 26 years) was one of the first houses

design, and I was fortunate to be involved with

space—especially if there is a meaningful story be-

to be built in Redondo Beach. Constructed in the

some incredible projects around the world. These

hind the piece. Proportion and placement are key.

Colonial Revival/Craftsman style, much of the

days I’m happy keeping it local. My hospitality

It’s a delicate balancing act, but I’d always choose

home’s wood flooring, plaster, coved ceilings,

clients often looked to create a residential feel

an eclectic room with “soul” over a space that feels

windows, doors and fireplace are original to the

at their properties, and residential clients love to

like a staged model home or furniture showroom.

house. Having survived a series of questionable

come home to a relaxed resort vibe—perfect for

remodels through the years, this charming 1908

our South Bay location and right up my alley. I also

cottage has now been fully restored and is living

love renovations—the trickier, the better!

proof that classic never goes out of style.

HOW MUCH HAS THE DESIGNER’S ROLE CHANGED IN RECENT YEARS? Things in the design world have changed a great

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SOLUTION FOR TRANSFORMING A SMALL SPACE?

deal. Clients now tend to be extremely design-sav-

I love to give a small room a shot of BIG personal-

options, often creating their own digital mood

Growing up in Europe surrounded by centuries

ity by going bold with color, pattern or texture.

boards before we’ve even met. Not everyone is

of history and culture, I developed an endless

An entry, powder room or nook can provide the

looking to sign a full-service contract any more. In

fascination with architecture, design and the

perfect opportunity to play with fun finishes and

fact, I’m working with many clients on an hourly

decorative arts—all valuable sources of inspiration.

unique details to create a jewel of a space.

consulting basis. They know what they want, and

FROM WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FOR A NEW PROJECT?

Fashion, art, theatre, movies, nature, travel destinations—and my clients—can inspire me too.

DO YOU LIKE TO MIX STYLES?

vy, having studied their style of choice, researched

they know where to get it; they just need help pulling it all together. With a little professional

Yes! But to be successful, mixing styles has to be

guidance, they can feel confident making their

done with sensitivity. A treasured antique or rustic

own decisions moving forward.

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REANEY DESIGN COMPANY MARY HOCKING, OWNER 121 6th Street Manhattan Beach 310-344-6062 mfhocking@msn.com reaney-design.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

rooms and then something else when kids are

This modern beach house features a room

off to college. A favorite are vacation homes:

designated originally as a dining room that

ski houses, lake houses, pieds-à-terre in New

we re-imaged as a craft room/play room for

York City, Washington D.C. and other fun cities.

a growing family. The redesign included a

I’m also inspired by my travels, by historical

custom sofa and chairs. A large breakfast nook

buildings, landscapes, interiors and what’s

serves as the main dining space for this fam-

current in architecture, shops, hotel and

ily, complete with a custom 11-foot-by-6-foot

museums. I usually have a vacation home

table with a rope-wrapped base. The seats are

myself in a city other than Manhattan Beach.

upholstered in outdoor fabric for easy cleanup.

Last year it was Paris.

A wall of doors opens to create a true indoor/ outdoor space for this eclectic great room, including a cement breakfast table, a custom corner bench and artwork by Takashi Murakami. Completing the renovation is a fun guest room with Palecek wall scones and a collection of boat oars. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMPANY? I’ve been in business in Manhattan Beach since 1982. I can hardly believe it’s been 36 years. 36 years! It’s amazing, unbelievable and going strong. In addition to projects in Southern California, I’m working on homes right now in Austin, St. Helena and New Orleans.

WHAT DO CLIENTS APPRECIATE ABOUT YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL? Every project is new and different. The style and feeling comes from the architecture, the location and the client’s personalities, needs and interests. Color plays a big part in some projects—not so much in others. Comfortable, classic, practical and happy living spaces are my goal. HOW DO YOU HELP CLIENTS EXPAND THEIR VISION? Most people have a sense of what they like and the direction they want their home design to go in. The internet—with Pinterest, which I love, Houzz, Instagram and all the online

FROM WHERE DO YOU DRAW YOUR INSPIRATION FOR A NEW PROJECT?

shopping sites—allows everyone to stay very

Each couple, family and individual has their

exciting and very collaborative because of

own wonderful, evolving lives, and I’m inspired

it. But websites only scratch the surface of

by them. I have many clients, now dear friends,

what’s available. Bringing it all together,

whom I helped create three or four homes. It’s

educating the client, making it personal,

great to see families grow, starting with baby

functional, custom and beautiful is what makes

nurseries that eventually become teenager

being a designer so worthwhile … and fun!!

well informed and current. Interior design is

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KNAPP INTERIORS, INC. ELIZABETH KNAPP 1732 Aviation Blvd., Suite 204 Redondo Beach 323-656-5660 elizabeth@knappinteriors.com knappinteriors.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

clients to express their wants, desires and

This brand new modern beach plantation

needs. We turn ordinary rooms and spaces

masterpiece was created by Rick Farnham

into the unforgettable while never ignoring the

Development, TR Farnham Construction

functionality of the spaces that need to embody

and Knapp Interiors. The main level features

the lifestyles or work-styles of the people who

French oak floors, Thassos marble stack stone

will inhabit them. We blend modern sensibilities

fireplace and large sliders inviting the outside

with timeless appeal and approach each job

in. The kitchen boasts natural rift oak cabinets,

individually. Knapp Interiors’ specialties extend

Calacatta stone countertops, Italian marble

throughout the entire design process from start

backsplash, breakfast nook, working island

to finish: furnishing choices, paint colors, lighting

and entertaining island. An opulent wine cellar

design, artwork and more. We offer an incredible

and library/study features black ceramic tile

array of design styles that will suit any business,

fireplace and built-in shelving. The lower level

commercial or private home setting.

offers a mudroom, four-car garage, family room with wood-beamed ceilings, mosaic bar, guest suite and the backyard. A modern glass stair enclosure leads upstairs to the four bedrooms, and a mosaic marble fireplace warmly welcomes you to the luxurious master suite with walk-in closet and a balcony with ocean views. The spa-like master bath is highlighted by marble countertops, two skylights, a soaking tub and rain shower. This epic home is equipped with a

WHAT IS YOUR AREA OF SPECIALTY? One of my favorite areas of focus currently is the interior finish selection. When the architect signs off on the drawings and the client is left with the selection of the interior and exterior design details and specifications, that is where my expertise comes into play. My firm is your go-to interior finisher. We create the finished product of your dreams.

three-stop elevator, Vantage lighting system and

DO YOU LIKE TO MIX STYLES?

security system. Live the ultimate Manhattan

One of my favorite things in design is to mix

Beach lifestyle in chic luxury just a stroll away

styles. It adds to the overall story of the space

from the sand.

and enables you to think outside the common

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMPANY? I am a NCIDQ-certified designer and a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. My team of experts and I love working with

design barriers and forge your own path. There is always a place in a home to add to the story and change the text; it just takes a little touch to transpire the most common style and make it your own.

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