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ALONG FOR THE RIDE A Hermosa Beach couple discovers the Airstream life and hits the road creating lifelong memories for their family.

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It took decades for Danny Gerardi to take ownership of the house he fell in love with as a child. Today the one-time home of Dorothy Chandler is more magnificent than ever.

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MODERN FAMILY An architect reimagines a cramped Manhattan Beach bungalow into a minimalist marvel for his sister’s family.

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RESTORING FAITH A local designer helps bring new life to a Spanish Colonial Revival home on the Peninsula.

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ARTFULLY INCLINED A retired landscape architect and artist opens the doors of his loft-style garden home for this year’s Palos Verdes Homes Tour.


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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

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historical pedigree. And sometimes they come to us complete-

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I made an appointment to meet him one afternoon. As I parked

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my car in front of this gorgeous, brilliant white home, I knew I was in for something special … but I didn’t know how special. As I entered the front door, I marveled at the painted tile floors, dramatic stone stairway and stained glass windows. This place was unlike anything I had seen in the South Bay. It was grand, elegant and almost cinematic. When current owner Danny Gerardi told me who once lived there, my jaw almost hit

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those pristine floor tiles. Dorothy Chandler, notable Los Angeles philanthropist, was a onetime Hollywood Riviera resident. How he came to own her home is an even better story. Danny’s home is just one of the gorgeous places we feature in this spring edition of Southbay HOME. Thank you again to our homeowners for allowing us to share their richly designed spaces with our readers. Enjoy!

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ON THE COVER Airstream Dream Photographed by Lauren Pressey

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THE MAIN TABLE Exposed wood tables are a nice alternative to linens when they reveal an authentic charm. This sustainable dining table at Artistic Habitat was crafted from a recovered yucca tree in Southern Mexico. With natural fissures in the wood, it’s a one-of-a-kind piece with distinct design qualities found in all of its beautiful imperfection. The mix-and-match table décor is a collection of hand-selected, limited-edition designer pieces.

FLORAL INSPIRATION Jenny, owner and designer at Magical Blooms, chose a pure, loosely styled approach for the florals, which include ranunculus and tiger anemones. Adding painted foliage keeps the larger table arrangement playful and artistic. “Variations on the peach and coral tones are popular and energizing choices for spring and summer … bright, cheerful and life-affirming!” she says.

FINER DETAILS Handwoven blue textiles adorn the pillows, adding a seasonal but subtle pop of color, style and character. A handcrafted bowl filled with tomatillos plays off the origin of the unique furniture pieces curated from Mexico. Fill handmade earthenware vases with colorful blooms to brighten up darker spaces.

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Along for the Ride A Hermosa Beach couple discovers the Airstream life and hits the road creating lifelong memories for their family. WRITTEN BY JENNIE NUNN PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY SHOT ON LOCATION AT PORTUGUESE BEND RIDING CLUB


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ori and Will Ford didn’t ever envision parking a 23-footlong Airstream Flying Cloud trailer in their narrow driveway in Hermosa Beach. But the busy husband-and-wife duo, co-owners of Gum Tree Shop and Café in Hermosa

Beach and Gum Tree Manhattan Beach (she’s the CEO/buyer and he’s CFO/chef), did have Airstream ownership on their bucket list. “We always had the Airstream dream,” says Lori, sitting inside their Airstream trailer on a light sand-hued leather banquette dotted with pillows and Mexican cotton blankets from their store. “But we sort of figured it would be when we’d retire one day.” After winning a two-night stay in a vintage Airstream as an auction item at local fundraiser, Hearts of Hermosa, the couple and their two children and dog, Theo, decided they should stay overnight in one first and see if they liked it enough to invest in one of their own. A year later, they ventured to Caravan Outpost—an enclave with 11 Airstream trailers in Ojai. After that first night, they were hooked. Lori, who grew up in Manhattan Beach and lived in New York for many years (where she met Will at his former restaurant, Eight Mile Creek), didn’t have a lot of experience camping. “I wasn’t raised camping at all, and we hadn’t done any of the research,” she says. The two experienced a learning curve on everything from hookups, water and propane tanks to booking campsites. “There are so many models and configurations,” Lori explains. “We just wanted it to be comfortable and a reasonable size to tow.” They measured the driveway, scoured eBay and Craigslist, and began the ultimate nine-month hunt for their Airstream trailer. With the help of Diane, a representative at Airstream Los Angeles, the couple found the perfect trailer for their needs (one bed for them and pullout beds for the kids). They learned the ropes at an orientation before heading to Camp Williams for a night to practice everything they had learned. Since then the Fords, who affectionately refer to the Airstream as “Sandy” (a name they all voted on), have traveled to Foster Park in Ojai and Jalama Beach in Lompoc. Next up is Kodachrome Basin State Park in Utah and a 10-day trip up the California coast with stops in Paso Robles, Morro Bay and Big Sur. “The name [Sandy] is fitting as we live at the beach, and it’s pretty much filled with sand as soon as we arrive at any campsite,” says Lori. “I’ve never been to Yosemite or the Grand Canyon, and we thought, ‘Let’s just take this next five to 10 years with the kids.’ We love the idea of going anywhere whenever and wherever. Now everyone stops us, and we’ve shown it to the whole neighborhood.” The main duty for Will, who grew up caravaning in his hometown of Whyalla, South Australia, is navigating the Airstream on the road. “I haven’t found it that nerve-wracking,” says Will, who is settling into the Airstream life. “As soon as you have it, it’s like a magnet, and it’s really like a network. It’s a fun and inclusive culture, and I love to travel and get away. It requires teamwork, but really the kids love camping and we want them to have their memories.”

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Lori agrees that beyond traveling in the Airstream, it’s about the memories they are creating as a family. “It’s teaching the kids that there is more out there in the world than our beautiful little bubble of a beach town,” she says. “Both kids are very active and love the outdoors. Of course we love a beach day at home, but there’s nothing like being in a different environment and being able to explore and discover new people, places and things.” On the road everyone has his or her own chore list. Will is in charge of barbecuing, while Lori takes care of packing food and supplies. The kids have the task of helping collect wildflowers for table arrangements, assisting with cooking and assembling the outdoor awning. “Being outside, exploring river beds and climbing trees, sleeping all together with the dog in the tiny trailer … this is what it’s all about,” says Lori. “Roasting marshmallows and playing card games and making friends with other families at the campgrounds—it’s a total departure from our everyday life in Hermosa, and that’s what makes it great and memorable.” For the interior design of the 20-by-7½-foot space, Lori chose a neutral black-and-white palette down to the enamelware dishes and layered-in quilts from the store with pops of color and texture. “The black-and-white keeps it all uniform and cohesive,” says Lori, who strategically stores dishware and blankets and sheets in specific cabinets. “It all has to be super-functional. Just like in our house everything is Gum Tree, so too in the Airstream. We use the vintage kantha quilts a lot and have one on the end of the bed. They are thin and easy to fold up and store, and they have beautiful patterns. No two are alike.” On chilly nights with s’mores and stargazing, Mexican cotton blankets are at the ready. The curtains above the banquette are repurposed shower curtains from Target that Lori had recreated at Twist Custom in Manhattan Beach. Other design touches include an outdoor rug by Fab Habitat, a glamping travel candle from the store, a road trip coffee table book, and a photograph Lori took on a past trip to the beach in Cinque Terre, Italy. When not in use, Sandy (which bears a “Gum Tree” logo) resides in the driveway and is used as a guest room for visiting relatives and sleepovers for their daughter and her friends. On weekends their son takes his iPad and a bowl of cereal to the trailer and watches his favorite cartoons. “We love that it brings us together as a family, and we love the time we get to spend together in it on our trips,” says Lori, who plans to someday take Sandy to the Hamptons for a traveling, pop-up store for Gum Tree. “I still can’t believe we did it, but I’m so glad we did it now.” ¢

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“Being outside, exploring river beds and climbing trees, sleeping all together with the dog in the tiny trailer … this is what it’s all about.”


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s the saying goes, timing is everything. Linda Lavezzo Shea and her husband, Adam Shea, originally looked at their home in 2005 when it was a spec

house. They loved the property, the amount of light it got and the corner lot, but the timing wasn’t right. Twelve years later when they wanted more space, the five-bedroom house was on the market. Nervous whether 3,400 square feet was too much house, they enlisted Wendy Word Design (WWD) to create functional but beautiful spaces. “Wendy came in and really listened to what we had to say about how we wanted to live in the space and how we wanted to live as a family,” shares Linda. “[She] created an intimacy out of all the spaces. The house feels like the perfectly right size for us. It doesn’t feel too big. It doesn’t feel like we’re a family of three in a house that has five bedrooms. We really use every space.” Wendy dialed into the family’s routines and rituals and set out to maximize the home for their lifestyle. For instance, she converted the formal dining room into a teen lounge and media room with new millwork, lighting and cabinetry for the couple’s son, Jackson. “It really made sense to get rid of the dining room and use it as a space that we would use all the time instead of when we’re only going to use it as a dining room,” explains Linda. The family watches movies here, and Jackson does homework and plays video games. “It gets used literally every day,” she emphasizes. Wendy also added barn doors for everyone’s privacy. Also on the main floor is an office for Adam. “We considered making that a guest room, but again we have guests maybe once every couple of months. So instead of dedicating a room to a guest room that just sat there and looked pretty, we made it into a space that he uses every day,” says Linda. Adjacent to the office is the garage and a powder room that they considered removing to make a mudroom. But since it’s nice to have an extra bathroom when entertaining, they decided to keep it. Instead they carved a

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smaller space to tuck backpacks, cleats, base-

The kitchen was fully gutted and redesigned for

ball bats and sports bags.

better form and function. “Changing the kitchen

“We didn’t want to make changes for the sake of making changes. We were only going

was transformative to the whole house.” After their first visit, Megan Acuna, a

to do something if it made sense,” says Linda

designer on Wendy’s team, was already

of the mindful redesign.

sketching the kitchen layout in the car. “I

Throughout the house Linda wanted

remember how excited she was about every-

reclaimed white oak hardwood, but she didn’t

thing that needed to change and move,”

feel right removing the floors as they were

Wendy says, laughing.

in great condition. “The owners before us

The kitchen felt heavy and dark because

had added hardwood upstairs, because it

of floor-to-ceiling cabinets and a layout that

wasn’t originally in the house, and so it just

obstructed light. Wendy and Megan got rid

felt wasteful to rip out these floors that were

of the darkness, opened it up and created a

really gorgeous.”

dining nook.

“It wasn’t a matter of money not spent. It

They mixed metal finishes including carbon,

was a matter of money well spent,” explains

un-lacquered brass and polished nickel and

Wendy. She enlisted Scott Smith of Floorz to

opted for a stained white oak for the island and

bring the high-gloss dark walnut up to date.

a cool natural satin paint finish for the cabinets.

The multi-step processes included removing

The taupe and grey veins in the Calacatta

sheen, sanding it down and color editing.

Vision Extra pulled in the color palette.

“I love the floors,” says Linda, “now that I’m in

The crowning jewel is the bay window

the house. I can’t imagine the light floors being

in front of the sink with custom-built brass

in here. It wouldn’t fit the house at all.”

shelves. “With the beautiful light coming

Wendy worked with the existing floorplan.

through, colorful glassware made the most

“Walls didn’t need moving, so we didn’t,” she

sense,” says Megan. Not only does sun shine

says of the house that was due for an update.

through, but their landscaper Rob Jones

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trained bougainvillea to grow over the fence. The way light comes in is one of Linda’s favorite features of the home since 2005 when they first saw it. Through the tall window at the entry you see mature olive trees and eucalyptus trees. Wendy mirrored what’s happening outside with a pastel green painting in the seating area that welcomes you into the home. Wendy also incorporated the couple’s collection of artwork and objects. The baker’s rack near the dining nook is an example of a collaborative effort. A lot of the pieces are found objects including vintage pottery pieces Linda collected from a beloved antique store in San Francisco, paintings she had given her husband and books that she loves. Linda admits she would’ve passed the baker’s rack at the store if it weren’t for WWD. “I love how it works in the space,” she says. As though it’s a metaphor for the home, she adds, “It’s a really simple piece that combines contemporary with some of the more traditional pieces.” ¢

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AT H O M E W IT H …

ERIN COPPOLA

REAL ESTATE AGENT AND MOM PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

Where?

How about furniture or décor?

Tree Section of Manhattan Beach.

The deck and built-in seating. The string lights and the fire pit create a great nighttime ambience for

How long at this current home?

hanging with friends.

Since 2011 … complete with a toddler and 6-weekold baby.

Minimalism or the more the merrier? Less is definitely more.

Who lives here? My husband, Brian, and I with our kids, Justin and

Neutrals or color for your preferred palette?

Nina, and our sweet pup, Sawyer.

Neutrals with a pop of color.

How would you describe the style of your home?

What will NEVER make its way into your home?

Traditional with a touch of California coast.

Clutter. In the rare instance something hasn’t yet been organized, it is neatly tucked away until it

Tell us about your outdoor space.

can be.

We love to entertain and wanted a space that kids could enjoy through the years. Tetherball, ping-

Do you like to entertain at home or prefer to

pong, cornhole—if it’s a lawn game, we have it.

enjoy on your own?

Brian took the lead on the BBQ set-up to make

Entertain at home. Creating memories with the

sure there was a clear view of the TV for whatever

people we love—in the space we live—is what

sport is on and extra seating so the guys can hang

makes it home.

“CREATING MEMORIES WITH THE PEOPLE WE LOVE—IN THE SPACE WE LIVE—IS WHAT MAKES IT HOME.”

out while grilling. We also wanted something low-maintenance.

What keeps you living there?

We chose to hardscape and plant succulents, as

The neighborhood—the proximity to downtown

they are easy to maintain, and added the deck and

and school, combined with great neighbors.

fire pit to bring in some warmth. If you could change one thing at your home, Did you employ any help with the design?

what would it be?

Yes, we had an amazing team! Linda Hayslett

This is a tough one, as we love our home. With

of LH.Designs helped with both the layout and

one wish we would probably ask for a direct-ac-

design. She also served as our project manager

cess garage.

and worked closely with James Christopher Construction for the concrete work and Wendy

If you could live anywhere else in the world,

Akiyama of Sunflower Farms for the landscaping.

where would it be?

Her ability to quickly understand our needs and

We were both born and raised in Southern

coordinate all the moving parts made for a seam-

California and our families are here, so it is difficult

less and easy project.

to picture being anywhere else. That said, if we had to move, we’d love an ocean view.

Do you have a favorite piece of art or decor? The wall planters. We love the pop of color and

What should every home have?

unique design.

Enough food and wine for an impromptu gettogether with friends and family. ¢

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It took decades for Danny Gerardi to take ownership of the house he fell in love with as a child. Today the one-time home of Dorothy Chandler is more magnificent than ever.

WRITTEN BY AMBER KLINCK PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL


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sn’t it beautiful?” Danny Gerardi beams as he walks through his newly restored Redondo Beach home, affectionately noting one extraordinary detail after another. The 1928 estate rests on a half-acre lot in

the Hollywood Rivera, and yes, it is absolutely stunning. From the moment of entry, the home boasts a cathedral-like

grandeur while still emanating a sense of intimacy. The handpainted ceilings are sky-high with sunlight pouring in from every direction as your eyes bounce from the 300-year-old chandelier to the dramatic stonework and ironwork, to the silk rope leading up the stairway.

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After purchasing the home in 2016, Danny began an extensive restoration—faithfully devoted to returning every inch of the home to its original glory. The project lasted roughly two years, though his love affair with the residence began long before that. “The last time I had seen the house, I was 12 years old when Mrs. Chandler moved,” Danny says. Mrs. Chandler, the home’s owner when Danny was just a boy, was Dorothy Chandler— well-known philanthropist and patron of the arts in Los Angeles. Danny, who lived one street over, was a frequent houseguest. “[Mrs. Chandler] used to tell my mom and dad that I was an old soul,” Danny says. “I was so infatuated with the house.” Danny grew up and became a celebrated horse trainer. “I train reining horses, not running horses. I’ve been doing that since I was a kid,” he explains. But his appreciation for real estate never waned. “I wanted to be an architect,” Danny says. “I love homes; I’ve been buying homes for 25 years.” His first love, however, was the house he fell for as a boy … the house he kept returning to. “As the years went on, I’d always drive by every time I came home to Redondo.” Eventually Danny took a chance, knocked on the door and introduced himself. He expressed his interest in buying the home, and the owners politely expressed their lack of interest in selling it. “They were wonderful,” Danny notes, referring to Robert and L’Cena Rice. A couple years later Danny popped by again. “I’ve come back every two to three years since 1997.” And then one day L’Cena reached out to Danny. Her husband, Robert, had recently passed away. “I [explained] why I wanted to buy the house,” Danny says. Over time the two developed a rapport with one another. “I got to be such good friends with her,” Danny notes. “She absolutely loved this house.” So much so that she was hesitant to make changes, expressing that the house was too magnificent to touch. Danny, however, was eager to get to work once he took ownership of the property … to restore and preserve the original beauty and craftsmanship of the home but also to add a touch of modern luxury. “Every piece of this house has been gone over,” he says. “I got a little overwhelmed once I started. It was something I never could have imagined.” Danny restored every room with the exception of the kitchen and bathrooms, which were gutted and rebuilt. “The service kitchen was blown out and made into one,” he says. “I [had

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the cabinets] made [to look] how they were back in 1928 and used old handmade tiles. The floors are marble travertine.” The kitchen maintains the integrity of the home’s vintage nature while boasting all the latest conveniences needed for a successful dinner party. The transformation was, however, difficult for Danny at times. He had such an attachment to the home. “I walked in here one day and I almost cried because I saw holes in those beautiful plastered walls,” Danny explains. “I said to the contractor, ‘What have I done? You’re never going to be able to get those walls back the way they were.’ And he said, ‘Calm down, I’ve got someone.’” Artisan after artisan came through the house attending to every detail from the cracks in the fully cured stone to the original sconces adorning the walls. The home was designed by architect Mark Daniels for real estate developer Clifford Reid in 1928 with the French Riviera as their muse—which is why striking accents like the handmade rug from 1910 sprawled out in the 47-foot living room work so well. The solid marble statue recreated from the 200-year-old original in Rome looks right at home in the entryway, as does the fountain dated from roughly 1785 that made its way from Florence to the home’s front lawn. Expertly curated by Danny, original pieces were either restored or repurposed to other areas of the home, with new pieces made custom or collected from antique stores and traveling abroad. It was a labor of love—one that Danny will be able enjoy for many years to come. Admiring the view of the Pacific from the open doors on the second floor, it’s easy to see why someone would lust after the potential of this expansive triple lot. But it’s refreshing to know it landed in the hands of someone looking to maintain the property’s historic beauty, rather than a development opportunity. “People say things happen for a reason,” Danny says. “Well this definitely did.” ¢

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A RT I SA N S

MOLDING HER TALENT CERAMICS TAUGHT ZOE WILLIAMS TO LET GO OF PERFECTION. THAT’S HOW ART HAPPENS. BE MINDFUL OF THE PROCESS BECAUSE THE PROCESS IS WHAT THE END IS ABOUT.

difficult for Zoe, going from a full-time working parent in a familiar city to knowing no one in a new country. “The change in my life was huge,” she remembers. “As an introvert I found myself struggling living my daily life. I was extremely lonely for a long time.” As the kids grew older and Zoe had more time to herself, she felt the need to reconnect with her artistic sense of purpose. Zoe signed up for a series of all-day Saturday workshops in lithography at the Josephine Press printmaking studio in Santa Monica, recommended by her artist friend from Barcelona. Although the creative process was once again excruciatingly painful, she enjoyed being around creative people. Being in that artistic community reminded her about the life she once had. It was an awakening … she needed to be creative and “make” again. Fate stepped in when a friend invited her to a class at the local community ceramic studio in Manhattan Beach. Zoe went in with very low

WRITTEN BY TANYA MONAGHAN

expectations because it was not an art form she

PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY

had much experience in. It turned out that a fresh start allowed her to let As a child, Zoe Williams always had a deep-rooted

would critique the students’ artwork. Zoe couldn’t

go and feel free. It was the answer to her lengthy

need to make. She was born in London into a

help herself from being influenced by what she

“block.” She had no preconception, no standard

“traditional family”—her mother was a nurse and

was hearing and seeing during these assessments.

to meet, and for the very first time she felt the

her father a chartered surveyor. Zoe didn’t love the

The students were asked, “You used the color blue.

freedom to play and enjoy it. She found her artist

academic side of school, but she loved art. She

Why did you choose blue?” And “Why did you

community within her own local community and

took all of her art exams early and left high school

use pencil?” Soon she found herself questioning

was hooked.

at 16 to go to tertiary college, where she gradu-

everything she was doing within her own work

ated with a foundation course in fine art.

too—without answers.

She built a portfolio over two years before

This mindset continued for about a year and

“Ceramics has taught me to let go of perfection,” she shares. “The teachers at the studio are fantastic. They helped me be more open to every-

attending University of Brighton and completing

half until she found herself staring at a canvas

thing. I feel that’s how art happens—not by ticking

a BA in printmaking. She won the printmaking

in her studio, unable to create anything. At 29,

the boxes or staying in the guidelines. You have to

award named after the late, world-renowned

after living on boiled eggs and ramen, she packed

learn how to explore and push boundaries.”

English printmaker Julian Trevelyan. She would

up her studio in Barcelona and headed back to

go on to earn her master’s degree in Barcelona

London where she didn’t touch art again.

at age 22—an amazing achievement for someone so young.

She landed a job in London working at an archi-

Zoe has a very clear aesthetic: simple, no crazy glazes or carvings. The clays Zoe uses are pure porcelain, which is “like trying to throw cream

tecture firm and met her husband, Matt. She was

cheese.” She also experiments with colored porce-

so blocked at the time that even when she was

lain, where she mixes pigment into the raw porce-

lishments, Zoe found herself at a place in her life

asked to do a watercolor rendering for the firm,

lain and throws two different colors together.

with no guidance and not much support. She didn’t

she just couldn’t do it. She had stopped “making.”

Although she had racked up plenty of accomp-

know what to do next, working odd jobs in London

New responsibilities took over, and Zoe was now

Every piece she creates is a “one-off.” Zoe’s work is carried locally at Gum Tree, and the

and then Barcelona where she took up a studio in

a wife and working mother with a mortgage. She

ongoing demand for her beautiful pieces has been

an artist co-op. She paid her bills by working in a

loved her life but also felt disconnected from the

so overwhelming that she is currently building a

bar and teaching English as a foreign language.

art world.

website to turn her passion into a small business.

Although she really enjoyed this time, she hit a

“As women we sometimes feel forced to change

“I am trying to be mindful in the process,” she

block with her art. Trained by teachers who really

our identities,” she says. “At the back of my mind

says. “When I was trying to get back into print-

pushed the concept that every “pencil stroke”

was the thought that I wasn’t ‘creative’ anymore,

making, I was so focused on the end product I

had to mean something, she started to overthink

and there was always that part of me that thought

didn’t stop and allow myself to be absorbed by the

everything. Art was organic, intuitive and instinc-

I had let myself down because of that.”

beauty and feeling of just making. When I was hav-

tual—at direct odds with her extensive education.

In 2009 Matt won a project with Frank Geary’s

While she was creating her own body of work,

office in the U.S., and they decided to move their

to see that. It wasn’t ever about why or how; it was

family to sunny California. The move proved

about being lost in the flow of creating.” ¢

Zoe filled in as an assistant to a teacher who

ing my artistic breakdown I didn’t have the clarity

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B U S I N E S S S P OT L I G H T

LENDING A HELPING HAND A local family-owned business steps in and helps residents restore their belongings damaged by the Malibu fires. WRITTEN BY LAURA L. WATTS | PHOTOGRAPHED BY JP CORDERO

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or more than two decades, Door to Door

“Our clients are opting for nicer bespoke garments

Cleaners has helped Los Angeles residents

and furnishings that are of heirloom quality,” says

keep their clothing clean. The family-owned

Sajid’s brother, Habib Veera, also a partner in the

business has long been an established, well-

company. “We ensure that these garments and

known part of our community, offering laundry and dry cleaning services, tailoring, shoe repair, leather

furniture will stand the test of time.” Cleaning clients’ home theatres and antique rugs

cleaning, preservation of wedding gowns and couture

from around the world are among the many exciting

garments, and handbag restoration.

projects that Door to Door is involved in on a regular

But you may not know that Door to Door can also

basis. Recently they were hired by a client to clean

handle home-cleaning challenges from the common

and deodorize nine irreplaceable tapestries that

to the complex—including damage from water and

range in age from 500 to 900 years old. This client’s

fire. The company had the opportunity to help quite a

home was within 60 feet of the Malibu fire, and the

few families get their homes cleaned up and habitable

tapestries had significant odor and soot deposits.

after the Malibu fires late last year.

After Door to Door worked its magic, the results were

One of Door to Door’s clients owns a home on the

phenomenal and the client was beyond satisfied.

Pacific Coast Highway that was within 150 feet of the fire. The home, designed to look like a yacht, contained

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furniture custom-made by the Italian yacht-building

Husband and wife Yasin and Yasmin Veera started

company Benetti. After the fire, the outdoor furniture

the business in 1989 as a simple delivery route—a

was covered in ash and soot and had absorbed smoke

convenient service for their customers. Today Door to

odor. The client hired Door to Door to deodorize,

Door Cleaners is a full-service dry cleaning, laundry

clean, stainproof and waterproof his damaged furni-

and tailoring business with 10 stores and a delivery

ture—which they did in just a few weeks and returned

service. In June the company will open a brand new

it to the client in like-new condition.

store in Malibu at Cross Creek.

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working in the dry cleaning industry in high school

The Veera family, owners of Door to Door Cleaners,

and today handle the day-to-day operations of the

and their team also offer customized services

business with their wives, Shaheen and Molly.

Sajid and Habib, Yasin and Yasmin’s sons, began

extending to all household textiles including bedding,

Door to Door cleaners gives back to the commu-

pillows, rugs, upholstery and window coverings.

nity through various organizations, including scrip

They offer simple onsite spot cleaning or complex

programs at local schools and donating gift cards

restoration—whatever the textile issue calls for in a

for fundraisers. They provide cleaning for Coats for

client’s home.

Kids, which collects thousands of lightly used coats

Along with California living comes plenty of sunshine

and distributes them to children in need. They utilize

and ocean air, which causes sun damage and dry rot

their fleet of vans to distribute backpacks and school

on fabric-covered surfaces—whether a couch, a silk rug

supplies collected by PRESENT NOW, a nonprofit run

or drapes. “Door to Door can properly care for furni-

by one of their Santa Monica clients.

ture and rugs—prolonging the life of the piece without affecting the fabric,” says co-owner Sajid Veera. Many of the company’s clients own higher-end

Wherever you see Sajid, Habib and their team— whether at one of their stores, providing in-home cleaning services or delivering laundry to a client—

upholstered furniture, draperies and rugs made of

they are sure to be lending a helping hand to

expensive materials such as double-ply cashmere or

their community.

fine mulberry silk. With their extensive experience caring for clients’ delicate garments made from expensive fabrics, it was a natural progression for

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MODERN FAMILY An architect reimagines a cramped Manhattan Beach bungalow into a minimalist marvel for his sister’s family. WRITTEN BY ELIZA KRPOYAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY & STEVE KING


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lder siblings oftentimes know what’s best, but when Edward Ogosta’s sister Alison Goad hired him to be her architect, she had to trust that her younger brother

might know better. “Ed has a style that’s unique and minimal,” Alison says. “You go to his house and definitely feel more calm when there’s less in the environment.” Alison’s home, which she purchased with her husband, Jeff, 22 years ago and shares with their three children, was a 1950s Manhattan Beach bungalow at its capacity. Ed helped them achieve a simpler life and more square footage. “There’s something to also be said for a cozy home with lots of photos and warmth,” shares Alison on the feeling they wanted to maintain. To achieve a sense of coziness they kept the original size of the small bedrooms, which allowed them to use the addition for gathering and entertaining spaces. “Before, with the little cramped bungalow, they could have maybe 10 people over and it would feel crowded. Now they can have 30 people and it still feels spacious,” says Ed, who lives nearby and visits often. “The house fades in the background. It’s just a frame for these events and life activities that she and her family have now.” Since opening his eponymous firm in 2011, Ed has specialized in residential design, creative workplaces and inventive commercial spaces. Among his traits are creating spaces that optimize natural light. His work is reminiscent of artists like James Turrell, who engages with light and space. The kitchen features 14-foot ceilings with clerestory windows that drench the home with natural light. The cabinets are straightforward

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white oak against a white quartz countertop. The linear space flows through the built-in dining nook, where the wall is textured with white oak vertical slats, and through the living area. Both ends of the area feature folding glass doors that allow the space to open to an outdoor deck with a kitchen, dining area and fire pit on one end and a front patio on the other end, featuring concrete site walls and landscaping for privacy. To calm the echo from the tall ceilings and make the environment warmer, they added softer elements such as area rugs and pillows. Because Ed has been going over to the Goads’ house for many years, he knew what some of their needs were. In addition to ample entertaining areas, the family needed storage. Ed created a lot of usable storage that keeps the home faring toward minimalism. For instance, the long, dark grey banquette in the dining nook houses all of Alison’s entertaining plates and China. “Some people like to display, but I like them tucked away so there are less things out,” she says. The same goes for her kitchen appliances. She has them plugged in and hidden inside a cabinet. They’ll open the cabinet, use the appliances and then shut the cabinet. There aren’t any appliances on the counters. “Every inch of the house does something,” says Alison. “It works for us.” Some parts literally work for the family; the house features solar panels on the roof and produces all of the energy it consumes. The material palette was limited to concrete, oak, drywall and white walls on the exterior. “My feeling is that you can always introduce color and pattern in the decor because that’s easily changeable,” explains Ed. Though the sparseness of the project was a welcomed adjustment, one item Alison was unwavering about was having color in the powder room. “She wanted it to encapsulate this area of Manhattan Beach,” says Ed. Together they shopped for tile and found a beautiful bluish option from Heath Ceramics that’s inspired by the colors of the ocean. “[That space] is actually one of everybody’s favorite rooms. Consistently, when people look at the photos, they love that tile. Now clients ask me for a room like that on other projects. It’s a subtle kind of color with some pattern, but it really makes a more special space even though it’s very tiny.” The siblings agree that the best part of the renovation is Alison being able to enjoy the space and entertain larger gatherings. Ed describes his sister as someone who’s very

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social, involved in the community, loves to cook and loves to entertain. “Oftentimes with clients, after they’ve moved in, you keep in touch but they live in their home and you don’t participate in that— because it’s not your house,” explains Ed. In this case, he is invited to his sister’s house often and sees how the house is used, the different qualities of light and different times of the family life. “It’s really great to see that the space really works,” he says. “It’s so rewarding to see her living in the way I think she’s always wanted to live.” ¢

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Torrance and Plaza El Segundo, anthropologie.com

5. Inflatable ring toss game, $24; Sunnylife,

8. Bright sand melamine dinnerware, from $5; Pier 1

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Amo Fashion Center in Torrance and Plaza El Segundo, anthropologie.com

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3909 Via Picaposte, Palos Verdes Estates $1,999,000 | 3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms Situated in the cherished Valmonte neighborhood, this estate property is only available once in a generation. The resort-like 2,000+ square foot rambler with a separate pool house is situated on one of the largest double lot corner properties in the neighborhood with a completely private breathtaking pool and entertainment patio. With meticulous attention to detail, unsurpassed quality and luxurious finishes, this elegant home is truly an entertainment showplace.

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WHAT: Buffalo Soul WHERE: Nashville, Tennessee WHY: In a city built on the shoulders of singers and songwriters, this historic bed-and-breakfast reopened under new ownership with a passion for supporting and celebrating Music City’s long and rich history. Originally built in 1937, the four-bedroom, five-bath home features a limestone façade, Tudor architecture and multiple private spaces designed for private collaboration and creativity. Buffalo Soul is more than just a place to stay–it’s a place to create, connect and experience what gives Nashville the name “Music City.” The design pays homage to cofounder and ACMnominated recording artist JT Hodges’ parents–a Julliard-trained father and recording artist mother–who instilled his passion for music during his childhood. The home, which features a recording studio in the basement, is filled with musical touches including memorabilia, records and playlists on demand. The kitchen comes stocked with all kinds of goodies to enjoy during your stay. Artists and songwriters will enjoy a setting that gives them privacy and space to collaborate, complete with multiple creative spaces and a backyard with a oneof-a-kind, 50-foot, in-ground acoustic guitar fountain and fire pit. And as part of the Buffalo Soul experience, weekend guests have the opportunity to have in-home musical experiences with singer/songwriters curated by JT himself. HOW: buffalosoul.com

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WHAT: Wilderness Lodge WHERE: Jackson Hole’s West Bank, Wyoming WHY: This modern piece of heaven sits amidst Jackson Hole’s gorgeous mountains and trees. Heading up the tranquil driveway, the five-bedroom home (including the two-bedroom guest house) reveals a teak exterior that blends nicely with its wooden environment and huge windows to enjoy the views. Ideal for entertaining, the great room offers a cozy fireplace for conversation, and the wooden dining room table seats up to 14 guests. Upstairs a large game room features a ping-pong table, refrigerator, games, and plenty of space to spread out and relax. Though beautiful on the inside, the home’s outdoor spaces truly shine. Take the party outside to the dining ensemble and gas grill, or savor a little après-ski under the stars in the hot tub. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort awaits only 4.3 miles away, and Grand Teton National Park is nearby as well. HOW: luxurypropertiesjh.com

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Outstanding Spanish Villa

Located in desirable Malaga Cove, this rare Spanish Revival Villa offers a commanding presence from the street while enjoying panoramic ocean and queen’s necklace views from major rooms, as well as from its lovely terraces. This fine home is the definition of curb appeal and an outstanding landscaped presence as it invites you to enjoy the privacy and serenity that its enchanting sanctuary provides. Harkening back to the early history of Palos Verdes, this fine villa boasts beautifully detailed 4 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms all in an enviable floor plan. It includes a comfortable 3,000 square feet of living space with a bonus 1,000 square feet of private view terraces. The two upgraded and private view terraces make for true indoor/outdoor living including inviting friends for cocktails or al fresco dining warmed by a handsome outside fireplace. The villa includes a dramatic Living Room anchored by a gorgeous fireplace, which will steal your heart; or relax in the adjoining and aptly named Sun Room; the formal Dining Room opens to the inviting Front Terrace; the Kitchen with Old World charm adjoins the delightful Morning Room with French doors to a private back yard and herb garden; and the separate and relaxing Den includes French doors to the West Terrace. Comfort abounds in this fine residence. Do not miss this rare opportunity to call it your own. Offered at $3,250,000 | www.1700ViaArriba.com

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Restoring Faith A local designer helps bring new life to a Spanish Colonial Revival home on the Peninsula. WRITTEN BY ELIZA KRPOYAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY LAUREN PRESSEY & MARK LOHMAN

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efore Carmen and John Phillips made an offer on their 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival home, the real estate agent left them alone on the property and asked them to lock up on their way out. The couple had stumbled on the house about six months earlier but took it off their minds when they learned of its hefty price tag. Fast-forward and the house

was still on the market with a price reduction. “The home had a lot of foundation issues,” explains Carmen. “It’s like no one wanted to touch it. But then the price came down to such a point that probably a contractor or developer would have come in and demolished it.” A family had lived in the home since the 1970s, and after the father passed the children decided to sell the estate. “They had an endearment with the home,” shares Carmen of the family who was very involved in the sale. “They had grown up here, had weddings and baptisms here. The home had a lot of life.” It got dark, and Carmen and John were still sitting talking about how much they wanted the home … but it was a stretch. The couple looked out the upstairs balcony and noticed the cross from the

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neighborhood church was illuminated. “Look, it’s a sign. We were meant for this house,” they said. Despite uneven flooring and original plumbing and heating, Carmen and John purchased the home to restore it to its glory days. “We wanted to stay true to the architecture and period while updating the home’s systems,” shares John. The restoration piqued his curiosity to learn more about the history of the home, Palos Verdes and the time period. At the local library the staff helped him find a huge file on their address including pictures of the house being built, information on the architect Raymond Struthers and a sales brochure with a list price of $75,000.


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John uncovered a passion for Spanish Colonial Revival archi-

The Phillips waited eight years after purchasing their home

tecture and tiles from that era. His newfound interest led him to

before hiring a designer to decorate. They enlisted Caroline Burke

pen his first book, Palos Verdes Estates: Images of America, on the

Designs to blend the traditional Spanish architecture with con-

development and community of Palos Verdes.

temporary and comfortable furniture and a collection of antique

Although it took more time and was costly, John preserved the home’s original terra-cotta roof. “We had to take it down to waterproof and then put the roof back on,” he explains. “I

treasures. The result is an updated, livable family home that doesn’t conflict with the period of the house. “Good design enhances a lifestyle,” says Caroline. “You want

couldn’t bear to see the original tiles with the fingerprints of the

furniture where people are going to go in and sit down and want to

makers lost.”

be there and relax.”

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When the couch was installed in the family room Carmen had tears in her eyes. “I walked in, and my whole family was there,” she recalls of John and their three boys—Charlie, Tommie and Henry (ages 16 to 9)—sprawled out and labradoodle Pepper in the same room. “This is exactly what I had been thinking about and dreaming about … and here it was right in front of me.” Throughout the 6,500-square-foot home are custom pieces by Caroline, like console tables in the great room and counter stools in the kitchen. “All the upholstered pieces of furniture and wood pieces you see in any of my projects fit the room wonderfully, because we are able to have these pieces made to scale for the room,” she says. For instance, the couple wanted to create multiple spaces where family and friends could gather and agreed that the home needed a bar where they could also store their collection of tequila. Here Caroline designed a custom floor-to-ceiling banquette in a rich blue color. The inspiration behind the décor in each room was the artwork the couple has collected throughout their travels. Caroline

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drew on the colors from the collection. In the study is the Santa Barbara courthouse building by Paul Cumes—Spanish Colonial Revival architecture that’s iconic of the 1920s. The background is cerulean blue, which is echoed throughout the room. Pablo in the kitchen was a piece of vintage art from an antique dealer in San Diego who specialized in 1920s furniture and art. John loved the portrait, and Carmen went back for it and surprised him for their 10th anniversary. In the kitchen are 100+-year-old reclaimed terra-cotta tiles from France. Some of the tiles on the floor are flipped, showing the maker and region of France where they were made. The couple enjoys antiquing. Carmen has collected retablos and religious icons, while John has lots of colorful tiles, pottery and artwork. Though Carmen knows what she likes when she sees it, it was with the help of Caroline that they pieced it all together— blending contemporary touches with the older home through details like prevalent colors from the ‘20s. Though the house is 90 years old, it still looks almost exactly as it did when it was built but functions like a modern family home. Goes to show: A little faith goes a long way. ¢

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180ยบ OCEAN VIEWS, IMPECCABLY REMODELED 2636 VIA VALDES, PALOS VERDES ESTATES | OFFERED AT $2,050,000 4 bedrooms | 3.5 bathrooms | 2,389 SQ FT (btv) Walk right in, sit right down and gaze at the magnificent 180ยบ ocean view from the living/dining room and master bedroom. Situated in lower Lunada Bay, this contemporary home has beena updated with close attention to detail. Professionally landscaped front and back with multiple patios for entertaining friends and family and enjoying spectacular sunsets. Plus, the oversized garage accomodates 4 automobiles in additon to storage areas.

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OF CLUTTER

Marie Kondo’s unique KonMari Method

From the home organizers who made

of tidying up is nothing short of life-

their orderly eye candy the method

In Sweden there is a kind of decluttering

changing—and her first book, The

that everyone swears by comes Joanna

called döstädning—dö meaning “death”

Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,

and Clea’s signature approach to

and städning meaning “cleaning.” This

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decluttering. The Home Edit walks you

surprising and invigorating process of

In Spark Joy, Marie presents an in-depth,

through paring down your belongings in

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illustrated manual on how to declutter

every room, arranging them in a stunning

can be undertaken at any age or life

and organize specific items throughout

and easy-to-find way (hello, labels!) and

stage but should be done sooner than

the house—from kitchen and bathroom

maintaining the system so you don’t need

later, before others have to do it for you.

items to work-related papers and hobby

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collections. User-friendly line drawings

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where to find things, but you’ll also love

minimalism. Her radical and joyous

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the way it looks.

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jackets, as well as images of properly

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organized drawers, closets and cabinets.

and makes the process uplifting rather

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artfully inclined A retired landscape architect and artist opens the doors of his loft-style garden home for this year’s Palos Verdes Homes Tour. WRITTEN BY ELIZA KRPOYAN PHOTOGRAPHED BY SHANE O’DONNELL


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s you approach the art nouveau-inspired gate of Jim and JoAnn DeFlon’s home in Palos Verdes Estates, you can’t help but slow your pace. You pause to admire the

watermelon-red crepe myrtle tree, with branches pruned in perfect harmony. Placed beside it are granite boulders. When you meet Jim, a retired landscape architect and artist, it’s immediately apparent that the varying heights and placement of the rocks are purposeful. “My work is all about balance and proportion,” he shares. Stepping inside Jim and JoAnn’s home is like entering an art museum. Jim wanted a home where he could display his art collection, which is mainly New Mexican and South American artists, and a Japanese garden for serenity that showcases both his and other people’s sculptures. “It’s a true garden home. It blends indoor with the outdoor. I always wanted one [but] never had the chance to do one,” Jim says. With a smile that lights up his face he adds, “I waited all my life for it.” The sound of water flowing, a pavilion he designed himself, a stonewall, an outdoor kitchen, sculptures carefully displayed on pedestals and multiple seating areas are some of the features in his garden. It’s truly just as he envisioned. Mixed in with works he has collected over the years are many of his own sculptures. Jim has a studio at home, but he does most of his sculpting at the Palos Verdes Art Center. In the last eight years he has sculpted 125 pieces and says that it took about 100 to hone his craft. His work has been displayed at both the art center and the Torrance Art Museum. Among the sculptures carefully displayed in his garden is one of JoAnn’s grandmother, which Jim created two years ago. It’s an homage to a woman he admired greatly and who raised JoAnn in Taos, New Mexico. Inside the home are at least 100 works of art and antique treasures including a Chinese baby cradle from the 1900s and an Oscar de la Renta card table circa 1985. “I like furniture. I’m not a sports person,” Jim admits. “When we go to a cocktail party, my wife will remember everyone’s name. Not me. I’ll remember what the wallpaper looks like. Everything is art to me. Art to me is beauty. Like the Mayans said, ‘The closest you get to God is when you’re an artist.’” The work displayed represents an eclectic mix of artists with a concentration on Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a sprinkling of pieces acquired on

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world travels. The collection includes artists Pierre Delattre, Gene Kloss, Doel Reed, Edward Gonzales, Joseph Sharp and Fran Larson, as well as the Bolivian artist Mario Cespedes, who personally hung his painting in their home. The gallery-style walls reveal an image of the ship Jim’s granddad sailed on to America from Sweden in 1910, and a pencil drawing of his dad created in 1954. The home is laden with treasures, like the first piece of art he purchased at 17. The work is a reproduction of a puzzle made of plastic that he found on a trip to Italy with his mom. It hangs in his design room where he continues to draw landscapes. “I will always be designing gardens,” Jim says. A native Californian, Jim lived in New Mexico for 45 years before moving back. “You get started and you can’t quit,” says Jim on building homes and his life in New Mexico. When he came back to California nine years ago, he fell in love with Palos Verdes Estates. “This was the first subdivision in America where the roads followed the contours of the land,” shares Jim of the layout designed by the Olmsted brothers, whose father Frederick Law Olmsted helped design Central Park in New York. Since returning he has purchased and remodeled three homes in Palos Verdes Estates. “This is it,” Jim says of his dream home. In addition to creating a true garden home, Jim and JoAnn aspired to have an open concept for their collection and a loft-style New York City apartment. The previous owner installed the second-story loft, the gallery area and spiral staircase made of steel in the home originally built in 1957. “It’s all designed to work as one unit,” says Jim. Every Sunday he and JoAnn, who loves art, music and literature, go to art galleries together. “It has to look good, sound good and taste good,” Jim says of his indulgences. He plays bridge two or three days a week, fishes, sculpts and draws. “The older I get, the better I get,” he says with a laugh. ¢ The 33rd annual Palos Verdes Homes Tour will take place on March 29 & 30. To reserve your ticket, visit pvhomestour.org.

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2019 DESIGN SHOWCASES 112 WATERLEAF INTERIORS

126 FKD+, INC.

142 C&C PARTNERS

SUZANNE ASCHER &

ELIZABETH KNAPP

DESIGN/BUILD

JILL JOHNSON

& RICK FARNHAM

PATRICK CUNNINGHAM, AIA, &

114 NORMAN DESIGN

GROUP

PHIL NORMAN

116 KATE LESTER

INTERIORS KATE LESTER

118 KC DESIGN GROUP KIMBERLY COLLETTI

120 EDENLA INTERIORS JAMIE RODDY

122 CHRISTINE KIMBERLEE

DESIGNS

CHRISTINE KIMBERLEE VROOM

124 PACIFIC DIMENSIONS

RESIDENTIAL JILL MITCHELL

128 HOMES AND HARMONY

FENG SHUI

ANGELA SABATASSO

130 MICHAEL LEE

ARCHITECTS, INC. MICHAEL LEE, AIA

132 LANEY LA, INC. 134 PRITZKAT & JOHNSON

ARCHITECTS

136 JOSEPH SPIERER

ARCHITECTS, INC.

MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM, GC

144 LUANN DEVELOPMENT 146 LANE DESIGN+BUILD GARY LANE

148 ARCHER BUILDING

GROUP

BEN ARCHER

150 WHITE SANDS

CONSTRUCTION & INTERIOR DESIGN BRETT MALKIN, HAWLIE OHE & MICHAEL CAPOBIANCO

JOSEPH SPIERER, AIA

138 JDS OUTDOOR DESIGNS JEFF STIMPFIG

140 K. FAIR DESIGN RYAN HELD & KELSEY FAIR

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

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SUZANNE ASCHER & JILL JOHNSON, OWNERS

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

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

WHAT DO CLIENTS SAY ABOUT YOU? We absolutely love what we do, and our clients are everything to us. Time and again they’ve told us that what sets Waterleaf apart from other designers is the fact that we take the time to listen to their ideas and to understand their vision. Through our discovery process we learn about their lives, work and family needs to create the look and feel that they want. We collaborate closely with our clients through every detail so in the end they feel like they have been part of the design process. It’s our job to edit everything for them and to make the process seamless and enjoyable! Each finished home is as unique as its owners.

experienced designers and assistants, as well as a

TELL US ABOUT YOUR DESIGN TEAM.

is connected to our design studio and acts as

WATERLEAF INTERIORS

Our featured project is a 1964 ranch-style property in the HIll Section of Manhattan Beach that we completely remodeled down to the studs. By reworking the entire layout, we created an open floor plan that flows seamlessly to the private backyard through custom pocketing doors. Adding skylights, bay windows, dormers and vaulted ceilings created beautiful light throughout the home. Waterleaf’s quintessential style touches every detail including the French white oak floors, grasscloth wallpaper, custom built-ins, wainscotting, lighting, tile and other luxury finishes. Waterleaf also furnished and styled the entire home to complement the new aesthetics of

strong back office support staff. We believe that every project is a priority and are honored to be trusted as artists in our clients’ homes. HOW DOES HAVING A RETAIL STORE HELP YOUR INTERIORS BUSINESS? We have been at our Metlox location for almost 13 years and have established accounts with hundreds of product lines from furniture and accessories to lighting, hardware and more. We travel to trade shows several times a year to purchase for our store and to source new unique items for our clients. The Waterleaf Home store

We have a very talented group of individuals

a showroom for art, lighting, accessories, rugs,

working together at Waterleaf—all trained and

bedding and furniture pieces. Our extensive in-

educated in the field of design. Our team brings

house sample library of fabrics, tile, wood flooring,

a terrific sense of style and energy to each and

wallpaper, hardware and finishes gives our clients

to shop the entire look, visit our new online store,

every project. Our designers include owners

the ability to easily visualize selections throughout

waterleafhome.com.

Jill Johnson and Suzanne Ascher and a team of

the design process.

the renovation. The new home owners nicknamed it “the happy house” because everything about it brings them joy. To see the before and after project photos and

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NORMAN DESIGN GROUP PHIL NORMAN

24540 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance 310-378-1111 | phil@normandesigngroup.com normandesigngroup.com

us. I am committed to providing quality materials

I wanted to select a project that was not neces-

TELL US ABOUT THE VALUE OF COLLABORATION IN THIS INDUSTRY.

sarily the expected South Bay aesthetic to cel-

Norman Design Group encourages collaboration

ensure we deliver amazing product and a memo-

with clients and other firms. We meet with the cli-

rable experience. Tailored, comfortable, approach-

ent, lighting designer, landscape architect, builder

able, unique, realistic and not cookie-cutter all

and architect. Approaching projects collabora-

describe our interiors.

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

ebrate the diversity of our clientele and Norman Design Group’s design abilities. It also highlights our ability to listen to clients and deliver beautiful but functional spaces. This project was for a young, progressive couple with two kids who relocated from Manhattan Beach to Palos Verdes. The fabulous black lacquered bathroom was a result of our collaboration to create an impactful powder room adjacent to the media and wine room. Using highlights of stained brass and punches of

and working with well recognized vendors to

tively enhances cohesiveness and streamlines our deliverables. Before these larger team meetings

WHAT DO YOU DO “OFF THE JOB”?

occur, we are busy getting to know the clients to

I am a father of three great kids, ages 11, 12 and

ensure a style direction is established. In-studio

13, and an ever-improving husband to my beauti-

collaboration is where our three-part team brings

ful wife, Tawnie. We have two Alaskan malamute

all creative ideas to the table and we collectively

dogs and live a very active lifestyle—traveling

decide how to move forward stylistically. As a

to Mammoth any chance we get. I love to hike,

result, the project generates well-thought-out

ski, socialize, cook and relax. I seldom sit still and

spaces and careful attention to detail.

always have the next “stage” of fun planned and

DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN AESTHETICS.

to arrive home and give my family the attention

Every client arrives with a different scope of work,

they deserve. Having a lively lifestyle with kids has

into the wine room. To make it more impactful, we

budget and style direction, but we always strive

aided me to become a better designer. Our interi-

used white oak wainscoting, innovative wall cover-

to stay relevant, practical, stylish and timeless. We

ors are comfortable and livable by virtue of living

ing and a steel door system. See the rest of the

aim to maintain a reflection of the homeowner’s

a lifestyle that demands it … because at the end of

home at the Modern Ranch section of our website.

tastes and lifestyle within the spaces awarded to

the day it’s all about family, friends and fun!

malachite in details such as the faceted mirror, we created a jewel box setting for their guests. The hallway off the powder room transitions

ready to implement. I make a conscious effort

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

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

smaller design projects on the weekends. Once I

This project was a ground-up design project in

realized I was making more money on the weekends

Redondo Beach where we teamed with LANE

than I was during the week at my normal job, I knew

Design+Build. Our clients were an adorable

it was time to branch out on my own.

globe-trotting family, and we wanted the home to incorporate coastal influences and curated treasures. Our design concept was to create a finished look that felt effortlessly collected over time, without feeling too theme-y or decorated. Natural fabrics, rich textures, reclaimed wood and comfortable upholstery are a backdrop for accents like woven wood shades, patterned wallcovering and found accessories. I think this home has a crisp, classic elegance to it but feels warm and welcoming at the same time. Be sure to check out our blog for the whole home tour and even more details on the design! HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN DESIGN?

WHAT’S YOUR PROCESS FOR GETTING TO KNOW A NEW CLIENT? I think one of the most important things we discuss initially is how much input the clients would like to have during the design process. Some clients come to you, you have two meetings, you design the house and it’s done. Others want to be involved and have input every step of the way. It’s also important to discuss lifestyle, hobbies, careers and history. We recently had clients who met while one was working at a cigar shop in London. We found these vintage cigar molds and used them in the design. When she saw them she burst into tears. The more

I was working in corporate America after college

you get to know your clients, the more thoughtful,

with a great job, but I spent more time thinking

intentional and collected the designs feel.

of how to renovate and re-design my office than actually working in it. I quit my job, went back to school and took a huge pay cut (and risk) to follow my dream. I got an amazing job at a boutique design firm under a designer who taught me everything school did not.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? Instagram! The internet is a treasure trove of design inspiration. My team and I send inspirational images back and forth to each other and file them in those awesome folders on Instagram. Then everything is super-accessible and organized

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO LAUNCH YOUR OWN DESIGN FIRM IN 2010?

when we are brainstorming design concepts for

While working for another designer, I was taking on

inspiration when I travel.

an upcoming presentation. I also get a ton of

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KC DESIGN GROUP KIMBERLY COLLETTI 602-330-7818 kc@kimberlycolletti.com KimberlyColletti.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

construction on the bluffs in Palos Verdes and

The home pictured is a custom residence that I

a California coastal remodel in Lunada Bay.

had the privilege of designing over a three-year

These are all fabulous projects with completely

period. It is a stunning example of formal Medi-

different aesthetics. The common thread is that

terranean architecture and interiors. The out-

each is casual yet luxurious in its own right.

door furnishings are by Michael Taylor, featuring the Montecito and Arcadia collections.

TELL US ABOUT THE EVER-CHANGING NATURE OF YOUR INDUSTRY.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

Every single day is different: new clients,

As principal/owner of KC Design Group, I have

no such thing as boredom here. There is

been designing residential and commercial

nothing cookie-cutter about the projects we

spaces for 20+ years. I have become known in

are involved in.

Los Angeles for my broad range of styles, commitment to quality and attention to detail.

eclectic styles, multiple challenges. There is

WHAT TAKES A BATHROOM FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY?

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

Taking risks—especially in powder rooms.

Yes, I love mixing styles. A home somewhat is

house. Guests can’t wait to see what’s inside.

like a movie. It’s reveals stories of your life in

Whether they are trendy—full of drama, dark

small segments of each space you enter.

or full of surprising elements— powders always

Collections from places traveled always keep

take center stage in a home.

fond memories in front of you when curated and arranged strategically. I personally love modern art with more traditional spaces to keep the interiors fresh. Also if using an antique table, I enjoy using a modern accessory to create the “opposites attract’’ effect.

These are one of the most loved rooms in the

WHEN DID YOU MOVE TO THE SOUTH BAY? WHAT DO YOU ENJOY ABOUT SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LIVING? I moved from Arizona to California six years ago, trading Paradise Valley for Palos Verdes—one P.V. for the other! The South Bay is heaven on earth! I love to get out and explore the bluffs

DESCRIBE SOME OF KC DESIGN GROUP’S PROJECTS.

and coves near Palos Verdes; you enter another

They include a modern new construction in

out to any number of amazing restaurants, from

Hermosa Beach, a Mediterranean-style under

Manhattan Beach all the way to Terranea Resort.

world of beauty. In the evenings, I like to head

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EDENLA INTERIORS JAMIE RODDY, CEO 350 N. Sepulveda #4, Manhattan Beach 310-376-0033 edenLA@edenLA.com edenLA.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

WHAT DO CLIENTS SAY ABOUT YOU?

A mixture of materials defines these spaces and

My clients all say how fun it is to work with us yet

makes them all “wow” environments for the very

how comfortable they feel with our efficient way

pleased South Bay clients. Custom bespoke art

of getting things done! We’ve been doing this

with custom chairs, chunky stone with soft linens,

many years and are always working on several

and funky bronze sculptures keep the eyes

projects at once. We have to be organized and

moving and hearts happy.

efficient or we wouldn’t be successful. Our

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FIRM? Our process is unique in that we spend a lot of

clients really appreciate how we take the stress out of redecorating or remodeling, and they let us know all the time.

time in the beginning really trying to understand

WHAT ARE YOU PROUDEST OF IN YOUR WORK?

the clients’ needs and desires. We design for our

I’m always proudest to receive new clients by

clients, rather than having a “signature aesthetic.”

referral. (Which is most of our clients.) That

We ask tons of questions about lifestyle, taste

means we’ve done our best for a former client,

and budget, and many photos are exchanged

and they were so happy that they referred their

before we start a project. Our goal is to give

nearest and dearest loved ones to us. Also, birds

clients their hope for their home—only far

of a feather flock together! So I always know I’m

beyond what they even knew was possible.

going to love to work with the friend of some-

TELL US ABOUT THE VALUE OF COLLABORATION IN THIS INDUSTRY.

one with whom I already have a great professional relationship.

Our firm couldn’t be as successful without all of

WHY DO YOU LIVE IN THE SOUTH BAY?

the wonderful South Bay colleagues we have.

Because I can! It’s an incredible area with a small-

From tile and stone to landscape architects,

town vibe, right in the middle of Los Angeles.

handymen, flooring installers, custom uphol-

Gorgeous restaurants, beautiful beaches, little to

sterers and cabinet makers … these strongly

no traffic and incredible people. It’s a no-brainer,

cemented relationships are based on years of

and every day I am grateful that life led me here

dealing with only the best crews with the high-

so many years ago. It’s an wonderful community,

est integrity in words and results. They help us

and I am beyond proud to be a fixture in the

deliver what we promise to our clients!

community here.

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

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

on collaboration, attention to detail, communica-

This project is a beautiful contemporary craftsman

tion and trust, I am able to truly connect with my

home in the South Bay. The home was a tiny little

clients and give them the personal attention they

footprint on a nice spacious lot begging for an

deserve. I keep my clients well-informed, involved

extreme transformation, so the only answer was

and comfortable throughout the entire design

to wipe the slate clean, start fresh and create a

process—learning and, most importantly, laughing

masterpiece. It was designed to have a touch of

along the way.

the beach but not the predictable white-on-white or white-on-blue. This is the home of a beautiful modern and upbeat family of four; the need for durability and functionality was key. Because of the open concept and focus on symmetry, there was a high attention to detail in this project, which led to many subtle wow factors like the metal ceiling in the kitchen, the eclectic patterned accent tiles throughout, true vintage lighting from the original house in the powder room, and industrial nautical sconces in the Jack-and-Jill. WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR FIRM?

HOW DO YOU CONVINCE CLIENTS TO STEP OUTSIDE THEIR COMFORT ZONE AND TAKE A RISK? Change is never easy when working with new clients because they have already zoned in on one particular style or something they would like to duplicate. The best way to expand a client’s perspective on new style and colors is to win their trust early on in the project. A common thread I see in projects is clients torn between two different visions: their true vision (the one that inspired them to build in the first place, which shows their true personality

Christine Kimberlee Designs is a full-service

and displays their true hopes and dreams) and a

interior and exterior design firm specializing in

more practical and scaled-down version of the

new construction, full remodels and high-end

first. Most of the time I see clients settling for the

custom interiors. My passion is creating one-of-a-

latter because of how overwhelming the process

kind spaces and allowing the client’s personality to

can be. This is where I come in; I bring my clients

truly shine. I believe spaces can be both luxurious

back to their initial vision and let them know that

and functional and that creating that perfect

it is possible to create an absolutely luxurious and

blend can truly be life-changing. With an emphasis

exquisite space that is also sensible and functional. It’s about matching their desires with their lifestyle.

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PACIFIC DIMENSIONS RESIDENTIAL JILL MITCHELL 2333 Utah Avenue, Suite 102 El Segundo 310-335-1808 | 310-850-2575 jmitchell@pacificdimensions.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. Inspired by Southern California’s beautiful weather and its cherished relaxed lifestyle, our clients emphasized that indoor-outdoor living was an absolute “must” in the design of their remodel. They had a vision of relaxing weekends with friends, family, teenagers and two lively pups in one open space. To bring that vision to life, we installed floor-toceiling accordion glass doors to create an open

full-service interior design. WHEN DID YOU FIRST DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN HOUSES AND ARCHITECTURE? Throughout my youth, my mother and I would regularly tour the Sandpipers Holiday Home Tour and the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, which ignited a passion for beautiful architecture and interiors.

the inside. With togetherness in mind, we designed

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR WORKDAY?

a large L-shaped kitchen island that is ideal for

I get a high when clients see my vision and get

entertaining.

excited about the design! I also love to make people

floor plan—seamlessly blending the outside with

To enhance some of the original architectural elements, we added tongue-and-groove molding and beams to the ceilings. We designed the fireplace to take center stage as a family gathering space by adding full-height stone slabs to provide beautiful contrast and a bit of drama. Because our client had such a great appreciation for quality design, luxurious details were applied to

laugh—laughter is contagious! TELL US ABOUT A CREATIVE SOLUTION YOU HAD FOR A RECENT CHALLENGE. For our Scottsdale project, I had to design around the homeowner’s four playful pooches! I selected performance upholstery and durable wool area rugs that could withstand 16 playful paws!

every area of the home; no detail was spared to

WHAT DO CLIENTS SAY ABOUT YOU?

enrich its warm and welcoming ambience. To com-

I repeatedly hear that I truly listen and tailor my

plement their desire for a relaxed, urban farmhouse

design to my clients’ requests and vision. Being told,

design style, we brought in layers of textures in a

“You totally get us!” makes me feel great!

neutral palette with warm wood toned furniture and accents of bronzed metallics and matte black.

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

WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FIRM?

To recharge my creative batteries, I seek the

We are an award-winning, local design studio

ums that we are so fortunate to have in L.A. There

with more than 25 years of residential and

is nothing like travel to broaden our horizons and

commercial design experience throughout

appreciation for beautiful things.

calming effect of nature by hiking and gardening. I also love to take advantage of the fantastic muse-

Southern California, including remodeling and

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FKD+, INC. ELIZABETH KNAPP & RICK FARNHAM 219 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Suite 1 Manhattan Beach 310-953-0919 elizabeth@fkdplus.com | rick@fkdplus.com fkdplus.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

stress out and get you to focus on the details, so

This new, modern Cape Cod-style home

the end result is what you envision.

in Manhattan Beach was a ground-up construction project for FKD+, Inc. We created the 5,100-square-foot masterpiece, handselecting the tile and marble slabs and designing every inch of detail that is thoughtfully placed throughout the home, inside and out. 

WHY SHOULD I USE THE SERVICES OF AN EXPERT, RATHER THAN DIY? DIY is great; it has its applications and advantages. But when it comes to building a home, the essential components are efficiency, quality, cost and time benefits. So hiring the necessary

WHAT SHOULD READERS KNOW ABOUT YOUR FIRM?

professionals will save you time, money and the

We are an all-inclusive design/build firm with a

that go into making your house a home.

specialty in real estate as well. We can identify your next lot, home or project. We can design it from top to bottom, inside and out, floors to ceilings to art on the walls. We will then build the new home and furnish it as well. Everything can be handled internally with our office. We are the ultimate one-stop-shop. And when you are ready, we can sell your house and start all over again. In addition to the multitude of services we currently have, we are offering the resources for conscious living provided by Angela Sabatasso from Homes and Harmony.

frustration of hand-selecting all the components

TELL US ABOUT SOME OTHER PROPERTIES YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON. We have approximately 10 projects in-house right now, and that is continuing to grow. They range from a new construction, single-story residence in North Redondo Beach to designing a spectacular new modern home for a previous client in East Manhattan. We are working a full gut remodel on an existing Hill Section home in Manhattan that has been in the family for 50 years. We have a spec project in Hermosa that was brought to us for construction as well all

“THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS.” TRUE IN YOUR LINE OF WORK?

the interior and exterior finish details. We have

That is what it is all about. We are serious when

in the Tree Section in Manhattan that originated

we say you are going to pick every inch of the

from us selling the lot to the client. In addition,

house, and we are here to get you through that

we have several furnishings and real estate

process. And it is going to be fun! We take the

clients as well.

a ground-up construction, design/build project

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HOMES AND HARMONY FENG SHUI ANGELA SABATASSO 219 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach 310-938-2134 | @homesandharmony homesandharmony@gmail.com homesandharmonyfengshui.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

flying stars feng shui methods, applying ancient

I represented friends and clients to manifest

teachings, cutting-edge science and spiritual

and purchase their dream villa in Palos Verdes

guidance to create life-changing results for my

Estates. This rare landmark property, which

clients. I work with buyers to be clear on their

was originally built in the Italianate style as a

dream home and help them manifest it into real-

family legacy for former LA Rams coach

ity; I work with sellers to showcase their home at

George Allen, sits on 31,000 square feet of land.

its finest to sell quickly for top market value.

Its unparalleled location has the most amazing view I’ve seen in Palos Verdes. Although it is grand, it has a charming, intimate feel. The home was already completely remodeled, and the beautiful blue ocean seen from practically every room provides an amazing ambience on its own. I start the process by energetically “space clearing” and blessing the home and land to give it a cleanse. Energy builds up in homes much like dirt; it is just unseen. Next I balanced the elements. The result is an uplifting environment where the “chi” or energy flows harmoniously. WHAT DO YOU WANT READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU? I am a Realtor and Christie’s luxury specialist at Strand Hill, the #1 independently owned real estate firm in the South Bay. I founded Homes and Harmony Feng Shui to offer a one-stopshop for real estate and feng shui—the ancient Chinese art of sensing and positively working with the energy in your environment. I want to change the way we look at real estate. It’s not just a home; it’s a healthy environment. I use a combination of classical, form, intentional and

WHAT’S NEXT FOR HOMES AND HARMONY FENG SHUI? We are bringing conscious construction and high-vibe homes to the South Bay! I’m collaborating with FKD+, Inc. to offer custom feng shui home development from the ground up. We utilize our exceptional network at Strand Hill to find the right lot to build your home and implement feng shui into every layer of the build—from the land and foundation to the final design details. WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER FENG SHUI WHEN BUILDING A CUSTOM HOME? When a home is built, energy gets trapped inside and needs to be balanced. It’s important to honor the energy and work with it so it supports the homeowners’ highest level of being. I work alongside the developer, designer and homeowner to implement feng shui principles throughout the entire project from the orientation and floorplan to the landscaping, colors, furniture shapes and paint. The result is a harmonious home to thrive in.

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MICHAEL LEE ARCHITECTS, INC. MICHAEL LEE, AIA

2200 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach 310-545-5771 | mlee@mleearchitects.com mleearchitects.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

as a chance to design a unique and exciting

multi-family residential, small commercial and

This single-family home on a walk street in

building that will enhance the lives of its inhabit-

restaurant work, along with interior design and

Hermosa Beach maximizes the indoor/outdoor

ants. We carry this enthusiasm forward through

construction management. Design/build has

nature of its South Bay location. The central

the design and construction process and work

been a very successful formula for us on numer-

courtyard shown here integrates seamlessly with

diligently to assure that our projects exceed our

ous projects.

the kitchen and living room while also providing

clients’ expectations.

easy yet private access to the beach just down a bamboo-lined pathway and past the outdoor shower. An open-beam trellis for filtering light above the spa visually connects the second-story bedroom spaces on either side of the house and provides for a compelling central design element.

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS?

the huge range of skills and responsibilities

standing of what it takes to create lasting

that an architect must take on. However, this is

quality architecture.

what makes being an architect so rewarding. An

DESCRIBE THE VERNACULAR OF YOUR FIRM.

its durability and sustainability) combined with

We are primarily a custom residential design

custom concrete brick and the colored concrete

firm. We specialize in private homes through-

monoblock of the fireplace gives the project a

out the L.A. Basin and Southern California, with

vintage modern vibe.

some of our newer projects being in Newport

We look at every project with fresh eyes and

Working in architecture is challenging, given

Our belief in good design and our under-

Meanwhile a palette of ipe wood (chosen for

WHAT MAKES YOUR FIRM UNIQUE IN THIS INDUSTRY?

WHAT IS IT ABOUT THIS INDUSTRY THAT CAPTIVATES YOU?

Beach and Santa Barbara County. Our belief in the basics of good design enables us to design successfully in a range of styles. We also do

architect must solve problems in an aesthetic way, engineer projects cost-effectively, guide them through the byzantine municipal approval processes, and then coordinate the construction and finishes of those projects. Having an understanding of all aspects of the design process and a deep appreciation for good architecture and all of its various components gives us great satisfaction.

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LANEY LA, INC.

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

While the Manhattan Beach walk street homes are

TELL US ABOUT THE VALUE OF COLLABORATION IN THIS INDUSTRY.

among the most coveted for being a minute’s walk

Building a custom home takes not only brave

from the iconic sandy beaches, open space is too

clients but a big team as well. We delight in

often sacrificed due to the limited size of the lots.

partnering with others in order to accomplish

Understanding this dilemma, the creative minds

something great, and on this project full credit

at Laney LA were determined to pack value and

should be given to RJ Smith Construction,

beauty into every square foot of this double-lot

Caroline Burke Designs, Jay Chouler, Jones

coastal transitional home.

Landscapes, Doug Leach, and Rock Millstone

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

The team opted for a disappearing pool, which is made possible by an innovative hydraulic system that seamlessly transforms both the swimming pool and spa into one large open terrace. The outdoor spaces accommodate a wide range of activities. These flexible, airy spaces—complemented by rooms oriented for optimal ocean views and easy access to the beach—allow the clients to truly immerse themselves in that carefree sunny Southern California lifestyle. WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR FIRM? Laney LA aspires to create work that matters. We believe in championing the dreams of our South Bay clients by creating spaces that celebrate their unique lifestyle. We believe in the power of the creative process as a platform to touch people’s lives. Laney LA is a boutique architecture studio, dedicated to delighting through design. We are high-touch and hightech. We bring fresh design solutions, and we offer a fun, passionate process.

for the incredible job they did on the project. WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR WORKDAY? As cliché as it may sound, our latest obsession is ping-pong. It has become a daily source of laughter and competition in our office. Consider this your invitation to come by and play a game! HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER AND YOUR WORK BETTER? Our studio is committed to a visually rich design process. We leverage cutting-edge technology to explore multiple design solutions in an effort to discover the most delightful and intelligent strategy. Every home is crafted digitally as a highly detailed 3-D model, allowing clients to virtually explore the design before construction even begins. They can even feel it tangibly with our 3-D prints, which are produced in our studio’s workshop and are included in the design process. This exciting, fast-paced process is often the highlight of our clients’ experience, and it allows us to constantly push the boundaries of design.

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L to R: Miles Pritzkat, Architect Tyler Prosser Lauren Fielder Keith Johnson, Architect

PRITZKAT & JOHNSON ARCHITECTS 306 Vista Del Mar, Suite A, Redondo Beach 310-375-7700 | info@pritzkatjohnson.com | pjainc.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

accomplishment: taking an idea and transforming

Overlooking the Pacific, this mid-century modern

it into an amazing, livable space.

home sits atop a canyon in Palos Verdes Estates. The objective of the large-scale remodel and addition was to respect the existing lines of the house while adding square footage and updating the plan for a more open concept. Large expanses of glass create bright and airy rooms while capturing soaring panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Monica Mountains. The topography of the site along with the place-

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND HOW YOU APPROACH YOUR PROJECTS. We are a small, quality-focused design firm specializing in custom residential architecture encompassing both new construction and significant renovations. We assist our clients in refining their vision for the project, then seeing that vision built in the real world.

a dramatic interplay of both interior and exterior

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS?

spaces. The clean lines of the architecture, the art

Refining and defining the project vision in the

work and furniture selected by the owners and

beginning is very important. We initially use

their interior designer, the design of the landscape

photo imagery of projects that have qualities

and the implementation of the plans by the

and attributes that inspire our clients. We then

contractor give this home a timeless quality that

work to refine these concepts into a specific,

blends the philosophy and aesthetic of Southern

custom design fitted to our client’s needs and the

California mid-century modern architecture with

specific attributes of their site. Often we provide

the design sensibilities and technologies we enjoy

hand-drawn preliminary drawings in our initial

in our current age.

presentations. These sketches convey many of the

ment of the infinity edge pool and fire pit make for

WHAT ARE YOU PROUDEST OF IN YOUR WORK? When we have designed a home that our clients never want to leave, we have fulfilled our promise of transforming their dreams into reality. That makes us most proud. Hearing how much family and friends love their house, the pleasure they get from pulling up to their house after a long trip, hearing how neighbors and passers-by love the architecture—all of this stems from our main

intangible qualities that the finished project will possess, making it easier for our clients to envision their completed home. We then provide a 3-D computer model describing the massing and arrangement of spaces in greater detail. Along with the creative aspect of the process we provide preliminary budgets for the project as a whole at all stages of the design process, enabling our clients to maintain control of the critical project finances in a transparent manner.    

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JOSEPH SPIERER ARCHITECTS, INC. JOSEPH SPIERER, AIA 707 Torrance Blvd., Ste. 100 Redondo Beach 310-876-8761 info@calarchitect.com calarchitect.com

TELL US ABOUT THE FEATURED PROJECT.

young age. As a kid, I went to England and France

This spacious, modern-traditional home—simpli-

and fell in love with architecture, history and learn-

fied Cape Cod-style with some English flavor—was

ing about why buildings look the way they do.

designed for British owners with a mix of tradition-

From playing with Lincoln Logs and Legos to my

al architecture and contemporary open areas. The

aptitudes in constructed art, science, math and

airy estate features 10,000 square feet of living

three-dimensional thinking, so many of my skills

space with seven bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.

and interests drew me to architecture as a career.

Built on three levels, the main floor openly flows from the 18-foot ceiling entryway to the gourmet chef’s kitchen and family room. Built-in custom fireplaces in the living room, dining room, family room and master suite add warmth. The master suite opens to a private balcony with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island, while the master bathroom features magnificent Carrara and white Thassos marble and his-andhers walk-in closets. On the lower level the media room is equipped with a top-of-the-line surround sound system and custom floor-to-ceiling paneling, an exercise

HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER AND YOUR WORK BETTER? We are always staying up-to-date on cutting-edge resources and technology. By far one of the best investments in my practice has been Revit design software. Being able to create 3-D modeling of a project before the schematic enables us and our clients to visualize everything and walk through the home as if it were real. This also helps the contractor because all pertinent information is in the 3-D model, resulting in far fewer design errors and conflicts throughout the building process.

room, custom-built walnut wine cellar, rec room

WHAT WORK ARE YOU PROUDEST OF?

with a bar, and a bonus room, as well as two full

We pay attention to the details and quality. We

bedroom suites with access to a covered patio

care a great deal about making sure every pos-

via three sets of tall, elegant French doors. A

sible detail is well-thought-out, well-articulated

custom-paneled elevator connects each floor.

and works with the concept as a whole to bring

The expansive backyard features a pool/spa and

our clients’ dreams to fruition. We also have a spe-

custom-built BBQ.

cial focus on making sure the process of building

WHEN DID YOU FIRST DEVELOP AN INTEREST IN HOUSES AND ARCHITECTURE? I was exposed to art and architecture from a

or renovating a home is an enjoyable experience. Knowing they can have complete confidence in and frequent communication with our team alleviates a great deal of tension for our clients.

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

WHAT STORY DOES THIS SPACE TELL?

services ranging from complete hardscape

Our showcased project is a backyard renova-

makeover to pool and spa builds; smaller

tion and transformation project we completed

budgeted plant, irrigation, potting and lighting

in Redondo Beach. The clients, Wayne and

installations; rooftop deck and balcony projects;

Carol Jepson, already had a rough idea of

and the list goes on. We specialize in design-

what they wanted in their outdoor space; how-

ing and building outdoor escapes that connect

ever, they needed our team to visualize their

the inside of our clients’ homes to the outside.

thoughts and put it all into an actual, function-

Small or large, we listen closely to our clients’

ing and aesthetically pleasing space for them

functional needs, and we implement their aes-

to enjoy with their family and for large parties.

thetic taste and style into their overall project.

Their primary goal was to transform this unused, unattractive backyard into a large entertaining space where they could throw large parties for more than 100 people at a time. JDS designed and built the entire backyard, a large custom IPE deck with two sundecks, an oversize sunken swim spa, a large outdoor kitchen, a dining area, a custom lounge and fire pit area with concrete couch, a synethtic lawn area, custom plant design, lighting, potting, custom cushions and a custom outdoor furniture package. The design plan and 3-D process for this project had to be thought out with numerous variations because our clients knew what they wanted from their extensive research. The final result was nothing less than stunning.

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER CLIENTS? We have a strong passion for architecture, landscape design, construction, outdoor materials, textile design, computer graphics and horticulture. Coupled with this unique list of valuable services, our biggest asset is our ability to visualize our clients’ exterior space and our ability to transform that vision from thought into a full set of photo-realistic 3-D renderings. These renderings and layouts look so real, it’s hard to decipher them from the real thing. It may seem frivolous, but this process helps all of the parties involved. Especially during our design and bid presentation, our clients will know exactly what the final product will look like before we start the build and they’ll know ex-

TELL US ABOUT YOUR FIRM AND THE SERVICES YOU OFFER.

actly where their money is going. There are no

JDS Outdoor Designs is an exterior design/

design ability and this priceless 3-D system we

build company offering a full range of outdoor

have created over the years.

surprises for JDS clients due to our high level of

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K. FAIR DESIGN RYAN HELD & KELSEY FAIR 2020 Perry Ave., Redondo Beach 310-701-1263 Hello@KFAIRDESIGN.com KFairLandscapeDesign.com

After moving from Switzerland, this family

TELL US ABOUT A CREATIVE SOLUTION YOU HAD FOR A RECENT CHALLENGE.

purchased a Spanish-style home and hired

Many of our projects have focused on an

K.Fair Design to redesign their pool, outdoor

economy of space. Our most creative solutions

kitchen and landscape areas. K.Fair Design

allow South Bay families to maximize their

presented them with multiple animated 3-D

home’s square footage. Recent designs have

renderings and teamed up with Outdoor

included pool equipment concealed under-

Hardscapes to make it a reality. The pool and

ground, built-in seating that triples as storage

courtyard bookend the main living area, so

and stairs, and hidden reading nooks in other-

refreshing black-and-white tiles were selected

wise unused parts of the yard.

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to modernize and unify these spaces. A lush tropical garden enhances the simple lines of the pool, and a bright limestone patio brings light into the heart of the home. WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND YOUR FIRM?

HOW DO YOU CONVINCE CLIENTS TO STEP OUTSIDE THEIR COMFORT ZONE AND TAKE A RISK? When options are presented in 3-D, what was once a risky design decision becomes a sure thing. For our featured project, the black-andwhite courtyard tile was a bold move as it’s seen

K. Fair Design has a mission to enrich Southern

from almost every room of the home, but once

California living by creating engaging outdoor

the client saw the rendering they fell in love.

spaces. We strive to work with our clients in a way that brings them joy and ease through the use of highly visual presentations. These help show the proposed projects from different angles so the most creative and intelligent solutions can be achieved.

HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER AND YOUR WORK BETTER? Technology allows our clients to experience their new space before it is built. Each client receives a customized website, which allows for smooth collaboration and exploration of new and exciting ideas.

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C&C PARTNERS DESIGN/BUILD PATRICK CUNNINGHAM, AIA, & MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM, GC 508 North Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach 310-322-0803 | info@candcpartners.com | candcpartners.com

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highlight the beautiful coastal views that stretch

This three-bedroom, four-bath contemporary

from the Palos Verdes Peninsula to Malibu. The

modern home was designed by Russ Barto, AIA,

home’s façade is tiled in sections to highlight its

and built by brothers Patrick Cunningham, AIA,

geometric architecture, and sunshades over the

and Michael Cunningham, GC, owner/operators

windows are made from marine-grade metal to

of C&C Partners Design/Build. Seated squarely

withstand the extreme beach environment. Inside,

on The Esplanade in Redondo Beach, the nearly

natural fiber rugs and furniture, along with solid

3,300-square-foot dwelling is the right combination

mahogany doors, add warmth and a touch of color

of functionality and modern appeal.

to this elegant, contemporary structure.

The interior is flooded with natural light, thanks to a wall of windows facing the beach, and a skylight positioned above the striking, glass-enclosed floating staircase. The clean, contemporary kitchen features sleek, frameless teak cabinetry that hides a chef’s pantry and other amenities, as well as a unique curved island with a raised bar at just the right height for seated guests. A second island continues the simple, minimalist look with aluminumframed glass doors all around, and both are topped with granite slab counters. The flooring throughout the house and exteriors is 24” x 48” porcelain tiles, which flow seamlessly to the pool area and upstairs deck. The square pool reflects the home’s architectural style and is mirrored by its water feature: a glass tile, metal-framed wall fountain. Upstairs the landing and master bedroom open onto the 490-square-foot deck. The floor-to-ceiling retractable glass wall system allows for easy access to incredible scenes of sky, sand and the Pacific Ocean. All aspects of this design were chosen to

HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY MAKE YOUR JOB EASIER AND YOUR WORK BETTER? We use technology in a variety of ways to work more efficiently and to improve communication with clients, vendors and subcontractors, as well as within our own organization. Project management software makes our process more transparent to all parties and keeps tighter control on costs. We utilize an online project management app on every job, and we post photos and details of all the activity that happens on a site, which owners can view at any time. They see which trades have come and gone each day, what work was scheduled or completed, and what their project looks like at that moment. We also post to-do lists for our crew members, schedule our trades, and facilitate communication with our site supervisors. It has proved to be invaluable in tracking progress and increasing our clients’ understanding of where we are in percentage of job completion, as well as their overall satisfaction with our process.

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

LUANN DEVELOPMENT

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

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

what they do day in and day out makes for lots

This custom home is the essence of coastal living

of smiles and happy thoughts. And the banter …

with a contemporary California twist. Perfect for

well, belly laughs are plentiful on the job and in

entertaining, its top floor of living space (kitchen,

the office.

dining, family and living rooms) has a completely open design, offering 180º panoramic views from Catalina to Malibu. Thoughtful consideration was used throughout for the plumbing, lighting, tile, countertops and color schemes, supporting a truly tranquil living experience. “THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS.” TRUE IN YOUR LINE OF WORK?

HOW DO YOU CONVINCE CLIENTS TO STEP OUTSIDE THEIR COMFORT ZONE AND TAKE A RISK? Ultimately this is their home, so they need to be happy with the decisions they have made. But many times they just need someone to share with them alternative ideas that are carefully thought through with consideration to their lifestyle and

Nothing could be more honest in our line of work.

aesthetic. We create visuals to help them make

Building a house has a gazillion details, and we

an informed decision with all the design elements

are always 10 steps ahead making sure those little

available, bring new products to the table, and

details have been taken into consideration. Just

provide them with the confidence that the design

the other day, as he was finalizing his cabinet paint

decisions they are making are sound and well-

colors, a client said, “I had no idea there were so

thought-out.

many different variations of the color white.” When you are bringing in tile colors, plumbing finishes and wall paint colors, the difference between shades of whites is not noticeable until the room is completely done. Our focus on the details is of great benefit to our clients.

WHAT DO CLIENTS SAY ABOUT YOU? I asked a past client what words describe our firm, and her response was amazing: “Diligent, conscientious, enthusiastic, trustworthy and honest.” I am pretty happy with that list! And here’s an excerpt from a client testimonial: “Due

WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR WORKDAY?

to the first-rate experience that we have had in

Personally speaking, I am beyond blessed to have

over the past five years, she is the only general

the very best team surrounding and supporting

contractor that my family and I will use for any

me. Just watching them interact during the day

future renovation and general contracting needs.

with one another and having a great time doing

There is no alternative; LuAnn is the #1 choice in

working with the team at LuAnn Development

Manhattan Beach from our perspective.”

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

Our latest coastal plantation home in South

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMPANY?

Redondo is the quintessential beach house that

We added real estate services to our company

easily blends indoor and outdoor spaces. At

in 2016, and I am often called to evaluate the

3,000 square feet, it meets the needs of South

potential of a home before our clients make an

Bay families looking for luxury amenities in a

offer. I can consult on the feasibility of a remodel,

moderately sized home.

estimated construction costs, city requirements

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We designed a large covered porch that opens

and the value of the finished product. I also have

to the home’s living area. As you enter the home,

unique access to many off-market homes before

corner sliding pocket doors open up the kitchen

they are listed for sale.

and dining areas to a heated, covered patio. Light, bright and open are what our clients want in living spaces. We included an office nook off the family room that offers a private yet accessible space for family members. For the adults, there is a large PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRIAN HOLM, AVENUE EYE PHOTOGRAPHY

patio and fireplace off the master bedroom that maximize the ocean and city light views. WHAT DO CLIENTS SAY ABOUT YOU? I love when clients come to me and say, “We want a Gary Lane house.” It is easily the most gratifying compliment after being in the business

TELL US WHAT YOU DO “OFF THE JOB.” My wife and I love to travel, and I gain design inspiration from touring new cities. Recently we traveled to Charleston, South Carolina. We rented bikes to tour the historic district and even happened upon a local garden tour in progress.  We learned that early settlers used oyster shells mixed into their concrete for their walls and driveways. We were able to bring this tradition back to the South Bay by incorporating shells and sea glass into our hardscape in this featured home.

for more than 30 years. Clients typically approach

WHAT ARE YOU PROUDEST OF AT WORK?

me because they are looking for a house that

It makes me proud to drive around town—the

exemplifies craftmanship, attention to detail and

town I was born and raised in—and see my work.

truly represents the South Bay. Clients get excited

I’m grateful to see how far Lane Design+Build has

when they drive around and see the iconic red

come, and I look forward to what the future has

Lane logo on properties throughout town.

in store.

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ARCHER BUILDING GROUP BEN ARCHER

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

English. That education taught me the value of

This was a really exciting build. When we arrived

TELL US ABOUT THE VALUE OF COLLABORATION IN THIS INDUSTRY.

on the job, this 5,000+-square-foot home had

Creating a solid team that works well together is

Phone calls, emails, texts and in-person meetings

been completely stripped to its studs, and the

the most important part of a successful project.

are key to keeping clients in the loop about the

owners were in litigation with their previous con-

We work very closely with the architect and de-

progression of the job and the schedule. Our

tractor. Frustrated and disillusioned with the entire

signers throughout the entire build. Our favorite

value shines through when problems arise. We

process, they came to us after receiving a strong

projects are those where we are involved for

face issues head-on by talking with our clients

recommendation. We were thrilled to have the op-

months prior to the first hammer being swung.

early and often.

portunity to completely change their experience.

We offer input to the owner and design team on

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

This custom home became their pride and

the cost and constructability of a project during

joy, and we made clients and referral sources for

the design phase in order to ensure that expecta-

life. Each aspect of this home was tailor-made to

tions are set properly and then met. In turn, we

fit the specific needs and everyday uses of the

also invite the design team out to the project site

homeowners. We built a new 600-square-foot

regularly during construction to ensure the vision

addition on the second floor and remodeled every

is being met and to offer minor tweaks to the proj-

square inch of the home. It has heated floors, a

ect that might enhance that vision.

floor-to-ceiling marble master bathroom, built-in closets in every bedroom, vaulted ceilings and gorgeous finish woodwork throughout. We also provided the homeowners with a new custom pool, hardscaping and landscaping.

both written and oral communication with clients.

“THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS.” TRUE IN YOUR LINE OF WORK? Attention to detail in construction makes or breaks a build. Meeting code requirements and ensuring safe construction is only the first step. We ensure that each of our homes are built with quality materials by capable tradespeople with an eye toward precision. Archer Building Group’s

WHAT IS THE MOST VALUABLE SERVICE YOU OFFER TO CLIENTS?

attention to detail extends to our office operations

Communication and more communication. I

tile thickness, is discussed and planned in advance

graduated from USC with a bachelor’s degree in

to streamline our schedule.

as well. Every detail, from door hinge finishes to

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WHITE SANDS CONSTRUCTION & INTERIOR DESIGN BRETT MALKIN, HAWLIE OHE & MICHAEL CAPOBIANCO 141 Arena Street, El Segundo | 310-607-0176 | info@wscoastal.com | WhiteSandsCoastal.com

DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT.

construction or both, the proof is in our product, as

This quintessential beach house located on an

each home we have built has sold for a record price.

extra-wide corner lot in North Hermosa was a development project for our team in 2014. When the house recently sold and the new owners reached out for help furnishing this beloved space, we were thrilled. Our task was to maintain the traditional coastal architecture while incorporating vibrant color, energizing artwork and a vast collection of oceanic accoutrements. By by mixing luxurious wallcoverings and textiles with organic elements like driftwood, handblown glass and mother-of-pearl, we accomplished a dynamic coastal feel that is simultaneously classic and unexpected. WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR COMPANY? White Sands is a fully integrated interior design and construction firm founded in 2008 by two lifelong friends. We live in the South Bay, so we understand our neighborhoods, schools, the pristine views and why people choose the South Bay as a family and lifestyle destination. Our mission is to create luxury custom homes that give you that sense of anticipation every time you walk through the door. Our interior design team will incorporate detailed architectural and innovative design features to maximize natural light and views while ultimately adding value to your home. Our construction teams’ comprehensive approach ensures smooth sailing through collaborative planning, state-of-the-art project management and evaluative follow-through. Whether using design,

WHAT TAKES A KITCHEN FROM ORDINARY TO EXTRAORDINARY? First and foremost, it must function efficiently. Second, the choices in finishes and fixtures must evoke a sense of character and personality. The homeowner’s lifestyle should be top priority in every decision, from the appliances and the cabinet placement to the small details like the type of hardware used. We draw on inspiration from our travels, our favorite shelter magazines and especially from the homeowners themselves, 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 and is what sets us apart from other designers and contractors. We believe that communication is the most important thing in moving a project forward and when problems arise. In the planning and design process, we are there to help turn our clients’ dreams into reality. In the construction phase, we emphasize a team-based approach in which we eliminate communication gaps between the client, designer and contractor, which ultimately translates into both time and resources being saved for clients. We bring projects in on time and on budget. Post-construction we will be there with you every step of the way as you get acclimated to your new home.

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