Elegant Ranch Home
These New York urbanites, enamored with the relaxed California spirit, wanted to create a sophisticated haven to match their dream home’s Tuscan architecture. Together, we struck a note of contemporary, elegant luxury for an inviting and understated space. Splendid bisque limestone floors complement the nuanced colors of the living room furniture; dynamic custom chandeliers contrast with sleek, minimal fireplaces; and a custom avant-garde wood, metal, and acrylic cabinet houses sculptures and a historically significant Chagall.
For these avid hockey and basketball fans, their suite in the Los Angeles Ritz Carlton Residences is the perfect second home. Located next to the Staples Center, it gives them easy access to Kings and Lakers games. They sought a home that mixed glamour with an industrial vibe. To make their vision reality, we faced the bar using metal with gray patina, created custom wallpaper depicting hockey players and the LA skyline, and added crystal pendants and sparkling light fixtures.
This major remodel and addition was initially inspired by furniture—pieces the owner handcrafted himself. And, while its occupants wanted to pay homage to Craftsman traditions, they also sought modern lines, contemporary touches, and brighter colors. Natural cherry cabinets throughout the house and a modern fireplace invoke the Craftsman spirit.
Home with a View
With a vibrant social life, the owners of this beautiful home overlooking the Angeles Mountains wanted a fun home for easy entertaining. To create a more functional and comfortable layout, we opened up the kitchen and moved the dining table out—resulting in comfortable seating for casual gatherings and spontaneous meals with extended family. We also created a large indoor fountain to bring the splashing sound of water—and a touch of the owner’s native Bahamas—into the home.
Nothing thrills this California native like nature’s wonders. To reflect her garden and the ocean just down the street, we created a home with an essence of natural beauty. In the bathroom, chunky glass tile in murky blues and greens evokes the feel of the waves. Set on sandy-colored bamboo flooring, blue- and green-toned seating with blue and green tones and a large fireplace framed in muted green glass conjure the ocean. To echo the garden indoors, we used sandy travertine floors for the front room.
These owners sought refreshing change in their new home. Their desire for sleek, contemporary interiors melded with their wish to incorporate their Japanese connection in the home’s formal rooms. Inspired in her new surroundings, the owner created several Japanese art pieces for display. Together, our collaboration resulted in a sharp, welcoming home, fit for both formal and casual entertaining—a space as distinctive as its occupants.
This young family requested a white Spanish-style home with modern interiors and cool, soothing colors that invoke the feel of a luxury hotel. We chose a palette of cool tans and blue-grays and wove contemporary fireplaces and artwork with traditional details and furnishings to create a relaxing haven for the parents. Because the home had to function for the whole family, we left spaces open for the children’s creative play.
An Artful Home
This artful custom-built home needed updating to be as contemporary as its owners’ lifestyle. The sunken family room, which leads to a sunny patio, had originally housed a large entertainment unit and free-form concrete fireplace. For this remodel, we infused the room with sophistication and personality, with a new, slim, wall-mount TV, a fireplace faced in metal with patina, and elegant, custom-designed furniture. Natural maple trim flows the room seamlessly into the adjacent natural maple kitchen.