Till lately, all this dwelling needed to advocate it have been its exterior partitions, uncooked assist beams and a concrete sub flooring. Oh, and its breathtaking location – 5 minutes’ stroll from Southern California’s Pacific Pallisades seashores a technique, 5 minutes from the Santa Monica climbing trails within the different course.
One yr on, and that very same property is unrecognizable. Purchased from an actual property developer in its shell state, it’s now a superbly completed and thoughtfully designed dwelling, full of luxurious touches, pure colours and textures, and shocking highlights right here and there that cease you in your tracks.
The surface area right here in sunny Southern California is simply as vital. Landscaped gardens are set across the pool and planted in a sequence of terraces. And even if you’re inside the house the large image home windows and retractable glass doorways give the phantasm of being outdoors. This good synthesis between indoor and outside areas, and the harmonious designs of each, make this one of many world’s greatest properties.
The particular person liable for the dramatic change within the property’s look is designer Lindsay Chambers, of Lindsay Chambers Design Studio. That is Lindsay’s own residence and its transformation, she says, gave her the chance to take a few of her favourite design parts she’s used by way of the years and convey them into her private mission.
The significance of outdoor area
‘In a location like this,’ explains Lindsay, ‘the place the climate is so good yr spherical, it was vital to make the house really feel linked to the outside as a result of I spend numerous time outdoors on the property. I additionally prefer to play sports activities with my associates and backyard, so I added a bocce courtroom, lap pool, and backyard beds.’
The backyard was landscaped and planted from scratch, working with and across the plot’s solely current options – a number of mature native fruit timber dotted concerning the backyard.
Because the planting begins to fill out, the outside area is absolutely coming into its personal, backyard landscaping concepts embody a sequence of stepped terrace areas, winding paths round bent olive and fruit timber and the star function, an attractive lap pool that displays the sunny Santa Monica skies.
The entrance entry – a transitional area
The entrance entry corridor is stuffed with inspiring entryway concepts. Lindsay says she wished to usher in ‘that feeling of being in a transitional farmhouse that was tied to the surface. I continued the limestone flooring from the patio inside and wrapped the partitions in reclaimed wooden,’ she explains.
Kitchen open to the backyard
It was vital for the kitchen to really feel linked to the outside since indoor/outside residing is such a significant a part of Southern California life – this was Lindsay’s place to begin for kitchen concepts right here. Initially the kitchen was enclosed, however Lindsay opened up the again wall with flooring to ceiling Anderson wooden glass sliders, and continued the French limestone flooring within the kitchen to a brand new outdoors patio to additional join the 2 areas.
Lindsay says she was impressed by French transitional farmhouse design and sourced the vary cooker – together with the oak beams and limestone flooring – straight from France.
‘The apothecary-inspired island and handmade backsplash and ceiling tiles additionally reference European design parts,’ says Lindsay. ‘And regardless that I like comparatively impartial colour kitchens, I wished to have some enjoyable and so I put within the French Burgundy-colored range. Offering a impartial backdrop helped showcase how fairly the range is.’
As Lindsay thought-about her kitchen storage concepts she opted for a mixture of fitted cupboards with some good open show cabinets. ‘I like a reasonably kitchen with clear strains and earthy supplies,’ she says. ‘I additionally like to cook dinner and wished to design an area that was sensible with surfaces that might deal with citrus, pink wine and the like, so that’s the reason I chosen a black torch completed granite on the facet cupboards surrounding the range and sinks, whereas utilizing calacatta marble on the island just for design curiosity and distinction within the area.’
Breakfast – indoors and out
The top partitions within the kitchen open up utterly with floor-to-ceiling glass pocket doorways. In the meantime, the French limestone used on the again patio has been continued into the kitchen in order that when the home windows are open, the indoor and outside areas really feel seamless and if you’re sitting on the spherical desk it is onerous to inform whether or not breakfast is indoors or outside!
Lounge for all seasons
Though the emphasis on this dwelling could be very a lot on the connection between indoor and outside areas, the lounge will get particular therapy. For anybody searching for lounge concepts this area showcases precisely how one can steadiness cozy for evenings and cooler climate and ethereal and open plan for summer time residing.
Seating is grouped round a tiled hearth, however with its excessive ceilings, tall home windows and open plan views of the opposite principal rooms within the dwelling, it turns into a room for all seasons. Lindsay provides: ‘My aim was to make the house really feel heat, cozy and comfy in a method that felt linked to the outside.’ We expect she’s achieved it in model.
Bed room with a view
Anybody searching for bed room concepts might choose up some model ideas from this dreamy room. With its all-natural finishes, it blurs the boundaries between what’s outdoors that magnificent window and what’s on the within. It actually could possibly be a treetop sanctuary.
Main en suite
This major en suite is one in every of designer Lindsay’s favorite areas. Her key lavatory concepts right here have been to create a spa like lavatory. ‘Luxurious, particular and heat, however not too excessive,’ she explains. ‘It was vital for me and my accomplice to have our personal really separated sink area as nicely, so countertop objects didn’t get cluttered collectively.’ Certainly, the 2 sink areas are at reverse ends of the room – no morning lavatory congestion right here.
The pool home and an area for entertaining
If you are going to entertain outside, do it in model – Californian model. This pool home with a devoted outside kitchen and comfy seating space ensures that each final drop of sunshine and recent air is loved to the max. It is the final word mix of indoor and outside residing.