SWDA was enlisted to create the interiors and exterior living spaces of this brilliant Taalman Architecture project. The steel, glass and concrete home, sits on the side of the mountain overlooking Santa Barbara and the ocean. The clients love to entertain family and friends, and were committed to the ideal of true indoor outdoor living. They also, wanted a warm and rustic feel, rather than the typical austere choices that are typically made with this type of architecture. Focusing on blurring the distinction between interior and exterior, SWDA specified all interior finishes, fixtures, hardware, furnishings, as well as designed millwork and cabinets throughout the home. This project is the cover of the 2016 November issue of LUXE Los Angeles Edition.
Rancho Del Sapo
Rancho Del Sapo is a fifteen acre avocado and citrus ranch located an hour north of Los Angeles in the Heritage Valley. The house and grounds were derelict when purchased, but since the house was so beautifully designed by the architect Chris Choate, a partner in Cliff May's office, Sarah and Robert could see the great potential. The house and property has become a gathering place for friends and family from around the world. Featured in NY COTTAGES & GARDENS 2015 International Destinations Issue.
This Maynard Woodard, architectural post and beam , had originally been photographed by Julius Schulman and published in HOUSE & GARDEN in 1955, and included in the Taschen book, MODERNISM REDISCOVERED. Therefore, the bones were great, but an "update" in the 1980's was at odds with the house and made it unattractive. SWDA was enlisted to do a complete overhaul of finishes, kitchen remodel, as well as some bathrooms, cabinetry through out, and some custom designed furniture. The goal was to honor the midcentury qualities that made the house great, but avoid being cliche. These very sophisticated client's wanted a home that would be timeless, allowing their lives and interests a place to evolve and be reflected. This project was published in the July/August ELLE DECOR 2010.
The client gave SWDA six months to transform the lackluster house into something worthy or her world class contemporary art collection, and active lifestyle. Only six months, period....she did not want a prolonged design and construction process, but rather, wanted to enjoy her home as soon as possible. SWDA came up with a plan that included: reworking the floor plan to maximize closet space, art viewing, and to accommodate a dining table and chairs by Franz West that seats twenty. We created a destination worthy screening room in what was a very low ceiling basement. The majority of the interior and exterior finishes were rethought and the spa was reworked. Additions of new exterior railing, cabinetry, lighting, and SWDA custom design furniture was included. What commonly takes two years was accomplished within the limited schedule mandate. This home has been published in Architectural Digest Espana, Du Jour, Angeleno, Interview, and Art and Auction.
This 1924 Colonial Revival bungalow in trendy Highland Park sat empty for a decade before being discovered by Carolina and her husband .Exterior and interior finishes were completely redone, respecting all original details and at the same time introducing eclectic materials, furnishings and lighting . Always a work in progress, this stylish yet relaxed and fun place is the home of a happy family.
The young movie producer had purchased an untouched midcentury in Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills and decided he needed a designer to help turn the forlorn property into a home. SWDA made an effort to save what was working and therefore the pristine vintage kitchen was kept in tact, as well as a couple of bathrooms. And though SWDS completed the remodel and decoration in 2000, this home is still constantly used as a location for film shoots, television advertising, and photo shoots. in 2012, LOS ANGELES MAGAZINE featured it as the quintessential Trousdale Estates property.
The client had owned this beautiful 1940's Beverly Hills traditional for over 20 years and the kitchen needed to be updated. A team consisting of an architect, and kitchen planner insisted that he needed to add space to the existing foot print. Luckily he would not commit to what would have ostensibly changed the character of the house, and he asked, SWDA to take a shot. We analyzed the space and made a case to leave foot print as is and simply rework the spaces that already existed. He agreed to this strategy and SWDA was then solely enlisted to design the laundry, butler pantry and kitchen, into updated, highly functional spaces. All of the moldings and cabinets are custom designed specifically for this project, using details from other areas of the house as reference. The kitchen and service areas, are now the heart of the home and though very contemporary in functionality, you walk into these spaces and believe that they have always been as such. We also designed his daughter's bedroom and bathroom, designed closets for the lady of the house, reworked the basement into a pleasant storage area, specified the pool furniture, and was available for any freshening the house needed over the ten year period we were involved.
After already working with SWDA on a previous residence the client's hired us to transform a dowdy Encino property on a beautiful flat acre into a contemporary family home that would also accomodate a recording studio. SWDA extensively reworked the floor plan, remodeled bathrooms and the kitchen, and transformed the exterior. Be sure to see more photos of this project in the BEFORE AND AFTER section.
Completed in 1999, the house was purchased by an extremely busy young music industry artist manager who enlisted SWDA to provide interior design as well as outfit all items needed to make this house functional for a crowd.
Odds and Ends
A collection of SWDA designed rooms, cabinets, furniture, etc.
Before and After
Photos showing the transformation of buildings and spaces by SWDA