A Dream Home Becomes A Reality For An L.A. Couple


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Architects Grant Kirkpatrick and Duan Tran selected mahogany and stone for the facade of their clients' village-like Los Angeles residence, carefully integrating the home into its hilltop setting. The entrance leads into the central living space, while the homeowners' offices branch off to either side.

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The great room brings together the living room, dining room and kitchen. A rocker from Amsterdam Modern and a Minotti chair, ottoman and sectional, grouped around a Baker coffee table, provide comfortable spots for lounging in the living area. Accenting the space are the deep tones of a silk-and-wool rug from J.H. Minassian & Co. and a Fuse Lighting chandelier from Thomas Lavin.

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Draperies of Clarence House sheer linen in the master bathroom are the gauzy backdrop for a sculptural Waterworks tub and faucet. A silk-and-wool rug from Woven adds a cozy touch. The large-format floor tile is from Cavendish Grey.

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The master bedroom is a prime example of designer Tim Clarke's decision to use jewel tones throughout the home. The silk-and-wool rug is from Woven. The Artemide bedside lamps ensure easy nighttime reading, but the owners may easily be torn away from their books--one of the home's best views can be seen from the bed.

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In the dining area, a custom Fuse Lighting brass-and-cracked-glass chandelier from Thomas Lavin hangs above a custom Holly Hunt table surrounded by linen-dressed Minotti chairs. Beneath is a wool-and-silk carpet from Woven. Set into a niche is a custom cabinet. The Ruzika Company handled the lighting design.

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Indoor-outdoor living was one of the key design goals for the residence. The glass doors of the great room lead to an entertaining area that is spacious enough for hosting large parties but is arranged so there are separate areas to have intimate conversations. For one, a pair of Sutherland chairs with cushions outfitted in Perennials fabric join a table from Mix Furniture.

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Throughout the home are thoughtful moments that provide stunning views of the surroundings. This small perch sits atop a spiral staircase that rises above the gardens designed by landscape architect Jerry Williams. Louvers shade some of the windows, offering privacy while still allowing light to flow inside.

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Polished-chrome counter stools by Allermuir pull up to one of the kitchen's two islands. Inset into one is a Waterworks faucet. In the other, topped with stone from Walker Zanger, is a Wolf cooktop; behind is a Sub-Zero refrigerator. The draperies gathered at the window are in a Great Plains fabric from Holly Hunt.

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The cantilevered roof provides continuous coverage for those who desire some shade on the terrace below. Others can soak in the sun on the Serene chaise lounges from Henry Hall Designs on the pool deck. The cushions are covered in a Perennials stripe from David Sutherland.

contemporary pool deck pink couch

An infinity-edge pool runs through an opening in a board-form concrete wall. Above it is a roof garden. Below, a succulent garden emphasizes the idea of sustainability found throughout the home.

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On the pool deck sits a Sutherland sofa covered in Perennials outdoor fabric. The powder-coated resin wicker chairs are from Janus et Cie; the hand-carved cocktail tables are from Mix Furniture.

contemporary exterior pink sitting area...

Below the husband's office, which hovers above the hillside, is another sitting area for the couple to relax with their guests. Woven Janus et Cie seating features cushions in a Perennials fabric. Builder Jim Davis brought with him a sense of craftsmanship to enhance the project.

Nestled on a hill with breathtaking views is a home that a Los Angeles couple waited fourteen years to build. When the time came, the owners assembled a talented design team to create a light-filled sustainable home that takes advantage of the sweeping views.

To complete this task, architects Grant Kirkpatrick and Duan Tran–joined by designer Tim Clarke–developed a village-like style home with a double-volume great room that holds the kitchen, dining and living areas.

For the interiors, Clarke chose vibrant colors that complement the backdrop of the board-formed concrete and mahogany around the home. “It’s very easy to create these houses with a great view and warm wood and keep it monochromatic and contemporary,” says the designer.

While much effort was put in to create a beautiful and warm home for the couple, the main objective was always sustainability–a goal achieved with, among other things, a solar roof, natural ventilation and FSC-certified woods. “The whole roof is essentially one big solar panel,” Tran says. The final realization is a home of beauty and sustainability that plays homage to nature.

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