A Newport Beach Dwelling Is A Literal Cliff-Hanger


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A solid mahogany door with glass panels, crafted by Ziething Cabinets, opens into a contemporary Corona del Mar home by architect David R. Olson. Builder Robert D. McCarthy oversaw the installation of the Jerusalem gold limestone from Epic Ceramic & Stone and stucco that define the facade. The copper standing-seam metal roof is by Atlas Sheet Metal.

contemporary brown staircase bronze railings...

The main floor's landing features Jerusalem Gold limestone underfoot. Smart Metals fabricated the stair's bronze railings; behind the structure is a water feature that cascades through three of the home's levels. The sculpture by Tom Corbin is part of the owners' extensive art collection.

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Interior designer Courtney Lawrence Ziething chose plush Bergamo fabric from Donghia for the living room sectional and a Holly Hunt mohair for the lounge chair, which were both fabricated by Burger Quality Upholstery. Under the custom walnut-and-brass coffee table by Ziething Cabinets is a carpet from Tufenkian. Windows and doors by Fleetwood open to views of Newport Bay.

contemporary brown wood cabinetry quartz...

Quartz from Epic Ceramic & Stone tops the kitchen counters, which feature an integrated sink with a Waterstone faucet. Custom cabinetry by Ziething Cabinets conceals doors to a pantry and a refrigerator. The counter chairs are from Holly Hunt; the range is Wolf.

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For the dining area, Ziething Cabinets constructed the custom walnut table and buffet, accented by horn handles from Ochre, and a root base. Hovering above the table is a pendant from Plug, while arranged around it are Holly Hunt dining chairs. Artwork by Lorraine Pennington rests on the buffet.

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The home's exterior is replete with thoughtful details. In one instance, a metal planter with a live wall of succulents serves as the backdrop to an outdoor shower, turning a utilitarian feature into a focal point. MDZA Landscape Architecture & Planning designed and installed the landscape.

contemporary neutral outdoor sitting area

An outdoor barbecue area and furnishings from Brown Jordan ensure the exterior living area is as comfortable as the interior spaces. Clad with handmade glass tiles, the custom spa with an infinity edge adds a sculptural element to the vignette.

contemporary brown bedroom mahogany

Ziething carried the mahogany detailing into the master bedroom, where the wood covers the wall behind the custom platform bed and night table. Providing reading illumination is a Porta Romana light from Donghia. The sculpture is an 18th-century alabaster piece from Myanmar.

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In the refined master bathroom, a monumental limestone tub from Famosa with Lacava fixtures and a frameless glass shower with a "floating" bench seem to disappear against the solid Jerusalem limestone wall and flooring from Epic Ceramic & Stone. The root planter is from Bo Tree Source.

modern white bathroom steel pattern...

The vanity doors of the guest bathroom repeat the powder-coated steel pattern of the office walls. The Brizo faucet is from Ferguson Plumbing.

Building a house on the side of a cliff is not an easy endeavor. That’s why Kim and Carolyne Megonigal put together an experienced crew they knew they could trust.

Among the team was interior designer Courtney Zeithing, who is Carolyne’s sister, along with architect David Olson, and builder Robert McCarthy, a close friend. “This was a family affair,” Carolyne explains. “It was a labor of love for all of us.”

The result is a modern home that cantilevers over the edge, offering panoramic views of California’s Newport Bay and the ocean beyond.

Zeithing consulted closely with the architect on the entire project, helping to select finishes throughout.

“There’s a balance of materials that’s pretty consistent,” Zeithing explains of the mix of stone walls, custom mahogany cabinetry and metal details, such as the sculptural stairway that connects all four floors.

“We like the same things, so it was easy and really fun,” Carolyne says of working with her sister on the project. It’s a sentiment both siblings share.

“We spent days and days together,” Zeithing explains, noting that they agreed on nearly everything. “We enjoy each other’s company, so it was great to be able to spend so much extra time with her.”