Old World Meets New In A Laguna Beach Home


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"It was a careful balance of a Spanish exterior with interiors that blended the husband's interest in contemporary style and the wife's interest in all the details," designer Lisa McDennon says of the Laguna Beach home she recently completed with architect Homer Oatman and builder Tim Grady. Landscape designer Richard King incorporated roses and succulents into the grounds.

contemporary living room painting stools

The homeowners' art collection took center stage in the design process. McDennon placed a Hans Mendler painting in the living room. Below it are two stools of McDennon's design, made by The Flemming Group, upholstered with Romo fabric, and silver-leafed by artist Eloise Lowry of A Brush With Life.

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Lee Industries chairs upholstered in Jane Churchill velvet pull up to a table by Swaim, topped with flowers from Laguna Florist to form the dining area, which is crowned by a chandelier from Visual Comfort & Co. Panels in a Cowtan & Tout fabric flank the window. In the kitchen, McDennon selected surfaces from Venetian Tile & Stone Gallery, appliances from Pirch, Rohl sinks and faucets by Dornbracht. Custom counter stools by The Flemming Group are upholstered with Kravet faux leather. The custom pendant is by Del Mar Lighting Company.

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In the living room, a Mission-style buffet from Ebanista serves as a cocktail cabinet. Above it hangs One Plus One by artist Peter Lodato. The dark wood flooring throughout the home is from The Vintage Wood Floor Company.

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For the master bedroom, McDennon upholstered a Swaim bed with C&C Milano fabric; she also added a duvet and king shams in Romo fabrics, Euro shams in a Christian Fischbacher textile and a lumbar pillow in a Beacon Hill material, all sewn by The Quilting House. Custom MillCreek Furniture nightstands bookend the bed, over which hangs a chandelier from Fine Art Lamps. Nearby is a work by Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen.

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"They let me be daring and develop my ideas," says McDennon, who clad the master bathroom in Calacatta Borghini marble from Venetian Tile & Stone Gallery. She paired a Victoria + Albert tub with a Kallista filler and designed the octagonal pendants made by Del Mar Lighting Company. The mosaic tile is from Waterworks.

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A carved front door marks the transition from the traditional exterior to the loft-like interiors. The homeowners commissioned a Nicole Landau work for the entryway. McDennon designed the stair rail, fabricated by Saddleback Valley Ornamental Iron and the iron chandelier made by Del Mar Lighting Company with blown-glass globes by Bruce Freund. Lamps from Made Goods with shades in a Romo fabric top a Bernhardt console; the rugs are from Stark.

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"I wanted to bring in texture and visually tie the family room to the loggia," says McDennon of the stone wall by Pride Masonry. The custom sofa is covered with a Maxwell fabric, and the ottoman, also custom, is upholstered in Fabricut denim. To refresh an existing wing chair, the designer chose a velvet by The Design Company.

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On the loggia are lounge chairs from Century Furniture and a Seasonal Living table with a custom Perennials cushion. Euro Laguna Marble carved the fireplace to McDennon's design, and the mirror is from Ebanista. The lantern was a happy find by the homeowners on a trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The home's windows and French doors are from Riviera Bronze.

On a hillside lot near Crystal Cove–one of California’s most picturesque state parks–a new Laguna Beach home offers a hybrid of aesthetics. While the exterior is traditional Santa Barbara style with stucco walls and a red-tile roof, the interiors boast a more cosmopolitan look, befitting the homeowner’s contemporary art collection, which includes works by Ed Moses and Nicole Landau.

With a clear vision for the project already in mind–right down to the lemon trees and white roses that surround the house–the couple hired architect Homer Oatman and designer Lisa McDennon to blend the two aesthetics.

“From the very beginning, we just shared ideas,” says McDennon. “They wanted a sleek look but with elements that brought it back to the Spanish style.”

To that end, the designer created contemporary rooms that gave equal weight to the views and the artwork, while incorporating natural materials like terra cotta and marble, as well as custom wrought-iron details, all to the delight of the homeowners.

Take a deeper look inside this new abode, which meets all the homeowners’ needs.