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Falling in love with the open space of this 80s Contemporary Spanish home, the couple approached it thoughtfully, adding beautiful interior finishes as well as furnishings and art to express their varied interests, including: fine Arts & Crafts furniture, a dramatic hand-hewn rock fireplace that is the focal point of the living room, a collection of Buddhas and other Eastern artifacts, and glorious, valuable rugs. The “Contemplative Garden” – with a weathered empty vessel to hold the space – only revealed its original mandala design after years of wild growth were cleared. Seen in the distance as you enter the home, and again from the open kitchen with its 9’ tumbled granite bar, the garden emanates a powerful spiritual presence.
Rock ‘n’ Wood
Winner of the City of Ojai’s 2011 Design Award for Best Single Family Residence, this 2,300 sq. foot contemporary Craftsman features natural materials and Feng Shui hard and soft contrasts throughout both exterior and interior. Reclaimed old-growth Douglas Fir was used for flooring and trim; a handsome walnut kitchen island and stairway were crafted by the couple’s son; a second master artisan crafted the floor-to- ceiling stone fireplace. The wood, the beautiful use of slate and granite in kitchen and baths, and the wife’s handmade Japanese-influenced quilts on display both upstairs and down all testify to a home designed with careful attention to nature and balance.
Nestled on a ridge with stunning vistas of canyons and mountain, this 50s California Ranch was remodeled recently to create the owners’ dream home, with a long balcony overlooking beautiful sloping grounds, expanded outdoor entertainment area showcasing an atrium pool and lush Florida-style garden, two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and an impressive custom closet system designed to meet the professional and performance needs of the lady of the house. The ground floor was expanded to create a self-contained apartment for family, friends and future. With the owners’ enthusiasm for all things Christmas, the home promises to be a holiday wonderland.
ZOS: Zimmerman Ojai Studio
This sculptor’s home is a contemporary, minimalist gem, its geometric silver metal dramatically contrasting with its surround of giant rocks and even more giant live oaks. Organized like a loft, there is a guestroom and concrete-floored studio downstairs, living-dining space, galley kitchen, and master bathroom and bedroom upstairs. A cantilevered deck facing west for the sunsets runs the full length of the living room, with double-height glass doors that fold into themselves. A metal balcony runs the length of the master bath and bedroom on the home’s east side. Each provides for seamless indoor/outdoor living. The furniture and finishes throughout are simple, meaningful, and dramatic; the art reflects the curatorial hand of the artist-owner and is glorious.