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This Sharp-Witted Custom Home Is Designed With Cheeky Whimsy

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The melding of styles is so subtle, so sublimely executed that at first blush, you’re likely to miss the architectural and interior design nuances of this beachside farmhouse. The custom home in Dana Point’s gated community The Strand was designed by Laguna Beach architect Bob White in collaboration with interior designer Wendi Young, whose eponymous firm is based in Newport Beach. The floorplan is arranged in two sections around a central courtyard.

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There’s also a sense of cheeky whimsy throughout. The most obvious example – and the one that gets conversation flowing like fine wine – is the six-foot-wide, hand-crafted glass octopus chandelier by Mason Parker of Mason’s Creations in the kitchen that looks as though it’s swimming in the clerestory. A humble country sink, a monolithic waterfall-style white marble island and wire-brushed oak cabinets – glazed over the stain to convey age – cohabitate in splendid harmony with the piece. Industrial-style glass doors open to the courtyard.

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Designed to capture the glorious California sunshine, an oversized glass and steel pivot door brings light into the front entry. The board and batten paneling, painted a crisp contemporary white, imparts a vintage farmhouse feel, giving it a VIP welcome. The flooring throughout the house is wide plank white French oak, which has a prominent grain.

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“THE PIECES WE SELECTED, SOME FROM LOCAL ANTIQUE SHOPS, REFLECT THE PERSONALITY OF THE OWNERS, WHO HAVE A GREAT SENSE OF HUMOR – THEY DON’T TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY,” YOUNG CONTENDS. “EVERYTHING SELECTED HAS AGE AND CONVEYS TIMEWORN LOVE.”

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The farmhouse/seaside feel is keenly felt in the wife’s office, which is an attached cottagelike wooden and windowed structure overlooking the internal courtyard. The space, entered through a simple wooden Dutch door that is at once rustic and sophisticated, is appointed with an antique desk and a new slender wingback chair upholstered in brushed linen. The window shades trimmed with perky ball fringe and the ceiling are glorious shades of seashell pink, a personal fave of the homeowner.

Photography by Karyn Millet.

For more like this custom home, be sure to check out this chill “surf shack” in Dallas, TX.

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Designer Friday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Erica Islas

Founder and principal designer of EMI Interior Design, Erica Islas stitches bravery and tenacity into the very blueprints of her colorful designs. Passionate about adventure and finding peace in nature, we spoke with Erica about finding inspiration through explorations and infusing that boldness into her projects. Get to know Erica Islas and her work in this week’s Designer Friday.

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Copious natural sunlight highlights the clean tiling and spaciousness of this bathroom.

Copious natural sunlight highlights the clean tiling and spaciousness of this bathroom.

Andrew Joseph: You’re the newest Crayola color. What color are you and why?
Erica Islas: Sassy hot pink. Despite what most people would think, I can be a little spicy Latina sometimes. I’m spirited, passionate, and a little sassy. Although, you’ll mostly see me wearing black or neutrals, I LOVE to infuse color into people’s lives through design with vibrant and rich hues.

AJ: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
EI: My superpower would be SLOWING down or PAUSING time. I try to take in each moment and savor what is happening, but life moves very quickly and we are left with memories— which are great. I wish I could pause or slow down time and indulge in the moments longer.

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Cobalt cabinets give a fresh, new feel to this kitchen contrasting the stark white countertops. The wallpaper serves as a creative pop piecing the room together.

Cobalt cabinets give a fresh, new feel to this kitchen contrasting the stark white countertops. The wallpaper serves as a creative pop piecing the room together.

AJ: What’s your favorite cocktail?
EI: Skinny Margaritas with a side of chips and salsa! Chips and salsa are my weakness. I can eat chips and salsa as a meal— at least that’s what happens by the time my meal arrives! It happens every time. You have to keep the chips basket out of sight. Ha!

AJ: What are your ideal weekend plans?
EI: I’m an adventurous person and enjoy exploring. With that, I can think of a million ideal plans. For example, getting in the car and driving up to the mountains to unplug. This would include having a BIG breakfast, a good hike, massage, and maybe watching a funny movie. The day would end with a delicious dinner and a glass of wine while flipping through my favorite magazines. I enjoy anything related to unplugging and recharging.

Another ideal weekend plan would be jumping on a plane to a beach resort to enjoy water sports, laying on the beach simply relaxing, and soaking in the sun.

As a local to L.A., I also love exploring my own city. I love eating at new restaurants, and visiting new art exhibitions and museums. Spending time with friends and visiting family is also a great way to cap the weekend.

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Gold flows through every part of this powder room from the faucet to the frame, a satisfying aesthetic that Erica has differentiated and added to all of her work.

Gold flows through every part of this powder room from the faucet to the frame, a satisfying aesthetic that Erica has differentiated and added to all of her work.

AJ: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?
EI: I speak Spanish fluently, it’s my first language. I can also speak a little Italian— which I need to brush up on!

AJ: How would you define your work in three words?
EI: Timeless, colorful, creative.

AJ: Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
EI: Challenge yourself— if you fail, try again. Better to try and fail than fail to try. Also—don’t be in a rush to grow up.


blankAbout The Designer | For more than twenty years, architectural interior designer Erica Islas has offered a discerning list of clientele an innovative, luxurious take on the Modernist maxim Form Follows Function. Islas boasts a prestigious portfolio spanning home renovations in Hancock Park and Beverly Hills to Brentwood, Culver City and the Pacific Palisades.

Whether refreshing classic Lloyd Wright residences or turning powder rooms into jewel boxes, leading ground-up projects or finishing floor-to-ceiling turn-key renovations, Islas is praised for her endlessly creative approach, curating interiors that are sumptuous, colorful, airy, intimate— and always timeless.

Daughter of a builder, and born and raised in Los Angeles, Islas has a keen understanding of California design and lifestyle. In 1994, she joined an architecture firm in Beverly Hills, mastering the art of space planning; four years later, she discovered her true passion for residential design after joining an interior design firm in Santa Monica. In 2000, she founded EMI Interior Design in Los Angeles. Islas and her team take pride in creatively designing bespoke spaces while giving the upmost level of care and attention to their clients.

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An Ambitious Architectural Vision Transcends The Durability Of This 1868 Pied-À-Terre

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When architect Lukas Rungger first encountered a client’s Pied-à-Terre in a historic building in Paris, he didn’t envision putting a round peg in a square hole. But when they mentioned the perfect design and durability of a nautilus shell, this founder of NOA* Network of Architecture envisioned a design opportunity.

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When Rungger was commissioned to design the second-floor unit that overlooks the courtyard, it was completely bare except for a load-bearing wall and a large welcoming door. Now, this L-shaped room exudes a swirling energetic flow, reflecting the beautiful patterned spirals of a nautilus shell. Rungger’s approach allowed the unit, which was originally part of a royal household in the 1600s, to flow and meet the needs of a modern family who often travels to Paris for work in the fashion industry, but who lives in Italy.

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“The owners were fascinated by geometry and pure clean lines,” notes Rungger. “We found a way to translate this passion into the design.”

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The nautilus pattern becomes an architectural element throughout the apartment. From the bleached oak floors that are set in a french herringbone pattern to the oak staircase with a double curvature, the living spaces unfold naturally.

Photography by Antoine Huot.

For more like this Paris Pied-à-Terre, be sure to check out this revised apartment in the Opéra District.

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Magic Touch: Clever Architecture Keeps This Home Hidden In Plain Sight

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Extraordinary clients need homes conjured from great imaginations. So when a theatrical couple wanted a dream home, they sought out architect David Iannuzzi and designer Elizabeth Fields.

“The clients are young and very spirited,” describes Fields, who knows them personally. “They’re artists, and we have a really wonderful connection.”

The brief was no small order. The couple wanted a home that felt modern while also fitting into a traditional Michigan community. Also on the list were central spaces for gathering with guests, with private areas set apart.

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Drawn to the duality of both being there and not, Iannuzzi designed a cluster of pavilions surrounded by mature forest and rolling knolls so passersby might mistake them for one big building or simply a trick of the light. Even up close, the buildings appear to be in mid-transformation, thanks to exterior materials that include parallel cedar planks accentuating narrower sides, cement fiber panels on longer sides and dark, steeply pitched, striated roofs.

Guests enter mere steps from the entertaining pavilion with its soaring ceilings and banks of windows. But a hearth-like structure housing a double-sided fireplace prevents visitors from seeing inside right away.

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Fields also sought to surprise as she spread texture and color throughout the house. For example, the fireplace enclosure is lined with planks that echo the exterior, which are further echoed in a sizable piece of minimalist art Fields sourced through Detroit’s Library Street Collective that delivers a welcome burst of color.

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Elsewhere, Fields customized a wallcovering until its florals became dramatically oversized. And a carpeted staircase cycles through different colors of the rainbow with each step.

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The kitchen boasts a striking wall of verdant cabinetry. “They were absolutely not going to do a white kitchen,” Fields notes. So she found a shade of green with just enough black to act as a neutral accent. Green also features in the energetic tile animating the primary bath. Fields relates that “reason and whimsy” dictated its placement, which she helped shape working alongside the tile layers. But the design is not wild color all the time. “There’s still a place for rest,” she adds. “It really is a curated balance.”

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“What I value the most about working with Lizzy is that she’s involved the whole way through,” describes Iannuzzi. Rather than wait for a baton-pass from architect to interior designer, Fields participates from the start, encouraging a truly integrated collaboration that has led them to work together on multiple projects. “We are really lucky to have one another,” Fields agrees. “I support David; David supports me.”

This bonhomie continued with the clients during construction. “They would sometimes text me or call me, and say, ‘We just went to the site,’” Iannuzzi remembers. “‘We can’t wait to live in this house.’”

Exterior Photography by Rafael Gamo
Interior Photography by Dustin Halleck

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Designer Friday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Cindy Rinfret

Designer Cindy Rinfret is known to put her passion for life in her work, following a personal mantra of “live, laugh, design.” This mantra has followed her through three decades of design work, and catapulted her to her most recent project with dream client, Tommy Hilfiger. Rinfret’s timeless style – “think extravagant drapery, hand painted silk wallcoverings and sumptuous, handsome upholstery” – can only be described as ‘Classic Greenwich’. Take a look at some of her most iconic designs in this week’s Designer Friday.

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Traditional design elements like the armchairs and paneled wood tables in warm hues are accented by the cool blue and gray tones of the ceiling and carpet in this space.

Traditional design elements like the armchairs and paneled wood tables in warm hues are accented by the cool blue and gray tones of the ceiling and carpet in this space.

Andrew Joseph: If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
Cindy Rinfret: My golden retriever “Cupid” as she has the most wonderful life and is so well loved and adored.

AJ: What makes you angry?
CR: Clients that do not have fun, faith, trust & vision. (or realistic budgets)

AJ: What are three words to describe where you live?
CR: Three beaches, Connecticut, Palm Beach and Greece.

AJ: Who is your dream date (alive or dead) and what would you do?
CR: Casanova, I love Venice and men, need I say more?

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Elements of wood, stone, and textured neutral fabrics are complementary to the mountain landscapes outside this cozy bedroom.

Elements of wood, stone, and textured neutral fabrics are complementary to the mountain landscapes outside this cozy bedroom.

AJ: What would your dream project or dream client be right now?
CR: The one I am working on currently in Palm Beach for Tommy Hilfiger .

AJ: What are you most proud of?
CR: The love of my business, family and great friends.

AJ: Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
CR: Travel, work hard and be loyal…. And always wear sunscreen!

AJ: What would you like to be remembered for?
CR: Living everyday like it is my last… Life is not a dress rehearsal, live and love and design!

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Lavender accents relax the mind and body, upholstered chairs circled around an exquisite art deco coffee table in this soothing sitting room.

Lavender accents relax the mind and body, upholstered chairs circled around an exquisite art deco coffee table in this soothing sitting room.

AJ: How do you define beauty?
CR: Style to me is better than beauty… It shows your soul.

AJ: Has there been a shift in what clients are requesting post-covid?
CR: I love the fact that covid has taught clients patience because of the new normal delivery timetables. Things that are wonderful are worth the wait.


About The Designer | Cindy Rinfret – IE Greenwich’s Designer – is best known for her mastery of the luxurious with the comfortable in a way that can only be described as Classic Greenwich Style. As the principal designer of Rinfret, LTD., Cindy Rinfret has been creating iconic interiors for over 30 years, attracting clients-turned-friends like Tommy Hilfiger and the late Regis Philbin. Cindy’s signature and highly desirable aesthetic is illustrated in her two books: Classic Greenwich Style (Rizzoli 2006) and Greenwich Style: Inspired Family Homes (Rizzoli 2013), and in the top design titles that have featured her, from Architectural Digest to Elle Decor.

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This Houston Home Pulses With Rhythm And Groove

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When tastemaker and owner of the beloved Round Top Inn set out to build her new family home in Houston overlooking the Bayou, she made one thing very clear: she was up for anything.

Like most start-from-scratch home construction, the owner’s vision for their home evolved as the project progressed from the initial cool-meets-farmhouse inspiration to a full-blown haven evoking a freewheeling spirit and cultivated artistic taste.

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“The client was really inspired by the modern farmhouse, and she wanted to incorporate a lot of her artistic flair and love of color,” describes project manager Elizabeth Echols. “A lot of Houston clients stay traditional in their palettes and don’t necessarily enjoy the process of picking things out, but she treated her house as an art project, which opened endless possibilities of different layering techniques.”

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One element that didn’t change, however, was the home’s function. The homeowners sought to cultivate a lived-in sensibility designed to immediately put guests at ease, while also withstanding the spills and accidents of the couple’s young children. As the owners are the consummate hosts who need no excuse to throw a bash, they needed large communal spaces with lots of seating to host family gatherings for holidays and celebrations.

One thing that the homeowner was not short on was ideas – for example, bringing a sample of a New Age-style, holographic deer-antler wallpaper to their very first design meeting. From then on – and for every weekly meeting thereafter during the nearly three-year endeavor – it was off to the artistic races.

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“She really wanted to push the envelope,” explains Clint Johnson, principal at Newberry Architecture. “I mean, when a client comes to you with something like that holographic wallpaper, it makes the rest of being creative easy.”

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In a reprieve from the usual white-box kitchens, the expansive, light-drenched space is defined by bold textures, technicolor treasures and custom pieces, starting with the oven hood, a vintage find from the client. “It’s actually an Italian altar with original pastel colors that really inspired her, and she knew she wanted to use it somewhere,” describes Echols, adding that she came up with using it as a vent hood. “So we flipped it upside down and then turned it into a vent, hollowed it out and made it work.”

The altar is flanked by white custom cabinets with glass panels and brass finishes on either side to complete a sense of flow and cohesion. Another dazzling antique find is the hardwood flooring throughout the kitchen, with the few leftover panels repurposed in the upstairs wet bar, while several other varieties and shades of vintage wood grace the home to deliver bespoke, artisanal details.

Check out the video below for a full tour of this Houston home:

Photography: Julie Soefer.
Stylist: Jessica Brinkert Holtam.

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Coup D’œil: 6 Thoughtful Projects At A Glance

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STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA
Design: Dane Erwee
Homeowner Dane Erwee, the creative force and co-founder of OKASIE Flowers in Stellenbosch, leans into a comfortable and colorful living area evoking a cheerful bouquet of colors. Photography: Greg Cox; Production: Luanne Toms.

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RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
Design: Anne Hulcher Tollett
Old meets new in this dining room designed by Anne Hulcher Tollett of Hanover Avenue as part of an historic house renovation in Richmond, Virginia. Originally a dark-paneled room, the lacquered Ammonite Farrow & Ball paint brightened the space alongside fully reconstructed millwork. The old French chairs and a new bench surround a modern-style table alongside an antique sideboard found at auction. Alongside the contemporary art by a local artist found by the homeowner, the room is crowned by a Mini Endless Double Pendant designed by Roll and Hill. Photography: Helen Norman.

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ANSOUIS, FRANCE
Design: Safia Bendali
When Paris-based Safia Bendali — a former brand ambassador for Ladurée, the historic Parisian pâtisserie famous for its colorful macarons — and her husband Bruce found themselves a vacation property in the impossibly picturesque village of Ansouis, 18 miles from Aix-en-Provence, she was determined to make a comfortable home keyed to the relaxed ambiance that pervades this corner of France. Pictured here, the color of Bendali’s kitchen resembles pistachio nuts. Photography: Bénédicte Ausset Drummond; Stylist: Sylvie Thébaud.

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PALM BEACH, FLORIDA
Design: Matthew Boland of MMB Studio
Certain to get your day started with a jolt of energy, this guesthouse kitchen is engulfed in Sherwin Williams Energetic Orange. Photography: Nick Sargent.

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ISLANDS BRYGGE, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
Design: VIPP Design Company
VIPP owner Jette Egelund has made her home in a former pencil factory with a beautiful combination of personal belongings, classic furniture and design from her own company. The blue painting by Mexican artist Carlos Amorales, acquired from the Danish art gallery Nils Stærk, is a personal favorite. The daybed is from the VIPP furniture collection, while the large floor pot is by Danish artist Birgit Østergaard. – Mille Collin Flaherty.

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IBIZA, SPAIN
Design: Rozemarijn de Witte and Pierre Traversier
Far north on Ibiza into the wildest and most remote area of the island, Rozemarijn de Witte and Pierre Traversier have designed “Los Enamorados.” The laid-back boutique hotel is a cool and creative crash pad perched on the rocks, as beneficial as a parenthesis between sea and yoga, but also amazing, like this generous and inspiring couple. Most furnishings are from local crafts or Moroccan and Mauritanian markets. “We are passionate about flea markets from Los Angeles to Tokyo to Paris, without being afraid to leave the beaten path or eschew the avant-garde,” explains Traversier.

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Designer Friday: An Aspire Exclusive Interview With Kevin Sawyers

Known in the industry to have a “golden touch of design,” designer Kevin Sawyers takes the spotlight for this Friday. First starting in graphics and branding, his previous experience laid a stone foundation to his now-thriving interior design business. He believes that his bravery to face the fears of ‘what if’ has gotten him this far, no matter how difficult things may seem, to “JUMP!”

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Auburn chairs complimenting a fun, vibrant carpet bring a warmth to this sun-soaked sitting room.

Auburn chairs complimenting a fun, vibrant carpet bring a warmth to this sun-soaked sitting room.

Andrew Joseph: Describe your design style as if you were explaining it to someone who cannot see.
Kevin Sawyers: Do you ever run your hand across the edge of something and think it feels like a clean, well-crafted edge but it’s not sharp in any way? That’s where my design style starts. Now imagine sitting on a chair that has those edges along the arms but when you settle in you are enveloped in the most sumptuous and comforting upholstery fabrics. The room this chair sits in has plenty of space to move around but also places where you can stop and indulge in tactile overload with textures and forms of collected objects your other senses can feast on. Imagine the color of the room evokes an emotion of warmth and joy. You can feel the energy pulsing from the chroma

AJ: What’s a guilty pleasure you have?
KS: There are so many things people qualify as guilty pleasures. Bad TV, trashy novels, wine, ice cream, etc… those are indulgences, simple pleasures that may or may not be good for you but you should have no guilt about them. The guilt comes when you know it’s just bad for you and has no redeeming quality (at the surface).

My guilty pleasure? McDonald’s two cheeseburger meal with fries and a Dr. Pepper. When I’ve reached the absolute end of my rope and I need something to soothe the little kid in me, nothing does it more than this little package of empty calories. Guilty pleasures are also things you don’t want other people to know about so I’ll leave you knowing…there are others.

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A powder blue lounge, named “The London Room” truly is the perfect spot for tea time.

A powder blue lounge, named “The London Room” truly is the perfect spot for tea time.

AJ: If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a ….?
KS: I’m guessing lots of designers will answer this in a similar way. Therapist. The way people’s brains work is just fascinating. The narratives we create for ourselves, the pressure we allow outside forces to play on us, etc… It’s just fascinating. Interior Designers often play therapist with our clients. Residential design is extremely personal and engages clients as much or as little as they like.

AJ: What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?
KS: This month I hired Ballin PR. Nicole Balin is taking us places. I have had press in three publications over the last 10 years. Nicole has us in 3 since the beginning of THIS year.

AJ: What was your first job?
KS: Assistant at a Nautilus Fitness Center in a neighboring small town. The 80’s hits were pumping as much as the machines.

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The green accent wall in this sitting room solidifies the use of color for stimulation and emotive response that Kevin includes in all of his designed spaces.

The green accent wall in this sitting room solidifies the use of color for stimulation and emotive response that Kevin includes in all of his designed spaces.

AJ: What are three things you can’t live without?
KS: 1) Peanut Butter (I don’t keep it in the house) 2) Art. Luckily we’re fortunate in SF to have amazing museums and a magically creative art scene. 3) My husband. He’s like my antipode but we spend all our time together. I think we just vibe off of our differences. It has worked for 23 years so we’ll stick with it.

AJ: Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
KS: That spirit that will rise in you to “GO FOR IT”…Go with it. I was 30 before I finally took the big leap and left the comfort zone of the south. I was growing and venturing out on my own well before that but moving to the West Coast almost completely on my own, I had one friend in SF, who taught me great lessons and landed me in opportunity after opportunity. It will be extremely difficult sometimes and there will be people who don’t understand how or why you do what you do but keep on doing it. I can’t imagine not having the guts to JUMP!!!


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In 2010 Kevin decided to return to his educational roots in interior architecture and design and created his own boutique residential design firm. Now with over two decades of design experience and relentless pursuit of unique design concepts, Kevin Sawyers provides clients with individualized solutions paired with the understanding of how to bring them to fruition.

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Move The Party Outdoors With These 12 Perfect Porch Designs

Whether you call it a loggia, portico, gallery, stoop or veranda, the porch is the place to be when the days grow longer and the weather turns warm. The designers of these picturesque outdoor spaces shared their best ideas for those long, lazy days on the porch.

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DESIGNER: Tim Barber Architects PROJECT LOCATION: Studio City, CA DESIGN DETAILS: Our client wanted a new home, with porches and play space, and felt badly that the old home had to come down. She liked the idea of recycling the old house materials. The mangaris porch floor was sustainably harvested, the shingles, railing and trim were made from locally grown trees, and the paint is zero VOC. The swing – made from sustainably harvested Moni Mahogany by Cambridge Casual – builds community! Photo: Karyn Millet.

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DESIGNER: Otto De Jager PROJECT LOCATION: Cape Town, South Africa DESIGN DETAILS: The Victorian semidetached cottage was built in 1899. We added pots planted with indigenous spekboom, dubbed “the miracle plant” for its carbon-storing capabilities. There are fully-grown trees in each of the backyards of the alleyway’s row cottages, and each is a different species. Because of the outer fence it is hard for grass to grow in this space, so I put in a step entrance to make the space seem larger. I also painted everything white to add light, making this space an urban sanctuary filled with green plants. Photo: Warren Heath.

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DESIGNER: Phillip Thomas, Phillip Thomas Inc. PROJECT LOCATION: Bellport, NY DESIGN DETAILS: This special property serves as a relaxing refuge for a multigenerational family. Comfort and function were at the top of the list so family members of all ages could enjoy the home without worry of anything being too precious or high maintenance. This porch area off the kitchen is the central gathering spot, so we really wanted the spaces to flow freely into one another, marrying the interior and exterior together seamlessly. Photo: Michael Mundy.

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DESIGNER: Beat Huesler, Christoph Omlin, Sabrina Equilino, Oppenheim Architecture PROJECT LOCATION: Muttenz, Switzerland DESIGN DETAILS: The Kirchplatz residence is a unique space that was a historic farmhouse transformed into a multiuse building, housing an office studio, two-story apartments and an independent residence in the back garden. The porch provides a fresh interpretation of a primitive modern space that still maintains the original design elements of the farmhouse. Nature will take over and complete the form created by the steel frame, with wild roses filtering the sunlight and connecting the building to the garden. Photo: Börje Müller.

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DESIGNER: Ken Fulk ARCHITECTURE: Ike Kligerman Barkley PROJECT LOCATION: Sonoma, CA DESIGN DETAILS: The porch was added onto this house. The oversize double-sided fireplace is unusual for a porch but nice to connect inside and outside. It grounds the whole house and adds substantial feeling to this small cottage. We used farm fencing as a guardrail so that it can withstand dog life. This porch orients towards a long view downhill over vineyards to the Russian River. Photo: Douglas Friedman.

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DESIGNER: Breegan Jane PROJECT LOCATION: Venice, CA DESIGN DETAILS: I found this Moroccan gate at one of my favorite stores, Badia Design. It is over one hundred years old, and I had it painted in a custom color to match my oversized planter and bench in my yard. I wanted an element that would create personality and show a distinct character as people drove by. I’m told by friends and family that they see this door all over Instagram in the background of influencers’ photos! The plants add an element of privacy. Photo: Ryan Garvin.

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DESIGNER: Nina Magon, Nina Magon Studio PROJECT LOCATION: Houston, TX DESIGN DETAILS: Our client really wanted a versatile outdoor living space that could be used for both entertaining and enjoying time with the family by the pool. Since the space was preexisting, we wanted to elevate it and give it a wow factor by incorporating luxurious Paola Lenti furniture in fabulous blue and purple. We wanted the outdoor space to be exquisite as well as comfortable and functional. Photo: Julie Soefer.

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DESIGNER: Olga Hanono PROJECT LOCATION: Mexico City, Mexico DESIGN DETAILS: This terrace is a rectangular shape, so it was a challenge to include both a dining table and a lounge area. But we ended up creating a full outside living room that provides everything the family needs to enjoy wonderful moments together, including a fireplace and a TV area. The interiors are very connected to the exterior, with a bar inside accessible to the outside when hosting large events. The plants add an element of privacy. Photo: Alfonso de Bejar Photography.

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DESIGNER: Mary Patton, Mary Patton Design PROJECT LOCATION: Houston, TX DESIGN DETAILS: This was a new construction home, and the outdoor porch was part of the original plan. The clients love to entertain and wanted to make this a cozy, relaxing spot. For a cohesive look, we incorporated the same color scheme as the interior, which has light floors, black-and-white decor and a warm, darker-toned ceiling. Overall, the design was to feature a neutral palette while having fun and bringing in some whimsy with color. Photo: Molly Culver.

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DESIGNER: Kovac Design Studio PROJECT LOCATION: La Quinta, CA DESIGN DETAILS: This vacation home, located in La Quinta’s fabled Madison Club, was designed for a sophisticated client who loves entertaining friends and family. The residence is composed of a main living space surrounded by guest casitas where visitors may retreat for a private escape. Each casita contains its own terrace and fire pit, as well as a bath with an indoor/outdoor shower, mini fridge, and bar to enjoy while taking in dramatic desert views. The terraces are separated by a sliding fence, which can be closed for privacy or opened to enlarge the space. Photo: Roger Davies.

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DESIGNER: Janie Molster, Janie Molster Designs PROJECT LOCATION: Richmond, VA DESIGN DETAILS: I added this porch to my c.1905 house a few years ago. Originally a four-square simple farmhouse, the materials for the porch are in keeping with the original architecture. We added gas lanterns for old-world ambience, and I love the contrast of the copper lanterns flanking the contemporary steel door. We often stage impromptu dinner parties on the porch or pull up extra side chairs for larger groups to gather for conversation and cocktails. Photo: Gordon Gregory.

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DESIGNER: Sumari Krige, La Grange Interiors PROJECT LOCATION: Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, South Africa DESIGN DETAILS: The ultra large veranda has been broken up into three intimate, separately furnished living and dining areas. A natural rattan couch, rustic wood and metal tables, industrial-style hanging dome lights and pit-fired Chinese ceramic pots on rustic plinths are set off by bright yellow cushions. A round woven rug from Eswatini is layered with a Nguni cowhide. Photo: Greg Cox.

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10 Reasons To Choose Neolith For Your Next Design Project

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Calacatta Royale’s gray veining on a light background adds light and luxury to any space.

Calacatta Royale’s gray veining on a light background adds light and luxury to any space.

The leader in Sintered Stone surfaces is changing the game with unparalleled design choices and a socially conscious company ethos.

Neolith, founded in Spain in 2009, is focused on its brand mission of meeting the demanding needs of architects and interior designers all over the world. Their high performance, versatile, sustainable, and elegant surfaces work in a range of environments including kitchens, baths, facades, flooring and even furnishings. Neolith’s Sintered Stone is a revolutionary and innovative architectural material with superior technical characteristics, made of 100 percent all-natural raw materials.

The brand’s commitment to social responsibility has made them the first company in its sector to attain carbon neutral status, which they achieved in 2019. While they continue to help create unique spaces and extraordinary experiences, the company is immersed in an expansion plan in North America, Europe, China, and Australia, extending their reach to more than 100 countries through direct distribution as well as extensive sales and partner networks. This month, Neolith opens a new, state-of-the-art, 40,000-square-foot distribution center in New Jersey.

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Inspired by classic Italian marble, Calacatta Royale is perfect for the bath.

Inspired by classic Italian marble, Calacatta Royale is perfect for the bath.

WHY NEOLITH?

With so many surfacing options available on the market, it can be difficult to fully understand the performance of the various materials currently available. For example, Sintered stone shares some properties with another popular surface, porcelain. However, there are some big differences. Here are 10 reasons why you should choose Neolith Sintered Stone for your next project:

1. Greater Variety | Neolith offers 3mm, 6mm, 12mm, and 20mm thicknesses, providing architects and designers the ultimate in versatility. Slabs are also available in large formats, making them ideal for cut-to-size projects and providing maximum customization.

2. Highest Quality Raw Materials | Many ceramic and porcelain producers create surfaces composed of a layer of cheaper, lower-grade minerals with a thin veneer of high-quality material on top. Neolith surfaces are created using the best quality raw materials throughout.

3. Color Range | Neolith produces a vast array of colors, patterns and finishes including everything from hyper-realistic natural wood patterns, patinated metals, and swirling, textured granites to full body terrazzo and bright colors.

4. Design Definition | Using natural pigments, water-based inks and environmentally friendly production methods, Neolith creates complex patterns and vivid colors. New types of inks also allow for textures which resemble naturally occurring materials, creating more realistic striations and veins.

5. Professional Polish | Neolith’s surfaces are polished to perfection, guaranteeing a perfectly linear reflection and higher degree of shine and depth.

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Neolith’s Calacatta Royale surface.

Neolith’s Calacatta Royale surface.

6. Quality | The Neolith mark is a guarantee of the highest quality materials and production standards. Developed from the brand’s original product: Kitchen countertops, which needed to have the durability and beauty demanded by professional chefs and home cooks alike.

7. Experience | Every Neolith slab is produced by people who have decades of experience in the stone industry. Their expertise means that the brand is continually improving and innovating.

8. Ease of Fabrication | Neolith’s slabs are recognized in the industry as being more workable than other product categories. The company works to educate fabricators on how to work with the product. The surfaces are easier to cut and handle, and the brand’s fabrication facilities allow for more customization.

9. Sustainability | Committed to becoming the most sustainable manufacturer in the Sintered Stone industry, Neolith has invested in cutting-edge manufacturing technology and machinery to ensure its surfaces are the greenest available on the market. Producing lower emissions and pollutants during production than ceramic and porcelain, Neolith slabs use 100 percent natural raw materials and are also recyclable.

10. Made to Last | Neolith slabs are waterproof and impervious to strong chemicals and cleaning agents. With the ability to withstand extreme temperature, they are suitable for any interior or exterior environment. The material’s high resistance to staining, scratching and UV rays means that it has unrivaled longevity, out-performing ceramics, and porcelain on every level.

Visit the website at neolith.com, or explore the vast array of surfaces at the Neolith New Jersey Distribution Center, 725 Dell Rd., Carlstadt, NJ 07072.

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