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To beach or not to beach

Our long-time blogger/interior designer friend Mark Cutler emailed us with some photos of a project he recently completed that we HAD to share. The home is in Santa Monica, CA, and was a huge remodel (it was actually raised to add a new basement - the architect was William Hefner). "We tried to create a home that has a modern interpretation of a traditional home. Our goal was to try and create a home that felt at home at the beach but wasn't trying to be a typical 'beachy' house. The use of natural stone on both the interior and exterior gives the house a real warmth and great personality. I intentionally kept the furniture selections a little eclectic. I wanted it to feel like a collection that came together over years, not like a soulless decorators fantasy." AH MAH GAWD. This home takes my breath away. The stonework is spectacular, and I really like Mark's unexpected touches throughout - particularly the unique light fixtures. (Frankly, I could live in that closet). Thanks Mark!!

Reader Comments (16)

The ottoman grouping is a wonderful idea.

7 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSing

OMG! That closet! That kitchen! That view!

I'll take 2!

7 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Love the color palette, love the surfaces, love it all!

7 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPearl


7 Dec 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwanessa essig

i can't decide if i love or hate the footstool in the second picture.

7 Dec 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpolish chick

I am always interested in what the people look like who live in such amazingly stunning places. I understand the need for anonymity, but I wish the photographers would include them because, frankly, I think I'd look fabulous in this house. It is the perfect combination of modern and warm. I don't know how the designer pulled it off; I think those touches of blue, i.e. in the one bathroom, and traditional moldings and trim.

7 Dec 2010 | Unregistered Commentereileen

Love the wood, and mostly the restraint.
This is what I hope to achieve (some fine day).
Warm and clean w/o clutter.

7 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRLG

I run along the bike path in this area of Santa Monica. I always wondered how the houses looked inside. Amazing!

7 Dec 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpatricia

That kitchen is gorgeous. Really, really GORGEOUS! The stools, the pendant lights, the finishes. Lovely.


7 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLeigha

Nice !!!

7 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMandy

Frankly, I could live in this house...! :-) For sure...

7 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRenata Gross!

I grew up near this spot. I've been on that beach like a gazillion times. One of my mother's friends lived in a shack very near this spot. A SHACK, i tell you. Bizarre.
Oh, and this house is to die for!

8 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPriscilla

Beautiful house - however, the exposed beams on the ceiling "cutting" the bed exactly in half screams feng-shui taboo! those things have got to go!

8 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I love the details, especially the lighting. Each room has a fabulous light fixture.

Seems cosy!

8 Dec 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJane

No kids or pets in this household, I would think.

3 Apr 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTess

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