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Ranch House

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Southern California

Drawing inspiration from Spanish Colonial missions and haciendas, the classic California ranch house is a time-spanning hybrid of Old World forms and materials filtered through the lens of the American West. Our renovation of this 1952 ranch house proceeded along a simple imperative: make it fresh and relevant for a modern family with young children, all while maintaining the romance and beauty of the original architecture and the historic archetypes on which it was based.

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The spirit of the house is grounded in the materiality of its muscular architecture—its chunky plaster walls, terracotta tile roof, stone fireplace surrounds, and dark ceiling of exposed wood beams. The interior appointments alternately reinforce the ruggedness of the architectural envelope and respectfully contradict it with furnishings that place a premium on refined lines, distilled forms, and soft textures.

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We expanded the home’s aesthetic lexicon by incorporating vintage pieces from Scandinavia, Italy, and Japan, all contemporaneous with the era of the architecture. The polyglot décor allows the house to transcend a dry exercise in historical verisimilitude.

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Our interiors always incorporate specially commissioned furnishings by contemporary artisans and craftspeople, many based in Southern California. These one-of-a-kind pieces help establish a sense of time and place unique to the homes they occupy and the families that live with them.

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