Welcoming vacationers since July 15, the new Compass by Margaritaville hotel has settled fittingly into the serene landscape of Anna Maria Sound. Delivering a slice of the trademark relaxation lifestyle Margaritaville resorts have long supplied, this property overlooks a marina and offers a pool, a daily cocktail hour and its own seaside-inspired restaurant. Each of the 123 rooms features a water view, Margaritaville bedding and oversize bathrooms with rainfall showerheads, while complimentary daily breakfast, a lounge stocked with books and board games, and a snack-laden Welcome Cabana promote a laid-back itinerary—Jimmy Buffett-approved. compasshotel.com/annamariasound
Scott Mitchell Houses is the first book about the celebrated architectural designer known for creating modernist homes that respond to their natural surroundings. Mitchell’s designs are humanistic and offer a warmth seldom associated with minimalist contemporary design. It’s a vision that’s won Mitchell favor from such renowned figures as architecture critic Paul Goldberger, who wrote the foreword; Calvin Klein, also a contributor to the book; and chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, who commissioned Mitchell to design Nobu Malibu. Fashion designer and film director Tom Ford even used one of Mitchell’s homes as a film location for Nocturnal Animals, his 2016 neo-noir thriller. rizzoliusa.com
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In Private Gardens of Santa Barbara, Margie Grace, principal of Grace Design Associates, takes readers on a journey through 18 gardens on properties that run the gamut from luxury estates to modest homes and even a few surf retreats. Their common thread is the practicality with which Grace approaches her work, realizing outdoor spaces that support the lifestyles and personalities of her clients. Each design takes into consideration soil health, native plantings, animal habitats, pollinators and water efficiency as well as beauty. Grace even published her own garden, which is divided into distinctive spaces, inspired by her neighbor, botanical garden Lotusland. gibbs-smith.com
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California Homes II is the long-awaited follow-up to architect William Hefner’s 2013 book and gives readers another indulgent look at Studio William Hefner’s impressive portfolio—this time with an in-depth look at homes ranging in style from contemporary to traditional. A fifth-generation Californian, Hefner has a profound understanding of refined spaces, openness and natural lighting that seems to come as if by birthright. His practice integrates architecture, interior design (headed by his wife, Kazuko Hoshino) and landscape, and this richly illustrated monograph artfully conveys the depth of character he instills in every project. imagespublishing.com
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This tome offers an in-depth look at L.A.-based designer and artist David Wiseman’s extensive body of work. Wiseman takes his cues from the natural environment (he used fallen tree branches found on a local hike to create his signature piece, the Radial Branch Chandelier, now in the collection at LACMA) and is best-known for his exquisite craftsmanship and detailed creations in bronze, porcelain and plaster. This book features sketches and photographs of his elaborately sculptural furniture and environmental installations, many of which are in private homes and rarely seen. rizzoliusa.com
With the sort of curb appeal that makes you want to pull off the road and move in, Arcadia Public Market in Phoenix delivers on the promise of its charming architecture.
Step inside the sunlit boutique and you’re greeted with one-of-a-kind artwork, furnishings, and decorative pillows and rugs curated by designer and owner Kim Anderson. “The inventory constantly changes,” she notes. “New pieces arrive daily, and once they’re sold, they’re gone.”
Anderson, who also owns Arcadia Design Group, stores still more goods in warehouses around town and enjoys a global network of vendors in order to furnish clients and shoppers with exactly what they’re looking for.
“We have many interior designers who shop in our market for fun pairs of chairs or that special side table to finish off a seating area,” she says. “We’re always looking for decorative items that you won’t see anywhere else.”
The project began when the owners sought Lonergan’s advice on whether to move forward with a house they recently contracted to buy in a coveted enclave of historical homes near the Houston Museum District. Lonergan had helped design the couple’s previous residence on a nearby street and understood their style, which she describes as “very modern with an undercurrent of appreciation for beautiful things that are old.” After touring the new property–a grand 1939 Georgian Revival decorated in styles ranging from country French to French Baroque–Lonergan quickly realized the architectural details were far too ornate for the couple’s streamlined furnishings. But the designer had an idea. “Parisians are known for taking these 18th- and 19th-century buildings and throwing in amazing 20th- and 21st-century furniture,” she says, “so my advice to them was to transform this house to give it a modern, Parisian apartment feel.”
There was a caveat, however: Lonergan felt that only an ultra-modern kitchen would do. “Unless the kitchen completely spoke to that yin-and-yang juxtaposition of Parisian apartments, it wouldn’t make sense.” So Lonergan and Schuster designed a kitchen with German manufacturer Eggersmann that set the tone for the house by pairing light lacquered cabinetry with the room’s existing wood floors and beamed ceiling.
Next, the design team considered the home’s most prominent architectural details. The parquet de Versailles wood floors would stay, as would the entry’s intricate iron stair railing. Schuster–who has since founded her own firm, Inflection Architecture–would replace the ornate moldings and paneling with profiles and proportions apropos of the period of the house, a move that “worked with the couple’s art collection,” she says. And walls would be plastered and painted an ivory hue, “so there was this blank canvas, which meant we could choose where we wanted to add the excitement,” explains Lonergan, who worked with design assistant Taylor Whaley.
That wow factor comes from the art–including works by Gavin Rain, H.G. Edwards and Cristina Guerrero–but also from design details inspired by those works’ colors and textures. In the music room, a lacquered ceiling provides “a little surprise when you look up,” Lonergan says. In the breakfast room, the subtle metallic sheen of a hand-painted Porter Teleo wallpaper catches the eye. The sun room’s surprise is the play on scale created by the rotund, Jean RoyÃ¨re-style polar bear sofa and chair. And in the dining room, it’s the sculptural glass-and-brass chandelier suspended from a mint-green plastered ceiling.
Such thoughtful, if unexpected, touches please these homeowners most. “I would describe our style as very detail-oriented,” the wife says. “We gravitate toward pieces with an artisanal quality, not necessarily things that read as fancy.” With that in mind, Lonergan, Schuster and builder Dennis Britt worked to fill the house with finely crafted details. In the husband’s bathroom, for example, Lonergan created the look of wall paneling by accenting floor-to-ceiling, book-matched travertine slabs with inlaid strips of brass. For the new mud room, Schuster designed built-in storage that accommodates “all the nitty-gritty details of how the family comes into and out of the house.” And in the music room–which evokes a Parisian parlor, with its gilded Louis Philippe mirror, Marco Zanuso Lady Chairs and Murano glass chandelier–hidden sound-absorbing insulation ensures maximum enjoyment of the husband’s impressive collection of audio equipment and vintage vinyl.
Not very long ago, a glittery, candy-colored collage by San Antonio artist Kelly O’Connor caught the homeowners’ attention. A psychedelic commentary on pop culture, the artwork incorporates papers sampled from vintage record covers, described by the owners as an “ironically whimsical” choice for the music room. The piece now hangs above the room’s ornate marble fireplace, creating a striking contrast that’s not lost on a couple who know a thing or two about the magic of mixing old and new.
Jamilyn Fournier’s The Collector’s House (The Shops Gainey Village, in Scottsdale, Arizona) is a lifestyle and interiors destination that is truly a feast for the eyes and the heart. Tall, aged wooden doors from a French castle mix elegantly with African tribal sculptures and a one-of-a-kind prototype 1950s chandelier in the high-ceilinged space. In the showroom, exquisite handcrafted furniture has its own spotlight. The boutique shelves are lined with stories, and curator and founding principal Fournier can recount the origin of each piece, which expresses a connection to the community of artists and designers here and around the world. thecollectorshouse.biz
Describe your vision for the expansion to include a showroom.
We are pure artistry, and the lines we carry are inspirational to me. Verellen is Belgian-inspired and perfected in America, and Alfonso Marina is the original ebanista, made in Mexico City. Both companies are family businesses with the creators actively involved in every step, every day. This exquisite, handcrafted furniture is holding court in its own spotlight.
How do you choose what to feature?
I seek out the organic. Everything we carry is handmade or bench-made. I’m drawn to items that make the everyday extraordinary. I still love to set a beautiful table, even if we’re barefoot on the patio. I feel honored to partner with so many artisans and I want to be a resource for the many talented designers in our area.
Following a $30 million renovation, the former Courtyard San Francisco Downtown received a redesign and new name: The Clancy. The 410-room boutique hotel, part of Marriott’s luxury Autograph Collection series, was reimagined by EDG Interior Architecture + Design.
“The Clancy is a celebration of the best of SoMa, where tech converges with a bohemian energy. A bold personality, high-concept creativity and ultra-modernism show guests and locals we’re not afraid to be daring,” says EDG president and CEO Jennifer Johanson.
EDG partnered with local creatives on spaces throughout, such as the central courtyard which features a street art-inspired mural by artist Ian Ross.
We want you to go wild–within reason,” Allison Lind’s clients told her. Such a directive would be music to any designer’s ears, and it certainly was to Lind’s. After deciding to build their dream home on a Lake Tapps, Washington, property they owned, the clients were ready to take chances–and forsake the 1990s vibes, complete with medium-pile carpet and orange-toned wood, in the house. “There was a back and forth with ideas and getting creative but knowing the reality of children,” says Lind. “So we found a happy medium.” Under the designer’s care, the new structure’s stone, velvet and glam accents make it edgy enough for the adults to entertain, yet cozy enough for three young kids to tool around the wood floors on hoverboards.
Architect Steve Dona guided the residents through several iterations of the project, from a renovation to a complete rebuild. In turn, the clients’ familiarity with the property allowed them to give Dona thoughtful feedback. “They noted where the sun rose and set, the views and their privacy concerns,” reports the architect. While he changed the driveway location to create both a better entry sequence and more isolation, the home remained in the same spot. “It was situated to take the best possible advantage of the wonderful lake views,” Dona reports. Those sights are framed by floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors that open to terraces. Case in point, he oriented the master bedroom to enjoy vistas of the lake and a beautiful tree in the yard–while still providing for privacy from the street and water.
The homeowners brought Lind on at the beginning of the project, so she was able to implement her vision for the interiors all the way through–“from decor to the placement of outlet switches,” she says. Her work encompassed the finishes, and she collaborated closely with general contractor Erik Schelbert. Recalling their creative partnership, she muses, “I’d come up with crazy ideas and say, ‘Can we do this? How?’ ” The home is replete with carefully considered moments. The fireplace in the great room is a statement piece. Black-stained fir paneling surrounds the firebox and bisects a slab of granite, which extends on each side to become a bench. Echoing the bold gesture in the nearby kitchen are dramatic black cabinets. “When the light hits them the right way, it creates a chevron pattern. It’s a beautiful detail,” says Lind. Getting them just right, though, required a heroic effort from the whole team. “We spent countless hours with different options,” says Schelbert. “Everyone had input into the final product.”
A high-contrast palette continues throughout the interior, a critical choice to maintain visual consistency since all the rooms occupy a single floor. Lind anchored the great room with two tufted chesterfield sofas in gray velvet and offset them with a sleek glass and metal coffee table–a chic pairing for entertaining yet durable enough for the children. In the dining area, a table made of reclaimed elm “can take a beating, but that will make it more charming over time,” says the designer. “You don’t want to get too delicate because of the kids, but you want it to feel elegant.” Teak caned-back chairs with black seat cushions are another solution that melds style with practicality. She also carried the bold strokes into the master bathroom where she covered the shower in stripes of black and white tiles. “I loved the drama and the interest,” the designer says of the light and dark interplay. (She even placed the tiles into the floor in front of the vanities for a sort of trompe l’oeil bath mat effect.) Ensuring things aren’t totally austere, though, colorful carpets weave through the house. While an antique rug enlivens the master bedroom, a reproduction made more sense in the high-traffic zone of the great room.
The spaces the team conjured fulfilled the clients wishes. “They wanted something special and unique,” Lind says, adding, “They didn’t want to recreate a Pinterest board.” By allowing Lind substantial latitude, they ensured their house would be a personal, thoughtful statement. “They were both involved in decision-making but gave me so much independence and leeway. I really came up with the full concepts and they approved almost everything. I think they wanted to be surprised.”
In the shadow of Sedona’s red rock formations, The Retreat at Miraval Arizona is a new way to experience a luxurious getaway to refresh both the body and soul.
The resort’s 22 modular, elegant villas and suites with up to three bedrooms combine privacy and community with separate entrances, private pools or spas, indoor-to-outdoor showers and spectacular views. The barrier to nature dissolves via the custom designed, fully retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors, making the splendor of the Sonoran Desert part of your own personal living space.
Exclusive experiences at The Retreat include Life in Balance Spa wellness services, community art projects and private, in-suite culinary experiences. Continue the serenity you find at The Retreat and bring home items from the exclusive Miraval collection, including bedding, robes, candles and crystals.
Betsy Nathan has always been a collector. The daughter of a renowned Chicago gallerist, she grew up surrounded by an eclectic mix of fine and folk art and objects curated from around the world. After a stint in Beijing in the 1990s, where she studied Chinese craftsmanship, she returned to Chicago to open her first showroom, Pagoda Red, in 1997. Last year she moved into a vastly larger warehouse space in Bucktown, where her entire 4,000-piece collection of global fine arts and antiques is now available for designers and the public alike to browse. While there are many treasures to be discovered at Pagoda Red, we called on Nathan to share a few of her other favorite spots for sourcing goods around the city.
ROBIN RICHMAN BUCKTOWN
“Robin is amazing at creating interesting juxtapositions between clothes, jewelry and accessories. I go here to buy Mad et Len Lava Rocks, which are infused with perfume. They release an earthy spirit when you burn them, and I like to use them in the powder room.”
LE LABO WICKER PARK
“In China, I had an otherworldly experience when a friend introduced me to traditional incense–the kind that oozes from trees. It’s impossible to find locally, but it turned me on to rich, gentle, moody fragrances and beautiful incense burners to disperse them. I recently purchased Le Labo‘s amulet (a portable diffuser) as a gift for a friend. It becomes very personal when you infuse the stone within with a hand-blended fragrance specially made for the person you are giving it to.”
ASRAI GARDEN WICKER PARK
“Pagoda Red and Asrai Gardenopened around the same time. We grew up together, so the designers understand our objects and containers. They know how to marry nature’s shapes and colors in fresh, modern ways. They use flowers and greens to frame, rather than overpower, a select object.”
INTERIOR DEFINE LINCOLN PARK
“If you don’t want to wait months for a sofa, Interior Define is a great choice. They feel custom, the process is easy and the price can’t be beat. I’m working with a client now who wants her place finished fast, so we just ordered the Sloan Sectional in a plush onyx fabric.”
PHOTOS: ROBIN RICHMAN, ROBIN RICHMAN; LE LABO, COURTESY LE LABO; ASRAI GARDEN, LUCY HEWETT; INTERIOR DEFINE, CAROLINA MARIANA RODRIGUEZ.
Austin-based designer and retailer Julie Smith understands how well drinks pair with design. So in late 2018, she officially opened Jules Design Bar under the same roof as her studio, Julie Smith Design and Retail, serving up cocktails in a European-inspired atmosphere featuring crisp black and white details, crystal chandeliers, a long bar topped by a steel counter and sofa-style seating.
Now customers can browse a variety of edgy yet timeless offerings–including lighting, furniture, art and accessories–all while enjoying a signature “Jules” Old Fashioned, craft cocktail, whiskey or wine.
“I love our culture, the Jules Design Bar team and the crowd we have attracted, and I never take it for granted,” says Smith, who also offers design services. “My goal for the bar is to cultivate a culture of kindness and friendliness, with interesting people, events and retail–all paired with yummy and interesting libations.”