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Interior designer and Owner of Clear Images Stephanie Laney has designed some of So Cal's finest homes over the last two decades, but this Woodlands retreat in Valencia is especially notable - because she's designed it twice. "My client has a beautiful home that we did the first time about 15 years ago," says Laney. "We decided it was time for a facelift. Rather than making big changes, we selected a transitional style to update the space. Though the kitchen and family room were the focus of the remodel, we stuck with what we already did for continuity while updating elements to better fit with their style today."
Gail and Marvin Smith have called their 4,900+ square-foot estate in Newhall "home" for over a remarkable-by-SCV-standards 35 years. In comparison to how old most of the pieces inside the formal French house are, though, that's just a drop in the bucket of life.
This may be our most wow'ing holiday home feature yet!
On Saturday, September 22, Preston and Nicole Geeting presented the perfect late summer evening soiree for their gathering of guests in celebration of their Stevenson Ranch home's first hillside vineyard harvest. Nine varietals - four of white, plus five of red that are necessary to craft a French Bordeaux - bore their first fruits, a symbol of the loving labor invested in the outdoor space.
The Santa Clarita home of John and Michelle "Shelly" Whelchel was bought "as is," which, a decade later, Shelly only partially jokes, "is never a good idea." "It was a struggle to get everything going. This was a really misunderstood home, but we saw an opportunity to make it beautiful." Upgrades went slow, thanks to unforeseen expenses hiding behind the buttoned-up exterior.
Matt and Nicole Dierckman hired my RRI interior-design team to create spaces that reminded them of their home away from home, Ojai Valley Inn. The popular getaway is the perfect mix of modern Mediterranean with a touch of farmhouse - a perfect partner to their SCV abode.
What we love: Open, airy spaces!
In many ways, Santa Clarita feels like summer most of the year; our springs and falls are traditionally temperate, if not downright warm. Maybe that's why we fall hard for interior and exterior looks that celebrate this season year-round. From juicy prints to bold landscaping, summer's best looks are a perfect match for the place we love to call home.
The Machado family's Tesoro Encanto home, beautifully situated on a 13,000-square-foot flag lot at the end of a cul de sac, is often the beginning of something special, thanks to the expansive tropical escape in the backyard.
Jacque and Eric Stroh's Tesoro home is a study in beautiful contrast, fusing soft, organic details with modern elements of design and functionality. The outdoor space best displays this philosophy, combining elements like elegant water features with handmade brick, smooth granite and wood accents.
A wowing remodel has completely rejuvenated this Santa Clarita home, thanks to the detail-oriented work of Randal G. Winter Construction, Inc. The full-service company raised ceilings, moved the laundry room upstairs, removed walls to create more flowing spaces, installed double doors, swapped out flooring, totally revitalized the kitchen and baths, and so much more. The process was painstaking in its scheduling and required great care. The results speak for themselves.
This Macmillan Ranch estate is a study in organic rustic refinement - a mixture of gleaming stonework, hand-scraped wood floors, exposed wood-grain beams and artistic renditions of nature. Surrounded by gorgeous greens and gardens, , the home recently went into escrow with Sand Canyon real-estate expert Morgan Gonzalez.
When one thinks of Santa Clarita, the beautifully under-developed space that is Circle J Ranch rarely comes to mind, but not for lack of interesting homes, people and stories. In reality, the area is arguably one of the finest locations in the SCV to call home. The combination of an authentic agrarian feel with the near-by proximity of the city has proven to be persuasive for a multitude of families. And after your introduction to the home of Toni and Patrick Navas, you'll see why.
In 2018, we resolved to live prettier. Our inspiration? These local homes!
Two years ago, my team and I designed this home top to bottom with a chic farmhouse aesthetic - and now we're back... just in time to bring a fresh new take to that old-time Christmas feel!
Festival of Trees supporters and former Henry Mayo Home Tour participants, Richard and Marian Sandnes, have a heart for the holidays. "It's one of our favorite times of year," says Richard. "We love decorating for Christmas - and giving back." The family, known for philanthropy, have called their sprawling Sand Canyon estate "home" for decades. "It's fun to see a space that you've been in for years totally transform for Christmas," says Marian. "The whole family looks forward to all the trees and garlands - it's magical!"
Last month, we introduced our readers to the picturesque house of Jeannie and Chris Carpenter and shared that their property is home to the Assistance League's annual event, Sunset in the Vineyard. This month, we're giving you a premier tour of their vineyard space. Want an even closer look? Be sure to attend Sunset in the Vineyard on Sunday, November 5.
The "old Newhall" home of Jeannie and Chris Carpenter is a delicate blend of history and modernity, family and community. "We did all of the decorating ourselves," says Jeannie Carpenter, who describes her house as "old-school California." "A lot of the things here are hand-me-down pieces that Chris's grandfather crafted; a lot of others, I picked up from the Assistance League thrift store in Old Town Newhall. And some of it's new! But not much," laughs the committed SCV non-profit volunteer.
The structure of this outdoor room was designed to add visual weight and interest to the plain rear facade of the home. The result? A simply-stunning space that is welcoming, warm and an all-seasons escape from life's hustle and bustle.
If you have ever dreamed of a home that is "perfectly yours," you know that striking the ideal balance between budget, style preferences, space limitations, utility needs and more can be quite the trial. It's often harder than it looks! But don't get discouraged. Take your home-improvement project one room (One corner, even!) at a time. Find something you love for another space? Grab it - and then stash it! The goal is to make your transformation one that is manageable and... fun!
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