The Circle J Ranch Estate that's Rich with the Love of Family
March, 2018 - Issue #162

The estate's remodeled kitchen has been renovated to eight times the size of the original space, making it a popular spot for the growing family. The kitchen was the one part of the home that lacked the grand dimensions necessary for multiple generations to comfortably gather. Now, the luxurious kitchen - filled with hand-honed wood mouldings, professional-grade appliances, grand stone slabwork and more - is the star of the home. The family enjoys fresh blooms throughout their home created by Celebrate Flowers & Invitations 259-8611.

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.

LEFT: Family-style dining is made simple with an extra-long hand-carved table, illuminated by natural rays of sunlight thanks to the arched doorway. INSET: Rich custom-carved cabinetry is the eye candy guests and family devour while waiting for their morning pick-me-up at the gorgeous kitchen's coffee station. BELOW: Whimsical animal designs are eclectic additions found throughout the home, as are bold pops of color, playful patterns and remarkable blooms from Celebrate.

The Navas' estate - and it is fair to call it an estate, as it is nestled in one-and-a-half acres of lush rolling hillside - serves as a luxurious private getaway. "My family and I were drawn to the location because of the privacy it offered. Now, it's the perfect space to run around and play with our four precious grandkids - all boys!," says Toni Navas, owner of the two Priscilla's Salon locations in Valencia.

ABOVE: The formal dining room is home to a full-size mural depicting a scenic Italian scape. left: An antiqued robin-egg blue side table is just a sampling of the variety of aesthetics found in the Navas home. The combination of formal, rustic, chic (And shabby!) and eclectic makes the home livable, comfortable and welcoming.

Thankfully, the generously-sized Mediterranean home, which spans approximately 6,300 square feet, is large enough to accommodate both family members and their full schedules. Though the space is divided between the upstairs portion of primary living space and the downstairs apartment, each segment is more than serviceable (The apartment even has a separate entrance!) for the entire family and also includes a gourmet kitchen, formal dining room, sitting room, home office and more.

ABOVE: Rustic frames encasing treasured family photos are partnered with a dramatic gold-guilded mirror. The contrast is a visual declaration of how this home is a study in balance. RIGHT: A jaw-dropping velvet eggplant couch is made even more stunning with the addition of burnt-velvet floral inset pieces that show that love really is in the details.

True to the home's architecture, the Old World feel of Tuscany and traditional Mediterranean are prevalent in the decor of the space, as well. Solid woods and art that gives a favored nod to the past abound. Venetian plastered walls; aged ceilings; rich shades of gold, chocolate, purple, moss and copper; ornate tooled metal work; heavily-textured fabrics and even the occasional cherub all lend a sense of romance, history and permanence to the edifice. Playful additions acquired on travels; fun fabrics; whimsical animal touches; and popping pillows keep the space comfortable and welcoming.

LEFT: A shimmering iridescent teal curtain and coordinating window seat plays with the beautiful blues in the pillows perched on the crushed-velour couch. A large portrait of Priscilla Navas, the namesake of her mother's business, looks over the space used as an office. INSET: The commanding four-poster bed is made more so, thanks to custom bedding and sparkling chandelier. BELOW: The tufted bed in the guest bedroom is covered with layers upon layers of woven blankets and topped with a foxy pillow and bold bursts of color.

Yet the property, like most things in Santa Clarita, is anything but ancient. In fact, the couple has managed to create the appearance of a lifetime's worth of details in less than two decades.
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