DETAILS THAT DO MORE: TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT HOUSE OF WINDSOR

by Marisa Marcantonio

After visiting the Veranda sponsored House of Windsor showhouse while in LA recently, I got to see decorative details and architectural aspects up close that my initial showhouse post images were not able to convey. One of the reasons I love this showhouse is because the architectural details are beautifully executed. After seeing several showhouses in newly constructed modern apartment buildings recently, the classical details Windsor used feel much warmer and more to my taste.

Double height ceilings and high mahogany doors create the feeling of being in a french chateau.

The center hall, with a grey painted chair rail, runs straight through the house from the front door to the back. Rooms are accessed off this hall, done in a limestone and marble diamond pattern with a wide border.

A marble surround makes a place to hang plates and platters stand out. Wainscotting painted grey makes the back pop, adding a nice contrast to the white china. Wide reclaimed oak floorboards give the kitchen a "been there forever" look.

Windsor took an old cabinet and built it into the wall. The cabinet fits a washer and dryer below with practical shelving above.

The bath that connects the children's room and the nursery has inexpensive materials mixed with Ikea sinks and pull out baskets for laundry. This way of using space creatively and functionally is what makes a good showhouse room really stand out.

Old and new materials came together throughout the house. Here, old wood beams define the ceiling, the contrast and pattern make it more interesting.

In the nursery, built in book cases surround a double door closet. The wallpaper backed shelves are a great way to add color and take advantage of every surface.

THE HOUSE THAT WINDSOR BUILT

by Marisa Marcantonio

The gracious wide entry with marble diamond pattern floors and hanging lanterns in a classical style

I missed the first ever Veranda House of Windsor in LA recently. Los Angeles - based interior designer/architect/renaissance woman Windsor Smith recently built an 8,000 square foot home on an acre of land with ground up construction. It became a showhouse and is now on the market. Working in tandem with other designers to create a home that reflected the best in California casual yet elegant living, the spaces embraced indoor outdoor living with a stable and landscaping by Inner Gardens. Interior designers Candace Barnes, Stephen Block, Peter Dunham, Richard Hallberg, Kathryn M. Ireland, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Paul Robbins, Richard Shapiro, and Tara Shaw joined Windsor to execute this vision. Presented by Veranda Magazine, the home, in Brentwood's Mandeville Canyon, was a show place for the way people live today. The result was an East coast Georgian home laid out graciously, to take advantage of West coast weather and lifestyle. I wish I had been there to see in person, alas, I can't be everywhere at once!

MEDIA ROOM BY MARTYN LAWRENCE BULLARD

MLB kicked it up a notch with kelly green accents, a Rug Company Alpaca rug, Benjamin Moore paint, Paul Evans sky scraper furniture and custom apple green lacquer tables and club chairs.

He included his Marjorelle fabric, DeSade sofas, and artwork by Guido Modofico, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst.

RICHARD SHAPIRO'S LIVING ROOM

Antique dealer extraordinaire combined elaborate gilt antiques and interesting accessories.

CANDACE BARNES DRESSING ROOM

A serene palette was enhanced with a marble bust and zebra rug

WINDSOR SMITH'S KITCHEN

No one does a kitchen for living quite like Windsor does. She took me on a walk through of the space when it was in construction and the result is unreal. Open shelving allows for easy access and a farm sink with a marble apron is a lush touch. Painted grey mill work maintain the sophisticated tone.

BEDROOM BY PETER DUNHAM

A mix of ethnic patterns at the window and floral bed hangings create a romantic retreat. The palest coral pink walls are a great hue to wake up to.

Long panel curtains echo the roman shades across the room. A global printed fabric as a slip cover on a comfy chair makes for a relaxed spot.

Catch up on correspondence in the office at a kelly green desk and his How to Marry a Millionaire raffia chair work well together, and pop against the richly patterned walls.

RICHARD HALLBERG

In the dining room, a library and eating area converge. Round tables are a great way to facilitate conversation and can double as a display area for books when not in use.

KATHRYN M. IRELAND STABLE

Mandeville Canyon is horse country for LA dwellers

Is that horse wearing a blanket made from Ireland fabric? Natch!

A cozy spot to kick off your boots and relax

Her tack room meets sitting room has the right amount of vintage pieces to feel worn in and totally un fussy

Photos courtesy of Veranda
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