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While the home is just a short distance away from the Pacific Ocean, it's also right next to a golf course. The updated landscape of their home complements the well-groomed course. The original exterior did not include any landscaping — no garden, no fence and no lawn. The cedar siding is an original feature of the home that Gail says is part of "the home's good bones."
Gail admits that with her busy lifestyle, she doesn't even make it into her living room some days, but when she does, it is to relax. Whether she and Richard are sitting by the fire or watching a movie, the room acts as a retreat space.
The tree in the corner was saved from a wildfire in Bonny Doon, California.
Couch: Restoration Hardware
As an interior designer, Gail says she often feels like a psychologist trying to blend her clients' personalities with the architecture of their home. She says, "My husband was my client when designing my home. I tried to use design elements appropriate to his personality and the architecture."
Collected seashells sit on the coffee table, which is one of Gail's original designs.
Gail wanted her decor to be elegant without being overly formal. Stacks of books are housed regularly on the dining table to give the formal room and furnishings a casual feel.
The table is an old English antique, and Gail designed the chairs.
The home's original floor plan was very traditional, with each room isolated and separated. When the couple remodeled the home, they struggled to find a way to open it up to create more socializing space. Gail says changing the original architecture "just didn't feel right," so instead they reoriented the kitchen, opening it up to allow space for an island and a seating area.
Bar stools: Pottery Barn
An oversize clock from an old building in Germany makes sure meals are always served on time. Gail found the clock in one of her favorite salvage shops in Sonoma, California.
Wall paint: Monroe Bisque, Benjamin Moore
Gail added wooden beams to give the low ceilings contrast and depth. A wood turner constructed the kitchen island legs. The countertops are soapstone, a material found in similar traditional Cape Cod architecture.
Gail chose a simple color palette for the interior, allowing the exterior to be the focal feature of the design. She says, "I wanted the outside to jump in." This corner seating nook in the kitchen is surrounded by windows, allowing for views of their beautiful landscaping.
Gail designed the table, which is made of an old fallen cypress tree from Santa Cruz, California.
The master bedroom color palette reflects Gail's desire to have a calm environment at home. "My house is a tranquil oasis," she says, "not where I need to be charged up and energized."
Gail designed the bed, and it's one of her favorite pieces in the home.
The red door and yellow chair enliven the front patio. When giving the exterior a face-lift, Gail reduced the number of the original columns blocking the views and enlarged their scale. She also washed the originally bright red brick siding with paint to give it a slightly worn look. Then she finished the look by replacing the window shutters with larger ones.
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