Becoming one with nature and magnifying wood is the challenge that interior designer Vanessa Alexander takes up with flying colors for Hollywood star lawyer Laura Wasser. Visit this vacation home nestled among ancient California oak trees. Shopping for keys!
Oh, promised land
In order to escape with her two boys for the weekend, far from her hectic pace of life, Laura Wasser, a family law lawyer, wanted to stay closer to nature. An hour and a half north of Los Angeles, the California spa town of Ojai, known for its bohemian lifestyle, orange groves, vineyards and majestic mountain ranges, ticked all the boxes for its second home, a vacation home.
A holiday home in community with nature
All the wood, a house located in a picturesque cul-de-sac in the middle of the trees, bathed in the sun’s rays, holds his attention. But it needed a major update to communicate with the outdoors, welcome light and completely renew for family life. Her accomplice, the architect and interior designer Vanessa Alexander, of the Alexander Design bureau in Los Angeles, is delighted to be able to make Laura’s dream come true.
“Of course, the agreement was made with the owner,” she explains. There was something clear about this achievement. The result is in harmony with the architecture of the building, while being modern and soft.” Without distorting the soul of the place too much, perfectly integrated into the wooded landscape, the rooms, previously cramped, dark and with limited circulation, have grown in size, opening outwards and towards the brightness of the sun.
A subtle transition between nature and architecture
Particular attention has been paid to the garden: the addition of a new swimming pool, an outdoor kitchen and living room and a vegetable garden. To get there, you stroll across terraces of different levels. As we pass, we admire the cozy table in the shade of the reeds. Their colors enter into a dialogue with the Mediterranean vegetation and provide a subtle transition between the architecture and the natural landscape.
A restful retreat
Inside, in contrast to the black exterior facades, the walls and parquet are deliberately light, in contrast to the dark window frames. Color accents and ethnic motifs give a touch of fantasy to this woody and immaculate decor. The original artisan lighting blends harmoniously with vintage objects, custom creations and contemporary furniture. With its raw materials, artisan pieces and luminous hues, this vacation home therefore has everything of a restful retreat.
Would you like to recreate the same ethnic and sunny atmosphere of Laura Wasser’s holiday home? We prefer raw and natural materials, we dare to use tribal patterns with the right size and we surround ourselves with authentic memories of travel. Inspiration.
‘Natural Organic’ sculpture in mahogany (W 13 x D 14 x H 22 cm), Ethnicraft, 154 euros.
Floor cushion ‘Lola’ in cotton and polyester, red (L 50 x D 50 x H 13 cm), Casa, 34.95 euros.
Linen cushion, mustard color (45 x 45 cm), HK Living, 29.95 euros.
Cotton cushion ‘Nill’, red (40 x 40 cm), Bloomingville, 39.90 euros.
Graphic sandstone vase, white and black (D 12.5 x H 21.5 cm), Bouchara, 34.99 euros.
Bamboo chair (L 64 x D 52 x H 88cm), Madam Stoltz, 243.75 euros.
Smooth ‘Oslo’ sheepskin, ivory white (60 x 90 cm), Port Maine on Westwing, 99 euros.
Stool ‘Argun’ in elm wood (D 48 x H 53 cm), Nordal, 176 euros.
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