Home Tour: Kim Kardashian’s Lawyer’s Vacation Home

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

Extended through the garden with the new pool, a metal pergola and bamboo pole. The latter houses a table with wooden benches custom designed by Vanessa Alexander’s team. It is the ideal place for dinners with friends on long summer evenings. Mediterranean-style vegetation grows in the middle of the centuries-old oaks. © Amy Neunsinger

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

Left: large and bright, the living room reveals a white sofa (Stahl + Band). The latter is upholstered with cushions (Romo) and others custom-made with old fabrics. Two vintage rattan armchairs with sheepskin and two wooden and leather armchairs around the coffee table (Amber Interiors). The latter rests on a mat of vegetable fibers (Armadillo). Right: Around the Swedish rattan armchair covered in sheepskin, a small ottoman dressed in vintage fabric. We find another ceramic and leather vase with vegetation. On the wall is a photo of the American artist William Helburn. Natural fiber rug. © Amy Neunsinger

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.

Left: Nature, with beautiful bouquets of branches, reigns in the dining room. A built-in bench in white wood, custom-made by Alexander Design, accommodates a seat in blond leather (Edelman Leather). Around the wooden table, two chairs (Stahl + Band) covered with a fabric (Aiden). The handmade lamp suspended from the ceiling is original. Right: simple and clear, the kitchen. The latter, custom-made by Alexander Design, combines shelves and a blond wood worktop. There are white facades and double gold fittings (Waterworks). As in almost every room there is a beautiful vase with some greenery. © Amy Neunsinger

“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.

Left: In Alexander Design’s custom bathroom, the white of the free-standing bath (Watersystems) flirts with the wood of the parquet. And harmonizes with the brass of the fittings (Waterworks). At the vintage Turkish carpet, a wooden stool (Vintage Swedish). Bath towels (Matteo). Right: the shower cubicle shows slight zelliges. It is insulated from the bath by a brass and fluted glass wall designed by Alexander Design and custom-made (Cooper Reynolds Gross). Unlacquered brass fittings (Waterworks). © Amy Neunsinger

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.

With its facades clad in dark wood and its roof covered with dark tiles, it blends into the decor. The garden, planted in a Mediterranean atmosphere, forms the link between the house and the swimming pool with its wooden and concrete decks. There are sunbeds (Team) on either side of the pool. The latter are dressed with fabric (Sunbrella) that is ultra-resistant to bad weather and the sun. The surfboard hides an outdoor shower (Beach Boards). © Amy Neunsinger

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.

A vintage Indian throw, a vintage Oushak rug, a sheepskin… The materials are gently mixed in the master bedroom. The bed in wood and leather (Amber Interiors) is framed by two bedside tables in wood and marble. There are also two swivel arm wall lamps (Circa). © Amy Neunsinger

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