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Houzz Tour: A Home Inspired Life and by Art at Los Angeles

Clean lines and simple fabric options drove Emily Jagoda’s renovation of Barbara and Ian Robertson’s classic Santa Monica beach house. Past remodels had flipped this early 20th-century home into something of a Spanish-villa hodgepodge. Jagoda eliminated surplus architectural ornamentation and flair to create a home that will reflect this creative couple really uses the distance.

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Upon going into the downstairs living area, there’s an instantaneous feeling of being at a gallery. Stark white walls and concrete-topped floors provide the perfect minimum backdrop for those customers’ collection of artwork and special furnishings.

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This house does with furnishings and art what many aspire to do with clothing. It manages to use bold statement pieces while maintaining an overall simplicity.

“The spaces are easy but focused on the best light and ease of using the distance,” states Jagoda. There’s just enough panache from the layout to engage without overwhelming the viewer.

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A massive bit by Elizabeth Peyton grounds the room.

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By this time, it is clear that colors of bold vibrant red make several appearances throughout the residence. The interjections provide a vibrant accent to an otherwise muted palette and create a sense of cohesion among the spaces.

“This started with the set of paintings that Barbara was working on at the moment, which you see hanging in a variety of places through the house,” notes Jagoda. “The red wall is painted with the same paint, which is a high-gloss house paint.” By painting a blank room divider, more art is instantly generated.

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The bedroom is located opposite the storage wall that is red. The house’s natural glow seems especially strong in this bedroom, and it is no accident. “I appreciate mild and distance over any other thing,” states Jagoda. “If a building has fine space and fantastic light, you’ve got it made.”

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Moving into the master bedroom, a line drawing from contractor Barabara Robertson hangs opposite French doors, which open onto a master balcony …

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… perfectly oriented to the west, welcoming from the afternoon sunlight and cool Pacific breezes.

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Birch plywood floors in the master bedroom and throughout the next narrative do a fantastic job of lightening the area. Here, the flooring creates the ideal setting for the seating area of the master bedroom.

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Such as the upstairs master bedroom, the west walls of the home has French doors that open onto the patio and courtyard, inviting a smooth transition from indoors to out.

“I’m highly interested in areas with a strong relationship to the particular site and actual usable outdoor spaces,” Jagoda states. “These are inclined to be somewhat ambiguous in their definition, and that I really like this porch for it. It has a floor at the same elevation as the main interior space and a ceiling and glass walls, but it’s open to the pool and lawn.”

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As the home resides on the Coast Highway, outdoor living is very much oriented towards the courtyard and shore.

Giant sliding barn doors in the end of the courtyard and pool area open onto the shore, creating easy accessibility and a direct view from the living room through the pool area and out to the ocean. Jagoda likes how it transforms the standard notion of a personal courtyard into more of a public room, blurring indoors and outdoors more.

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Even though most of the renovation happened in phases, the kitchen was done in an all-out sprint. The entire project took just two weeks from concept to installation — the speediest Jagoda has done.

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The kitchen’s layout was preserved and cupboards were replaced with ones from IKEA. For efficiency, all reduced cabinets were converted to drawers.

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Off the kitchen and linking to the living room is the dining room– another illustration of standout pieces in a minimum setting. Much like the rest of the house, the room is full of ample amounts of natural light thanks to lots of airy and glass details.

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Another glance of red on the canvas draws the eye from the dining room back into the primary living room.

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“This project reflects the core values of my firm in a few ways,” states Jagoda. “I am a massive believer in collaboration. I need more than anything for your own layout to react to the way people live in and use the area, and for the project to have their personality embedded into the personality of the house.”

Throughout a longstanding relationship and unspoken comprehension of her customers, Jagoda was able to strip this shore house in Los Angeles to its essentials to showcase the personality and pieces of the creative couple who live here.

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