An Elegant Retreat in Malibu

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Photographer: Sandy Bredin
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An Elegant Retreat in Malibu
The house overlooks the Pacific; the landscape design is by Mia Lehrer + Assoc.
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Photographer: Simon Upton
The living room of a Malibu, California, house designed by and renovated by Oscar Shamamian of ; the custom-made sofas are covered in , the cocktail table is from , the Persian rug is antique, and the Continental neoclassical armchair came from the estate of Bill Blass.
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The living room’s antique mantel from is one of a pair, as are the Chinese bookcase from and the Spanish mirror; the George II library chairs, upholstered in a Jasper/paisley linen, are from the estate of Katharine Graham.
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A bust of Antonius Pius and a circa-1250 Cambodian mirror on an Empire marble table in the living room.
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In the dining room, 19th-century brass chandeliers hang from a walnut-plank ceiling above a custom-made oak table by ; the mahogany chairs are a mix of and , and the William and Mary linen chest is from the estate of Bill Blass.
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The breakfast room terrace looks onto an allée of olive trees.
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Vintage Japanese industrial lights above a kitchen island designed by ; the barstools are by , the range is by , and the sink fittings were designed by Smith for .
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The bed in one guest room was custom made from a pair of antique English mahogany bedposts; the mirrors are George I style, the rug is a Tabriz, and the lanterns were salvaged from the original house.
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In another guest room, the bed is by , the bench is from , and the rug is Persian.
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designed the lime-washed-oak paneling in the husband’s bathroom, which contains a sink vanity with baskets by Palecek; the cabinet is early-19th-century Chinese, the light fixtures are from , and the curtains are of a . The floor is inset with a circa-4th-century Byzantine mosaic.
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In the wife’s bathroom, a tub by has fittings by .
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The master bedroom’s German-silver four-poster by is topped with a canopy embroidered by ; the lacquer bedside chests are Japanese, and the reading lamps are by .

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An is propped atop one of the library’s ; the sofas are upholstered in a Rogers & Goffigon linen, the curtain fabric is by Jasper/, and the ceiling is paneled in walnut.
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The sunroom sofa is upholstered in a fabric by Smith for , the T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings stool is from , and the side table is by ; the painting is by Jean-Pierre Pincemin, and the mantel displays an antique Spanish door panel, Burmese wheel, and Cameroonian shields.
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The seaside loggia.
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The minimalist pool.
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This article was featured in the October 2009 issue.

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