As part of an indoor-outdoor renovation conceived by architect , "exterior designer" created a front courtyard with lush vegetation and a small koi pond that runs beneath a step of absolute-black granite.
Behind the glass front door, interior designer Susan Young installed a pair of custom chinoiserie room dividers and a Light Drizzle chandelier from Ochre. The lounge area (adjacent to the living and dining rooms) features Grande Soleil chairs by and a mirrored coffee table from (the small demilune table under the octagonal antique mirror is by ).
Since the clients "aren't afraid of color," says Joyce, designer Susan Young added a patterned rug of her own creation, a suite of related paintings by and a pair of reproduction X-legged St. Regis stools from . The Cosmopolitan sectional from embraces a cocktail table; the shield-back chair is by .
For the dining room, designer Susan Young placed Normandy chairs from around a Tuscan table. Foscarini's Caboche chandelier, by Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto, is available through .
The new backyard is open to the kitchen/bar, dining area and living room. The wall at far right shelters a private garden off the master bedroom.
In the kitchen, Susan Young designed all-new cabinetry. Countertops are Carrara marble; deco-style pendant lights are by Doyle Crosby for .
Polone planted a 35-year-old olive tree in the yard but kept other flora to a minimum to avoid blocking the city and ocean views. One favored perch for taking in the scenery is the round Orbit daybed from , with its inviting red pillows.
The master bath, with its sculptural Spoon tub from , looks out onto a curtain of bamboo.
The master bedroom features a custom rug and orange grass-cloth walls; a Cleo Tufted side chair and two Marston benches, all from ; and a pair of custom mirrors (one shown).
A vintage mirrored console and the mirror above it reflect wallpaper.
The house had been a simple, traditional cottage with a gabled front and an open courtyard. To modernize it, Scott Joyce added right angles and covered the building in stucco. He also raised the wall to create more privacy and give the house more substance. White slab steps add a sense of occasion to any arrival.
Self-proclaimed exterior designer Tory Polone designed the dramatic front doors using metal-framed ipe, a sustainable Brazilian hardwood; their handles, of hand-hammered steel, were fabricated by Berbere Imports. Polone left the handles uncoated, she says, so they would soon have a weathered patina.
For the new rear deck, Polone chose tumbled travertine tiles, which are animated by shadows of the cagelike club chairs from . The infinity-edge pool, which replaced one that came with the house, is on the roof of a below-grade rec room added by Joyce.
Interior designer Susan Young (a longtime friend of the wife's family) introduced sophisticated combinations of patterns and textures. On a rug that she designed (fabricated by the ), a whimsical St. Simone chair by upholstered in a fabric becomes an objet d'art.
The front courtyard is now a private sculpture garden. The "water feature" serves as a pond for koi and a setting for a bronze sculpture by Beatrice de Roissier that Polone purchased at Brueton, the Los Angeles showroom, and turned into a fountain. The glass front door to the house is the kind used in commercial buildings. From here you can see through the house and yard all the way to the horizon.
An Otto barstool from , upholstered in brown leather, slips under the kitchen island, which is made of white Carrara marble.