Tell us a bit about your most recent project, the Topanga House. What were the client’s “must-haves”?
The house had been renovated a few times over the years, including some additions to the original small cabin, making it feel a bit disjointed. The client brought me in primarily to update the kitchen and bathroom, and find a way to make the space feel more uniform and complete. Her must haves included a new kitchen, with more light and natural materials, [and the inclusion of] sustainable, environmentally-conscious materials where possible.
The interior is quite pared back, yet full of warmth and texture. What drew you to materials with a patina?
It’s very much a handmade cabin in the woods, and I wanted to embrace this part of its identity and strip the space back as much as possible. We selected materials that showed the work of the hand, and really leaned into a mix of wood and woodwork to highlight the original structure where possible. We unified interior architectural details and kept with a very disciplined palette so that the textures of the space provided the visual landscape. The addition of the oak millwork, all built by EBJoinery, elevated the space by adding a slightly more refined finish to the wood in the house while still maintaining the look of the handmade. Each piece is built by hand, veneered by hand, nothing is ordered ready-made, and you can really see it in the details of the work.