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A PEACEFUL PARADISE IN CARMEL VALLEY

If you are an architectural enthusiast then the exterior of this modern glass house in Carmel Valley may remind me you of Philip Johnson’s Glass House house in Connecticut, which was actually inspired by the Farnsworth House in Illinois designed by architect Mies van der Rohe. However, this particular glass home in Carmel Valley was designed by Studio Schicketanz and is located in the upscale Tehama development. Tehama was the brainchild of Clint Eastwood, actor and former Mayor and City Councilperson of Carmel-By-the-Sea, California that is comprised of approximately 2,000 acres of land that he began purchasing over 30 years ago. This gated community consists of only 90 lots and a private golf course with membership “by invitation only”. Luckily, much of the land has been preserved in order to maintain the majestic scenery and vast open space ideally located just a few miles from the ocean. It looks like a peaceful paradise to call home.

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On a side note: One of my first posts was inspired by the homes in Carmel. If you missed it, then you must check it out here. 

The Malibu Home designed by Scott Mitchell Studio and Denise Kuriger

I was thrilled to read on Interior Designer Denise Kuriger’s Instagram that EST Magazine recently published pictures of the home she designed along with architects Scott Mitchell Studio in Malibu, California. This Malibu, Calfornia property is one of my favorites and if it looks familiar it may be because: (1) I previously visited the home and shared aspects of it here, here and here; or (2) you may have seen it highlighted in Nocturnal Animals, the film written and directed by Tom Ford that was released last year. I never get enough of this beautiful home and I am glad to see there are some additional photos in the magazine that I haven’t shared before. Let me lead you on a proper tour…follow me, please.

As you pull off Pacific Coast Highway, the driveway curves and you enter the property through this main entrance. The focal point of this area is a stunning waterfall feature straight ahead. denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 13 Take a right at the waterfall and go down a couple of stairs to reach the front door. rappaport malibu home denise kuriger scott mitchell studioA large entry table greets you as you enter the main entrance to the home.  denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 1This is another view of the entry table as you continue to walk into the home. When I was at the property this table was set up with the most wonderful sweet champagne to greet guests as they arrived and held goodie bags for people to take as they departed. The opening in the wall to the left is the expansive kitchen. We’ll get to that in a minute…
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Continue straight and you enter a comfortable seating area. I was intrigued at how the television was suspended from the ceiling by a custom metal bracket. There is a patio area immediately outside to the right of the photo and a dining area to the left of the photo.  denise-kuriger-design-malibu-houseThe dining area has seating to accommodate 10, but this particular area doesn’t feel as grand as many of the other spaces in the house and it isn’t its own dedicated room. It’s a space tucked between the corridor that runs the length of the home and the adjacent seating area. At the event I attended, the dining table was actually used as tasting area to try various Italian cheeses.denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 4The large kitchen is situated directly across from the dining area. To give you a better perspective of its location, the picture above is taken from the entrance into the kitchen.  denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 3Let’s go back to that entry table (photo 3). This time, take a right and you will enter into the main living room of the home. The windows on the left look out onto beautiful exterior views. The windows to the right look out onto the garden areas facing the driveway. denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 6The house is very linear and in the main areas you pass through one room to get to the next. One of the wonderful things about the design of the house is that it takes full advantage of the views so there are lots of windows to frame the beautiful yard, gorgeous pool, and the Pacific Ocean beyond. I highlighted those areas this post.denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 7If you continue walking straight ahead you will ultimately head into the master bedroom suite. The bed faces the garden and ocean and I can imagine what a wonderful feeling it would be to wake up to such stunning views. Walk through the doorway to the right of the fireplace and you enter the master bathroom.
denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 11I love a great bathroom so naturally, this master bathroom was one of my favorite rooms of the house. The deep soaking tub, fabulous shower and a vanity that goes on for miles are wonderful features of the space. The shower, just behind the tub, is as large as a room and walk in closets are accessible from the bathroom through the doors on the right beyond the expansive vanity.
denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 10Let’s venture downstairs now, shall we? Watch your step! Take a right at the bottom of the stairs and you enter the media lounge. Take a left and you enter the game room. The gallery of artwork you see on the wall are actually frames albums in the game room.
scott mitchell studio malibu houseThis is another view of the game room. This room has everything you need for a fun time entertaining a group of friends: pool table, chess table, bar, refrigerator, and wine chillers. Another fun thing about this room was looking at all the sports memorabilia and personal photographs on the bookshelves in this space. To the far left of the picture off a short hallway is a powder room.

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denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 8Venture outside and you will find some beautiful spots tucked away, including this intimate seating area next to one of two fireplaces located outdoors. denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 12This is the backside of the house facing the yard, pool, and ocean. The patio is a great area for entertaining.
denise-kuriger-design-malibu-house 9There you have it, another look inside the beautiful Malibu home photographed by Steve Shaw. Hopefully, I was a great tour guide and you loved your virtual visit to this beautiful Malibu home. Tips $$$ not required, but always appreciated…ha!

Photos via Est Magazine, Denise Kuriger, and Scott Mitchell Studio.