Beach House: Coastal & European Design Mix
January 24, 2014
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KARYN MILLET
Sometimes a house defies labels, as seems to be the case with the Newport Beach residence of Julie and Darrick Walker. “It has an elegant coastal style with European overtones,” says landscape designer Molly Wood, who collaborated on the project with architect Cynthia Childs and designers Erin Curci and Erin Flinn. “The house looks like it’s always been there, yet it has modern elements,” says Childs, while Flinn notes that it feels “casual yet elegant, beautiful but realistic.” Builder Neil Longman would describe the resi- dence as having “a beachy feel mixed with rustic elements.” While the house might have its contradictions, they all fit seamlessly together.
The structure, which sits comfortably on a tight 45-by-93-foot lot, was designed to maximize outdoor living. On one side of the front entry, which is flanked by two olive trees, Wood created a seating area by installing a built-in banquette and a fire pit, and the designers added three Kingsley- Bate resin wicker chairs. On the opposite side, Wood centered a birdbath on picturesque bluestone step stones. “It’s decadent to use that much Orange County real estate just for beauty, but it was worth it,” she says.
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