No one ever said living in California was tough; but combine the breezy lifestyle of the west coast, the thoughtfulness of architect William Hefner and the finesse of his decorator wife Kazuko and you have a heavenly scenario.
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A pair of Robsjohn Gibbings chairs flank an antique limestone fireplace. 1960′s acrylic chair occupies the bay window.
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In the kitchen, American white oak cabinetry with a semi-transparent stain is accented by Calacotta gold marble counter tops.
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In the front garden, lavender surrounds a limestone-capped fountain with water lilies. A faux bois bench. Plant materials include acacia baileyana and olive trees.
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A view from the guest bedroom looking toward the garden.
We recently caught up with William at his Hancock Park home to hear more about his creative process, his body of work and get a tour of his own California home.
Together, William and Kazuko make up Los Angeles based Studio William Hefner, offering clients a fully-integrated design practice with expertise in architecture, interior design and landscape design. Bridging the gap between these areas makes for a unique designing experience. “My process is different from other architects,” said William. “A lot of times from an architect’s point of view you fall in love with how a plan is looking on the outside and then you sort of cram everything else into that shape because that’s what you’ve decided looks right. With the homes we work on, I start the design process on the inside.” By starting with the interior, William creates intentional living situations based on how clients aspire to live. Once these foundations are established landscape and architecture plans are built around them. One item on the wish list of many SWH’s clients is to have the perfect party house, but William cautions clients not go overboard. “We tell clients, ‘don’t design a house big enough to have a party for 100 because you’d be miserable living in that house.’ So what we do is design the outdoor spaces so that it can be the space that gives you the capacity to entertain.” Not only does this increase living space, but also creates great views from the interior of the home.
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