Making sure the finer details add up in a big way
With an eye to materials, finishes and color, designer Bryan Wark highlights what makes Jamie Klasfeld’s house work so well.
Shades of white
“Every single wall in the house is white but a combination of different whites. Each was chosen based on the light of the room, a whisper of gray or a touch of pink. The house is so full of natural light that the walls change color depending on the time of day.”
“Jamie wanted the design to have an organic quality, to seamlessly integrate into its surroundings. The sense of indooroutdoor California living was really important to her. We selected rustic wideplank oak for the floors and hand-scraped Douglas fir for ceiling beams. The contrast of warm woods set against crisp white walls created balance and a serene setting for all of the furnishings.”
“Almost all of the plumbing fixtures and hardware are brass but finished differently. We used un-lacquered brass so some elements would patina over time and satin brass where we wanted the finish to remain static. It warms up the overall design.”
Contrasting black and white
“Contrasting black and white is prevalent throughout the home. Interior doors are tall Regency style and lacquered black. The exterior doors and windows are all custom-made out of steel and powder coated in black. With the expanse of white walls, I really like the way black creates definition in an open floor plan, delineating and punctuating space. It’s a timeless combination I never tire of using.”
A dazzling shot of blue
“I designed the kitchen around the tiles. I hate the term ‘bohemian chic’ but admit that cultural elements, whether Moroccan or East African, give a home an organic feel. If I had to call it something I’d call it Modern Moroccan. One of the reasons I love the house is it is unadorned with white walls and simple black window frames. That’s what makes the tiles stand out. It’s a pop of color that works.”
HOMEOWNER JAMIE KLASFELD, center, collaborated with contractor Dana Benson, left, and designer Bryan Wark, right.
HAND-SCRAPED white oak panels cover the refrigerator, right, in a chevron pattern.
MOROCCAN TILES were first spotted by Klasfeld in a magazine years earlier.
MOST PLUMBING FIXTURES, including in master bath, are brass.