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.

Los Angeles Times - - HOME & DESIGN - — Lisa Boone

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.”

Warm woods

“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.”

Bold brass

“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.

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