pool’s broad patio.
A contemporary lift
Throughout the interiors, Ferguson designed elements with a nod to old-fashioned Mediterranean-style houses but with a decidedly contemporary lift, all the while keeping a firm hand on proportion, scale and details. There are simple limestone surrounds on doors and archways. The living room has a peaked, beamed ceiling — but the wood is oak, not the pecky cypress one might expect.
A remarkable touch near the bottom of many walls are pierced grills, such as those used in 1920s Mediterranean-style homes for heat and ventilation. They are a fully functional part of the home’s air-conditioning system.
Williams, meanwhile, kept the interiors light and airy, with Venetian plaster walls, restrained cabinetry and an eclectic mix of furniture and decorative accessories for a look that nods at the traditional without being stuffy.
Leni, meanwhile, takes the last word: “I love this house. Peter tends to go overboard. But this house is the perfect size for the two of us,” she said. “I love it. It’s so pretty. It’s so light.”
A courtyard acts as a focal point near the guesthouse and the pool pavilion’s rear parking lot.
The pool pavilion is fronted by a pergola planted with bougainvillea.