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MADE BY THE MA­SON MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ING Com­pany from 1930 to the mid-1940s, Cal­i­for­nia Mon­terey fur­ni­ture’s pop­u­lar­ity flamed out by the mid­dle of the 20th cen­tury, as the zenith for sleeker forms took root—but the ro­mance and in­trigue of the re­gion’s pi­o­neer his­tory never has. As a nod to The Alisal’s cow­boy ori­gins, and to the Mis­sion build­ings that dot the sur­round­ing hills of Santa Bar­bara County, Turner worked with a sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Cal­i­for­nia fur­ni­ture maker to de­sign cus­tom case goods and built-in cabi­netry in­spired by orig­i­nal Cal­i­for­nia Mon­terey pieces. Here, four hall­marks of this sig­na­ture Golden State style.

❶ DIS­TRESSED ALDER WOOD CON­STRUC­TION: This hard­wood is soft enough to take an an­tique fin­ish eas­ily, which Turner created with a drum sander. Alder also ab­sorbs stain well, al­low­ing for an even col­oration.


FIN­ISH: Orig­i­nal Mon­terey pieces fea­ture an “old wood” stain that was rubbed with rotten stone for a “dusty” fin­ish. For a more per­ma­nent means of achiev­ing the same ef­fect, Turner ap­plied a cus­tom glaze that re-cre­ates the chalky look.


HARD­WARE: The hinges, drawer pulls, and strap­ping de­tails like those seen on this “key­hole” bed are made by hand over a ham­mer forge and anvil and evoke de­tails found in Span­ish colo­nial ar­chi­tec­ture.


CURVES: Orig­i­nal Mon­terey pieces fea­tured el­e­ments from ranch life, in­clud­ing a horse­shoe brand (and the name Mon­terey). Turner in­cor­po­rated a pop­u­lar 1930s mo­tif, the “river of life” curve, into the shape of the head­boards, foot­boards, and bed­side ta­bles.

The Alisal’s il­lu­sory slow­ing of time, pro­duced in part by the ab­sence of tele­vi­sions and re­li­able cell ser­vice, paves the way for real rest, recre­ation, and re­con­nec­tion with fam­ily and friends—some­thing Turner sought to fur­ther fa­cil­i­tate with his redesign. In the cot­tage’s liv­ing room, once a cav­ernous area that lacked an invit­ing fo­cal point, he created dis­tinct gath­er­ing spa­ces cen­tered on a newly clad stone fire­place. Thanks to its com­fort­ing heft and the rest of the room’s beefed-up cozy tex­tures, it’s im­pos­si­ble not to linger a lit­tle longer over vin­tage board games Turner stocked on the shelves or a bor­rowed book from The Alisal’s li­brary. No longer just a guest room on the ranch, the Turner House feels like a true home away from home for the next wave of The Alisal fam­i­lies. “They’ll just have to find a way to add to the story,” says Turner.

AU­THEN­TIC RE­PRO­DUC­TIONS Com­plete with or­nately de­tailed feet in an oil-rubbed bronze fin­ish, the dou­ble-slip­per, cast-iron tub from Sig­na­ture Hard­ware is a nod to the ranch’s 19th-cen­tury ori­gins. To re-cre­ate the look of old-world terra-cotta, Turner used unglazed tile in earthy reds from Cal­i­for­nia-based Daltile.

The Alisal of­fers lessons and trail rides for all lev­els of rid­ers.

CAL­I­FOR­NIA COL­LECTIBLES For a “dec­o­rated over time” look, Turner ac­ces­sorized the guest cot­tage with old gold rush maps, an­tique ar­row­heads, and vin­tage Na­tive Amer­i­can ta­pes­tries. “You can get a sense of the his­tory by what hangs on the walls,” he says.

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