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House with Comfort and Elegance

A home by the bay relaxes with easygoing style

Written by Candace Ord Manroe
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    Architectural designer; landscape designer: Virgil W. McDowell, Virgil W. McDowell Inc., 15304 Sunset Blvd., Suite 202, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272; 310/459-8838, virgilmcdowell.com.
    Contractor: Lars-Erik Ljungh Builder, 332 Monte Vista, Costa Mesa, CA 92627; 949/375-4900 and 949/650-5333./p>

    Siding: color achieved through natural aging.
    Trim paint: custom.
    Door paint ("Black Blue" #95): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com.
    Lighting: Charles Edwards, charlesedwards.com.
    Topiaries: Roger's Gardens, 800/647-2356, rogersgardens.com.

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    Sofa; chairs by fireplace: custom.
    Toile fabric: Old World Weavers, 212/355-7186.
    Coffee table: Chao's Chinese Antiques, 888/771-5877, chaosantiques.com.
    Yellow chair (custom): Virgil W. McDowell Inc., 310/459-8838.
    Chair fabric: discontinued.
    Bench; bench fabric; painting; antique chest: owner's collection.
    Mirror over chest: antiqued mirrors, antiquedmirrors.com.
    Bookcase lights (by Visual Comfort & Co.): through Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.
    Wall paint ("Adam's Gold" #HC-18): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.
    Ceiling and trim paint: custom.
    Sisal rug: International Flooring, 310/859-0044.
    Flowers: French Buckets, 800/652-9551, frenchbuckets.com.

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    Table (owner's collection): refininshed by Virgil W. McDowell Inc., 310/459-8838.
    Slipcovered chairs: owner's collection.
    Chandeliers (hanging coach lamps): Charles Edwards, 011 44 207 736 8490, charlesedwards.com.
    Hutch: Big Daddy's Antiques, bdantiques.com.
    Glassware ("Graham"); flatware ("Black Bamboo"): Juliska, 888/414-8448, juliska.com.
    Plates: Vietri, 919/245-4180, vietri.com.
    Windows: design by Virgil W. McDowell, 310/459-8838.
    Wall paint ("Adam's Gold" #HC-18): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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    Countertops: Calacatta marble.
    Cabinetry (custom): designed by Virgil W. McDowell, 310/459-8838.
    Fabrication: R&S Construction, 325/949-6663, and Lars-Erik Ljungh, 949/375-4900.
    Sink: Blanco America Inc., 800/451-5782, blancoamerica.com.
    Faucet: Rohl, 800/777-9762, rohlhome.com.
    Range: Viking, 888/845-4641, vikingrange.com.
    Mirror above range: antique.
    Bar stools and fabric (custom); hutch (custom): Virgil W. McDowell, 310/459-8838.
    Fruit pedestal: Zinc Café, 949/719-9462, zinccafe.com.
    Cake stand: Anthropologie, 800/309-2500, anthropologie.com.
    Paint: custom.
    Flooring: walnut.
    Backsplash: white subway tile.

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    Bed ("Willa"): Oly, 775/336-2100, olystudio.com.
    Bedding and throw pillows: Frette, 212/988-5221, frette.com.
    Antique fabric pillow: owner's collection.
    Area rug: International Flooring, 310/859-0044.
    Lamps: Big Daddy Antiques, bdantiques.com.
    Left nightstand; antique chest: Chao's Chinese Antiques, 888/771-5877, chaosantiques.com.
    Right nightstand; painting (by Ellen Small): owner's collection.
    Wall paint ("Woodlawn Blue" #HC-147): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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    Upholstered sofa: owner's collection.
    Ottoman (custom): design by Virgil W. McDowell Inc., 310/459-8838.
    Side chairs at window: Charles Fradin Furniture, 323/930-1057, charlesfradinfurniture.com.
    Chair fabric: Old World Weavers, 212/355-7186.
    Pillows on side chairs: Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563.

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    Faucets ("Town," by Michael S Smith): Kallista, 888/452-5547, kallista.com.
    Sinks: original to house.
    Cabinetry: design and fabrication by Virgil W. McDowell, 310/459-8838.
    Vanity countertop: Carrara marble.
    Sconce: Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323.

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    Wing chair: design and fabrication by Virgil W. McDowell, 310/459-8838.
    Chair fabric: Rogers & Goffigon, 203/532-8068.
    Area rug; footstool; upholstered bench: owner's collection.
    Chest: Chao's Chinese Antiques, 888/771-5877.
    Lamps: Les Interieurs, 949/650-7603.
    Sconces (by Visual Comfort & Co.): through Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.
    Wall paint on wood paneling and trim paint ("Abingdon Putty" #HC-99); ceiling paint ("Lancaster Whitewash" #HC-174): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667.

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