A California native, Barclay wanted to avoid a typical California beach-house style for his ’50s ranch house—“typical” being the red-flag word. Though he used such beachy elements as nautical prints, seashells and coral, grass-cloth wall coverings, and sisal rugs, they serve an auxiliary, not primary, role and thus avoid cliché. Instead of kowtowing to the location, Barclay acknowledged it, then let his natural inclinations do the decorating.
British Colonial style is sustained in the living room with a mahogany console table. Barclay designed the glass lamps to allow a change of contents.
Console (Island Collection): Lauren by Ralph Lauren, available at select stores.
Glass lamps on console: Barclay Butera Home, 310/223-1500, trade only.