Location: Santa Monica, CA
Architect: Howard Backen, Backen & Backen Architecture
Contractor: MG Partners
Photography: Trevor Tondro, as seen in Architectural Digest
The space was specifically designed to feature Taslitz’s Let It Go sculpture, bringing outside art inside the house.
Mixed materials and fabrics create a neutral palette for the art and architecture to shine.
A custom-designed sofa anchors the space while the Good Vibes side table, with its negative space, lets the eye continue to the outdoors.
Great Room/Family Room:
Taslitz designed the built-in cabinetry on legs to let more light into the room. To achieve a view with greenery from the glass front door to the outside, she designed a steel box on beams, suspending a tree above the lower level garden. Old Leaf table in bronze juxtaposes an organic earthiness to the clean aesthetic.
Taslitz transforms a narrow, six-foot space outdoors to integrate with the great room. She designed teak and marble furniture to create Tea Garden, an intimate dining experience or contemplative place to reflect.
Great Room/Dining Area:
The room is designed to be part of the cooking in the kitchen while listening to the fountain by the pool. Centered in the mix, both casual and functional, the Breadwinner dining table playfully combines natural oak and bronze.
Tongue and groove oak cabinetry is echoed in a custom-designed bronze hood. Italian marble repeats at the island surround, waterfall, and walls, stretching up to the ceiling to highlight the scale of the architecture. The opening at the sink allows a view to the bar, gallery, and outdoors.
Taslitz designed the built-in sink, shelf, and mirror to seamlessly integrate and create an impressive monolith of gray stone. The blackened bronze and polished gold of Glow Time give the room a moodiness with gentle illumination. The Slick cabinet, seen in the reflection, matches the smoky blue lacquered wood wall.
By inviting the greenery of the private garden inside and keeping an open layout, the bedroom has a feeling of calm and Zen. Taslitz’s Meant To Be bedside cabinets flank the bespoke oak and shearling platform bed.
Steel and glass walls, which open to the lush garden on either side, and the slatted wood ceiling continuing from the bedroom, create a peaceful solarium. The built-in vanity that Taslitz designed is multifunctional, with drawers on one side and a bath ledge on the other.
The mix of textures and materials create interest in the open, airy space. Taslitz incorporated many custom-designed elements, including the brass handles and the oversized, brass-edged mirror and medicine cabinets. The stone sinks and countertop are made from Bianco Lasa marble to coordinate with the shower and vanity.
Upper Stair Landing:
To take in the view of the upper rose and herb garden, Taslitz imagined a floating desk off the staircase. Oak and leather work seamlessly with the neutral bones of the house. Taslitz’s bronze Eleanor Rigby Gets Connected brings whimsy and curve to offset the linear architecture.
Library and Terrace:
Luxurious fabrics, textures and materials in a warm, neutral palette make for an inviting space that opens to the outdoors. A sliding television is cleverly hidden along the door track. Taslitz’s Calm coffee table adds a dash of glimmer and strength to the subtle, sophisticated setting.
Taslitz designed the blackened steel fire pit to hide the neighboring home as well as offer heat to the lounge area. The Easy Does It coffee table, with its perforated brass and stainless steel, introduces new materials and complements the Goddess side tables that flank the sofa.