Visiting California in 2016 was one of the absolute best moments of last year. There was something about the sun, the air, and the ocean that made every moment seem radiant somehow. I kept thinking to myself, I wonder what it would be like to wake up here every morning, with the sound of the waves crashing, and the sea air always present? I'd look at the beautiful homes overlooking the cliffs from Malibu to Rancho Palos Verdes and dream of my enviable future beach house.
Well, if Ryan Murphy would like to hand me the keys to his Laguna Beach compound, I'd be willing to move a little further south than I would have originally planned. Profiled in the February issue of AD, this home hit me like a ton of bricks. It's more modern than I typically care for, and more masculine, but damn if I don't want it anyway!
The compound is a visual dream, originally two homes renovated into one by Mark Singer, with interior design by Cliff Fong and Ryan Murphy, and landscape design by Bridget Hedison. Every detail of the home has been selected to create the ultimate retreat. Murphy describes the space to AD as the embodiment of his fantasy of California.
A "NOW" text sculpture by (California artist) Doug Aitken hangs proudly in the living room.
A clean, industrial influenced kitchen is softened by marble countertops and open shelving.
A serene bedroom benefits from sparse design, to let the view framed by floor to ceiling windows shine through.
The outdoor spaces scream for you to spend the entire day outside, swimming in the pool and basking in the sun. Multiple outdoor seating areas practically beg you to day drink.
Such a luxury to be able to open your home and really live indoor/outdoor. It's a luxury that I think is best executed in California. What do you think? Could you make the move? Which beach would you pick?
Images // Architectural Digest