California-Cool: Ojai House by HERE Design
Architecture & Interiors
One of the most photographed and talked about homes in the Greater Los Angeles area is right in the heart of Ojai. Developed by Los Angeles architect and interior designer Kate Svoboda-Spanbock of Here Design, the property was apparently a nightmare to work with from the very beginning, and not because of the clients! Long, narrow and sloping, the 1,600 square foot lot was studded with mature trees that could not be moved (not that anyone wanted to). Not to mention the fact that they were working with a limited budget; the property was one of the toughest Svoboda-Spanbock had ever seen.
Kate’s notes: “This house was designed for a long, narrow, sloping lot that was studded with protected trees. The house embraces the lot, integrating three courtyards, numerous surprising diagonal views and a 65′ front to back circulation pathway, all of which make the otherwise small house feel very large. The design celebrates the landscape, using joyful color and patterns and simple materials to bring the garden inside.”
We ADORE the chartreuse-painted interior window and door trim. Love the mix of traditional and modern furnishings. And not being afraid of adding those colorful and bold tiles in a modern home. See more on Kate’s firm HERE Design.