This oceanfront Santa Monica pied-a-terre is the home away from home for an American family living mainly in Paris. The original apartment layout was dense and dark, with several rooms extending back from the ocean view. In the course of renovation, the unit was totally opened up into a loft-like space. Even the kitchen at the rear of the building now has light and air and a beautiful ocean view.
A gently curving wall separates the public from the private areas of the house. It is also the main organizing element of the plan, suggesting literally and figuratively a path to the sea. The interior palette has clean and relaxing pastel colors – blues, greens, violets – the changing colors of the sea. It is the ideal atmosphere for a vacation home in Southern California.