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Coastal Craftsman: our Orange County Idea House updates a classic style for modern living.

It has all the makings of a traditional Craftsman: a welcoming porch, bloom-covered arbors, shingle siding. But our Orange County Idea House adds a modern twist. In place of conventional Arts and Crafts details, the home has a bright, contemporary look and spaces designed for indoor-outdoor living.

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Located near San Juan Capistrano in the new village of Covenant Hills in Ladera Ranch, the house takes full advantage of its view and garden setting. Inspiration came from Pasadena's famous 1908 Gamble House, by architects Greene and Greene. "I admire the Greenes' use of finished joinery, so I adapted it for the Idea House," says builder David Mulvaney. The rich paneling and moldings are pure Craftsman. But gone is the characteristic dark stain, replaced by soft white paint.

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"Craftsman is all about the details," says interior designer Annie Speck. So are her innovations. The kitchen exemplifies her practical, inventive approach, as in the standard-size cabinets arranged to create a custom look. "Take them all the way to the ceiling to add storage and reduce clutter," she says.

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Instead of typical autumn tones, Speck and Mulvaney bathed the walls in colors of the sea. Stone, brushed-nickel, and tumbled-glass accents replace traditional ceramic and bronze. Neutral fabrics cover streamlined furnishings, and natural light pours in from decks and through sun-catching sheer drapes. A porch off the great room extends the living space out to a courtyard with a dipping pool and deluxe alfresco kitchen. Nearby, built-in seating surrounds a fireplace and bar. Explore and you'll find a small vegetable garden, outdoor shower, play area, and woodland retreat.

The girl's bedroom upstairs opens to another indoor-outdoor jewel: a secret sleeping porch, itself a blend of contemporary styling and Craftsman shingles and beams. In the master suite, another pop-out deck catches the breezes and views of surrounding Rancho Mission Viejo.

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In the yard, landscape architect James Bazinet also adapted Craftsman aspects, carefully selecting boulders to use as accents and mixing native oaks, sycamores, and manzanitas with drought-tolerant floral companions.

Seaside colors

Inspired by Orange County's famous Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, we selected these Ralph Lauren paint hues, which include cool ocean blues and greens tinged with warm, sandy yellows. The palette is echoed in the furnishings.

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Natural light strategies

The way that daylight enters a room establishes the character of the space. Here are four ideas to adapt.

A. A bank of glass-fronted cabinets becomes a see-through divider between the kitchen and breakfast nook.

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B. The pass-through connects the kitchen and great room, allowing each to borrow light from the other.

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C. The large opening beside the platform tub brings daylight into a shower.

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D. Blue-and-white drapes, fashioned from sheer and solid fabric panels, soften the guest room's bay window.

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Stylish details

Designer Annie Speck selected handsome decorative features for a contemporary look with echoes of the past.

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Patterns and textures

Taking its cues from the Arts and Crafts era, when designers personalized homes with tile, stone, and a wide variety of other materials, the house abounds with modern variations on the art of embellishment.

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Surf's up

A basement room is a good place to experiment with decor. Here, Steve Jones of Quiksilver, a surfwear manufacturer and retailer, went "retro surf."

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Storage solutions

Designed as a multifunctional space for family interaction, the laundry room can easily accommodate various art and craft projects.

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Garden details

Each area of the landscape serves a different purpose, from shaping transitional spaces to reinforcing a sense of privacy.

A. In the front is a meadow of native sedge and penstemons, set near a small recirculating stream. Native oaks, sycamores, and manzanitas create the bone structure; drought-tolerant grasses, shrubs, and ornamentals fill in.

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B. The spa spills into the shallow end of the pool, which is paved in stone to resemble a creekbed.

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C. The slate-covered wall fountain outside the dining room is a tranquil buffer.

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Floor plan

The L-shaped house wraps around the pool and entertaining courtyard. The great room opens to an outdoor bar. Near the pool is an outdoor kitchen. Upstairs, two bedrooms open to private decks. There's a studio over the garage, and a game room, home theater, and wine cellar in the basement.

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Tour this Idea House

The Orange County Idea House is open 9-6 Fri-Sun through Oct 16; $10, ages 5 and under free. Call 800/786-7375 for directions and more information.

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Title Annotation:SPECIAL SECTION: IDEA HOUSES 2005
Author:Bertelsen, Ann; Schmitz, Sheila; Whiteley, Peter O.
Publication:Sunset
Geographic Code:1U9CA
Date:Oct 1, 2005
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