A Southern California Home That Blends Modernity + Traditional Design


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Emerald Bay is a minimalist home located in Laguna Beach, California, designed by Studio Gutow. The project offered the studio an opportunity to stay true to its minimalist aesthetic while maintaining their iconic blend of modernity and traditional design aptly highlighted in the restoration. It integrates the original architectural structure from the 1930s with the untouched 1970s interior design within its nearly 5,000 square foot, four-bedroom layout.

Dark wooden furniture and walls along a built-in bench

This amalgamation of disparate styles, alongside the integration of personal collections, results in a home that reflects the property’s heritage and functions as a showpiece where furniture and walls seamlessly blend. Craftsmanship was key to diffusing the house with its unique charm, from specially designed ceilings painted in Wimborne White by Farrow & Ball to custom fabrics.

Amplified by a breathtaking ocean view, the living room is imbued with a luxurious feel, thanks to the MLK Sofa and antique rug. As a bustling family home, a warm and friendly atmosphere was a critical objective. To achieve this, the designers opted for a color scheme centered around taupe, cognac, and olive. The home’s design allows for a smooth transition from one space to another, making it ideal for entertaining.

Entrance hallway consisting of dark wood walls and ceiling

Main living room with lounge chairs

Main living area overlooking sofa and lounge chair

Main living area with abundant natural light

Lounge chair next to sofa

Wrap around windows and daybed

Living area with cozy furniture

A read nook with built in sofa

Kitchen with marble accents and sloped ceiling

Antique chair and flowers

A makeup station with dark wood accents

Master bedroom with vaulted ceilings

Guest bedroom with ensuite bathroom

Bathroom with bathtub and marble accents

Bathroom with marble tiles in the shower

Photography by Michael Clifford.

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