Veranda March/April 2017

VERANDA is a forum for the very best in living well. Always gracious, and never pretentious, we keep readers abreast of the finest in design, decorating, luxury travel, and more, inspiring them with beauty and elegance. VERANDA is both an ideas showcase and a deeply pleasurable escape, a place where homes feel as good as they look.

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Wonderful West Love the California houses in this issue? Don’t miss our eye-popping roundup of Golden State residences (including the one above, by Anthony Baratta and Perry Guillot). Inside Job Designers’ own homes—like several featured in this issue—are often a magnum opus of inspiration. Take a peek at some of our favorites. Great Outdoors Bask in the glory of sun-dappled porches, patios, and terraces—no matter how late spring arrives—with a tour of our best open-air rooms. extraordinary escape Sandy toes may be in your future. The Lodge and The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia, are hosting one lucky reader and a guest for a two-night stay at either property, including airfare and a $300 daily resort credit—a $3,000+ value! Turn to page 179 for sweepstakes rules and go to to enter. follow us…

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the view from veranda

the March - April issue marks our annual celebration of the glories of outdoor living. For some of you around the U.S., spring is already chugging along full steam ahead; for those in more northern climes, these pages can be a primer for jump-starting the season (hopefully, it doesn’t come across as a tease). This year, we’ve added a little twist to our lineup with a focus on California. After all, when it comes to homes that blur the line between indoors and out, no place does it better. Our special section and the sun-filled residences in this issue are a testament to living the good life. The rooms presented here weren’t fabricated on a Hollywood back lot—they’re real-life, lived-in spaces that offer timeless inspiration for houses in any zip code…

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spring style guide

Opera diva Ganna Walska sought enlightenment when she bought 37 acres in Montecito in 1941. Intending it to be a monastery, Walska instead cultivated one of the most remarkable gardens on earth, with sections for succulents, cacti, and a rare collection of cycads—which she sold a million dollars’ worth of jewelry to fund. This year, Lotusland will restore its lauded Japanese garden, revamping its pond and making paths more accessible. Consider it paradise found. TROPICAL DELIGHT The latest collection of furniture from outdoor purveyor Janus et Cie reimagines classic rattan in new shapes and colors. Evocative shades from greige to vibrant green and ocher come in updated silhouettes that are a far cry from your average bistro chair—and gorgeous, indoors or out. Brioche and Baguette armchairs, from $459 each; HOLLYWOOD FOREVER When a…

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bay watch

Ever since King opened up shop from a perch in Pacific Heights in 1978, her emporium has been de rigueur for a cultivated selection of home furnishings: china by Marie Daâge, D. Porthault bedding, lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller, ceramics by Astier de Villatte, decoupage by John Derian. The wares are worldly, eclectic, and supremely classic. MARCH The brainchild of Sam Hamilton, a Ralph Lauren alum, March is well edited, with a modernist slant and a best-of-the-best distillation of goods from small brands and artisans. Don’t miss streamlined crystal by Deborah Ehrlich, splatterware serving pieces in a rainbow of shades, black ash baskets, and to-die-for Parsons-style butcher blocks. FOUND BY MAJA After years of globe-trotting to source unique pieces for her clients, interior designer Maja Lithander Smith put down roots with this Presidio…

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personal luxuries

it began, as many things do these days, with a blog. Helene Henderson (Swedish native, former model) was working as a private chef in Los Angeles and moonlighting with cooking lessons for friends when she started posting recipes online as an easy way to distribute information. Her elemental cooking, driven by what she plucked from the beds of her Malibu farm, hit a nerve. The classes grew, morphed into an underground restaurant, and outgrew capacity on her property. Poking around, she negotiated a lease for a café, long abandoned, at the end of the Malibu pier—an unlikely spot. “No one went out there but fishermen,” Henderson says. The blog gave her an instant audience, though, and Malibu Farm was an immediate hit, with diners trekking to the beach enclave for Henderson’s…

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objects of desire

1.Marco Bicego’s Marrakech Supreme necklace is composed of multiple strands of twisting gold that can be worn doubled for a layered effect. $32,030; 2. The Love Knot bracelet by Jemma Wynne is slinky, supple, and sexy. $5,985; 3. Concentric grooves cover a large-scale shield on Yossi Harari ’s Vinyl cocktail ring. $5,820; bergdorf 4. Sanjay Kasliwal ’s pliable Woven cuff molds beautifully to the wrist. $1,900; 5. Stream earrings from Fernando Jorge feature undulating asymmetrical lines. $5,110; 6. Artfully beaded ridges twirl around Lalaounis’s cocktail ring. $4,230; 7. Hammered Horizontal Oval earrings by Elizabeth Locke are classic and chic. $3,900; 1. The Princess bracelet by Roberto Coin marries a subtle etched finish to a graphic interior. $17,000; 2. Pavé diamonds line the curvy…