I was recently sent a copy of “California Homes” by Studio William Hefner. This beautiful coffee table book is a page turner with 336 pages of gorgeous architecture and design.
I have been a fan of William Hefner and his wife and business partner, interior designer Kazuko Hoshino after seeing their work in both House Beautiful and Metropolitan Home. Hefner uses my favorites: steel windows, clear California light, views of nature, outdoor living and entertaining spaces, limestone and cement tiles. Inspiration abounds.
While I was waiting for this new book to arrive in my mailbox, I did a bit more research to understand more about this dynamic and talented duo. I often wonder what it must be like to work with your spouse. Before I opened my design firm almost 13 years ago, I worked “with” Mr. M. We purchased a building for his manufacturing facility and I managed the remodel and construction of the facility. Let’s just say that with a 6 month-old baby, a tight timeline for completion (45 days) and a husband and wife making decisions for “his” business, it was our first (and only) foray into working together.
So after reading more about this design driven couple and how their collaborations, along with their in-house team of architects and designers, have developed true family homes, I had to know more. I love the descriptive quote at the beginning of the book, “Beginning with the authority of the architecture, the balance of scale and proportion, selection of palette, furnishings and decorative elements, they work in tandem to create a spirit of simple elegance creating distinct and expressive homes”.
I expected “California Homes” to showcase projects of Studio William Hefner and those projects to include a similar style and vision. What I received instead was a tome highlighting nine of the firms’ projects spanning from contemporary to traditional. Their attention to detail is stunning and inspires me to continue to raise the bar on my firms’ projects.
I also love how Studio William Hefner highlights the personalities of each client in the design of their home. William and Kazuko share their personal home as the first home in the book.
Each home is described in intimate detail with not only glorious photography, but detailed floor plans and exact models of each home too. You are able to envision how the home is situated with respect to the topography, and really lose yourself in the photography, understanding and imagining your views from every window.
Landscaping is also a large part of each project and several of the homes in the book feature photographs of the grounds.
You can get your copy HERE. I would recommend “California Homes” to anyone planning a remodel, new build or best of all, for great design inspiration.
Hancock Park Hancock Park, CA – Personal home of William Hefner and Kazuko Hoshino
ARCHITECTURE: William Hefner, Mimi Pon, Scott Harris
LANDSCAPE: William Hefner, Dennis Hardesty
INTERIORS: Kazuko Hoshino
CONTRACTOR: Building Construction Group
PHOTOGRAPHY: Laura Hull
Bristol Circle – Brentwood, CA
ARCHITECTURE: William Hefner, Nathalie Aragno, Ed Libe
LANDSCAPE: Garness Architecture and Landscape
INTERIORS: Kazuko Hoshino, Michelle Millisci
CONTRACTOR: Finton and Associates
PHOTOGRAPHY: Laura Hull, James Ray Spahn
Bel Canto – Bel Air, CA
ARCHITECTURE: William Hefner, Nathalie Aragno
LANDSCAPE: Katherine Spitz Associates
PHOTOGRAPHY: David Lena, Marco Granchina, Laura Hull