A sight to behold
Having worked with L.A.-based interior designer Janet Lohman previously over the last two decades, the homeowner says she felt confident bringing Lohman on board the project to create the no-fuss spaces she and her family desired. For the homeowner, it’s all about the details, and attention to detail is evident in the interior finishes she and Lohman chose.
“The finishes on the walls were really important,” Lohman says, “and that they be diverse in each space,” from shiplap, to grasscloth wallpaper in the third floor study, to board and batten in a checkerboard pattern on the back wall of the dining room and along the walls of the main floor hallway, which leads to an en suite bedroom. “We got teased relentlessly about the geometric wall paneling in the dining space. People kept calling it the ‘Hollywood Squares,’” she recalls, laughing, “because the homeowner and I were coming to the Cape from California.” She adds, “It’s a beautiful, simple geometry that adds interest where there is none.”
Lohman describes the style of the home as “warm modernism but with a Swedish aesthetic,” achieved through pale wall and furniture colors and the cerused oak floors. “We wanted people to be drawn to the outside, so we tried to create each space to be kind of quiet, with some interest,” she says. In the kitchen, Bulthaup white cabinetry with stainless steel hardware and Solnhofen limestone flooring add sleek sophistication to the space. Custom draperies, made with indoor-outdoor fabric, and motorized hurricane shutters help achieve the homeowners’ goal of a low-maintenance, durable house.
The portion of deck off the kitchen is set down 18 inches below the grade, creating the feeling of an outdoor living room. A “floating” pergola—designed like a large cantilever—juts out horizontally from the roofline and provides cover over the Gloster couches and chairs. “The homeowners wanted this uninterrupted sense of space going from that shaded area out toward the views,” Bereznicki says.
For the family, Kalamunda is a place where they can truly yallambee—dwell at ease. “When we’re there, the indoor-outdoor element is the key,” the homeowner says. “We really feel like we’re close to nature—wherever you look there’s a tree, or there’s the ocean, or there’s the beach. It’s a joy to be there.”
The following businesses/individuals contributed to the design and construction of the home featured in this article:
Architect: Bereznicki Architects
General contractor: E.B. Norris & Son Builders, Craig Ashworth
Project manager: Michael Moynihan
Interior designer: Janet Lohman Design
Landscape architect: Rick Lamb Associates
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