Ocean Home

February/March 2016

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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32 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | F e b r u a r y + M a r c h 2 0 1 6 T his striking Southern California home, perched on the sand's edge in the upscale coastal town of Santa Monica, is unfussy, relaxed, calming. With a subdued, sun-washed palette, traditional furnishings interspersed with eclectic handmade pieces, and natural materials such as stone and wood, the home is at once timeless yet personal, casual yet classic, and perfect for its beachside setting. at is exactly what designer Mark Cutler, principal of Los Angeles-based Mark Cutler Design, set out to achieve. "My clients' world revolves around their kids, but they also love to entertain. ey wanted to combine both, so everything had to have a dual purpose," Cutler explains. "ey wanted to feel like they are at the beach, so they opted for a design with a casual looseness and a nod to the beach lifestyle but without all the seashells and seahorses." It was just the sort of project that Cutler, who is originally from Brisbane, Australia, loves to tackle. He notes that thanks to his Australian heritage, his work often displays a naturally relaxed vibe. "I create livable, usable design that doesn't get in the way," he says. "People often look for that in a beach house, these clients in particular." Cutler, whose body of work encompasses space planning, construction, renovation and aesthetic and structural revitalization in addition to interior design, spent 10 years working with the highly regarded William Hablinski Architecture in Los Angeles before hanging his design shingle in 2000. He considers his work a form of portraiture. "My design is not about me or about the way I see the world," Cutler explains. "Rather, I start with my clients. What are they about and how do they see the world?" e 6,000-square-foot, four-story home, which was built around the 1960s, required a remodel, so Cutler started the project with an almost blank slate. "We worked with architect William Hefner on adding a new basement," Cutler says, "but the original layout remained the same." His biggest challenge? With the entry hall, living room, kitchen and dining room flowing seamlessly together in one long, cavernous space, Cutler had to perform some design magic to ensure the first floor "didn't start to feel like a railroad car," he says. He solved the potential problem by breaking up the space with pocket doors and dropped ceilings to create Natural beauty Cutler's intuitive use of natural stone and wood throughout the home, especially in the indoor-outdoor bar, above, creates a calm and relaxed vibe for entertaining family and friends. Design 2016 M A R K C U T L E R

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