Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Newport Coast McMansion

Some days I find myself reminiscing in the memories of my old job as an Interior Design at Fari International. Yesterday, while reliving the nostalgia, I decided to visit their website and browse pictures of past projects I worked on, when to my surprise, new images had been posted of the last project I helped design.

Although I was no longer with the company for the installation of this home, I was one of the designers behind all the walls, floors, ceilings, cabinets, finishes, fabrics, and furniture selections. Briana, my partner in crime on this project, did such an incredible job bringing our concepts to life. Briana, if you're reading this, which I'm sure you are, you are one incredible designer and I admire you for your talent!

Okay, drum roll please....Allow me to introduce "The McMansion," a 30,000+ square foot (no, I didn't add an extra zero) Italian-style Villa nestled on the Newport Coast.

This grand entry proves no disguise for what awaits the eye as you enter it's corridors. Painstakingly wrapped solid limestone slabs cling to the walls from floor to ceiling. Finished with a custom made wrought iron stair rail, this entry is fit for a king.


The formal Living Room lined from wall to wall in the finest upholstery, is decorated with the finest moldings, dazzling silk draperies, and outfitted with Ebanista fabric, furniture, and accessories.

The formal Dining Room greets it's guests with careful craftsmanship with its custom designed moldings, showing off the signature Fari style.

Attention to detail is what makes this Kitchen and Nook so exquisite. Look closely at the range wall behind the table and you'll notice gorgeous hand painted black & white tiles imported from Europe. I love the way they contrast the rich custom cabinets and polished nickel plumbing fixtures.

With five children, this family needed a large Family Room for gatherings and social events. The comfortable seating is appropriately paired with more sophisticated touches in the ceiling beams and the incredibly grand fireplace, carved from the finest Phoenician stone.

Blurring the border between inside and out is essential in this coastal community. The back wall of the Family Room was designed to open and disappear into the wall, creating an outdoor Loggia. If you'll look carefully you can see the faint line between ocean and sky in the distance. It is by far one of the most breathtaking Catalina views you will ever behold.

Look out below! This hallways features one of my favorite floors specified throughout the home. It's a gorgeous stained walnut with inlaid creme marfil marble. I insisted we use this fill. It is beyond stunning and cost a pretty penny too.

The study was an exciting project to work on. The cabinets (not featured) were all stained to match the molding featured throughout the perimeter of the room. The windows were framed with these gorgeous arches that send the eye upward where one can enjoy the intricacy of the custom moldings.


This Master Bedroom is one of the most exquisite I have ever seen. There is truly no unforgotten detail. A MASTERpiece indeed!

And finally, I love the way the dark woods lend to the masculine feel of this basement space which features a one-of-a-kind Bar, complete with everything a man might need for a little "man-cation" away from the wife and kids.

The home also features four children's bedrooms, a secondary kitchen, craft room, elevator, master closets bigger than your entire apartment, a wine cellar, exercise room, maid's suite, pool house, guest suite, theater, and more. Just use your imagination. And then imagine that it's ten times better than that! Absolutely incredible!

4 comments:

Kim said...

Holy Cow! That is an amazing McMansion! Another fabulous Fari creation... it must have been such a treat to see your designs come to fruition. Too bad we couldn't see this one in person this time! I always enjoy your commentary around the rooms. You would have been an awesome PR person for all of their finished products in the magazines with your wonderful words with just the right flare and descriptions.

Bracken and Bracken said...

Only one word comes to mind: UNREAL

IzeOfLight said...

That is absolutely stunning! Beautiful work, and thanks for sharing!

melissa said...

five CHILDREN - meaning these fools aren't even that old!!!!! HOLY MOLY