In Carmel, California, Andrew Fisher and Jeffry Weisman of Fisher Weisman collaborated with architect Heidi Hansen to craft a sumptuous, ornate home with both ocean and forest views. The high-end residence relies on a curated mix of continental antiques and contemporary fabrics and finishes to create an environment that references the luxuries of both aristocratic Europe and Ancient Rome with a light, deft touch that keeps it from feeling dated. Read on to explore the luxurious estate.
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In the foyer, an elegantly curved staircase is ornamented with an extravagent gilded lantern that the design team discovered at a flea market in Paris. The walls are bare, with the exception of a pair of Louis XV sconces from 1stdibs, so as not to distract from the sculptural shape of the staircase.
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Fisher and Weisman paid careful attention to transition spaces in the home, where each room could contrast and complement the design of another. Next to the staircase, a tall doorway opens into a lavish, jewel-toned living room. Warm, creamy shades of white and bisque surrounded by gray trim frame the view of the living area — the colors were selected to best enhance the cool sunlight common in Carmel. A landscape painting by Tom Leaver in rich golds and dark greens enhances the tone of the foyer.
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Textured materials and shades of magenta and lilac transform the living room into a space elegant enough for entertaining, and comfortable enough for relaxing. The layers of texture begin with the walls — a clay-colored Schumacher velvet with a crushed finish lines the room, paired with luxurious drapery in matching clay damask with lilac florals from Donghia. Cool marble details are juxtaposed against the heavy upholstery, from the carved pedestal tables with inlaid tops of pietra dura to the urn lamps with bronze doré fittings, both from Epoca in San Francisco. Between the tables sits a painted Louis
XVI settee from 1stdibs. The lacquered tea table is from their own line — called the Fisher Weisman Collection — and features Fisher's signature bronze legs that begin as sleek and smooth where they meet with the floor, before transforming into an intricate Chinese cloud design where they meet with the table. Lilac armchairs from Gregorious Pineo face off across the room, with a Michael Taylor frog chair in a rich leopard upholstery between them.
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A chimneypiece from Chesneys in London brings a darker shade of gray into the living room and contrasts with a custom bronze fire screen by Tuell & Reynolds. Fisher and Weisman copied the opulent 17th-century Portuguese mirror from their own living room, now licensed to Michael Taylor Designs, and the team used the same mirror here to further the decadent atmosphere of the space. The Schiaparelli sofa, also from Michael Taylor Designs, is upholstered in a luxe mohair fabric from Gretchen Bellinger. Upholstered in magenta fabric, painted Louis
XVI armchairs from 1stdibs energize the room with a burst of outspoken color. The seating area is finished off with a mid-century cocktail table originally crafted by Philip and Kelvin LaVerne and sourced from 1stdibs, and a limited-edition, bronze and glass side table designed by Andrew Fisher for the Fisher Weisman Collection.
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Like the foyer, the dining room is sparsely decorated, letting the white oak floors with a herringbone pattern take up visual space in the design. From 1stdibs, painted Louis
XVI dining chairs surround a Louis XVI mahogany table, while an crystal and bronze doré chandelier from Epoca ushers in a touch of indulgence. Floor-to-ceiling drapery in shimmering fabric from Gretchen Bellinger reflects natural light from the large windows.
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Complemented by a shagreen wallpaper from Evans & Brown for Koroseal, the mahogony countertops of the butler's pantry match the dining table, as an elaborate Venetian pendant from 1stdibs takes center stage in the space.
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The shagreen wallpaper continues into the kitchen, where Fisher and Weisman lacquered the base of the Saarinen table in metallic gray car paint to give it an eye-catching finish sure to stand out. A satin vinyl fabric from Gretchen Bellinger covering the banquettes is durable enough for the clients' grandchildren, so that they can sit at the table and look out at the garden. Above, a painted wood chandelier from 1stdibs emphasizes the space's connection to the outdoors, as does the ornate 18th-century Italian armchair from Foster-Gwin in San Francisco.
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The unique pot rack doubles as a light fixture, the French copper pots becoming arms of a chandelier, and it helps organize the kitchen. A delicate cerused finish with light gray paint tops the mahogony cabinetry, keeping the space light and airy.
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As in the kitchen and dining area, the light colors of the master bedroom allow natural light to flow easily. Fisher and Weisman designed the cerused oak and upholstered bed specifically for the space, and selected a quilted coverlet in Fortuny fabric to decorate the bed. A writing table in olive burl from the Fisher Weisman Collection is set against the window, paired with an antique, 18th-century Italian bench from Foster-Gwin, also upholstered in Fortuny fabric. On top of the writing table, the vintage Venetian lamps are from Epoca.
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An ancient Roman aesthetic dominates in the bathroom, where a vaulted barrel ceiling extends outdoor views and a freestanding tub overlooks the garden. Violet streaks through the accent marble supporting the sinks and surrounding the fireplace, and a mid-century Venetian chandelier and sconces from 1stdibs elevate the sumptuousness of the space.
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The designers outfitted the patio with chic furnishings featuring a leaf motif from the Arcadia Collection, which they created and licensed to Michael Taylor Designs.