Rios Clementi Hale's Nowita Residence

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April 9, 2013
After living in what was once a poky little Venice, California, bungalow for nearly 20 years, married architects Frank Clementi and Julie Smith-Clementi of the Los Angeles-firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios have just finished an arresting addition. A top-floor master bedroom is encased in nearly three dozen beams, the yard has gotten an overhaul, and the pair could not be happier. Frank gives us the tour. Read Full Article
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  The new master bedroom is directly above the new garage. The beams that support the upper level cant out from the masonry walls of the garage.  Photo by: Undine Pröhl

    The new master bedroom is directly above the new garage. The beams that support the upper level cant out from the masonry walls of the garage.

    Photo by: Undine Pröhl

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  The garage is actually at the back of the house. When the walk streets in Venice were built in the 1920s they were oriented such that vehicle access addressed the back of the house and pedestrian access addressed the front.  Photo by: Undine Pröhl

    The garage is actually at the back of the house. When the walk streets in Venice were built in the 1920s they were oriented such that vehicle access addressed the back of the house and pedestrian access addressed the front.

    Photo by: Undine Pröhl

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  By combining and unifying the landscape design of his house and that of his mother-in-law next door, Clementi was able to maximize his yard and execute a design that includes graded concrete steps, vegetable gardens, and a massive magnolia tree.  Photo by: Undine Pröhl

    By combining and unifying the landscape design of his house and that of his mother-in-law next door, Clementi was able to maximize his yard and execute a design that includes graded concrete steps, vegetable gardens, and a massive magnolia tree.

    Photo by: Undine Pröhl

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  In the master bedroom the Fireplace is by Fireorb, the rocking chairs are by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller, and the bed and bedside table are custom designs by the owners.  Photo by: Undine Pröhl

    In the master bedroom the Fireplace is by Fireorb, the rocking chairs are by Ray and Charles Eames for Herman Miller, and the bed and bedside table are custom designs by the owners.

    Photo by: Undine Pröhl

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  A new bathroom is just off the master bedroom. The plywood effect of much of the new interior is picked up in the gray floor and walls.  Photo by: Undine Pröhl

    A new bathroom is just off the master bedroom. The plywood effect of much of the new interior is picked up in the gray floor and walls.

    Photo by: Undine Pröhl

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  In the kitchen and dining room the booth and and table were both designed by the owners and fabricated by Custom Interior Design by Hugh Fitzpatrick. The throw pillows are from the product design arm of Rios Clementi Hale Studios, notNeutral.  Photo by: Undine Pröhl

    In the kitchen and dining room the booth and and table were both designed by the owners and fabricated by Custom Interior Design by Hugh Fitzpatrick. The throw pillows are from the product design arm of Rios Clementi Hale Studios, notNeutral.

    Photo by: Undine Pröhl

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  The kitchen island was also a custom design by Clementi and Smith-Clementi. The pendant light overhead is a BÖJA from Ikea reconfigured by the architects. The floor tiles are made of concrete and are from Granada Tile.  Photo by: Undine Pröhl

    The kitchen island was also a custom design by Clementi and Smith-Clementi. The pendant light overhead is a BÖJA from Ikea reconfigured by the architects. The floor tiles are made of concrete and are from Granada Tile.

    Photo by: Undine Pröhl

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  The idea behind the shelving unit off the kitchen is that it would both hide and reveal the stuff of daily life. Clementi and Smith-Clementi are both big Elivs Costello fans, hence the LP of King of America, but they wanted a chance not just to display but also to shut away.  Photo by: Undine Pröhl

    The idea behind the shelving unit off the kitchen is that it would both hide and reveal the stuff of daily life. Clementi and Smith-Clementi are both big Elivs Costello fans, hence the LP of King of America, but they wanted a chance not just to display but also to shut away.

    Photo by: Undine Pröhl

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  A small fence in the yard echoes the posts that support the new master suite.  Photo by: Undine Pröhl

    A small fence in the yard echoes the posts that support the new master suite.

    Photo by: Undine Pröhl

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