Collection by Caroline Wallis

An Entertaining Renovation That Can Host Beach Parties for Days


A family’s Laguna Beach home features an expansive open-air entertainment space for the masses.

Jeff and Tamara Deckey love a good dinner party. So when the couple found their Laguna Beach home, they renovated the house into an expansive and versatile space for entertaining. Designed by Laidlaw Schultz Architects, the couple sought to incorporate aspects of the old house. “Architecturally we were able to simplify the home’s form–creating an archetypal gable, clad in the same copper as the roofing for the primary wing of the residence. This gesture at once captures the essence of the cascading hillside, and homes beyond, while drawing our attention to the picturesque valley in the distance.” Craig Schultz of Laidlaw Schultz says.

One design challenge Schultz faced early on was blocking street noise from a southeast-facing intersection.
The ground floor features the master bedroom suite, living room, dining area and kitchen in addition to a huge...
In describing their vision for the interior, Jeff and Tamara emphasized two things: sophistication and timelessness.
Jeff and Tamara also wanted a home they could stay in once their kids eventually leave for college.
The combination of steel and glass railings with aged oak treads, keeps with the flavor of the original home while...
The couple’s love for cooking and entertaining led Schultz to design a storage wall of wine that displays the bottles.
The master bathroom features a spacious vanity area and a frosted glass shower.
The bathroom counter extends into the bedroom as a desk.
“The decision to open up the back of the home played multiple roles: it provided a link between the upper and lower...