Designer Instincts

Lezlie and Mark’s two-story, four-bedroom home on Myrtle Avenue in Hermosa Beach is a remarkable study in contrasts that are nonetheless seamless.

Lezlie and Mark’s two-story, four-bedroom home on Myrtle Avenue in Hermosa Beach is a remarkable study in contrasts that are nonetheless seamless—a feat accomplished through Lezlie and Steve Lazar’s shared common vision.

Continuity, a sense of movement and “flow” are the order of the day in this homage to the best of both coasts. Lazar brought a true craftsman’s ingenuity to such details as strategic placement of windows that permit ocean views while keeping privacy. His organic approach to design and materials melded seamlessly with Lezlie’s orientation toward scale, proportion and interior design elements that highlight the beauty of the natural environment. Classic yet modern, welcoming yet private, the home is delicately arranged so as to render the sum of its parts— a genuine work of coastal art.

Photos above:  from this angle, Lazar likens the handcrafted floating staircase, the sculptural focal point of the home, to a conch shell; the great room incorporates a dining area, sitting area and island-inspired bar; “The beams in the home’s ceiling extend out onto the deck to maintain a sense of connectivity between indoor and outdoor,” said Lazar.


Photos above: According to Lezlie, “the great room table was custom-designed to be low to the ground using two stacked reflective glass surfaces. Its grand scale is offset with its transparency – a perfect platform depending on the occasion”; serene, natural hues define the master bedroom, where a long window above the bed’s headboard maintains total privacy yet provides a stand-up view of the ocean; clerestory windows in the kitchen allow for softly diffused light.

Photos above: The white railing surrounding the deck has a solid density that gets thinner as it opens to the ocean; Asian architectural styling is visible in how the deck hangs over the second story balcony to create a veranda; on the home’s entry level, a two-story mitered window serves as the perfect spot for contemplation and Lezlie’s drafting table; classic model trains, including one of the Orient Express, traverse the eaves above the kitchen and rekindle happy childhood memories.

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