Home Improvement

Hermosa Beach residents for more than 10 years, Kari and Dennis Doody replaced their original shelter with a brand new, entertaining-friendly, Spanish revival home.

After six years of living in a cute but small home in Hermosa Valley, the Doodys knew they needed to make changes to accommodate their growing family. “Dennis and I really wanted a house that we could entertain in and loved having a big backyard for the kids to play in,” says Kari. “Hence, we tore down our home in 2006 and built our dream home in our dream neighborhood.”

“We were very fortunate to have had the best building experience ever,” shares Kari. “Jay Stephenson, a local architect, and Mark Anello, a local general contractor, were an amazing team to have working for you. They worked so well together and listened to our needs.” Above: The master bedroom features touches of the southern Spanish motif, including a beautiful Moroccan wedding blanket. Below: The dining room’s centerpiece is a red coconut shell chandelier cleverly mixed with traditional Spanish-style tile floors. Enamored with her beautiful flooring, Kari shares, “I wish had more places to put tile in the house!”

Says Kari, “We love to entertain, whether it’s a small dinner party for eight or 130 people for Super Bowl Sunday.” Top: The living room opens to a Moroccan-style outdoor living area via glass accordion doors. It’s also Kari’s favorite space on the property. “We wanted it to be inviting and fun to hang out there.” Below: The guest room was decorated by Adrienne Mascaro of Studio Blu for last season’s Sandpipers Holiday Home Tour. Bright colors, art and ethnic furnishings add drama to the open floor plan.