Design Book of the Week: California Homes, Studio William Hefner

We are excited to feature a brand new book from one of our favorite design powerhouses. California Homes is the MUST-HAVE book from Los Angeles-based Studio William Hefner, an architecture, interior design & landscape architecture triple threat behind some of the MOST captivating spaces we have ever laid eyes on. I can almost guarantee that if you have great taste (which you obviously do) you've got some Hefner pics pinned, sitting in your ideabooks, or torn out of a magazine.

Forget the post-it's people. It's a waste of time. You'll want to put one on each page. See below. I was only halfway through!

Each home featured (and there are 9) is better than the last. Don't put this on your coffee table, put it by your bedside table, your desk or your kitchen table. You are going to want to refer to it often! The use of beautiful, clean-lined materials executed in extraordinary ways, the attention to detail, and the cohesiveness in Hefner's spaces provide a new standard to live up to. We are excited to try.

Hefner's words are inspiring as well: "Developing an intimate and thorough understanding of how a family might strive to live is essential...Spaces flow from interior to exterior, and continue a language through the architecture, furnishings, and gardens. From this emerge sanctuaries, ones that inevitably speak more intimately to those who live there."

We don't want to show you too many photos because we don't want you to feel like you've seen them all. You must own this book friends. Buy it NOW here and be inspired.

Below is a kitchen that we have been a fan of for a long time. More than one client has set this picture down before us in meetings!

(Note: we are not sure what exact brand of doors those are above, but Portella is our favorite new source for doors like these, check out their site!)

A range area very similar to this one below will be in our spec home on Centenary, we cannot wait to see it!

Some of our favorite bathrooms from the book. We love how Hefner lets the magic of the marble be the focal point. Marble = art.



This is one of our favorite featured homes, "Rustic Canyon". A story in the book details the couple's love for this home and the wife's "exhaustive two-year search for amazing antique brass light fixtures". And oh, what a fantastic job she did. The brass fixtures, along with the beautiful grays and blues throughout the home, are magical.


We may have a whole separate seminar on these floors below. Lots of discussion in our office on the direction hardwoods are headed in terms of color, and we think this is it. These happen to look just like the hardwoods in our office (we'll try and stay humble!).


Our office floors:

We are tempted to show more, but we have to stop ourselves somewhere! Don't miss the other pictures behind these two fantastic entryways below.


Inspired and in love with our job,

Coats Homes

Life of a Home: Dartmouth

Some pics of our Dartmouth project...lots of beauty starting to peek out from underneath all the construction!

The entryway.

The herringbone wood floors in the entryway...

We can't get enough of this grand staircase. Can't wait for the final product!

A few more pics of the staircase from up above, don't you just love the moulding?

On the subject of moulding we think it valuable to note that “moulding” is the British spelling and  “molding” is the US spelling, sort of like "color" verse "colour". We've seen it spelled both ways on many different websites and articles, so, it's a matter of preference.

We also found an informative article from the Wall Street Journal called "Molding Greatness" By Steve Garbarino.  The information and pictures below are from the WSJ article:  

IN HER BOOK "French Accents," Erin Swift showcases moldings of various origins—including those below—to inspire the rest of us to master the art of detailing the way the French have. All moldings shown are from Carson, Calif.-based Enkeboll Designs ( Another recommended source is Hauppague, N.Y.-based Hyde Park Mouldings, (

Flower Power

Floral Astragal from the Floral Collection. This traditional molding features rosettes bordered by acanthus leaf motifs, said architect Phillip Dodd, a molding specialist with Connecticut-based Wadia Associates. Floral Astragal from the Floral Collection, from $396 per 8-foot section.


Hearst Monterey from the Hearst Castle Collection. This molding incorporates accents derived from the Spanish Revival details of the Julia Morgan-designed Hearst Castle, in San Simeon, Calif. Hearst Monterey from the Hearst Castle Collection, from $554 per 8-foot section.

Woven in Wood

Barbro from the Tribeca Collection. 'Perfect for anyone with a more modern aesthetic,' said Ms. Swift. Barbro from the Tribeca Collection, from $521 per 8-foot section.

Ripple Effect

Meditation from the Tribeca Collection. This molding reflects the 'clean lines and transitional styles' of the modern architecture found in the New York neighborhood of TriBeCa, said Rosanna Vaughn, product specialist with Enkeboll Designs. Meditation from the Tribeca Collection, from $374 per 8-foot section.

Bundled Up

Reed & Ribbon Astragal from the Transitional Collection. 'This is a standard ribbon-and-reed motif, typically found on a torus molding [a large convex molding that often wraps the base of columns],' said Mr. Dodd. Reed & Ribbon Astragal from the Transitional Collection, from $285 per 8-foot section.

Leaf Motif

Laurel Trim from the Oak Leaf Collection. 'This laurel design is a traditional and time-honored torus molding,' said Ms. Vaughn. Laurel Trim from the Oak Leaf Collection, from $356 per 8-foot section.

New Wave

Remi from the Tribeca Collection. 'A modern torus molding,' said Ms. Vaughn, 'reminiscent of a free-form sea wave.' Remi from the Tribeca Collection, from $397 per 8-foot section.


Acanthus Pierced from the Acanthus Collection
'This molding style draws upon ancient Greek art and architecture,' said Ms. Swift, 'which incorporated the leaves from flowering plants in the Mediterranean.' Acanthus Pierced from the Acanthus Collection, from $477 for an 8-foot section.


Inspired and in love with our job,

Coats Homes