PATRICK DEMPSEY'S WELCOMING MALIBU HOME

06:21 | 04.06.2014
Autors: Kaspars Sarmulis
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Ti "We were looking for a little land and space, and a house with some architectural significance," the Of course, the structure’s metamorphosis from bohemian atelier to family domicile didn’t happen overnight. When the Dempseys discovered the Gehry house, the original façade and footprint were largely intact but the interiors had been renovated and the nearly five-acre grounds transformed by the previous owners, spa entrepreneurs Sue and Alex Glasscock, who had collaborated with decorator Michael Lee and landscape designer  "We really admired what the Glasscocks had done and wanted to respect their vision," Patrick says of the former residents, who still live in the area, where they own the Ranch at Live Oak Malibu, an award-winning fitness resort. "So we decided to give Scott a chance to expand on his master plan for the landscape."

"When Patrick and Jillian moved in with the children, it changed the dynamic of the property," Shrader says. In response, he made the outdoors a family fun zone, with a broad, flat lawn for soccer games, an alfresco kitchen with a pizza oven, a breezy dining area topped by a canopy of woven wicker, and coops, hutches, and other enclosures for the Dempseys’ ever-growing menagerie of chickens, miniature donkeys, rabbits, goats, pigs, and one rescued African tortoise. (Rounding out this relatively peaceable kingdom are three dogs.) And because of Jillian’s interest in organic gardening, Shrader says, "we converted the Glasscocks’ riding arena into an extensive tract of planting beds for an array of vegetables and flowers."

Estee Stanley, a decorator and fashion stylist who had designed their previous residence. Playing off the honeyed tones and earthy texture of the flooring (which resembles lovingly refinished barn wood but is actually repurposed scaffolding), Stanley brought in numerous antiques and vintage objects rich with patina, as well as custom-made furnishings, and organized everything into smart, comfortable vignettes ideal for repose.

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