trees line the walkway to a Japanese-inspired home in California
BYLA Landscape Architects took care of the landscaping.

A California Home in the Desert With Japanese Influences

For siblings David, Suzie and Rachel Lucas, working with family came naturally. Born in New York, the three launched their design office in 2012 on the other side of the country, in Seattle. There, their team focuses on honoring artful moments in everyday life by creating homes that double as sanctuaries.

Located in La Quinta, a city in California’s Coachella Valley, this house belongs to a couple with two children who often spend their winters in the region’s warm climate. Extended over an area of 12,000 square feet, the seven-bedroom, nine-bath house is ideal for hosting family and friends for long stays. It needed, however, to be remodeled. The team reimagined the space, designing a new kitchen and main suite, among other changes.

Behind the Renovation of a Serene Home Designed by Lucas 

a kitchen with black bar stools and black pendant lights above the island
In the kitchen, barstools by Thomas Hayes and pendants by Urban Electric.

With its emerald green and navy blue tones combined with bronze accents and wooden elements, the new bar was inspired by Suzie Lucas’s visits to Bar Tambi in Tokyo. Characterized by its refined architectural lines, the house is organized on a single floor around a central patio. Landscaping is by BYLA Landscape Architects, a firm known for blending interior and exterior spaces. Spectacular mountain views allow the family to admire the sunsets surrounded by organic design that nods to Japan.

The peaceful character of the home’s Zen gardens and the lifestyle of the family were the major sources of inspiration for this refuge where each piece of furniture and lighting contributes to the cozy and visually exquisite atmosphere. The sculptural table lamp by Eny Lee Parker, the armchairs by Avenue Road and by Poliform, the stools by Thomas Hayes, the suspension lamps by Urban Electric and the Gubi chairs all play a role. The fabrics add tactile effects, and the mainly neutral color palette harmonizes with natural materials such as stone or steel that provide more depth to the house.

“One of the challenges was knowing where to finish the scope of the remodel. We wanted to make sure that there was a balance between what we had transformed and what was already out there,” says David Lucas.

a sitting area in a home with black acoustic paneling behind the sofa
Lounge Chairs by Poliform and Occasional Table by Caste.
an outdoor pool at a Southern California home
This house was built by Hill Construction Company and designed by the Lucas siblings.
trees line the walkway to a Japanese-inspired home in California
BYLA Landscape Architects took care of the landscaping.
a living room decorated in neutrals with a long horizontal fireplace going
The living room features a coffee table by Fair Design, swivel lounge chairs by Avenue Road, and table lamp by Eny Lee Parker.
a primary bedroom with a grey upholstered wall-length headboard against wood paneling
In the main bedroom, woven Orb lanterns by Alexander Lamont and bed linen by Fog & Fury.
a California home bathroom that opens up to the exterior
The bathroom entirely opens to the exterior.
a home bar with a contemporary artwork hanging above the space
An artwork from contemporary art gallery Hohmann adorns the bar.

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