A Farmhouse in the City

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Text by Robert C. Martin / Photography by Stephanie Welbourne / Styling by Yukie McLean

Although this family is surrounded by the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, their tranquil home is an oasis of comfort and style. See how they make two seemingly dissimilar worlds work in perfect harmony. 

Rather than “A Tale of Two Cities,” you could say that the Lewis family has created a retreat-like home that reflects the ambiance of two coasts. After renovating and living in a Cape Cod-inspired dwelling in Santa Monica, California, they were ready to relocate. So, with three young children and a lab puppy in tow, they headed to the sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles. After being in Los Angeles for four years, they decided to “tear the house down, excavate into the hillside, and build our dream of a ‘California Farmhouse,’” Mrs. Lewis explains.

Serving as their own project manager and interior decorator, the Lewises oversaw construction for 2½ years, often by being on site every morning after dropping their kids off at school. “It was truly a creative collaboration of husband and wife!” Mrs. Lewis says. Along with their affection for New England cottages, the couple sought to give their farmhouse a decidedly regional feel as well. “One of our favorite places on earth is the San Ysidro Ranch—a wonderful hotel and spa located in the foothills of Southern California’s wine country. We replicated many of the ranch’s features, such as its metal roofs, board and batten siding, and natural landscaping.”

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