Six Steps to Exotic Beauty

A SoCal design duo creates an Indonesia-inspired refuge for a well-traveled Manhattan Beach family.

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Indonesian-inspired Living Room
Photographer: John Ellis

Design Challenge

"I wanted it to be almost like a Polynesian longhouse or a palapa—with one big open space," says the owner. At the same time, he didn't want the home to feel totally out of place in California. That was the challenge facing designer Alana Homesley and architects Grant Kirkpatrick and Patricia Baker of KAA Design. Here Grant and Alana share six tips for harmonizing a rich, tropical tone with clean, SoCal-modern style.

Architects, kaadesigngroup.com. Interior designer; alanahomesley.com. Construction, jeffwilsonconstruction.com. Lighting, kgmlighting.com. Side table, waldosdesigns.com. Coffee table, plantationdesign.com. Ottomans, charlesjacobsen.com.

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