Sunlight pours into the high-ceiling living room during much of the day. Blinds designed to look like part of the structure hide at the window frame. Minimal living room furnishings set the stage for both the changing hues of the water and Paul’s wide-ranging palette of plant colors and forms. Houseplants and floral arrangements personalize the spaces as knickknacks might in another house. “The cleaner the interior, the more spacious it feels,” advises Bill.
A green-blue glass table mirrors the bay. Bright gerbera daisies match the colorful painting by San Diego artist DeLoss McGraw.
Like a long refectory, the kitchen has a minimalist look that belies its function. A large center island doubles as a prep area and dining table. Open shelves keep dishes close at hand, while foodstuffs and cookware hide behind sleek white cupboard doors.
The unit’s 2,100 square feet incorporate a large, multifunctional space with a kitchen, the studylike consultation area where Paul meets clients, and a high-ceiling living area. Oak-plank floors warm the rooms, and the muted walls and upholstery provide ever-changing canvases that draw their personality from each day’s flood of light.
In a bedroom, oak flooring provides a gallery feel for the platform bed. Above its white, wing chair–form headboard hangs a sunset painting with startling colors. Each evening, the same shades hover over Point Loma far below.
Bill’s penchant for clean design is evident in the master bath. The small space feels large thanks to a glass shower wall, freestanding tub, light-colored stone, and a wardrobe mirror that reflects bedroom views.
Views of San Diego Bay's long shoreline sweep westward from the terrace. Clusters of annuals and festive topiaries turn the terrace's every corner into a mini garden.
On the 1,089-square-foot terrace, Paul created a world of citrus trees, annuals, and rustling screens of living bamboo. He felt the urban garden was too large to think of as one space, so he made it a dining pavilion, a casual seating area, a space for lounging, and a barbecue nook. A small grove of citrus trees hugging one edge of the terrace provides plenty of juice for al fresco drinks.