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It took two years of searching the southern California coast before John and Patricia Shadden were finally able to say, “The moment we walked onto this property, it just spoke to us.” The couple is referring to what is now their home in Rolling Hills, California, a small, peaceful town that sprawls over the Palos Verdes peninsula, not unlike ripples that play on a gentle sea. This expanse of dimpled topography encompasses hills that reach 1,500 feet and provide long, dramatic views of the Pacific.

Recognizing the site’s potential, developers deeded the seaside land for residential use in 1936. Just one year later, enough families were living in Rolling Hills to call it a bona fide community. Behind a single gated entrance flanked by Canary Islands date palms, the nearly 2,000-acre, three-square-mile city of 684 ranch-style residences has no traffic lights, a cushion of space between houses, wide equestrian paths, and thoughtful guidelines for construction, landscape design, and stables.

The Shaddens were frequent vacationers to Hawaii and when they began their hunt for a second home in southern California, near their more permanent residence in Long Beach, they wanted a property that would remind them of the Hawaiian islands while being spacious and private. Residents of Long Beach for more than twenty-five years, the Shaddens’ main goal was to be closer to their children’s school. After purchasing the home in Rolling Hills, the couple began to assemble the team responsible for reconfiguring it to their family’s needs, looking first to interior designer Tim Clarke.

 

 

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 INTERIOR DESIGN BY TIM CLARKE
PRODUCED BY LESLIE NEWSOM RASCOE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER VITALE
WRITTEN BY BARBARA S. TAPP

             
This story appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of MILIEU.

 

IN FULL BLOOM

Geoffrey Bennison, the late British decorator and antiques dealer, was busy restoring an antique armchair he had purchased at a sale in England. He was assessing the worn joints and fragile structure, deciding which pieces needed to be replaced or repaired, painted or stripped. While removing some rather ordinary fabric that had been placed over the chair at a point in its history, he uncovered something layers below, akin to the process of an archaeologist: a lovely rose-motif pattern, infused with subtle sprays of daffodils. He dated the material to around 1840.


“Geoffrey collected troves of antique textiles — silks, linens, damasks — that he found attached to old chairs or sofas,” explains Gillian Newberry, co-owner of the London-based Bennison Fabrics, which also maintains a sizable presence and showroom in New York in the Fine Arts Building. “This pattern he found, which we simply call Roses, with this particular color wave referred to as Shocking Pink on Oyster, is fabulously versatile. It’s the quintessential Bennison fabric because of its classic floral motif and its sheer beauty. It just works wherever it’s used — for curtaining, upholstery, in a drawing room, bedroom, library. When I heard that MILIEU was using it to make a woman’s skirt and to cover an antique Louis XVI settee, I could imagine it very clearly! The pattern would be perfect for both.”

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEGAN THOMPSON LOVOI AND PETER VITALE
WRITTEN BY DAVID MASELLO             

This story appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of MILIEU.

 

 

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