A young family make their home in the little paradise of Ojai, California, in a Mediterranean-style stucco villa.
Carolina and Jack Bunce have a professed weakness for great views. That might be why the couple and their 8-year-old son, Graham, have settled in the little paradise of Ojai, California, in a Mediterranean-style stucco villa. Behind the house are jagged mountain peaks, high above a valley where fog rolls in. On the front facade, a second-story loggia has a view reminiscent of Tuscany or Provence: a sweeping valley of fields of avocado trees, olive farms, and perfumed orange groves, all bathed in an otherworldly light at sundown.
Here, Carolina Bunce crosses her breezeway; she matched the house's stucco to the color of sandstone rock on the property.
Throughout the house, the couple's collection of dark still lifes contrasts with light walls; in the dining room, the paintings of fruits, vegetables, and bottles were made by a family friend. French caned chairs have a see-through lightness; they seem to hover around a table set with an antique homespun linen cloth. Ojai is surrounded by orange groves, so the fruit makes a fitting table decoration.
Carolina draped the back posts of the guest room's Shaker-style bed with a lush 1920s printed linen. "I didn't do anything with curtain rings because someday I may have another use for the fabric," she notes. A European trestle table partners with a Baltimore painted fancy chair.
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