Classical Style

  • Best of California Classical Architecture: Venetian Living Room

    SFA Design selected the very best finishes and furnishings for the Montecito "Italian Jewel Box." They include 19th Century paintings, Florentine statues and  custom made Murano glass…   See the Image

  • Best of California Classical Architecture: Montecito Villa Pool

    The back yard of this classical Montecito villa by SFA Design showcases ocean views, blue mosaic pool tiles, and sculptures from Vienna.   See the Image

  • Best of California Classical Architecture: Venetian Master Bath

    No surface, even in the master bath, has been left unadorned with classical Italian style in this elegant Montecito villa by SFA Design.    See the Image

  • Best of California Classic Architecture: French Chateau Style Dining Room

    For this French Chateau style home in Beverly Hills, Designer Karla Champion of Thresholds Design asked artist Ed Pinson to create a feeling of old, worn, faded stencil-work. What's new is old again.   See the Image

  • Best of California Classical Architecture: French Chateau Ceiling Detail

    Here's a closer view of the ceiling detail designer Karla Champion devised to give the boring beige plaster walls and ceilings of a classical Beverly Hills French Chateau some corresponding style and…   See the Image

  • Best of California Classical Architecture: Florentine Sculpture

    A sculpture of Bacchus from Florence stands before views of the Channel Islands off Montecito at this classical Venetian Villa by SFA Design.   See the Image

  • Here's an example of the classical style adapted to today's clients and culture. It's an Ionic capital and entablature used in architect Erik Evens' neoclassical "House for a Numismatist."…   See the Image

  • Best of California Classical Architecture: Thomas Jefferson Inspired Neoclassical

    Erik Evens, who heads up Evens Architects and is also a founding member and former president of The Southern California Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, was inspired by the…   See the Image

  • Inspirational Porches: New Orleans, La.

    Great porches don't need to be large. Case in point: This cozy four-column porch that serves as perfect rocking chair real estate. The rocking chairs here match the blue hue of the wood floors.   See the Image

  • Inspirational Porches: Nashville, Tenn.

    Like the 22,000-square-foot interior, this classical wraparound porch is grandiose in every way, with statuesque columns spanning the facade, wrought-iron handrails and intricate lintels.   See the Image