At Home With the King

Take a look at entrepreneur Christopher R. King’s beautifully renovated home and impressive art collection.

Christopher R. King

Cruzach founder Christopher R. King gives HGTV a tour of his beautifully renovated home.

Take a peek inside self-made business magnate and investor Christopher R. King’s oasis. King is the founder of Cruzach, a holding company made up of a dozen businesses, including a wine partnership with Robert Mondavi Jr.  Designed to fit his busy lifestyle without compromising important family time, King’s home — fit for a king! — incorporates his love of art, design and luxury.

What inspired you to purchase this home? 

We lived in a home down the street and wanted to find something with more room for our kids. We were not in a rush to buy anything, but when I saw the potential of this place, I had to buy it. It had 4,800 flat square feet of home with an expansive backyard and opportunity to eventually expand another 4,500 square feet. I also knew my kids would love this backyard with plenty of space to run around. I have always loved design, so this was a cool project for me. To make it ours, I knew we would have to completely renovate it. With the right materials, art, design and colors, we could really make it beautiful, and we did just that in under four months.

What is your favorite room?

Photo by: Meeno Peluce, Meeno Photo The kitchen features a Wolf stove with lava rock backsplash. King added light gray accents to the cabinetry.

I guess it would be the kitchen. I love to cook and it is an incredible place for my wife and kids to gather with me. We have so much fun, playing music, hanging out and really enjoying family time. It is very open, so if the boys want to watch a movie, we can all stay connected. I also enjoy quality time in my backyard. I built a putting green so I could teach my kids how to putt and play my favorite game of golf.

How does it make you feel at home?

In business, I always say energy is everything. It is the same when it comes to creating the right environment at home. Creating a space with good energy and design allows you to have a place to really enjoy time with each other.

What are some of your must have home essentials?

My Liebherr  luxury humidor for cigars, my 24-carat gold-plated wine glasses imported from Czechoslovakia, Hermes plate ware, Nespresso coffeemaker, Vitamix blender, and a built-in Mr. Steam steamer in shower. Also, I am an avid collector of wine. We created an area in our home to enjoy a glass of wine and socialize with friends.  We also created a wine room off the kitchen that showcases the wine as part of the design of the house. I also love modern art and have many personal friends in the art world. Art is an important element in any environment to me; I find it very inspirational.

You have a lot of lovely windows.

Lighting is very important to creating a space. We have a lot of windows and skylights to brighten the home and showcase different spaces, like the one over the tub in the master. It’s truly beautiful when the light comes in!

What are some of your favorite colors, textures and fabrics?

I love blues and grays, and also enjoy small pops of color. Orange, believe it or not, is my favorite color! I should use more of it! I think it is very optimistic. I also love this Belgium linen in our gathering and family room and my leather couch in the master bedroom. 

Do you collect cars? How many are in your garage?

Photo by: Meeno Peluce, Meeno Photo King's luxury cars are showcased on his home's circular driveway.

Yes, I love cars. Right now we have seven. A 2013 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead, a 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish, a 2014 Ferrari 458, a 2014 Maserati GranTurismo (for the wife), a 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost, a 2013 Cadillac Escalade Platinum for the family and my newest, a 2014 Custom Rolls-Royce Phantom Sedan. I only have a two-car garage that we converted into a home gym until the renovations are done. Something about the open circular driveway with the cars so you can see them made me not want to build a garage.

The home gym has everything a commercial gym has. All professional, commercial-grade fitness equipment. From back inversion tables, treadmills to free weights. We converted our two-car garage as a gym for now until we finish the planned expansion. 

What was the inspiration behind decorating?

I love modern art and wanted to create a space that was suitable for my family and our lifestyle and allowed us to showcase our collection of art and collectibles. I have had some incredible business breakthroughs here -- never underestimate the power of your environment!

Do you like to cook? Do you have a wine cellar? 

I love to cook. I put on Frank Sinatra or Dean Martin on my speakers through the house and open a bottle of rare red wine and get in a zone. Of course, my wife says I am the best cook in the world! All of our friends enjoy and it's nice to have close friends over. My wine cellar was just built out finally; I wanted a glass encasement so the wine could be on display like art. 

You have a very elegant bathroom. What inspired the chandelier?

Photo by: Meeno Peluce, Meeno Photo The master bathroom features white Carrara marble floors, custom motorized drapery and a crystal chandelier.

We travel a lot and I wanted to create a luxury bathroom like the ones we have experienced in some of our favorite presidential suites around the world. I think it is important to start your day in a nice environment that makes you feel good.

What’s next for you?

I will add another 4,500 square feet to the home with three additional bedrooms and a new master wing that will span the length of the house with an incredibly large closet. The old master will turn into a guest suite. We are also adding a spa, steam room, sauna, pool, gym and lookout area with fire pit on the mountainside and a wine storage underground.

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