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California Dream Mansion Showcases Houston Designer’s Collaborative Skill

Magical Setting and Special Touches Make This House More Than Magazine Worthy

BY // 04.26.19

Working with San Antonio clients to create a personalized second home in Corona Del Mar, California, Houston-based interior designer Bill Stubbs (William W. Stubbs & Associates) was hands-on from the get-go, involved with both the architect and builder to insure that his long-time clients were pleased with every element of the mansion from the master suite with its 17-foot long window wall made in Italy to the handmade terra cotta tile floor that looks like woven leather.

Such were the results that the March/April issue of California Homes magazine features the design project on its cover and in a 10-page spread.

“This labor of love was developed from my clients’ dream of a functional beautiful family gathering place in a magical location,” Stubbs tells PaperCity. “This is a dream project. I was involved through the selection of architect and builder and I was able to create a dream team of professionals and artisans.”

Stubbs allows that his decorating style is client-centric thus this home, like many others he has directed, speaks to the clients’ tastes rather than to trends or to his own signature. The clients’ fondness for Brittany, a favorite vacation spot, is reflected in the design of the house and a French vibe resonates through the various living spaces.

The butlers pantry at the Corona del Mar home designed by Bill Stubbs for a couple from San Antonio.
The butlers pantry at the Corona del Mar home designed by Bill Stubbs for a couple from San Antonio.

The luxurious house, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, reveals the homeowners’ (he is a CFO and she is a CPA) love of blue and white porcelains, bright colors, and Paris flea market finds.

“We shopped in L.A., Houston, New York, London and Paris,” Stubbs says. “I designed the rugs and worked with AER Textiles and Angel Rios to custom produce.”

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The homeowners’ love for entertaining is noted in the spacious living room, the dining room that can seat 24, in the state-of-the-art kitchen and in the playfully named guest rooms, each with its own decorative theme.

Stubbs, who employed wallpaper throughout the house, explained in the magazine, “I’m a big proponent of wallpaper because it adds a sophisticated layer to the design.”

Of the final product, Stubbs says, “I was blessed with a team of talented artisans working and collaborating to create this gem. Sources, products, art and skilled craftsmen from around the world converged in perfect harmony.”

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