A Multi-Story Modern “Castle” in Malibu by Steven Kent Architecture

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From the front entrance, with its brick-red covered door and slate-blue garage door, you might not suspect the splendor that awaits inside Castlewood, a modern Malibu dwelling designed by architect Steven Kent. But that impression changes once you’ve had a chance to look around — especially from the back yard. “Yard,” actually, may be a misnomer: Castlewood’s two-story rear façade tucks into a steep hillside as if planted there. From a comfortable, understated living room, a wall of glass shows you both an exterior deck and the coastline beyond it. In the bathroom, with its twin deep white sinks on marble vanity tops, and neutral pale wood grain cabinets, more vistas await: windows, three panes high, wrap around the corner for sunlight by day and moonlight by night.

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Interior décor is simple and predominantly neutral. Modern hanging fixtures and recessed lighting play off soaring white walls, providing striking backdrops for charcoal-toned shelving and cabinets; an open fireplace adds warmth and coziness to both the living room — with its plush couch and throw pillows — and the dining room with table and chairs, on the other side. Gentle light from extended windows brightens both serving and cooking areas, the scenery serving as a decorative element of its own in the kitchen. Stainless steel appliances and a center island, easy-care streamlined cabinets, and a mellow tile pattern behind countertops play off the blue of ocean and sky. It all adds up to a pleasing, serene, stylistic whole — a true “castle,” nestled in the hills of Malibu between earth and sea.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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