California Cool in Vivid Color: Fisher Street by Chris Barrett Design

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If at first glance this Fisher Street Residence by Chris Barrett Design makes you feel as if you’ve walked into a delightful retro movie set…you’re not alone. The Barrett site refers to its “…casual sophistication, drawing influence from Frank Sinatra to the surf culture of Manhattan Beach.” It’s an apt description: although the home isn’t actually on the beach, it still projects a breezy, almost barefoot ambience by means of several key style notes. One of these, of course, is color. Lime green and turquoise balcony chairs are a great counterpoint to tangerine loungers at ground level. Corals, lemony yellows, and seafoam blues all play a part: on pillows, throws, bedding, and seat cushions in the laid-back living room. And then there’s the stunning mustard yellow that “shouldn’t” work in a study/den…but does.

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Subtle, softer tones are here, too, in touches of umber, gray, and pure white. So how does it all combine without becoming madness? It’s in the blend and the balance: a vivid cushion is the sole spot of bright color on a plush, simple gray or brown couch, and the sherbet furniture tones are matched with streamlined wood grain in bookshelves, dining and end tables, and even headboards. The front façade of the residence, in fact, hints at nothing of the splashy hues within: it’s a simple presentation of white concrete, wood slats, and feathery greenery. Still, it’s almost easy to imagine the Rat Pack getting together here for a night of music and camaraderie…and they’d feel right at home in this sophisticated, relaxed “pad” by California’s own Chris Barrett.

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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).