Thursday, September 2, 2004
Stephanie Meyers’ black Cocker spaniel has a ring of white fur around his neck that resembles a sassy white cravat. “Mr. Bing” greets customers outside Meyers’ apparel shop, Stephanie Cori, located on Dolores St. in Carmel. When not taking care of Mr. Bing or running her shop, Meyers’ other pet project is the home she recently rebuilt in Carmel.
“We started by gutting it to the studs,” Meyers says. “Even the ceilings, which looked like old cottage cheese, are totally redone. The walls between the kitchen and living room came down and we expanded three small bedrooms into two masters.
From first glance, the home seems to be an unremarkable ranch house in a sunny spot in the Pescadero Canyon forest. But once inside, the house stands out.
“I really didn’t want the same style you see everywhere else,” Meyers says.
Near the front door runs a brief length of privacy fence encompassing a pocket garden and small sunny deck. The living room picture window looks directly onto the garden, and the sun illuminates the inside without a glare.
Once inside, the high-concept design is fully integrated in a sensitive simplicity with details as unobtrusive as they are thoughtful. Double doors to the master bedroom are etched glass with a confluence of words and images, and the window over the bed is framed by several rows of glass bricks.
“I tend to do what feels important to me,” Meyers says, ”and I used Feng Shui as a guide for the whole upstairs.” (The downstairs is a one bedroom, separate apartment, that is done in generally conventional terms.)
“We wanted a flow of space between the living room, dining room and kitchen,” Meyers says. “We’ve had twenty or thirty guests at once and it’s great for people in the kitchen to enjoy rapport with those by the fireplace.” The fireplace is rounded out from a corner in the living room, large and cleanly curving. The furniture is arranged to create a spacious greeting area, with an inviting gathering near the fireplace and the picture window. On the opposite side of the house, the kitchen is wide open but bordered by an anthracite polished granite counter that seats at least four on minimalist wooden stools.
A wood terrace is accessed from the dining room, and looks down upon the gardens below and the forest beyond. The rear gardens are bi-level—each as wide as the house is long—with lawns, and surrounded by low, white cement walls gently descending to the forest floor.
“This yard was just scrub, so we created two flat tiers with a broad pathway of pavers down the middle running from the house to the lower garden in one flow,” Meyers says.
The driveway, upper deck and side yard strips are available for reconfiguration. The house itself is an encompassed statement of tranquil, easy living, with complicit furnishings that make the idea of moving right in almost irresistible. Everything is available for purchase. Except Mr. Bing.
Price: $1,149,000. 24654 Pescadero, Carmel. Contact Jana Bradford of The Mitchell Group Real Estate at 659-6820 or Mark Wilson at 624-0136.