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Home Tour: Andy Wolf and Carol Mendelsohn's remodel in Laguna Beach

June 5, 2010 |  6:01 am
Italian modern meets Asian contemporary meets Nantucket. That's how Andy Wolf, former president of the Pacific Design Center, describes the Laguna Beach retreat he shares with Carol Mendelsohn, show runner of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." The property used to be a ramshackle duplex, but after a year of planning and 2 1/2 years of work, the home is now a veritable party by the sea.

Design codes limited how much exterior glass Wolf could use, so large expanses open to the ocean while small portholes face neighbors. A white powder-coated railing wraps the raised platform in the center of the living room. "Sitting on the sofa with the view of the ocean feels like being in a cruise ship lounge," Wolf says.

But his favorite room, he says, is the small powder room with fish-themed wallpaper. You can read about the transformation in Barbara Thornburg's full article. For a peek at more photos, click to our picture gallery or keep reading ...

Photo: Andy Wolf's favorite -- a powder room with fish-themed wallpaper. 


Photo: Truman, the couple's Tibetan terrier, saunters past a shoji-style door separating the living room from the dining room. Because Wolf was concerned that a swinging door might feel cramped in that location, he designed a sliding panel framed in oak. Given the coastal climate, it's finished with durable white polyurethane rather than rice paper or silk.


Photo: The view from the master bedroom's desk, where Mendelsohn works on scripts.

Like what you see? Check out our full 20-image photo gallery, which includes photos of the property before the remodel as well as Wolf's design strategies and resources.

-- Craig Nakano

Photo credits: Christina House / For The Times

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