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Life by Design

There are rare opportunities to include a little pop culture in a home and garden story and this is one of them. The Force was with me on this one. 

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Rene Lynch
Published: 01 July 2017, Los Angeles Times

When architect Christopher Coe first spied Frank Suryan Jr.’s newly purchased home on Naples Island in Long Beach, it reminded him of Darth Vader’s helmet.

Despite its sensational waterfront setting on Alamitos Bay, the home was a throwback from the ’90s. Outside, dark and forbidding seemed to be its theme. Inside, there was glass block everywhere.

Now the home has been saved from the dark side. [read more]


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