A Note from Roxanne
The design aesthetic I bring to every project finds its source in my education, travels and personal experiences. But more than any of those, I think it comes from long lunches I spent with my grandparents in their Laurel Canyon, mid-century modern home. My grandfather, Allan Adler was already well-established in his long and rewarding silversmithing career, and he relished any chance to talk about it.
At the time, I thought he was simply talking about what he loved… his profession. It wasn’t until later that I realized it was that and so much more; he was also instilling his values in me.
Today, those values have become the anchors on which Sunset & Magnolia’s designs take life.
- Less is more!
- Things don’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
- Good designers know when to stop. (Well, the real way he said it was, “good designers know when to stop, they don’t goop it up.”)
- Elegance is beautiful and it’s practical.
- Never save the silver for a special occasion.
- Design for longevity.
- Find joy in simple, classical lines.
- Handmade is elegant.
- Create unique work to bring us to the table. (He did that quite literally with unique silver pieces on a table; I strive to do it more figuratively in all the rooms of the home.)
- The client is the boss.
I continue to use these principles to help families design their intimate spaces. I also continue to believe that the sum total of the house–its spirituality, its nourishment, its atmosphere, sound, and fragrance—is what makes a house a home. It is what continues to enthrall me about every single project I do.