A True Indoor-Outdoor Blend: Deervale Drive Project by Whipple Russell Architects

A True Indoor Outdoor Blend Deervale Drive Sherman Oaks California by Whipple Russell Architects 01


A vision of “California living” is well-actualized in this modern, no-frills home on Deervale Drive in Sherman Oaks by Whipple Russell Architects. Step onto the property and graceful, waving palms greet you, ushering you into a world where indoors and outdoors combine in comfort. The back of the property — greenery, patio, and water — is a true retreat: a mix of shaded sitting areas and open space ready for fun. Splash in the uniquely shaped pool, then pause for a refreshment from the outdoor cooking area. Or, do morning laps, then relax only steps away in a living room that’s half al fresco and half true “interior,” with pool deck segueing effortlessly into natural stone floors and a plush rug. With a flat-screen TV and a dining table ready for a crowd, this space is ideal for entertaining, anytime.


Serenity is the name of the game here: the smooth oak table and chairs with neutral-toned cushions allow a leisurely view of Eastern statuary and modern murals. From the outside, sunshine pours in; on the inside, a “chandelier” of rectangular rows of bulbs provides dinnertime atmosphere. Down the hallway, skylights filter light from above through “leaves” that seem to hang suspended in midair. In the bathroom, a deep glass bowl sink allows for easy hand washing, while a shower and soaking tub await for further pampering. Cabinetry is a rich mahogany tone; mirrors are slim vertical rectangles with indirect lighting that gleams off the polished wood floor. Bedrooms allow shaded light and fresh air through the blinds; a wall of mirror reflects a contemporary floral portrait above the mahogany bed. In every room, this Deervale Drive dwelling welcomes you to the California “good life” in style.










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Written by Janet Butler

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).

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