Selecting art for the limited wall space required collaborative planning.
But “after 35 years together, we have similar eclectic tastes,” Hudson says.
A wood sculpture in the foyer looks vaguely Mayan from a distance.
Up close, it is an intriguing collage of heads and limbs. A painting of a
submarine dominates the living room, as a nod to Burkhart’s father’s naval
past. In the guest space, a sepia-tinted work on vellum shows illustrations
of two boys from a 1950s Red Cross first aid manual. On the opposite
wall are tantric images from India. “They are 100 years old but look so
contemporary,” Hudson says.
Art is great, but for Burkhart there is no greater thrill than looking up
from a book when he is in one of the window seats and suddenly seeing
deer, kit foxes, bobcats or birds pass by the big windows. “I also find the
most spectacular time to be here is during winter storms,” he adds. “Waves
crash over the cliff and they seem to shake the entire house.” In fact, he’s
tempted to make Sea Ranch their winter retreat. “I love storm-watching.
It is like being at sea without getting seasick.” n
“I concentrated on varying
the interior palette. Instead
of predictable furniture such
as a black Corbusier sofa,
which can be stiff, I looked
for practicality and comfort.”
In the master bedroom, the bed, side tables and a chest of drawers
are 1980s Roy McMakin designs for Domestic Furniture. Bedside
lamps are by Santa y Cole. A window seat at the foot of the bed is
a place to watch storms or simply read a book. A concrete deck,
accessible from the living room as well, extends the living space.