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Architectural Digest

Making the Cut. Cowboy Heaven Comes to Earth on a Santa Ynez Horse Ranch
Patricia Leigh Brown
Laurie Black
October 2009

To further the warmth factor, the owner turned to Amy Weaver, of the Weaver Design Group in Marin County, who followed her client's penchant for opulence by selecting silk-velvet draperies, antique Persian rugs, English and Italian antiques, and custom chandeliers and fireplace surrounds. "He wanted more of a European feel, more sophisticated than a traditional rancht," Weaver says, "I followed his lead. We brought a city look to the ranch without being too precious."

Resident niceties include a 10,000-bottle wine cellar and a swimming pool designed with input from children, teenagers among them, who requested permanent boulders (Dan, a competitive swimmer prefers laps).