Long before it was chic to go green, Allen Construction became known as Southern California's leader in developing energy-efficient, healthy living spaces. Today, the award-winning custom home building company has amassed over three decades of experience in sustainable construction, and continues to create progressive, forward-thinking solutions for residential and commercial clients. With a background in construction and an extensive education in environmental science and management, president Bryan Henson is inspiring a team of over 110 craftspeople to become more and more innovative every day.
1. Why is sustainability such a core component of the company’s philosophies and how have your sustainable practices evolved over time?
When Dennis Allen started building in the 1970s, it was shortly after the first oil shortage. During that time, building energy efficient homes using passive solar strategies to heat and cool them, was his passion.
Dining Somerset With this new restaurant opening, midcentury modern design guru Steve Hermann really hoped to put Santa Barbara on the map for its food and design. And let’s just say that Somerset is truly turning heads.
From modern apartments on the Upper East Side to traditional colonial interiors in Westchester County, Nancy Mayerfield does it all. The designer frequently jet sets around the country catering to an impressive array of residential and high-end commercial clients. Learn about her inspiration, her jam-packed schedule, and how she spends the perfect Sunday.
Most people would be content to cruise through the rest of their careers after managing one astronomical win, but not Bradley Bayou. In 2002, the Texas-born designer hit what many might consider peak professional success when he dressed the one and only Oprah Winfrey for the Emmy Awards. But rather than coast on that major achievement, Bayou ran his own couture line for over a decade before becoming the creative director of Halston, and later launching his own ready-to-wear line for QVC. He also penned the best-selling book, The Science of Sexy, before investing his time and talent into the interior design world, where he is now leading a bicoastal design firm, Bradley Bayou Design. Here Bayou shares with us more about his passions, inspirations and zest for life.
1. How has your background in fashion influenced your progression into interior design?
It taught me about balance, color, fabrics and helped me to create my own style.
2. What was your motivation for launching a ready-to-wear QVC line after leaving Halston?
Join California Home + Design Editorial Director Lindsey Shook for an innovator’s discussion with Steven Cooper of Cooper Pacific Kitchens, Executive Chef David Codney of the Peninsula Beverly Hills, interior designer Ryan White of Ryan White Designs, Patty Dominguez of Cosentino and int