Gilbert Island Waterfront
Designed by Richard Bustos, Cantoni Irvine
Imagine life onboard your very own cruise ship, moored on a perpetually tranquil blue sea. That mental picture of outdoor, oceanic bliss is exactly what attracted Mr. and Mrs. Stansfield to this stunning waterfront home on exclusive Gilbert Island in Huntington Beach, California.
Drawn to the lifestyle provided by a residence on the bay, with ready access to their boat, the Southern California couple purchased the home 2+ years ago and quickly set about updating and redecorating the interior. Hoping to create a comfortable environment suited for hosting family and entertaining friends, The Stansfield’s were not initially certain Cantoni would fit the bill as a decorative resource.
“We were aware of Cantoni but thought perhaps the looks would be too contemporary for our taste. Ironically, a search for specialty leather seating for the theater led us to the showroom anyway, and that is how we met Richard.” It didn’t take our deft designer long to convince the couple that they had found the right resource to create the soft, transitional theme that would look elegant, yet warm and inviting. “The Stansfield’s knew what they were doing and it’s always exciting to work with people that get it,” says Richard. “I learned a few things from them, and they came to realize that the furnishings, fixtures and design services we offer can be used to create a truly warm and comfortable atmosphere.”
In the end, nearly every room in the 4 bedroom/4.5 bath house was furnished by Cantoni. The neutral palette, reminiscent of the color of sand, compliments the walnut floors and panels as well as the marble and granite used throughout the spectacular waterside residence. Turquoise accents, aquatic-themed art, and a three-sided “see through” saltwater aquarium pay homage to the ocean and Mrs. Stansfield’s childhood spent growing up in Hawaii. Custom window treatments and lighting (including a selectable colored recessed LED lighting system inside, and underwater illumination encircling the dock) along with custom cast glass accents further enhance the ambiance and set the stage to take advantage of the home’s unique floor plan and amazing views.
“Living comfortably on the water and having a recreational vessel floating alongside your personal dock is a liberating experience," says Mr. Stansfield. "Waterfront living has been a dream come true for my wife and me. We are so pleased with our experience in working with the entire Cantoni crew as guided by Richard. He helped us create the look we wanted for the home. Not only did Richard prove to be a fantastic collaborator in regards to space planning and design, but Cantoni’s customer service and delivery schedule was super-reliable. In fact, some of the items actually arrived early.”