. . . bringing out the MAGIC in the LINTON HOME
-Raccoglici insieme dai 4 angoli del mondo — Allesandra Celletti
ERICCO STUDIOS custom interiors, mixed with the eclectic art and surroundings at the home of Len and Judy Linton certainly created a lot of “artistic magic” — from the purple stone path to the inset leaves on the interior walls. What an exciting “bonus” interview with the Lintons — giving us a little insight into their work in the arts and some backstory to the incredible light-filled home in Thousand Oaks (USA).
The Linton’s considerable involvement with the local arts community is reflected in their selections of art, custom furniture, wall treatments and décor, as well as a vibrant use of color choices and design throughout their home’s incredibly creative living spaces.
ERICCO: You’ve both been involved in the arts for quite some time, would you just give some of the titles you’ve had for the proverbial record 🙂 . . .
LEN: I am the Treasurer of the California Museum of Art, Thousand Oaks and we are both past presidents of the New West Symphony. JUDY: I have been a Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the City of Thousand Oaks for over 5 years and am currently on the Board of the newly formed Thousand Oaks Alliance for the Arts.
LEN & JUDY: We’ve also been involved in other non-profit organizations, such as Rotary International, The Wellness Community (now the Cancer Support Community) and the California State University, Channel Islands Foundation.
ERICCO: Tell me a bit about your marriage.
LEN & JUDY: We’ve been happily married for 28 years. We realized early on in our relationship that we have similar tastes in art and design.
ERICCO: You have quite a bit of art! How and when did your interest begin?
LEN & JUDY: We’ve been looking at and buying art since we first met. Our first major art glass piece was from a Seattle gallery. Since then, we have looked for glass and other art pieces wherever and whenever we’ve traveled (including Murano, Italy). We also buy art for our home for every birthday and anniversary.
ERICCO: How much of what you do in the community and arts is connected to your personal lives?
LEN & JUDY: The arts have always been an integral part of our lives. We’re avid symphony subscribers and theater lovers, and we attend and support as many of them as we have time for.
ERICCO: I’m glad you’re so involved and that is what has brought me to your latest home improvement.
I’ll be working on the master bath area. Can you tell me about its design journey? It’s beautiful!
LEN & JUDY: This latest project was brought about after Judy had tremendous difficulty getting in and out of the shower after foot surgery. That served as the impetus to completely redesign our master bath in order to incorporate some unique concepts and offer safe access.
It’s a project we’ve been considering for twenty years, and the period of disability and longing for a soaking tub really motivated us to design something both beautiful and practical. We’ve been extremely fortunate to work with wonderful collaborators who helped us realize our vision, although we worked without a designer or blueprints — it somehow came together beautifully.
Ericco Studio is noted as the home of elegant faux finishing, and specializes in bringing upscale enhancement to architectural environments.
ERICCO: I love this opportunity to develop your wall treatments. I’ve even given names to the 3 walls in the master bath, “Winter’s Drift” pictured (using real leaves) “Steel Raining” and “Cracks let the light in” — this last one inspired by Leonard Cohen’s poetry.
For more than a decade, Ericco Studio has forged a reputation in design circles as an innovative source for tasteful and refined faux finishing.
We try to support local artists, and we know many of them personally. We love our silly funky kitchen as much as our custom green granite sink in the powder room. It’s just a lot of fun.
ERICCO: I’ve enjoyed working and creating finishes throughout the house. Not only the work I do, but I am constantly inspired by just looking around at everything else you have done. What’s next for you?
LEN & JUDY: We’ll figure that out as we continue to live full lives and discover some new ideas as we go!
ERICCO: The answer to that last question sums up their joyful attitude towards creativity and art. They are always on the lookout for new ideas and approaches, while appreciating and supporting their communities’ artists and designers. Their home is a wonderful reflection of that love and passion.
ZO was extremely excited to start this series of art and interior interviews with our very first Sponsor — Ericco Studio. Ericco has been with our project since its beginning, and was a primary curator for our first fine art presentation at the initial soirée to launch our unique “concept.” Stay tuned for more upcoming . . .
ERICCO STUDIO developed a 10,000 sq.ft. artists’ building near the Los Angeles International Airport — CAb — for several years and sponsored ZO Magazine’s creative space there. In addition to supporting our ongoing film project and collaborating on a project for young artists, we were privileged to be a part of the unique artists gatherings featuring fashion, food and the friendliest people we’ve ever met. We learned so much while working with Ericco and are looking forward to what may come of the next brick & mortar venture that Ericco Studio does!
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