Malibu might be known for its extraordinary homes but until this fall, its denizens had to travel east—far east—for design services, furnishings and accessories. That’s changed now, thanks to the opening of Malibu Beach House, a new shop devoted to all things home at the Trancas Country Market, the brainchild of Lisa Houge and Laura Burdge, partners in the design firm Quintessential Designs.
“There’s a huge influx of families building and renovating homes here,” says Laura Burdge. “We needed something in the area for goods and services, hostess gift or custom dining room table.” The new spot offers lighting from Currey & Company, not to mention furnishings from Arteriors, tableware from Juliska and even eyewear. For those looking for the perfect piece of upholstered furniture, they offer fabrics from Barclay Butera, Kravet and others.
Laura Burdge’s husband, Doug Burdge, with whom she and Houge have collaborated and who happened to design the Trancas complex, also designed the shop. “It feels like you’ve gone to a ranch up in the hills of Malibu,” he notes. “We used barn wood, Santa Barbara sandstone and metal roofs at the Market. It’s a timeless design.” He brought some of that feel into the shop as well. A large barn door can be closed, providing space for design consultations. It gets another dimension thanks to the work of a custom metal finisher, who bronzed them. “They have a have a beautiful sheen to them and look like sculpture now,” he says. For a single structural column, rather than dry-walling or painting it, “we did the same metal finish,” Doug Burdge reports. “It looks like stingray skin. People want to put their hands on it. It brings an element of the sea into the store.”
“We wanted to provide a service to our community, a place to get to know your neighbors,” says Laura Burdge.