By 1996, it was clear that Marika’s ideal home
was very different than her existing cabin in the
woods. As she began a renovation, she serendipitously met a local architect who closely
shared her vision and would go on to play an
important role in the creation of not only her
home but her next career as well.
At the time, Lucian Rosciszewski was a
young immigrant from Poland who was working for an architectural firm in San Francisco.
Sharing with him a European background and
a love of the arts, Marika trusted in Lucian’s
restrained approach to simplifying and expanding her home. The original 2,000-square-foot
structure was kept intact, but the front door
was relocated to the soaring main living area.
The kitchen was reimagined with stainless steel
countertops and Snaidero cabinetry. The dining area was made larger, and floor-to-ceiling
glass replaced the solid walls.
An additional 2,000 square feet were added
to the far side of the house, doubling the space
and making room for Marika’s dream spa suite.
versus natural is
a recurring theme
work, down to the
artwork on display that
has a Japanese Zen air.
Below: The open-plan
master suite, with its
and dressing area,
was inspired by visits
to European spas and