Casa Encantada Estate
Design by Cheryl Rodgers
Cheryl Rodgers became interested in the idea of being an interior designer as a young teenager. Her grandmother was a seamstress and she learned to sew and make ‘things’ out of fabric. She bought old pieces of furniture and refinished the wood and recovered the old fabric. Loving the way fabric folded and draped, she soon hung fabric from ceilings and walls and around windows. It seemed to create a special environment.
After experimenting with different design categories, Cheryl decided to take some classes at UCLA School of Design. The program was taught by leading professional designers in the LA area and she was exposed to the wonderful Robertson Blvd. Showrooms, The Pacific Design Center, and other showrooms that housed a beautiful array of quality home furnishings and fabrics of distinction. At this time, she was gaining knowledge about the interior design profession and an aptitude for high quality, elegant furnishings.
Cheryl moved to Portland, Oregon and enrolled in the 2-year pre-architecture program. It was thru this program that she learned about architecture history, designed interiors and the work of her favorite period, the Arts and Crafts Movement and Beau-Arts. Both these styles incorporate the artisan touch and one of her favorite architects was Julia Morgan who built many homes in California, but was most known for her work at the Hearst Castle. Julia had a unique understanding not only of engineering, but the eclectic aesthetic. The Hearst Castle is a great example of the use of classical European style and eclectic artisan touches.
Cheryl ended up getting an Arts and Sciences degree from San Diego State University and started an interior design business after doing an internship at the renown Cannell and Chaffin design studios in La Jolla, CA. Her clientele included professional baseball players, doctors and high-tech executives.
The homes in that area were extremely large; many were between 8000 to 11,000 square feet and it was a learning curve to fill them up with beauty. The windows were very large and she was able to do beautiful draperies, over-sized swags and long bishop sleeve panels tied back with handmade ropes and silk tassels. In one home, she had a chandelier made by an artisan from Poland who worked in hand-forged iron with copper leaf tendrils and the light was hung from a beam in the dining room.
She did work for two Hewlett Packard executives with one of the homes overlooking the ocean in La Jolla. In that home, walls were hand painted along with the ceiling in the master bedroom using fine artisan brushwork.
One of the executives moved to Menlo Park and she was flown up to the Bay Area to work on their estate. Cheryl ended up working on 15-18 homes in Northern CA. A couple of them were historic homes, where she did authentic hand-carved columns and fixtures, hand-forged gates and custom furnishings. She also worked on a large condominium overlooking the Bay Bridge with city and bay views and an 8000' estate home in Hillsborough, which belonged to a high-tech CEO. She was also flown to Colorado to work on a Denver Penthouse and ski lodges in Vail and Aspen. These homes all had custom designed kitchens, baths and all the accouterments of ultra-fine estates.
During her projects in the Bay Area, Cheryl moved to the Central Coast for a short while. It was here that she was contacted by Dr. Robert Casden to begin work on his magnificent estate in Nipomo, and given absolutely no budget restraints. It was the only project she ever agreed to do outside of La Jolla, Denver/Vail/Aspen, and the San Francisco Bay area.
Now retired and just exhibiting paintings in galleries, all the knowledge and experience gained from numerous prior ultra-elegant projects prepared her for decorating the grand estate of the Enchanted Villa, Casa Encantada. Although she has had her design work displayed in House Beautiful, Architectural Digest, and other fine publications, without question Casa Encantada is indeed one of her most elegant accomplishments.