At Modern Luxury, connection and community define who we are. We use cookies to improve the Modern Luxury experience - to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also may share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. We take your privacy seriously and want you to be aware that we have recently made changes to our Privacy Policy, which can be found here.

I AGREE
    
Share

Best of San Diego: Design & Realty

BY The Editors | January 6, 2017 | Feature Features

Be it an inspiring gallery, an innovative new food hall or an exuberant comeback, in San Diego creativity is thriving like never before. Here's a look at the people and places responsible for putting S.D. in the global spotlight for 2017 and beyond.
Jennifer Van Galder of Van Galder Design flaunts her top-notch design skills in Rancho Valencia's revamped villas.

THE MAGIC TOUCH
Interior designer Jennifer Van Galder ups the aesthetics at the tranquil Rancho Valencia.

“I’ve always thought it was a magical place,” says Van Galder Design’s Jennifer Van Galder of Rancho Valencia, which was recently named one of the world’s best hotels by Travel + Leisure. “It’s like you’re in another world.” So, when Van Galder was tapped to upgrade the luxury resort’s villas­—­­a dozen 3,500-square-foot casitas that come complete with private terraces, hot tubs, and indoor and outdoor fireplaces—she knew the stakes were high. Inspired by recent trips to Portugal and Spain, the 25-year design veteran (previously the owner of Maudlin in La Jolla) dove right in, replacing the carpets with French limestone pavers and oak floors; brightening the rooms with hints of blue and orange; hanging one-of-a-kind Paul Ferrante chandeliers from the vaulted ceilings; and upgrading the furnishings with sumptuous fabrics, custom-made wood pieces and antique trunks from Europe. “You need that old piece that has lived so many lives,” she says. “It’s like having a dear friend in the room.” Jeff Jacobs, whose family owns the resort and hired her for more work at Rancho Valencia, approves: “Jennifer achieved a timeless and elegant design while also inspiring a sense of intrigue and surprise,” he says. In short, she has, with a few charms of her own, made a magical place simply dazzle. Rancho Valencia, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe, 858.756.1123

Photography Courtesy Of: