Melody's Malibu deck

Credits: photographs by Thomas Loof, styling by Tristam Steinberg

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Although Melody enjoys her solitude, she does find that her guests —after their initial shock—are seduced by the environment. "People don't want to leave," she says bemusedly. "They are staying longer than they ordinarily did. There's a sink-in-and-get-comfortable feeling here, which really was not my intention."

On the deck, artist Jeffrey James Dalton built a daybed inspired by the outdoor seating areas of temples that Melody had seen in Asia.
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