one of my favorite homes, of course, is our 1920’s Mediterranean bungalow in the hollywood hills, just recently featured in house beautiful, photography by amy neusinger. my style is traditional, with a fresh and modern approach- the new traditional! the decorating and designing of the house was easy, i just created what i love with simple signatures, easy formulas and filled the house with all my favorite things!
simple signatures- influenced by the colonial and Caribbean aesthetic- lots of white paint, white washed floors, raised ceilings and windows that open out. the open air and light filled california in-door out-door lifestyle was paramount. all the white is balanced with black accents, adding drama and details to the design. we expanded the kitchen to make a great room, renovated all the bathrooms and added bookshelves, moldings, mirror insets and paneling throughout to add warmth and detail.
easy formulas- the mix of old and new, traditional and modern, high and low, masculine and feminine, rough and soft, light and dark- the combination of this gave us the casual refined lived-in style we love. the design philosophy was based on carrying consistent threads throughout to create a flow, beautiful lighting, symmetry balanced with scale and an eclectic artful arrangement of furniture. finished off with lots of accessories stacked, clustered, leaning and grouped. details, details, details! the focus and intent was that everything intersect and highlight our collections- the things we love!
my favorite things- for the interior- ivory belgian linen everywhere, wicker, black lacquer, bamboo shades, chinoiserie anything, saddle brown leather, gilt, canopy beds, occasional chairs, asian accents, camel hair, mirrors, ikat’s, apple matting rugs, animal prints, baskets, fresh flowers, anglo-indian bone in-laid antiques, hurricanes, myrtle topiaries, eclectic art, boxes, books, blue and white Chinese porcelain, coral, hérmes everything! for the gardens- boxwoods, wisteria, hydrangea, fig ivy, ficus- simple, classic, timeless, refined, elegant-just pretty! and if i say so myself- chic!
this home, the next home and our last home might not all look and feel the same but they will all have these simple signatures, easy formulas and be filled with all our favorite things- because it’s simply what we love!