Happy New Year to everyone. Very excited to share this project with everyone as it's one of those extra special ones that I will never forget. The home (designed by architect Paul Williams in the 1920s), the clients (so kind, so sweet), the choices (beautiful fabrics and furniture, rugs, and lighting)...all make me smile and make me realize that THIS magic combination is what makes doing design so incredibly rewarding. Talk about sparking joy!
Our project begins when our very sweet clients came to us looking to spruce up their newly purchased Paul Williams 1925 traditional home situated on a perfect street in Hancock Park. The bones and details of this house are stunnnning - from the millwork to the scale to the layout, it's one of those grand but not too grand homes that just feels fantastic no matter which room you're in.
Our clients, a young couple with a now 2 year old son wanted to insure their home felt light and airy. They wanted quality but with a dash of practicality, which is a request we get often from our clients with children and pets. The first step was painting everything (every client ever has heard me say paint is magic). The pick was a variety of Drikolor tones - not only because they are so mineral rich, but because they are crafted from the highest quality raw and natural materials - giving them an unparalleled depth.
Starting with the entry, the marble floors are original, and the wood floors were refinished in a rich walnut like color.
Below console and mirror accent the iron stair rail.
The powder room features Crane wallpaper created by our talented friend Cosi at Maison C.
Moving into the formal living, our clients needed a desk so that when working from home they have a quiet spot to work on a laptop or make a phone call. Daybed and sofa by Baker.
We updated the fireplace by designing a more modern surround with a deeper gray marble and opted to paint the entire room in Drikolor Caesiellus (latin for blue-gray).
Commissioned art above fireplace and prints by the very talented watercolorist and long time friend of mine Shana Frase.
Moving on to dining, we wanted the dining room to feel special but not necessarily too formal - as our clients prefer more casual luxury. Wallpaper in a light blue sisal. Table expands to seat 12.
The family room is extra bright with its french doors and fresh white paint (Kings White by Drikolor). It's a fun transition when walking in from the blue formal living room and also when walking in from the yard as it's so crisp and happy. Remote controlled draperies (by Galaxy Draperies) were a must to eliminate glare when watching television. We had fun styling this room with a punch of color in the pillows and florals but kept the bookshelves muted for the most part.
The breakfast banquette customized with an high performance bright green fabric, kitchen, kitchen powder room with elephant wallpaper (our client's favorite animal), and playroom pictures all below via the slideshow. The gallery wall above the breakfast nook created by us with room for a few more photos as the family experiences more life and possibly grows. Art in playroom by the client's son.
Moving along to the upstairs...speaking of the stairs, I obsess over these. They remind me of Paris and make me smile each time I'm at the house. We added a runner and installed an updated pendant. There's a sky light above them that gives them and the upstairs hall a warm natural light.
The master bedroom has everything you could possibly want- double set of french doors, fireplace, his and her closets and a fabulous bathroom - all with tons of light. We wanted a soothing but striking palette - a dash of aubergine in the bedding and a large starburst like mirror over the dresser give the room that extra pizazz.
Last but not least, a snapshot of the outdoors. Our clients have decided to build a guest house with a gym so we are busy getting that designed. Excited to share those pictures and the rest of the backyard then!
And that's a wrap on this one (for now!)
Thank you for looking!
Lucie + team 22 ID
Photography by Tessa Neustadt