Pro Portfolio: 1960s family home updated to blend cool with comfortable
Designer: Curated, Santa Monica, (310) 828-6417. Principal designer: Delta Wright. General contractor: Stephen Apelian, (323) 804-3400.
Designer's description: In the renovation of this Beverly Hills-area home, we transformed a dated and awkward structure into a functional, modern home for a young family with two children. By eradicating kitschy elements from the existing '60s building and '80s addition, and by revising the facade and demolishing and editing the interior architecture, we created a home that exudes modern warmth and style.
We use color for strategic effect, exploring spatial progressions with complex neutrals. In this case, we used warm whites and cool grays to subtly underscore these shifts. A large-scale canvas adds vivid color to gallery-like spaces in the dining area. Wood finishes throughout received a palette of rich stain from espresso to ebony. We expressed the walls of the kitchen in shades of gray and black to separate it from the adjacent living room.
In the photo at top, a cream-colored chair from Nickey Kehoe complements the bentwood and leather coffee table from Thomas Hayes Gallery. It was important to temper the new concrete floors with wool and silk rugs. We selected this one from the Rug Company for softness and sheen.
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The entry has a new concrete floor and glossy black doors with chrome hardware. (Black and bronze are used elsewhere.) A vintage metal light from Rewire hangs above.
The island's Calcutta marble slab contrasts the semi-reflective Heath Ceramics tile backsplash in gunmetal.
A mix of natural materials adds warmth to cooler elements. This vintage chair and rattan stool are from Orange.
An overscaled Dirk De Bruycker canvas invigorates the dining area. The Marison dining table is from Environment Furniture.
We stripped the stair of detail and stained it ebony for a crisp, modern effect.
The white facade of the exterior provides a crisp contrast to the canyon hillside.
-- Compiled by Lisa Boone
Photos: Joshua McHugh