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L.A.'s most colorful house? Owner Nely Galán, artist Patssi Valdez paint personality onto canal compound

June 18, 2011 |  6:00 am

Galan-blocking If you thought L.A.'s Venice canals couldn't possibly get more colorful, look at Nely Galán's revamped waterfront property.

The former president of entertainment for Telemundo and executive producer of "The Swan" bought a Steven Ehrlich-designed home, acquired two cottages next door, hired artist Patssi Valdez as her color consultant and gave the property its own extreme makeover.

Disparate buildings were married into one cohesive compound with paint. The result is an eye-popping, light-splashed ode to Mexican master Luis Barragán.


PHOTOS: Nely Galan's color-splashed compound along the Venice canals

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Photos: Lawrence Anderson


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