In Living Color
“Jet-set nostalgia” inspired by the fun ’70s sitcom sets of his childhood is how designer Christopher Kennedy sums up the aesthetic of the living/dining area he created—a medley of warm woods, huge supergraphics in bold yet earthy tones, and pops of fuchsia for a fresh, modern punch. A dining banquette along the wall is a versatile space saver, adding to the chic-hotel-lobby vibe. “When designing for smaller spaces, I avoid using smaller furniture,” he says. “It can create a dollhouse effect.”
Playing with Texture
Always up for a design challenge, Molly Luetkemeyer chose the mezzanine because it was the “quirkiest space in the home," transforming the tricky room into an open office space that pulsates with texture and color: raw wood, hides, grasscloth, and mineral specimens juxtaposed with bright colors and sleek elements. “This gives the space a wholly personal and unique feeling,” says Molly. “I wanted it to be a creative lab where the owner could be free to experiment and take chances.”
A Room with a View
It doesn’t get much more Hollywood-fabulous than a view of the Hollywood Hills, the Magic Castle, and the brilliant Technicolor Southern Californian sky. Potted owners Mary Gray and Annette Goliti Gutierrez turned the outdoor terrace into an easy-maintenance outdoor “room” that captures all of that energy. Two-tone walls in vibrant dark lime and grounding gray, a modern fire pit, comfy Moroccan-style furnishings, and the open sky make this a perfect spot for morning coffee, contemplation, and after-work gatherings.
For the master bedroom, designer Erinn Valencich took her color cues from a watery John Russo photograph, choosing a deep blue for the walls with crisp white and citron accents. The effect? Quietly sexy and theatrical, with a nod to Old Hollywood allure: a dark gray varnished oak floor, textured blue walls layered in Portola Paints & Glazes' Roman Clay applied with a putty knife, her own mirror-trimmed Astra bed, and sheer black window coverings by Larsen Fabrics that filter out just the right amount of light. The pièce de résistance—an über-glam aqua chandelier—ties it all together from above.
“Other people might see a tiny windowless half-bath as a liability, but I chose to view it as an opportunity to create a truly special environment, and to take risks I might never have taken with a larger, more frequently used space,” says Christian May. He used his own bold custom-designed Maison21 Memphis wallpaper as the springboard for the black-and-white scheme—from the floor to the plumbing to the lacquered-wood elements. “No one will ever spend more than a few minutes in this small extra bathroom, but it’s a conversation piece that will always leave a big impression.”
Open to all the living areas, visible from the loft space above, and flaunting dramatic 16-foot ceilings, the kitchen is a primary focal point—so integration, continuity, and a clean aesthetic were key. Azadeh Shladovsky created a light, airy effect by installing a full wall of glossy porcelain tile above one counter and eliminating all overhead cabinets, opening it up as a buffet or entertaining space. A wall of walnut cabinetry on the opposing wall neatly contains and conceals appliances and kitchen clutter. The custom brass spider sconce adds unexpected visual excitement.