Location: Hollywood Hills, CA, United States
Completion date: 2014
Francesca Cavallin Mead
Miller Hall Photography
James York Landscape
The Hollywood Hills house remodel took place in a little over one year. When SentireDesign was brought onboard, the Client had just closed escrow, and the furniture and decorations of the previous owner were still at the house. The space felt crammed, outdated and dull.
With just a little bit over 1,300 square feet to work with, selecting a plain color palette for the
structural elements of the house was definitely the key. The goal in redesigning this traditional house was to create a neutral canvas and add layers of light that would enhance the Client’s colorful art collection.
You know you have a truly exciting project on hand when you are lucky enough to work with a Client who not only appreciates arts, but is also open to suggestions about how to integrate artwork and design. This was the case for the Hollywood Hills House. Even before seeing the Client’s artwork collection, I knew the house needed to be a subtle, yet elegant and flowing canvas for a colorful, eclectic collection of artworks. The house, as I redesigned it, evokes the Parker Hotel in Palm Springs, of which the Client particularly admired the stark white walls and the rich fabrics. His inclination to generally circle back to a certain color palette and style of furniture inspired the overall design direction. I assisted the Client in selecting appropriate framing styles for his collection that would have worked in the new space. Certain accessories complement and accent the art pieces. Looking at the end result, I feel like I achieved my goal of bringing out the appropriate mood for every room. The artwork could even be relocated from certain rooms to others, and the overall design scheme would still work.
The Client already owned his artwork, prior to meeting with me. Some pieces have sentimental value and are therefore particularly important to him. This is particularly the case for the painting in the master bedroom and those in the dining room. In the bedroom, the lady depicted is Yma Sumac, a well-known Peruvian soprano whom the Client knew personally. It was fascinating to hear his stories about her.
In the dining room are some other favorites, the Nancy Sinatra painting and the Female On The Beach portrait of Joan Crawford, both by artist Stephen Tashjian. The Client purchased these pieces directly from the artist. I assisted him in selecting the appropriate frames. I definitely got involved in the artistic aspects of this project.
For more pictures of this project, please visit our website www.SentireDesign.com and our blog http://sentiredesign.wordpress.com/2014/06/04/see-the-transformation-of-this-hollywood-hills-house/