Archive for August 2018

Tour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Famous Ennis Home in Los Angeles

August 31st, 2018

Frank Lloyd Wright designed some of the most impressive homes across America, and Ennis House in Los Angeles is no exception. The Mayan Revival property perched on a hilltop overlooking downtown L.A. has been featured on screen more than 80 times, most notably in the 1982 film Blade Runner starring Harrison Ford and directed by Ridley Scott. Now that it’s on the market for $23 million, cameras have been allowed in for a real-life tour. Scroll down for a look inside the property.

The house was built in 1924 for retailer Charles Ennis and his wife, Mabel.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s son, Lloyd, oversaw the construction, which included “more than 27,000 patterned and perforated decomposed granite blocks,” according to Variety.
The Ennis House Foundation sold the home to billionaire Ron Burkle for $4.5 million in 2011. It was previously listed for $15 million.
Burkle spent a fortune on restoring the property, which had fallen into disrepair. The restoration cost nearly $17 million, according to listing agent Ron de Salvo of Coldwell Banker Global Luxury.
The 6,000 square foot house has large glass windows, providing a view of downtown Los Angeles.
Some of the living and dining space has exposed wooden beam ceilings. Interesting architectural details are everywhere, including a swimming pool that was added some time after 1940.
Guest quarters atop the detached garage. The separate residence was originally designed as an apartment for a chauffeur.
One of the three and a half bathrooms.
The billiards rooms doubles as a screening room.

7 Easy Ways to Dress Up Your Small Bathroom

August 29th, 2018

It may not be fair, but it’s certainly true: Not all bathrooms are created equal. With common woes including cookie-cutter hardware, boring tilework, and out-of-date fixtures, the bathroom can often feel like the one space in your home that doesn’t quite fit in. Renovations can help you revamp, but such larger-scale endeavors aren’t always feasible—especially for renters. Fortunately we have some easy ideas to help give your bathroom a brand-new look without all the work.

Add Gorgeous Greenery

Whether it’s a faux floral, a lush fern, or a clipping from your garden, plants are perfect for adding color, texture, and a feeling of life to the bath. Try a vase or a planter with an eye-catching pattern or shape for an extra dose of style.

Wake Up the Walls

Even the tiniest bathrooms have a little wall space, and playing it up will help your bath reach its maximum potential. Keep in mind that moisture from steam can seep into frames and potentially damage your pieces; for this reason, we recommend hanging art set behind glass only in powder rooms. For spaces with showers and tubs, designs made directly on canvas and wall sculptures are the safest bets.

Marry Form with Function

One reason the bathroom often doesn’t feel in line with the rest of your home is that it’s too utilitarian. A solution? Bring in some furniture! Think small pieces that have a functional purpose but look good too, such as an accent chair or a tiered side table for storage. We also love garden stools: They offer a spot to perch and an extra surface, and they can easily be tucked away or moved to another area in your home when not in use.

Try a New Hue

Whites and creams are often the default wall colors for bathrooms—and there’s certainly nothing wrong with a lightened-up, neutral look. But for those seeking a little something more, consider painting the walls a favorite hue. It’s a simple way to make your bathroom feel more personalized—and given the small size of the room, it shouldn’t take more than an afternoon or two to accomplish.

Accessorize Thoughtfully

The bathroom is first and foremost a practical space, meaning everything in it needs to serve a function. But that doesn’t mean everything needs to look purely functional. Pair elevated accessories, such as a statement soap dish or a chic drinking glass, with your most beautifully packaged toiletries to create a sink vignette that’s both practical and pretty.

Take Advantage of Odd Spots

Thanks to their petite size, bathrooms often come with a few quirks. Instead of shying away from them—or covering them up—embrace them. Create an artful vignette on the back of your toilet seat. Outfit the random ledge in your shower with a plant or a waterproof objet. Place a candle or a collection of vases on the empty windowsill. In a small space, every detail counts.

Elevate the Wastebasket

Say goodbye to that eyesore of a plastic wastebasket and instead introduce something that feels just as elevated as the rest of your home. For a subtle look, we love matching the wastebasket’s finish to that of the bathroom fixtures—but we’re never ones to shy away from bold colors or textures either.


This article was originally published on One Kings Lane.

15 Covetable California Style Spaces

August 27th, 2018

For those who think West Cost style is the best coast style, get inspired by our favorite Modern California designs.

From Northern California’s comfortable and organic style to the boho, eclecticism of Los Angeles, everyone is coveting California design. The West Coast style has become the pinnacle of modern cool. We think these spaces nailed the laid-back vibes. Get inspired to bring that level of chill to your own home—no matter where it is.

Design by: Kerry Vasquez
Photos by: Sara Tramp

For her client, Kerry Vasquez balanced sunset-saturated hues with organic neutrals to create a Hollywood-friendly home.

Design by: Haley Weidenbaum
Photo by: Tessa Neustadt
Tour: A California Home for Our Globetrotting Designer (Part 1 and Part 2)

If you’re anything like us, you think about Haley Weidenbaum’s stunning Cali home once or twice a day. The designer managed to balance color with calm, global with minimalist, and personality with a who-wouldn’t-want-that when crafting her stunning Los Angeles home.

Design by: Margo Nathanson
Photos by: Sedona Turbeville
Tour: Bright, Bohemian, and Rustic in NorCal

Wood beams and earthy accents make this Berkeley home’s feel like a grown-up treehouse—if treehouses were elegantly designed by Margo Nathanson.

Design by: Melanie Burstin
Photo by: Tessa Neustadt
Tour: Contrast and Comfort for a Los Angeles Family

California might be relaxed, but it’s not afraid of black-and-whites—at least when it comes to palettes. Designer Mel Burstin channeled stark contrast and the best of Mid-Century to maximum effect in this family friendly home.

Design by: Erin Kane
Photo by: Pablo Enriquez
Tour: The Quintessentially Chill California Casa

Not everyone home in California is a Spanish bungalow, but the signature architecture reached its covetable peak when designer Erin Kane updated this Santa Monica Canyon home now that the kids were all grown.

Design by: Alice Cheng
Photo by: Tessa Neustadt
Tour: A Serene California Cottage in Studio City

What’s a CA living room without a flop-friendly sofa + denim-inspired, batik-ish pillows?

Design by: Jennifer Wallenstein
Photo by: Claire Esparros
Tour: An Earthy A-Frame for Down-to-Earth Comedian Jake Hurwitz

An A-frame home that gets an A-plus in chill style—thanks to sea-inspired shades and lux-yet-livable materials.

Design by: Nicole Newkirk
Photo by: Julia Robbs
Tour: A New Couple’s Bright and Colorful SF Apartment

San Fransico isn’t the hippie hangout of yore, but the Silicon Valley set still wants a place that gives them good vibrations. Designer Nicole Newkirk layered in tons of textures to help this living room feel like a homey hideaway from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Design by: Rosa Beltran
Photo by: Chad Mellon
Tour: A California Home Gets a Major Mediterranean Overhaul

Rosa Beltran masters the mix of go-for-it-globalism in one of enviable eclectic spaces ever. (The ceiling height alone is enough to drive you mad with jealousy).

Design by: Katherine Carter
Photo by: Amy Bartlam
Tour: A Spanish Revival Bathroom in LA

Let the Spanish style inspiration wash over you and prepare to hate every East Coast bathroom you’ve ever seen.

Design by: Melanie Burstin
Photo by: Tessa Neustadt
Tour: Melanie Burstin’s Secrets to Curating Your Own Style

Of course, wunderkind designer Melanie Burstin’s home is brimming with the kind of perfectly collected but cooly minimalist vibes everyone in or out of LA would want. Read the story to get her tips on how to make it work in your own home.

Design by: Jordan Shields
Photo by: Madeline Tolle
Tour: Bleached-Out and Beachy in Hermosa

If really good blonde beach hair was a space, it’d be this stunning home designed by Jordan Shields.

Design by: Kaitlin Thomas
Photo by: Sara Tramp
Tour: A 1920s Home Gets A Serene Scandi Makeover

Organic wood and arresting art give the kind of honest vibes the state is known for.

Design by: Chloe Poturalski
Photo by: Amy Bartlam
Tour: Warm and Beachy in Manhattan Beach

Don’t let the Manhattan part fool you, there’s nothing city like about this serene living room.

Design by: Shannon Tate
Photos by: Joyelle West
Tour: A Calming Family Home in the Boston Suburbs

This article was originally published on Homepolish on June 26, 2018.