A strong connection with nature and airy designs may now be synonymous with how Californians enjoy their homes, but that wasn’t always the case. In the early decades of the 20th century, before the modern revolution, L.A. so desperately needed, the homes were designed to look inward, with surprisingly dark rooms sheltered from the relentless Southern California sunshine. Take this Tudor house built in 1925 in L.A.’s Hancock Park neighbourhood, for example. When Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent were tasked with redesigning this L.A. home, they had to somehow make the house less heavy and ornate, and more appropriate for a modern family—something friendly and warm.
To begin, the top interior designers had to merge the smaller and discrete rooms the home previously had in favour of more generous and airy spaces for the kitchen design as well as the master bedroom suite. In addition, they also opened up the entry foyer and mezzanine gallery and installed new doors and windows of iron and glass throughout the home to usher in more natural light.
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent recycled the same strategy when tackling the dining room design, where both the wall and floor were previously painted in darker colours, blue and a stained shade of dark brown respectively. After remodelling the floors with a liner tone and painting the room white, Nate Berkus and Brent installed a set of classic Mario Bellini Cab chairs around the clients’ existing dining table beneath a graphic grid of overhead lights.
If there is one single word that can describe this home design it’s truly: Happy. Both interior designers agree that this luxury home really needed and benefited from an uplifting of the spirits’. From the young daughters’ fairytale pink bedroom design to the sunkissed breakfast room that now opens to a new kitchen design centred on a 17th-century limestone mantel cleverly converted into a hood for the stove.
“We really fell in love with these clients. They were the kindest, most engaged people we’ve had the pleasure to work with, so we wanted to give them a home that truly reflects the beauty of their family,” Brent concludes of the project
Source: Architectural Digest
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