Friday, 3 September 2010

Elegance in LA

Isn't it nice to tour houses? Today you are invited to visit this home in Los Angeles, California. Interior designer Joan Behnke was called on to decorate it. Let me know what you think.

Formal entyway with a winding staircase.

Formal entry and hallway with refined millwork.

The homeowner is a sculptor; her bronzes are displayed on a coffee table and on the mantel.

The dining room's damask draperies hang heavy with a weighty lining. A mahogany Chippendale-style table in a high-wax finish is rendered less formal by the striped backing on the chairs. The fireplace is a replica of the one in the living room.

In the family room, says designer Joan Behnke, the style is very much California Ranch--comfortable, practical, geared to playing games and watching TV

Outfitted with vintage furniture and a teak console, this loggia with coffered ceilings opens onto the living and dining rooms and a hallway.

A second loggia right off the family room.

Love this kitchen with lots of storage space, beautiful chairs and glass lighting fixtures but, is it me or does the island sink look extremely small?

The breakfast room is adjacent to the family room.

The master suite's bed features a pleated back drapery plus a fringed valance and side panels for a canopied effect.

The side panels' patterned lining is repeated at the bedroom's windows.

Detailed millwork continues in the bathroom.

Photographs: Karyn R. Millet

All images and information from here.

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  1. Lovely house. The bedroom reading nook is amazing. Love the kitchen too. Can only guess that the island sink is a second "prep" sink, and not the main one. (at least I hope that's what it is!) Thanks for showing this fabulous home.

  2. Ola minha amiga sinto saudades de ti. quanto tempo. Bem eu venho lhe avisar que a CIA de TEATRO que eu faço parte montou uma peça sobre MACHADO de ASSIS. Esperero um dia apresentar um dia em sua casa. Pois o espetaculo e feito nas casas das pessoas. Um grande abraço do seu amigo Uesley Santos. (BRASIL).RJ.

  3. What a BEAUTIFUL home-classic and elegant...

  4. It is a beautiful house but way too classic for me. It's always interesting to see different kind of interiors, it actually helps to define our own style!
    Thank you for sharing.

  5. Hi Kifus :)
    questa casa è veramente molto elegante e confortevole.
    Mi piace molto.

  6. Hey Carol, you are quite right, it's a prep sink. As I didn't see another sink in the photo I thought that one was the main one, but it must be for washing vegetables and such.

    So nice to see you here again Uesley, Myriam and Martine! I'll be visiting you all shortly!

  7. This is a GORGEOUS home with GORGEOUS taste!


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