I started working on a house in the valley just about a year ago.  It’s a treehouse, built in 1964 by Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe.  Originally named the Strimmling House for the family who commissioned the project, it boasts many of the qualities that Kappe is known for.  A beautiful flow between indoors and out, the use of redwood galore, walls of windows from floor to ceiling…and it had not been properly cared for over the past 15 years.

Over the past year I have spoken to Mr. Kappe himself, worked with his lovely and sweet structural engineer who was the original engineer for the house back in the early 60’s (and yes, at over 80 years old, he got down on his hands and knees and was crawling around under the house with me checking out the foundations), dealt with the Getty  museum attempting to get a copy of Mr. Kappe’s final plans for the house which now reside there, jacked up decks, had a baby, landscaped, put in footings and new posts and beams and have basically done everything that was needed to restore the house to some resemblance of what Mr. Kappe had intended it to be.

Honestly, when I began working on the project the owner told me he believed someone would most likely want to bulldoze the house.  I could see that all the house needed was a little love and someone who believed it was worth saving and that’s exactly what I set out to do.

Sometimes a house or a project can look a lot scarier than it really is and this was definitely that house.  It still has a long way to go, I didn’t do a full restoration, my job was to get it presentable for sale, basically my job was to get the house into a state that didn’t scare people away and then stage it.

I’ll let you judge for yourself, but I think I accomplished my mission…

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F O N T

July 14, 2010

I appreciate a good font.  Fine handwriting.  Letters.

Here are a few font inspired items of decor…enjoy!

MAHARAM letters by Gunnar Aagaard Andersen

Helvetica wall panels from B+N Industries

Chris Labrooy’s lorem ipsum lamp

Letters bookshelf by Pieter de Leeuw

Antique letters used as decor

Flocked letter cushion by Bev Hisey

Font coasters through Carolina Cottage

alphabet wall art by Bookhou

OBSESSION…

May 15, 2010

I was recently at the Beverly Hills Hotel and as I passed the iconic Fountain Coffee Shop on my way to the Polo Lounge for afternoon tea was again reminded of my longstanding love affair with the Hinson Martinique Wallpaper that graces the walls.  Whenever I bring this pattern up in a crowd, oohs and aahs erupt, as most people know and love this paper.

I dream of one day having a space where I can either use it in a living room or dining room I can’t make up my mind.  I think a large open space industrial loft would do as well, then I could have it all.  Here are some musings on how I would decorate around this iconic paper…

Martinique by Hinson in the Fountain Coffee Shop

L I V I N G  R O O M

Atollo Sofa by Poliform

Vintage Paul McCobb travertine topped side tables

Anneau Table Lamp from Baker

Hudson Furniture Coffee Table

Kalos Apta Chair by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia

Jean Prouve Cite Chair – one of my all time favorites!!!

Platner side table

Bul lamp from Ligne Rose

The incredibly affordable Ikea Stockholm Rand area rug

F L O O R I N G  O P T I O N S

Reclaimed wood floors stained a deep walnut laid in a herringbone pattern

I could just as easily go for a nice natural concrete floor, so you’ll have to choose your preference…

Just a reminder of the Banana Leaf yumminess…

D I N I N G  R O O M

Cherner dining chair

The Table  from B&B Italia

David Weeks AMAZING pendant through Ralph Pucci

Link Sideboard from Poliform