See how L.A. interior designers transformed this classic Hollywood mansion
The mansion was built in 1908 and designed by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, who also designed the Huntington Library and Rose Bowl.(Tony Estrada)
In the sun-drenched kitchen and butler’s pantry, designers for Williams Sonoma Home demonstrate how you can update dated sinks and counters with small additions: dramatic dark gray, modern glass pendant lights and whimsical wallcoverings.(Mary E. Nichols)
The master bedroom by Kym Rodger.(Mary E. Nichols)
The Wattles mansion dining room before...(JuanCarlos Chan )
... and after. Patrick Dragonette lined the walls with inexpensive purple velvet fabric he purchased from Home Fabrics in downtown Los Angeles. “I like layers,” he says, noting the gimp braid trim on the ceiling that cost $1 per yard. He also installed a crystal chandelier from Blackman Cruz and a vintage stainless steel dining room table.(Mary E. Nichols)
The living room before ...(JuanCarlos Chan )
... and following a makeover by Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design.(Mary E. Nichols)
The front patio was designed by Leslie Shapiro Joyal.(Mary E. Nichols)
Fernando Diaz complemented the home’s traditional elements -- dark bookcases and painted ceilings -- with contemporary furnishings and lighting.
(Mary E. Nichols)
Nicole Gordon updated the master sitting room of the estate with modern art, a statement coffee table by Chuck Moffit, a masculine leather couch and a $19.99 Krusning pendant lamp from Ikea.(Mary E. Nichols)
The mansion features 47 acres of formal botanical gardens on a hill above Hollywood Boulevard.
(Mary E. Nichols)
The second floor bar features Tiger & Magpie wallpaper by Krane Wallpaper.(Mary E. Nichols)
How do you create a sense of timelessness inside a historic Mission Revival mansion?
“You need to bring in all eras,” says Los Angeles designer Patrick Dragonette, who mixed vintage furnishings with modern décor in the dining room he designed for the Wattles Park Designer Showcase, open to the public through April 16. “That’s what makes it fresh.”
For the second year, Los Angeles-based interior designers were invited in to modernize the 1907 estate in Hollywood for “today’s lifestyle.”
The result is that the house, which is owned by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, is now a showcase for the latest design trends found in some of L.A.’s most exclusive brick-and-mortar stores.
Once inside, visitors will move through newly decorated rooms on two levels, with some offering panoramic views of Los Angeles.
In the dining room, Dragonette upholstered the walls with inexpensive purple velvet fabric he purchased from Home Fabrics in downtown Los Angeles. “I like layers,” he says, noting the gimp braid trim on the ceiling that cost $1 per yard. In an opulent touch, he added a crystal chandelier from Blackman Cruz and a vintage brushed stainless steel dining room table.
Another L.A. interior designer who worked on the mansion, Nicole Gordon, says she tackled the master sitting area by being respectful of the existing architecture. “I updated the room by using modern art,” she says of the room that also features a bronze and glass coffee table by Chuck Moffit, a masculine leather couch and a $19.99 pendant lamp from IKEA.
In the sun-drenched kitchen and butler’s pantry, designers for Williams Sonoma Home demonstrated how to complement a dated sink and countertop with small additions: dramatic dark gray walls, modern glass pendant lights and whimsical wallcoverings.
From a private retreat designed as an escape from technology to a living room anchored by a stunning salon wall, Wattles Mansion’s latest transformation is an entertaining look at what you can do by experimenting with a variety of styles and periods.
What: “Hollywood History: The New Classics”
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through April 16
Where: Wattles Mansion, 1824 N. Curson Ave., Los Angeles
Information: (818) 281-3536; wattlesshowcase.com