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Live on the August Set

John August, front, and his partner, Mike, sit on the wrought-iron staircase of their Spanish Mediterranean home in Hancock Park. John chose the house as the setting for his upcoming directorial debut, “The Nines.” Its two-story foyer was tall enough to accommodate a crane for filming. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
In the dining room, a square Brazilian table has benches and chairs that accommodate up to 10 guests. A white rectangle painted on the wall creates a frame for a trio of pastel artworks. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
A vintage lamp and a luminescent set of glassware add visuals to a dark wood table. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
A pair of antique typewriters and carved wooden candlesticks, among John August’s swap meet finds, add whimsy to a traditional mantel. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Mike, left, and John August, hold their pugs in the spacious living room next to a painting by Santa Monica artist Dan McCleary. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
A shard of sunlight illuminates tones of beige, brown and rust in the living room. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Candlesticks flank a vintage typewriter, adding to the period feel of the 1924 house. “I’m probably more of a Modernist at heart,” John August says, “but you have to let the house be what it wants to be.” (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Detailing in the kitchen includes cabinet doors of leaded glass. The room is a duplicate of the one designed by John Martines and Scott Pryde in the Augusts’ home in Windsor Square. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
John, front, and Mike, work at the long butcher-block counter in their off-white kitchen. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Columns, arches and dark wood reflect the home’s classic grandeur. Most of the interior scenes from “The Nines” were shot in the house, which John August calls “a character in the movie.” ()
An ornate door embellishes the sitting room. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
Club chairs upholstered in a soft fabric add comfort to the sitting room off the master bedroom, with views to a patio. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
A pair of cherubs preside over a wall fountain outside the living room. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
John August stands at the edge of his living room. Co-designer John Martines describes the house as “hacienda meets villa.” (Mel Melcon / LAT)
A trike and toys join the woven club chairs in the sitting room. The breezy family home plays a different role in the new film. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
After filming left a hole in a wall of the guesthouse and garage, the structure was rebuilt to be environmentally friendly. The new building now serves as a playroom, office, gym and guest quarters with kitchenette. (Mel Melcon / LAT)
John and Mike relax in the casual den, with its elegant, arched French doors. (Mel Melcon / LAT)