Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Hillside Cottage Turns Modernist Retreat

A pair of Los Angeles newlyweds were kind enough to open up their Scott Joyce designed cliff-hugging cottage turned modernist retreat to Metropolitan Home's Fred A. Bernstein. And luckily for us, there are some amazing photographs by John Ellis. Below, outdoor designer Tory Polone created a courtyard and koi pond amidst the black granite entry.

When Architect Scott Joyce first saw the cottage there was little usable outdoor space due in part to the sharply angled hillside, a lot of problems us Angeleno's face when looking for a decent house. The young couple who purchased the house loved to entertain so Joyce planned on doing everything possible to open up the space and utilize and mesh the indoors with the outdoors.

I am dropping dead over this entry! Interior designer Susan Young used custom made chinoserie room dividers and a Drizzle chandelier by Ochre. The flocked chairs are by Donghia.

Another view off the entry shows how the lounge area blends in with living room that opens directly onto the back patio. Young designed the rug to compliment the X legged St. Regis stools by Amy Howard. Do you see how lovely a room can be if you aren't afraid of color? The glass wall facade opens completely to the back yard due to its accordion doors.

Dazzling! The dining room shows a better view of the doors on the left. Such a tranquil vibe yet a luxurious dining space, JaDIE! Normandy chairs by Artistic Frame, First Circle table and another Caboche chandelier by Patricia Urquiola and Eliana Gerotto available through YLighting. I can't even imagine how pretty this must be in the evening.

A good view of the kitchen/bar area from the pool. Polone used SYNLawn artificial grass in hopes for keeping a green backyard with three dogs, two of which are pictured above. Furniture by Janus et Cie, of course!

Such a great and functional kitchen! The Carrara marble island doubles as a kitchen table and the wall that divided the kitchen from the rest of the house was taken down to open the space even more. The large kitchen window was placed below counter level to bring in more light.

There is that handsome Bulldog again, he really likes his backyard. Polone planted a mature olive tree but kept everything else to a minimum as not to block the city views. Notice the Janus et Cie Orbit daybed by the pool. I could sit there all day! The infinity pool replaced an existing pool but Joyce faced structural problems due to the slopping edge. Solution? Joyce place a below-grade rec room in the hillside and the infinity pool rests on its roof.

One of Young's biggest challenges was to mesh the contemporary, monochromatic tastes of the husband with the color loving antique tastes of the wife. The master bath hosts a Spoon tub from Agape and a bathroom window looks out to a patch of bamboo.

The wife brought several antiques with her from her previous home. The master bedroom features orange grass-cloth walls and two Marston benches from Nancy Corzine. The rug is custom.

Another view of the master bedroom gives us this Osborne & Little wallpaper with a vintage mirror console.

Wrapping things up;
1. To modernize the entry, Joyce added right angles and covered the building in stucco.
2. The front doors designed by Polone using metal pipe and Brazilian hardwood.
3. Janus et Cie is the most amazing store and responsible for the outdoor furniture. Travertine tiles compose the deck and surround the infinity pool.
4. Susan Young designed the living room rug and the Scott Group fabricated.
5. The water feature in the front courtyard hosts a koi pond and a bronze sculpture by Beatrice de Rossier.
6. Otto barstools from Zanotta slip under the marble kitchen island providing ample dining space.
This house is fantastic and definitely perfect for me. Give me a call when you're ready to move!


Anonymous said...

I would stab someone for that mirrored console.

Lucinda said...

Right? I LOVE this house, and the fact that I am probably ten mintues away from it makes things even worse.