In the canyons of the Pacific Palisades, a coastal California respite for avid collectors and patrons of the arts where simplicity reigns; allowing a robust and varied collection of art to take center stage alongside inherited heirloom antiques. Behind the stately façade, Johnston Marklee’s architectural design deftly sculpts space and light; conscious of their sweeping, otherworldy architecture, our interiors responded and supported each space within.
Embracing the coast of Southern California’s sweeping vantages and endless sunlight while protecting the famed artworks behind the mysterious limestone exterior; architects Johnston Marklee carved skylights throughout the home, welcoming golden light through curved and ocular openings.
A dinner with our clients and a tour of the Houston home of illustrious art patrons, Dominique & John De Menil, informed our design; a livable gallery, quietly celebrating each piece from their collection without formality.
Rich, layered textures and deep colors bring warmth to each living space; environments that feel as inviting as they are debonair.
In some rooms, we let the art surprise and delight; accenting unexpected corners. In the dining room, Cardbird III, 1971, by Robert Rauschenberg hangs on the wall and David Hutchinson collages hang above the marble and wood bar. An Edward Ruscha, (Romance, 1980) puts a punchy twist on the room’s palette.
In the home’s powder room, another surprise detail to reflect on; hand-painted De Gournay wallpaper in a custom bold blue hue.
We layered the home’s den with velvet, cashmere, and silk accents; granting our clients’ wish for an elegant house for hosting that felt home enough for family to traverse in slippers with inviting corners for repose abound.
The primary suite fuses lush and refined; French antiques punctuated with patinated details, layers of texture, soft prints and sculptures hang on the walls.