What happens when you take a Mediterranean villa from the 1980s, add a slew of 21st-century updates and blend in serene interiors from a top designer? The answer is found in a fabulously restored residence nestled in LA’s prestigious Outpost Estates section. This graceful compound skillfully intersects Hollywood glamour and cutting-edge style amid spectacular canyon vistas.
Originally designed by renowned architect Fred Smathers, the developer directing the recent restoration retained much of the floor plan’s inherent grandeur, tweaking it to enhance the views and livability of every square inch, while interior designer Kishani Perera integrated a host of exquisite finishes using her trademark light touch.
Developer George Jordan, Vice President and CFO of ANR Signature Collection, explains the impressive provenance of this Hollywood Hills dwelling. “Fred Smathers was a respected architect-developer whose homes attracted a celebrity following during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Smathers’ style is evidenced by high ceilings, terrace balconies and formal areas designed for small-and largescale entertaining. He loved building in the canyon settings of Los Angeles, which he felt were unique to the city. Fred Smathers made the canyon his canvas again and again; this one is a Mediterranean villa at its modern essence.”
Jordan says a sense of wonder unfolds from the moment you step inside. “The unique design aspect is immediately seen and experienced upon entering the foyer, which is dramatically scaled at two stories high with a wood-adorned ceiling and an upper balustrade that emphasizes the location of the master suite entry. The formal dining room has embossed tin ceilings painted white, which is unusual to see in this architectural setting and yet appropriately dramatic to great effect.” One of the most compelling design features is not inside at all, but the orientation of rooms surveying 30 miles of endless cityscape, sky and the ocean on the horizon, he adds. “It is impossible to be inside and not to be constantly tempted to peer outside at the jaw-dropping views.”
Also important to note are the bright, sophisticated interiors, Jordan explains. “Kishani Perera is supremely talented and in her best form here in a restored and expanded classic Smathers original. Her ideas sprung from the rich wood embellishments on floors, ceilings and walls, which untouched could have created a heavy feeling.”
Kishani lightened the overall effect by utilizing an eclectic international blending of beautiful colors, contemporary lighting, and silken stone surfaces that brighten baths, kitchen surfaces and walls. Her color palette is calming and visually pleasing without interrupting the design features that such strong architectural footing exemplifies. It all harmonizes perfectly.
This masterful restoration puts the spotlight on beautifully layered interiors, magical views and boldly rendered architecture, providing a memorable Hollywood ending.
Photography Courtesy of Anthony Barcelo.
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