Saturday, April 3, 2010

A HOLLYWOOD LIVING ROOM

Here is the living room and dining room of our Hollywood house showcased on Apartment Therapy. The deed states the house was built in 1922, other papers found stated 1924 and 1927, so just think cable cars and silent movies, If you knew my skinny narrow driveway you would for sure think cable cars. The style of the house is Spanish Colonial which was common at the time and location in this area of Hollywood. The cable car line was only a few blocks away making it easy for the anyone working at the studios to get to work. The Gordon's, the first owners, had the house built as well as the one next door. I like to think Mr. Gordon built many of the sets for movies like The Tramp or the original Ben Hur all the while Mrs. Gordon was doing  Greta Garbo's hair and  make up. I think they were happy. How do I know, I don't, it's just a feeling. There is light in this house that somehow lifts you up. That light got them through the Great Depression and now that light is getting us through the great recession. Like people in history, like the Gordon's, we will be someday Hollywood history.





22 comments:

the gardeners cottage said...

I love so much about this room. The leather chesterfield sofa, the bookcases, the lighting (is it original?) the portrait with the hat hanging on it, the liberal use of color against the white walls. It looks like the home of a well-traveled or very interesting person!

~janet

Kathy said...

Your beautiful home has a delightful acquired air about it. I particularly like the handrail up the stairwell, and the friezes above the door. Excellent post. Happy Weekend! K

Suzanne said...

I too love your handrail going upstairs...you don't see those too often in the east. You have so many wonder architectural details in your home. I also love the blue accents you have chosen. Very eye catching.
I read a book recently on the history of the development of "Hollywoodland", Hollywood Hills development back in the day. Great photos of the neighborhood before, during and after and the sales office etc. Have you seen it?

Angie said...

It's beautiful! I love homes with history! So much better than the new crap they slap together!! ;)

Dandy said...

I love the scale of your house and the slinky curved archways. I expect Kim Basinger to float through in that wonderful white gown from LA Confidential at any moment. :)

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

You guys, thanks for the comments, it's really, really nice to know someone is out there. We were very lucky to get this house with the original lighting and stairway rail. So many houses in town have been stripped due to so many different owners. We are the third owners which helps when it comes to destruction to the Spanish elements. The friezes are made by me during my glue sea shells on everything period. The pair didn't sell luckily, so they went up. Regarding books on Hollywoodland I love them and your right, they are great for research.

Scott Waterman said...

The bird cage lamp is fun!

jason said...

I'm in love with this room!
Especially that lamp.

Stephen said...

I am so CRAZY for your house!!!
May I have a tour sometime?
Thanks for sharing. You inspire me.

Mr. Bluehaunt said...

Beautiful...I love the way you have handled living in a vintage house.

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Hello from a fellow southern California native! Just discovered your blog and I love it!

There is a lot to discover about Hollywood, I will be following your discoveries. =)

Your photos are simply wonderful...

Michael Guy said...

I was enamored with your home and its decor from the moment I viewed your blog's header template. (I assumed it was your home that you feature)

I can't put my finger on it; I'm a staunch, fussy traditionalist by heart but your place has a casual sophistication and an edited, eclectic chic that makes me want to stop and linger at every detail. Kudos for high-style!

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

God almighty thank you! In many ways the house is set up traditionally, family antique furniture, paintings, and lighting. It's the objects I think give it a twist, or maybe I'm just twisted. You haven't seen the doll head collection, yet, but please don't stop looking it's the vitamin D of my day.

Bumpkin on a Swing said...

Do you allow
Bumpkins? Teach me something Kevin, show me Hollywood through your eyes...the blue glass, alluded a gasp or two. Greetings from The Mississippi Gulf Coast, I am Lisa The Bumpkin (you will find I'm not so much a Bumpkin other than geography) Can't wait. Cheers to you, so glad I found this blog.

Acanthus and Acorn said...

This is your home?! The simple response...please I am begging you for an invitation to sit in any of these rooms, drink in hand and just admire. If you want to talk to me, all the better!!!

Thanks for the "reading tip" you were so kind to provide, it was so enjoyable!!!

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

The bar is open and A.D. is closed!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

I am crazy about the hits of blue - so gorgeous. xo

david john said...

gorgeous home!

wow,i just discovered this blog.. fantastic.. i live in silver lake area so we are practically neighbors!


best,
david

Sylvie said...

J'adore!!!

Karena said...

Love your site, love the images!!
Thanks Kevein!

I have an interview with Artist Robert Anders up on my site that is fascinating.

Karena
Art by Karena

Liz Arnold said...

Hey, thanks for following Homebodies--and for introducing me to your blog! It's fantastic. I look forward to reading more from you. x Liz

knack said...

your home is gorgeous......love the beautiful images you have posted!

have a great day!