What was once a dark, gothic Spanish, heavy with stained old wood, dungeon of a library in this sprawling Spanish-style estate in Hope Ranch, was transformed, to say the least. The designer was given a free reign to make this somewhat small room (relatively speaking) modern and fun to sit in. She wanted to keep the architectural integrity of the Spanish home: the beams, arches and wood were kept, but she thought navy. Navy blue! All the dark wood for the shelving was stripped and painted a beautiful shade of navy blue that instantly transformed the dark goth. The home owner’s Chagall took a new spot above the mantel, the colors popping against the navy backdrop. The library kept it’s theme with tufted leather chairs on each side of the fireplace, but the spontaneity continued to the sofa, upholstered in a rich dark blue velvet with over-sized nailheads. A glass table in the center lightened it up, stacked with coffee talbe books and an orchid. And a zebra (faux I hope, haha!) covered ottoman finishes it off, with a tic-tac-toe game waiting for the readers’ breaks. Anywhere you sit in this room boasts a view of the gorgeous scenery outside, mountains, palm trees, through the glass doors on one side, or the arches leading to more glass doors on the other side.
I would totally love to hang out in this library, sure beats the libraries I grew up in!
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On Wednesday, I went up to Santa Barbara to shoot a residence that has been exquisitely redone from its former heavy gothic Spanish style into an updated lighter modern Mediterranean home with unbelievable interior design. The interior designer has done three homes for the owner and when he bought this one, he gave her his complete trust and a free rein. The name “Hope Ranch” gives me hope that I will one day live somewhere like this. This house is truly amazing!
I am just showing a couple of pics for now, because honestly, each room deserves its own post!!
Then after the shooting was done, I met my mom at the best little Italian place on State Street, Bucatini.
I was lucky to attend such an interesting informative dinner on Monday night with Mayor Villaraigosa, at his Residence, the Getty House, with a truly exceptional group: Monica Garcia of LAUSD, the Ambassador to Uruguay, Frank Baxter, Dr. James Rosser, president of CSULA, Gale Banks, Apple of the Black Eyed Peas, and Dr. Matthew Peterson, Nigel Nisbet & Chiara Tellini of Mind Research, discussing Public School Education and LAUSD. The Mayor has done a great job with inner-city and South LA schools in LAUSD. I have to say, I am impressed. Apple came to the US as a young kid from the Philippines. He is almost blind and was having trouble in school. Once in the US, he was able to have his sight problem diagnosed and was then able to find a way to learn. Dr. Matthew Peterson, the founder of Mind Research, was himself dyslexic, and in fifth grade still could not read. Now, he has a PhD in neuro-science and systems engineering and additional degrees in Mandarin language and literature. Oh, and he runs this extremely successful software company. Nigel Nisbet is a rock star turned mathematician and gamer which makes him a perfect player in Mind Research. What an amazing group to discuss the future of public school education.
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My Dress: Rag & Bone