A 1930s California Home Gets A Bit Of New England Prep


traditional green dining room

While honoring the home's 1930s roots, a design team transforms a Beverly Hills house into a vibrant modern dwelling.

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In the Beverly Hills house Dana Guild resides in with her husband, Adam, and family, she collaborated with designer Adam Wardell to imbue the interiors with a colorful, East Coast feel, incorporating existing pieces with new finds. In the living room, vintage stools in a Stark velvet tuck under a midcentury console, which is topped by a vintage Stiffel lamp with a shade by Carl's Custom Lamps & Shades. Above is a painting by Drake LaBry.

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Imparting an old Hollywood vibe are a pair of wing chairs, with a Judy Garland provenance sourced through LG Estate & Specialty Sales, upholstered by Luigy Custom Drapery in a Clarence House print. Opposite is a sofa in a Highland Court linen velvet. A rug from Melrose Carpet and draperies in Christopher Farr Cloth complete the space.

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A lacquered table by painter Rick Sanchez and ceiling by Shani Wallpaper & Paint add shine and brighten the dining room. The chairs are covered in a Manuel Canovas textile with Samuel & Sons trim. Underfoot is a rug from The Rug Company.

traditional white kitchen marble backsplash

As part of the home's major renovation and addition by architect Scott Alan Joyce, the kitchen received a thorough makeover, including new cabinets by DiSanto Design. Statuary marble now covers the backsplash behind the Thermador range.

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Dana called on her friend Bryan Von Thun for the light above the kitchen's Carrara marble-topped island. In contrast to the rest of the residence, the space has a palette in a lower key.

traditional pink guest bedroom bed

The new guest bedroom embodies the home's bold approach to color. Bedding from The Linen Shop in New Canaan, Connecticut, dresses the bed. The headboard and draperies are in fabric from F & S Fabrics. Lamps from Jonathan Adler stand on bedside tables from Mecox. An Oly chair and a vintage bench with a cushion in a Brunschwig & Fils fabric offer spots to perch.

traditional pink pillows in bedroom

The new guest bedroom embodies the home's bold approach to color. Bedding from The Linen Shop in New Canaan, Connecticut, dresses the bed. The headboard and draperies are in fabric from F & S Fabrics. Lamps from Jonathan Adler stand on bedside tables from Mecox. An Oly chair and a vintage bench with a cushion in a Brunschwig & Fils fabric offer spots to perch.

traditional white exterior and pool

Landscape designer Andrea Scharff's plantings, installed by Manuel Alvarez, have a tailored, classic feel in keeping with the spirit found throughout the home, while the creeping fig makes the addition feel as if it's part of the original structure. The seating area features an RH sofa and club chairs.

traditional entry pink door

In concert with general contractor Justin Krzyston, Joyce retained the Paul Williams-esque, 1930s roots of the home. A pink door opening into the property, however, hints at the playful interiors to come.

I wanted it to be brave and fun but also warm and inviting,” homeowner Dana Guild says of her 1930s Beverly Hills residence that she and her husband, Adam, and their three children share. An effervescent space filled with bold patterns and lively colors, the house maintains its original charm even as a renovation updated it for the present-day lives of a family of five. As architect Scott Alan Joyce, whom the Guilds turned to for an interior remodel and addition, puts it, “It’s a classic Paul Williams-esque house with a lot of interior glamour. They wanted it to be a family home but it was very much about creating elegance.”

The Colonial’s well-constructed shell and center-hall plan proved inspiring. “It’s a lath-and-plaster house with great moldings and proportions in the public rooms,” notes Joyce, who worked on the structure with senior associate Kyoko Hibino. “We took the grandness of the public spaces and added it to the rest of the house.” To create more square footage, an L-shaped addition at the back of the house was designed, which now contains the master suite, and both floors were reconfigured. “We did this by moving the existing garage and building a new one off the alley,” says the architect.

This change allowed him to move the house another 10 feet. Joyce also ensured that all three boys had their own bedrooms and bathrooms by cutting the existing master bathroom in half, dividing it into two separate baths and using the master closet to create the third. Closets, hallways and one large bathroom were then reconfigured into the children’s bedrooms, while the rest of the original master suite was converted into a guest room.

With such significant changes, Joyce was determined to create a smooth transition. “We didn’t want to see where the old house ended and the new house began,” he says. “So, we duplicated a lot of details in the existing structure.” For example, moldings and window sizes were replicated to maintain historical authenticity and flow. That seamlessness required “a lot of research about the time period and finding people who could recreate those details,” says general contractor Justin Krzyston. “We took time to honor the home’s integrity.” Creeping fig running up the addition outside further ties old and new together.

With experience in design and as a transplant from Greenwich, Connecticut, Dana had a specific vision for the interiors. “I love color, so I have an obsession with Sister Parish,” she says. “I like a preppy, laid-back and whimsical aesthetic.” In the early stages, Dana worked with her friend, designer and television host Lara Spencer on the interiors, before bringing on designer Adam Wardell. “I wanted to bring my East Coast history here to feel more at home,” Dana says. Adds Wardell: “The idea was to take the house in a youthful, light and fresh direction but bring in West Coast sensibilities in a more traditional framework.”

The palette, which features a bold mix of patterns, playful touches and linear silhouettes, adds up to one cohesive look. “Nothing is too over-the-top,” Wardell says. “It all blends well together.” In the dining room, for instance, blues and greens offer punches of color. However, Wardell and Dana lacquered the ceiling and table white. “The space is a little darker and lacquering those elements brightened it,” Wardell says. The master bedroom continues that blue and green vibe, as does the breakfast room. The adjacent kitchen sports a softer palette and custom cabinetry. “There’s a balance in the house that works well,” Wardell notes. “The kitchen is very bright and white, but the breakfast room brings in tons of aqua and green. It’s a very successful mix.”

Outside, landscape designer Andrea Scharff created an environment simpatico with the home’s architecture. “I wanted to make the space feel like Dana but also wanted it to be true to the house itself,” Scharff says. To give the couple privacy, the landscape designer planted a visual buffer of Ficus nitida in columns in the front garden. And the existing bougainvillea now pairs with vibrant roses and a flowering pear tree. “We wanted it to be simple, welcoming and very much Dana, which is a woman from Greenwich, who lives in L.A.,” Scharff says. “It’s the best of Greenwich meeting L.A. in a cool way.” The result is a home that perfectly embodies its owners. “The house makes me happy, and I like that it’s a little surprising,” Dana says. Adds Joyce: “It’s a dramatic and glamorous house that’s very personal.”