Elegant Style, Casual Notes Define A Composer’s Home


contemporary neutral living room fireplace...

Designer Lisa Price dressed a pair of custom Deco-style armchairs in the living room of a Santa Monica home in Liaigre silk. Standing atop a Holly Hunt silk-wool rug, the chairs join a Liaigre sofa from Thomas Lavin in Lulu DK fabric from Duralee. The sofa, Price notes, sets a sophisticated tone for the house. Flanking a Pablo Picasso lithograph over the fireplace are Zia Priven sconces. Roman shades in Sahco fabric from Donghia keep window treatments simple.

contemporary hallway sitting area

In an upstairs hallway, a niche with a cushion upholstered in fabric from Donghia offers a cozy spot to sit as well as built-in storage. It centers around a signed John Lennon lithograph, one of many music-related artworks in the home.

contemporary dining room photographs chandelier

Photos of notable musicians, including Janis Joplin, Bob Marley and Leonard Bernstein, preside over the stylish dining room. Beneath the collection is a Ralph Lauren Home bar in a rosewood veneer. Holly Hunt chairs pull up to the custom Macassar ebony dining table. Above is a Jean de Merry chandelier with custom silk shades; underfoot is a Holly Hunt rug.

contemporary white kitchen custom windows

Fabricated by The D Group and featuring Carter Hardware pulls, the curving cabinets create a yacht-like effect in the kitchen. A Franke sink from Nina's Kitchen, Bath, Hardware and Tile is accented by a Waterstone faucet. The custom windows are by Torrance Steel Window Co.; tile from Ann Sacks graces the floor.

contemporary white kitchen

The kitchen island boasts a leather-finish Black Absolute Zimbabwe granite top from Tristone & Tile; hovering above are Ralph Lauren Home pendants from Visual Comfort & Co. On the backsplash is honed Statuary marble from Mission Tile West; the perimeter countertops and wall behind the Wolf range are in a Calacatta marble from Southland Stone USA. In the foreground, the midcentury table is encircled by Janus et Cie chairs.

contemporary sun room sitting area...

Perennials fabric from David Sutherland covers the sofa in the sun room off the master suite. Ralph Lauren Home rattan chairs with cushions in a fabric from David Sutherland provide a casual counterpoint to the faux-shagreen coffee table from HD Buttercup, which also supplied the carpet, table lamp and floor lamp. The Roman shades are in Rubelli fabric from Donghia.

contemporary bedroom neutral tones bed

In the master suite, a custom bed and bedside tables rest on an Indian rug from Marc Phillips. At the foot of the bed is a bench from Plantation. A mid-20th-century desk from Dragonette and a Holly Hunt desk chair are grounded with a lambskin from Aga John Oriental Rugs. Price used Benjamin Moore's Silver Satin on the walls.

contemporary bathroom black floral flooring...

The powder room is clad in Nero Marquina marble tile on the walls and a Beau Monde mosaic design on the floor--both from Ann Sacks. A Kallista sink with California Faucets fixtures from Carter Hardware sits in a custom vanity below a Barclay Butera mirror from Mirror Image Home and a pair of Jonathan Browning Studios pendants from David Sutherland. On the walls, above the marble tile, is a Phillip Jeffries grass cloth from Holly Hunt.

contemporary outdoor sitting area poolside

Gathered around a welcoming fire pit, a sofa and lounge chairs from David Sutherland make up the poolside seating area; the lantern is by Ralph Lauren Home. Adjacent is a dining area with a pedestal table and adjustable chairs from Summit.

contemporary outdoor sitting area front...

A pair of Janus et Cie lounge chairs, with pillows in a Holly Hunt fabric, face out from under the shaded front porch toward the garden, which was designed by Agua Landscape. Price calls the exterior look "a fusion of Hamptons meadow and Los Angeles beach." Lighting the space is a lantern from Foundry.

When an award-winning composer moved into his new Santa Monica home, he opted to keep the furnishings from his previous residence. All he needed was a little help reimagining his old possessions for the new space.

For that he tapped designer Lisa Price.

“He’s very calm, mellow, easy-going and is usually in jeans,” observes Price, who’d worked with homeowner in the past. “But he’s also very traditional, with a sense of modern thrown in.”

To meld these diverse facts, “I make sure I carry elements throughout the house so rooms talk to one another,” she explains.

The designer mixed the client’s more sophisticated pieces — among them a Liaigre sofa she placed in the living room and a Donghia crocodile-patterned cabinet for the family room — with casual accents like organic rugs found throughout the home.

In the end, each room boasts the same stylistic mix. The soothing, primarily gray-and-white palette, warmed with rich woods and polished metal surfaces, creates a sense of calm and consistency that pervades the whole aesthetic.