Inside Director Marc Webb’s Eclectic Los Angeles Abode


Eclectic White Bedroom with Flat-Weave Carpet

The custom walnut bed featuring a Rogers & Goffigon gray tweed takes center stage in the master bedroom along with a vintage flat-weave carpet from Mehraban. A Gubi wall-mounted light from Horne brightens a Design Within Reach side table. The chair features a pillow in Zak+Fox fabric.

Eclectic White Bathroom with Black-Tiled Shower

A vintage African stool rests on floors from Exquisite Surfaces in the master bathroom, where a vintage kilim from Nickey Kehoe adds vibrancy. The Rejuvenation fixture lights a vanity designed by Alexander. Brass fixtures from Waterworks coordinate with a custom mirror also conceived by Alexander. Apparatus vanity lights and Mission Tile West shower tiles finish the space.

Eclectic White Bathroom with Graphic Tile Flooring

Tile floors from Mission Tile West add a graphic note against a vintage rug in a guest bathroom. Custom cabinetry designed by Alexander is fitted with pulls from Liz’s Antique Hardware. White shower tiles, also from Mission Tile West, and a light fixture overhead by Allied Maker in Glen Cove, New York, complete the look.

Eclectic Black Powder Room with Custom Sink

Poured concrete defines the flooring in this space, where sconces by Apparatus flank an Anthropologie mirror. A custom sink resides near vintage wall-mounted accessories for soap and a cup holder.

Eclectic Black Powder Room with Vintage Wood Chair

In a corner of a powder room, a vintage chair rests on a vintage carpet from Mosaik. Walls were painted using Farrow & Ball’s Off- Black, which allows artwork from Webb’s collection to shine.

Eclectic Neutral Kitchen with Walnut Island

Custom aged-brass-steel-and-walnut adjustable barstools pull up to a walnut island featuring a honed black granite countertop in the kitchen. A blackened-metal-and-brass light fixture by Apparatus illuminates the scene.

Eclectic Neutral Kitchen with Open Wood Shelving

The completely gutted kitchen includes cabinetry designed by Alexander wearing hardware from Liz’s Antique Hardware; integrated Thermador appliances are from APD. Wooden shelves pop against a white tile backsplash from Ann Sacks. The vintage kilim from Mehraban brings pleasing contrast.

Eclectic White Living Room with Post-and-Beam Ceiling

Vintage textiles on the living room’s sofa pillows and the square leather ottoman from Mosaik temper the wood floors that were darkened to a deep walnut-toned finish. The wood floors’ hue echoes the post-and-beam ceiling— originally a blond shade.

Eclectic White Living Room Vignette with Built-In Shelving

An array of books and accessories sits in the living room on a built-in bookshelf, which was fabricated by builder E. Nero Smeraldo. The shelves, as well as the entire room, are painted with Farrow & Ball’s Wimborne White.

Eclectic White Living Room Vignette with Gray Plaster Fireplace

In the living room, The Walfab Company’s linen drapery fabric from Harbinger coordinates with a vintage Grasshopper chair from Monc XIII in Sag Harbor, New York. The chair holds court near a fireplace surround refurbished with gray hand-molded plaster. Above, existing sconces add a Moroccan note.

Eclectic White Exterior with Pointed Arches

The façade of the 1920s home boasts a decidedly Moorish flair, courtesy of the pointed arches along a covered terrace. No architectural changes were made—the team simply painted the home a white hue, creating a visually striking statement.

Eclectic White Foyer with Globe Pendant

Like the materials, the furnishings throughout have a common thread. “Each area has its own individuality, but there’s this subtle Moorish nod that’s executed in a modern way,” says the designer, who used a mix of pieces from the 1920s through present day. In the foyer the tall domed ceiling is perfect for a striking globe pendant.

Eclectic White Entry Vignette with Black-and-White Photo

Black-and-white photography fills Webb's Moorish-inspired home, including in the light-filled foyer. A leather-topped wood console completes this eclectic vignette.

Eclectic White Living Room with Low-Slung Sofa

For director, writer and producer Marc Webb’s Los Angeles home, designer Vanessa Alexander placed a custom low- slung chesterfield sofa covered in Rogers & Goffigon velvet and a coffee table from RH on a vintage Moroccan carpet from Woven Accents in the living room.

"I like my houses to have unique qualities but not be overpowering,” says Marc Webb, best known as a writer and producer, and the director of films including The Amazing Spider-Man movies and (500) Days of Summer. “I love the idea of craftsmanship and details that differentiate a space.” When Webb spied a 1920s abode in Los Angeles, he was able to look past the home’s extensive Moorish interpretation—notably the gilded and painted arches and Moroccan light fixtures—and focus on the dwelling’s potential. “The house had spectacular views, great bones and a sense of history, which is always interesting to me,” Webb says. “But I wanted a simpler flow and a functional, comfortable space that took advantage of the views.” Webb’s designer, Vanessa Alexander, could through a series of loving restorations by the previous owners, but we wanted to bring it back to its roots while maintaining a nod to that Moroccan spirit,” she says. “We sought to modernize the home with rich materials and a warm yet masculine vibe that offered just enough Moorish appeal.”

Although the architecture of the home didn’t change, the façade’s yellow and green paint colors gave way to a warm white hue. “The house now feels like it was naturally this color,” says builder E. Nero Smeraldo, a veteran of other historic renovation projects. “We worked to make sure that nothing was drastically changed.” Though room sizes also didn’t change, a wall that separated the kitchen from the back stairs came down, and a new skylight overthat staircase appeared, bringing in light and a more open feel. Additionally, the team maintained some of the wood floors but darkened them with a walnut finish and stained the beamed ceiling to match.

Likewise, Alexander’s chosen materials for tile, lighting, cabinetry and plumbing fixtures subtly acknowledge the home’s many influences. “We gutted the house top to bottom in terms of materiality,” says Alexander, who met Webb through a longtime client. “We simplified the home’s story but still referenced all these influences (Spanish, Moorish and Old Hollywood) with the new materials. It was about editing ideas.” In a guest bathroom, for example, tonal concrete floors, a plaster finish on the walls and gray Moroccan shower tiles create a clean, modern space while referencing the home’s aesthetic. “It’s eye candy but executed in a simple way,” Alexander says. “We wanted these materials to look like they could have been here forever.”

Though the kitchen is new, its materials share a similar staying power. Minimalist cabinetry wearing brass hardware mingles with a modern island of rich walnut, while custom stools and lighting add classic elements. “The kitchen’s light fixture is modern, but its black metal patina provides age,” Alexander says. “The entire home was really about hitting those marks.” Furthermore, a new picture window in the kitchen takes advantage of the views. “Lining up the counters with the bottom of that picture window allows one’s eyes to go outside,” Smeraldo says. “It opens up the space and caters to indoor-outdoor living.” Being connected to the vistas—whether through expansive windows or a natural color palette—was another important factor. “This house is surrounded by amazing jetliner views and blue skies with lush foliage,” Alexander says. “So we focused on hits of ruby tones and deep blues mixed with natural patinas, leathers and metals, as well as plaster and concrete with a hand-hewn nature.”

Like the materials, the furnishings throughout have a common thread. “Each area has its own individuality, but there’s this subtle Moorish nod that’s executed in a modern way,” says the designer, who used a mix of pieces from the 1920s through present day. The living room, for example, includes a Moroccan rug, vintage Grasshopper chairs and a chesterfield sofa covered in luxurious velvet. The sofa’s low-slung silhouette offers a contemporary note against the antique items. “It was important to create a flow with the furniture and tell a cohesive story,” Alexander says.

While each room offers a fusion of elements, coziness was essential. “Marc is very multidimensional,” Alexander says. “And we wanted to create a place where he can take refuge after being on location.” For Webb, that translated into a welcoming home with simple touches and incredible comfort. “I love design; it’s a huge part of my life, but the goal was relaxation and having a place for my friends and family to stay when I’m in L.A.,” says Webb. “In my old house, I was never quite settled. Now, I really look forward to coming home. This house feels special in a way that’s inviting and warm. I like the aroma of friendship it has provided for me.”

—Brittany Kaplan

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