Living Room

Exotically patterned fabrics from Pierre Frey on armchairs and ottomans and a vintage bone-inlay coffee table set a lively mood in this 1920s West Hollywood home.

See more of this room on the following slides.

Living Room Details

Carmen Lopez fills her home with unique objects gathered on her world travels. Her collections include Battersea boxes on the living room coffee table, and biographies, books on interiors, and tomes on the history of Cuba—her birthplace—on tabletops and bookshelves.

Living Room Desk Area

Vintage acrylic furnishings mingle with Chinese porcelain, Asian rattan, and antique tables in the Spanish deco-style duplex.

X-shaped acrylic accent table (vintage): Civilization, 310/202-8883.
Sconces (discontinued): Gracious Home, 800/338-7809, gracioushome.com.
Desk; Lucite desk chair (vintage); dresser; coffee table; sofa: owner’s collection.
Desk-chair fabric (“Aga”/Turquoise on Tint #6340-07, by China Seas): Quadrille, 212/753-2995, quadrillefabrics.com.  

Exterior

Glimpses of the Los Angeles home’s exterior hint at the exotic collections inside.

Dining Room

Chairs by Nancy Corzine complement a wide oval pine table that Carmen designed. The Murano glass chandelier was a hand-me-down from a friend (who originally bought it at ABC Home in New York). Arched windows are draped in a warm coral print fabric from Peter Dunham Textiles.

Wall paint (“Matchstick” #2013): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com.
Ceiling paint (“Silver Cloud” #2129-70): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Chandelier: owner’s collection, but originally from ABC Carpet & Home, 212/473-3000, abchome.com.
Dining table: custom.
Dining chairs (discontinued, for similar, “Villa Side Chair” #1093S): Nancy Corzine, 310/652-4859, nancycorzine.com.
Dining-chair fabric: Michael Levine, 213/622-6259, lowpricefabric.com.
Flatware and dinnerware (vintage, antique, or one-of-a-kind); console: owner’s collection.
Sconces: Fantasy Lighting, 323/933-7244, fantasylightingla.com.
Drapery (“Janpath”): Peter Dunham Textiles, 310/432-0944, peterdunhamtextiles.com.

Dining Room Details

Collecting silver is such a passion that Carmen added shelves in her dining room to display her favorite pieces.

Dining Room Silver Collection

Perhaps Carmen Lopez’s most impressive collection in her Los Angeles home is her assortment of fine silver, which lines the walls flanking the arched opening in the formal dining room. “I started my silver collection with the tea set, which I purchased on Portobello Road in London,” says Carmen. “It was so tarnished when I bought it that the owner of a hotel took it away immediately and polished it for me.” Over time, Carmen added to the collection piece by piece, purchasing silver cake stands, platters, candlesticks, goblets, figurines, bowls, and other sculptural objects everywhere she visited—from Boston flea markets to refined New England antiques stores. Several pieces are cherished gifts from family members and friends. “Not all of it has a great history. And none of it is priceless,” she adds. “It’s the memory each item exudes that makes it special.”

Portrait

Homeowner and designer Carmen Lopez.

Kitchen

Four layers of old flooring were removed to reveal the kitchen’s original wood floor, which Carmen painted glossy black to match the adjoining ebony-stained wood floors. She stayed with the existing footprint of the small kitchen but added classic blue-and-white tiles and rebuilt the cabinets with glass doors that showcase her collection of dishware.

Details on the following slide.

Tile walls and countertops (discontinued): Country Floors, 212/627-8300, countryfloors.com.
Light fixture (“Basisk Pendant Lamp”): IKEA, ikea.com.
Plates between windows: vintage.
Striped rug; blinds: owner’s collection. 

Kitchen Details

A vintage range and colorful parrot prints are just some of the eccentric details in Carmen’s blue-and-white kitchen.

Hand towels (“Hammam Stripe Hand Towel”/White, Midnight): West Elm, 866/428-6468, westelm.com.

Breakfast Nook

Lively wallpaper by China Seas wraps the room in a high-contrast cream-on-brown pattern with retro appeal. Vintage chairs are covered in “Paradise Background” by Quadrille; the “Barcelona Chandelier” above is from Broad Beach Lighting Company.

Details on the following slide.

Wallpaper (“Trellis Background”/Natural on Brown #6020W-01, by China Seas): Quadrille, 212/753-2995, quadrillefabrics.com.
Ceiling paint (“Silver Cloud” #2129-70): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Chandelier (“Barcelona Chandelier”): Broad Beach Lighting Co., 626/642-0441, broadbeachdesign.com.
Prints: Nathan Turner, 310/275-1209.
Table (discontinued): Nancy Corzine, 310/652-4859, nancycorzine.com.
Chairs: vintage.
Chair and bolster fabric (“Paradise Background”/Orange on Tint” #301988F, by Quadrille): Quadrille, 212/753-2995, quadrillefabrics.com.
Bench fabric (“Bruciato” #P533, Belgian Linen): Arabel Fabrics, 305/947-9808, arabelfabrics.com.

Breakfast Nook Details

A cream-colored hutch stuns with a tangerine interior, displaying an array of colorful dishes.

Hutch; dishes in hutch (vintage): owner’s collection.

Bath

Asian-inspired Brunschwig & Fils wallpaper and a vintage chandelier set the tone in the master bath. Preferring showers and not interested in replacing the dated tub, Carmen converted it into a spa-like daybed, which she upholstered in terry cloth.

Details on the following slides.

Wallpaper (discontinued): Brunschwig & Fils, 800/538-1880, brunschwig.com.
Bench cushion: terry cloth.
Pillow fabrics: owner’s collection.
Chandelier; art: vintage.
Ceiling paint (“Silver Cloud” #2129-70): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Acrylic side chair: Paradigm Gallery, 877/746-6307, pgmod.com.

Bath

Windows above the elegant pedestal sink from Kohler bring light into the master bath.

Sink (“Memoirs Stately 30-Inch Pedestal Sink” #K-2269-8-0): Kohler, 800/456-4537, kohler.com.

Bath Details

Carmen found the old hutch at a flea market, covered it in Behr’s “Elephant” paint, and wallpapered the back with a sea grass material to allow displayed items to pop.

Hutch: vintage.
Hutch paint (“Elephant Skin” #UL260-5): Behr Paint, behr.com.

Master Bedroom

The twisted-poster bed in the master suite was purchased at an estate sale. Moorish bedside chests with linen upholstery are from Bernhardt.

Bed: vintage.
Mirror over bed (“Bone Sunburst Mirror” #WM781): Ballard Designs, 800/536-7551, ballarddesigns.com.
Bedside tables (‘Cabrillo Nailhead Chests” #323-113N): Bernhardt, bernhardt.com.
Lamps (“Zak Table Lamps”): Crate & Barrel, 800/996-9960, crateandbarrel.com.
Wall paint (“Birchwood” #DEC 752): Dunn Edwards, dunnedwards.com.
Drapery (discontinued): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Euro pillows (“Pearls” by Barbara Barry for Bloomingdales): Bloomingdales, bloomingdales.com.
Bolster pillow (“Primrose”): John Robshaw Textiles, 212/594-6006, johnrobshaw.com.
Decorative pillow (“Diamond Ikat Pillow”/Pink): Z Gallerie, 800/908-6748, zgallerie.com.
Throw: vintage.
Bedding (“Pearls” by Barbara Barry for Bloomingdales): Bloomingdales, bloomingdales.com.
Wall art: vintage from Thailand.

Bedroom Secretary

The writing desk in Carmen’s bedroom is a Chinese reproduction she discovered at a favorite local haunt in Los Angeles.

Secretary (antique reproduction, discontinued): Nell’s, 423/899-9141, nellsathome.com.

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Exotic West Hollywood Home

The refined and the exotic cohabit in beautiful harmony

Written and produced by Elizabeth Beeler
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Living Room Desk Area

Vintage acrylic furnishings mingle with Chinese porcelain, Asian rattan, and antique tables in the Spanish deco-style duplex.

X-shaped acrylic accent table (vintage): Civilization, 310/202-8883.
Sconces (discontinued): Gracious Home, 800/338-7809, gracioushome.com.
Desk; Lucite desk chair (vintage); dresser; coffee table; sofa: owner’s collection.
Desk-chair fabric (“Aga”/Turquoise on Tint #6340-07, by China Seas): Quadrille, 212/753-2995, quadrillefabrics.com.  

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