Small 18th-century Italian busts, kid art, a mid-century French mirror, and an Oberto Gili photograph add zest on the living room mantel. Livable linens in cool hues mix with an animal print to balance quiet comfort with youthful energy.
In the entry, Ruthie Sommers upholstered what she calls "a granny chair" in a bright pink flame stitch. The leopard print carpet camouflages the heavy traffic of three kids and a dog.
A chair rail and wainscoting increased architectural interest in the dining room and carved out a canvas for an elegant mural-style wallpaper. A more youthful note is struck with the sisal rug and curtain-free windows outlined in orange tape to accentuate the Fortuny upholstery on the dining chairs.
The renovated kitchen, enlarged to take in a former patio, displays the attention to detail that characterizes the home's original architecture. A new arch to the right of the refrigerator was created for symmetry.
The ice-cream-parlor-style breakfast room is a favorite of Georgie's and her siblings. The children's portraits decorate the walls.
The built-in cabinets are original to the breakfast room, but the backs are painted pink to match the ceiling.
"I love the toile fabric in my office," says Lisa. "It really connects with the outdoors and brings the greenery inside." Yet even this most feminine of spaces isn't too fragile for the kids, as 3-year-old daughter Eden demonstrates. The antique desk was found at an estate sale.
The master suite is feminine without being frilly. The headboard is custom made, modeled after one seen in a magazine.
The Spanish Colonial-style architecture had remained untouched since the home was built in 1933.
The backyard patio, with an outdoor fireplace. Designer Sommers suggested a diamond-patterned patio with grass in between the pavers to add to the elegance of the fireplace.
The Weinstocks, from left, Julian, Brad, Georgie, Lisa, and Eden.
A year in Paris and an open attitude meant L.A. designer Ruthie Sommers, above, clicked with the Francophile-friendly Weinstocks, who had some ideas of their own. Example: "Lisa found a chair trimmed with pink welting and nailheads that she loved in an old Traditional Home," says Sommers. "We copied it on the granny chair in the entry hall (see slide 3). But instead of using burlap like the chair in the magazine, we used a softer flame stitch updated in a pink colorway."
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Family-Friendly and Colorful
Unexpected pops of color dominate this family-friendly home