When she and Sidney moved in five years ago, the previous owners had just repainted every room. “It was wonderful. The house did not require a single structural change, and I didn’t have to alter the color of one room,” recalls Joanna, who, after 14 films of her own in the ’60s and early ’70s, left the industry to marry and later start a family with Sidney. Her design challenge was to edit the contents from a house three times this one’s size, without sacrificing objects she and Sidney both love. (Even celebrity households aren’t spared the empty-nest syndrome.) “A lot of furniture had to go. But not the artwork. We’d never part with that,” Joanna stresses.
Here, steps lead up from the passage to the living room, where a pair of Jacobean chairs are covered in antique needlepoint.
Jacobean chairs with antique needlepoint; tapestry pillows; accessories; lamps; mirrors; paintings; pair of black gueridon tables; coffee table; sculpture: owner’s collection.
Round table; gilt bench: Rose Tarlow-Melrose House, 323/651-2202, roseetarlow.com, trade only.
Area rug (custom): Aga John Oriental Rugs, 310/657-0890, agajohncarpets.com.
Sofa: Ty-Teck Interiors, 323/876-8220.
Pair of mirrors above sofa: Agostino Antiques Ltd., 212/988-4821.
Club chairs: Ty-Teck Interiors, 323/876-8220.
Flame-stitch fabric (“Castello Aragonese’’, colorway discontinued): Clarence House, 800/803-2850, trade only.
Bullion fringe: Westcoast Trims, 323/263-4421.
Tapestry wall hanging (Villa Melrose): Aga John Oriental Rugs, 310/657-0890, agajohncarpets.com.
Chair at entrance to living room (designed by Rose Tarlow);
chair fabric (Aubusson tapestry): owner’s collection.