Doug and Lisa Holte with their daughters, from left, Frances, Savannah, and Caroline.
Shapely Biedermeier chairs and silk drapery panels add to the room's drama.
The living room of the new home is formal yet inviting. Still Before Night, the painting over the fireplace, is by Pauline Ziegen.
A generously sized front yard graced with two flowering eucalyptus trees attracted the Holte family to the Pacific Palisades property.
The dining room's opulent crystal chandelier is one of the few ornate accessories in the well-edited house.
One of a pair of bright blue glass hurricanes lends a playful pop of color on the mantel.
A modern painting, Land's End, by Patricia Howard, and an antique altar table topped with amber glass lamps are the focal point in the entry.
Shell accessories throughout the home are a reminder of the nearby Pacific.
The family room's palette evolved from the brown and blue tones of the antique rug. A sofa in taupe-and-aqua striped cotton-linen and a pair of chairs covered in a darker taupe and piped with chocolate leather are pulled up to the coffee table. "The coffee table has modern legs and a traditional planked top, a combination of two styles I love," says Lisa.
The kitchen is bright with natural sunlight that spills from room to room.
Brightly colored accessories add to the subtle palette and inject a sense of whimsy.
In the breakfast area, walls were painted pale blue, which works well with the icy aqua window seat cushions. "I wanted the window seat to serve as a kitchen sofa," Lisa says. "It's a relaxing spot where the girls can read and study."
Much of the Holte family's leisure time is spent relaxing in the outdoor living room at the back of the house, next to the pool. A mirror above the fireplace reflects the canyon, making it a living piece of art.