Big City Digs: Hip Hollywood Hills Penthouse

Though constructed back in 1930, the Colonial House remains one of Hollywood's most desirable residences, with a top floor that includes awesome views of Sunset Strip. After renovating the penthouse for a producer, Tim Barber used a huge faux-fur rug, modern sofa, purple armchairs, artwork and more to create a hip home for his client.

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Photo By: Laura Hull Photography

Historic Colonial House Exterior

Completed in 1930, the Leland Bryant-designed Colonial House is among the last of early Hollywood’s most glamorous and exclusive revival style condominiums, and remains a coveted refuge for the industry’s elite. Golden Age tenants included the likes of Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Cary Grant. The penthouse's exterior is protected by the National Register of Historic Places and remains unchanged since it was built.

Penthouse Foyer Laden with Architectural Detail

East meets west in this eclectic entry hall, which features a nail head-studded door, shouldered arch and original crown molding. A star-shaped flush-mount light fixture echoes the star pattern on the door. An original phone niche houses a sculpture from the owner's extensive art collection. French Colonial-inspired architectural elements are set off by the contrast brought by white walls and ebonized hardwood floors.

White, Modern Living Room with Purple Velvet Armchairs

In this sleek, renovated penthouse, the design team kept intact the living room's intricately carved ceiling beams, which were designed by the home's original architect, Leland Bryant. The beams articulate the cathedral ceiling and draw the eye downward to the living room’s art-lined walls. The space features an original fireplace, as well as a sofa by modern furniture designer Milo Baughman. A pair of velvet and chrome armchairs were designed specifically for the room by architect Tim Barber to add color and anchor the tall space.

Tortoise Coffee Table in Eclectic Living Space

The client's art collection is part his own, part pieces inherited from his parents. Designed by J. Anthony Redmile, this tortoise coffee table is ornamented with gold- and purple-painted legs. Perched atop is Alex Israel’s cast bronze and black patina “Maltese Falcon,” modeled after the falcon statuette featured in its namesake film. A mix of texture adds interest in the space and ranges from the fur rug to the glass and resin table to the carved marble fireplace.

Eclectic Living Room with View of Hollywood Hills

The living room of this L.A. penthouse was designed to take advantage of sweeping views of the Hollywood Hills, Sunset Strip and West Hollywood. The neutral hue of the antique sofa complements the greenery visible through the window just beyond.

Focal Wall Featuring Modern Painting, Mirrored Console

A painting by artist Math Bass creates a focal point above a mirrored console on this west-facing wall. The nearby dining table by actor-turned-interior designer Billy Haines is topped by Alex Israel’s “Risky Business," a cut glass replica of the famed egg from the 1983 film of the same name. The homeowner's art collection is showcased throughout the renovated penthouse.

Renovated Kitchen in White-Walled, Eclectic Penthouse

Sleek, modern barstools mix with traditional architectural details in this crisp, clean penthouse kitchen. The kitchen opens into the adjoining living room and benefits from the room's copious natural light. Meanwhile, glossy finishes reflect light and make the small space feel open and airy. Stainless steel appliances echo the polished chrome used in furniture elsewhere throughout the penthouse, unifying the spaces.

White, Traditional Kitchen with Open Shelving

Built-in, open shelving helps to visually open the small kitchen, and strategically placed gallery lighting makes artwork of even the tableware. To break up the monotony of the all-white palette, the design team introduced a variety of textures, including plank board behind the shelving and subway tile behind the range. Dark pulls contrast with the white cabinetry.

Gray, Eclectic Guest Bedroom with Fabric Walls

The same fabric swaths the walls, headboard and lampshades in this cozy cocoon-like guest bedroom, harmonizing and warming the space. Black and white photography stands out above the bed, while a custom animal print carpet provides softness on the floor. A large mirror reflects light and visually expands the space.

White, Eclectic Bathroom in Penthouse Apartment

Attention to detail sets this eclectic bathroom apart. From the square under-mount sink and marble countertop to the bamboo accessories and modern artwork, each piece brings flair to the small space. White walls link the room to the rest of the penthouse apartment, while creating a clean backdrop for the home's sleek style.

White Eclectic Bathroom with Black and White Photograph

A marble tub deck and subway tile surround add classic detail to this modern-eclectic master bath. Black and white photography brings in a graphic element. The homeowner's art collection is showcased throughout the renovated penthouse.

Niche with Pendant Lighting

A window opens to offer a sweeping view of the Hollywood hills in this sleek California penthouse. A pendant fixture finds a home in an architectural niche.

Light-Filled, Eclectic Home Office

A shimmering modern chandelier and eclectic collection of artwork turn this small space into a jewel box of a home office. A natural fiber rug grounds the space and adds an earthy element while adding softness underfoot. The desk is situated at an angle to take maximum advantage of the natural light from a large window.

Home Office with Built-in Bookshelves, Chandelier

Built-in bookshelves create valuable storage space in this petite but picturesque home office. A modern, mirrored chandelier adds sparkle. Collected objets d'art provide interest throughout the space.

Traditional Balcony on Los Angeles Historic Condominium

During the extensive renovation of this Hollywood penthouse condominium, the design team restored the doorway onto the balcony, as well as the original openwork columns and railings, creating a beautiful space to overlook the famed Chateau Marmont and surrounding Hollywood Hills. Located off the penthouse's kitchen, the balcony was previously accessed by a screen door and the ironwork showed significant signs of wear. Now, it's a relaxed, lovely and fully restored spot to unwind and enjoy the view.

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