Our client, a New Orleans native, transplanted to Los Angeles, sought to capture the grace, elegance and comfort of the houses she remembered from her childhood. We drew inspiration from the architecture of the rural American South, particularly the great Greek Revival homes of the early 19th century.
The house is organized as a classic center hall plan, with an elegant curving stair as a sculptural centerpiece. To the south are twin parlors, inspired by the similar rooms at The Burn, an enchanting historic home in Natchez, Mississippi, built in 1834. To the north is the formal dining room, embellished with a paneled wainscot, and the spacious gourmet kitchen, which open to the breakfast room and cozy family lounge beyond. The rear of the house features a graciously-scaled veranda, with a dining space warmed by a brick fireplace.
The gardens on this double parcel includes a guest house "dependency", with a ground level garage fronting the street to the rear. The landscape design is inspired by the traditional gardens of the 19th Century Mississippi, featuring brick paving, pools and water features in a variety of romantic outdoor "rooms".