Saturday, February 26, 2011

For Your Consideration

"The Schaffer Residence" 1949
John Lautner   architect
Currently offered by Crosby Doe Associates


2 Bedrooms
1.5 Baths
2 Carport

You may recognize this home, located in a wooded valley at the foot of the Verdugo Mountains, and only 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles.

It's the home that Tom Ford chose for a non-speaking role in last years Oscar nominated "A Single Man".

This stunner in concrete, glass, and native redwood, has been meticulously restored.

The open plan design takes advantage of the beautiful views encompassing a large stand of oak.

Colin Firth, regrettably, does not come with the property.

For more information on the sale of this home, visit  Crosby Doe Associates.

For more information on this property, and others designed by renowned architect John Lautner, visit The John Lautner Foundation.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

We often see the beautiful home with the elegant black door or black painted shutters.

It's a no-brainer...right?

A risk taker will go a step further with it...

The trouble starts when you move inside...

People just freeze up at the thought of painting something black that the majority of us paint white.
Just let go.....IT"S ONLY PAINT!....and the payoff for something so easy to do is big...

It's drama-rama....

You can take it to another level by putting a little "formal" on the floors.

This is where I really lose people...
...the ceiling...

Their greatest fear is that it will make the room seem small, short, and oppressive.
Actually, the exact opposite is true. Done correctly, it lifts the eye and makes the room, even small ones, appear larger and more open.

And now that all inhibition has been eliminated... can undertake what's left...

Big Risk...

BIG Reward...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

"Patience, Affection"...

...Paul Newman, on the secret to a lasting marriage.

This is my all-time favorite couple. Married for 50 years, Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman epitomized a successful marriage.

At the time of his death in 2008, the Newmans had lived in the same 18th century Connecticut  farmhouse for 48 years.

Woodward believed that this helped to solidify their marriage. "We were never Hollywood people," she told the Daily News in 2001. "we just like it better here. It also probably helps that we always enjoyed each others company."

I like how normal they seemed...

They just happened to be major movie stars...

Below is a clip from "The Long Hot Summer", a film that I never tire of. I own it and watch it several times a year. Joanne and Paul were married just months after production was completed.
The electricity between them was palpable.

Their take on longevity..."correct amounts of lust and respect".