In a historic Hollywood neighborhood filled with modest side-by-side period revival homes, the 1919 bungalow of Linda Hunt and Karen Klein stands out for its refreshing mix of old and new.
From the street, the one-story home looks like a traditional Craftsman, but step inside and colorful interiors offer a profoundly modern greeting. It is a jewel-box home filled with carefully considered details and custom finishes ranging from antique door pulls to lavender-colored walls and graphic wallcoverings in surprising hues of purple and green.
"This house has whimsy and a special kind of elegance," said Hunt, an Oscar-winning actress who currently stars in “NCIS: Los Angeles.” "It's welcoming."
They bought their current two-bedroom home with a plan to make better use of the cramped floor plan. They wanted a home that made sense, with free-flowing movement from room to room that would be suitable for them, their houseguests and dogs.
After touring a Hancock Park kitchen and den designed by Linda Brettler, the couple turned to the architect to help them rethink the living spaces.
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Formerly a dark space, the hallway is now illuminated by a colorful stained-glass skylight and a framed mural-like stretch of wallpaper designed by cartoonist Saul Steinberg for Schumacher.
Inspired by Art Deco and Viennese Secessionist styles, Brettler installed black-and-white cabinets in the den, painted the walls a vibrant purple and hung graphic sunflower wallcoverings by Designers Guild.
Hunt's extensive collection of New Yorker magazine covers from the 1960s and '70s papers the walls of the den’s en suite bathroom. "From the minute I started saving them, I knew I wanted to do something with them," said Hunt, who meticulously laid them out on the floor and painstakingly selected each cover for placement on the walls. Every cover had to be individually laminated and framed to create the grid-like format.
The sunroom feels like an airy alcove with dramatic Designer's Guild wallpaper detailing intricate topiary trees, clerestory windows and vaulted ceilings that bring in a surplus of natural light. Playful sliding barn doors installed between the kitchen and sunroom allow the room to be open or closed off, and add to the room's outdoor feel.