Thank you to all of you who left comments and sent emails wishing me a speedy recovery. Although my arm is feeling better (thanks to my amazing acupunturist!), I've still been told to keep the blogging to a minimum. So this post is going to be photo heavy and commentary light!
Last Saturday night, Steve and I attended a fantastic Los Angeles Conservancy event at La Casa de las Campanas, one of best examples of Spanish Colonial Revival in Los Angeles.
When we arrived, we were amazed to find out that we could take photos of the entire house. So we thought we'd bring you with us!
It was difficult to take in all of the details in this home, but I'll share with you some the features that caught my eye...
The beautiful light fixture above the front door casts floral shadows on the curved ceiling.
A small stained glass window is tucked in an arched nook in the entry.
Originally designed by Lester Scherer and built in 1927, La Casa de las Campanas was in desperate need of updating when the present owner purchased it in 1987. He painstakingly restored the estate to its original magnificence (and beyond!).
The painted wood ceiling in the main living room is one of the most spectacular details.
The present owner has covered the walls with his collection of early 20th Century artwork.
The terra cotta and painted tiles are typical for this style of house.
The main seating area in the living room is centered on a large fireplace.
The main house is built around a center courtyard.
The beautiful tiled pool is the focal point of the courtyard.
A clock tower is situated at the end of the south wing of the house. Steve and I had to satisfy our curiosity by climbing the stairs to the top...
On the second floor of the tower we found a room filled with original sketches and architectural drawings of the house.
Four well patina-ed copper bells hung at the top of the tower.
The "Hollywood" sign could be seen in the distant view from the top of the tower.
Leaving the tower, we headed over to the dining wing of the main house.
Two walls of the breakfast room were made of French doors and connected the room to the courtyard...
The caterers were busy in the kitchen, but I had to take a quick photo of the kitchen ceiling. Stunning!
While it was still light, we decided to head back outside.
We found a charming guest house towards the back of the property.
A greenhouse was tucked behind the greenery.
Inside we discovered a romantic, overgrown dining room.
As we started losing the light, we headed up to the bedrooms.
There was a magical view of the clock tower and the courtyard from the top of the stairs.
Because the bedrooms were dimly lit, it was very difficult to take pictures. However, I was able to take this photo of the original owner's daughter's bedroom.
Her bathroom is spectacular!
The tile patterns and colors in all of the bathrooms were simply gorgeous.
Downstairs again, we discovered my favorite room, a beautifully paneled library with a charming corner fireplace.
The collection of leather books and the furnishings covered in warm tones added to the cozy ambience of the room.
The house seemed to endless! As we turned another corner, we found ourselves standing next to a tiled bar.
Around another corner, we discovered a small stairway that led us down to the wine room, filled with Mason memorabilia.
A unique paneled door covered the entrance to the wine cellar.
We enjoyed the various collections displayed throughout the house.
As we walked towards the front door, I peaked my head into the powder room for one last look at the tile work and a fun floral inspired sink.
I hope you found some inspiration in your tour of La Casa de las Campanas. We certainly did! To learn more about future amazing events sponsored by the Los Angeles Conservancy, please visit their website.
Steve and I are off to Penny and Adam Bianchi's home tomorrow, Thursday, November 3rd for the Patina Style book signing. We look forward to seeing you there!
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