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>>> In Los An­ge­les, the tra­di­tional fam­ily home can have many con­fig­u­ra­tions. ¶ For 15 years, Jamie Klas­feld’s home base was the Sierra Tow­ers high-rise con­do­minium com­plex in West Hol­ly­wood. ¶ “We’re from New York and liked apart­ment liv­ing,” she says. ¶

Los Angeles Times - - HOME & DESIGN - BY LISA BOONE lisa.boone@la­times.com

So when she and her fam­ily moved in Novem­ber 2015 into a new 4,000-square-foot home in Stu­dio City — their first — the artist was over­come with emo­tion.

“It’s like a dream,” she says of the house she shares with her hus­band and their two chil­dren, Frankie, 11, and Duke, 7. “When we lived in a tiny apart­ment in New York, we had a view of a wall.”

Af­ter search­ing se­ri­ously for a year all over Los An­ge­les, the cou­ple pur­chased a 1946 Tu­dor in des­per­ate need of re­mod­el­ing and hired de­signer Bryan Wark to draft some­thing new.

Work­ing with con­trac­tor Dana Ben­son, Wark pro­posed a sim­ple and mod­ern de­sign based on Klas­feld’s vi­sion board: A light-filled fam­ily com­pound in­flu­enced by the spare ge­om­e­try of pi­o­neer­ing Mod­ernist ar­chi­tect Irv­ing Gill.

The ex­te­rior of the house is clas­sic Gill with smooth plas­ter walls, sim­ple lines and a flat roof. But in­side, Wark cre­ated an up-to-theminute feel with 12-foot-high ceil­ings, warm woods, lay­ers of white and board-form con­crete walls.

“It’s a unique blend of a lot of dif­fer­ent things that work seam­lessly to­gether,” says Wark. “It’s a very Los An­ge­les house for right now.”

Cus­tom de­tails in­clude 8-foot­tall Hol­ly­wood Re­gency-style doors, del­i­cate wall­pa­per based on Klas­feld’s art­works and cus­tom steel win­dows and doors, pow­der­coated black and made in Ti­juana. A float­ing wall filled with fire­wood dou­bles as a vestibule and niche, giv­ing the crisp white walls of the liv­ing room a warm, or­ganic feel.

In the kitchen, white walls blend with board-form con­crete par­ti­tions, white porce­lain tile and rus­tic wide-plank oak floors. At the ex­pan­sive kitchen is­land, the kids can rest on bar stools and chat with Klas­feld as she cooks. And in a strik­ing touch, the panel-ready re­frig­er­a­tor is cov­ered in hand­scraped white oak pan­els that are in­stalled in a chevron pat­tern.

“This is my dream kitchen,” Klas­feld says.

Per­haps the big­gest im­pres­sion, though, comes from the col­or­ful blue Moroc­can tile that Klas­feld spot­ted in Elle Decor mag­a­zine.

“I ripped the page out of the mag­a­zine years ago and saved it,” she says. “We searched the In­ter­net and found the dealer in Bel­gium.”

But not ev­ery­thing is cus­tom. When­ever pos­si­ble, Wark used thrifty fur­nish­ings: White lam­i­nate IKEA cab­i­nets in the play­room, porce­lain coun­ter­tops in the kitchen in­stead of high-priced Car­rara mar­ble, bar stools from CB2 in the kitchen, and West Elm fur­nish­ings in Frankie’s room.

Re­laxed yet re­fined, the fin­ished project evokes a warmth that is un­de­ni­able.

It’s a feel­ing that is not lost on Klas­feld, who an­tic­i­pates that her first home may be her last.

“I plan on host­ing my grand­kids here some­day,” she says with a smile.

Pho­to­graphs by Jay L. Clen­denin Los An­ge­les Times

THE STU­DIO CITY home be­long­ing to Jamie Klas­feld has 12-foot ceil­ings, warm woods, white walls and board-form con­crete walls.

Jay L. Clen­denin Los An­ge­les Times

THE KITCHEN fea­tures a large porce­lain is­land, top left, while the ex­te­rior, top right, con­sists of sim­ple lines and a flat roof. An en­larged fam­ily pho­to­graph dec­o­rates the mas­ter bed­room, lower left, and a pow­der-coated iron shelf adds a punch of red to Duke's room.

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