Lighten Up



2018 New Trad Edel Le­gaspi rein­vig­o­rates a sto­ry­book Tu­dor house tucked into a Los An­ge­les hill­side.

some­times a clas­sic calls for a fresh in­ter­pre­ta­tion. Or, in the case of this sto­ry­book Tu­dor in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, a color re­fresh. “When I first walked into the space, the home was true to Tu­dor style— clas­si­cal, dark and heavy, and very for­mal,” de­signer Edel Le­gaspi says. “The home­own­ers wanted some­thing up­dated and mod­ern for the way they live.” Le­gaspi, one of our 2018 class of New Trads, was the per­fect per­son to di­rect the trans­for­ma­tion. Now a part­ner in Le­gaspi Courts De­sign, she packs years of ex­pe­ri­ence hon­ing her craft un­der the tute­lage of lu­mi­nar­ies Kelly Wearstler and Jamie Bush.

Tasked with cre­at­ing brighter, more re­laxed in­te­ri­ors that en­gage the home’s out­door spa­ces, Le­gaspi jux­ta­posed so­phis­ti­cated new fur­nish­ings and fab­rics with tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture through­out the sprawl­ing 6,700-square-foot abode, built in 1963.

Il­lus­tra­tive of the home’s Tu­dor style, a vaulted, wood-slat ceil­ing de­fines the great room. “We kept the orig­i­nal beams as-is and painted the nat­u­ral-wood pan­els to lighten it up,” Le­gaspi says. Mesh­ing with the creamy tones of the wood, a rolled-arm sofa, ex­pan­sive ot­toman, and a wing chair up­dated in jute up­hol­stery am­plify the rich tex­ture of a sit­ting area next to the home’s orig­i­nal brick fire­place, no­table for its grand hearth. “You could walk in it,” Le­gaspi says.

In a sec­ond sit­ting area—a cozy spot for curl­ing up with a book—tufted arm­chairs and co­or­di­nat­ing ot­tomans flank a stone-top ta­ble. A com­bi­na­tion of semi-sheer Ro­man shades and tex­tured li­nen draperies on win­dows also plays to the tac­tile vibe.

Next to the liv­ing ar­eas, the re­fined din­ing room mixes pe­ri­ods as eas­ily as an adept host min­gles among guests. Shapely con­tem­po­rary chairs, cov­ered in taupe leather with nail­head de­tail, gather around a sub­stan­tial wal­nut ta­ble—part of the home­own­ers’ ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture col­lec­tion. An an­tique carved con­sole, dis­cov­ered lo­cally, in­jects age and char­ac­ter. Vin­tage can­dle­sticks con­tinue the col­lected feel.

Through­out the pub­lic spa­ces, black paint on win­dow cas­ings and muntins draws eyes to the glass and be­yond, show­cas­ing out­door views. “Re­paint­ing the trim punched up the lines,” Le­gaspi says. It brings a mod­ern graphic el­e­ment to the clas­sic home.

An­other fea­ture orig­i­nal to the Tu­dor, ma­sonry walls in the en­try from the back court­yard, got an up­date with warm white paint that vis­ually soft­ens the plas­ter’s gritty tex­ture. This color re­fresh also coun­ter­acts the weight of orig­i­nal French lime­stone floors in the space, which serves as a vestibule to the great room, fam­ily room, and court­yard. Gilded

mir­rors and gin­ger jars from the home­own­ers’ col­lec­tion crown a shapely wood side­board. “The mod­ern cre­denza com­mu­ni­cates style,” Le­gaspi says.

Brass “bird” hooks found on a shop­ping trip in the La Cienega De­sign Quar­ter cre­ate an un­ex­pected art in­stal­la­tion that speaks to the aes­thetic of the young fam­ily who lives here—“stylish yet su­per re­laxed,” the de­signer says. Stools up­hol­stered in dif­fer­ent col­ors of vel­vet can be eas­ily moved, pro­vid­ing on-point func­tion. “The girls hang here all the time, read­ing books and danc­ing around,” Le­gaspi says.

Mean­while, the en­try’s dark turned-wood banis­ter and arched doors were kept as-is to main­tain the home’s tra­di­tional roots. “We re­ally wanted to cel­e­brate and be re­spect­ful of the ar­chi­tec­ture,” Le­gaspi says.

Just down the hall, the li­brary nook beck­ons with moody Moroc­can tones. “We made the open­ing a bit wider and re­con­fig­ured the built-in shelv­ing to be­come book­cases,” Le­gaspi says. For­merly a wine room, the new li­brary nook is kid-friendly and ver­sa­tile. Dark blue grass cloth wraps the walls while vin­tage swivel chairs in gray che­nille perch atop a pat­terned pur­ple rug. Art, ob­jects, and stacked books are dis­played on edited shelves.

In the fam­ily room, Le­gaspi ousted red paint on the ceil­ing and brought in a sculp­tural Sput­nik-style chan­de­lier that con­trasts orig­i­nal wood beams. The ornate sur­round of the orig­i­nal fire­place was coated in dark paint for graphic ap­peal. Out­door fab­rics on cus­tom so­fas and chaises look like bouclé and vel­vet but out­last climb­ing kids. Bold, sat­u­rated color pops on pil­lows and ac­ces­sories. “The in­di­gos, pur­ples—it’s a fun gra­di­ent mix,” Le­gaspi says.

Up­stairs, the mas­ter bed­room is bathed in pale yel­lows and blues. “It’s a sanc­tu­ary pal­ette,” Le­gaspi says. A four-poster matches the scale of the vaulted ceil­ing while ta­bles in­tro­duce pol­ished ma­te­ri­als and con­tem­po­rary forms. “It brings sculp­ture in with the plush,” the de­signer ex­plains. The bed­room’s French doors open to an ex­pan­sive ter­race that takes in views of the court­yard.

In the court­yard, en­ter­tain­ing is easy with mul­ti­ple soft-land­ing spots around the pool and un­der the shel­ter of the cov­ered porch. It’s the per­fect place for fam­ily fun—with a sunny at­ti­tude that’s the hall­mark of this newly light­ened Tu­dor home.

In­te­rior de­signer: Edel Le­gaspi

Great room Ben­jamin Moore’s “China White” paint re­freshes walls and the ceil­ing. Bunny Wil­liams Home’s gold “Hour­glass” ta­ble pulls up to cus­tom tufted seat­ing by the win­dows. Two dif­fer­ent Rose Tar­low side ta­bles flank a Ge­orge Smith sofa up­hol­stered in berber fab­ric. De­signer Edel Le­gaspi brought in con­tem­po­rary art as part of her re­fresh of the clas­sic Tu­dor. “Or­ganic col­ors play well with the rest of the space,” she says. Pre­ced­ing pages The home­own­ers’ ex­ist­ing din­ing ta­ble from Holly Hunt com­ple­ments new pur­chases, in­clud­ing chairs in but­tery Moore & Giles leather and a vin­tage con­sole from L.A.’s JF Chen.

En­try Shapely en­try cas­ing and a tra­di­tional turned-wood stair­case are coun­tered by mod­ern fur­nish­ings. David Suther­land’s roomy tête-àtête is il­lu­mi­nated by Ur­ban Elec­tric’s “Re­flec­tor” sconce. Made Goods man­u­fac­tured the flank­ing ac­cent ta­bles with eggshell-in­lay tops. A vin­tage bird­cage dec­o­rates the pedestal ta­ble, nod­ding to the back state­ment wall and its solid-brass bird art­work. Li­brary nook Dark hues dom­i­nate in this rein­ter­preted space, once a wine room. Le­gaspi re-cov­ered the home­own­ers’ vin­tage Milo Baugh­man swivel chairs in tex­tured vel­vet. Visual Com­fort’s flush-mount lights and art sconces il­lu­mi­nate the quiet re­treat.

Mas­ter bed­room The cheery mas­ter suite is out­fit­ted with a spa­cious sit­ting area. Ivory bed­ding and an em­broi­dered throw gar­nish the wal­nut four-poster. A cus­tom popup TV cabi­net—with em­bossed-leather in­set from Hol­land & Sherry— pro­vides en­ter­tain­ment and the abil­ity to in­stantly re­move a dec­o­ra­tive eye­sore.Mas­ter bath A soak­ing tub and her­ring­bone floors were al­ready in place. The carved 18th-cen­tury van­ity chair was re­fin­ished and re­uphol­stered in Donghia fab­ric. Refreshed mill­work and new paint ex­ude a crisp, calm­ing at­mos­phere.

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