After 20 moves in 13 years, interior designers Ryan Brown and Diego Monchamp of
Brown Design Group selected this 1960s Hollywood Hills home to set down roots. Brown and Monchamp upgraded the outdated home, raising ceilings and removing walls to introduce an open-plan layout. For the interiors, they included an eclectic mix of antique and modern pieces to add both charm and practicality. 80
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A pair of vintage Thai temple angels flank the front door for a peaceful entry. The steps are paved with Athens grey marble from Ann Sacks.
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The front door was built with peek-a-boo slats to allow gentle natural light into the entrance yet still provide privacy. A vintage wood cabinet by Bert England warmly welcomes visitors.
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The living room, dining room and kitchen are all part of one large open room that Brown and Monchamp artfully divided to create distinct spaces. The 13-foot dining table, made of solid teak, is the “soul of our home,” says Brown, since they have used it in every one of their homes over the years. The Hans Wegner chairs are from Danish Modern.
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The divider, at left, that separates the kitchen and dining spaces features vintage factory windows that Monchamp found before the couple bought the house. Open shelving throughout the kitchen increases visual interest and guides guests to help themselves to the bar. Schoolhouse Electric factory lights and hand-cast concrete tiles on the kitchen wall add depth and dimension.
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Brown and Monchamp raised the low ceilings in the living room and added a floor-to-ceiling glass wall to bring more light to the space. The sofa, coffee table, and blue and wood chairs were custom-designed by Brown Design Group, as well as many other pieces throughout the home. The rug is by Paul Smith for The Rug Company.
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The master bedroom was created for comfort and practicality. Brown Design Group custom designed the bed, which features a leather-tiled headboard. Integrated nightstands give the bed a floating appearance. The vintage billiard ball wall hanging draws the eyes in and provides additional light for nighttime reading.
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For the master bedroom and bathroom, Brown and Monchamp wanted a space free of barriers. They constructed a freestanding walnut sink and shelving unit that serves as an open-air divider that provides privacy without imposing separation. A Wetstyle soaking tub and Watermark Designs fixtures add to the room’s notes of masculinity.
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The closet is one of Brown’s favorite rooms in the house. The vintage marble table and leather stools are from Big Daddy’s Antiques in Los Angeles. The 1960s brass
Sputnik pendant is from the Downtown antiques and furniture shop in the La Cienega Design Quarter.
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Clean lines and high, angular ceilings continue in the guest bedroom. A dhurrie flat weave rug from The Rug Company provides a bold, graphic look and is complemented by a hanging light fixture from Ralph Lauren and 1960s vintage nightstands from House of Honey.