A cold, dark, and daunting 9,000 square-foot manor home was transformed into something warm, lively, and approachable with the help of designer Louise Voyazis, spirited pattern, surprising art, and lovely color.
A glorious tornado of photos, paintings, and even a bottle opener or two swirls down walls of the entry hall stairway in this stately home, dwindling to its terminus at the bottom—a single image in a small black frame. The panorama is a perfect example of the color and style designer Louise Voyazis and her client, writer Francesca Delbanco, envisioned in decorating this Roaring Twenties mansion in Los Angeles’ Hancock Park neighborhood.
Painted stripes and a salon-style arrangement of art and memorabilia lend this grand foyer a friendly vibe.
Considering the austere decor she inherited, it’s not surprising that it took this resolutely chic designer several years to return the house to a semblance of what she envisioned was its original glory, but with a lighthearted twist. In addition to installing sparkly crystal chandeliers and adding back what she imagined the living and dining rooms’ exuberant trim might have once been, Voyazis infused the entire house with a gentle palette to soothe the spirits of her two hardworking clients.
Baker chairs covered in an amethyst fabric from Manuel Canovas animate the living room and pop against whispery gray walls.
“Francesca isn’t afraid of pretty. And she’s not afraid of doing something lovely just for lovely’s sake,” Voyazis says, explaining choices like the romantic pink botanicals that cascade down the sunroom walls, the overblown blooms dotting living room armchairs, and the silk wallcovering that graces the dining room.
“I go directly for anything with flowers on it,” Francesca says with a laugh. “And I love pink. I dress my girls in pink, and if I ever have a boy, he’ll wear pink too. It’s not gender-specific for me; it’s just the warmest, happiest color.” A rose-hued settee just inside the front door sets the palette for the rest of the house, where pink finds its way into every room, unequivocally taking the “manor” out of this manor house.
The ethereal feel of the Farrow & Ball wallpaper mixes with loveseats covered in a very modern botanical from Manuel Canovas.
Thanks to Fromental’s charming “Floribunda Chinoiserie” wallpaper, the dining room has the lush feel of a summer garden.
The subtle sheen of the silk patterned rug from Nepal is a glamorous touch. Curtains from Colefax and Fowler and a bench dressed in a Lee Jofa fabric add sublimely serene shades of sage green and ivory.