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– Hi. My name is Ryan Brown. I’m with Brown Design Group in Los Angeles. And today, I’d like to show you one of my favorite projects. It’s actually my own home here in the Hollywood Hills. Come on in. Let’s take a look.
So what we’ve ended up with is this one large great room. I blew out all the walls in this room. I raised the ceilings. And I threw in these huge glass doors along the back to bring in a lot of light, make the room feel open and airy. With all this open, unobstructed space, I had a blank canvas. And the place I started was the dining room.
I wanted to separate the kitchen from the dining room, create some interesting seating, and to build this architectural feature so that when people walked in they were like, wow, that’s cool. The dining table is 14-feet long with legs on the end. It’s not something you’re likely to find today. Every designer wants to create a dining room where people can stay for hours chatting and drinking wine. Speaking of entertaining, we do a lot of that in the kitchen. Let me show you.
The kitchen really is the heart of the home. We are big entertainers, and we are in here all the time. So here, I have two bar stools at one end, three at the other. So when you’re hanging out, it actually feels more conversational. The biggest risk I took in the entire house is this backsplash wall right here. When you get up close, you see the three dimensionality of the tile.
When I found these industrial-style pendants, I knew that this was the right fixture to go with because they relate to the factory windows over on the other side of the kitchen. You can see all the way through to the living room, which I need to show you next.
The living room, for me, needs to be a really nice warm, inviting place. The rug is just really nice and plush. The sofa is all down, so it’s actually really comfortable. I had these old oars. And when I brought them in the room, they happened to be just the right length to accentuate and frame the fireplace. I mean, there’s no right or wrong when it comes to design, right?
Here I wanted a place that I could work, that I could sleep, and I could get ready all in the same room. There’s a comfortable little sofa and coffee table if I want to hang out here in the morning, have a cup of coffee, and do some reading. It’s kind of like a gentleman’s library. When you get to the master bedroom, you can’t help but think, ah, I’ve finally found my sanctuary.
My goal in this space was to create an area that was really minimal, serene, calm. And in the mornings, I love waking up to this fantastic view and private courtyard. Adjacent to the master bedroom is the bathroom. So in here, I really played around using black, white, and gray colors. I found some really interesting light fixtures for the vanity.
The master closet is really one of my favorite rooms in the house. It made sense to take the cabinetry all the way around the room on three sides to maximize the storage.
Overall, my goal in designing the house was to create this mid-century modern meets ranch meets industrial loft. I know it seems like a bunch of crazy different styles, but somehow it works. Thanks for coming along for the tour with me. I hope you enjoyed it. And I also hope you got some cool little ideas to take along with you for your next project.