When Brynn Jones and her fiancé, Ness Saban, first set foot inside their Hollywood Hills house, they felt like they were stepping into another era.
The three-bedroom, Robert Lee–designed split-level still boasted many of its original mid-century features—right down to the shag carpet in the sunken living room.
Though the couple didn’t foresee having to make a ton of other major changes, they still thought it best to call in reinforcements. So, they tapped Frances Merrill—a designer known for creating immersive, personality-driven interiors—of the Los Angeles–based firm Reath Design. It was a match made in aesthetic heaven—especially since all three agreed that preserving the groovy, ’60s-era swagger was a priority.
The living room features the home’s original brick and wood paneling. The sofa is custom; the daybed is by Garza Marfa.
“The living room is sunken with shag carpet floors; we just wanted to keep the good vibes flowing.” says Jones.
“The kitchen was a complete remodel and was really fun to design with Frances. I really love chartreuse and was really happy that Ness was open to making it the tile color for our backsplash,” says Jones. The tiles are from Heath Ceramics; the cabinets are custom-made with walnut trim.
“The chandelier is one of my favorite features that came with the house. It has a dimmer, so it’s nice to be able to switch it up and set the tone for different occasions,” says Jones. The copper dining chairs are from Blu Dot with custom seat pads in Ralph Lauren fabric.
“The office also had quite the makeover. Frances designed the shelving unit perfectly to our needs and the carpenter did a really beautiful job building it. It’s been a wonderful way to utilize the space.”
The office room was decorated with a lot of family photos and heilooms, antiques and souvenirs from the couple’s travels. The wallpaper – which Jones confess that fell in love with – is Hermès, the rug is vintage Moroccan, and the settee is vintage.
“When Frances was designing our bed, we looked at many swatches of teal velvets, which I think is a nice contrast to the carpet and walls. Outside of our window is the pool, surrounded by all kinds of plants, so between the view and the comfort of the bed, this has become my Zen space,” says Jones.
The curtains are Muriel Brandolini fabric. The custom shams feature a Kari Fisher eye print.
“If there’s anything that we’ve tried to convey, it is for the house to feel warm, fun, and welcoming.”
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