Dwell on Design: Westside Home Tours, Part 1

070109-Dwellondes_small.jpgAfter Saturday's feast, we thought that we'd couldn't be anymore blown away. Well, we were wrong. After chilaquiles at our go-to Sunday breakfast spot in the Farmer's Market, we zipped on down to Venice to begin the day with a tour of the first house of the five we were able to see. In the battle of the west side v the east side, we were hard pressed to find a winner...

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Sunday's homes proved equal to what we'd seen on Saturday and just as creative in impressing us by blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors. Of the houses we saw on Sunday, the first house in Venice that's part of today's slideshow and the first house in Beverly Hills, that's part of tomorrow's slideshow, felt to us to be the most livable, not only for their smart use of space and how they interacted with the landscape, but in the way in which they were furnished, mixing modern furnishings with those that were more traditional, exotic and, frankly, affordable. We're always gratified to see that even the most highly stylized and expensive homes have a few pieces from Ikea, Tarjay and the like.

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  • Brooks Avenue - A renovation and addition to an existing house in Venice, the L-shaped addition creates a central courtyard that includes a dramatic wall of greenery kept lush by the house's grey water system.
  • Mar Vista Hilltop House - Add together five prefabricated modules, the first PEX plumbing system, an exterior made of Structually Insulated Panels and a roof of TPO foam and you get an eco-friendly home that's also beautiful and kid-friendly.
  • Shoshana/Muller Residence - Incorporating gallery space, mother's apartment, and art studios for husband and wife, this is the ideal home for two artists who yearn for a bit of New York loft living in Los Angeles.
How do you think Saturday compares to Sunday? What's been your favorite home so far? Watch for the last two homes on the Dwell on Design Home Tours tomorrow. Thanks again to Dwell on Design and Haily Zaki!

[all photos by Abby Stone except photos 1 & 6, via Bricault Design, architects for Brooks Avenue House and photos 28, 29, 30, 31, via Selena Linkous architects for Mar Vista Hilltop Home]