Esma's Fashionably Personal Hollywood Hills Home

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Name: Esma Annemon Dil / designer / founder of ANAÏMON and Vogue Germany Contributor  
Location: Hollywood Hills; Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,800 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years

When a friend told me that Esma was a contributor to Vogue I prepared myself for a home with great style and taste in furniture and art. Something I didn't necessarily expect was how personal Esma's home would be. Her personal touches throughout the home also makes the space that much more special and emotional.

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She's also on board with the DIY ethic, happily taking on projects herself. She is not afraid to get up on a tall ladder and paint polka dots (!) near the roofline.

Esma has a nice collection of Mid-Century furniture and decor, but she also embraces a true the mix of styles that I feel really represents her own expression of design. And, finally, even with all the beautiful, classic furniture in the home, one of my favorite moments is Esma's collection of family photographs - a sweet gesture. 

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My Style: Mix of Mid-Century collectibles, travel finds, family heirlooms and art by our friends

Inspiration: Mid-Century Ranch meets Berlin

Favorite Element: No neighbors and big windows with tropical garden view. It feels like living in Hana, Maui.

Biggest Challenge: To get the desk into my studio. It was too big for the doors, so we had to cut the glass out of the window and glue it back in.

What Friends Say: They love to come over - and stay, sometimes for weeks and months...

Biggest Embarrassment: We only have one really comfortable dining chair, my grandfather's from the 50s. So it's always a race to the table. 

Proudest DIY: The polka dots, self-painted, while balancing on a flimsy ladder - making use of my rock climbing skills 

Biggest Indulgence: The kitchen remodel. My interior designer friend, Christine Horbach, consulted with us on how to maintain and rebuild the original 50s cabinets and find the cool stone for our countertop at Stone Mart.

Best Advice: - and should have listened to: Live in a house for a while before you remodel it. 

Dream Sources: 

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PAINT & COLORS

  • We painted all the bedrooms and offices in different shades of green, with amazing paint from Sydney Harbour Paint Company 
  • But after some months we realized with so much green outside, the green inside was too much. We ended up painting over it with Dunn-Edwards' Swiss Coffee.

ENTRY

  • Custom Shelves by architect/designer Alexandra Grosche 
  • Cow Painting by Kerstin Späth
  • (the monster is self-painted)

LIVING ROOM

  • Glass table from 1stdibs 
  • Bar cart found in an antique store in Paris
  • Danish credenza, red sofa and blue chairs: family heirlooms from Germany
  • Mercedes-Benz Picnic basket from a charity auction
  • Wicker Trunk from Ikea
  • Lamp: Rosebowl Flea Market
  • Rawhide rugs from RawHideCompany
  • Dark red velvet pillow custom screen printed in Berlin - Panama Berlin
  • Chinese cabinet from travel to China
  • 50s wood dining chairs found at Rosebowl Flea Market
  • Art:

    Red squares right of the TV sofa by my friend, painter Kymm Swank, her work is featured in Don Draper's NY apartment in Mad Men

    Photo art (swimming pool and sky collage by my friend, photo artist Gabor Ekecs

    White/Mother of Pearl painting by my friend, painter Marjam Oskoui 

    Print of girl with Louis Vuitton IV fluids by Desire Obtain Cherish

    Antique Japanese prints Don got when he lived in Osaka

    Drawings (framed in blonde wood) by my former colleage at Vogue Germany, culture editor and artist Bernd Skupin

    2 small canvases near the floor, with faces, green background, by Kerstin Späth

    I painted the face with the red lips and glasses and the abstract painting with the rabbit chief

FAMILY ROOM WITH TV

  • Persian rug my parents gave me as gift for my apartment in Munich
  • Decorative eggs were a gift from a dinner event at NGALA Private Reserve near Naples, FL  
  • Chest of drawers from Don's grandmother
  • Don got the Ikea couch when he moved to L.A. 7 years ago, just to tie him over until he would find something special. We still love it and got new cushions at All Size Foam & Fabrics
  • Decorated with pillows from RawHideCompany and Kilim pillows from Istanbul
  • Very American comfort: convertible TV dinner/coffee table from BoConcept

    DINING ROOM

    • Table/bench by Julia von Werz 
    • My own painting "Dandy Monster"
    • Vase by Rosenthal
    • Flowers from Whole Foods
    • Elk: Christmas decoration from Crate&Barrel 2008, but it sort of stayed as a permanent pet
    • Ceiling light with big glass bubbles from a flea market in Berlin

KITCHEN

  • My interior designer friend Christine Horbach, helped us with how to maintain and rebuild the original 50s cabinets and find the cool stone for our countertop at Stone Mart
  • Kitchen built by: General Contractor Brian Jespersgaard
  • Horse candlestick from One Kings Lane
  • Landscape painting by Don's sister, Mary Seibert

BEDROOM

  • Lamps: Nelson Saucer Wall Sconce from DWR
  • I found the branch after a storm, cut it into shape and stained it
  • Bedding Pointehaven Urban Safari from Wayfair
  • 2 paintings by German artist Kerstin Späth

BATHROOM

  • We kept the original shelves from the 50s and put our bamboo floor as a countertop on the old vanity. 

STUDIO

  • Mid-Century desk from a vintage store in Berlin
  • Smaller chest of drawers - my father got it at a yard sale in the small town where I grew up. It had an ugly plastic slab, but my parents found the original designs in a local museum and let a carpenter rebuild the original wood top. 

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Thanks, Esma!

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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Marcia is an interior, portrait, and travel photographer and has photographed over 50 homes of creatives. Her photographic style is capturing her subject in the most natural state and creating an emotional response.