Name: Robert Moritz and Hannah Brand (and daughter Goldie and doggies Bananas and Penny)
Location: Beverly Hills Post Office, Los Angeles, CA
Size: 1650 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years; owned
There is something about Robert and Hannah's house that is part perfectly styled and part laid back relaxing. You want to inspect everything — every corner has detail not to be missed, and you can tell right away that this little family has one amazing sense of style and creativity. Their home makes you feel like you are on vacation — you want to put your feet up, drink a cocktail by the pool and make yourself at home.
It reminded me of being at the Parker Palm Springs, a posh hotel in Palm Springs designed by Jonathan Adler. Maybe that has something to do with the fact that Hannah worked as Jonathan Adler's design assistant for 4 years.
They moved into this 1939 Beverly Hills Post Office (Robert is adamant about that "post office" part) in 2004, three months before getting married, and started working on the house. Robert converted the garage himself into a fantastic den, with custom wooden built-ins and desk. Hannah used her design savvy to fill every corner with original artwork, Jonathan Adler pottery, and vintage objets.
Last year Robert began working on what he calls the "man cave" — a tiny room above the pool cabana that he designed and built himself (with a little help!). He engineered the desk with a motorized computer screen that pops out and built a day bed with storage underneath. It is here that Robert comes up with crazy new project ideas, like making and selling Flower Bombs — see his etsy store, starting a backyard bee aviary — soon to be the Beverly Hills Beeworks & Honey Company, and making handmade Ukuleles out of laundry detergent bottles (Robert is a member of the Ukulele Orchestra of the Western Hemisphere in Silverlake).
For this family of three (plus two pups), their little spot in the hills is a sweet oasis amid the hustle and bustle of Hollywood.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic Globalist Modern
Inspiration: French, 70's Indian Exotic Invasion, LouLou de la Falaise (muse and collaborator of Yves St. Laurent).
Favorite Element: The light!
Biggest Challenge: Hannah loves to cook, so the limited kitchen cabinet space is a definite challenge "I would have 20 different sets of dishes if I had the room!"
What Friends Say: It's a very "adult" house.
Biggest Embarrassment: The fridge from 1985 - "we can't really get a new one without re-configuring the whole space because it is an odd size."
Proudest DIY: Sconces in the living room — made from paper lanterns (george nelson lamps), tassels and DIY hanging hardware.
Biggest Indulgence: Heating the pool all summer!
Best Advice: Don't be afraid of color.
Dream Sources: 1st dibs vintage, Lawson Fenning, Emerson Troupe, Calypso Home.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
• Benjamin Moore: Intense Purple - Bedroom
• Benjamin Moore: Gargoyle - Goldie's Room
• Benjamin Moore: Patriotic White - Living Room
• Benjamin Moore: Shaker Beige - Kitchen
• Credenza: Jonathan Adler
• Ceramics: mix of Jonathan Adler and Hannah's origials
• Needlepoint and Collage: Hannah Brand
• Leather Sofa: Jonathan Adler
• Chairs: Vintage from Carla (a vintage furniture store in Los Angeles that is no longer in business)
• Coffee Table: custom made by Pacific Connections
• Pillows: West Elm, Thomas Paul.
• Dining Room Table: Vintage from the 70's (formerly Robert's Dad's old desk!)
• Chairs: vintage
• Side Chairs: Blueprint
• Chandelier: West Elm
• Headboard: DIY by Hannah
• Side Tables: Pacific Connections
• Lamps: Pottery Barn Kids
• Dresser: Pepe's in Silverlake
• Wicker Rocker: Ikea
Thanks, Robert and Hannah!
(Images: Alison Gilbert)
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