Name: Ron Pernell - hair/make-up stylist
Location: Colonial House — West Hollywood; Los Angeles, California
Size: 800 square feet
Years lived in: 7 years
If you live in Los Angeles, you may know about the historical Colonial House building in West Hollywood. It was designed by architect Leland A. Bryant in the 1930s and has been home to such Hollywood legends as Cary Grant and Bette Davis. These days there are a few of Hollywood's young celebrities (one very well known, but we won't give away the name) who call the Colonial House home.
Ron's condo is a fairy tale dream. There's a distinct Parisian influence, but there's also decor from Rio de Janeiro, and did you notice the unique toile comforter on his bed?
Ron's furniture has traveled with him over the years as he has moved. Along the way, he's gradually brought on new pieces (especially when returning from the famous flea market in Paris) that reflect his unique style.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Paris meets California.
Inspiration: I imagined if I had an apartment in Paris, how would it look. That opened the door to my design. I wanted a "wow" when you first walk into the place. I started with a amazing wallpaper from Walnut, and it had to purple. I call it "French purple." With the color and a wall of mirrors, I had what I needed to start the journey. The living room is put together similarly to an apartment that I would see in Paris through the window on a night walk. My goal for the entire apartment was to show that glamour is still here, and it's my little Paris within these four walls. Dreams do come true!
Favorite Element: A fireplace was a must when I was looking for my condo. I love a room that has amazing light from different parts of the room. My fireplace gives the most amazing light in my living room. Give me that hue of light that makes my pieces stand out as if they were on stage.
Biggest Challenge: The bathroom. I always wanted a bathroom the size of a bedroom. But living in small apartments makes you rethink space. Small baskets help keep things in order. I'm a collector of hair, skin, and body products.
What Friends Say: My friends come over to feel like they are on vacation in Paris. I love the mix of Paris and California. It's always great to have a assortment of teas to serve, and great music.
Biggest Embarrassment: The kitchen. My friends know that I don't cook or like to cook, although sometimes I try. My talent is to keep a well stocked kitchen. I have many friends that are great cooks that love to come over and cook a great meal.
Proudest DIY: Doing my own interior designing. I have friends that are in the design business — I learned a lot from them. I'm lucky to have friends who are great teachers. I'm a great student.
Biggest Indulgence: My built-in cabinet that I just love. It showcases some of my treasures. My friend Theodore Leaf found me an amazing cabinet maker that worked his magic. I have other projects for us to work on.
Best Advice: My amazing friends who are in the design business always tell me that you should love what you bring into your home. With that advice, it helps you keep it real.
Dream Sources: I love me a flea market and an antique store. I love to take my eyes on a field trip through amazing places.
Resources of Note:
PAINT & COLORS
- Wallpaper from Walnut
- Chines cabinet from Paris flea market
- Buddha bank - gift from a friend
- Wallpaper from Walnut
- Armoire from Paris flea market
- Little Prince print from French toy store
- Leather wing back chair from Restoration Hardware
- 50s chairs from Paris flea market
- Coffee table from DWR
- Cow skin rugs from Rio de Janerio
- Side tables from Paris design team R&Y Augousti
- Danish 50s bar cart from Paris flea market
- Lilac silk drapery from The Silk Trading Co.
- Biedermeier chest from Habite
- Black night stands and cabinet from Paris flea market
- Black bed frame from Crate&Barrel
- Blinds from Smith+Noble
- Styling by Theodore Leaf
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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