Los Angeles, with its perpetually bright and sunny weather, is a city in love with nature. We can spend time outdoors for more of the year than the inhabitants of other cities and it informs our indoor living as well, from our color palettes to how our homes are oriented. While the homes that we saw on the Dwell on Design Eastside home tour were vastly different from each other in style, an overwhelming sense of nature tied them together.
Our first stop was the Kameon/Otsea house, where Judy Kameon of Elysian Landscapes works magic with color. Her secret? The palette, the grayed hues of deserts and succulents, is based on that of Le Corbusier. The grayed out hues neutralize even bright colors so her home, a riot of blues, green with pops of orange, is calming, never jarring.
In the home in Atwater Village, the colors are the clear bright rainbow of hues seen the morning after a torrential Los Angeles downpour, when the colors of nature burst forth in sharp relief. Here a kitchen with a blue ceiling visually pushes the ceiling upwards and ties it to the sky over the adjacent outdoor dining area.
The colors in the Auburn 7 duplex are classically Southern California. Sand walls leave the work to nature peacocking just outside the home's large windows. The brightest spot of colour is a large photograph of The Gates, the hot orange mimicking the sun.
In the Deronda Drive home, the view is the lure. Wraparound windows frame majestic, uninterrupted views of the city. Even the bathroom and the pool have views; in the bathroom, the windows frame the Griffith Park Observatory to postcard perfection while the view from the pool goes from the Hollywood Hills to Century City and beyond.
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