Name: Three generations living together
Location: Beverly Hills - Los Angeles, California
Size: Three bedroom house with connected 1 bedroom guest house
Years lived in: Our family has owned the home since 1957. The current residents are the daughter, granddaughter and her husband and great grandchildren of original owners.
I have driven through the wide streets in Beverly Hills many times, admiring the estates and wondering about the stories of the people living in these large homes. Molly and her family feel lucky to live in their family home in Beverly Hills and they don't consider their situation typical - it was left to them when their grandparents passed away. They often joke that they are the modern day Beverly Hills hillbillies!
Molly, her family and her mother were living in a small house and rented out the large estate to supplement their income. They never considered living in the home until Molly brought up the idea of everyone moving into the family home together when she became pregnant - they took a leap of faith that somehow they were going to work together to maintain and afford the house. Molly and her family moved into the guest house and her mother moved into the main house.
They have been slowly remodeling the family home over time and updating it with current furnishings. Molly and her family feel humbled to live in such a beautiful and large home and they make sure to put it to good use. They often hold charity events, large dinners, and family gatherings at their home.
The estate is even more special in person and you can feel the history in every room. They embrace the classic architecture of the home and incorporate family heirloom furniture pieces in with their more modern furnishings. The grandparents' dining room table is used as a desk in the living room and old family photos are front and center.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Extremely eclectic
Inspiration: Keeping it comfortable and enjoyable for the whole family
Favorite Element: The garden. It's where we spend most of our time.
Biggest Challenge: Money - sadly that's why we have so much Ikea furniture.
What Friends Say: They want to move in.
Biggest Embarrassment: The secret piles of junk that accumulates.
Because of this we jokingly call ourselves the Beverly Hillbillies.
Proudest DIY: The garden. My grandfather spent years working in the garden and as a child I would help him. Now my own children are working in the garden beside me. My 7-year-old daughter and I recently built some raised veggie beds out of scrap wood.
Biggest Indulgence: Remodeling the kitchens. We also connected the guest house to the main house so that we could live more communally. Now when my daughter has friends over they race through the two houses in a big circle.
Best Advice: Don't buy cheap bamboo or wood floors. We didn't get this advice until after we installed cheap bamboo floors. The smallest thing can dent or scratch the floor.
Dream Sources: Junk stores, thrift stores, antique stores in Buenos Aires
Resources of Note:
- Flea markets
- Thrift stores
- Family heirlooms
- Hand-built pieces
RUGS & CARPETS
TILES & STONE
- Home Fabrics in downtown LA
- Thrift store paintings
- Family photos
- Vintage posters
- Steven Bankhead
- Jorge Pardo
- Mark Roeder
- Stephanie Allespach
- Thor Evensen
- Connie Samaras
- Jenny Yurshansky
- Betsey Seder
- Patrick Hill
- Molly Corey
- Ken Erlich
- Steve Kahn
- Olga Ponomarenko
Thanks, Molly & Family!
(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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