Dr. Rodney's "Reflections" Retreat

Dr. Rodney's "Reflections" Retreat

Gregory Sparks
Jun 20, 2011

Name: Dr. Rodney
Location: Beverly Hills — Los Angeles, California
Size: 2200 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years — owned

Most people see their homes as a little relief from the grind outside their doors. Dr. Rodney sees his home as a reflection of the calm that he holds inside himself. He creates his home and his environment to be a direct mirror of his world view and as he evolves, it's natural for him to tailor his spaces to fit his changing viewpoint.

A few years ago, this ranch style Beverly Hills home was a specimen of rococo chintz and glamour. It was adorned to the hilt with gold leaf and crystal. Then Dr. Rodney had an epiphany, "I am alive, today in the modern world! I have to live now and look toward the future!" He decided then, without trepidation, to change his entire home and redress his life. He started looking for the newest and freshest designs he could get his hands on. In selecting pieces his vision for a contemporary look was his best ally because most of the pieces were bought on sale as most people didn't have the eye for such strong design - "I think you should decorate for yourself than for other individuals. Ultimately you will be living in the space."

He named his home 'Reflections' because his focus is on light and the enlivening quality of refractions. He has adorned most of his home with small disco balls to add a surprise glimmer or spark as you move through the space. Colors are vibrant and contrast the dark glossy floors and cabinetry. He is drawn to what is unexpected and what is exceptional. Like anyone who enters his space I was immediately catapulted to Dr. Rodney's future world without warning of what I would find and the more time I spent there, the more I understood his vision of a world without fear.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Eclectic, avant-garde and twilo, anything that is not ordinary

Inspiration: Growth! I used to have an antiquey rococo house, I decided I have to live in the modern times.

Favorite Element: My Backyard, because it is peaceful. I feel like I'm in a different world, takes me away from the hustle and bustle of daily living, especially the statues.
The close second is my Edra circular bed, cause you put your head anywhere, you can look out or in any direction like a clock. Also the Lamborghini desk!

Biggest Challenge: creating an image a space without breaking the bank.

What Friends Say: From the outside it is unexpected what you find inside, it shows you should never judge a book by its cover.

Biggest Embarrassment: I haven't finished the bathroom.

Proudest DIY: Disco balls give lights, venetian plaster walls and ceiling.

Biggest Indulgence: Minotti Kitchen, tigerwood.

Best Advice: If you are impressed by yourself than others will be impressed with you. Don't fear color. Be true to yourself. If you can envision something there is no reason you cannot make it.

Dream Makeover: Second story with view to the city of LA.

Resources of Note:


    • Polo Ralf Lauren : Silver


    • French Roccoco side table : estate sales


    • Black with silver couch: Edra
    • Green Chair: Ligne Roset
    • Black leather chairs: limited edition Paolo Portuguese from Italy
    •Black Rug: Fendi


    • Minotti Cabinetry


      • Lamborghini desk
      • Bed by Edra (ie only Shaq has the other one)
      • Orange couch: Ligne Roset

    Thanks, Dr. Rodney and little Luigi!

    Images: Gregory Sparks

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