Hilary's Hilltop Home

Hilary's Hilltop Home

Marcia Prentice
May 26, 2014
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Name: Hilary
Location: Silver Lake; Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,450 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year

Hilary bought a duplex in the hills of Silver Lake and converted it into a single family residence. It was the perfect location, with an incredible view. First she hired an architect and engineer, to figure out the structural aspects of the project, and then she turned to design firm Design Vidal to realize the interior and exterior design.

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The home is laid out on two levels, with the living areas, guest room, and reading room on the first level, and the master bedroom on the lower level. Hilary had her designer build a custom two-level deck, with the top deck off the living area and the lower deck with outdoor seating off the master bedroom. A mid-century aesthetic carries throughout the home, with many of the furniture pieces inherited from Hilary's grandmother.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Mid-Century eclectic.

Inspiration: I inherited a lot of Mid-Century furniture from my grandmother.

Favorite Element: The outdoor hanging chairs and the hanging bedside lights. And the wall stencils!

Biggest Challenge: It used to be a duplex. We had to put in a staircase to join the two single unit apartments, which required an architect, an engineer, a lot of foundation work, and the time sucking process of permitting in Los Angeles.

What Friends Say: You should have a big party! (And the answer is NO. I will have a small party.)

Biggest Embarrassment: My mom insisted I put my trophy for Best Camper from Camp Chinqueka in 1992 on display. She thinks it is hilarious.

Proudest DIY: Hanging my pictures. Then patching all the holes I put in incorrect places in the wall and priming and painting them. You can't tell at all that it was a disaster!

Biggest Indulgence: The Japanese heated toilet seat. It is amazing. Seriously. You should come over and try it.

Best Advice: I don't even know where to start. Design Vidal oversaw the whole project, from the duplex to single family home conversion to the lighting to the balcony redesign to the built-in shelving.

Dream Sources: Karen and Guy Vidal.

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Resources of Note:




  • Mermaid light - Jacqueline's Home Decor (Claremont, California, has a strangely large number of vintage stores for accessories)





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Thanks, Hilary!

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