Name: Howard Bragman & Chuck O'Donnell
Location: Laurel Canyon — Los Angeles, California
Size: 4,000 Square Feet
Years lived in: 8 years — own
Welcome to the home of Howard Bragman and his husband Chuck O'Donnell. Tucked way up off Mulholland, they share a 3 bedroom 2 bathroom house complete with a pool and high vaulted ceilings. Howard is the founder of Fifteen Minutes, a renowned Public Relations firm, where he works hard representing the upper echelon of clients and companies. At home he enjoys a local retreat complete with comfy couches, collected art and adorable puppies. Howard's home was introduced to me by LA Designer Landon Cole, who had a hand in most of the furnishings.
Each room is colorful, lived in, and embellished with memorabilia of family and loved ones. I was especially enamored with his collection of photography, which lines the main hallway connecting the bedrooms. His pool and patio are a little oasis dedicated to full rest and relaxation, with many cushioned lounge chairs and tables — perfect for a day off or a Sunday barbecue. This home felt welcoming, comfortable and very private.
When Howard furnished his home, he had decorating cues and custom furniture designed at Landon Cole's LA showroom. For instance the chairs in the library, which were purchased and specially upholstered to suit the room. Landon also explained that a custom platform king sized bed designed to fit the master bedroom. You can see an awesome example of the cabinetry that Landon assisted with as well, in the mini bar off the family room.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Zen
Inspiration: The neighborhood
Favorite Element: The peace and quiet
Biggest Challenge: My contractor
What Friends Say: Everyone feels comfortable, it's like a clubhouse
Biggest Embarrassment: None
Proudest DIY: The Library
Biggest Indulgence: Turning a bedroom into the master bath with spa tub, steam shower, etc
Best Advice: Listen to the house
Dream Sources: I watch a lot of HGTV and during a recent show people kept comparing their houses to luxury hotels. Our house is a home, not a luxury hotel. There are photos and art and personal items all around. I would never give that up.
Resources of Note:
Landon Cole Furniture!
Thanks, Howard and Chuck!
Images: Bethany Nauert
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