Joannes & Ihor's Happy "Pied-a-terre" in the Hollywood Hills

Joannes & Ihor's Happy "Pied-a-terre" in the Hollywood Hills

Marcia Prentice
Nov 5, 2013

Name: Joannes Van Laer, co-owner of Joannes Lucas, and Ihor Biloushchenko, artist
Location: Hollywood Hills; Los Angeles, California
Size: 1,100 square feet
Years lived in: 2 months

Joannes moved from Belgium to Los Angeles and was searching for an old home with character, similar to what he would find in Europe. He was having the hardest time finding a place that he loved, until he found a handful of apartments built in the 1930s in this unique community up in the Hollywood Hills. The apartments are only accessible by a tower with an elevator and stairs — there is no street access for these homes.

This small community of homes in the Hollywood Hills has an interesting history. Supposedly the Mamas & the Papas rented the neighboring house when they were performing at the Hollywood Bowl because it was so close. Over the years many artists have come and gone in the community. Of course, the incredible view of Hollywood makes each home very special and highly desirable!

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: The house was built in the 1930s, and the furniture is from different periods and styles. That makes it less obvious and you get more positive feelings, which is really important for me, especially when we talk about a "pied-à-terre" in the city. I used colors and patterns to make it less boring and not too serious. When I enter my house it makes me feel happy. Here I am always on vacation.

Inspiration: I was inspired by Luis Barragan, Christian Lacroix, and Mark Rothko. If I'm looking at the architecture and colors of Louis Barragan, it makes me happy. If I see paintings of Mark Rothko, I really enjoy the beauty of his color combinations and it makes me happy too. The fabrics of Christian Lacroix and the combinations of his colors, textures, and patterns... I really love it. That's the reason: I want to feel happy and not bored in my beautiful pied-a-terre.

Favorite Element: There are many favorite elements. Most of all a collection of objects and art that I love, which makes our home personal and brings the right balance and a bit of humor.

Biggest Challenge: To make every house a personal story — it's like making a painting where you start with a white canvas. Also, the challenge is creating something personal for the owners, the house, the period, and orientation for the right budget.

What Friends Say: They enjoy it very much and they like to come and visit us. A nice house and a good bottle of wine makes for easy living.

Biggest Embarrassment: There is only one bedroom, but I designed a sofa the size of double bed. Now a friend can stay for the night if they want.

Proudest DIY: The wall painting in the bedroom. It was necessary to integrate the reliefs of the walls.

Biggest Indulgence: For me personally, it's the art, because I can not live without it. Colors and art are the vitamins of your home.

Best Advice: Create your space in a positive home where you like to live, and enjoy it with your family and friends.

Dream Sources: Joannes Lucas. Because interior design is my profession, I found most items in our gallery. We have a 12,000 square foot warehouse and we ship a lot from Belgium and Europe. That's the reason we have an eclectic mixture. I am an interior designer, but also a color advisor.

Resources of Note:


  • Nova Color. Google: Rothko, Barragan and Lacroix. Color is a feeling - there are no fixed rules, it is about creating the right balance and atmosphere.


  • Joannes Lucas
  • Art - Cybele Rowe. Cybele Rowe is an artist we have in our gallery. She makes huge ceramic sculptures that you can use for the interior or exterior.


  • The living room is a combination of Mid-Century (table, chrome), old reupholstered armchairs (fabric Rubelli), a measure made sofa (fabrics Etro, Missoni), vintage carpet from the 80s, low table from Baker, blue mirrored table - Campana brothers, curtains - Ungaro houte couture, and artwork by Ihor Biloushchenko
  • Joannes Lucas
  • Missoni
  • Etro


  • The kitchen is authentic with a lot of character and a stunning view that makes me like to do the dishes
  • Joannes Lucas
  • Glasses - Val Saint Lambert
  • Cutlery - Micucci


  • The bedroom is north orientated and also has reliefs in the walls, so I made it integrated and ore sexy than black and white
  • Joannes Lucas
  • Bed - Vi-spring
  • Linens - Frette

Thanks, Joannes & Ihor!

(Images: Marcia Prentice)

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