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An Enchanting Home in the Hollywood Hills

An Enchanting Home in the Hollywood Hills

An Enchanting Home in the Hollywood Hills

Who

Donnie & Ryan

Designer
Where

Home renovations can take time. As the owners of this Hollywood Hills home went from boyfriends to wedded couple, West Coast Creative Director Orlando Soria took the space through a transformation of its own.

Photos by Tessa Neustadt.

About a year ago, two of my friends reached out to me to design their freshly-purchased 1970s Hollywood Hills home. They were mid-construction and wanted help choosing paint colors, flooring, and making other foundational choices. Luckily, they were already working with a contractor-to-the-stars who started adding architectural details such as crown molding and wainscoting. (He literally refused to let me give his name/website out because he’s too busy and popular to take on more clients). But of course, a contractor alone wasn’t going to cut it. We all had to work together to bring Hollywood glam back to the home.

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Donnie and Ryan’s place is in a lovely, green neighborhood, perched high above the crazy of Los Angeles. When I first arrived, I was like “Wow! You guys live like GROWN UPS!” The house was large and in charge, but it needed a lot of style help. The previous owners had done a crazy remodel on it that made it look like a 90s McMansion (aka bland and uniform). LUCKILY, the house had incredible bones and tons of potential.

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If you’ve ever done a major renovation on your home, you probably know that it takes a lot longer than you’d expect. Like a lot. In the case of Donnie and Ryan, it took about a year. They went from being boyfriends, to being engaged, to being married all during the construction. I like to think that they got married so fast because they were so happy with the way their house turned out. They were like “THIS HOUSE IS GORGEOUS! I DO!” So they can thank me. Preferably in the form of fine wine.

Follow along as I mansplain to you what I did, room by room. And to see the before & afters, check out the article on Architectural Digest!

In this tour:
Wood
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Brown
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Living Room
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Home