Hiding Out in Hidden Hills
Now that I’ve had time to settle into my temporary residence in Hidden Hills (see our January blog post for how I ended up there!), I’ve begun to notice something really marvelous. These are people who are not afraid to make bold changes to their homes! “Hidden” in this charming 1950s ranch-style community, relaxed and infused with an informal pastoral energy, are a critical mass of Hollywood creatives, celebrities and influencers. Did you catch Architectural Digest’s dual-covered March issue with my neighbors Kris and Kylie Jenner? I accidentally packed both to read on my recent flight to New York for the Luxe Magazine Gold Awards, thinking they were different issues! One cover irreverently celebrates color and pop culture, one is a case study in understated, organic modern luxe. Both are up-to-the-minute snapshots of what is architecturally and stylistically hot right now in LA, and over and over I’ve seen it to be true that when it comes to design, ‘as goes LA, so goes the nation!’
Walking around my new neighborhood, I think that the main difference in the trends here and across the country is that locally, homeowners feel empowered to make some riskier decisions. Some homes look like their inspiration may have been the latest Restoration Hardware build-out: moving from traditional to transitional is the overall name of the game. The modern farmhouse is popular (I’m sure partially thanks to Joanna Gaines!), but now with daring material choices and applications - such as dark tones of clapboard that run vertically with dramatically pitched steel roofs. The flamboyant Mediterraneans that proliferated the 90s are being reimagined more austerely with right angles, natural stone, and steel windows. And for better or for worse, Tudors are being razed to the ground in favor of transitional open floor plans with disappearing glass walls that enable an indoor/outdoor lifestyle.
Do you have neighbors with inspiring style? Let me know in the comments below!
Best always in Creating Noble Spaces,
Tammy and the Interior Archaeology Team