We Toured The Hip, Colorful Los Feliz Dundee Home (Photos)
At the top of a hill in Los Feliz on a tree-lined street with a cul-de-sac sits the Dundee house, a Spanish Colonial Revival home that's undergone a stunning revamp.
LAist was invited to attend Dwell magazine's home tours recently, and we got a rare look into the private home of architect Chet Callahan. Callahan, who runs his own L.A.-based design firm, explained that he decided to build a home for his own family in 2007 when he and his husband were expecting their first of two children. They transformed the shell of the Spanish Colonial Revival home built in 1934. The once dark, small rooms became bright and airy with lots of natural light pouring through the large windows—some of them stretching from floor to ceiling. White is a dominant color in the downstairs portion of the home—including the white walls, counter tops, cabinets and stools in their kitchen and dining area, which brightens up the rooms.
The kitchen opening up to the pool at the Dundee house in Los Feliz (Photo by Art Gray, courtesy of Dwell)
The 2,600-square-foot, two-story house has rooms that each have striking features. They each have hip artwork and splashes of vibrant colors, courtesy of their interior designer Ghislaine Viñas. The floor plan is a lot more open than its original design. Large windows in many of the rooms open up to their lush, hillside garden, making you feel connected to the nature outside even when you're inside the home. (Horticulturist Kathleen Ferguson, who designed the outdoor landscaping, made sure to select plants for the garden that require very little watering.)
Their bathroom is one of the most stunning rooms in the house, with large sliding glass doors that open up to their pool. White chandeliers appear to be melting out of their white ceilings.
The bathroom inside the Dundee house in Los Feliz (Photo by Art Gray, courtesy of Dwell)
Viñas has a great way of adding color to a room. If it is white, she uses it like a blank canvas and adds vibrant colors like green, yellows and oranges in the room through furniture and artwork, making the colors pop.
The dining room and kitchen in the Dundee house in Los Feliz (Photo by Art Gray, courtesy of Dwell)
While some of the rooms and furniture come in such a stark white, the home certainly doesn't feel like a sterile museum. After all, there are children who live in this home. The living room is a cozy space where the couch, chairs, rug, pillows and even a polar bear statue all come in a rich, dark shade of purple. The master bedroom is half white, half covered ceiling-to-walls-to-carpet in fuchsia. Another chandelier in fuchsia looks like it's melting like a wax candle and dripping out of the ceiling.
Over in the kids' bedroom, there's an accent wall painted in bright red and white stripes. A variety of sock puppets hang on the wall. The children's playroom also takes you by surprise. The room is painted in stripes in different shades of blue, with comfy over-sized bean bag-like chairs and toys scattered around the room.
The children's bedroom inside the Dundee house in Los Feliz (Photo by Art Gray, courtesy of Dwell)
The children's playroom inside the Dundee house in Los Feliz (Photo by Art Gray, courtesy of Dwell)