From this side of the garden, guests can see that the home is two-stories tall and features a wood frame structure, gable roof and two porches. Palmetto trees flank the exterior for a true South Carolina look -- all that's missing is the classic crescent moon.
Completed in 1930, the Leland Bryant-designed Colonial House is among the last of early Hollywood’s most glamorous and exclusive revival style condominiums, and remains a coveted refuge for the industry’s elite. Golden Age tenants included the likes of Bette Davis, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard and Cary Grant. The penthouse's exterior is protected by the National Register of Historic Places and remains unchanged since it was built.
When the owner of a run-down, century-old row house near D.C.'s Union Market asked Kerra Michele Huerta to help renovate their space, the designer leapt at the chance to get creative. After the construction crew dug out the basement to create a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment with a full kitchen for guests, Huerta stepped into the entryway and used remnants of unsalvageable pine floors to design a "welcome mat" inlay in the new foyer. The coat rack was repurposed too; though it seems right at home next to the bright red art, it's actually comprised of old pipes.
Staying true to the craftsman style, the foyer features warm wood furnishings and wonderful architectural details, like the trio of windows above the console table. Reddish-brown tile is grounded by an area rug that adds color and interest to the space.
Leading the way to the second floor living area, a narrow hallway includes a low, built-in bookcase on one side to display art, books and personal treasures. The real show-stopper, though, is the vaulted ceiling with craftsman-style skylights to match the overall design of the space.
Gardens, walkways and grounds have been transformed to illuminate their natural beauty. Contained on the property are a croquet lawn, ornamental fountains and statuary, a large reflecting pool abundant with tropical palms and koi and a pool.
Beautiful wood furnishings paired with a traditional red rug bring a warm, inviting vibe to the dining room. High-back dining chairs and a sturdy wood table offer a place for both casual and formal dining, depending on the occasion. Striking, craftsman windows surround the space to provide ample light during the daytime, while sconces in between add ambient lighting in the evenings.
Gorgeous, craftsman-style skylights bring in warm, natural light to the upstairs foyer. A wall of low, built-in bookshelves store personal treasures, books and art as you make your way to the second floor living area.