Super Structure, The 2003 Ultimate Home Tour, Part II

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Screening Room

Yolanda Hadid is not a design professional, but she is no stranger to the world of interiors. Her husband, Mohamed Hadid, has developed more than 15 Ritz-Carlton hotels with his company Hadid Development, and the couple travels regularly to Europe to shop for antiques and accessories.

For their own house in Holmby Hills, Calif., the Hadids worked with architect Richard Landry on the 20,000-square-foot mansion, and then Yolanda Hadid drew on her hotel experience to complete the decor.

Yolanda, who is Dutch, took her inspiration from Russian and French theaters for the 28-by-20-foot screening room. The raised loge that overlooks the room is reminiscent of the private boxes at opera houses, and the Hadids typically seat guests at the round tables so that they can dine while watching a movie. The paneling and Russian columns in mahogany and walnut and the burgundy Belgian velvet fabrics were intended, she says, to create a warm family room. “My husband and our three small children can hop on the couches, or he and I can spend a romantic evening alone—it can go both ways.” The chandelier came from an old French estate.

Among the antiques are a Chinese Buddha, which sits in a corner; crystal decanters; a silver tea service; and European oil paintings. DSI Entertainment Systems of Sherman Oaks installed the audio/video equipment. It is a sumptuous space that raises the art of watching movies to a new level.

DSI Entertainment Systems, 818.906.9940,; Rodrigo Iglesias, Coldwell Banker, 310.979.4169



“Your pulse probably drops when you walk into this room,” says Los Angeles designer Jeffrey Hitchcock. “A master bedroom all in green is like an ocean—it has a very calming effect.” Hitchcock has worked with the client before, so he was familiar with her taste. “She is a high-powered CEO, and she asked me for an escape from her long hours at work,” he says. “I used soft celadon tones throughout the room to create the tranquillity and serenity she was seeking.” The idea for the color scheme came from an antique Chinese celadon vase he had purchased. “It’s a color my client would wear,” he says.

Hitchcock tied together the bedroom and ample sitting area with fabrics from Scalamandré, the fabric company that was commissioned by Jacqueline Kennedy to redecorate the White House. Hitchcock dyed a silk fabric called Caribbean and used it on the walls to give them a slight shimmer. He covered the sofa in a cut velvet and a French armchair in a silk brocade, both of which were dyed to match the rest of the fabrics. The rug was also dyed and given a raised, tufted diamond pattern. Black lacquered curtain rods with gold leaf rings hold the diamond-quilted silk drapes, which add depth and texture.


The space was large enough to absorb a mix of 18th-century accessories: a carved giltwood floor lamp from Rose Tarlow; an 18th-century French mirror above the fireplace from Baldacchino; 18th-century Chinese Export lamps from Paul Ferrante.

Hitchcock combined the same Scalamandré fabric with Frette linens on the bed for a quiet opulence that, he says, is enhanced by the white Carrera bookmatched marble floor. “The marble adds to the shimmer of the silk,” Hitchcock says. “There’s a soft coolness from the reflection of the marble, which, I think, adds to the overall elegance of the bedroom.”

Jeffrey Hitchcock Enterprises Inc., 310.659.7053



The curve of a Beaux Arts building on Nob Hill in San Francisco dictated both the lozenge shape of the bathroom and the oval WaterWorks tub. “The curve delineated the space we had to work with, so we played off it and enhanced the room,” says designer Suzanne Tucker. “Most people don’t like having a tub in the center of a room—they feel too exposed. But my client loves the drama of it.”

Tucker played up the south-facing views and light that streams in all day with the concave 1930s-style vanity that she finished with subtly aged mirrored glass, an antique French chandelier from Marvin Alexander, and a marble floor with marble insets. The light wool curtains provide privacy and soften the light.

“While you have glamour, sparkle, and romance, you also have a room that is very practical,” Tucker says. “There is a large shower, his and her vanities, his and her dressing rooms, and tons of storage. It’s a very strong space that doesn’t feel feminine or frou-frou.”

The apartment’s powder room is a complete contrast, a tiny internal space that Tucker tackled last. “I told my client that I wanted it to look like you had walked inside a tortoiseshell tea caddy. She looked at me as if I’d lost my mind and then told me to go ahead. She is one of those trusting clients who wanted a magical, unique space.” Tucker collects 18th-century tea caddies, and she used their coloration and design details as her guide. Artist Willem Racké devised a petite fantasy of faux tortoiseshell and inlaid ivory. Tucker added inset mirrors and an 18th-century French mirror to double the dramatic effect, and nickel-plated French fixtures from P.E. Guerin to give an extra patina.

“My client is a beautiful redhead, and I wanted every aspect of the apartment to flatter her,” Tucker says. “Now she tells me that when she entertains, her guests all linger in the powder room.”

Suzanne Tucker, Tucker & Marks, 415.931.3352,


Children’s Room

Over the river and through the woods to the bedroom at grandmother’s house we go. When architect William Taylor set out to create a fantasy room for a client’s house in Orlando, Fla., she requested a log cabin in the woods that would entrance her grandchildren. “She calls the room Camp Run-Amuck because she wanted it to feel like they were away at camp,” says Taylor.

Adirondack log cabin was the theme for the bedroom and bathroom, so, naturally, logs cover part of the bedroom’s walls and ceiling. The floor has antique pine planks; the wood bunk beds were made by Into the West in Steamboat Springs, Colo. The bedroom is littered with stuffed animals and equipped with an antique rocking chair for bedtime stories and a canoe-shaped bookcase. Taylor says most of the accessories were flea market finds or collectibles. But the rustic theme goes only so far—the down duvets are covered in Scalamandré fabric.

The fantasy theme continues in the bathroom with a door outlined in wood log trim. The murals were painted by Carol Petalas, an artist from the Flying Turtle Gallery in Winter Park, who slipped in a skunk lingering near the floor. The sink was made from an antique barrel with a copper washbasin; on it are a miniature log cabin tissue holder and a bear for gripping toothbrushes. “Even the little tub is done in black tile to look like an inner tube,” says Taylor. To complete the sensation of sleeping outdoors, cricket chirping sounds can be turned on and, Taylor says, “the bedroom ceiling has fiber optics so that the stars twinkle at night.”


The Taylor & Taylor Partnership, 305.534.9862,


Mark Cutler’s client was extremely specific about his requirements for the swimming pool at his new Pacific Palisades, Calif., home. “He had had a similar infinity-edge pool in Malibu, and he wanted to re-create it but with all the extra features—a beach entry, a swim-up bar, and a shallow ledge for lounging with a headrest inside the pool,” says Cutler. “We had the poor guy lying in a pile of wet sand while we measured him to make sure the gunite would follow his body contours exactly.” 

The entire concept for the pool area revolved around a tropical resort, and Cutler responded with an eye-catching amalgam of curves and circles. “It was fun, a complete departure for us,” the designer says. In the center of the pool, reached by an arched bridge, is a circular lounging area with banquettes, umbrellas, and a sunken fire pit. “When you sit there, you are at eye level with the infinity edge and the Pacific Ocean—you see water on water,” Cutler notes. “That took lots of drawings, lots of models, and lots of meetings with the contractor and the landscape designer.” 

Running around the outside of the lounge area is a sunken ledge and a table at pool height where the client can sit submerged in water and watch the sunset. A raised spa to the left also has an infinity edge and is covered with the same tile as the pool.

“Our design mantra was ‘modern Asian,’ ” Cutler says. “The colors were kept as natural as possible—soft blues and olives, with splashes of Chinese reds.” On the terrace is another curved banquette 20 feet long and 6 feet deep with room for a recessed dining table. “We provided a spot where he can recline with 10 of his closest friends,” says Cutler. “He’s big on lounging.”

Mark Cutler Designs, 310.360.6212

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