By Jennifer Ebert published
115 years in the making, this elegantly restored 1905 Craftsman beauty sits prominently overlooking Echo Park Lake in historic Angelino Heights.
The house has been completely renovated by Jamie Haller, and her husband Craig Ekedahl, a former TV producer, who have a passion for restoring old Craftsman and Victorian homes.
The historic property features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, and is a forever home that is only steps away from the restaurants and nightlife of Sunset Blvd and Downtown Los Angeles. The homeowners will be able to take in the scene-stealing views of the Hollywood Sign, the Griffith Observatory and the Downtown skyline.
A new foundation, tankless water heater, new copper pipes, new ABS, dual HVAC and updated electric wiring is finished with designer lighting and Nest Temperature Control bringing modern technology to a stunning designer restoration filled with plenty of charisma and soul.
As you enter the home through the original dutch door, you stand in the hall and face the landing. Consider the striking arch, which likely dates back to the 1920’s, and the restored fir balusters which are painted in Railings by Farrow & Ball.
The restored original oak flooring runs into the living room and throughout the open and connective floor plan as natural light pours through character wood windows. A decorative brick fireplace is the focal point of the living room with its beautiful arched opening and wide mantle that spans the room.
The Douglas Fir millwork was stripped by hand and stained with natural pigments to restore the original look and feel of 1905. Framed by Tudor style casement windows and built-in bookcases, the living room has a grand yet comfortable feeling.
Through the vintage french doors is an elegant dining room with coved plaster ceilings and large original Craftsman windows.
A large rustic and feminine farmhouse style chandelier hangs with understated style. Douglas fir baseboards were custom milled by Paramount Studios workshop to match the original ones found in the home. The restored lighting adds a beautiful accent to this space, tying the scheme together neatly.
The parlour room is where the family gathers in to play music or catch up on the day. Close the pocket doors and create a serene space for quiet reading.
Painted in Farrow and Ball Railings, the moody blue undertones bounce off the reddish brown tones of the Douglas fir window frames, crown moldings and baseboards.
The study soaks up the rays coming in from the vast lake view and filters them through wavy vintage glass. A long linear beadboard bench, painted in a tranquil deep blue, runs along side and under the window.
Inspired by the traditional English kitchen, this farmhouse-style kitchen is the true heart of this thoughtful and curated designer home.
The custom maple cabinetry has been painted in Farrow and Ball’s Pigeon, and is paired with waxed Soapstone countertops finished with a fine beveled edge.The cabinetry is trimmed with aged brass hardware, while furniture style cabinet feet and a floor to ceiling banquet style pantry add to the kitchen’s authenticity.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a downstairs powder room. This small space has been artfully designed to enhance the contrast original wood windows.
Here, tongue and groove bead board paneling is painted in Farrow & Ball, while the walls are clad in House of Hackney wallpaper for a charming entendre of texture, colour and inspiration. A Kohler cast iron pedestal is trimmed with a polished brass french country inspired faucet.
The first thing you embrace as you enter the main bedroom is the view. A wall of original Craftsman character windows overlook Echo Park Lake and capture the most perfect sunsets. The bright, shimmering lights from the Hollywood Hills and the Griffith Observatory shine in the distance at dusk.
The bathroom presents a large open walk-in shower with floor to ceiling glass and a waist high marble trimmed shelf. The rich Farrow & Ball paint creates a spa like experience and is a designer’s dream.
This bathroom is simple and beautiful in its aesthetic.A small black wood vanity with petite legs, honed marble top and antique style drop pulls adds quiet charm, while pretty antique glass shades set into brass lamps are the height of sophisticated glamour.
Interior design and restoration/ Jamie Haller
Restoration/ Craig Ekedahl
Styling/ Kirsten Blazek
Photography/ Lauren Moore
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space.
Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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