Bucking the development of constructing mega-modernist Venice homes, Juliette Hohnen as an alternative determined to renovate a property’s two ragged cottages, imbuing them with a touch of the lysergic marvel that’s Venice Seaside.
“I simply thought, I’m going to be the other of all the opposite actual property brokers who make some huge cash and reside in these trendy homes,” mentioned Hohnen, a Douglas Elliman agent and designer who completed renovating the 1920 cottages two years in the past — with upgrades ongoing.
“So many within the space would have a look at this as a money cow within the grand method of going lot line to lot line, three tales,” added Brian Mullinix, her architectural designer and builder. “We agreed that these homes spoke to the historical past of the neighborhood.”
Hohnen purchased the Milwood Avenue property for $1.95 million in 2014 and shortly took the houses all the way down to framing, then rebuilt with replicated gables and rooflines. She lives within the entrance home; the again bungalow is for her teenage sons, Jack and Alfie Hohnen-Weber, from a earlier marriage to actor Steven Weber.
Her sons use a now-soundproofed storage as a rehearsal and recording studio for his or her band, Jack and Alfie’s Home.
As an agent, Hohnen attracts on connections she made throughout her former 15-year profession in leisure tv and print journalism, now transacting house offers for the likes of Adele, Elijah Wooden and Ellen Web page, amongst different notables. Her flip aspect is the self-described “insane houseoholic,” having renovated 10 houses, together with three in Malibu and one within the Hamptons, on New York’s Lengthy Island.
“I have to management myself,” she mentioned of shopping for three homes after her 2013 divorce and throwing the cube once more to purchase the Milwood property. Hohnen, who studied inside design at London’s Inchbald College of Design, mentioned the shabby Milwood homes had a “horrible format” with “nothing correctly opening out to the backyard.”
Rooms have been wholly switched round in the principle home. Now the kitchen, dwelling and eating rooms all join in a direct line, “nearly like a New York Metropolis railroad brownstone,” Mullinix mentioned.
Entrance and aspect decks have been added to the entrance home, which nonetheless has two bedrooms. The again home’s former one-bedroom format was expanded to 2 with a shared toilet.
The whole renovation value: $700,000, which features a new zero-edge pool that helps join the houses.
The homes have been additionally darkish — solved after being reimagined with vaulted ceilings punched with skylights. The brand new top augments the areas that hew to authentic footprints, with a mixed complete of 1,804 sq. toes.
The brand new lofty ceilings in each homes are French oak, with the entrance home flooring finished in a French oak chevron sample; the rear home has walnut chevron flooring.
Hohnen employed her eclectic design sense to realize a boho stylish look, which she additional describes as “glad hippie deluxe.” The kaleidoscopic model is favored by those that dabble in crystals but “will need to have all the easiest,” mentioned Hohnen, her trademark wry humor out in full pressure — and flavored by her Chelsea accent.
She mentioned, throughout a go to, the musician Beck weighed in on the nonconformist design — it reminded him of a boutique lodge in London.
Hohnen each splurged and saved. Extravagances included reams of Peter Dunham and Raoul Textiles that she artfully tailor-made into shades and curtains — in addition to bedcovers from India sourced at Hollywood at Dwelling on La Cienega Boulevard. She augmented the appears to be like with finds from world travels.
The warmly actual impact consists of splashes of excessive class — expensive spends reminiscent of a cluster of 12 ostrich-egg lights hung in the lounge and 6 hand-blown teardrop lights that fall amid the kitchen’s open shelving and Mullinix’s custom cabinetry (Behr’s “Black Boudoir”). The darkish cupboards assist announce the fireplace engine purple Bertazzoni vary.
“Some individuals have holidays, and I’ve my lighting fixtures,” Hohnen mused of the lights purchased at Bourgeois Boheme on Sundown Boulevard for $eight,000 to $10,000 every.
Hohnen estimates they saved about $100,000 by forgoing steel home windows for wooden ones painted black on the within and weatherized with blue steel on the skin. “So far as anybody’s involved, they appear to be they’re steel home windows however they’re not.” Alas, her secret’s now out.
The entrance house’s smallish main bedroom is clad in hemp wallpaper, which units off a custom-built walnut mattress made by Santa Monica’s Devoted Roots. The adjoining toilet now has white paneled wainscoting — background to a sublime Waterworks Empire tub with a brass floor-mounted filler.
Within the again home, the French oak ceilings proceed down some partitions, serving to to create a hangout vibe for the “infinite youngsters” who traipse by way of the property, Hohnen mentioned.
A set of three “very, very costly” Roche Bobois striped couches anchor the youngsters’ front room, which she mentioned she “agonized over shopping for,” telling her sons: “‘Don’t beneath any circumstances break these.’ They usually mainly used them as a spare mattress for each teenager that’s ever walked by way of my home.”
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