Built in 1936 by the Southern California architectural team of Wilson and Webster. It was originally decorated by Honor Easton. Its now iconic name was given it by the prominent American artist Millard Sheets, who was a professor of Easton’s.
Come aboard, the tour is about to set sail.
A pair of Vladamir Kagan lounges flank the fireplace are piled with signature pillows from Trina’s home collection. Throughout the living room carefully curated items make for a highly personal space.
Metallic Moroccan hassacks and a canvas covered Poul Kjaerholm PK22 lounge chair share the prow of the living room with a 1970′s burled veneer and brass console.
The dining room with its dark terrazzo floor and vintage aluminum and leather chairs certainly were a nod to the streamlined moderne lines of the house. I was particularly fascinated with the unusual wine cooler.
The highlight of the kitchen was its enormous and lovingly well-worn butcher block island. Originally from a Brooklyn, New York delicatessen, it has very unusual metal legs that places it squarely from the industrial modern 1930′s.
The white 6 burner stove is vintage, but there are concessions to mod-cons. These include a built-in modern refrigerator and dishwasher.
The principal guest room, directly above the living room, has its own private deck and the same views of the valley below. The built-ins are newly constructed, but based on the house’s originals that had been removed. Texture reigns here in the principal stateroom as elsewhere in the house. Colorful Moroccan rugs, bedding and upholstery reinforce the hot orange of a desert sunset.
Though built over 75 years ago, what worked then still works today. With windows that disappear into sills and doors that slide into walls, there is a sense of boundless freedom yet, the spaces are intimate and inviting.