A number of months back, real estate trader (and listing agent to stars these kinds of as Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen and Ellen DeGeneres) Kurt Rappaport and his spouse, model Zorana Kuzmanovic Rappaport, cradled their newborn daughter Zoe throughout the threshold of their French-type brick manor for the initial time, a monumental party that bested the couple’s former favored memory in the Brentwood Park house. (That would be an epic housewarming party DJ’d by none other than Snoop Dogg.) Notably, the 1936 estate—originally developed by iconic California architect Wallace Neff—received a 1990s refresh that focused on the gardens and orbiting properties that was carried out by Robert A.M. Stern.
Kurt and his regular collaborator, Los Angeles inside designer Clint Nicholas, had intended to embark upon an ambitious one-yr renovation. “Kurt says, ‘Let’s get a yr,’ every time he buys a household,’” suggests Nicholas with a grin. “Here we are, five a long time afterwards.” But then again, there was a large amount entailing the update of the now-three-acre residence. (Los Angeles–based Scott Mitchell Studio intended and developed added constructions on adjacent tons that Kurt had obtained.) As for the 12,000-sq.-foot major home, it experienced been a vision of “wall-to-wall florals, tons of silk, and hefty drapery” with a couple of architectural additions that had been unbecoming of Neff’s “totally understated, stylish, and mysterious residences,” says the homeowner.
Nicholas and Kurt have been working collectively for so lengthy that the designer says, “I’m beginning to believe Kurt’s taste is my taste, and vice versa.” For this certain undertaking, a kind of “luxe naturalism” prevails, thematically closer to Neff’s design and style than the floral smother and drapery stifle of bygone times. Foremost on the agenda was to authentically align the property with its superlatively sunny area. This sort of unabashed radiance would be just as substantially element of the decor as, say, the coloration plan (eternally earthy), or the products palette (sumptuously tactile). The atrium, for occasion, is a soaring space wherever a gleaming new wall of double-peak metal windows rises from a flooring of wire-brushed white-oak planks. (Architecture company ZU+ Studio was accountable for this energy, and a lot more.) Zorana and her husband sip espresso listed here in the mornings, snuggled cozily on the room’s central objet d’art: a capsule-formed Rick Owens Double Bubble daybed with a extraordinary plywood grain that transpires to remember the marbling of espresso and milk.
What other areas lack in sunstruck volume, they make up for in seamless indoor-outdoor transitions and a natural layered-ness that can only arise when a educated curatorial eye has been cast upon a several a long time of worldly acquisitions. The living area, Nicholas suggests, epitomizes the style and design temporary: A wall-sizing portal delivers a generous transition in between character and an interior tableau of edited collectibles, from the charmingly catawampus Vincenzo De Cotiis mirror to the charismatically chunky couch to a wooden sculpture—Stack by Shay Alcalay. “Someone after reported, ‘Beautiful factors go with stunning points,’ and I reside by that assertion,” Nicholas claims. His customer and alleged style twin concurs. “Everything’s decided on,” Kurt says.