COTE DE TEXAS: An Update on A Legend

An Update on A Legend

 

Years ago I ran a series about my Top Ten favorite interior designers.  I actually never finished it  - leaving the top two spots unnamed (such a disgrace!)   Back in 2008, my #7 spot was the Los Angeles designer Lynn Von Kersting, owner and developer of the famed celebrity eatery The Ivy.

 

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Everyone who is anyone in L.A. eats at the casual, down home restaurant, The Ivy and it continues to be the place to be seen after all these years.  Next door is the decorative store Indigo Seas.  Each is the brainchild of von Kersting.

 

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Indigo Seas, the decorative shop owned by von Kersting, is filled with the furniture and accessories that she loves and uses in all her interiors. 

In the 1990s and early 2000’s, Lynn von Kersting was a very popular interior designer – she was featured in all the design magazines and her clients were  culled mostly from the upper classes that visited The Ivy.  She had a very distinctive look – an original clutter lover – and she used toiles and stripes and patterns in a wild color scheme of reds, turquoise, pinks, greens and blues all mixed together in her own special way.  The interiors she created were warm and cozy, inviting and casual, and very, very feminine and romantic.  Nothing was ever too precious or fancy.  I adored her style and for years emulated her look. 

About the time when more muted colors, such as grays and whites, became more popular – von Kersting’s interiors seemed a bit too bright for some.   The “Houston Look” was at its height – white slips, few and oversized accessories, gray walls, painted woods – and her aesthetic seemed more suited for California’s sunny environs.  

 

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Lynn von Kersting’s own house – filled with Bennison fabric, paisleys, accessories and accent furniture from India.  Red, blue, and green all mixed together with masses of oil paintings, and blue and white porcelains that together create a casual and very romantic room.  The living room above is typical of her style.

 

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More von Kersting – red and blue stripes, with green walls and orange silk shades, mixed with floral fabrics. 

 

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Another typical von Kersting interior  - florals, stripes, and toiles mixed with Indian accent furniture and silk embroidered pillows.  Turquoise walls and red and stripe curtains is another favored look.   Mixed in along with the clutter are priceless antiques and dimestore accessories.

 

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This was a well known interior she designed – and perhaps epitomizes the von Kersting aesthetic the most.   Can you count the number of toiles and patterned fabrics in this one room?

 

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This living room has a strong Indian vibe -  juxtaposed against fine architectural elements such as this beautiful fireplace.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen von Kersting featured in a magazine.   So you can imagine how surprised and thrilled I was when a house in the new Traditional Home caught my eye.   Its colorful and casual interior is what first caused a second look.  There was something about the house that was so attractive to me and finding that von Kersting had designed it was so exciting. 

The owner of the house featured had first worked with von Kersting on her previous house which was also seen in Traditional Home –  in 2004.   The owner, Donna Kaplan, had recruited von Kersting to help her with her new house – the one in this month’s magazine.

I remember Kaplan’s house from the 2004 – and you probably will too if you are a von Kersting fan.  I thought it would be interesting to see the 2004 and compare it to the 2014 house.

So, first, here is Kaplan’s 2004 house – shown in Traditional Home – and after, her new house, also designed by Lynn:

Traditional Home – 2004:

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The creamy yellow stucco 1941 house was designed to look like a farmhouse in Provence.  And as you can see here, the tile roofed house and the gardens with all its wildflowers – does look like a mas found in the south of France.

 

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Here is the entry – the walls are a sunny yellow and the floor is a terracotta tile, laid without obvious grout lines – making it look like an old farmhouse.  The trumeau and prints and console piled high with accessories is a trademark look of von Kersting’s.

 

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And here, across from the console is the gorgeous staircase with the most romantic heart-shaped railing ever.  Underneath, two antique upholstered chairs, covered with patterned fabric, velvet and trim, sit mixed with Indian side tables – another von Kersting trademark.   The staircase is lined with a collection of prints and oils, while a glorious antique crystal chandelier hangs over it all.

This image is so beautiful –  I’ve always loved this staircase – finding it one of the prettiest ever seen.

Now do you remember this house?

 

 

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The dining room, with its long console piled high with dishes and glasses and candlesticks, is reflected in twin trumeaus.   The table sits under two identical iron chandeliers.  

 

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A view from the kitchen, with see-through cabinets,  looks through to the butler’s pantry with its farm sink and casement windows that open to the garden.

 

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The sunroom is filled with patterned fabrics and silk pillows.  As usual, a large selection of framed prints and paintings and plates hang from the wall.

 

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The bedroom in shades of taupe is surprisingly more quiet and sedate than usual von Kersting interiors.  Its walls are painted dark with a white ceiling and white rafters.




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The master bathroom is a romantic space fitted more as a room with its desk and chairs and chaise and fireplace.

 

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Off the dining room is a terrace outfitted with more cotton fabrics and an iron day bed.

 

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At one side of the terrace is an outdoor dining room sitting under a pergola, next to a large stone fireplace.  The mirror on the mantel reflects the space,  making this area seem larger.   Colorful paper lanterns placed by von Kersting lend it a fanciful air.

 

Donna Kaplan eventually sold this house and bought another one built in 1941 – this time in Brentwood on a canyon – on one acre of land. 

 

Traditional Home – 2014:

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Donna again turned to Lynn von Kersting to help with the design of this house and this time, Donna’s now grown daughter, Lisa, also contributed to the interior design.  Here, stone steps lead to the French styled front door.

 

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An infinity pool in the backyard of the house – overlooks the canyon views.  South of France green painted shutters  have working hardware.   The house was originally 4500 sq. ft, but was doubled that after the renovation was complete.

 

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In the enlarged entry – blue and white tiles were added to the wainscot.  Eagle eyes will recognize the painted buffet – it was also in Donna’s entry hall in her last house.  (See above.)

Even though the house was enlarged, the desire was for it to seem cozy and romantic.  High ceilings were avoided when possible to create the feeling of warmth.  

Whereas in the past Lynn’s interiors were a cacophony of color and patterns, today this house represents a more mature and quieter look from Lynn.  That is not to say she has gone minimal, far from it, but, this new house shows how her look has evolved for the new decade.  I adored her aesthetic then and I adore it now - updated for today.

 

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This was the photograph that grabbed my attention when I first saw it in the magazine.  In contrast to both all the subdued interiors shown now – and the hip, colorful interiors that younger designers love – this interior seemed so different and unique than what is now featured in magazines.   It has the usual von Kersting charm – yet, it is more edited than usual.  The masses and piles of accessories is now gone, instead her interiors of today are sparer, more thoughtful.  Notice how the sofas, the curtains, the skirted table, the ottoman are all plain fabrics – something that von Kersting rarely used.   The pillows are the only reminder of the masses of fabrics she once used.

 

During the renovation – the living room was extended on both sides, yet they kept the barrel ceiling and the stone fireplace untouched.  The walls are painted a soft aqua blue – to bring in the outside, said von Kersting.

 

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Close up of the original stone fireplace.

 

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The music room was added off the living room – it is filled with slipcovered furniture and a velvet tufted ottoman.  Von Kersting’s stripes show up on the painted chairs. 

 

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In the dining room, aqua walls were abandoned in favor of dark peach.  White painted chairs wear pink and white stripes.   Notice how she brought in the turquoise color through the plates, the art work, and the painted table.  Plain linen curtains are switched out for the pink paisley fabric.  Beautiful faded antique rug.   Love this room!!!!

 

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Von Kersting chose antique French terracotta tiles for the kitchen floor, white marble for the countertops, and wood beams on the ceiling – creating a Provencal styled room.   So glad that she kept the California feel to the house.

 

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In the breakfast room, the tiled floor and beam ceiling is continued.  The furniture is very rustic – matched against the blue and white antique transferware and antique mirror – which reflects the large, stone fireplace. 

 

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The master bedroom – has soft green walls – and the usual von Kersting mix of fabrics.  But whereas in the past, Lynn might have wallpapered the room in toile and hung stripes and flowers from the canopy – today’s Lynn has left both plain.   The bed seems to be the same one from the last house – it just looks so different without the canopy fabrics.   

 

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The bathroom is reminds me of the past house – I think the tub is same one!  Perhaps the new owners didn’t want it.  It might be the same mirror – just painted too.   And as found throughout the house – touches of turquoise and aqua show up – in the mirror and the fabric and rug.

I’m glad to see Lynn von Kersting back in press and I hope to see more.  There’s room in design for all types of looks and styles, and her casual, romantic Californian style has it’s merits.

So…………..I thought I was through with this story but then I had to do just a little more research.  Join me for more about these two houses.

Who knew that the Traditional Home house from 2004 was sold to Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony??? I sure didn’t! 

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Apparently when Donna Kaplan sold her house, Jennifer and Mark Anthony moved in and stayed for a few years, until they sold the house to someone who did major relandscaping and then sold it again.   Through all these sales, I was able to find so many pictures of this beautiful house.  Here are some really interesting photographs that show rooms in the the house that haven’t been seen before:

 

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Here is the exterior as shown in Traditional Home.   It appeared that the yard was all wildflowers – yet this really wasn’t the way it was.

 

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In reality – the wildflowers were on one side of the yard – and the other side was grass and a swimming pool.

The stats on the house are:  5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms,  5 fireplaces, 7,357 square feet, 3/4 acre in Bel Air, Los Angeles.   The house was built in 1941.

 

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Here’s a view of the wildflowers side – with the row of arches and the gravel path.

 

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And looking from the house towards the pool.  At the back is the poolhouse and the 2 story guest house/studio structure with kitchen.  Most amazing – there is a MOAT around the property!!!

 

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The cobblestone driveway with a bridge over the moat.

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The moat.  How romantic is this?

 

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Once JLo sold the house the yard was cleared of the wildflowers and gravel walks.  Here you can see in that space, a round children’s play area was added, along with a fountain and a putting green.  The shame!!!

 

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And here – looking from the house toward the pool, you can see how cleared out the yard is.  All the French Provencal landscaping is gone.

 

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And the back of the house, now.  To the right is the pergola and the dining area that was shown in the 2004 magazine story.

I couldn’t find any photographs from the inside when JLo lived there – but I do have the interiors from the new owner who recently resold it.   I don’t understand why the house keeps being sold.  It’s such a fabulous one, why don’t the owners hold onto it????

 

 

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Here, the cobblestone motor court leads to the front door.  The ivy remains on the yellow stucco, as does the turquoise painted window frames – both left overs from Lynn von Kersting’s design.  Through the front door – you can see all the way back to the pool house.

 

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Here is how the entry looked in Traditional Home when Lynn von Kersting designed it.

 

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And the other side of the foyer – as it was in 2004 – with the yellow stucco walls and tiled floors.

 

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Today – here is how the same room looks.  The yellow is gone, replaced with trendy gray/blue.  The rugs though add nothing, nor does the runner on the stairs.  It appears the chandelier remained – why?   I would have taken that with me!  I miss von Kersting’s layered, cluttered look.  This looks, boring.

 

 

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Here is the 2004 dining room.

 

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The dining room today.  It looks like the wall color remained – as did the two iron chandeliers.  The mirrored French doors are a surprise.  This is just bad interior design, IMO.  The lamp and table in the corner?  Why?  The clock?  The tufted chair.  Notice that tiny lamp on that huge console.  Again – can’t compare to the von Kersting version.

 

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Here is a picture of the living room – not seen before.  I assume the sconces are left over from von Kersting.

 

 

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And the family room.   I wonder if these curtains were left over from either von Kersting or JLo?  Not great interior design.  None of these two rooms were photographed for the 2004 magazine for some reason.

 

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The library located in the front of the house wasn’t pictured for the magazine.   Oy.  Again, not the best of interior design.  It looks like the owners did it themselves.

 

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Here’s how the kitchen looks today.  In 2004 – we just got a look through the cabinets into the butler’s pantry beyond.

 

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This new photo shows just how large the kitchen really is. 

 

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Here is Lynn von Kersting’s 2004 bedroom- with its dark walls and white beamed ceiling.

 

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And today – a real mess of the room.  Pink walls, and a velvet chair and 1/2????   Do they still make those?

 

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The daughter’s bedroom is darling with pink walls and a tufted bed.  I love the French doors on each side of the bed.

And then…..

I saw photographs on the internet of the current Lynn von Kersting house shown in this month’s Traditional Home.  Apparently that house was also put up for sale but appears no longer to be available.   Perhaps if you make an offer? 

Here are some of those photographs which show much more of the beautiful house:

 

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Here is a large view of the front of the house.  It sits behind a circular drive with gates that close off each side of the drive on the street. 

 

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Inside the two story foyer with the fabulous tile wainscot, black hardwoods and iron railings. 

 

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Looking down at the foyer from the landing.

 

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The barrel ceiling living room.  The dining room is seen through one arch and through the other two arches is the music room.   The living room looks so different here than in the magazine!

 

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In the magazine – seen close up and with a better camera, the room is pretty.

 

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The music room – looks like a former sunroom in this picture.

 

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In the magazine, the music room seemed larger.  But it’s really pretty in both photos.

 

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And the kitchen. 

 

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The breakfast room is set off the kitchen through see-through cabinets – exactly like in the first house, 2004.  This must be a favorite way of Lynn’s to do breakfast rooms.

 

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The master bedroom looks almost exactly the same here as in the magazine.   Love.

 

 

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The back of the house shows the koi pond that is talked about in the article.  Such a pretty back yard.

 

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The koi pond from the other side.  Under the arch is the outdoor dining room.

 

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I love the terrace and the way it is designed with the flagstone, the shutters, the bougainvillea and turquoise cushions.

 

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Looking at the pool and canyon view.

 

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The back of the house and the infinity edge pool.

 

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And finally a look at the terraced back yard.

Whew!!!!!  A simple story on a house seen in a magazine turned into a opus!  Sorry about that.  But I just like to really see the house – not a few pictures from a photoshoot.  And if I do find pictures out there, I will include them.  I hope you enjoy them just as much.

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48 comments :

  1. Incredibly well researched and interesting post, Joni. I remember well the magazine photos you referred to. I definitely prefer her design today- but then again, it is all relative to the times, isn't it? I was enthralled with her design taste back then. Great post.

    xo
    Mimi @ A House Romance

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  2. Good post! I also loved her design work for a long time so it was nice to see her again. But the reason I'm really writing is you HAVE to finish that series!! Do the additional two Favorite Designers!! I have always felt that that series along with your Top Ten Design Elements (which you also NEVER FINISHED!!) were your two all time best, hands down. I would like to see you finish BOTH of those series!!!

    Sheila Irwin
    www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

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    1. hahha!!!! i know. i know - but my list has changed over the years. hasn't yours? it's been 8 years!!! maybe i will.

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  3. Great post. Great homes. Love von Kersting. Thank you for all that!
    Sheila

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  4. Have also been and still is a big fan of V.K the many photos you have posted here are in my collective photo file. As for the ivy I love this LA quaint hot spot, when in LA. During mart week hitting the design shows and meeting with companies I do whole business with like Jeff and Adrian at Taylor Scott, we will meet up at the ivy. Then I am off to Venice to hit up a couple of my favorite shop, one being Diggs, and Bountiful this is where I find my salvage fix with pieces I like to anchor a rooms appeal with a bit of euro chic softening the harder edges of the more formal pieces I may use in one of the Gated communities with the upscale model homes I may be working on.

    I have an addition to the great salvage find be it a grand shop of designs or a simple roadside tag sale from someone's yard.
    Living in my small once was rental I have been enjoying the hunt for flea market pieces and salvaging lost thrift shop finds, all encouraging a less restricted living. All the designs here go way back and has such staying power in designs, it's added to my mind thought in wanting to add more color be it muted and washed, it's a direction I have been giving thought to.

    Thank you for inspiring us all with such eclectic beauty in all things charming, relaxed and rustic

    Xx
    Bisous

    Doré

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    1. loved your comment!!! i love the ivy too. and bountiful! thanks - loved this.

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  5. What a treat to see these beautiful homes. Both are gorgeous and it is interesting to see how von Kersting's style has evolved over the past ten years. Her esthetic reminds me of one of my favorite designers, Kathryn Ireland.

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  6. I remember the Van Kersting 2004 photos and so loved and adored that home. I may even have saved the original article. Now I must locate the new article. Ms. Van Kersting is amazing and so are you for letting us view this home again. The newest rendition is a sad mess.

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  7. How great to see Von Kersting's unique style and talent again! I still have that old Traditional Home as I have tried to emulate it many times without success. It is certainly more difficult than it appears which is a testimonial to her gifts. So nice to see rooms that aren't neutral. I can only imagine how they glow at night!

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  8. Enjoyed these beautiful photos. I am especially fond of the rush(?) chairs around the dining table and what appears to be matching stools in the kitchen. Do you know a source for these? I so look forward to reading your blog posts. You never disappoint!

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    1. Im sure those are probably from her shop!!! call them!!!

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  9. This post? Awesome! I love epic ....

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  10. So glad to see the Comments section on this post isn't all clogged up with the name droppings of a self-aggrandizing old biddy who has no work to do.

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    1. You are so awful!!!! I have been a decorator for 64 years! Referral only! I saw Albert Hadley twice!!!! Once we were in the same room!

      This is the very best post in the entire universe!!!!!!

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    2. I am asking nicely for you to please stop all this nonsense. PB has always been sweet to me in emails and here in comments. I respect her tremendously and I love her aesthetic. Please, let's be respectful. She always is, so please - try to be too. Thanks.

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    3. She is filling the comments section with her spam, she's frequently near-incoherent, and she's a pathological name dropper. Please be realistic, Joni. She's ruining your blog, and you know it. You need to rein her in.

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  11. Yes absolutely I enjoyed them as much as you do. Your inclusion of so many photos in your posts is what sets you apart. Lynn is a true design genius (I see why she made your list) --- her work is dreamy, lush, exquisite and a feast for the eyes. The entry with the blue and white tiled wainscot and the dining room with the peach walls and pink and white striped chairs are truly fantastic. That has to be one of the 10 best dining rooms of ALL TIME! And some of the exteriors like 'the koi pond from the other side' are beautiful beyond words. .Thanks, Joni, for another scrumptious post.

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  12. Joni it is always so interesting to see changes made through new ownership or generations!
    Amazing homes!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  13. Joni- A wonderful, well-researched and informative post, as per your usual! It really has me thinking, though. Maybe you've already had the same thoughts, too. Celebs, or the wealthy in general, appear to use shelter magazines as a glorified MLS service these days! No sooner is a house or apartment professionally photographed and posted; we learn that it's for sale. And then on to the next one. I'm not saying that it doesn't bring fame and fortune to the designers who are showcased (as well as the artisans and product providers), but it also seems disingenuous to me as well. And I know you must be holding back on commenting on the last cover of House Beautiful which was basically nothing more than a Ralph Lauren ad! Is the shelter magazine world teetering on the cliff of art and advertising to survive? I'd love to know what you think. M.

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  14. I liked the paper lanterns!! franki

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  15. I absolutely loved that home when it was featured in Traditional Home. That long table with the botanical prints in the dining room is one of my all time favorite tablescapes. I noticed she had the prints in the new dining room. Thanks so much for, as always, a fabulous post! Barbara

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  16. HI Joni! What (another!) wonderful posting ("opus" as you say) and thanks again for bringing a smile to my face during my morning coffee. I can tell you for certain the provenance of the framed hand-painted silver leaf panels (you show one but there is a matching one on the other side) in the living room: they were commissioned/purchased for J Lo by the designer and founder/owner of Pom Pom in Los Angeles: Hilde Leiaghat. And while you surmise that the wonderful sconces "are left over from Von Kersting," which is quite possible, those are also a huge trademark of Hilde's who sells tons of them from her shops and showrooms. Hilde hails from Belgium and I have no doubts that Von Kersting has purchased a thing or two from Pom Pom. (Hilde and her family now run quite a successful business wholesaling bed linens from Belgium under the same "Pom Pom" brand...you'd love them.) p.s. I still get orders from your "New Bedroom" posting from years ago. Love to you! Simon

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    1. Aw Simon - so glad that post was successful for you! I still love my room!!! I couldn't believe JLo lived in that house which I had admired for so many years!!! that was fun to figure out. loved hearing from you!!!!!!!!!!! be well.

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    2. Simon, Unfortunately Hilde closed PomPom earlier this Spring! :(

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  17. Oh Joni this was another delish post! Eye candy from start to finish! I feel a little bad for the later owners of LVK's house. It's very hard to be compared to one of the greats and come up smelling anything like roses *winks* WHY WHY WHY did they have to change the landscape?!! Grrrrrr! It was sooooo gorgeous before! Thank you again for the extensive research you do for your posts. You could go on all day long with the pictures and commentary.....Actually I want to be the first to buy your book....You really should do one *winks* Vanna

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  18. Joni, yes I do remember that house! So lovely as is the new one. I have loved her work so much. This post made me remember what I believe was Mary McDonald's first house in LA. I saw it on one of Joe Ruggerior's shows on HGTV many years ago, most likely in the late 90's. It was so very beautiful and feminine. The exterior of the house was painted pink. I was wondering if you knew of it and if you might have pix of it? I have daydreamed of that house many times and wish that those original HGTV shows were still available to watch. I think that Mary's earlier work was so good, she is still very talented but sometimes a bit too theatrical for my taste these days. Thanks for another great post.

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    1. Pink? I don't know that house? hmmmm. I know the house she owns now that she used as a guest house while she was living in that huge house with her bf. Now I want to know!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  19. Love Lynn and love you Joni. #Bringing Pretty Back!!!

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  20. Joni, something you said caught my attention at the very beginning of the post. You were noting that the colorful walls and fabrics in the houses that Lynn did in California were often reflective of the "sunny environs" as opposed to the neutral grays found in Houston. As a native Houstonian with family in San Antonio, I sat up straight because we have an, ahem, overabundance of sunshine here - BRIGHT, unrelenting and WARM sunshine. The Scandinavians and the Belgians allegedly favor(ed) the cool grays and muted taupes because of their lack of natural light and warmth. I lived on the water in LA just moments from the Ivy for a a year and as wonderful an experience as it was, I distinctly remember having to wear a light jacket every single day until August. That's actually reflected in the photograph of the Ivy you showed with patrons in front wearing long pants and sweaters. So why aren't we in Houston favoring colors? I'm challenged to figure out that psychology! Kate

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    1. I don't know - I think you have Babs watkins and Pam Pierce to thank for all the whites and beiges. And all the others that made the Houston Look so popular. but its changing for sure. Color is coming back big time here. Even I have bright pink pillows and a throw in my dining room. Plus the influence of the young designers here that love a lot of patterns and colors. I am torn between the two looks. I still need two houses!!!

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  21. Hi Joni, I remember that series and this gorgeous house. The current interiors lack life and love. But those amazing photos of 2004 remain.
    Have a wonderful Autumn.
    xoxo Mary

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  22. I did enjoy this, and I"m glad you navigate! This is a lot to "try" and figure out. : - )

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  23. Wonderful posting! Love the bohemian colors and global patterns -- very charming homes! Hoping (along with the other posters and readers) that you will consider re-posting and finishing your Top 10 Design and Top 10 Designers! It would be fun to fun to read about your changes and updates to the lists!

    Cheers! Jan at Rosemary Cottage

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  24. The gardens of this home are almost a double of the gardens at Giverney. I have followed Lynn Kersting over the years as well. I believe she is very talented but in my old age I prefer a quieter version of her quiet. Wonderful post as always!!

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  25. Joni, You never let us down! I saw the article in Trad Home and thought I hope Joni does a post in her own investigative design way! I kept checking, hoping and Voila! It's wonderful! Love Lynn Von Kersting and Indigo Seas; I will have to go to Ivy's to get my pretty, CA, design fix. xxRié

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  26. Lovely, lovely post! So informative! I have always adored Lynn's designs...she was so way ahead of her time! She decorated the Ivy so many years ago with that old fence, and those wonderful flowered pillows; the inside room with unusual paintings "gallery style" up to the ceilings!
    And she put hay in the plaster on the walls for texture!

    And, just to mention; in addition to her huge talent, she is the nicest, most lovely unpretentious and generous woman you could find. And she is beautiful as well!

    And, her daughter India is an "apple not far from the tree"! When I wrote a blog post on "Indigo Seas" (my favorite store on earth); India wrote me a thank-you note!!

    Imagine! Gracious and lovely!

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  27. Great post Joni! I, too remember those first pictures of the home, and saved the magazine. I have loved Lynn von Kersting's look. I understand you can purchase The Ivy's popular dishes at her store Indigo Seas, not to mention two of her books! Have a nice holiday with your family.

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    1. It's true! Two different lovely Italian pottery patterns that she uses in her restaurants are available in her store; as well as the most beautiful pillows I have ever seen anywhere!
      (She doesn't make reproductions, though, so I don't think anyone will find those stools there!)

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  28. Love this post, please continue and update your new list of favorite designer. I once had a friend that decorated her home just like Lynn, I wonder now if she was only coping and taking full credit... I did not know about Lynn's style at that time. I love it, I would never have that much going on in my own home, but love to look at it. I hate the over flow of pillows and the tile wall in that foyer, but love the rest. Thanks for another great read. Vicky

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  29. Yes I remember your "Favourite Designers" series, I loved it. Also, loved the "Favourite Design Elements" series. More please!

    In these modern times of bland minimalism I love a post like this, people not afraid to show personality or warmth. Some of Lynn's work reminds me of Kathryn M Ireland with the use of multiple Indian-style patterns in each room. The latest living room and music room are just beautiful, inviting, cosy and fresh at the same time. I could never live in a minimalist house - there is too much to enjoy with pattern and patina. Like you I wonder how someone can decorate a home from top to bottom, have it look spectacular and then sell, I would never have left that first house, or the second house for that matter.

    It would be great if you could dig up Mary MacDonald's pink house.

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  30. I'm late to the party on this due to travel but what a great post Joni! I love LvK and her vibrant style -- the clutter, the color, the patterns -- it's such a wonderful mix of happy and cozy. The Ivy is my all-time-fav spot in LA. I remember my first visit back in the 90's -- I was so carried away with the decor, the food and their signature Ivy Gimlet (best ever!). I've returned so many times since and it's always been a joy. I think I need to plan a trip for lunch and shopping next door. Thanks again for such a great look at her work! best, linda

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  31. This blog post made me very happy. The web makes me feel on some days that to love textured complexity and have respect for centuries of fine craftsmanship is an idiot's quest. To see a sharp eye for research rather than another blogger shamelessly being "on trend", maybe for the sake of readership, helps me have faith on those days when culling the web drags me down!!!

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  32. Wow! I just love the house tours and seeing the difference a well designed space makes on the home!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

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  33. Thank you for this lovely post. As an Aussie I'm not familiar with the designer but her work is so beautiful - love the relaxed romance of the gardens and rooms she created in both houses. My favourites were: House 1 - the terrace off the dining room, the dining room itself and the entry; House 2 - the view of front doorway from the garden and the entry hall with blue tiles. Her designs have heart and soul - so lacking in minimalist interiors and gardens - and in the dreadful changes subsequent owners have made to her houses. With best wishes, Pamela

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  34. Oh how I am loving that yellow stucco wall entry. All of a sudden yellow is on my mind.

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