Built in 1949, this impressive home has gone through a handful on renovations over the years. It’s on a gorgeous 35,000 sq. ft. flat lot in Brentwood, one of the most sought after neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and features 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and a separate guest suite. “The original design was a traditional plantation style but through previous owners renovations a lot of the original details had been removed,” interior architect and designer Janice Barta told us. “The new owners (my clients) wanted a more European setting with Eastern Asian influences. My clients have very eclectic taste, and wanted to mix various bold styles and textures to this home. She wanted to integrate rich materials, work by artisans and unique décor into her home.”

Janice and her team took the property down to the studs, and removed some of the smaller rooms from the floor plan. Janice explained, “The goal for the new floor plan was to open up the interior while still maintaining separate rooms/designated areas for dining, living, kitchen, etc. She also wanted to utilize as much ceiling height as she could under the existing roof line – the existing home had a lot of lower dropped ceilings throughout. The old closed foyer was transformed into a 16’ foot entry with a beautiful groin vaulted hallway that draws you to the expansive backyard and lush landscaping.”

Per the client’s request, there’s a substantial amount of rich reclaimed wood, stone, and marble throughout — adding a feeling of grandeur and history. Through smart design decisions, Janice ensured that these materials would complement the client’s goal for a “pop of interest” in each room. In the slideshow, you’ll see impressive architectural details alongside a storied art collection, proving this just might be the coolest house in Brentwood.