House Tour: An Extravagant Hilltop Home By Lenny Kravitz
When you decide to enlist a legendary rockstar to design the interior of your home, you need to go for it with no holds barred. This was certainly the case when luxury real estate broker, Brendan Williams, approached Lenny Kravitz to get involved in the design of his newly purchased Beverly Hills home.
Brendan bought his dream home in the historic Trousdale Estates neighbourhood of Beverly Hills, together with his wife and business partner, Rayni. The house was designed by iconic midcentury architect Jack Charney and the new owners decided to pay homage to the original design, but bring in their own funky, over-the-top finishes. And it turns out that global sensation and musician Lenny Kravitz, was exactly what Brendan needed.
Williams and Kravitz Design collaborated closely to bring their decadent vision to life, detail by painstaking detail. A sea of textures and colours were explored and utilised throughout the home. Think bright yellows, oranges, stones and metallics. Lush velvets and shags live alongside graphic patterns, from tiger stripes to 1920s chinoiserie.
A custom built-in gold velvet sofa creates a bold focal point in the kids’ den, which also includes handcrafted 1960s-style bookshelves and a table and chairs by Kartell. The vintage oil painting was a gift from actors Jeremy Renner and Kristoffer Winters, who found the work while shooting a movie in Argentina.
To find the perfect stone for the dramatic shower, one of Kravitz’s favourite features, they scoured stone yards for two years until they found the right one—a stunning purple onyx. Finding perfection became the order of the day.
Williams and Kravitz relished the layering. The pair were always in search of the perfect new addition. Whether it was a jade toilet from China or a 300-pound bronze tiger’s head from the late Hugh Hefner’s estate. The house became a beautiful eclectic space. Here every piece, no matter how bold, has its place. And yet, they always kept the spirit of midcentury design in mind.
In the end, the home is an extravagant hilltop retreat – everything the owners had hoped to achieve.
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