French treasure

Extensions and dramatic room settings augment this stately home

View of living area with furniture couch, furniture, home, interior design, living room, room, red, brown
View of living area with furniture

Remodeling and extending a grand residence can require a delicate balance on the one hand respecting and celebrating its refined origins, and on the other, making it a place you can call your very own.

The remodel of this French chateau-style 1960s residence comprised the introduction of two new wings to the rear, an upgrading of the existing exteriors, and an almost complete rework of the interiors by designer Nieves Millar. The work was substantial, with the house expanded from 6000sq ft to 10,000sq ft. One wing contains the master suite, home office and a poolhouse, the other a four-car garage.

On the exterior, the two new wings merge seamlessly with the original facades. The owners, Bruce and Sherry Burrow, went to great lengths to achieve this effect sourcing the manufacturers of the original brickwork and ordering recastings to use on the wings. Similarly, weathered slate for the new roofs was sourced to match the old. Planter boxes, landscaping walls and a garden courtyard were also introduced the garden is set at the rear, between the new additions.

On the interior, traditional elements such as French wall mouldings, casings and a reproduction Louis XV marble mantel were retained. Everything else was stripped back to the parquet floorboards, which were duly restored. Nieves Millar was given free rein throughout, creating diverse personalities for individual rooms that celebrated the old, introduced the surprising and new, and created a setting for the owners' prized art collection.

"I wanted exploring the house to be like going on a treasure hunt, with different jewels to discover in every room," says Nieves Millar.

Large bathroom with bathtub & vanity cabinet bathroom, interior design, room, brown
Large bathroom with bathtub & vanity cabinet

Wallpaper in the double-height entrance foyer has a gold-metallic finish that works as a backdrop for other colors and, together with the glittering lights, bounces light around the room.

"I designed many of the lighting elements myself," says Nieves Millar. "A company in the Czech Republic was commissioned to make the hand-cut crystal chandelier and sconces to our specifications, and two installers flew out here to assemble the strands and hang them."

Off the foyer, the study retains its original custom millwork. The designer used the dark wood shelving as the inspiration for a playful Americana theme. The palette of red, white and blue can be seen in elements such as the white silk drapes and leather wing chairs, a red sofa and the blue club chairs. Gold is used as an accent in accessories such as the full-length mirror, gold side table and occasional lamp.

The upgrade in the living room was designed to complement the original French-style mouldings, wood flooring, and the Louis XV marble mantel.

"In this room, I used a soft blue color palette so the tailored and Asian furniture pieces would stand out," says the designer. "It also creates a beautiful backdrop for the baby grand piano."

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Luxury Stairway featuring accessories & furniture

The rooms in the extension to the home, including the master suite, are given a lighter, slightly more contemporary feel.

"Pale yellow tones in the bedroom achieve this in conjunction with neutral-toned ivory linens and furniture," says Nieves Millar. "Color accents include the dove-gray suede wing chair, deep-seated lounge chair and the paintings. The owners wanted their bedroom to be a calm, relaxing environment."

In the master bathroom, a rich, inviting feel is evoked through use of maple wood millwork. Emperador marble with lapidas gold granite inserts was employed for the tub surround.

While the restoration is rich in period detail and faithful to the home's beginnings, it also has a highly contemporary subtext. The owners requested every home automation advantage be included in the comprehensive refit.

Credit list

Interior designer
Nieves Millar, Alumni UCLA Arc_ID, Nieves Millar & Associates (Granada Hills, CA)
Rhinehart & Ostie Construction
Architectural millwork
Tommy Farrell Custom Furniture
WW Trent
Windows and doors
Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors, from S & S Building
Interior flooring
Tile; porcelain tile; wood; marble; carpet
Benjamin Moore Icing on the Cake, Cream Yellow, Fresh Air, White Cloud, Cotton Balls, Chantilly Lace
Area rugs
Galbraith & Paul; Aga John Oriental Rugs; Masland Carpets
A Rudin; Barbara Barry, Bill Sofield, Jacques Garcia, from Baker Kohler Interiors; Kreiss; John Boone; Victoria Hagan; Vaughan Benz; Lily Designs; Gumps; Capitol Arts & Frames; The Green Shutter
Home automation
Sound Concepts
General contractors
Landscape designer
Outdoor front exterior and driveway
Ashlar slate with English Slate texture in black, by Bomanite
Door hardware
Baltica; Phylrich; Classic Brass
Decorative lighting
Boyd Lighting; Preciosa; Leucos; Jamie Young Lamps
Farrow & Ball; Innovations USA
Arc-com Fabrics; Pasini-Pelle; Nina Campbell, Osborne & Little; Décor de Paris; Brunschwig & Fils;

Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Durston Saylor Extensions and dramatic room settings augment

11 May, 2010