When Hawlie Ohe of White Sands Interiors was asked to design this 2-bedroom penthouse for a Hollywood producer, his foremost request was for a space that embodied the relaxed, California coastal energy that is distinctively different from his Bridgehampton beach property in New York. The home is situated at the base of the Hollywood Hills with panoramic views of the famed Sunset Strip. Hawlie used a combination of natural materials, plush textiles, and organic shapes to create subtle coastal nuances, without feeling overtly “beachy.” The existing kitchen was surprisingly dark, despite the incredible light beaming through its opposite windows. Hawlie’s solution was to clad the walls and backsplash in hand-cut mirrored tiles with an antique finish, so as to obscure the reflection while still refracting light throughout the space. A custom Rags zinc-topped dining table and Rags leather banquette provided additional layers of texture. Hawlie said, “The cherry on top of this jaw-dropping moment comes from the Lumiere chandelier from Jean de Merry.”
￼In the entry, hand-laid wood veneer wall panels, in a sunburst pattern, by Maya Romanoff act as the perfect backdrop for a pair of golden bronze vessels by Patricia Roach and console table by Julian Chichester. A framed photograph by Rob Lang is from his Dry Dock series.
In the living room, a jute rug imported from India lays the groundwork for a large, custom-built sectional and chairs by Rags, and a show-stopping sunburst oak and ebonized metal coffee table by Jean-Louis Deniot that feels more like a piece of art than furniture. The tabletop sculpture by Alexander Lamont is inspired by woven bamboo.
For the master bedroom, Hawlie chose a grasscloth wallcovering by Weitzner, a custom tufted bed by Rags, and custom nightstands by WestArt Woodwork. The rug is from Lawrence of LaBrea. Custom leather club chair by Rags sits next to a side table from Palacek.
￼The guest room is where Hawlie chose to emphasize more of a playful beach lifestyle with a custom Rags raffia bed, side table from Global Views, a Lawrence of LaBrea rug, and colorful art.
￼Interiors Editor Mike Ragan
Interior Design Hawlie Ohe, White Sands Interior