Expanding up in the Houston suburbs, the designer Garrett Hunter would just take architectural tours although on trip with his mom and dad, artists Rhonda and David Hunter. The outings left a deep impression, inspiring Garrett to go after a degree in inside architecture at the University of Houston in advance of going on to work for nearby designer and home furniture seller Pam Kuhl-Linscomb. He launched his eponymous studio in 2009, functioning across interiors, architecture, home furnishings, lighting, and product or service layout for private clientele like artwork collectors, tech titans, and the odd superstar. And, now, Mom and Father.
When Garrett decamped from Houston for Los Angeles in 2020, his parents followed accommodate two yrs afterwards, fortunately downsizing to a three-bedroom dwelling abutting Runyon Canyon in the Hollywood Hills. Rhonda, now the director of functions for her son’s studio, found the home with the assistance of an architecturally focused true estate agent. “It felt acquainted, albeit with a unique Los Angeles vibe,” she suggests. “And—perhaps most important—it was correctly positioned to consider equivalent advantage of nature and city sights. It has a nestlike feeling, currently being up in the trees.”
Garrett and his staff had been presented complete creative latitude, supplied the style and design stayed “casual” and sidestepped stereotypical interpretations of modernism. The target was to regard the property’s heritage even though avoiding a formulaic or approved glimpse. “We did not want to choose it far too seriously,” he says. “When people today pick to embrace midcentury purism, it can browse a small stale and uncomfortable.”
Designed in the 1960s by architect Josef Van der Kar, the dwelling retains a lot of its midcentury charm. Operating in just the initial floor prepare, the former principal bed room, located immediately off the entrance and that includes the most expansive sights, was transformed into the residing room. The travertine and uncovered-brick fireplaces are original, as are the wood-paneled partitions and beams in the living space. “We did not shift partitions, so our emphasis was really to greatly enhance the existing architecture,” Garrett suggests. “It was an work out in decoration.”
The smaller galley kitchen teems with uncommon coloration and texture combos, a patchwork strategy that pays homage to the Philip Johnson–designed de Menil Home, built in 1950 in Houston, with interiors outfitted by couturier Charles James. Irreverent accents like the customized hanging lantern, painted by California artist Jeffrey Cheung, and an anachronistic ketchup-coloured sofa in the eating space keep matters great. “While my mother and father are interested in getting cozy, they are also charmed by whimsy,” Garrett suggests.
The living area was current with wall-to-wall jute carpet tiles in a nod to archival Julius Shulman images, though the kitchen, den, and hallways had been taken from white to Van Dyke Brown, a muted Sherwin-Williams hue that Van der Kar’s mentor, acclaimed architect Rudolph Schindler, usually employed to attract residents’ interest to their home’s natural surroundings. To that finish, the warm interior tones pull in pure mild from the jalousie and flooring-to-ceiling home windows, which appear out on to the balcony and a back garden landscaped by David himself, not to point out the sweeping sights of central Los Angeles under. “We expressed the architecture even though actually worthwhile the check out,” Garrett claims. And with just four miles separating the designer from his dad and mom, that’s a reward the full spouse and children can experience.
This tale originally appeared in the April 2023 challenge of ELLE DECOR. SUBSCRIBE