Beverly Hills Modern

Today’s design inspiration comes from the completed renovation and redesign of a 1970’s Beverly Hills ranch house into a 10,000 square-foot Modern design home to accommodate a fashionable young couple expanding their family.  The residence has been completely transformed into a luxury home with a fresh, light-filled, bespoke design that includes double-height public spaces, clerestory windows, fine finishes, and custom furnishings.


Outside, to really create the modern design style, the home’s facade is faced with stucco defining the main rectangular forms with 24-inch-thick stacked natural-edged travertine defining the main vertical lines.  The roof line is kept flat emphasizing the horizontal planes and clad in zinc.  The front elevation includes bronze-framed glass windows and doors featuring an irregular, Mondrian-like grid design.  The lawns design was expertly incorporated as part of the completed new look so that the structure would appear to be of the site, versus just on the site.  All very sculptural and defined.  The home’s architecture was completed by Harrison Design, who services clients nationally and internationally through offices located across the country on both coasts.  The interiors and bespoke design detailing are the work of Los Angeles based international interior designer Joan Behnke.



Once through the massive entry door into the home’s foyer, the stacked travertine is continued on the walls, and paired with limestone floors and flows throughout.  The entrance hall opens up to the living areas beyond and flows all the way through to the opposite outer side.   The wood and bronze console, sconces, and the hammered brass chandelier were all designed by Behnke.



The designer employed a monochromatic color palette throughout the house, keeping the look neutral with minimal use of pattern, and using select colors for accent, such as the red used here in the living room.  The drapes are made of a Sahco (through Bergamo) cotton, and suspended from the ceiling past the clerestory windows, which were designed specifically to allow light in, by bespoke design bronze chains by Behnke.  The designer, in fact, custom designed most of the furniture in the home, including the two piece lacquer coffee table in the center here.  The sofas are upholstered in a Sina Pearson mohair.  The pendent chandeliers are by John Pomp.  A work by Calder can be seen on the far wall in the immediate photo above.


A space for everything.  In this little step down lounge area, the designer has created little alcoves for displaying the couples growing collection of art and collectibles.  She also designed built-in shelving and cabinetry throughout which has been executed by Silver Strand, and adorned with exquisite custom Pashupatina hardware.



The family room has a more intimate scale and is designed for more casual situations.  The space includes a large television, surrounded by plenty of shelves and cabinetry.  The sofa has been upholstered in a fabulous Loro Piana blue corduroy.  The lighting is by Naomi Paul.  The furnishings Behnke had created are all of contemporary design.



The home’s formal dining room is a modernist delight, simple with un-ornamented, clean lines and shapes.  The dining table and buffet are both of bespoke design by Behnke, who also designed the bronze wall sconces.  Seating for 10 is provided by customized Dana Johns chairs. The painting above the buffet is an abstraction by Larry Poons, and the ceramic vessel on the table is by Pierre Bayle.  The branching disc chandelier is by Lindsey Adelman.




The large, spacious kitchen includes a breakfast bar, and a separate dining table and chairs for informal family meals. The floors are white oak while the counter tops, backsplashes, and most of the center island are all clad with Antalya Crema marble.



Located right off of the foyer and living room is the glass front wine room which elevates the home’s entertaining to a new level.  The temperature controlled space is of completely bespoke design and perfectly positioned for display.



The homes study/library features custom cabinetry and sophisticated design details.






The master bedroom suite continues the calm understated styling and bespoke design detailing used in the rest of the house.  The “Steplight bed” is from the designer’s home collection which can be viewed on her website.  The bedroom opens to its own outdoor seating area.  The master bathroom is a lesson in quiet luxury design and understated elegance.  The contemporary space is loaded with fine finishes and features styled very simply.  The star design feature in here is the bronze fretwork that Behnke designed and had fabricated by a master metalsmith as a clever reference to the home’s 1970’s origins.  The suite also includes large his and her closets and dressing areas.







The extensive renovation included much reconfiguration to provide for a greatly enhanced indoor-outdoor relationship.  Roofs were raised to let in light from above while still maintaining the homes modernist lines and planes.  Multiple outdoor entertaining spaces were created just beyond outer walls and doors of glass all along the homes backside that open wide to embrace the best of California’s indoor-outdoor living.  These additional living spaces are comfortably complete with two-way fireplaces, patio televisions, and teak furnishings by James Perse.  The once dark, low-slung structure is now filled with light and the laughter of a young family.  The perfect completion for this luxury home.

That concludes our design inspiration for today my friends.  I hope you all have enjoyed this modern design renovation and transformation into a luxury home for a fashionable life.

To see another project by this designer check out Deco Inspired Villa by Joan Behnke

Architecture: Harrison Design

Interior Design: Joan Behnke & Associates

Photography: Karyn Millet

additional sources- Interiors Magazine

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  • Angela

    I really love this home! And I don’t usually like contemporary homes. The color of the rock is my favorite! I love how it is used as walls throughout the house. Lately I have been kinda sick of beige… But not in this house it’s more airy, and uplifting. Absolutely elegant! Yet casual at the same time. Very liveable.

    • Johnny knight

      Thank you so much for commenting Angela. We’re so glad you enjoyed the post.

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