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By Alexandria Abramian | Photo: Interior photography by Meghan Beierle-O’Brien | Portrait by Carl Larsen | January 26, 2018
A Hancock Park home channels charisma in every room.
When Christine Foy and Mark Anderson purchased their Hancock Park dream home, they focused on mood over decorating dogma. “We wanted our meditation room to feel warm, quiet and peaceful; the living room to feel dreamy; and the great room to feel inviting,” says Foy, a publicist at PR powerhouse Angellotti Company. Anderson is an executive at tech company KEYPR.
To realize that vision, Foy and Anderson enlisted Breeze Giannasio, a Harvard-trained lawyer-turned-interior designer who left a high-profile private equity practice at Latham & Watkins in pursuit of her true passion: creating one-of-a-kind environments, whether home or hotel. “Design has always been my passion,” says Giannasio. “When the economic collapse hit, I was emboldened by the idea that life is too short to defray dreams.” After studying design and working with the interiors practice of an architecture firm, Giannasio decided to move from Washington, D.C., and relocate to Los Angeles. Soon after she was introduced to Foy and Anderson through common friends.
Together the three worked to transform the newly built, four-bedroom, two-story home into a soulful sanctuary that incorporates elements of Spanish colonial architecture, eclectic decor and trend-resistant, elegant furniture and finishes. “I don’t try to foist a specific style on my clients,” says Giannasio. “I combine my own sense of intuition and curiosity to guide the way. We talked a lot about hotels and trips [the clients] were inspired by, and I worked to give them a cohesive and curated layered look.”
One of the most important spaces for the couple was the master suite. To realize the vision of a true retreat, Giannasio reconfigured the floor plan, taking what was originally the home’s fifth bedroom and incorporating the combined square footage to create a suite that includes a spacious closet, master bath, as well as a meditation room. “Christine loves moody grays and purples,” says Giannasio, who added a reclaimed wood wall to add texture and depth. “I love our bedroom with the reclaimed wood and blues and purples as it feels both decadent with the heavy curtains and fur stools, yet cozy at the same time,” says Foy.
In the public areas, Giannasio modulated the color palette to lighter, more neutral tones, while still injecting each room with a vivid sense of personality. The living room was conceived to have a classic, timeless look with soft, feminine touches and modern profiles. And then came the wallpaper: Giannasio fell hard for Phillip Jeffries’ “Bloom” pattern. “I ended up using that paper in so many inspiration boards for different rooms. It was a leap of faith for the owners to put it on the ceiling, but now it comes across as a beautiful mural of art,” she says.
The nearby media room functions as the social center of the home. “The couple constantly hosts big community dinners and social gatherings where people are in the kitchen, the loggia and the media room, so comfort for the masses was the priority,” says Giannasio, who is often a guest at such functions herself. Sink-in, low-slung sofas, a quirky hanging chair and effortless access to the nearby sprawling kitchen and outdoor loggia make it the logical heart of the home. During non-social occasions, the living room transforms into a place of study and reflection for Foy, who is working toward her master’s in clinical psychology.
“My personal goal was to have the entire house feel like a house you would want to vacation in,” says Foy. “Each room should have its own story.”
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Living room coffee table
Big Daddy’s Antiques
Carved wood bathroom vanity
Living room floor lamps
Hollywood at Home
Living room throw pillows
Living room mirror
Brass antique living room chair; master bedroom chairs
Media room hanging chair
Kitchen bar stools and media room sofa