One of my favourite parts of the March ’09 issue of Elle Decor was the tour of Brett Ratner’s Hollywood home. His beautifully classic and understated home is a stark contrast to his flashy, fast-paced professional ventures – think Rush Hour series and Prison Break, amongst others. The home, known as Hillhaven Lodge, was originally designed by Hoover Dam architect Gordon B. Kaufmann in 1927, and has a star-studded past – it was the first home purchased by Ingrid Bergman (who called it ‘The Barn’), Richard Quine and Kim Novak (from Hitchcock’s Vertigo), James Caan (The Godfather) and Allan Carr (producer of Grease). The home had fallen into disrepair but Ratner had a strong vision of restoring the home to its original glory. Along with interior designer to the stars, Waldo Fernandez, Ratner has created a space that is masculine but also eclectic and easy-going.
Ratner’s space is filled with leather, linen and wood and boasts Danish Modern stools, Windsor chairs and Moroccan rugs as well as an enviable collection of photography including several from masters such as Peter Beard and Helmut Newton.
I love this idea of a large plant as a centrepiece in the living room.
I love the sectional sofa in the bedroom – it really helps to solidify it as the ultimate lounging and relaxing space.
All photos by Firooz Zahedi for Elle Decor.