A several months ago, real estate trader (and listing agent to stars this sort of as Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen and Ellen DeGeneres) Kurt Rappaport and his spouse, model Zorana Kuzmanovic Rappaport, cradled their newborn daughter Zoe across the threshold of their French-design brick manor for the very first time, a monumental event that bested the couple’s former beloved memory in the Brentwood Park home. (That would be an epic housewarming occasion DJ’d by none other than Snoop Dogg.) Notably, the 1936 estate—originally developed by iconic California architect Wallace Neff—received a 1990s refresh that focused on the gardens and orbiting structures that was carried out by Robert A.M. Stern.
Kurt and his repeated collaborator, Los Angeles inside designer Clint Nicholas, experienced supposed to embark on an bold 1-12 months renovation. “Kurt states, ‘Let’s just take a calendar year,’ every time he purchases a residence,’” states Nicholas with a grin. “Here we are, 5 decades later on.” But then once again, there was a good deal entailing the update of the now-three-acre home. (Los Angeles–based Scott Mitchell Studio developed and created additional constructions on adjacent loads that Kurt experienced obtained.) As for the 12,000-square-foot primary home, it experienced been a eyesight of “wall-to-wall florals, tons of silk, and weighty drapery” with a number of architectural additions that were being unbecoming of Neff’s “totally understated, sophisticated, and mysterious residences,” states the home owner.
Nicholas and Kurt have been operating with each other for so very long that the designer suggests, “I’m commencing to feel Kurt’s taste is my flavor, and vice versa.” For this specific task, a form of “luxe naturalism” prevails, thematically closer to Neff’s design and style than the floral smother and drapery stifle of bygone days. Foremost on the agenda was to authentically align the home with its superlatively sunny site. Such unabashed radiance would be just as significantly section of the decor as, say, the shade scheme (eternally earthy), or the elements palette (sumptuously tactile). The atrium, for occasion, is a soaring room where by a gleaming new wall of double-height steel home windows rises from a ground of wire-brushed white-oak planks. (Architecture organization ZU+ Studio was accountable for this hard work, and significantly additional.) Zorana and her husband sip espresso in this article in the mornings, snuggled cozily on the room’s central objet d’art: a capsule-formed Rick Owens Double Bubble daybed with a extraordinary plywood grain that transpires to recall the marbling of espresso and milk.
What other spaces deficiency in sunstruck quantity, they make up for in seamless indoor-out of doors transitions and a all-natural layered-ness that can only arise when a properly trained curatorial eye has been solid on a number of a long time of worldly acquisitions. The residing area, Nicholas suggests, epitomizes the layout temporary: A wall-measurement portal gives a generous transition in between nature and an inside tableau of edited collectibles, from the charmingly catawampus Vincenzo De Cotiis mirror to the charismatically chunky sofa to a wooden sculpture—Stack by Shay Alcalay. “Someone after claimed, ‘Beautiful items go with wonderful issues,’ and I reside by that assertion,” Nicholas claims. His shopper and alleged model twin concurs. “Everything’s chosen,” Kurt states.