By day, Ricky Strauss is a movie executive; after hours, he’s a design-besotted renovator. His latest project: a glamorously cinematic redo of his 1930s Regency home in West Hollywood.
Film executive Ricky Strauss in front of one of the custom built-ins in his bedroom, which are painted in Farrow & Ball Borrowed Light.
In the entry stairwell, which is original to the house, Strauss installed a runner in Stark’s Antelope. “I first saw that rug in a Billy Baldwin book,” he says, “and I’ve been a fan ever since.” Table, Bunny Williams Home.
The kitchen counters and backsplash are in Calacatta Gold marble. The Anna Karlin stools are from Les Ateliers Courbet. Range and hood, Lacanche.
The dining room’s custom hand-applied wall treatment is by Londubh Studio. The golden texture “lends itself to displaying art and photography,” Strauss says. The vintage table and chairs in a Jean de Merry fabric are from Habité. The curtain pattern, inspired by the draperies in dancer Rudolf Nureyev’s apartment, is by Robert Allen. Pendant, Blackman Cruz. Artwork, Miguel Macaya.
In the living room, leather chairs from Nickey Kehoe are part of Strauss’s “greatest hits” collection — favorite pieces he has kept from previous homes. The vintage cabinet is from Joseph Anfuso 20th Century Design through 1stdibs. A bowl that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe, purchased at auction, is displayed on a vintage Maison Jansen coffee table from Pegaso Gallery Design. The artworks over the mantel are by Carrie Crawford.
In this 1930s home near the Sunset Strip, the bar walls and ceiling gleam in automotive paint. Stools, Blackman Cruz.
Animal prints are one of Strauss’s favorite motifs. Vintage pillows, Pat McGann Gallery. Artwork, William Skilling.
In the master bedroom, which Strauss calls his “bedroom in the sky,” a custom settee is in a Pindler linen with Samuel & Sons trim. The vintage chandelier is by Stilnovo. Vintage stool, Rubbish Interiors. The rug is from the Rug Company.
The built-in “headboard” in the bed alcove is covered in a Phillip Jeffries wallcovering. After visiting Leontine Linens in New Orleans, Strauss commissioned a bedding monogram in a blue that perfectly matches the room’s scheme. Lamp, Aerin.
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This story was originally published in the April 2018 issue of Natipernavigare.