Inspirational Restored Vintage Hollywood Home

Aug 6, 2008 by

I spotted on Carolina Eclectic that the famous Hollywood glamor home of Cedric Gibbons and Dolores del Rio was recently restored for the producer Joe Roth.  I love seeing historic restorations, and it is always interesting to see how modern designers interpret their client’s personality into the old soul of historic homes.  I think designer Michael Smith did a lovely job fusing modern sensibility with a vintage touch.  I would have utilized more vintage elements, but I am, of course, biased :)

Here are some “old” and “new” images for your historical restoration delight!  The vintage images are from 1935 and courtsey of JAMD.

Cedric Gibbons Vintage Hollywood Restored Home

This is an outdoor/indoor sitting area that overlooks the tennis court.  I love areas that cause you to pause and question, “Am I indoors or outdoors?”

Cedric Gibbons Vintage Hollywood Restored Home

Yes, I’d like one of the bed/couch hybrid….so romantic!

Restored Hollywood Home

I like how this room feels contemporary, yet still utilizes many vintage and antique inspired elements.  That antique plane sculpture is so lovely and adds whimsy to the room.

Cedric Gibbons Vintage Hollywood Restored Home

Plants can truly make such a large difference in any room. My eye is instantly attracted to the greenery, instead of the furniture, which is a great testament to the power of green!

Cedric Gibbons Vintage Hollywood Restored Home’s Kitchen

If I had this kitchen, I may be inspired to really cook….yes world, modernity and vintage inspiration can really live in harmony!  The kitchen island and counter are so modern (which I normally don’t care too much for), yet the infusions of vintage accessories in the clock, framed dog artwork, hanging lamp pendants, and the chairs make this room really remarkable.

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11 Comments

  1. Jon

    You really do have some fantastic finds. I am truly inspired each and every time I visit your blog. Keep up the great posts.

  2. Susan

    The use of vintage treasures does add whimsy to these spaces, andsuch touches also add depth and warmth to the ambience of what might otherwise feel cold and a little austere. I noticed the figural statue of a person in repose near the greenery in that one particular room you mentioned. What a unique and lovely accent to the environment. Thanks for sharing these pictures and your thoughts!! susan

  3. Grace

    Thanks so much for your kind comments! Susan, your description of the images is so eloquent! I completly agree with you – without the vintage elements, there would not be much character in the space. You have such a great eye – I didn’t even notice the thinker at first glance! The little vintage touches here and there are what really make the design pop.

  4. So not really on the same topic as your post, but I found this today and I just can’t resist sharing. Mrs. Agathe’s dishwasher quit working so she called a repairman. Since she had to go to work the next day, she told him, “I’ll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I’ll mail you the check. Oh, and by the way…don’t worry about my Doberman. He won’t bother you. But, whatever you do, do NOT under ANY circumstances talk to my parrot!” When the repairman arrived at Mrs. Agathe’s apartment the next day, he discovered the biggest and meanest looking Doberman he had ever seen. But just as she had said, the dog simply laid there on the carpet, watching the repairman go about his business. However, the whole time the parrot drove him nuts with his incessant cursing, yelling and name-calling. Finally the repairman couldn’t contain himself any longer and yelled, “Shut up, you stupid ugly bird!” To which the parrot replied, “Get him, Spike!”

  5. this really is going on my twitter…

  6. it made me think a bit. Thanks for sparking my thinking cap. Sometimes I get so much in a rut that I just feel like a record.

  7. Thanks for making something worth reading.

  8. I’ll leave the key under the mat. Fix the dishwasher, leave the bill on the counter, and I’ll mail you the check. Oh, and by the way…don’t worry about my Doberman. He won’t bother you. But, whatever you do, do NOT under ANY circumstances talk to my parrot!” When the repairman arrived at Mrs.

  9. The finishing touches of each room are just flawless. The architectural designs do matter a lot but I think Interior designs leaves behind what we call the ‘everlasting impressions.’

  10. The intrepid of fair-to-middling is total about team work added to the players must ensure that they play their part really flourishing .

  11. yes. your site is fabulous. poetic home. I love it.

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