With some friendships, you can go months, years, even decades without making contact, but the moment you do get the chance to reconnect, it’s as if no time has passed at all. That was the case for Los Angeles-based designer Patrick Dragonette and his long-time friend who had the opportunity to rekindle their friendship during this project. “It was during the Legends of La Cienega Opening Night party where I surprisingly bumped into my old friend and we spent the night catching up about both our life’s journeys,” says Dragonette. “She was going through a personal transition and was looking to have a fresh start. Her new home, located in Indian Wells California, also happened to be right across from my residence. A coincidence, I think not!”
For more than 20 years, Dragonette has curated exquisite antiques and rare mid-century furnishings for his stylish showroom in the heart of West Hollywood and has become one of the country’s top resources for high-end mid-20th-century design. The designer used his friend and client as his muse, who has impeccable style and fashion-forward taste. “I described her previous home as the Armani of homes, luxurious and tailored,” says Dragonette. “For her new home, Chanel was the foundation for the design. Still tailored, yet with a soft feminine touch.”
You can see hints of tailoring in the living room and seating areas and Art Deco meets mid-century design with a vintage Lobemeyr chandelier, A. Rudin swivel chairs and Pedra special edition Dragonette floor lamps. Feminine hues were incorporated in the bedroom with a custom bed using Coraggio private label Dragonette Gramercy Park fabric in lavender, Deborah Sharpe Linens, silk rug from Chelsea Carpets and Cezanne lavender stripe fabric on the pillow and bench both by Zimmer + Rohde. “We also wanted to give our fashionista a touch of glamour for her master bath with a Baccarat chandelier and a custom vanity for her dressing room.”
“Art was an essential part of the design process,” says Dragonette. “As we were working on the remodel, the client flew to Art Basel to add pieces to her already spectacular collection. In some cases, we knew what was coming, like the blue and yellow art pieces by Callum Innes, and in some cases we didn’t.” The designer thoughtfully selected furnishings that allowed the artwork to shine, while also adding bold statements like the vintage Italian chairs reupholstered in Kravet Fabric.
One of the designer’s favorite spaces of the home was the kitchen who worked with Hollywood Sierra Kitchens to reconfigured and add a marble island by Tristone and Tile. “I love when I dream something up, like the lucite base for the kitchen island, my contractors think I’m crazy and tell me it won’t be possible to make, and it turns out not only is it possible but exactly as I envisioned it,” says Dragonette.
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