House Tour | Racing Green
When Dougal Murray from Racing Green stumbled across a derelict 1930’s home hidden away in the Mulholland Hills, he knew he’d found the perfect setting for his next home. “Decent Los Angeles hillside properties are becoming harder and harder to find and finding somewhere where you aren’t overlooked is almost impossible. I knew at once we had to find a way to get it,” he says. ‘The Earth House,’ as Dougal lovingly now refers to it, sits on almost half an acre of land. It's nestled on the outer Mulholland Corridor in the Hollywood Hills.
“I’ve always been a massive fan of contemporary Californian architecture. My goal was to create an open space that utilized the incredible views and natural light that the land so generously gave us," he says. While Dougal and Jonthan Waud, his design partner, wanted to build something impressive, it was also important to them that the design reflected the surroundings and remained understated. Both Jonathan and Dougal are originally from the New Forest in the UK (a national forest which is home of the mighty oak), so the pair wanted to ensure that the home accentuated the natural beauty of the forest just as they would have seen at home.
Throughout the property, Dougal used a variation of earth tones and neutral, textured fabrics to create an earthy and natural feel. The color palette effortlessly blends the interior spaces with the exterior’s expansive wrap-around decks and infinity pool.
Our first stop on the tour is the heart of the home: the kitchen. Dougal wanted to keep the design functional, sleek and easy to maintain. “The kitchen is visible as soon as you descend from the entry into the great room so simplicity was key, as we didn’t want to distract from the views," he says.
They used the new Caesarstone Cloudburst Concrete on the worktops as it "complimented a lot of the natural stones we used in the rest of the house," Dougal says. "Using Caesarstone was the only way we would get that level of overhang without having to run a ply substructure which would require a mitered return or add unsightly metal supports to the underside of the island.”
There is no wall separating the kitchen from the living area, which allows for interactivity and connection between the rooms. A beautiful electric fireplace is nestled into the wall–which is visible from both the living room and dining room–so that you can remain nice and warm during the winter while admiring the gorgeous view.
In the dining room, you will find a handsome wooden table sitting beneath an electric candelabra chandelier. A modern black sculpture and glass bar cart keep with the black and white color scheme and add depth and character to the room.
Just inside the patio sits another lounging area. This room includes a luxurious kitchenette for all of those quick trips inside to get snacks and cocktails. A white sectional adds to the light and sophisticated design of the room.
When you open the mahogany-colored door in the kitchenette, you will find a spacious bathroom complete with a Pebble vanity and shower curb. An oversized circular mirror adds an interesting geometric accent to the otherwise neutral space.
As you ascend to the tiered second floor, two guest bedrooms, each with en suite bathrooms and north and south facing views, can be found to the right. Blizzard quartz is used to create the vanities, shower curbs and niches in the guest and master bathrooms.
There are fun accent pieces in both guest rooms–like the canary yellow chair and retro framed artwork– which add interest and personality.
Next, we will venture into the pièce de résistance: the master bedroom. A charismatic seating area leads to the impressive 1200 square-foot space with a double-fronted glass façade and master bathroom access. “Los Angeles, for all its charm, can be a hectic city. The opportunity to create sanctuaries throughout the house for people to escape to is always a must for us," says Dougal.
"The master bedroom has some of the best views of the house, with various seating elements and views over the pool,” he continues. We have no trouble imagining how lovely it would be to unwind with this view at the end of a long day!
Who says quartz is just for countertops? A standalone Blizzard bathtub sits comfortably in the master bathroom with a beautiful view of the mountains. To the side of the bathtub is a floating Blizzard vanity with a weathered-colored wood and conveniently placed lights underneath. Gone are the days of fumbling around in a dark bathroom in the middle of the night!
Opposite the bathtub is a large glass-door shower. The marbleized design of the shower walls plays off of the various hues of brown in the bathroom tiles. The frosted glass used on the double doors creates privacy from the bedroom while adding an element of contemporary design.
“I suppose if one must live in Los Angeles, this isn’t such a bad place to escape to at the end of the day.” We couldn't agree more, Dougal.
If you're as head over heels with this home as we are, we have some good news: it's currently listed for sale!