ISSUE 8  |  LA Midcentury

House Call: Kathleen White Almanza in Los Angeles

February 21, 2011 11:40 AM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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First spotted at C Magazine (and again last week on AT): the Los Angeles home of Kathleen White Almanza and Maurizio Almanza. The couple are co-owners of Eccola on Beverly Boulevard, an interiors store featuring a mix of antique and modern Italian and European finds that they source on trips back to their home in Rome. Kathleen, a former set decorator who lived in Rome for several years, and Maurizio renovated their 1926 "little hobbit-like fairytale home" with the help of architect William Hefner, maintaining the traditional bones of the building but transforming the space by raising the ceilings and removing several interior walls. Kathleen created an all-white interior, painting all the walls as well as the floor in Benjamin Moore's Super White, creating a backdrop for the couple's eclectic collection of Italian pieces by Gio Ponti mixed with rustic antiques from Italy.

Above: Almanza used Raccoon Gray from Benjamin Moore on the exterior. "We didn't want a cottagey-looking home, and we really love the dramatic colors you see in France and England. We tried at least eight different shades of gray, and this was the one." A high-gloss black was used for the trim to offset and frame the house.


Above: In order to maintain the Old World charm of the building, the Almanzas kept most of the original windows and doors as well as the hardware.


Above: The Danish Modern-inspired chair is, in fact, a 1950s Italian find that once sat in the couple's Eccola showroom but then found its way into their new home. (The Alamanzas are in the process of getting it reproduced.)

Above: A 19th century walnut Italian table is juxtaposed with Eccola's iron and brass Magnifying Lens table. Photo by Lisa Romerein.

Above: A full set of Domus occupies one of the book shelves. Photo by Lisa Romerein.

Above: The kitchen is Italian in feel: the marble (Italian, of course) came from Van Nuys Marble and the cabinets were made by Funtime Cabinet Factory.

Above: The scalloped silver bowl on the counter is a flea market find.

Above three photos: Kathleen favors a European eclectic look, juxtaposing several different periods and styles in the bedroom area.

Above: Almanza sourced the wall-mounted sink and toilet from Duravit.

Above L: In the water closet, Almanza used porcelain tiles imprinted with images of foreign newspapers, sourced from Westside Tile & Stone. Above: R: Hefner recommended the Isystick faucet from Zucchetti (another Italian source), which Kathleen used in all the bathrooms and the kitchen.

Above: The shower walls are clad in sheets of marble.

Photographs by Bethany Nauert. Images 4 and 5 by Lisa Romerein.