House of the Week: A California Mansion as Abstract Art

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Taking quirky to the next level, this is a California mansion with the soul of an abstract artist.

The breakfast nook is like a fanciful Dali dream, enclosed in black subway tile with absurdist plates hanging on the wall and graffitied chairs situated around a vibrantly colorful table. Nearby are a jungle of a dining room — wallpapered with leaves — and a great room graced by the neon-colored busts of seven deer “heads” hanging above the fireplace.

Pad across the Escheresque master bathroom floor to the soaking tub with ocean views or to a giant gold and polka-dotted hand acting as a makeup chair. The master bedroom is less surreal, a soothing rainforest of a room with weeping willow wallpaper, moss hanging from a chandelier and a fireplace for a spot of warmth.

The home and most of its furniture are the work of its owner, interior designer Elvira Kud of Style Life Decor . She took the 7,500-square-foot mansion down to its studs, then re-created it as an eclectic work of art with high ceilings, wide-plank reclaimed oak floors and multi-colored deer heads hanging above the fireplace. It’s on the market for $7.395 million .

Kud’s favorite room is the kitchen, which she designed first before envisioning everything around it. “It used to be three separate rooms, and now it’s any chef’s dream kitchen, where we can cook, eat, party and fully enjoy our home,” she said.

That’s right down to the Fornasetti plates in the nook, where you can have your meal while “someone is watching you and looking down at you from the walls.”

The listing agent is Jason C. Bradshaw of First Team Estates .


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