Allison & Paul's Gem With a View

Allison & Paul's Gem With a View

Rebecca Orlov
Aug 7, 2009

Name: Allison Amon & Paul Francechi
Location: Silver Lake, California
Size: 2,400 square feet
Years lived in: 13, 2 years since remodel

Shaded by a row of bushes, the front of the Allison and Paul's home is on a quiet street in the curvy hills of Silver Lake. Walking through their house is a whole other view since almost the entire other side is full of windows with views overlooking the famed reservoir. The couple took steps 2 years ago to redesign their space to showcase this scenic gem, create a true entertaining kitchen and provide extra storage for their family. Allison and Paul (who's a structural engineer) created a home that truly evokes the natural elements that surround them with a stylish flair that represents the couple's eclectic yet sophisticated taste.

AT Survey:
Our style: Eclectic

Inspiration: We love to cook & entertain – we both come from big families. In our house before renovation, everyone ended up in the kitchen…which was great but it was so small. We wanted a place where everyone could come into the kitchen, get involved in the cooking and enjoy the view, the food, the company. We wanted to stay in a small urban house but have room for everyone in the family. It was also important for us to keep the foot print the same because we love our outdoor space.

Favorite Element: The kitchen rocks! And the kids bedrooms really work for them and incorporate a lot of our ideas about city living.

Biggest Challenge: Designing our home 2 years ago. It's a small house and we needed way more storage.

What Friends Say: They love being in the kitchen.

Biggest Embarrassment: The backyard landscaping – we still need to do it!

Proudest DIY: I did many of the interiors myself – lighting, tiles, and most of the kitchen design.

Biggest Indulgence: Tiles & also the kitchen floor.


In kitchen, vintage stove, refrigerator by Jenn Air, dishwasher by Fisher Payke;

In living room, sofa by Brown B &B Italia
In kitchen, Cabinets - R&B Custom Cabinetry & Woodworks,
In kid's room, furniture by Ikea, sofa bed by Design within Reach
In master bath, sinks by La Cava, cabinets by Progressive Design

In living room, Krecia by Daniel Bodner (Naked figure), Girl/ Pond by Alexandra Wiesenfeld
In kids room, murals by Alexandra Weisenfeld
In master bedroom, painting by Daniel Bodner

In living room - A&R Silver Lake & Venice
In kitchen, Artemide
In kid's room, chandelier by Anthropologie

Rugs, Carpets, Flooring:
In kitchen, walnut floor - Nikzad Flooring
In kid's room, rug by Anthropologie

In master bedroom, Room & Board

Tiles and Stone
In living room, fireplace tile by Country Tile of Los Angeles
In kitchen, tile by Ann Sachs, tile installation by California Stone works, soapstone counter by Set in Stone
In master bathroom, tile by Ann Sachs

(Thanks, Allison and Paul!)

Images: first and last image Soler Architecture and all others by Rebecca Orlov

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