In Residence: Kelly Wearstler

“When we first came to the property we felt it just had such incredible energy,” says prestigious American interior designer Kelly Wearstler of her iconic, two-story LA home. “It has a warm spirit and I feel the energy of the family that lived here for 55 years before me.” The family in discussion is Cubby and Dana Broccoli, the original creators and custodians of the James Bond franchise. Before Wearstler moved in with her husband and two sons, the Broccoli’s wanted to make sure the new owners were capable of upholding the legacy of the Beverly Hills property.

The home’s cineaste credentials don’t end there; the three-and-a-half acre estate was originally built in the 1920s for silent movie star Hobart Bosworth and later sold to actors William Powell and Carole Lombard. After their divorce, Powell was rumored to have proposed to reclusive Swedish starlet Greta Garbo in the chapel, which Wearstler has now converted into a gym.

“I love the classical detailing, moldings and hardware which is all original to the house,” says Wearstler, who has left vast parts of the house unchanged. “I wanted to honor and respect the original architecture, so I looked at what we could do to just give it a new spirit.” – Nowness

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