While they may be in the same state, Los Angeles and San Francisco feel worlds apart. So when a young family relocated from the Bay Area to L.A., they decided to embrace their new city's way of life. Enter architect Robo Gerson and designer Jessica Weigley, principals of Síol, who helped update the family's 1926 house in West Hollywood. "Having completed other projects for this client we looked more at how Southern California and L.A. would allow them to live differently than they do in San Francisco: What shape do their days take? What activities become a part of their lives?" says Weigley. "Pool time, bike riding, and a fluidity between the indoors and outdoors were all on the list."
The team took inspiration from the home's Spanish Colonial architecture and worked to preserve and highlight the original details. "We wanted to respect and enhance the original language of the home by working with timeless finishes and materials," says Gerson. "We acknowledge, embrace even, that our time with the project is only a brief moment in its history."