At Home with an LA Costume Designer, Summer Remodel Edition

When costume designer Gordana Golubovic sent us photos of her Spanish-style remodel in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, we were immediately wowed by the airy and open interiors, neutral textures, and French doors and windows. which open onto the gardens from almost every room (not to mention the outdoor gravel garden and luxury summer-ready swimming pool). But the house was far from luxurious when she bought it in June 2015: “Abandoned for seven years, it was locked up by the city, ravaged by squatters, overrun with vines and branches”, says- she. “The day we arrived it was dark and rainy, and what little light there was was obscured by the window planks. There were pictures on the wall, stained carpets, and the electricity and water were disconnected. But Golubovic rose to the challenge: “It was love at first sight. I couldn’t wait to get started, ”she says.

Golubovic began renovating homes at a young age, helping his mother on projects and experimenting with textures and layouts, before becoming a period costume designer for the movies. “It was a natural transition, because it was about creating with materials and transforming yourself,” she says. “I really have a love for natural materials, be it plaster, concrete, wood, linen, cashmere or hemp.” Case in point: the mix of textures and high / low collection of vintage and DIY finds that gives his LA remodel an understated summer vibe. Join us for a visit.

Photograph by Lauren Moore.

Newly renovated exterior, luscious garden included.  & # 8
Above: Newly renovated exterior including succulent garden. “I knew I had to showcase her beauty,” Golubovic says of the house. “For six consecutive months, someone approached us, thanking us for bringing out the beauty of this house.
A spacious living room channels laid-back LA living with low white chairs (Living Divani modular sofas) and a bespoke white oak table.  Golubovic found the mid-century woven chairs at a Chicago flea market.
Above: A spacious living room channels laid-back LA living with low white chairs (Living Divani modular sofas) and a bespoke white oak table. Golubovic found the mid-century woven chairs at a Chicago flea market.
Golubovic plastered the walls and ceiling of the whole house with X-Kalibur plaster.  The ceramic lamp was a flea market find.
Above: Golubovic plastered the walls and ceiling of the whole house with X-Kalibur plaster. The ceramic lamp was a flea market find.
Poured concrete floors are a new addition.  Golubovic added a brown undertone to make it look distressed and quirky at home.
Above: Poured concrete floors are a new addition. Golubovic added a brown undertone to make it look distressed and quirky at home.
  Golubovic updated the brick fireplace by creating a concrete facade and then adding plaster on top.  An integrated bench also serves as a log storage.
Above: Golubovic updated the brick fireplace by creating a concrete facade, then adding plaster on top. An integrated bench also serves as a log storage.
Another living room off the central staircase.
Above: another living room off the central staircase.

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