At her elegantly appointed Pacific Palisades home, designer Margaret Weitzman blends estate-sale treasures with aplomb.
Los Angeles interior designer Margaret Weitzman shops estate sales the way others tackle a visit to the Louvre. “It’s like going to a museum,” she explains. “I love to study how people live, whether it’s grand or simple—what magazines they read or what sheets they have. I rarely leave empty-handed.” As a result, her layered interiors represent a sophisticated balance of classical, vintage and modern pieces, and the Pacific Palisades home she shares with her husband, entertainment attorney Howard Weitzman (whose
clients have ranged from Marlon Brando to Justin Bieber), acts as a creative laboratory for experimentation. “In my own house, I can mix every single era,” Weitzman says, “and my couches don’t match. It’s eclectic but sensible. I care as much about how the space works as how it looks.”
The Weitzmans purchased the property in 2004 and razed the existing 1960s ranch house. In its place, the couple built a 6,500-square-foot traditional home that centers around a great room, which Weitzman envisioned as the heart of the house, where they could entertain casually. “The great room was my response to no formal dining,” she says. “I didn’t just want to look at my living room. We actually use it.” The designer blended antique pieces ranging from midcentury to Biedermeier, mixing in her collections of mercury glass, yellow Peking vessels and Buccellati silver bowls.
In one corner of the great room, Weitzman hosts dinner parties at an antique round table, while at the opposite end, a cozy seating nook hosts Ed Ruscha’s Double Standard, vintage Peter Hvidt X-frame chairs and a Chris Lehrecke stool. A dramatic Murano glass chandelier hangs in the center, above a Chinese altar coffee table.
Throughout the home, every corner reveals a surprise, be it a collection of vintage Baccarat perfume bottles in the hallway or a Chiavari chair beside a painted table (a flea-market find) in the guest bathroom. “Powder rooms,” she advises, “should be an adventure, with unexpected things to see and use. There, you can take a chance.” And chances are, Weitzman, who is currently working on a project in Montecito, will soon be returning home with her latest armload of uncommon finds.
Written by HEATHER JOHN FOGARTY.
Photography by LISA ROMEREIN.