For music industry moguls Skye and Mark Hoppus, home in the hills is nothing short of a stylistic crescendo.
When Skye and Mark Hoppus, along with their 13-year-old son, Jack, pulled up their California roots and decamped to London almost five years ago, they suspected that it would change their lives, expand their community and alter their global perspective. But it wasn’t until they returned to their house in Beverly Hills that they understood how much their time as expats would transform them—from their take on geopolitics all the way down to their taste in chairs.
“Our home is very midcentury, designed by architect Hal Levitt, and we love it,” says Skye, who is from Dana Point, graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, and ran the West Coast music office of MTV for years before she married Mark, the bassist and vocalist for San Diego-bred pop-punk band blink-182. “When we first moved in, it was easy to go with that American vintage style. But when we went to London, and saw all of the amazing antiques there and in Paris—most of which were made before the United States was even a country—we developed such an appreciation for [them].”
Towing a shipping container filled with a cozy club chair, old wooden tables, vintage planters, and new art pieces from the likes of Banksy and Damien Hirst, the family returned in 2014 with a challenge: to incorporate the very old with the semi-new, and blend the best parts of Southern California living with their more worldly possessions. Interior designer Trip Haenisch was up for the task. “Not every client has their own point of view,” Haenisch says. “But this is not a typical couple. Their art collection alone says it all.” To wit: The couple’s eclectic holdings span pieces from Pop Art heavyweight Andy Warhol to a 17th-century French oil painting.
Haenisch’s top priority was maintaining the integrity of the architecture, the open, light-filled interiors, and the outdoor space, which includes a sleek fire pit and the quintessential L.A. pool.
“The twist came with the art and the mix of furniture that you wouldn’t quite expect in this style of house,” he says. They cleaned up the terrazzo, installed an antique French oak herringbone floor in the sunken den and master bedroom, hung a bold Fromental wallpaper in the dining room, and built an oversized circular sofa to “play with the scale.”
“What I love about London is that every house tells a great story. I wanted to fill our California home with paintings and objects that tell our story—I just don’t like any interiors that feel very regimented or one-note,” says Skye. “I used to live that way, but not anymore.”
Photography by DOUGLAS FRIEDMAN
Written by CHRISTINE LENNON