Wednesday, November 9, 2011


I was going through some of my old magazines and noticed that I missed this beauty, Hillhaven Lodge, in the March issue of Elle Decor.It's now the home of Brett Ratner, the director of the Rush Hour movies. It's no surprise that this house is one of the most famous in Hollywood. Built in 1927 as the entertainment quarters of the Hoover Dam architect Gordon Kaufmann, the property was later owned by Ingrid Bergman. Subsequent residents included director Richard Quine, James Caan, and Allan Carr, the producer ofGrease.When Ratner bought the property, it needed a little love. A previous tenant had turned the living room into a basket ball court, while Carr, the most recent owner believed in spending money on parties, but not fixing houses. I think Ratner has done an amazing job restoring the glory of this structure! I am so drawn to the wooden beams on the ceiling and the white planks on the walls.The floors are stunning too! Ratner insists that guests leave their shoes at the door to preserve their beauty! I'm loving the look of unhung pictures. There's something to that sense of un-done or unexpected that I like about them sitting on the floor.Isn't this room stunning!? The stone work is just beautiful! I'm loving those worn leather chairs!When renovating, Ratner's interior decorator, Waldo Fernandez felt that "it was all about making the best of what was here rather than knocking everything down and starting over."Working with the existing structures really gives it a sense of that rustic-chic look that I love!While restoring the basement disco that Allan Carr had first designed as a symbol of Hollywood glam, across the rest of the house it feels really masculine and eclectic.
I know I say this a hundred times --- but I love dark floors, white walls, and steel casement windows. And the beams are gorgeous too.
It's so cute from the outside too. It actually has 5 bedrooms, but I love that it doesn't feel so oversized. I should have known that Brett would have great decorating taste since I know him so well - ok the truth is we once at at the same restaurant, so we're practically best friends!
Quits Oscars
after Homophobic Slur

Brett Ratner
claims he's officially "resigned" as producer of the 2012 Academy Awards ... after dropping the homophobic F-bomb at a media event Sunday night.

Ratner -- best known for directing the "Rush Hour" movies -- was at a fan Q&A session for "Tower Heist" Sunday when he told the crowd, "Rehearsal is for f*gs."

Now, he's penned an open letter ... apologizing for the "hurtful and stupid things I've said" ... and adding, "Having love in your heart doesn’t count for much if what comes out of your mouth is ugly and bigoted."

Ratner continued, "Being asked to help put on the Oscar show was the proudest moment of my career. But as painful as this may be for me, it would be worse if my association with the show were to be a distraction from the Academy and the high ideals it represents."

Ratner says he's been in contact with GLAAD -- the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation -- and he promises he will work to "increase awareness of the important and troubling issues this episode has raised."

"I deeply regret my actions and I am determined to learn from this experience."

Tom Sherak -- the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- issued a statement saying, "[Brett] did the right thing for the Academy and for himself."

He added, "Words have meaning, and they have consequences. Brett is a good person, but his comments were unacceptable. We all hope this will be an opportunity to raise awareness about the harm that is caused by reckless and insensitive remarks, regardless of the intent."

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