This LA home showcases relaxed luxury and understated elegance |

It’s hard to beat the location and provenance of this Los Angeles home. It was designed and built in Brentwood, Los Angeles, in 1996 by Robert L. Earle, who gained fame as a celebrated California architect over the years having designed homes for the likes of Madonna, Sylvester Stallone, Nancy Sinatra, and Warren Beatty. The architect’s homes tend toward the more traditional style, and this, in the Mediterranean/Spanish Colonial Revival style, was no exception.

With such an impressive heritage behind it, it’s no wonder this is one of the The best homes in the worldBut time has not stood still and recent renovations and redesigns have changed the interior designs and added more improvements and elegance.

Interior designer Cara Smith of KES Studio was tasked with these updates, preparing the house for a more modern lifestyle and bringing harmony to the original’s somewhat sectioned (by today’s standards) floor plan. She guides us around, picking out the highlights.

Kitchen with marble countertop, tile backsplash and curved island in light wood with dining room through arched windows

(Image credit: Ingalls Photography)

Designer Kara Smith approached the entire home redesign with distinct realism. “We struck a balance between classic and modern, sophisticated but not stuffy, and luxurious but approachable,” she says.

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