James Woods Selling Marvelous Mid-Century Modern Home in Hollywood Hills

Actor James Woods has listed his magnificent Mid-Century Modern home in Hollywood Hills for $2.65 million, according to Variety. The Los Angeles–area home was purchased in 2014 for $2.2 million, according to property records.

Built in 1959 by the firm Buff and Hensman, the 2,500-square-foot home with post-and-beam construction reflects the iconic era, with its walls of glass, open floor plan, and indoor-outdoor spaces.

The property offers views of the mountains, canyons, and Universal City below. The entry looks to a glassed-in courtyard with fountain. The courtyard creates separation between the master suite and the guest rooms. The layout includes a living room with fireplace and walls of windows, an open kitchen, and dining room.

Mid-century modern home owned by James Woods
James Woods’ Mid-Century Modern home


Entry with interior courtyard and fountain
Entry with interior courtyard and fountain


Living room with walls of glass
Living room with walls of glass


Open kitchen
Open kitchen




An addition to the home was completed in 2002, without deviating from the home’s signature style. As currently configured, the home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Both guest baths open to the outdoors, and one has an outdoor shower. A pool and deck are just outside the living room, and the home is surrounded by gardens.

Woods, 70, has starred in such films as “Straw Dogs” and “White House Down,” and is currently providing the voice of Lex Luther for the animated cartoon “Justice League Action.”

9 Kitchen Items Designers Really Wish You Wouldn’t Buy

No area of the home is quite as hyped as the kitchen. Given that it’s where people cook, eat, socialize, open mail, and more (we’d wager some would sleep there if they could), it makes sense that people obsess over their kitchens being just right. And that means stocked with the right appliances and designed to reflect the latest and greatest styles.

And therein lies the rub: Jumping on board every trend (or sticking with an outdated look for too long) could be the death knell for your kitchen. For one, you may not really need a  farmhouse sink or chef-level appliances; for another, these pricey purchases may be on their way out—and work against you once you put your home on the market.

All of which is a long-winded way of saying that having a kitchen designer chime in is worth its weight in gold … and, to whet your appetite, and suggest some of the things that they know, here are some kitchen features they really wish you would ditch, either because they’re outdated, impractical, or just terrible ideas altogether. Allow them to explain:

Enormous islands

Photo by Tiffany Farha Design

Kitchen islands are still all the rage, but building one that’s way too big is a mistake, notes Beverly Solomon, creative director of the eponymous design firm. “The islands I’ve seen are so huge they’d have names if they were in the ocean,” she says. An island sized for everyday food prep and seating for a few people is sufficient. “Make this kitchen detail fit for a yacht, not an aircraft carrier.”


Restaurant-grade appliances

Photo by Houzz.com

Sure, La Cornue is droolworthy, but not if you’re an older couple who barely cook. “Grotesquely huge kitchens with opulent appliances are fine if you’re making daily gourmet meals for a family of 35, but not for most of us who use the kitchen to slop out a bowl of cereal, make a sandwich, and heat up pizza,” says Solomon. Instead, save your cash and carefully plan this room to be as midsize as possible, she suggests. “Get real—for the one or two meals a year when you’re cooking for a lot of people, use the money you didn’t spend on an enormous stove, and have the event catered.”


An all-wood design

Photo by Mike Smith / Artistic Kitchens

Less is more when using wood in the kitchen, says Nicola Croughan, an interior designer with Roman Blinds Direct. “A wooden workspace does look great against a plain white cabinet, and wood flooring warms the room and has charm, but all-wood cabinets are too hard to clean and will look dated fast,” she explains.


Too many gadgets

Photo by Houzz.com

A standing mixer, toaster oven, rice cooker, steamer, and a pasta maker? “Investing in too many gimmicky appliances and gadgets will clutter your kitchen design and hog precious work space,” says Croughan. Keep your kitchen looking functional and simple, putting out only the tools you use every day.


White subway tile

Photo by Keough Stearns Interiors

Sure, it’s clean and not too expensive to install, but subway tile has just about run its course, say the experts. “This look is overused in the kitchen—more people today want unique patterns and color to make a bigger impact in the space,” says Jenny Gericke, an interior designer with Gather Home Design.


Open shelves

Photo by Alice Lane Home Collection

One or two small open shelves as an accent are fine, but an entire kitchen full of them isn’t workable, says Gericke: “This design isn’t practical in most kitchens, because you lose storage space and end up struggling to keep everything superclean.”


Microwaves as ventilation

Photo by iD8 Design Studio

Homeowners need to get away from putting the microwave above the stove and using it as a ventilation system, states Sara Chiarilli, an interior designer with Artful Conceptions in Tampa, FL. “The microwave doesn’t vent—it recirculates—so it’s better to install a double oven with a convection microwave or put in a cabinet microwave elsewhere,” Or skip the microwave completely! “With a return to cooking, millennials don’t want this device taking up valuable space in the kitchen,” says Gericke.


Busy granite counters

Photo by Dimanti Stone Works

“Patterns like Santa Cecilia have given way to more subtle looks and solid quartz counters,” according to Jamie Gold, a San-Diego based certified kitchen designer. And whatever you do, don’t put 12-inch tiles on your countertops. “It basically says, I wanted granite, but didn’t want to pay for it,” says Gold.


Radiant cooktops

Photo by Darren James Interiors

The smooth surface looks sleek and appealing, but the design is fast becoming obsolete in today’s kitchen, says Gold. “These electric appliances deliver no performance to the cook nor resale value for your home.” Plus, they can be hard to clean. “Gas and induction have largely replaced radiant cooktops, with induction being the best choice, as it works as a professional-caliber replacement for electric,” she adds.


Chris Paul Dribbles His Way Into a Megamansion Outside Houston

They say everything is bigger in Texas. The cliché certainly holds true when it comes to the massive mansion recently purchased by NBA superstar Chris Paul in The Woodlands, TX, just outside of Houston. The 18,717-square-foot estate has every creature comfort CP3 could possibly require, including a mind-blowing 14 bathrooms.

There’s no word on exactly how much the perennial All-Star paid for the estate, but TMZ reports it was well below the home’s original list price of $8 million.

The recently completed home is sprawling, refined, and formal, with every detail carefully thought out—from the carved wood and mosaics on the soaring ceilings to the intricate ironwork on the staircase.





There’s also a huge pool area with loads of loggias and balconies set just off the 15th hole of a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course.



The mansion has nine bedrooms, a state-of-the-art kitchen, game room, media room, and guest quarters. The 1.67-acre lot it sits on is surrounded by mature trees.

The mansion’s library is one of the highlights of the incredible interior space with its warm, carved wood lining the walls.



The 32-year-old point guard was traded in the off-season by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets, which explains why he’s had his eye on buying a home in the area. His new estate is just 30 miles from the Toyota Center.

Despite missing a few games this season due to injury, CP3 is being lauded for playing some of the best basketball of his career, thanks in part to superstar teammate James Harden.

Paul, wife Jada, and their two children seem like they’re ready to settle into Houston for the long haul. And now they have a gorgeous slice of Texas to call their own.

Bold Brilliance: How to Decorate With Jewel Tones in Every Part of Your Home

After years of taking our collective home decor in a more neutral direction (we’re looking at you, inoffensive beige, gray, and granite color schemes), we’re finally branching out and allowing some color back into our homes. Look no further than our 2018 interior design forecast, which predicts jewel tones will continue to reign supreme this year.

These bold hues—deep sapphire blues, vibrant emerald greens, and intense, regal purples—can transform a room from a boring, vanilla box into a lusciously rich and cozy space you never want to leave.

“We’re definitely seeing that our customers have a renewed interested in jewel tones, specifically deep magnolia green, plum, sapphire, and dark red,” says Anna Brockway, co-founder of San Francisco–based Chairish, an online vintage furniture and decor marketplace. “They are lovely colors for a home because they are warm, welcoming, and mix well with plenty of other colors, neutrals, and prints.”

Indeed, designers and manufacturers are taking their cues from the shifting demand: Sherwin-Williams named Oceanside SW 6496—an intense shade of teal—as its 2018 Color of the Year, while Pantone recently announced the dramatic Ultra Violet as its pick of the year.

While you might worry that these deep hues could overpower your decor, don’t fret: The pros say jewel tones can work for just about anyone, whether your style is bright and bold, or if you lean more neutral.

“When decorating with jewel tones, you’re not limited in how to apply them,” explains Melanie Coddington, founder and principal designer at Los Angeles–based Coddington Design. “They can be used as the paint color, upholstery, tile, area rugs, or accessories, depending on how bold you want to go.”

You can incorporate these rich and lush colors in a more subtle way, she adds, by focusing on single pieces such as a light fixture, side chair, or accent table—all in your favorite color that pops.

So are you ready to bring the drama in 2018? Read on for more ideas to add jewel tones to any room in your home.

In the kitchen

Photo by Noelle Interiors

You don’t have to gut your entire kitchen and install purple cabinetry and a teal island to get the coveted jewel-tone look; you can go bold with small, easy touches. Add colorful tiles, a fresh coat of paint, or a bold wallpaper to give your kitchen a nice dose of flair, Coddington explains.

“The best thing about any of these methods is that you can control just how much color is being used,” she says. “The entire kitchen backsplash can be a bold sapphire tile, or you can strategically use that tile for a small section behind the range, and the rest can be neutral.”

You can temper your use of colorful paint and wallpaper, too, to achieve the perfect balance.

“You can cover each of the walls or choose one or two focal walls to really highlight—which is what I did in my own kitchen,” she adds.

In the living room

Photo by Decorating Den Interiors

If you’re looking to brighten up your entire living room, a signature piece of furniture in a jewel should do the trick.

“Even though the jewel tones are often bold, they can work really well on an anchor piece in a living room,” says Sara Malek Barne, an interior designer based in Austin, TX. “Specifically, an emerald-green velvet sofa in an otherwise muted space can be visually stunning.”

Some options include the Article Sven Sofa in Grass Green and Mahogany ($1,299) or the Jennifer Taylor Home Becca Tufted Settee in Hunter Green ($900).

Not ready to invest in new furniture? A velvet pillow or two can look “yummy” in your living room and contrast well with neutrals, Brockway says.

Look for the Pier 1 Midnight Velvet Beaded Peacock Pillow ($35) or the purple Bed Bath & Beyond Austin Horn Classics Escapade Velvet Square Throw Pillow ($60).

In the bathroom

Photo by Magic Projects London Ltd
Of all the spots in your home, the bathroom is the one where you can feel free to go crazy with color, Coddington says. You can incorporate jewel tones with paint or wallpaper (just like in the kitchen). Or you can express some creative freedom with vibrant floor tiles.

“Especially in powder rooms, where you can amp up the drama because of how small the spaces are, a fun floor tile is a great conversation piece and an unexpected use for a brightly colored floor tile,” she says.

Another option: A fun, jewel-colored bathroom cabinet or vanity.

“It looks fresh, unexpected, and absolutely gorgeous on cabinets when done right,” Barney says.

In the bedroom

Photo by Park Grove Design

Beds, headboards, and even window treatments are great bedroom opportunities for bold jewel tones you might not use in other parts of the house.

“For a lot of people, the master bedroom is their sanctuary, so this will give a real luxe feel to the space,” Coddington explains.

For example, try an upholstered bed or headboard in a rich jewel-tone fabric, such as the Meridian Furniture Hampton Navy Velvet Queen Bed ($1,000) or the Skyline Tufted Nail Button Wingback Velvet Upholstered Headboard in velvet aubergine ($496).

Coddington also recommends a jewel-tone bench or a pair of vibrant lounge chairs. “This will give that great pop of color without being too overwhelming,” she says.

Go all in with this anything-but-subtle Designer Modern Home Fuchsia Hot Pink Magenta Velvet Accent Bench ($889). Or, for chairs, look for options such as the Anthropologie Velvet Elowen Armchair ($448) in gold or emerald.

And window treatments like Pier 1 Rambagh Paisley Teal Curtains ($40) can be used as the main source of color in the room—or simply as an accent.

Ester Dean Hopes to Hit Pitch-Perfect Sales on 2 Gorgeous SoCal Homes

“Pitch Perfect” actress Ester Dean is making a last call on real estate holdings, as she’s got two hit pieces of real estate currently on the market in Southern California: a modern loft condo and recording studio in Venice and a Mediterranean-style villa overlooking the ocean in Palos Verdes Estates.

The Venice property is a warehouse live-work space that Dean—an accomplished singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress—converted into a recording and production space. The two-story unit features vaulted ceilings with exposed ductwork, skylights, and eclectic lighting, which give the place a modern industrial style. Marble countertops and Viking appliances are other high-end touches.

Dean is asking $1.35 million for the Venice condo, which she bought two years ago.

Because it’s been retrofitted as a recording studio, there aren’t any actual bedrooms with closets, but it can be easily returned to its original two-bedroom, one-bath state. Built in 2007, the unit measures 2,203 square feet.

Venice condo/recording studio
Ester Dean’s condo/recording studio in Venice, CA


Down the coast in Palos Verdes is Dean’s newly listed Mediterranean-style villa. It has five bedrooms, six baths, and 4,464 square feet of living space, but the numbers don’t reflect its beauty. The estate has an upscale designer feel, with maple wood and travertine tile flooring, silk wall coverings, hand-painted walls, and vaulted ceilings.

Palos Verdes Villa exterior
Dean’s villa in Palos Verdes, CA


Upstairs recording studio
Recording studio


Living room
Living room


Upstairs space
Upstairs space


Listing agent Greg Bingham of Coldwell Banker says his favorite features are the stunning “ocean and coastline views that can be seen from an expansive living room that opens to balconies and a veranda. The master bedroom has the same views, along with a patio, three walk-in closets, and a spa retreat bath.”

Master bedroom
Master bedroom


In addition, the home has a library and loft office, a lavish living room with fireplace, and a chef’s kitchen with custom cabinetry and large island. The adjacent formal dining room also has a fireplace.

Gourmet kitchen
Chef’s kitchen


Public records show that Dean acquired this villa in 2014 for $2,680,000. She’s listed it for $3.5 million.

Dean, 35, burst onto the music scene in 2009 with the single “Drop It Low,” featuring Chris Brown. She’s co-written songs for a number of major pop artists, including BeyoncéRihanna, and Britney Spears. The talented performer has also voiced characters in “Ice Age: Continental Drift,” but she’s best known on the big screen for playing Cynthia-Rose Adams in the “Pitch Perfect” franchise.

‘Property Brothers’: The Honeymoon Isn’t Over Quite Yet

Now that they’ve have wrapped up the miniseries “Drew’s Honeymoon House,” “Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott are back to helping other people find the perfect home. But although they’re no longer renovating the love nest of Drew and his fiancee, Linda Phan, they aren’t quite ready to let go of that honeymoon theme quite yet!

In the latest, titled “Honeymooning and Housekeeping,” the brothers help newlyweds Tim and Sofie find bigger digs. And the couple need a new place bad, because they’re living in a one-bedroom condo along with two huge dogs.

“We’re going stir-crazy living in such a small space,” says Tim.

Of course, Tim, a veterinarian, and Sofie, who works in finance, want it all: a big yard for the dogs, something close to Tim’s clinic, a home office, lots of storage, and a wide-open, modern space so everyone can comfortably spread out. They have an all-in budget of $995,000, which sounds generous at first—but they’re house hunting close to extra-pricey New York City, so Drew tells them they’re going to have to make some sacrifices.

In other words, this house hunt is going to hurt!

But hey, no pain, no gain. Here’s what the Scott brothers teach us this week about the trade-offs you might need to make when shopping for a great home.

Bargains might be located on busy streets

One of the first homes Drew shows the couple is asking for $699,000, which is well within their budget. But there’s a problem they notice right as they walk up to the front door: The house is on a busy street.

It’s one of the most common trade-offs, Drew explains. But it’s not for everyone.

“You get a lower price on a busy street,” he points out. Plus, with a completely fenced-in front yard, they won’t have to worry about their dogs running out into traffic. While it’s tempting, the noise and fumes nonetheless persuade Sofie and Tim to move on.

To be downtown, you have to sacrifice space

“The closer you get to downtown, the less house you get,” says Drew as he shows them the next house: a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,500-square-foot attached home that’s also within their budget. It’s also within walking distance of Tim’s downtown animal clinic, but the rooms and the yard are tiny, and the house needs a lot of work. They’d rather move farther out and spend less to get more space.

Street work will eventually raise property values

Next up? A house that requires them to duck under caution tape along the road to get to the front door. Not a very positive first impression! But Drew says the street work that necessitates the tape is only temporary, and is actually a positive asset.

“What I want to point out is that this city is spending money here. This is all going to be new street,” he says, remarking that this adds value to the home.

Property Brothers
Caution tape is not necessarily a bad thing.


‘The list price doesn’t mean anything’

At long last, Tim and Sofie fall in love with a home that, at first, appears to be well within their budget, at $699,000. However, Drew recommends that they offer more—to the tune of $785,000.

But why?

“Forget the list price,” he tells Sofie when she balks. “It’s what the value of the home is. Looking at comparable sold properties, this house is worth $785,000.”

Since the sellers will start taking bids in a week and the house is so underpriced, he’s afraid that if they offer anything less, they’ll lose the house to a higher bidder.

Get the home inspected before making an offer

Since a week must pass before offers will be accepted, the Scotts tell Tim and Sofie that they have time for a home inspector to come in—and that this will give them a better sense of what they’re in for if they buy this home.

Sure enough, the inspector they hire finds that the place is full of asbestos that’ll cost around $10,000 to remove. And that’s not all; the house also needs an all-new HVAC system and wiring. A lot of buyers would have turned away at that point, but Sofie and Tim are committed.

After several rounds of negotiation, they get the house for the $785,000 Drew had originally suggested. Score!

Property Brothers
Jonathan Scott explains that construction issues are going to bust the budget.


Can’t afford marble countertops? Try quartz instead

Sofie and Tim end up going over budget so much on the asbestos remediation that they have to save elsewhere, and Jonathan is thrilled when he hears they’re willing to go with quartz countertops in the kitchen, instead of the marble they’d originally selected.

With quartz, he says, “you never have to reseal it, you’ll never have to maintain it, it will always look this beautiful.”

How does it all pan out?

In the end, asbestos and other struggles aside, Sofie and Tim are thrilled with their new house. Chalk up another successful honeymoon house to the Scotts!

Property Brothers
Drew Scott is so comfortable in the new house, he looks like he’s ready to move in.