From carriage house to modern family space for actress Erinn Hayes


From the outside, detached from the house and fitted with a large wooden garage door, actress Erinn Hayes’ favorite room looks more suited to storing cars than relaxing. But a walk through the industrial French doors on the side reveals a comfortable, contemporary living space.

“The house was built in 1906,” Hayes said of the traditional-style Highland Park residence. “The Los Angeles City Historical Society said we had to keep the ‘carriage house,’ so 1,000 Pinterest boards later we ended up with this.”

Next to a swimming pool, in the backyard of her 2,800-square-foot home, this unique family room is not so much defined by any particular style but instead by its blending of many.

“I feel like the word ‘eclectic’ is overused — but this room is very much a mix between traditional and modern and everything between,” said Hayes, 43, an Emmy-nominated actress and star of the current Netflix comedy “Medical Police.”

White walls and a concrete floor create an almost blank canvas, where style-spanning furnishings take center stage, including an emerald-green Midcentury couch, a wicker lounge chair and subtle stained-glass windows.

Behind the light-gray marble-top bar, with its honey-colored wood facade, a wall holds paintings and photographs as varied as the room itself — Art Nouveau, Impressionist, modern. Lighting ranges from geometric pendant glass fixtures to a soft-gold gooseneck floor lamp to covered macrame orbs. Even small decorative pieces…

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