Atop a peak in Beverly Hills, California, designer Trip Haenisch
escapes his busy days of designing for clients like Courtney Cox and Christina Aguilera by stepping into this midcentury home, built in 1959. When he moved in in 2009, he tackled a few updates, including whitewashing the walls and updating the flooring with wide oak planks, which gave the structure a fresh facelift. His more neutral finishings allowed for a rousing display of antiques and art to be constantly updated. "I like to switch some things up and move the art around to keep things visually interesting," he says.
As a designer, Haensich always has his eye out for the latest finds -- for both his clients and himself. "I've been collecting art for years," he says. "I see a lot, a learn a lot, I buy a lot." Keeping his basic palette neutral has allowed for those beautifully curated collectables to become serendipitous pops of color. When asked what piece he would save in a purely hypothetical fire, Haenisch answered without hesitation: "My Herb Ritts artist proof of his 'Backflip' photograph. He was a great friend, so it's something I really treasure."
When it comes to beds, Haenisch has a fondness for the untraditional. Live edge headboards in the master and guest bedroom add natural drama to the space. In his son's room, a Tawaraya Boxing Ring Bed steals the show. "I saw it at a dealer's house years ago, and it wasn't for sale," he tells us. "But several years later he called me and said he was moving, so I bought it from him." Score.
When it comes to hosting, Haenisch's guests have a multitude of activities to choose from, be it a dip in the pool or a movie on the outdoor screen, which he calls "the perfect way to entertain a small group of friends during the summer." With several outdoor gathering areas, his home is the perfect place for casual entertaining. "It's one of the main luxuries of living in California," he says.
What one piece in your collection would you save in a fire?