Chet Callahan + Ghislaine Viñas Reimagine an 1895 Los Feliz Estate Into Vibrant Home

08.30.21 | By
Chet Callahan + Ghislaine Viñas Reimagine an 1895 Los Feliz Estate Into Vibrant Home

Having teamed up on Chet Callahan’s last Los Angeles home, interior designer Ghislaine Viñas was asked to return for another collaboration. This project involves a historic property built in 1895 in the Los Feliz neighborhood of L.A. known as the Cummings Estate. After architect Callahan and his husband, Jacinto Hernandez purchased the quasi-Craftsman/Spanish Colonial style residence, it was time to plan for an extensive restoration, addition and modernization, while honoring the original features.

modern black sculptures on shelf

The layout is now open with the kitchen moved to the middle allowing for views of the Hollywood sign and the Griffith Observatory.

view of living room through entryway

Viñas worked on the design for two years, carefully curating a vibrant home that matched their last one. Raised in South Africa, the Dutch designer, who’s based in New York City, is known for her bold and adventurous designs, which perfectly align with the art collecting homeowners. Two Michael Anastassiades pendants add a sculptural element to the upper part of the space, while smaller pieces, like the one from the Haas Brothers on the metallic coffee table, add visual appeal in areas throughout the home.

living room corner with cart filled with modern furnishings and art

modern yellow chair in corner with circular art on wall

A yellow Club chair by Pierre Paulin lives in a corner in the home’s entryway adding a bold, modern element amongst the original wooden details.

entryway with view into pink dining room

dining room with pink velvet chairs

entryway with stairs and view into dining room

modern entry with mirrored art and modern furnishings

The entryway is also brightened with a green Zieta mirror hanging over a white marble console table.

red bathroom with neon light

white kitchen with oprah saying on wall in red

eating area with pale green table and chairs

wall art of lower half of five people's faces

eating area with pale green furnishings and bold art

Derrick Adams paintings pop on the white walls and light colored furnishings, like the mint table and Modernica chairs.

eating area with pale green furnishings and bold art

view off of kitchen into eating area

view off of kitchen into a seating area

seating area with purple chair and woven pendants

library room with woven pendants

view looking down through floors with blue stairs

a curved staircase with bright blue and geometric graphics

Bright blue carpet complements a geometric mural winding up the curved staircase.

a curved staircase with bright blue and geometric graphics

modern closet with fuzzy blue chair and sculptural fixture

casual sitting area at bottom of stairs

white bedroom with lavender details

corner of bedroom with fireplace, chair and art

modern white bathroom vanity

exterior patio space off of bathroom

bathroom with modern oval shelf

main bathroom with white vanity and tub

corner bathroom with tub and toilet

exterior space leaving to outdoor eating area

exterior of spanish colonial estate with modern glass addition

two people in living space

Architect Chet Callahan and Interior Design Ghislaine Viñas

Photos by Garrett Rowland.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.