Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times
By David A. Keeps
Interior designer Ryan Brown, known as the voice of reason on the Bravo reality series "Flipping Out," has made a living buying ugly duckling properties, turning them into beauties and selling them for profit. But as fans of "Flipping Out" know, Brown and his domestic partner, chef Dale Monchamp, had a daughter through a surrogate and wanted to put down roots. Two years ago they bought a 1942 two-story stucco house in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles.
Brown, shown here entering his living room, embarked on an extensive renovation that mixed Hollywood Regency, British Colonial, Asian-accented Modernism and nautical charm. Architectural images in black frames are hung on the wall and on top of molding, giving the gallery added dimension. The designer supplements black and white with a color scheme that also integrates browns, grays and other earth tones. "With a neutral palette you can bring any color in as an accent," he says.
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