Nifty Shades of Grey: Rob Zombie Opens The Doors To His Moody Midcentury Mansion
[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”I” font=”Bowlby One SC” color_class=”otw-black-text” background_color_class=”otw-no-background” size=”large” border_color_class=”otw-no-border-color”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]t’s fun to speculate about celebrities’ homes—do Ellen and Portia share a king or queen? Does Michael Phelps keep all those golds in his underwear drawer? Who has the biggest closet: Kim or Kanye? But at this stage in the internet’s career, we’re pretty familiar with what we see when stars do open their doors—huge, country-style kitchens, walk-in wardrobes larger than most people’s apartments and pimped-out pools set among lush gardens—we’ve come to expect opulence.
Well, not so with White Zombie founding member and movie director Rob Zombie, who earlier this year purchased a mid-century Laurel Canyon home for a delightfully modest $2.5 million. Indeed, expect the unexpected when touring this property. Once a traditionally modernist home, with a white cantilevered roof and understated décor, the 1953 structure has undergone a radical transformation, in line with metal-head and horror-lover Zombie’s personal tastes.
First things first, Zombie painted the entire property the same shade of gun-barrel grey, including the exterior walls and cantilevered, zig-zagging roof. It’s an effective move, if you’re looking to create a distinctly moody atmosphere. Which, no doubt, was the Halloween and forthcoming carnivalesque horror romp 31 director’s aim.
The two-bedroom, two-bathroom property—complete with koi pond, lap pool and 14-foot ceilings— continues its LA goth homage in the master bedroom, where grey walls and floor-to-ceiling mirrors loom over the bed, the only light creeping in through clerestory windows. A study features lower, wooden ceilings and some welcome pops of color via the modern furniture, and outside, a unique architectural wall provides texture and a privacy from the neighbors. A cozy den completes the living space, with simple, traditional furniture offsetting the grandness of the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Original mid-century black stone floors run throughout—of course—and puffy orange seating in one of the property’s living areas add a distinctly Halloween flavor to the décor. The open-plan kitchen, with its granite counter tops and hidden storage, is a masterclass in understatement, the architectural flourishes—steel girders instead of wooden beams, a huge cooktop island—do the talking. Designed by architect Robert Thorguyen, this home, with its angular dimensions and trademark mid-century indoor-outdoor living areas—including a dining area which opens up to the manicured 15,000 square-foot lot, designed and executed by landscape architect Garrett Eckbo—is a bit of a shift from Zombie’s previous real estate choices. He previously owned a grand Tudor-style mansion in Hancock Park, selling it in 2014 for a tidy $3.65 million.
So, with his new pad over a million dollars cheaper than his previous residence, what could Zombie have done with all that cash, I hear you cry? Well, all that grey paint sure didn’t come cheap.
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