Bedroom Takes a Creative Approach to A-Frame Design
Who lives here: Desanka N. Fasiska of Lux / Eros, also the designer
Location: Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles
Size: 1,300 square feet (about 120 square meters)
Year built: 1963
Homeowner’s goal: Give a luxurious twist to the rustic A-framing. “I wanted a Biba-meets-Big Sur vibe for my space,” says interior designer and homeowner Desanka Fasiska.
Game plan: “The home had not been updated in many years and had a lot of issues regarding layout and modernity,” Fasiska says. To tackle the tricky A-framing and reimagine the “strange layout” of the master bedroom, which had been added by previous owners, she hired architect Mario Fonda-Bonardi. She then tapped Bulson & Co. Inc. to handle construction, which involved demolishing the back half of the home, where the kitchen, bedrooms and two bathrooms stood. She chose to leave the original A-framing intact but removed the carpeting to expose the original pine floors.
“There were so many challenges that became opportunities for fun design features,” Fasiska says. “It was Mario’s idea to put a vintage claw-foot bathtub in front of the large window and keep it open and exposed in the bedroom.”
What wasn’t working: The slanted walls. To solve this, Fonda-Bonardi added dormers to create a large walk-in closet.
What goes on here: Fasiska is an artist and a designer, and uses her home to host networking events and workshops. “But I do live here too,” she says.
Who uses it: “I live and work from home with my two dogs and cat,” Fasiska says. “I have turned my garage into my ceramics studio, and I do the rest of my work from my living room or out in the garden. I also have a little apartment attached to my home downstairs that I rent out on Airbnb and use to host out-of-town guests. My friends love coming over for the weekends to have mini ‘staycations’ as well. It really is the ultimate hosting home.”
Favorite element: “I think keeping the integrity of the A-frame space was really important to do and ultimately the biggest success of all,” she says. “Also, I really wanted an interesting closet door for my bedroom. I found a beautiful carved teak room divider by Roost that I had Bulson make into accordion doors.”
Splurges and savings: “There were definitely some splurges on materials, and the work was not cheap,” she says. “However, I feel like when you hire good people for a little more money, who are honest and realistic about the budget and duration of the project as well as use higher-quality materials, you ultimately save money.”