Step Inside One Family’s Historic Los Angeles Dream Home


Sometimes street charm is all that a home needs to make a passerby fall in love. This was the case of the Mediterranean Revival around 1922 in Hancock Park’s historic Los Angeles district. In early 2020, Plus Development co-founder Tyrone McKillen and his wife Christina were looking for an eternal home for a family of five to grow. They isolated only that part of Beverly Hills. However, I walked past the five-bedroom sun-dried bricks with terracotta roofs and flowering balconies for years. Just one block from the original residence, a heartstring was pulled. When the for-sale sign came up, the pair was pulled out of Beverly Hills and instead doubled at Hancock Park. Was that all that was needed to turn their new home into a home? Change everything inside.

It was entrusted to David John Dick, co-principal of DISC Interiors based in Silver Lake, California. This is a 10-year-old company founded by Dick with partner Krista Schrock. McKillens found DISC through Instagram with the approval of each other’s friends. “These clients are so focused on design that I definitely felt a mix of historical details and a contemporary look,” says Dick. That said, the couple didn’t give a very brief explanation to DISC. They just let him do him. And it required major surgery. “Everything was dropped onto the studs, but there was a front façade,” admits Dick. “We moved the internal stairs and changed some structures. The kitchen and primary suite are brand new.” There were challenges in achieving such a feat during the pandemic. .. Dick only looked inside a 5,000-square-foot dwelling before the world was closed, but he also had that perk. Demolition had already taken place before the city stopped all construction. Dick was able to achieve great results in just 10 months, as many other clients have put the project on hold. “We kept moving, dropped samples and had a meeting at Zoom. We didn’t meet in person for the first six months,” the designer admits.

Now he was welcomed by the family home he helped create: a cosset cocoon full of earthstones, natural materials, and rounded edges. Guests enter from a limestone foyer surrounded by archways. One leads to a wooden panel home office and the other to a soothing Hollywood Regency-style living room with a wood-burning fireplace. In the traditional colonial style, the stairs go up to the bedroom. The kitchen is a high contrast marble island with herringbone floors, providing a visual one-two punch. Behind it is a refreshing portico entrance illuminated by Moroccan lamps, whose dining table overlooks a lap pool and a garden full of edible plants. “It feels like an artistic house. It’s a house that respects history,” says Dick. “McKillence has taken a lot of risk, but their home isn’t overkill. It looks great after 10 years. It’s really a statement piece.” — From the street, from the back, and from the inside.



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