Designer Suzanne Rheinstein‘s signature style is often described as elegant civility with “fewer things but better things.” When she and her late-husband moved to Los Angeles in the 1970s, they found a perfectly proportioned Georgian Revival house in the historic Windsor Square section of Hancock Park, which she furnished with a carefully edited selection of family heirloom antiques. Originally from New Orleans, Rheinstein’s Southern sense of style and hospitality combined with the visual sophistication she acquired living on the East Coast, and her appreciation for the relaxed lifestyle of southern California have made her a sought-after talent.
Rheinstein’s home is a favorite of mine, and I was delighted to see it extensively featured in City of Angels: Houses and Gardens of Los Angeles, the new book by Firooz Zahedi and Jennifer Ash Rudick, released this month by Vendome Press. “Some thirty years after she moved in, the Windsor Square house remains a prime example of her work and, as is the case with most of Rheinstein’s interiors, has stood the test of time. Indeed, its graciousness has only been enhanced by a steady addition of personal mementos collected on the Rheinsteins’ world travels,” writes Rudick.
Fun Fact: Rheinstein’s refined yet cozy home made an appearance for a Thanksgiving dinner scene in the 2007 movie Fracture featuring Ryan Gosling and Rosamund Pike (currently available on Netflix). Lindsay at iamnotastalker.com shares screen clips and describes the home as the perfect “Thanksgiving House – an idyllic and picturesque dwelling that makes one think of coming home for the holidays. I mean, the place could not look any more like it came out of a Folgers Coffee Christmas commercial if it tried!” You can see Rheinstein’s home beautifully decorated for Christmas here.
There are many more pictures of Suzanne Rheinsteins’ home featured in City of Angels: Houses and Gardens of Los Angeles, and I also highly recommend her books At Home: A Style for Today with Things from the Past (which includes extensive coverage of her homes) and Rooms for Living: A Style for Today with Things from the Past.
Rheinstein’s daughter Kate Rheinstein Brodsky is also an accomplished interior designer, and you can tour her pre-war Manhattan apartment here.
Other highlights from City of Angels include a tour of Mark D. Sikes’ Hollywood Hills home, Richard Schapiro’s Holmby Hills compound, and the Santa Monica Mountains ranch home of Ruth Wilkinson who worked 30 years with Tony Duquette. Jennifer Ash Rudick is also the author of Palm Beach Chic and Out East: Houses and Gardens of the Hamptons.