The Chandler-Wapner Home
Photo courtesy of Norman Hersom
Fans of vintage and traditional design will find a lot to love about the Chandler/Wapner home. This classic white colonial is an homage to comfortable, eclectic decorating with plenty of history and visual interest to entrance tour goers.
Perched above the street on a corner lot, this home caught Paige Chandler’s eye immediately since she felt like she’d seen it before. As it turns out, she had. 30 years ago she built a dollhouse of this exact home and suddenly she had the opportunity to live in it.
Since moving in from Ventura County, the family has worked to keep the traditional feel of the home that they love. Butterscotch parquet floors, a modern kitchen with a vintage vibe and formal dining and living areas are just a few of their home’s favorite features.
The well-appointed home has had only five owners, each adding their own touches, while maintaining the home’s classic character. Make sure to check out the pictures of the home from the 40s which are located at the bottom of the basement stairs in the cozy great room.
The upstairs bath is a vintage gem, featuring classic tile and vanities. Paige restored it by resurfacing the tub, bringing the grout back to life, and adding lighting to bring out its best features.
The warm, wood-paneled den is not to be missed. This lovely light-filled room with built-in bookshelves is a perfect place for Paige’s collection of leather-bound books — given to her by her family.
Repurposing is very important to the family, with almost everything in the home holding story and meaning — either being gifted or repurposed from another source. Nearly every wall is a treasure trove of visual interest and history, from the main floor bathroom full of music memorabilia (can you spot Prince’s tambourine?) to the rare photos from the Hollywood Bowl hanging in the master bedroom. Make sure to check out the beautiful family piano in the living room which was purchased in New York when Kevin’s family emigrated to the United States.
Drawing of the Chandler-Wapner Home by Kindergartener, Melinda Stevens