June 2022

Jonathan + Zooey’s New Home!

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After two years of renovations on the Park House, Jonathan and Zooey are finally ready to give you a tour of their new home. From sustainable features to perfectly picked wallpaper, not one detail was overlooked.

Jonathan and Zooey at breakfast nook
Warm natural light floods into every room of the Park House, thanks to large windows and glass-paneled doors used throughout the house, from Pella.

For Jonathan and Zooey, it was love at first sight. “As soon as we pulled into the driveway, we knew this house was special,” says Zooey. “It was a beautiful home with a lot of history,” adds Jonathan. The two first viewed the five-bedroom Georgian revival in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles in the spring of 2020.

Built in 1938 by acclaimed architect Gerard Colcord, the home had a traditional sensibility that appealed to the pair of old-home lovers. The exterior, with its white wooden siding, contrasting dark shutters, and porch columns, led to an expansive lawn that was dotted with sycamore trees and a rose garden that was planted 60 years ago. “When we brought the kids here, they asked, ‘Are we living in a park?’ ” Jonathan says. So that summer, when he and Zooey closed on the property, they dubbed it the Park House.

Zooey playing grand piano in blue dress
“One of my favorite things is coming home to Zooey playing music,” Jonathan says. She had never owned a grand piano until recently, when Jonathan got her one as a gift to christen the new house.
Beams by Barron Designs.

Now, after two years of diligent work, the couple have completed their renovation. “It was really hands-on for both of us,” Zooey says. “Many Saturdays, we sat searching for the right details to add to this home.”

They played to their strengths. Zooey focused on the interior finishes, creating “dope-ass tile and upholstery” pin boards that included patterns of Portuguese tiles and Moroccan fabrics. Jonathan, meanwhile, focused on the construction and architectural details.

green cabinet kitchen with large island
“As the chef of the house, I love how much prep space there is,” says Zooey. Jonathan demolished a storage room and bathroom to expand the kitchen’s size and install what he calls “the largest island ever built.”

As much as possible, the couple tried to preserve the original look and feel of the house “to pay homage to the architect and what was intended with the property,” says Jonathan. Gerard Colcord, often called Hollywood’s “society architect,” was known for shying away from the Modernist style and designing classic homes often inhabited by celebrities—a long list that includes Dean Martin and Harrison Ford. “With two choppy additions in the ’70s and ’80s, the home no longer functioned well by current standards,” says Jonathan.

foyer with dark rug stair runner

What ensued was a series of swaps and upgrades, beginning with the facade, which wasn’t up to modern fire-safety codes. Jonathan replaced the white wooden siding with brick and wrapped the exterior in Rockwool insulation, a fire-resistant material that also helps to stabilize the interior temperature.

To give visitors a grand first impression, the couple turned the single-height entryway with a curved staircase into a double-height one with a traditional stair, featuring an iron handrail and Moroccan-style runner. They added custom millwork and a vintage chandelier to reflect the period in which the home was built.

Zooey's cheery coral colored home office
Zooey fell in love with the fun and whimsical vibe of this cactus wallpaper from Milton & King. “I wanted my office to be both feminine and unique—the color scheme of this wallpaper was perfect.”
Zooey standing in front of open crafting storage compartment
“The DreamBox cabinet gives me plenty of storage for my crafting,” says Zooey. “It has room for my Cricut, sewing machine, and other supplies.”

“It still looks like it could be a 100-year-old home, but it’s now LEED-certified and will end up using less grid energy than a small apartment,” Jonathan says. Keeping the home’s carbon footprint in check are Tesla solar roof tiles (one of the largest installations the company has done), a robust battery-storage system, a Carrier all-electric VRF heat pump HVAC system, gray-water recycling from baths and sinks to use for toilets and irrigation (which reduces water consumption by 40 percent), and nine Span smart panels that run every electrical circuit in the house (monitoring the energy consumption of each appliance). “This isn’t just a smart house,” says Jonathan. “It’s a genius one.”

Jonathan standing in outdoor kitchen with colorful tiles
A majority of the tile used in the home is from TileBar, including the Alesso Deco Marla Matte Porcelain Tile used for the outdoor kitchen.

Just as much careful attention was paid to the outdoor spaces. Where there was once an ordinary patio, there is now “my favorite room in the whole house,” Jonathan says. The solarium, a feature Zooey had always dreamed of, has an elegant glass ceiling, a fountain, olive trees, and a balcony that connects to each bedroom.

Given the odd shape of that side of the house, its construction required a little architectural sleight of hand, namely building out a new section to even it out. “Jonathan knows whether an idea is practical or not,” Zooey says. “And he knew just how to turn this patio on the asymmetrical side of the house into a solarium.”

jonathan throwing clear inner tube into pool

After two long years of stops and starts, supply-chain delays, and shipment mishaps, finally finding themselves in their dream house is a mixture of disbelief, relief, and unadulterated joy. “This is a house that suits our tastes and needs, aesthetically and functionally,” says Zooey. “Jonathan is so amazing at figuring that out. He’s been doing it for his clients for so long, and now he’s done that for us and our family.”

Jonathan and Zooey in gazebo

By Janelle Zara | Photography by Trevor Tondro

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2022 issue of Drew + Jonathan Reveal, Drew & Jonathan’s home and lifestyle magazine.

Prop styling by Leila Nichols at Aubri Balk Inc.

Zooey: 

Wardrobe styling by Ib Abdel Nasser

Hair by Brent Leonesio

Makeup by Sarah Nelson

Jonathan:

Wardrobe styling by Charlotte Jenkins

Hair and makeup by Annalee Belle

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