Arriving at Rochelle Fredston Gores home is a lesson in both taste and manners. The fashion maven and philanthropist — and daughter to billionaire Alec Gores — has none of the airs usually associated with young Hollywood. She opens the door to her 4,000-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion herself and greets you with a lovely smile and a firm handshake. Throughout your visit, she approaches you with bottles of spring water and trays of pretty hors d’ouvres, despite both a personal assistant and a housekeeper hovering in the kitchen. Sure, she does it all wearing a Chanel dress and five-inch Manolo Blahnik’s, but judging by her beautiful manners and generous spirit it’s clear someone raised this girl right.
Built in 1933, the Spanish-style home Gores Fredston shares with her husband, David Fredston, is a testament to their sophisticated taste and fun-loving lifestyle. With the help of interior designer Joan Behnke, they transformed the four-bedroom property into a space filled with luxurious touches including his-and-her walk-in closets, hand-painted walls and custom zebra-patterned patio cushions. The result is a joyful look with a young, modern feel. Taking it all in, it makes even the most earth-loving farm girl wish for glamour and a black Porsche Panamera in the driveway.
Clockwise from top left: 1) The front of the Spanish-style house, bought in 2008. 2) The back patio features zebra-patterned cushions. 3) Fuchsia bougainvillea adds a touch of color to the back patio. 4) Potted plants flank the outdoor pool.
(Above): The bold and colorful living room features hand-painted walls, gorgeous drapes in a red sunflower pattern and accents in shades of citrus (below).
The sleek and modern kitchen (above). The dining area (below) features upholstered chairs and a rustic wood dining table.
(Above): The staircase leading up to the second floor and a guest bathroom on the first floor.
(Above): The soothing colors of the guest bedroom are based on the bold tropical curtains by F. Schumacher & Co.
(Above): One of the home’s four bedrooms was converted into a walk-in closet. (Below): A Louis Vuitton jewelry box and a view of Gores Fredston’s collection of designer wares.
The main bedroom features a headboard upholstered in a Donghia fabric.
The dining room connects to a front-yard patio where the couple often entertain guests before dinner.
The lovely Gores Fredston photographed in her living room.
Photography by Ulrica Wihlborg ©2013.