Inside a Famed Costume Designer’s Charming Canyon Home

Julia Millay Walsh

Sometimes we see an interior and know instantly that it belongs to a creative person. Lots of layering, accessorizing, and flea market finds are common tip-offs. When we discovered this Laurel Canyon home, we got that distinct feeling... but knew there was a deeper story to learn. With romantic paintings practically dripping from its walls, Persian rugs organically piled upon each other, and intriguing, well-loved antiques tucked in every corner, the home is inherently feminine and displays an appreciation for the arts and history.

We were not surprised to learn that it belonged to famed costume designer Theodora van Runkel, who was responsibile for the iconic costumes in Bonnie and Clyde, as well as The Godfather II, Bullitt, The Thomas Crown Affair, and Myra Breckinridge, among others. Nominated several times for an Oscar, she worked alongside greats like Francis Coppola, Martin Scorcese, Faye Dunaway, and Steve McQueen.

Van Runkel's hillside cottage, which she turned into an artist's retreat with a studio, terraces, and a private garden, was recently listed for sale by Deasy/Penner & Partners for $1.8 million. Scroll below for a tour of her inspiring private space.

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