Mad Men Season 6 is almost here, and fans of retro fashion and design are counting the minutes. Mad Men Season 5 left off in the spring of 1967 when fashion, design and décor were really starting to swing. It was the year of the Summer of Love. This was the year of The Graduate, The Valley of the Dolls, and You Only Live Twice. It was the year The Doors released their first album, and the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was truly an iconic time in pop culture, fashion, design and décor, and we can't wait to see it on screen when Mad Men Season 6 premiers on April 7.
In the meantime, we've found the perfect home to go with our Mad Men Season 6 dreams. This gorgeous home at 1616 Rising Glen Road in the Hollywood Hills is the kind of place where you could live out your 1960s Mad Men fantasies to swanky perfection. Forget the dark, subdued refinement of the earlier Mad Men seasons, when the classic elegance of mid-century design still reigned supreme. This fabulous pad is all about the later 1960s when mod and psychedelia had taken hold of aesthetics, and the decadence that was to come began to appear in the form of funky shapes, lush textures, saturated colors and statement furniture.
Built in 1958, this modern architectural home has been expanded and updated to keep up with the standards of modern luxury. The 3,737-square-foot home sits on 1.23 acres in the Hollywood Hills overlooking Los Angeles. Just look at this décor. Can't you see Megan Draper sashaying up to that gorgeous polished sideboard behind the couch to fix herself up with a refreshment?
Like many homes built during this period - especially in Southern California - this house is made for entertaining. It isn't just the generous amount of space, but the fluidity between the rooms and the outside that allow groups of people to flow and congregate in perfect balance. This small sitting area off of the living room is a perfect example: large enough for guests to pass through the room and stand beside seated guests, but intimate enough to encourage them to settle in for a fascinating conversation. We love how the wide archway keeps that sparkling skyline in view even as one moves further into the house, and the color balance between the soft, neutral textiles and the bold-colored décor pieces like that crimson vase.
Note the hints of East Asia-inspired décor throughout the home, Here it's seen in the pale yellow silk upholstery of those chairs, with its delicate petal pattern that recalls vintage kimono silk. Even the dark hardwood is reminiscent of the smooth floors of Japan's Buddhist temples, as is the concept of open space and minimal barriers between rooms. From the sitting area, curtained archway with French doors leads to one of the five bedrooms.
Another bedroom looks out over the grassy lawn and that breathtaking view of Los Angeles. Fitting for a home in Hollywood, the curtains open like those in a movie theater to reveal the stunning wide-screen picture.
The East Asian influence is turned way up in the master bathroom. The meticulous symmetry of the two matching sinks and vanities, with their identical Chinese-style mirrors and potted plants, is in keeping with the theme. The bathroom opens to a Zen-style garden. We absolutely love the minimalism of the shower, which is only recognizable by the fixtures in the ceiling and wall. There are no doors, panes of glass, or curtains to interrupt the space of the room, and we love how the glass wall opens to the outside.
The home of our Mad Men Season 6 dreams also features a media room, fireplace, and expansive patio. Then, of course, there are the spa and pool. Doesn't it remind you of Don Draper's visit to L.A. in Mad Men Season 2?
An entrance to the home. Mad Men Season 6 will reveal whether or not Don Draper will be able to keep up with the tumultuous late '60s. Can you imagine him strolling through this swinging home? He could look right at home kicked back with a drink in that chair, animal skin rug beneath his feet!
The kitchen is fairly simple compared to the rest of the house, but we like the small dining area at the end with its pendant lights.
The pool is nothing less than Los Angeles perfection, with ample space for party guests and a stunning view of the city.
Imagine lounging by this pool in retro swimwear, flipping through a magazine with the L.A. skyline glittering in the distance. That Buddha statue looks just like we'd feel if we got to live out this Mad Men Season 6 fantasy!
It's hard to say what the best part of this stunning home is, but it might just be the fact that it's for sale. The home is on the market for $6,850,000. That's just under $1 million in 1966 dollars, by the way. Is that within Don Draper's price range?
The home is listed with Bennett Carr at Sotheby's International Realty.
Listing: 1616 Rising Glen Road (Sotheby's International Realty)