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Barbara Howard wanted to be surrounded by greenery to remind her of the West Coast’s light and landscape. Her gardener, Alan Schrier, planted one of the three terraces with wisteria, climbing roses, and Virginia creeper.
Photographs by David Allee

The view from the living room. The Oscar is Howard’s father’s for Casablanca; the photograph is of her mother, Ann Warner.

On the small bedroom terrace, a privacy hedge is accented by pots of fern and geraniums, creating a little cocoon for Howard.

Howard cooks dinner for friends in the Moroccan-tiled, marble-countered kitchen that faces north, east, and south. Outside the door is a Mediterranean-feeling kitchen-garden terrace, where she grills and grows herbs and vegetables.

Mallea and Maloney wanted to invoke both the open ease of Howard’s California roots and the sophistication of her Hollywood heritage. The games table is Paul Frankl, and the pair of William Haines low chairs are replicas of ones that Howard’s father had in his screening room. The painting above the Mira Nakashima wood-slab mantlepiece is a Milton Avery.

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