A Music Industry Insider’s Midcentury Los Angeles Home

As music manager to Pharrell Williams, Caron Veazey has often felt, as the performer sang in his hit song “Happy,” like a room without a roof. But when she purchased a midcentury home in the Nichols Canyon section of L.A.'s Hollywood Hills, she had no idea that she would literally be standing in one. “Our plan initially was to make a few adjustments, like opening up the kitchen a bit and combining two smaller bedrooms to make a large master suite,” she says of the 2,000-square-foot house, which was designed by celebrated Los Angeles architect Edward Fickett in the 1950s. What she and husband Lou Robinson didn’t know when they purchased the property was that the house had been slowly rotting away, requiring a yearlong renovation to address its structural damage. “We ended up taking the house down to the studs and essentially re-did everything.”

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