In 1991 we were asked to paint a powder room in Beverly Hills by our friend and art director, Rand Sagers. Lena & Rand settled on using, as inspiration, a fresco from around 14 A.D. which is housed in the Metropolitan Museum.

During our tenure in L.A. everyone, it seemed, wanted to add patina to their walls. What better way to age a wall than with a fresco. For a library or powder room, this fresco is perfect for calming and enveloping you with its dark walls and the thinest columns ever.

We were asked to repeat the mural in the Homby Hills home of Jerry Moss (A&M Records) and Annie Moss (Super Model) by their designer Linda Chase. During the work we became friends with Annie’s assistant Kim and have kept in touch with her through her marriage, baby and soon enough college & empty nest. I can’t believe it has been nearly 30 years since we painted this mural.

I won’t go into any of the boring details of painting process although we will be happy to share our technique with anyone who asks. If you are interested in the history of the original, built by Agrippa and Julia (Augustus Cesar’s daughter), here is a link.

Thanks for reading.

Doug & Lena

Frescoe from Pompeian ruins in powder room of Homby Hills, CA home. Interior Design – Linda Chase