The Villa Restaurant, Woodland Hills, CA

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The Villa Restaurant

As Thomas puts it, Villa is a bit like one of those classic New England barns that are often converted to elegant, rustic homes, speaking of old world elegance, but with an eclectic contemporary attitude that is full of visual interest.  An impressive space, the architecture of Villa includes an A-frame ceiling, four wrought-iron chandeliers and oversized fireplaces made from stone and gun metal that give the rooms a grand feel.  But the grandness is softened by wood paneling, grey and honey-toned wood beams, natural textures, linens and putty tones to keep the atmosphere warm and domestic. The domestic atmosphere continues on the back patio where large old trees and lush planting give the effect of a private, well-tended garden.