Michael Jackson. Alanis Morissette. Dave Matthews. Quincy Jones. Six-time Grammy Award–winning songwriter, lyricist, and producer Glen Ballard has collaborated with each of them, as well as other major artists in music, film, and theater. When he decided to buy an abandoned 1923 Spanish Colonial Revival home in the Hollywood Hills — “a shell in a derelict condition” — he called his ideal interior design collaborator: his youngest sister, Donna Ballard Maselli. She was just as eager to work with her big brother.
“I wanted the house to reflect him — the brother I know, but also the artist I know,” says Maselli, who is based in New Orleans. “He lives elegantly. Always has. He’s a gracious man. So it was important to keep the décor understated. You could be with Glen for five hours and not know that he played with Mick Jagger and wrote a song for Ringo Starr. There’s something in our society that doesn’t exist much anymore: manners. He’s the most well-mannered person. This house had to reflect those things.”
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY DONNA BALLARD MASELLI
ARCHITECTURAL RENOVATION BY CAROLINE FERGUSON
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER VITALE
WRITTEN BY LINDA SHERBERT
This story appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of MILIEU.