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It's not only the town's residential compounds that are getting supersized: Decorating budgets also are leaping higher, and client demands right along with them. Gone (mostly) are the days when designers were hired for their signature stamp; L.A. clients now want to express their own design DNA with a decorator summoned to interpret.
Consider Ellen DeGeneres, Ellen Pompeo and Fox co-chairman Stacey Snider: Each is looking for a partner rather than a permanent court decorator, which is why they've worked with more than one of the talents on this list — chosen for their design influence and high-profile (and high-net worth) clientele.
But an even greater shift in the city's home-design landscape has been the influx of tech money. From Beverly Hills to Venice, L.A. has drawn many newly minted digital billionaires, resulting in projects that have designers like Jamie Bush and Peter Dunham scrambling to score one-of-a-kind finds.
What hasn't changed: jaw-dropping Hollywood excess. Bush cites a $250,000 sculpture purchased for a client's driveway. "We bought extra pieces for it," he says, "in case the kids break it playing basketball."
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