Pimped-Out Home Bars and 4 Other Design Trends Pervading L.A. Real Estate

11:00 AM 11/18/2015

by Mark Morrison

Posh pet amenities and perforated buildings also are among the new looks gaining popularity as the city becomes an aesthetic capital.

Mark Wahlberg's Former House - H 2015
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  • Perforated Buildings

    In the wake of Frank Gehry’s rippling steel Walt Disney Concert Hall, architects are skinning buildings to allow in sun-light and air. See: The Broad museum; the new parking structure of the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

  • Indoor-Outdoor Living to the Max

    “Bringing the pool indoors, and indoor furniture outdoors gives continuity,” says designer Bradley Bayou. Oliver Furth (client: UTA’s Jim Berkus) has installed chandeliers, TVs, antique fireplaces, sofas and heated floors in his outdoor spaces.

  • Posh Pet Amentities

    Decorator Kishani Perera says, “People are adding luxe built-in food bowl areas” and ceramic-tiled doggie showers to laundry rooms. Perera added one to the $5.25M house bought by Christopher Meloni: “I’ve also done raised ones so you don’t break your back washing your dog.”

  • Silicon Campuses

    “Clients are asking to design workplaces that feel like home,” says architect Steve Ehrlich. His Elevon at Campus El Segundo is a Silicon Beach compound of 15 buildings with fire pits and bocce ball. Opened in July, it houses digital studios and the L.A. Lakers’ new training facility.

  • Pimped-Out Bars

    Home bars have gone way more upmarket, with exotic-stone counters, handblown mirrored walls and wine on tap. SFA Design’s Kara Smith made Denise Richards’ Hidden Hills living room into a lounge with a custom crystal bar, backlit onyx fireplace and tufted leather banquette.