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.

Courtesy of Coldwell Banker Previews International
  • Perforated Buildings

    Benny Chan/Courtesy of The Broad and Dillerscofidio + Renfro

    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

    Jean Randazzo/Courtesy of Oliver M. Furth

    “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

    Courtesy of Kishani Perera

    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

    Jeff Granbery/Courtesy of Elevon

    “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

    SFA Designs

    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.