Hot Hollywood Home Trends: In-House Salons, Mega Game Rooms and Salt Caves
A-list homeowners are outfitting their abodes with perks including glam rooms, customized pools and ping-pong tables, and massive spa-like bathrooms featuring Himalayan salt bricks: "In Hollywood, it can be difficult for people to walk around naked with the public."
"The first full-on glam room I did was for Khloe Kardashian, and it is a must-have now for rock stars," says Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who outfitted the reality star's 10,000-square-foot Calabasas house with a salon including chairs customized to the hairstylist's height and three stations, as the eldest sisters like to get ready together. A glam room ($50,000-$250,000) can feature a spray-tan area (with wipeable fabrics and nonporous stone) or an Instagram wall. "You press a button to tweak the light to show what you will look like at night or outdoors," says SFA Design's Kara Smith, who has worked with Fergie and Oracle's Jeffrey Henley.
Mega Game Rooms
"These rooms are luxury lounges with high-tech gaming equipment and soon virtual reality gear," says L.A. designer Cliff Fong, who has worked with Ryan Murphy and Kanye West. Customized pool and ping-pong tables ($30,000-$40,000, says stager Beth Ann Shepherd), pinball machines and arcade games like Pac-Man or Asteroids are still popular. "It's important to have multigenerational spaces in the home," says Santa Monica decorator and Obama pick Michael S. Smith. Kara Smith is installing the first in-home Imax screen in Holmby Hills and says that golf simulators are a new request; Mark Wahlberg is a fan. "We've spent up to $3 million on game rooms," she says. "The audio-visual bill alone is half a million."
Personal Salt Caves
The 2,000-square-foot bathroom with a steam shower and heated floor can now include a salt cave, normally a feature at spas for detoxing. "It looks like you are surrounded by Himalayan pink salt," says Smith. A top producer in Westlake Village recently installed Salt Chamber's Himalayan salt bricks ($18,000-$100,000). Says Fong: "In Hollywood, it can be difficult for people to walk around naked with the public."
This story first appeared in the Oct. 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.