Though this West Hollywood home is a new construction, designer Ryan Saghian transformed it with a modern and elevated California casual style. The sharp, contemporary architecture of the exterior is juxtaposed with a warm, friendly, and glamorous design. “One look and you can totally tell you’re on the West Coast,” he shares.
One of the ways the designer incorporated warmth to the space was with plant life, relying on the talented Jasmin Davidi Javaheri from Potting Hill Landscapes to select pieces that would thrive in the home. For furnishings, he says he brought in eclectic pieces that looked like they had a story — an antique Persian rug with endless charm, a Moroccan rug that emulates art, and plenty of vintage and one-of-a-kind accessories.
The first thing you see when you enter the home is an iconic photograph of Kobe Bryant. (It’s a Martin Schoeller Kobe Bryant 2009 Signed Archival Pigment Print.) “The client is a native Angeleno and Laker fan, like most of us Angelenos are,” Saghian shares. “He went to Laker games growing up so it adds a bit of nostalgia and warmth to the entry when you walk in and out.” Here, a vintage bronze sculpture with rigid, organic structure sits atop a high gloss lacquer console by Sonder Living. “The rustic combined with the contemporary and edgy piece gives the space a masculine feel,” the designer explains. “I love that!”
In the family room, a linen sectional anchors the space. “I am known by my clients for high glass marble choices, and this coffee table by J Alexander does not disappoint,” Saghian says. “It is a custom bronze and marble table that reads beautifully against the furry antique Moroccan rug.” Texture ties the room together with raw and refined details, like the wood chairs and the basketweave of the sofa, while a live tree brings the outdoors in.
The dining room has (nearly) floor-to-ceiling black drapes that open to a scenescape of unexpected greenery in the city. “I intentionally added a skirt valance above the drapes to soften the very contemporary nature of the home and its windows,” Saghian recalls. To ground the bold choices, there are other organic elements like a reclaimed oak table and an unlacquered brass fixture by Lindsay Adelman. “The fixture will oxidize over time and bring an added richness,” he says.
Finally, there’s a striking lounge with a standout Rorschach by LA based artist Michael Allen. Here, a grey wool sofa (by J Alexander) is alongside Ryan Saghian Home’s Edge Coffee Table in Satin Black–a best seller. There are chairs (also by Saghian Home) in shearling, a material the designer loves. “Shearling is comfortable, soft and has a cozy feel, but again, I wanted to draw in drama and sex appeal by mixing in art and photographs,” he says. As for the Sonic Editions photographs? Brigette Bardot and Freddy Mercury, of course. The designer concludes, “It’s LA at the end of the day, so we need some of that Hollywood pop!”