The Top 11 Home Improvement Experts

By Laura Eckstein Jones | December 30, 2019 | Home & Real Estate

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For a Mulholland Estates bathroom, interior designer Jake Arnold used a soothing gray color palette.

Jake Arnold (West Hollywood, @jakealexanderarnold)

The London-born whiz kid has taken L.A. by storm with his moody, confident interiors that balance California’s laid-back, luxurious lifestyle with more traditional design elements. Inspired by European design a la Axel Vervoordt, the 29-year-old has worked with a roster of notable clients including Sophia Bush and Aaron Paul.


Insider’s Tip Arnold’s serene point of view can be channeled via BreathePod, a beautiful wood chamber he’s developing that serves as a spot to reflect and recharge.

Kim Gordon
(Venice, kimgordondesigns.com)

Leading the charge in wellness-focused design, Gordon creates soothing, resortlike interiors that seamlessly integrate indoor-outdoor living.

Insider’s Tip Her full-service firm offers architectural, interior and luxury real estate design services.

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An eclectic bedroom display at Hollywood at Home

Hollywood at Home (West Hollywood, hollywoodathome.com)

Peter Dunham’s ode to the haute bohemian lifestyle is filled with a unique assortment of furnishings, textiles and accessories, all of which have a considered, handmade touch.

Insider’s Tip The shop has an ever-changing selection of artisan-made lighting and accessories, including Natan Moss x Hollywood at Home ceramic lamps—a designer go-to.

JF Chen (Hollywood, jfchen.com)

This vast treasure trove of rare antiques and vintage pieces is a candy shop for designers and anyone else who appreciates items that go beyond the expected.

Insider’s Tip Founder Joel Chen’s daughter Bianca is leading the charge when it comes to the brand’s focus on identifiying and nurturing emerging artists.

Nickey Kehoe (Beverly Grove, nickeykehoe.com)

Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe’s shop is a carefully considered destination for perfectly worn-in furniture, lighting and accessories. Standouts include seating and fixtures from their in-house label, along with a fantastic assortment of antique and vintage pieces.

Insider’s Tip The jewelry case alone is reason enough to visit.

L’eclaireur (West Hollywood, leclaireurla.com)

The French-born company boasts several shops in Paris and just one U.S. location here in Los Angeles. More gallery then typical shop, the artist-driven space carries a large selection of hard-to-find objects from Fornasetti, along with one-of-kind artwork and furniture.

Insider’s Tip Located on the maison’s top floor is La Residence, a fully functioning private event space complate with a Gaggenau kitchen, Alessi glassware and silverware, and alfresco areas.

Amber Interiors
(Calabasas and Pacific Palisades, amberinteriordesign.com)

Amber Lewis’ clean, white-walled look—warmed up with plants, natural textures and global textiles—pretty much pioneered the contemporary California aesthetic. Her two L.A. shops give customers the opportunity to bring that lifestyle home in the form of faded pillows, earthy ceramics and laid-back furniture.

Insider’s Tip Lewis shares her current projects and latest obsessions on All Sorts Of (allsortsof.com), her inspiring blog.

Garde (Beverly Grove, gardeshop.com)

Partners Scotti Sitz and John Davidson recently moved into a larger space on Beverly, giving clients an opportunity to see even more of their discerning curation. Their artist-driven edit includes pieces by L.A. makers like The Wooden Palate, along with ceramics, glassware, textiles and furniture by the some of the world’s most intriguing talents.

Insider’s Tip Garde’s Summerland outpost is definitely worth the trip, especially when staying upstairs at the brand’s beautiful Airbnb, where everything inside is available for purchase.

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Rolling Greens has a wide selection of plants and home decor, and offers expert landscaping services.


Rolling Greens (Culver City, DTLA and Beverly Grove, rghomeandgarden.com)

Each one of Greg Salmeri and Laurie Resnick’s three garden- and landscaping-focused locations has a unique personality, but all boast this: an inspiring verdent atmosphere and an unmatched selection of plants, many of which are drought-resistant.


Insider’s Tip The company’s newest Arts District location is planning to open a wine bar with food—and a wine retail shop—in the near future.


Tabarka Studio
(West Hollywood, tabarkastudio.com)

With luxurious special stones, antique wood and handpainted terra-cotta tile in the mix, the Scottsdale-based brand offers items that go way beyond typical surfaces at its by-appointment studio on La Cienega.

Insider’s Tip For something truly unique, check out the showstopping Balagan-style cement tile, which has a marbled paint effect.

Mondrian Hotel Penthouse (West Hollywood, morganshotelgroup.‌com)

The Mondrian recently invested millions into a dramatic face-lift, and the gorgeous home-away-from-home penthouse is the cherry on top—with stunning city views, natch.

Insider’s Tip Splurge on the $100,000 ICON Package, which features amenities like a private shopping session at Gucci and a custom scent by Eric Buterbaugh.



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Photography by: Hollywood at Home photo by Suzanna Scott; Jake Arnold
photo by Michael Clifford; Rolling Greens photo by Scott Clarke