Chris Savoy’s California Contemporary Home

published May 2, 2011
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Name: Chris Savoy
Location: Hollywood — Los Angeles, CA
Size: 2,450 square feet- 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath
Years lived in: 6 months- own

Chris Savoy’s home is a half a year old, stunning in design and custom built to enjoy the warm Los Angeles climate. The open floor plan that seamlessly joins the back yard to the center of the home offers a bohemian feel, while the decor and fixtures are simplistic and minimal. Chris Savoy joined homebuilder Jeff Powell and worked with Site Specific Architecture to create a home that truly represents the best of indoor / outdoor California living.

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The pool and patio are central to all areas of the home and create a space that is ideal for entertaining and relaxation. The low roofline of this house stretches from front setback to rear setback of a typical 50 by 150 flat urban lot in a transitioning Hollywood neighborhood. The front bedroom and garage function to frame the entry and create a buffer to the street, leaving the center of the house open in a unified 1000 square foot space of living, kitchen, dining and den. Two sets of sliding pocket doors allow this space to fully open out onto a patio and pool running the length of the home on the north side. The expansive master suite is situated at the back of the lot also opening out to the pool and patio with a large pocket sliding door. The stretch of this linear plan is expressed in the thin edge of the roofline and the rhythm of wall planes starting and ending at floor-to-ceiling windows and doors.

Chris furnished his home with the design savvy of Landon Cole, where together they filled each room with warm but modern features. Each room takes on a subtle character of its own, by uniting big roomy beds and couches with one of a kind artwork and photography.

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Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: California Contemporary

Inspiration: My biggest inspiration is the California climate and sunny skies. I love the Palm Springs mid-century style but wanted to update that feel to reflect contemporary decorating trends and new architectural design elements. The goal was to have an indoor / outdoor home that was ideal for entertaining around the pool and in the kitchen.

Favorite Element: The pool is central element to the house with sliding glass doors across entire back of home. When the doors are open you really feel like you are outside no matter what room you are in. No need for air conditioning and no need for lighting during the day make the house so cool.

Biggest Challenge: Keeping friends out of the pool.

What Friends Say: “This is the ultimate party house”.

Biggest Embarrassment: The home is a bit of a glass fishbowl at times. Lots of floor to ceiling glass in the home so at times you need to watch who may be working in the backyard or around the pool.

Proudest DIY: I did the back garden and walkway by myself and loved how it turned out.

Biggest Indulgence: Art. I am constantly looking for new pieces that have meaning to me. I want to feel like I live in an art gallery with all of my favorite pieces. The master bathroom is also a bit over the top. It’s like getting dressed outside with all of the natural light and windows.

Best Advice: Don’t try to buy everything at once. Take your time in determining what looks best.

Dream Sources: Landon Cole for custom furniture. Plantation for home accessories. Any art show.

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Resources of Note:


    • Whole interior is: Glidden, Decorators White


    • Artist: Russell Young, Death of a Disco Dancer
    • Artist: Randy Hibbard
    • Artist: Kandy Lazano, Denim


    • Sofas – Landon Cole custom furniture
    • Club Chair – Landon Cole custom furniture
    • Coffee Tables – Landon Cole custom furniture
    • Media Console – Landon Cole custom furniture
    • Rugs – Stark Carpets


    • Dining Table – Landon Cole customer furniture
    • Chairs – Soluzioni Contemporary
    • Chandelier – Restoration Hardware


    • Cabinets – Custom
    • Barstools – Design Within Reach
    • Counter top- Caesarstone


    • Bed – Landon Cole custom furniture
    • Nightstands – Landon Cole custom furniture
    • Chair & Bench – Landon Cole custom furniture


    • Fixtures – Kohler
    • Tile – Ann Sacks
    • Counter top- Caesarstone


    • Desk – Landon Cole custom furniture

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Thanks, Chris!

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