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If there’s one thing Los Angeles–based interior designer Oliver Furth isn’t afraid of, it’s color—and you better believe he’ll take every opportunity to embrace it. So, when Furth’s clients approached him about taking on their new home set among the city’s coveted Bird Streets, just above Sunset Boulevard, the crayon box in his mind spilled right out.
Built in 1948 and surrounded by a wall of tall, lithely swaying bamboo, the “vaguely traditional” three-bedroom, four-bathroom, 4,000-square-foot home immediately gave the ELLE DECOR A-List designer some serious island vibes. “The house is raised up like those you’d find in the West Indies, and wherever you are inside, the views of bamboo hedges and a swimming pool in the backyard are omnipresent,” he says. “So the idea of warmer climates became a through line in the project.”
And that was a perfect fit for the well-traveled thirty-something couple—a finance executive and a literary agent—who relocated from New York for a more laid-back lifestyle. “They’re both super intelligent, self-made, and fiercely curious,” adds Furth. “So much of my practice utilizes color, high-contrast texture—and a lot of optimism—and smart, sophisticated people are catching on that color can be luxurious and joyful.”
Apart from their willingness to incorporate plenty of color, the homeowners wanted the interiors to feel welcoming and unpretentious but also have a practical functionality. “While they regularly have houseguests from all over the globe and love to entertain, one of the main design considerations was that the literary agent reads 10 hours a day, so they wanted spots for lounging that were comfortable and also fit his professional needs as well.”