Most people cannot remember the last time they set foot in their living room. Often conceived as a formal space for receiving company, it is usually ignored in favor of more functional, family-friendly spaces. “A lot of people come into my office and say that they want a living room for resale value, but they know they will never use it. I tell them that’s ridiculous because nine out of 10 clients say the same thing, which means that no one is using their living room anymore,” says architect Richard Landry, who was mindful of this trend when he created the living room for this Los Angeles home. “Instead, in this home, we chose to create a casual yet elegant space along with a media room that could easily be converted into a formal living room, should owners down the line want one.”
The room’s placement at the back of the house makes it comfortable for the family to relax in, yet the space is sophisticated enough for entertaining guests. Landry’s choices of Santa Barbara rubblestone walls, limestone floor, and reclaimed barn wood ceiling give it a rustic appearance that extends through the glass to the outdoor loggia.
Working with these architectural elements, designer Tom Allardyce of Hendrix Allardyce created a blend of genres and materials consistent with the casual atmosphere and attitude that pervade this city. “The materials are a natural backdrop to the furnishings, which are all essentially overstuffed pieces,” says Allardyce, noting that much of the furniture comes from his firm’s own collection, including a pair of Louis XVI bergères flanking a Moroccan game table, a La Rochelle mirror with antique glass, and an upholstered sofa and chairs. “And we blended in antiques, such as the Balinese center table, to give the room a lived-in ancestral tone.”