Interior Designer Jake Arnold
Los Angeles-based interior designer Jake Arnold remembers the first time he saw the 13,558-square-foot home, which was built to a specification. “It all felt very cold,” says Arnold, who is known for his signature style with rich, resonant tones and custom furniture designs.
His clients: Mike Mahan, vice president of MRC Live & Alternative, and his wife Brooke, co-founder of the YouTube channel WhatsUpMoms and creator of the card game Do You Know Me? – agreed.
“We gave the team a difficult task: ‘take the specs out of it,'” says Brooke Mahan. “The house was so new and austere, and we wanted to give it character and warmth.” (MRC is co-owner of THR through a joint venture with Penske Media titled PMRC).
Adds Mike Mahan, “We were introduced to Jake through a friend and we were immediately drawn to his style. We knew he would create something cool and unique, but also warm and livable. “
The couple bought the home, located in Los Angeles’ Brentwood Park, in 2018. But bringing Arnold and his interior design firm amid the pandemic in 2020 affected the scope of the redesign.
Arnold points out that generally, in his projects, “we would have done everything.” But instead of gutting the interiors, he worked within the house’s existing frame and focused on updating select details, including fireplaces and countertops and kitchen hardware.
“It’s very rare that I stick with a kitchen,” says Arnold, who applied Farrow & Ball London Stone to the cabinets to soften the glossy white space. “But there were so many cabinets in this house that I had to. It’s almost like a domino effect; if you change the cabinets and the floor of a room, everything has to come out. ” Arnold, whose celebrity clients include John Legend and Chrissy Teigen, Aaron Paul, Whitney Cummings, Dan Levy, and Rashida Jones, is also a co-founder of online design consulting platform The Expert.
Throughout the house, highly pigmented paintings bathe privacy in the generous rooms. “The light in the house is good, plus they had seen many of my dark rooms, they felt confident after dark,” says Arnold. Vintage pieces including lamps by Charlotte Perriand, chairs by Milo Baughman, lights by Ralph Pucci and Allied Maker, and bold artwork are associated with Arnold’s custom designs, from dining room chairs to a voluptuous tufted bed in the bedroom. principal. “I love that the house is so beautiful but not precious,” says Brooke Mahan. “We use all the rooms.”
Details include floor lamps by Orange Furniture; Mobile Chandelier 1 by Michael Anastassiades ($ 20,075, thefutureperfect.com); Allied Maker cast sconces; Cubist Coffee Table by Orange Furniture ($ 5,500) and Chairs by Gerrit Rietveld. Works by Jason Trotter (left) and Jennifer Boysen.
Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe paint gives Mike Mahan’s home office a “serious and moody” feel, says his wife, Brooke. Danielle Siggerud’s Mattina table, used as a desk, sits on a Lawrence de La Brea rug. The two upholstered mohair chairs are vintage from Milo Baughman. Artwork is by Ammon Rost.
Jim Thompson’s “Jim’s Dream” wallcovering in charcoal is paired with Portola’s Fade to Black paint on the room walls, which are punctuated by Gallery L7 Brass Shell Wall Lights ($ 750 each ). A Stilnovo “Pita” chandelier, found in Galerie Half, hangs above a dark dining room table and custom chairs. Lawrence de La Brea Carpet; Obsolete 1940s French Modernist Credenza.
“They really wanted it to be comfortable and cozy, but at the same time they wanted to be able to use the spaces and make it feel a little more modern and small,” Arnold says of the overall aesthetic. Bedroom details include Down Pipe paint by Farrow & Ball, custom bedside tables and bed, Woven rug, vintage Orange chairs, and vintage ceiling fixtures from 1st Dibs.
A version of this story first appeared in the October 6 issue of Newzpanda magazine. Click here for subscribe.