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Design house: This Los Angeles home has been given a renovation fit for its A-list owner

A Hollywood actor wanted their Encino home transformed while they were away filming – they returned to this monochrome masterpiece

A modern white kitchen with dark floors and black pendant lights
(Image credit: Claudia Afshar Design/Meghan Bob Photography)

A Los Angeles home owned by a Hollywood A-lister has undergone a stunning monochrome modernization, accented with custom furniture and a backlit wine cellar built into a sweeping staircase.

The 11,000 sq ft Encino family home was entrusted to British-born, LA-based designer Claudia Afshar, who was asked to complete a full renovation of the property while the actor was away filming a recent Hollywood blockbuster. 

Afshar’s team said, ‘The brief was for him to move back into his home after an extensive filming schedule, sight unseen, and be thrilled. It was no small order!’

In the limited time they had to discuss prior to the client’s departure, Afshar was given a black and white theme for the kitchen, which is translated through the rest of the open-plan house with the addition of warm neutral tones. 

The client was seemingly impressed. ‘As he can be somewhat stoic, we were so moved by his reaction when he came back,’ said Afshar’s team. ‘Perhaps the greatest expression of his thanks has been the number of referrals we have received from him since.’

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Entrance Hall & Wine Cellar

A white entrance hall with a black curved staircase and wine cellar

(Image credit: Claudia Afshar Design/Meghan Bob Photography)

Located in the entrance to the home, a curved staircase used to conceal a storage cupboard.  

A contemporary staircase wine cellar with glass doors and backlighting

(Image credit: Claudia Afshar Design/Meghan Bob Photography)

In its place, Afshar created a feature wine cellar designed to showcase the client’s wine collection, complete with LED-backlighting, glass door and stone cladding.  

Living room 

A living room with grey wall coverings, neutral furniture and a contemporary marble fireplace

(Image credit: Claudia Afshar Design/Meghan Bob Photography)

The entrance hall is neighbored by the formal living room, where textured Arte wall coverings face a monumental marble fireplace. The rooms geometric lines are softened by custom Tom Faulkner coffee and side tables, while the curtains have been given an update courtesy of motorised technology and new textiles. The old fabrics were donated to local non-profit organisations to limit waste. 


A white kitchen with dark floors and black pendant lights

(Image credit: Claudia Afshar Design/Meghan Bob Photography)

The client’s request for a black and white color scheme in the kitchen has been achieved by updating the washed-out cabinetry of the previous design.

A white kitchen featuring a breakfast bar with a row of black and white stools

(Image credit: Claudia Afshar Design/Meghan Bob Photography)

A crisp white finish to the new kitchen cupboards contrasts with the original dark floors, and is accented dramatically with black door handles, and pendant lights from Gubi. 

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A family room with neutral furninshings and a breakfast bar with monochrome stools

(Image credit: Claudia Afshar Design/Meghan Bob Photography)

 The breakfast bar and adjacent family room features monochromatic stools by Powell & Bonnell, as well as a breakfast dining table by Sovet Italia. 

A black and white breakfast dining table and chairs in the corner of a contemporary kitchen

(Image credit: Claudia Afshar Design/Meghan Bob Photography)

Dining Room

A large dining room with a twelve-seater table and neutral furnishings

(Image credit: Claudia Afshar Design/Meghan Bob Photography)

The dining room is dominated by a custom, twelve-seater Hellman Chang dining table, which features brass inlay and gold leaf in its base, and is surrounded by plush curved-back chairs. Above, a subtle John Pomp ceiling chandelier hangs from the room’s vaulted, beamed ceiling.

TV Room

A TV room with striped black walks and cream furnishings

(Image credit: Claudia Afshar Design/Meghan Bob Photography)

For the TV Room, Afshar was asked to create a room filled with ‘warm, mood and romance’. The result is a luxurious room with a much darker palette, flanked by Arte-designed walls clad in striped black tones. The layout of the sofas directs attention not only to the TV, but also to a grand fireplace below it. 

Powder Room 

A powder room featuring a large, circular, backlit mirror on a textured stone wall, with black taps

(Image credit: Claudia Afshar Design/Meghan Bob Photography)

At the centerpiece of the formal powder room is a newly installed Antonio Lupi mirror, complete with backlighting highlighting the texture of the stone-cladded wall. The room has also been modernized with a tap and valves from the black nickel O collection by THG Paris. 

Guest House

 Although not pictured here, the client’s guest house has been remodelled to become what Afshar calls ‘the ultimate man-cave’, featuring a games room and displays of the actor’s awards and movie posters.

Photography / Meghan Bob Photography

Interior Design / Claudia Afshar Design

Ailis Brennan
Contributing Editor

Ailis started out at British GQ, where a month of work experience turned into 18 months of working on all sorts of projects, writing about everything from motorsport to interiors, and helping to put together the GQ Food & Drink Awards. She then spent three years at the London Evening Standard, covering restaurants and bars. After a period of freelancing, writing about food, drink and homes for publications including Conde Nast Traveller, Luxury London and Departures, she started at Homes & Gardens as a Digital Writer, allowing her to fully indulge her love of good interior design. She is now a fully fledged food PR but still writes for Homes & Gardens as a contributing editor.