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Virtual Real(ity) Estate

Wouldn’t you love to tour the inside this incredible home that sits on a private 1.64 acre site in a prime area of Encino?  The estate boasts 11,500 square feet of livable area, 1,000 square feet of garage, 1,750 square feet of outdoor covered patios and balconies, and a 900 square foot pool cabana.  This custom home was designed by P2 Design for Evan Gaskin, a premiere developer in Southern California who can be seen on Seasons 9 and 10 of Bravo’s hit show Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.  Thanks to Gaskin Design and Development, you can conveniently stroll through this stunning home from your favorite internet device! Just click here.

Props for Palisades Property

This stunning 10,000 square foot Cape Cod style home designed by P2 was featured in the April/May 2018 edition of Palisades Magazine. It is situated on over a half acre where both ocean and canyon views can be enjoyed. This casual and comfortable home was thoughtfully designed with a busy family in mind, featuring several indoor/outdoor areas, an Olympic size swimming pool and even a secret hideout just for the kids! The spacious home provides ample area for everyone to work, play, relax and entertain. Click here to read the full article, or to see more photos, go to El Medio Avenue on the Portfolio section of the website.

Vendor with Vision

Materials can have such a huge impact on an architect’s vision. Fortunately, we live in a time where companies are constantly pushing the envelope to develop exciting new products that are aesthetically pleasing and also environmentally responsible.

One such company is Custom-Bilt Metals in Irving Texas. Custom-Bilt manufactures metal roofing and gutter systems that are functional, dramatic and environmentally friendly. We used their materials for the Vision House LA project in Pacific Palisades, which worked perfectly with the clean, modern design while adhering to the strict LEED standards required for this project.

Click here to read the article on The Custom-Bilt Metals website, or, you can also view photos from this project by clicking on Via de la Paz on the Portfolio page here.

CA Home+Design Features Modern Farmhouse

People simply love the “Modern Farmhouse” aesthetic for it’s marriage of simple, contemporary design mixed with casual comfort and rustic charm. This style suits the laid back Southern California lifestyle perfectly, so we thought it appropriate when one of our modern farmhouses in Brentwood was featured in an article for California Home+Design. This spacious, 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath home has all the comforts the word “farmhouse” conjures up, but boasts all the style expected with the $5.9 million price tag. The interior features a cool, neutral palette, large furnishings, and plank floors, all of which seem to invite you to kick off your shoes and enjoy the canyon views! Click here to see more photos and to read the entire article.

Design with School in Mind

It’s that time of year when busy families get even busier getting their kids to and from school, and school related activities. This is something that is greatly considered when designing a custom home for clients with school aged children. The mud room continues to be a parent pleaser, despite the lack of mud, or even much rain to deal with here in Southern California! While we don’t have cold weather gear or dirty boots to contend with, the Mud Room is really the perfect go-to place for the family to unload laptops, backpacks, books, shoes, jackets and sporting equipment constantly being schlepped to and from the home. Having a dedicated area in the home such as a Mud Room can help keep things more organized, and mess to a minimum, something all families with busy lifestyles can appreciate! Check out a few of our Southern California mudrooms:

Easy Outdoor Living

Thanks to the year-round spectacular weather, we are constantly asked to create fun, outdoor spaces that embrace and take full advantage of the Southern California lifestyle. This means alfresco dining, outdoor entertaining, maximizing ocean or city views and even (not so glamorous) being mindful of the drought!

For this reason, we were thrilled when one of our backyards was featured in an Houzz article titled “10 Low-Maintenance, High-Fun Back Yards.”

While this particular client installed a personal putting green, other clients (golfers and non-golfers alike!) request pools, outdoor fire places, fire pits, balconies, decks, panoramic doors, play houses and outdoor kitchens. Click on the thumbnails below to check out some of our favorite outdoor living areas we created or click here to read the full article on

Badges of Honor

2017 began with a bang when Houzz informed us that we won the coveted Best of Houzz award for the fourth consecutive year! Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design with over 40 million monthly users! This colossal audience consistently turn to Houzz for home improvement inspiration, ideas, advice and even to research and purchase products and professional services. Earning a design badge means our work is among some of the most popular with their users. This is an amazing honor considering the size of the audience and competitive company we are in!

Click on the above thumbnails to see our Best of Houzz 2017 award winning work in the staircase, home bar, family room, entry and hall categories, or click this link to see our work along side the other Best of Houzz 2017 winners on

100,000 Saves!!

100,000 is a big number. So when informed us that their audience of 35+ million viewers had saved our photos to their idea books over 100,000 times, it took us a minute to wrap our heads around the news. Once the enormity sank in, excitement followed. We feel incredibly proud and honored to have our work not only viewed but saved in so many idea books within the community. We look forward to contributing more design inspiration with every new project – Happy Saving!

Here is our most popular image on, with just under 38,000 saves when this post was written:

Our other top 5 saved photos on (Top left) Stairs = 13,009 saves, (Top Right) Office = 11,054 saves, (Bottom Left) Bar = 9,679 saves, (Bottom Right) Mud room = 9,255 saves

Charitable pARTy!

P2 Design has been honored to support P.S. Arts, an organization dedicated to funding year long arts education programs to underfunded school districts in and around Southern California. In the now 25 years they have been around, P.S. Arts has grown from serving 285 students in 1 school to over 20,000 students in 50 different local schools! Their 25th anniversary was a reason to celebrate, bringing leaders from the art, design and entertainment communities together for a fun evening to honor and recognize the amazing contributions P.S. Arts has been making in arts education.

Karen Putman was featured on the May 4, 2016 P.S. Arts blog post “Spotlight on the pARTy! 2016 Design Community”

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Click here to read the entire blog post.

To learn more about this incredible organization, visit them at Or, to check out more fun photos from the event, please see below or view their event album on Facebook by clicking here.

Peace of Mind

The brand Mercedes is synonymous with luxury, dependability and “Peace of Mind” as reiterated in their latest television commercial about certified, pre-owned vehicles. Since P2 Design strives to achieve a similar brand reputation, Karen Putman was pleasantly surprised when she noticed one of the homes she designed flash in the background of this ad. No matter how brief this 5,000 square foot custom family home sitting on a serene tree lined street in Pacific Palisades is shown, it is flattering to be associated with an iconic company like Mercedes!

Click here to view the entire commercial

To see more photos of this home, click the thumbnails below, or visit “Toyopa Drive” on the Portfolio Page.

Exterior Motives in House Beautiful

A beautiful home designed by Karen Putman of P2 Design can be seen in the April 2016 issue of House Beautiful Magazine. Interior designer Elizabeth Dinkel showed this home as an example of how she uses a pop of color on the exterior to make a rich statement.

Click on the thumbnails below to see the full exterior of this home, along with a few other P2 Design spaces that make bold color statements.


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What do Chrissy Teigen and P2 Design have in common? They both appear in the September 2015 issue of Angeleno magazine!

A stunning, 5,700 square foot custom home designed by Karen Putman is being advertised in the magazine by The Partners Trust. This gorgeous home is prominently located on Sunset Boulevard, in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles. It is currently under construction and expected to be completed in Winter 2015.

Custom Designed for Family Fun

When it comes to designing a home intended for a family, understanding the client’s vision and lifestyle is essential. This collaborative process serves as the springboard for our design inspiration. We then integrate all of the ideas to create a perfect custom home that will not only be a beautiful space to live in, but also enhance the flow of their daily living.

254oceanodr.0181Clients with children often welcome a touch of humor and whimsy into the design. recently featured a few of our custom homes in an article about this very idea. Whether it is a back pack friendly mudroom or a kid friendly computer/craft space equipped with a sliding barn door to conveniently hide messes, there are lots of creative ways to address practical needs while showing off your family’s unique personality.

Click on the gallery below to check out some of the fun, custom features we created for our clients or click here to read the full article on


A Taste of Beverly Hills Reality

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If you are thinking this house looks familiar, perhaps it’s because you saw it on Bravo’s hit reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The home was once inhabited by Taylor Armstrong, one of the original cast members, who was on the show for the first three seasons. During that time, camera crews often captured Taylor enjoying herself in this gorgeous home designed by Karen Putman. While this home is no longer a backdrop for television drama, it is sure to be enjoyed in reality for many years to come.

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P2 Design is featured in an editorial ideabook on the homepage of Houzz: “So Your Style Is: Black, White and Read All Over” for the creative placement of newsprint on the kitchen island. This home in Santa Monica Canyon has been recognized for the innovative renovation of a traditional California ranch style home in collaboration with interior designer Jarlath Mellett (published in Angelino Magazine, March 2011).


Click here to see the article & ideabook on houzz


January 19, 2015 – P2 Design of Newport Beach has been awarded “Best of Houzz” for Design by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. P2 Design was chosen by more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals


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LUXE interiors + design MAGAZINE

“Modern Classic”, designed by Karen Putman of P2 Design, was featured in the Fall 2014 Los Angeles issue of Luxe Magazine.

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Modern Classic – A Los Angeles residence reflects the traditional sensibility of its neighborhood while revealing a contemporary and inviting interior.

Although a couple’s newly built house might look right at home alongside the traditional 1930s and ‘40s homes of its Little Holmby neighborhood in Los Angeles, it was designed decisively with a modern-day lifestyle in mind.

Click here to read complete article




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P2 Design was hand-picked by one of the writers to be featured in an editorial ideabook on the homepage of Houzz: “10 Ways to Bring Charm to Your Home’s Exterior”. This custom home in Brentwood has been frequently recognized for its charismatic features including the welcoming porch, Colonial style, architectural details, inspirational colors, and charm.


Click here to see the article & ideabook on houzz

Traditional Home Magazine

“Fashionable, Sophisticated Las Vegas Home” designed by Karen E. Putman while an Associate with Scheurer Architects was featured in the September 2014 issue of Traditional Home.

THSeptCoverThink about fashion in Las Vegas and your head fills with images of showgirls in sequins and feathered headdresses, gamblers in boastful prints, and club-hoppers in lamé cocktail dresses. Excess—and lots of it. But fashion enthusiast Lori Scalleat drew on a different style vision for her suburban dream home: the custom-tailored look. Luxurious but restrained, sophisticated, and comfortable. “Tempered Vegas,” in the words of Tim Clarke, the Santa Monica-based designer who crafted the interiors to suit Lori and her husband, real estate developer Jeff LaPour.

“In Las Vegas, appearance oftentimes trumps comfort, and we didn’t want that,” Lori says. “We are not glitzy people, and wanted a home that was casual, but with richness and authenticity. And it needed to be classic and age well, not trendy.”

Written by Krissa Rossbund, Traditional Home

Click here to read complete article…

“Wildtree” – Palisades Estate Seen on CNN


A fabulous estate in Pacific Palisades was completely renovated in 2010 by P2 Design and Morrow & Morrow, and is seen featured in the CNN video with Maryl Georgi, the homeowner. The home is steeped in Hollywood history and is truly a unique property with a Koi pond, fruit orchard, secret staircase, and a British pub.

Click here to watch the video

P2 Design Wins Best of Houzz 2014!


badge_12_8P2 Design was thrilled to have won the Best of Houzz 2014 award for work in the Design category! According to, this honor was awarded to P2 Design for having some of the most popular images on their website. (Photo by Karen Millet)

Click here to see P2 Design’s portfolio on

Full House Super Bowl Commercial


The stars from the sitcom Full House reunited for a series of Superbowl 2014 Commercials that were filmed in a custom home designed by P2 Design! While the commercials don’t show the entire house, the well-appointed kitchen serves as the perfect backdrop for the cast to highlight Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt in typical Full House fashion.

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Seeing Red: Remodelista

A home designed by P2 Design on Skyewiay Road in Brentwood was featured on the blog REMODELISTA 12/05/13: “The 8 Best Exterior Door Paints”

The 8 Best Red Exterior House Paints by Meredith Swinehart

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Red is a great house color, but only the right red will do. We searched high and low for the best exterior red paint colors, only to learn that the range of “right” reds is surprisingly wide. From traditional farmhouse reds imbued with orange to pink-inflected shades for bold front doors, a good red is sophisticated and versatile.


Top row, left to right: Benjamin Moore Cottage Red; Benjamin Moore Million Dollar Red; Farrow & Ball Rectory Red; and Farrow & Ball Blazer. Bottom row: Benjamin Moore Caliente; Sherwin-Williams Solid Color Stain in Cape Cod Red; Benjamin Moore Heritage Red; and Cabot Solid Stains Barn Red.

P2 Design of LA used Benjamin Moore’s Caliente on this Brentwood house, spotted on Delorme Designs.

Swatch photographs by Meredith Swinehart. Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi.

Tadao Ando

TadaoEvery once on awhile you get to meet a cultural icon in your profession. I have been fortunate to have met many, yet one in particular holds a fond place in my heart. As architectural students in the 1980’s, we admired Tadao Ando, Aldo Rossi, Richard Meier, Michael Graves, Alvar Alto, Philippe Starke, Frank Gehry, Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Hans Hollien…….and the list goes on……my apologies to those I missed.

When Tadao Ando came to Los Angeles back in 2011 to publicize his book of Complete Works 1975-2012, my friend Billy Lehman invited me to join him and his wife, writer Dana Goodyear-Lehman, to meet Mr. Ando at the Taschen book store in Beverly Hills. One would think I was a giddy child on their first trip to Disneyland. I was thrilled! I stood nearby unable to maintain my cool composure as Tadao not only personally addressed and signed my book, but included a sketch. As one can see in the photo, I was grinning ear-to-ear as I thanked him profusely.

Almost as fulfilling as that experience was the meal we ate afterwards at the original Chego, where Roy Choi is known for his mix-culture rice bowls and a “fount of culinary postmodernism”. The Chubby Pork Belly rice bowl with crunchy, juicy chunks of caramelized pork belly rubbed with the Korean spice paste gochujang was absolutely delicious. The fusion of flavors and spices of all the dishes we sampled were phenomenal. I highly recommend it!