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.