Mid-century Home Tour with a Contemporary Twist | NONAGON.style
Contemporary Glam in the Mid-Century Home of Beauty Magnate Davis Factor

Contemporary Glam in the Mid-Century Home of Beauty Magnate Davis Factor

See where the Smashbox founder calls home

Written by –
Jess Ng
on August 7th 2018
Jess loves good design! She spends her weekends exploring the sights, sounds and architecture of the world. Another favorite activity is taste-testing local delicacies.
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When you’re the founder of a multi-million dollar cosmetics empire and the great-grandson of iconic make up artist Max Factor, it’s fair to say that all things beauty is in the blood. It should come as no surprise then to learn that the home of beauty magnate and Smashbox Studios founder, Davis Factor, is pretty easy on the eye. Think oversized glass window walls framing sweeping views of the San Fernando Valley, and a glorious 2,600-square-foot deck-patio-pool area to die for. Let’s take a closer look.

Mid Century Home Tour: Exterior outdoor pool area with sweeping views of Los Angeles | NONAGON.style

Expansion and Renovation

Work on this 1959 mid-century modern home originally began as a series of site improvements. A new carport here, and the addition of a 500-square-foot gym there. That all changed when the opportunity to purchase the lot next door unexpectedly arose.

Mid Century Home Tour: Front facade of the home of Davis Factor in Los Angeles | NONAGON.style
Mid Century Home Tour: Outdoor view of the home of Davis Factor in Los Angeles with views of the San Fernando Valley | NONAGON.style
Mid Century Home Tour: Exterior shot of the Los Angeles home of Davis Factor with decorative aluminum white mesh walls for privacy | NONAGON.style

All at once, renovation turned to expansion. Enter the experts at (fer) studio, who were tasked with the job of doubling the size of Factor’s property. The expanded estate-type setting now boasts a 2,700 square foot guest house, which is separate but linked to the original property.

Mid Century Home Tour: Contemporary modern living room with glass window wall for indoor outdoor living, wooden pool table and white sofa | NONAGON.style

Mid-Century Meets Contemporary Glam

The new design takes its cue from the same mid-century inspired structure of the original property, but with a contemporary glam twist. The new addition elevates the classic exposed steel posts and beams with infilled glass windows and sliders. All the better to gawk at those breathtaking valley views.

Mid Century Home Tour: Outdoor exterior shot of Davis Factor's Los Angeles home with striking stone sculpture artwork | NONAGON.style
Mid Century Home Tour: Outdoor exterior shot of Davis Factor's Los Angeles home with abstract sculpture artwork | NONAGON.style
Mid Century Home Tour: Contemporary living room and entertainment area with bar, wood pool table and mid century modern decorative accents | NONAGON.style

Gray Area

Factor himself was highly involved in the home’s interior design. Working together with designer Sarah Buxton, the pair decided on a contemporary classic aesthetic. Gray dominates the home, balanced by wood finishes and the occasional neutral accent.

Mid Century Home Tour: Contemporary living room and entertainment area with bar, glossy dark subway tiled wall and industrial accents | NONAGON.style
Mid Century Home Tour: Luxury gym with workout equipment and industrial concrete wall | NONAGON.style

The home feels like a luxury boutique hotel, with its industrial modern gym and spacious bedrooms.

Mid Century Home Tour: Spacious contemporary modern bedroom with art gallery wall and gray decorative accents | NONAGON.style

Getting Arty

I especially love the integration of art throughout the various spaces. From the discerningly curated gallery wall to the abstract sculptures dotted around the property’s landscaping, these pieces add a refined elegance to the overall look of the home.

Mid Century Home Tour: Classically elegant walk-in closet with eclectic surfboard collection | NONAGON.style

When it comes to art, anything goes – even a collection of designer surfboards. Overall, they’re a fun and eclectic addition to the elegant walk-in closet, and makes perfect sense given Factor’s love of surfing.

Mid Century Home Tour: Exterior night shot of the outdoor pool area in Davis Factor's luxurious Los Angeles home | NONAGON.style

Hanging Poolside

Whilst there’s a lot to love about the inside spaces, it’s outside where this home really shines. The pool in particular deserves a story of its own, flanked by a sunken terrace and fire pit for when Factor gets tired of all that swimming.

Mid Century Home Tour: Exterior night shot of the outdoor pool area with wood accents in Davis Factor's luxurious Los Angeles home | NONAGON.style
Mid Century Home Tour: Exterior night shot of the outdoor pool area and stunning view of the San Fernando Valley in Davis Factor's luxurious Los Angeles home | NONAGON.style

As night falls, watch as the poolside turns into the ultimate Hollywood-approved party venue. Set against the backdrop of those twinkling valley lights, it’s a surefire way to impress even the starriest of guests.

Mid Century Home Tour: Outdoor uphill nature path surrounding Davis Factor's luxurious Los Angeles home | NONAGON.style

To the side of the home, a nature path designed by Victoria Pakshong leads from the gym and runs along almost the entire width of the property, up the surrounding hillside. It’s the perfect spot for an alfresco workout close to home.

Mid Century Home Tour: Exterior swimming pool area of Davis Factor's luxurious Los Angeles home complete with sunken seating terrace and wood accents | NONAGON.style

Final Thoughts

If it’s a home with wow factor you’re after, then you can stop the search right here, right now. Who wouldn’t be impressed by that lavish swimming pool, or those sweeping 180 degree views? What’s more, proving beauty is more than skin (or exterior) deep, the interior lives up to all the promises of its outdoor counterpart, with a sleek aesthetic that discreetly exudes understated luxury. Consider us thoroughly spellbound.

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