When Doug Fregolle, owner of Doug Fregolle Promotions, first walked into his four-bedroom, 5,400-square-foot Beverly Hills home, it simply felt right — he instantly had a vision. “It just had a good vibe,” he says. “I immediately wanted to transform it into a minimalistic, warm and contemporary space.” With a history of tastefully transforming homes — his former Hollywood Hills house was so spectacular, it was featured in the movie Entourage— he wanted to make a few changes.
He called in California-based architect, Kip Kelly, AIA, owner of Nest Architecture who is famous for clean-lined, warm modernism and honest materials, to handle the renovation. In the end, half of the home was torn down to the studs and rebuilt with sleek, angular bones. Before construction, he also called upon Cantoni’s Los Angeles design team — to select furnishings that flawlessly matched.
“I’ve worked with Cantoni for many years, and their design team understands my style,” Doug says. “They know what I like, and make it such an effortless process.” The design team walked through the home with Doug before construction to learn “what his dream was for the space,” the team says. “Doug’s focus was to erase the lines between indoors and out, so that the eye is automatically drawn to the outdoors — a seamless landscape.”
He also wanted a “slice of Bali in LA.” “I love Balinese style,” Doug says. Having traveled throughout Indonesia, he found several statement-making pieces that also would set the tone. A Buddha sculpture fronting the new infinity pool and koi pond in the backyard, and thousand-pound teak sculptures were brought in via crane. His dining room table, a large piece of teak, is a Balinese feat, too.
Working in tandem with his vision, the LA design team sourced all of the furnishings and accessories. They brought in Toro side chairs to flank the teak table. In the master bedroom, they chose the Ladera bed, natural walnut Brittany nightstands and Run Away table lamps, and a custom slate-blue rug. “the design team threw in some colors I wouldn’t have chosen — they were more cutting edge on that front, which I appreciated,” Doug says.
There was one challenge. “The massive living room needed two separate seating areas, so we had to ensure both were in harmony,” the design team says. “We didn’t want it to look matchy-matchy.” They stuck with simplicity. In one area, they brought in the Flynn sofa and Flynn chairs, which surround a teak coffee table from Bali. In the second space, they placed the Soho sectional and custom zebra-print Allure lounge chairs around the Elica cocktail table. Grizzly area rugs are found in both.
“The design team knows I like warm contemporary — which is why I love Cantoni,” Doug says. “It’s a one-stop-shop. I don’t have time to shop and I can find everything I need.”
The Zen process resulted in a very Zen space that both client and design team appreciate. “In spaces like this, you instantly feel at one with nature — it’s such a healthy, good vibe,” the Design Team says. “The neutral hues just allow the indoors to become one with the surroundings.” To that, we say, “Om.”
I’ve worked with Cantoni for many years. I love it because it’s a one-stop-shop where I can always find everything I need.