Who doesn’t love a good home tour? I know I do. While out in LA for my Designhound trip to cover Dwell on Design we spent a fabulous day touring homes. We visited five beautiful contemporary homes on the Dwell on Design Home Tour and I am excited to share them with you.

After going through all my images, I identified ten things that all five homes had in common. 

  1. Open concept homes with informal living and dining rooms
  2. Large floor to ceiling windows with black steel casings
  3. All the homes had white walls and most were accented with neutral furnishings
  4. Simple molding or no trim at all
  5. Open shelving in kitchen
  6. Sleek tiled contemporary bathrooms with floating vanities
  7. Contemporary statement lighting
  8. All five homes had cement floors
  9. Lot’s of built in storage carved out in hallways and walls for a clean uncluttered look
  10. Inside outside living

Note:Two of the homes did not allow photography so the photos are from three homes. The other two were very similar to the three that allowed photos.


All the kitchens except one were white and all were very sparsely furnished. Maybe the LA life style is more suited to eating out.

black and white kitchen with open shelving

open shelving in kitchen

open shelving in kitchen

Black and white contemporary kitchen

statement lighting live edge table


All five homes had informal living rooms with modern low to the floor furniture and large windows.

Black and gray living room

living room with builtin bookcases

black and white living room with photography

contemporary living room with lounge chair


The bathrooms had large windows and many were built right into the show area.

white bathroom large window

bathroom with large window

contemporary bathroom with large black window casing

bathroom with floating vanity

floating wood bathroom vanity


All the homes had a clean uncluttered look. A few of the bedrooms had built in wall units for storage. Many rooms had niches carved out of the walls and one hallway cleverly concealed a washer and dryer

built in wall unit

built in storage carved out in wall

The washer and dryer below were tucked behind a sliding door in a small hallway.

washer dryer builtin

bookcase carved out of stucco wall


As expected, outdoor living blended seamlessly with the interiors. Several of the homes had retractable glass walls that could be left to blur the line between inside and outside.For landscaping,most had native grasses and succulents for water conservation. California contemporary home

California contemporary home exterior

California contemporary home

Botanical vignette

California native plants

After looking at all these photos I bet you have the same thought I did after touring these homes. How can they all be this neat and uncluttered? Well one home had a room that made me laugh. It was their child’s bedroom and it was “real” life with kids. The room was messy, cluttered and filled with life, inspiration and fun!

cluttered kids room

This is the end of my pictorial tour of the Los Angeles 2018 Dwell on Design Home Tour. I hope you enjoyed seeing these contemporary homes and I’d love to hear your thoughts!


Linda Holt | Interior Designer & iPhone Coach

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