It's no surprise that assuming the challenge of designing a Los Angeles home for an acclaimed French chef would come with a list of specific directives. But that didn't deter interior designer from accepting the job offered.
Ludo and his wife, Kristine, moved into a mid-century modern Sherman Oaks property in 2007, and while it was remodeled in 2015, the outdoor area, library, office and study failed to reflect the family's lifestyle. The couple enlisted Flanigan and her design firm,, to revamp the spaces with furnishings from .
Drawing from the couple’s adventurous spirit and affinity for the indoor-outdoor aesthetic California is known for, Flanigan delivered, completing the project in May. The designer, who's partial to spaces that appear to be carefully curated over time, settled on a mix of textures, organic elements, and contemporary furnishings that embody the duo's sophisticated taste. It was also crucial for Flanigan to consider the couple's two children and love of entertaining.
Ludo, who owns several restaurants, including and , is pleased with the result. "I work a lot and it's important for me to feel good in my home," he says. "I love the energy here."
Tucked away in the back of the home is the office space Ludo frequents for inspiration. "It's my getaway—my private sanctuary," he says. Among the office's highlights? A gallery wall boasting an enviable art collection, including works from celebrity photographers Lionel Deluy and Albert Watson. Cowhide rugs add an inviting touch and are the perfect contrast to the room's concrete flooring. For a contemporary feel, Flanigan opted for a lacquered black-and-bronze chandelier.
Mason Wood Top Desk, White
Adjacent to the office, the library houses the chef's impressive collection of more than 1,000 cookbooks. To complete the space, Flanigan chose a travertine coffee table, an antique rug and a slew of seating options—a sleeper sofa, spindle chairs, and a rope chair. And there's a standout element that was a must for the room: a chandelier that was one of the couple's first major purchases together.
Leather Sleeper Sofa
Starting from $7,295
The library is also where Ludo spends quiet time. "It's a meditation area," Kristine says. "It was designed to give Ludo a peaceful feeling, because he meditates every day."
Flanigan was inspired by the home's mid-century modern architecture when deciding what to do with the space. An extension of the interior, it features minimal furniture, lush, weather-proof rugs, and umbrellas. Lavender and olive trees surround the kitchen that's often used for family BBQs. The space is outfitted with products from .
"The kitchen is the hero of the area," Ludo says. "I have a grill, a rotisserie, a blancher, and a cutting board, so I can cook for 100 people if I want to. It's very well set up, and I can do any technique."
Since the family spends a great deal of time in the outdoor space, Flanigan opted for a durable teak dining table and chairs from Williams-Sonoma Home. The natural hue of the furnishings reflect the couple's modern, laid-back aesthetic.
Montecito Outdoor Dining Armchair
Starting from $130
Lanarca Extendable Teak Dining Table
Starting from $495
"We stepped outside our comfort zone (with the design) but we are extremely happy," said Kristine.
La Coupole Round Iron Bistro Table with Marble Top
Starting from $1,995
And Ludo agrees: "Our house is pretty small, but it is well-designed and very functional. I call it the Little House in the Valley."