Overall, Mark's loft is neutral, light and airy. To add a jolt of energy to his otherwise minimalistic, neutral bedroom, he painted the wall behind the bed a shade of red from Dunn-Edwards called Red Contrast. This is an excellent design trick for homeowners who love red but find it too high-energy for a whole bedroom. Although the red wall becomes a focal point upon entering the room, it's out of sight once lying in bed.
An avid shopper of furniture with a history, Mark found a trio of 1970s chrome-and-mirror tables at a Highland Park secondhand store, then used two of them as bedside tables and put the third to work as a side table in the living room.
Just four feet from the bed sits a 16-by-10-foot floor-to-ceiling closet. Made from bamboo plywood, the custom structure holds Mark's entire wardrobe, complete with a rolling library ladder that allows Mark to reach the top cabinets.
From the start, Mark was determined to fill his urban home with iconic modern furnishings. At a local vintage store, he came across a 1970s Milo Baughman rocker, which he had reupholstered in a gray/brown velvet.
To keep his elaborate collection of books within arm's reach, yet also have them double as decoration, Mark displays them on a book tower surrounded by some of his favorite art pieces, from photography and abstracts to a simple modern red chair.
The first-floor bathroom is a focal point itself. With floor-to-ceiling frosted glass as its walls, filtered light streams in through a tiny window, yet keeps the interiors of the bathroom privatized from the loft's other rooms.
Although at first glance the first-floor bathroom appears to be a powder room, it's also a full-functioning shower. A modern floating vanity and mirror sit along the right-hand wall, keeping the center open; a shower head is installed along the subway-tile-covered exterior wall; and the floor is slightly sloped with an integrated drain. Not only is this handy for guests, but it also works as a great washing station for Lulu.
Mark has a huge collection of design and art books, particularly those written about the work of modern architects. One of his favorite modernists, John Lautner, designed many of LA's most iconic modern homes.
Although the TV and film producer watches lots of television, he has banished it from his living room to the second floor, where it resides in the guest room/den. Instead, Mark surrounds himself with art and accessories that inspire, as well as his favorite music, which is stored in a blond, modern wood console.
An avid collector of art, Mark keeps pieces on display casually throughout the loft by simply leaning them against the walls as groupings. This enables him to rotate works that have been sitting in storage in the upstairs closet. The pop art is something Mark considers more of a conversation piece, while the overscaled nature photography was taken by a friend at a local hiking trail, blown up and then framed professionally.
In keeping with the industrial-modern style, Mark decided to forgo carpet or hardwood on his stairwell and also the second and third floors, instead sticking with OSB (oriented strand board) sealed with several coats of super-shiny floor protectant.
To ground the lofty living room, Mark had the back wall painted a shade of brown called Black Walnut from Dunn-Edwards. Although Mark's personal design style is characterized best as modern, it also includes global influences collected while traveling, such as art, accessories, textiles and accent furniture.
While the first floor is used for living, dining and entertaining, the second-floor den is a multipurpose TV room/guest room. With odd dimensions and an awkward layout, Mark bucked the idea of using sofas, instead covering the floor with cushy floor pillows upholstered with animal hides and an air mattress for overnight guests.
To bask in the California sunshine, Mark added two modern loungers to his patio. Both on wheels, they're easy to move around and roll into other areas, should Mark decide to add more seating space for parties.
With the glass-front garage door open, the gap between the outdoors and the indoors is bridged, creating an open, airy feeling that allows Mark to enjoy the sunny and cool Los Angeles climate roughly 300 days a year.
Of all spaces in the loft, the living room is Mark's favorite. Whether perched on the sofa or lounging in his Milo Baughman rocking chair, it's the area you're most likely to find him reading a script.
There were many selling points that drew Mark to purchase his loft, including a top-floor private patio connected to the master bedroom. The hammock is the perfect Saturday morning spot for Mark to enjoy the sunshine with his favorite books.