Acclaimed television impresario Ryan Murphy conjures a showstopping compound in Laguna Beach.

Photography: Douglas Friedman | Words: Ryan Murphy


The pool terrace at Ryan Murphy’s California compound, designed by architect Mark Singer, features chairs and planters by Willy Guhl.

In Murphy’s office, a Swedish dining table from Galerie Half serves as a desk. Leather-and-mahogany armchair by Frits Henningsen; Angelo Lelli table lamps.

In Murphy’s office, a portrait of Joan Crawford by Eve Arnold hangs on an industrial stand; the wall covering is burlap.

The kitchen boasts a Garland range and hood, Sub-Zero refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher, and Broan trash compactor.

In the living room, decorated by Cliff Fong of Matt Blacke Inc., a Doug Aitken mirrored artwork reflects a mix of midcentury furnishings.

An Illum Wikkelsø sofa graces the living room. Jean Prouvé chair; Hans Wegner cocktail table; Blackman Cruz vases.

The den’s velvet sofa and plaster table lamp are both William Haines designs. Brazilian leather chair and ottoman from JF Chen.

A guest bedroom is furnished with an antique wood stump chair, a Gustavian commode, and a Saturne lamp by Serge Mouille.

The master suite’s custom-made bed by Prestigio is upholstered in Holly Hunt fabric. Hermès folding chaise; Hans Wegner lounge chair.

Original 1960s teak paneling lines the walls of the master bedroom; a photo of Murphy and Miller by a lighthouse on their wedding day sits on the dresser.

A white fiberglass tub anchors the master bath, which also includes custom-made lacquered cabinetry and a valet chair by Hans Wegner.

The master bedroom’s sliding glass doors, by Fleetwood windows and doors, open to a terrace featuring a pair of vintage wrought-iron rocking chairs.

Industrial metal chairs from Big Daddy’s Antiques are grouped around a vintage trestle table on the dining terrace. Vases by Blackman Cruz.

The pool pavilion is composed of smooth plaster, solid oak beams, and sandblasted concrete; the terrace railing is stainless steel.

Sling chairs by Cleo Baldon join the pool pavilion’s concrete fireplace. Bronze side table from Inner Gardens; planter from Rolling Greens.

Garden designer Bridget Hedison devised the grounds, which include an allée of ligustrum and palm trees.

A curvilinear Corten–steel planter by John Davis brims with licorice.

A midcentury daybed by Mathieu Matégot offers an ideal spot to unwind by the pool, which was designed by Mark Singer and updated by John Davis. Gregory Parkinson pillows from Midland.