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Heiress Dorothy Wang's Los Angeles Apartment

2015 New Trad designers Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl give a reality star’s first apartment exactly what she craves—the #fabuluxe treatment.

Written by Megan Kaplan

Heiress Dorothy Wang, star of the E! show Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, is a fan of everything fabulous and luxe—hence the hashtag (#fabuluxe) she coined. To fit the bill in her home life, she hired design duo Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of Life.Style to give her condo in L.A.’s Century building the couture treatment—one that can handle her coterie of jet-setting friends and the occasional TV shoot, but still serve as a serene space to relax off-camera. 

Working with an open floor plan, designers Brittany Zwickl and Shannon Wollack kept the palette soft with textural cream-and-white layers elevated with gold accents. Homeowner Dorothy Wang wanted a comfortable couch where she could sit in front of the fire or catch up on shows. This linen sofa from HD Buttercup fits the bill but still has a tailored look. Pillows from Missoni and Hermès add panache. 

Wollack and Zwickl’s services have been in high demand ever since Wollack, a former fashion executive for Ralph Lauren, transitioned to interior design and opened Life.Style in 2008. It was a natural fit for the Angeleno who grew up in a family with deep local design roots and was exposed to midcentury style at a young age—her father is architect Tim Smith of Togawa Smith Martin, and the two often collaborate on projects.

Wollack met Zwickl while working on Jenny McCarthy’s house five years ago. “She showed up in Jenny’s driveway to help me out, and we haven’t been apart since that day,” says Wollack of their meant-to-be collaboration. “Brittany runs the technical part, the drawings and nitty-gritty, and I run the business side.” Other high-profile Life.Style clients have included Fergie and Josh Duhamel, Chelsea Handler, and The Culver Studios. 

Gold-leaf on the storage consoles adds a textured element. Open brass shelving installed over antiqued smoked mirrors offers glamorous display space.

“I grew up in a different atmosphere than Shannon,” says Zwickl, who was raised in Wyoming and got her undergrad degree in environmental design and architecture. “I’m drawn to natural elements because I spent so much of my early life outside in nature.” This bent toward organic pieces strikes the perfect balance with Wollack’s love of modern, graphic, and bold.

An Italian candelabra in brass with crystal was chosen as a statement piece that wouldn’t obstruct the views. The same white granite used for the living room consoles was crafted into a table top for a brushed-brass base from Egg Collective. A blue velvet dresses the custom Life.Style high-backed chairs. 

“Because this is L.A., we don’t need to take things too seriously—every design should have a lot of personality,” Zwickl says.These qualities were a great match for Dorothy’s big personality and the condo’s design vision: playful, girly, sophisticated, and warm. Because the space came with chic bones, the designers took on every inch of the aesthetics: glam artwork and lighting, luxurious fabrics and wallpaper, and custom-designed furnishings in soft whites, ebony woods, and gold and brass elements. 

The open kitchen, which came well equipped with the apartment purchase, only needed swivel stools and globe pendants from Arteriors to bring it up to design speed.

When you purchase a place in The Century building, part of what you pay for—besides full-service valet and other amenities—is the array of floor-to-ceiling views from on high. Dorothy’s apartment allows her a peek at the ocean and the iconic Hollywood Sign, both of which inspire the space on a daily basis. 

A subtle tone-on-tone patterned Schumacher wallpaper sets the stage for the rest of the room. Life.Style fabricated the headboard, footboard, and nightstands trimmed in dark ebony wood. Yellow silk ikat pillows and a floral Robert Allen bolster add a luxurious, watercolor feeling. 

Gold-striped tile already existed in the master bath, so Wollack and Zwickl searched for a funky wallpaper to pick up the color. They landed on a whimsical bucolic toile scene from Gaston y Daniela

Dorothy’s impressive collection of designer shoes, bags, and outfits deserved an equally impressive home. Her closet is papered in a chic Nina Campbell peacock wallpaper with a glass drop fixture overhead.

An ethereal wallpaper and luxe bedding give this glamorous space an Old Hollywood vibe. 

“In each project, we try to add a little bit of funk and boldness,” Wollack says. In the Century project, the designers hung a series of Dorothy’s Hermès scarves like art on a gallery wall in the bedroom. Her pet hashtag glows in a pink neon sign the designers had fabricated and installed next to the door so it’s the last thing she sees on her way out. “We use a lot of neon in our work, and we thought this was a fun and kitschy moment,” Zwickl says. “In every design, we think there should be an element of surprise.”

Dorothy’s favorite hashtag—a reference to everything fabulous and luxe—takes center stage in pink neon.

Tips of the trade:

After hours, Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl like to unwind at these hot L.A. establishments—for the design and the cocktails

  • Soho House for the Eastern Standard cocktail, the view, great decorative lighting, and their eclectic mix of furniture
  • Nobu for their Matsuhisa Martini and the natural materials that create a unity between indoors and out
  • Farmshop for a glass of rosé, a cheese plate, and its quintessential L.A. design
  • Gracias Madre for outdoor dining and tequila on the rocks, as well as the tile work and great landscaping
  • Bestia for that New York fix, a Manhattan, great lighting, exposed brick, and its moody urban atmosphere

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Photography: Michael Garland 
Produced by Laura Hull

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