Although many homeowners become loyal to the creative vision of their designer, Brandon Creed is a particularly special case. That’s because the Full Stop Management cofounder—who manages a prolific list of musical stars including Troye Sivan, Mark Ronson, and Lizzo—can rely upon the aesthetic fusion of minds he enjoys with his mother, decorator Shari Creed, of Studio Creed.
“He’s the best client,” Shari says. “We have similar taste and can finish each other’s sentences, and he’s open-minded and responsive,” she adds.
Brandon has a long history of involving his parents in his design decisions, dating back to his college apartment rentals. What is more, he frequently turns to his dad, Tommy Creed, for advice during inspections and renovations, making many of his past homes a total family affair.
In 2018, Brandon again initiated this chain of events, calling his parents to see an off-market midcentury home in L.A.’s bucolic Laurel Canyon. “I enjoy the process of finding a property and putting some love into it,” says Brandon, whose original intent with a simple Buff & Hensman post-and-beam home was to flip it. Although Shari describes the house as “an absolute dump,” she says she “could see past that.” Brandon got his parents’ endorsement, hired Design Universal Architects, and set out to restore the abode. “Then, early on in the process of restoration, it became clear that it was going to be my house,” Brandon reflects.
For this überpersonal project, mother and son worked collaboratively, “but with a lot of trust and faith,” Brandon says. He travels frequently for work and sends Shari photos of design that resonates, which she deciphers and translates. “Philosophically, I believe a home should tell a story about the people who live in it,” says Shari, who, after designing several dwellings for Brandon, is well versed in his comfort zones and priorities. That includes crafting a residence that reflects his sense of home as well as his love of entertaining friends.
It’s a process that takes great care, however, since Brandon feels many newly renovated homes are “soulless, and kind of look the same.” The exact opposite is true of where he now lives with his partner, Thomas, and two-year-old son, Luca, thanks to thoughtful and creative planning on Shari’s part.
For example, an unfinished ’90s guesthouse they dubbed the “chalet,” became Brandon’s serene Venetian plaster–clad primary suite and deck. Elsewhere, the pool area received major upgrades, such as an added vibrant outdoor bar and pizza oven. An elegant kitchen worthy of an avid cook, firepits, and a vegetable garden all further the property’s distinct appeal.
Team Creed also built, from the ground up, an airy steel and stucco gallery in what was an empty patch of land between the original house and Brandon’s bedroom. His striking art collection, which has been more than a decade in the making, speaks to Brandon’s aesthetic tastes. He credits his brother, who is an art advisor, with introducing him to the work of developing artistic talents, whose pieces make up much of his current holdings. Throughout the home and its surrounding property, works by Bernard Piffaretti, Klara Liden, Mark Hagen, and Zach Bruder can be seen, as well as sculptures that supply even more visual interest. Notably, a Luis Barragán–inspired totem, situated by the koi pond, is one of Shari’s favorite pieces. She’d commissioned Lukas Geronimas—who created some interior shou sugi ban doors—to make a water feature that would offset the home’s hard surfaces.