One of AD100 designer Jake Arnold’s most impressive recent commissions almost didn’t happen. A few years back, the Los Angeles–based decorator and co-founder of The Expert got a message on Instagram—where he has 273,000 followers—from someone who was building a house in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “I totally ignored it,” Arnold admits. “I thought ‘This person

While classic Spanish-style houses in Los Angeles have much to recommend them, the qualities of youthful joy and bright airiness are not generally considered their primary attributes. In fact, quite the opposite. These homes traditionally exude an aura of gravitas, underscored by heavy beams, dark wood, chunky plaster, and wrought-iron architectural details. Film producer Grace