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  • - Hi, AD.

  • Welcome to our home.

  • [upbeat music]

  • So this is the entryway here.

  • We built this from the ground up.

  • So, it's the first time I've ever done anything like that.

  • It was quite an undertaking.

  • I think having spent so much time as an ex-pat in Europe

  • and really falling in love with Georgian proportions

  • and those kinds of details,

  • I really wanted the entryway

  • to feel like its own special room.

  • And so, with the architects,

  • we conceived of having a fireplace,

  • which is something you see a lot in Europe in an entryway,

  • and just gives this really nice feeling

  • of warmth and welcome as you come in.

  • The tiles reminds me of, as I said,

  • my time living in London,

  • and just a detail that's classic and traditional.

  • I really like the mix of having the things

  • that are sort of systemic to the house.

  • They're more traditional.

  • We have reclaimed fireplaces and old floors,

  • and then I think it gives sort of leeway

  • to have a more contemporary,

  • mixed experience with the furnishings and stuff like that.

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  • This is one of my favorite little rooms of the house,

  • the powder room.

  • It's got all this hand-done antiqued mirror

  • and hand-painted wallpaper.

  • It's got a reclaimed sink.

  • It's got tons of different textures and metal finishes.

  • It's really pretty.

  • I love it.

  • It makes me feel very grown up when I pee in here.

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  • So this is the dining room here.

  • I enlisted my friend Bridget to help me furnish the house.

  • She's been one of my best friends for 20 years.

  • And I was trying to do it by myself

  • and it was, I couldn't do it.

  • But some of the things I had ordered before we started,

  • like this beautiful table.

  • This came from France,

  • a beautiful furniture gallery called Cole Cose.

  • And then Bridget found

  • these really cool contemporary chairs.

  • And this chandelier, which I can't decide

  • if it looks like a grasshopper or lily pads or something.

  • It's a little futuristic for me.

  • Bridget and I, I wanna say we fought,

  • but we definitely, there was some friction,

  • and then we landed on it being pretty cool and fabulous.

  • That's what I love about it, is the pearls.

  • I think they're so beautiful and unique.

  • There's something also a bit Star Trek about it,

  • but I've grown to really love it.

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  • And again, we have a reclaimed fireplace here

  • from Chateau Domingue,

  • and then this wallpaper is so amazing.

  • It's hand-painted by these artists in Los Angeles.

  • It's called MJ Atelier.

  • And they also made the powder room wallpaper.

  • They do these incredible 3D wallpapers

  • and all kinds of different textures and colors.

  • So I love that the wallpaper really grounds the room

  • in kind of a more traditional feel.

  • And then again, we have some super

  • contemporary items mixed in.

  • I entertain a lot.

  • I cook all the time and I wanted it to feel both welcoming,

  • but also that you could have like a formal dinner party.

  • And I think it strikes the right balance.

  • I mean, the kitchen's right there.

  • So we have our informal there,

  • but it's also nice to just kinda gather around here

  • with the kids and you can spill pasta and wine

  • and it just wipes right off.

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  • So this is the kitchen.

  • I love it so much.

  • The heart of the home.

  • This was designed by the architects who did the house,

  • Roman and Williams.

  • They're amazing design firm in New York.

  • And they did all of the architecture,

  • and they had done my apartment in New York City,

  • which I don't have anymore.

  • They had done this kitchen there for me,

  • which I lived in this kitchen.

  • It was bright and airy and white.

  • And it had a lot of these similar details

  • like in the cabinetry.

  • So I wanted to pull in some elements from the kitchen

  • that they had done for us there, cabinetry being one,

  • and also having the range be in the middle of the room

  • because I cook so much and I spent so much of my time

  • facing the wall and my kids would be in the room.

  • So when it's like this,

  • you have the opportunity to cook and chat with people.

  • This is Portuguese tile.

  • It's reclaimed tile

  • that Robin from Roman and Williams found.

  • And I just like, look for those little elements

  • to kind of bring some texture and some homey feeling in.

  • We also put the fireplace in, which is such a luxury

  • to be able to have a wood-burning fireplace in your kitchen.

  • It does take me back to my days living in the UK.

  • I had two wood-burning fireplaces in the kitchen,

  • and it was just such an important element

  • of beating those cold, dark winters.

  • And I just got so used to having the fires on all the time.

  • So when Robin and Steven and I came to sit down

  • and design the house, I said, I'd love to have,

  • if it's possible,

  • I'd love to have a fireplace in the kitchen.

  • And then Bridget and I kind of came up with this

  • really cool treatment to make this fluting with plaster,

  • which I found on, something similar on Pinterest.

  • And then I was like,

  • I think this would be such a nice way

  • to finish the wall instead of just having some dry wall.

  • And then Bridget found these amazing lights

  • that are just so beautiful.

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  • And then this, I love particularly.

  • This is like, my dream,

  • to have all my pots lined up.

  • These beautiful cast iron pots.

  • In the fall, I love to cook,

  • I love to braise things

  • and make soups and stews and warming things.

  • I always gravitate towards whatever produce is in season.

  • Then in spring,

  • is when you start to get this abundance in California

  • of all this amazing produce.

  • I mean, we get it all year round.

  • We're very spoiled, but I love really fresh just farmers.

  • I love going to the farmer's market

  • and planning the meal on the fly.

  • My son's favorite recipe that I make

  • is turkey meatballs or turkey ragu.

  • He loves pasta and he loves turkey sauce.

  • I would say that's his favorite.

  • And my daughter loves when I make, they're pasta lovers.

  • I think her favorite is either this lemon Parmesan pasta

  • that I make her or a spicy marinara.

  • Very easy.

  • This also was a dream come true for me

  • to have these particular blue plates on a wall.

  • And I think it just, if you get plates

  • that have a beautiful pattern, you wanna see them.

  • And usually, they're just stacked in the cupboard.

  • So we did this plate wall

  • and it brings a pop of color to the house.

  • And then Steven, the architect,

  • he insisted on us realizing his rolling ladder,

  • which I love.

  • And I'm so glad because there was a fight between Matt,

  • the contractor and Steven

  • about whether this would be actually usable and workable.

  • This is something that I learned from the woman

  • that I bought my house from in Los Angeles,

  • Windsor Smith, another designer.

  • I loved how in different rooms,

  • she completely changes floors.

  • And I think it's such a nice way

  • to offer a distinct personality to a room.

  • And so, I'm not afraid of changing floors,

  • as you'll see as we go through.

  • [upbeat music]

  • So this is the living room.