Hollywood's Biggest Home-Design Projects Right Now
What's going on with Sharon Stone's pool and guesthouse facelift, Bryan Singer's West Hollywood redesign, Drew Barrymore's outdoor rooms' redo and Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas' Manhattan penthouse makeover and more.
This story first appeared in the Nov. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Interior designer Jamie Bush (Nina Jacobson, Connie Britton) says his work on the Trousdale-area home of Rich Ross, CEO of Shine America, and Adam Sanderson, senior vp brand franchise management at Disney/ABC Television Group, is about finding that perfect mix of "custom-design work, midcentury Italian finds and contemporary pieces like The Haas Brothers' brass stools." Adds Bush: "We bought Italian dining chairs by Carlo Scarpa in Holland, other pieces in Paris and Scandinavia. In L.A., we went to places like Gray Gallery, Ralph Pucci and Eccola." But one of Bush's favorite details in the renovated house has nothing to do with furniture: "In the den, all of the surfaces -- walls, ceiling and floors -- are mahogany in a tiled pattern. It's like walking into this magical Japanese box."
Sharon Stone's guesthouse and pool area are in the final stages of a makeover by Carter Truesdale, who says that the actress wanted an outdoor oasis that would "look like a Slim Aarons photo." Updates included underwater speakers and framing the pool in stone. The piece de resistance? "A limestone rectangle with water cascading over it at one end of the pool," says Truesdale. "Sharon wanted a huge granite sphere perched nearby in the boxwood hedge to give the whole thing this visual moment. It's so modern and unexpected -- which is Sharon in a nutshell."
Designer Jeff Andrews (Ryan Seacrest, Michael C. Hall, Kris and Bruce Jenner) is working on a 20,000-square-footer in Calabasas, Calif., for Streamline Records founder Vincent Herbert and wife Tamar Braxton. Included is a 2-story-tall glass bronze chandelier that Andrews designed along with "sophisticated and glamorous" pieces like Jean de Merry's gold-leafed Cassetto cabinet.
Director Bryan Singer requested that Natasha Baradaran turn his West Hollywood contemporary into "something that would look futuristic in the 1920s and '30s," says the designer, who mixed "extremely sculptural" vintage, antique and contemporary pieces. Baradaran used 1940s German lamps from JF Chen and even had an art deco cabinet converted into the bathroom vanity. "He wanted a Deco Regency feel but not overdone in the way you see in California. We went a little more minimal."
Kathryn Ireland (Steve Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Arianna Huffington) is putting the finishing touches on a series of outdoor rooms for Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman's Hollywood Hills home. "During the process, I really got to know Drew and understand her style," says Ireland, who used her own line of textiles as well as botanical prints from Christopher Wilcox, English antiques and Lloyd Loom wicker chairs. "She likes things comfortable, with great pattern and beautiful color, but not too fussy. She wants things that dogs and babies can jump onto."
Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas' Manhattan penthouse is mid-makeover, with L.A.-based Kari Whitman (Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell) overseeing the design of the 4,000-square-foot prewar unit. "They really love that old Hollywood feel with art deco twists," says Whitman, who is mixing classically lined furniture with Banksy art and moody dark tones with pops of bright color and pattern. "This is all about keeping the integrity of the building but giving it that splash of funky cool," she says.
Sue Firestone (Denise Richards, Derek Fisher) is finishing a full renovation of Lucian and Caroline Grainge's house in Pacific Palisades. Firestone says that Lucian's work -- he's chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group -- informed much of the design: "It's inspired by the complexity of music," says Firestone. "The approach was to transform the traditional architecture with eclectic and unexpected design fit for rock 'n' roll royalty." Lacquer finishes and monochromatic palettes make for what the designer calls an "edgy take on luxe vintage."