Jessica Alba gave Architectural Digest a sneak peek inside her stunning new US$10 million Los Angeles home.
“We wanted a place to watch our kids play and grow up,” Alba said.
The Fantastic Four actress and her husband Cash Warren, producer and co-founder of lifestyle brand Pair of Thieves, found the property on the first day of their search.
“I thought, I have an imagination and I know what I want. I walked in and knew within 20 minutes, even though [the previous owners’ style] wasn’t our vibe, this was exactly what we were looking for,” Alba told Architectural Digest.
The pair’s “vibe” was inspired by Warren’s mother’s home in Provence, and one of Alba’s Pinterest boards is filled with pictures of houses in the French countryside and apartments in Paris. The couple also drew inspiration from Ellen DeGeneres and her Australian married partner Portia de Rossi’s home in Beverly Hills.
“They’d have us over for holiday parties, and we’d leave and say to each other, ‘Their house is so sick!’,” said Alba, who asked DeGeneres for an introduction to her designers, the mother-son team of Kathleen and Tommy Clements.
Alba, who has two daughters Honor and Haven and a son, Hayes, with Warren, thought it was going to be a quick renovation.
“I was like, ‘I’m pretty much fine with everything; let’s just paint it!’ And then all of a sudden we walked into the house, and it had been stripped down to the studs. I mean, there were literally no walls! I said to Cash, ‘Did we know this was going to happen?’ And he said, ‘This explains the bill!’,” She laughs. “Apparently you can’t just pop off crown mouldings.”
The transformation of the home took 18 months as plans were changed and changed again. The original ground floor plans were changed, opening the former family room to the kitchen and removing a bar to create more storage.
“I didn’t want to see all that stuff – coffee machine, toaster, oven, dirty blender – all day,” 38-year-old Alba said.
They also replaced a wall at the back of the house with a folding glass wall. Alba also revealed that she bought the kitchen range off the internet.
“I’ve been dreaming about a stove like this my whole life,” she admitted.