Lauren Conrad’s charming Beverly Hills home is true to its 1920s roots.
According to property records, Conrad dropped $8.5 million on a classic 1937-built home this year. The single-level home sits on a nearly half-acre lot offering dramatic views of the coastline stretching to Santa Catalina Island and L.A.
The listing describes Conrad’s new digs as “impeccably remodeled” with new bathrooms and a new kitchen featuring high-end appliances, built by the company Hollywood Sierra Kitchens. Beamed ceilings and restored wood floors add to the home’s overall charm. Measuring 2,910 square feet, the house has 3 beds and 4 baths.
She’s got killer style and an endless amount of talent, so it comes as no surprise that newlywed Lauren Conrad has a stunning home to boot. From her Parisian boutique-inspired walk-in wardrobe to her swanky cocktail bar (ideal for the star’s penchant for entertaining) Conrad’s Beverly Hills penthouse is a dreamy, shabby-chic-esque space.
The lifestyle guru walks us through her swanky digs. “My style as far as decor is pretty similar to my style when I’m dressing myself,” says the entrepreneurial wiz, who is the author of eight Books, multiple clothing lines, and her own lifestyle website, to name a few things on her resume. “I definitely like neutrals, I like investment pieces.” This held true during the design process. “She’s smart and direct with a no-nonsense approach, but we still had a lot of fun creating this beautiful and unique home,” said contractor Gary Drake, who helped bring her vision to life.
The 28-year-old Southern California native, who married musician and lawyer William Tell in a beautiful rustic-chic ceremony, likes the simple things in life when she comes home at the end of the day. “My favorite room in my house might be my bathroom. It’s very peaceful in there. I’m a big fan of a claw-foot tub for that day when you want to come home and take a bath.”
And as for that to-die-for closet of hers (jealous!), complete with cowhide rug and a chandelier, she says, “It’s organized chaos but I know where everything is!”
Stacks of fashion books are a mainstay in Conrad’s home office. The rug is made from recycled silk saris; the couch is upholstered in a complementary punchy shade. “I always gravitate toward feminine details,” said Conrad. “On a garment it’s a bow; on a sofa it’s tufting.”
THE KITCHEN NOOK
A sunny corner of the kitchen features a custom-tufted banquette curved around a classic Eero Saarinen table.
THE LIVING ROOM
“I wanted the living room to feel like an airy New York loft,” says Conrad of the space, which boasts a soaring ceiling and is awash in neutrals, with touches of pink and gold.
To add visual interest to the living room walls, Conrad added molding and a brick veneer that she had whitewashed to look more aged. The chimney-less fireplace is decorative and burns alcohol.
“This is my dark and sexy room,” Conrad says of the mirrored cocktail bar with a black lacquered ceiling.
THE DINING ROOM
Conrad’s vintage dining room table and chairs play off the contemporary brass light fixture she was charmed by. “It looked like a sea anemone to me!”
Conrad had the existing staircase reconfigured to create something more sculptural and enclosed. “Before, you could see through the steps,” she says. “Now it’s more elegant.”
To keep her kitchen organized, Conrad stacks her all-white everyday dishes on the open shelves above the sink. “All food looks more appealing on white plates,” she says.
In her expansive dressing area, Conrad opted for multiple glass-paned closet doors so that she can see her wardrobe at a glance. With its sliding pocket doors and studio-size dimensions, Conrad’s walk-in wardrobe would set any fashion lover’s heart aflutter. “My dream was to have a switch that made the doors open automatically to the sound of a heavenly choir,” she says jokingly. “On the inside it’s organized chaos, but I know where everything is.”