Tuesday, June 14, 2011

At Home: Courteney Cox

It's clearly a day for magazines because the July issue of Elle Decor is also out and it's featuring the Malibu home of actress Courteney Cox.  A two acre estate high above the Pacific, that includes guest cottages, tennis house & court, screening room and swimming pool.  Not too shabby.  After selling her John Lautner designed residence a few years ago she embarked on a completely different look and describes the vision for this home as "modern barn".  Helping her create it, was architect Michael Kovac and designer Trip Haenisch

I've started with my favourite picture from the house and one that sent me on a wild goose
chase for more Harland Miller paintings (found some here).  I just love this particular
one, which speaks VOLUMES (pardon the pun) as I am usually no fan of purple.

You can see it again here on the left of the photo (actually the other painting is also a
Harland Miller).  This is actually the entry of Courteney's home so a 
good place to start a house tour don't you think.

The sitting area off the kitchen.

The sitting area of the master bedroom is simple and tied effortlessly
together by the Matt Palmer painting hanging over the daybed.

Kent Williams painting hangs in the living room.

The master bathroom with chair and ottoman upholstered in velvet
from Rose Tarlow Melrose House and a sketch done by 
Courteney's father while he was in high school.

The white oak powder room has a granite counter-top and zinc sink basin.  A photograph
taken by her Cougar Town co-star Christa Miller (Ali) rests against the wall.

The kitchen in the screening house.

The bar outside that kitchen.

Beautiful flagstone flooring in the poolroom, custom-made pool table and painting by Arsen Roje.


...and after.

A concrete table designed by John Lautner has been saved from Courteney's previous home and
they've been paired with stools from Lebanon in this wonderful outdoor relaxing area.

Outdoor dining under French pendant lights.

One word, VIEW.  Another word, MAGICAL.  More words, the fire pit (wasn't I just loving
fire pits yesterday) is surrounded by a custom-made banquette.  Courteney
says she has a coffee out here everyday.  And why wouldn't you?!

More outdoor space for relaxing, this one includes a sofa and 
cocktail table (both from Sutherland).

Saltwater pool in the flagstone patio.

What strikes me the most about her home is not just the breath-stopping views but the amazing art.  From the huge oils by Harland Miller to the sketch done by her father in school to the photograph from Christa Miller, each seems to fit the room perfectly and add something that no other piece of furniture or accessory could bring to it.  Personal and real.  I love it.  



  1. Wow, I would kill for that fire pit area with that view! I wouldn't peg Courteney to have such a sense of humour with her art but I love it. Very beautiful - thanks for sharing.

  2. I love a good peek into a celebrity’s home but they are often over-the-top and elaborate but this place is so down to earth and charming! I love the idea of having a bar outside the kitchen and who wouldn’t want to have coffee in that corner of heaven every morning? I also really love that it has heaps of personality - the artwork from family and friends is my favourite feature!

  3. THAT.
    Loved every bit of it.
    The house.
    The reno.
    The art.
    The furniture.
    Definately the pool.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this home


  4. Great bloggers think alike! Just spied this one over at Abigail Ahern..
    we don't have this issue in Oz yet.
    Great art, understated style and love the glass walled outdoor fire pit!

  5. Well I don't have the July issue yet! Whoops!!

  6. Ooooooh you're SUCH a trooper for posting all these pics! The loveliest, most lived in celebrity house I've seen in a LONG time!
    PS Congrats on the weight loss journey. Good girl!

  7. Well... that fire pit has sure put my bunnings one to shame!! Oh well... we can all dream :0
    p.s. am loving the new profile photo!

  8. The view is just too stunning!

  9. I LOVED all the artwork!! I also love how each room allows the artwork to be center stage. Her house is less girly than I imagined...mainly due to the Cougar Town set..but it's still awesome! I'm so jealous of her outdoor areas! Someday mine will be worthy :)

  10. I love how the home is so inviting, and the art is so OTT. Perfect.

  11. Yes I too LOVE this house with all the quirky details. The art is magnificent and can only dream to one day have such a brilliant collection.

    x Charlotta

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