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.
A 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.
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.