According to Bryce Dallas Howard, the veteran actor and director best known for her roles in Jurassic World and the Twilight series, she and her husband, fellow actor Seth Gabel, had one place in mind when envisioning how their new home would look. “We had the chance to visit Mia Farrow once,” she says, recounting in awed reverence the heirloom-packed Connecticut farmhouse of the Rosemary’s Baby actor. “And it was the most magical place. Her house was full of stories and treasures, mementos of such a legendary life. Seth and I left thinking, ‘This is what we aspire to. This is what we want our home to be like.’”
The living room where the family convenes for movie nights on the plush, U-shaped Joybird sofa. The coffee table is Concrete Collaborative, the drapes are Everhem, and the patterned rug is Pop Up Home**.
Of course, Howard is no stranger to legendary lives. As the daughter of Academy Award–winning director Ron Howard and an actor herself since childhood, she has certainly witnessed her share of Hollywood history, which is precisely why she chose to take a more personal approach when designing her home. She called on family friend Claire Thomas to mastermind the decoration of the four-bedroom, two-story new-build in Los Angeles, where her family of four recently relocated to after decades of living in upstate New York. “Seth calls Claire ‘the bippity boppity boo lady,’” jokes Howard, referring to Cinderella’s problem-solving fairy godmother. “She’s just one of those creative people who has ideas and makes them happen.” Thomas, in addition to being an interior designer, is a successful commercial film director and co-owner of Los Angeles’s Sweet Laurel Bakery.
The home’s pink-tinged kitchen. The custom drapes are by Everhem, Antelope Canyon tiles are by Fireclay Tile, wall paint is Sparks limewash from Portola Paints & Glazes, furniture is from Serena and Lily, lights are Hudson Valley Lighting, and terrazzo breakfast table is by Concrete Collaborative.