The Los Angeles home that actress Sasha Alexander (Shameless,В Rizzoli & Isles) and her husband, director Edoardo Ponti, purchased was a far cry from the airyВ and bright space you see today. вЂњIt didn't have a lot of light. It had a lot of dark, painted walls-like dark blues, reds, and oranges-so it felt a little like a caveman's house,вЂќ Alexander says. Interior designer Estee Stanley adds that the walls were faux-finished in Tuscan-styleВ oranges and reds.
Alexander, Ponti, and Stanley were all in agreeance about one thing, though: the Spanish-style home had fantastic architecture, including beautiful archways, elegant built-ins, and charming windows. вЂњWhen my husband and I saw it, we both fell in love with it immediately,вЂќ Alexander says. вЂњThe home had great bones and a lot of character.вЂќ "The house itself," Stanley continues, "I could see that it could be fantastic.вЂќ
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First, Alexander decided that вЂњthe most important thing to do was to strip the house down to its bare bones, which was white, and to add a lot of light to it.вЂќ Stanley replaced practically everything in the house that could be replaced: вЂњWe added all new doors, bigger doors that lead to outside, new floors, all-new bathrooms, and a brand-new kitchen,вЂќ she says. вЂњWe painted and staining all the woods. We did literally everything.вЂќChristopher Patey Christopher Patey Estee Stanley
A Danish architecture book that Alexander had discovered became the inspiration for much of the new woodwork through the home. вЂњI found this amazing wood in it which was whitewashed oak, and I loved its warmth,вЂќ she says. They ended up using it throughout the house: in the kitchen cabinetry (along with other white cabinets), the master bathroom cabinetry, and custom armoires in the master bedroom, which Stanley designed. вЂњI think it brings continuity to the house, which was something that Estee taught me,вЂќ Alexander says. вЂњIt's okay for things to be the same in different rooms. That's what brings stuff together.вЂќ
When it came time to decorate, Stanley says she and her clients were вЂњreally all on the same page with style.вЂќ Stanley mixed the couple's existing collection of French and Italian antiques (including a set of ancient French Louis XV dining chairs) with thoughtful fabric selections, custom-made pieces, and new modern designs, tying the home's Spanish-style architecture in with a more fresh, contemporary California lifestyle. "It was important for it to be light and bright and eclectic and that it reflected our European families and lifestyle-you know casual, sexy, but chic," Alexander says.В Ponti has even coined a term for their style-вЂњurban romantic"-thanks to its warm, sophisticated mix ofВ wood, steel, big windows, andВ French details.
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With the exception a few touches of color in the children's rooms (Lucia, 8, and Leonardo, 4), the trio agreed on a subdued base for the house. вЂњI think all of us really love more of a neutral palette because it's just more soothing and calming,вЂќ Stanley says. Alexander admitted she worried that going all-white could look boring, but Stanley convinced her that вЂњbringing in other textures and colors with fabrics and wood and things like that,вЂќ would keep things interesting-and they certainly did.
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In addition to the home's soothing color palette, Alexander says, вЂњThe house had good energy when we first walked inвЂ¦ and it still does.вЂќ What more could you ask for?Estee Stanley
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