I recently learned that Jennifer Lawrence just bought this house for $8,225,000 which was previously owned by Jessica Simpson, who commissioned a Shabby Chic remodel by Rachel Ashwell. The home is located in the infamous 90210 zip code of Beverly Hills and has over 5,500 square feet of living space. It has at one time or another also been owned by other celebrities such as Paul Hogan, Rick Yorn, and Ellen DeGeneres. The home underwent additional renovations after it was purchased from Simpson last fall as a flip which was eventually resold to Lawrence. Although the décor has been toned down from its previous frilly and more girlie state, it still has many remnants of a Shabby Chic design aesthetic which combines the use of slipcovers with a relaxed fit and vintage design elements.
Although most of the slipcovers are white the look also works well in homes with children and pets because the beauty of slipcovers is they can be removed and washed and if they are white can typically be bleached. This is a great solution for anyone who loves the look of a primarily white interior but is concerned about maintenance issues. The good news is as long as you have a washing machine and a dryer Shabby Chic is an attainable look. This is also true if you prefer a more classic custom fitted and tailored slipcover in lieu of upholstered furniture provided you have taken the appropriate precautions to avoid fabric shrinkage.
Slipcovers also provide the opportunity to periodically revamp your home décor with a new look and color scheme with the changing seasons. It wasn’t until I headed to Delaware several years ago with Bethesda based kitchen and bath designer Stacy, my historic interiors partner in crime, for a docent led tour of Winterthur the museum estate of the DuPont family that we learned that this was once a common practice of the wealthy elite. When I broke the news to my mother upon my return she informed me that Ethel Kennedy use to change her slipcovers monthly. Who knew? Stacy and I also had the rare and exclusive privilege of touring the climate controlled storage facility that housed the extensive collection of seasonal custom designed slipcovers, draperies, valences, and other home décor textiles. Apparently the preference for slipcovers is still common with the celebrity set as seen below. After all it’s not uncommon for celebrities to have multiple homes that may be vacant for periods of time which makes washable slipcovers a more practical choice in protecting high quality upholstered furniture.
The grand foyer is a classic black and white color combination typical of a Dorothy Draper inspired residential design.
The home boasts five and a half bathroom, which includes this vintage-inflected space above.
Whether you’re a fan of the Shabby Chic look or prefer a more fitted and tailored look for slipcovers, the combination of the generous use of fabrics for furniture and window treatments and vintage design elements such as glamorous chandeliers and unique handmade accessories makes for a warm and inviting home environment that many can achieve. If Shabby Chic is your thing you might also be interested in the Tybee Island beach cottage in this previous post.