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Monday, June 20, 2011

Elle Decor: Courtney Cox


Did you ever play the game 'Which Friends Character Are You'? Of course you did, who didn't? Well, not only did I think I resembled the beautiful Monica Geller, with my flowing long dark locks, I also thought I had the exact personality including the annoying obsessive compulsive trait. Which unfortunately, I did and still do. 

Therefore, It would only makes sense that Courtney Cox and I would have the same taste in design, right? Well, it might be a stretch, but that is what I am going to let myself believe. 
Her Malibu house, which graces the cover of Elle Decor, proves just that. 

I was surprised to learn that Courtney, before becoming an actress, wanted to be an architect and even began college studying architecture.  I am a designer, which makes me a very visual person. Because of this, it would only make sense for me to view the photos in the article before reading the actual article. After seeing the photos of her current home, it now makes sense that architecture is one of her passions. Plus, she also has great taste. 

Within the amazing two acres of her amazing Malibu compound, not only does it include her beautiful home but also a tennis house, tennis court, screening room, salt water swimming pool and guest cottages (yes, that was plural). I guess some dreams do come true. 

"In the spirit of Monica Geller, the driven, perfectionist chef she played on Friends, Cox sure-handedly led the team through “intense” once-a-week planning meetings that lasted three hours. “I’ve been overseeing renovations of my homes for a long time, and I have strong opinions about what I want and why.” She scrutinized every detail, down to the smoky color of the tennis courts. 
- David Sokol


In the kitchen’s sitting area, aMinotti cocktail table is surrounded by a sofa and armchairs designed byHaenisch, the floor lamp is byChristian Liaigre, and the stools are by Paul McCobb; a Massimo Vitali photograph hangs on the wall, and the rug is by the Rug Company.
Photographer: Simon Upton


A vintage French lamp extends over a Haenisch-designed sectional in the living area, the custom-made cocktail table is from Bourgeois Bohème, and the chair is by Hans Wegner; a Samsung television is set into the flagstone fireplace surround.
Photographer: Simon Upton


Countertops by CaesarStone, ovens and a refrigerator byGaggenau, and stainless-steel sinks by Franke in the main kitchen; the light fixture is fromNessen Lighting, and the barstools are vintage.
Photographer: Simon Upton


A painting by Matthew Heller, vintage leather chairs by Charles Pollock , and a poured-concrete floor in the tennis house.
Photographer: Simon Upton


In the master bedroom’s sitting area, a painting by Matt Palmer hangs above a custom-made daybed; the throw is by Hermès, and the rug is by the Rug Company.
Photographer: Simon Upton


The cabinetry and mirror frame in the master bath are ebonized white oak, the pendant lights are custom made, and the sink fittings are by Waterworks; the chair and ottoman are upholstered in a velvet by Rose Tarlow Melrose House, and the artwork was done by Cox’s father while he was in high school.
Photographer: Simon Upton


In the master bedroom, the custom-made head- and footboards are zinc, the selenite bedside tables are by Blackman Cruz, and the bedding is byDeborah Sharpe Linens; the two-tone Swag Leg chair is by George Nelson, and the rugs are fromDDC.
Photographer: Simon Upton


In the master bedroom, Gideon Kramer’s Ion chair is paired with a desk from Waldo’s Designs; French doors lead to a terrace that overlooks the pool area and Pacific Ocean.
Photographer: Simon Upton


The powder room is sheathed in white oak flooring, the sconces are from Obsolete, and the sink fittings are by Sonoma Forge; a photograph taken by Cox’sCougar Town co-star Christa Miller is displayed on the granite countertop with zinc sink basin.
Photographer: Simon Upton


Paintings by Harland Miller and a Turkish rug from Lawrence of La Brea in the entry.
Photographer: Simon Upton


Flagstone flooring in the pool room, which features a painting by Arsen Roje, chairs fromBlackman Cruz, and a light fixture by Hivemindesign; the pool table and metal floor lamp are custom made.
Photographer: Simon Upton


John Lautner–designed concrete table from Cox’s previous home is paired with stools from Lebanon; Gervasonilounge chairs are upholstered in a Perennials fabric, and the decking is Ipê.
Photographer: Simon Upton


A custom-made banquette surrounds a teak-and-steel lava-rock fire pit.
Photographer: Simon Upton


Ottomans by Sutherland flank a side table by Christian Liaigre on the flagstone patio; the pool is filled with saltwater.
Photographer: Simon Upton


Stools upholstered in vinyl at the bar outside the screening house’s galley kitchen.
Photographer: Simon Upton


In the screening house, the kitchen’s range and vent hood are by Viking, as are the handles on the stainless-steel cabinetry.
Photographer: Simon Upton


On the deck, a teak stool sits beside a chair by Paola Lenti; the sofa and cocktail table are by Sutherland.
Photographer: Simon Upton


French pendant lights fromBlend Interiors hang over a table and chairs by Royal Botania in the outdoor dining area; the pergola is of steel and teak.
Photographer: Simon Upton

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