"I like rooms to be really relaxed and not too serious. When they're too monochromatic and angular, it feels like a hotel," says Peet.
Amanda Peet’s Décor Style: New Bohemian
Actress Amanda Peet and her husband turned their first shared home into an elegant haven that’s family-friendly yet pulled-together.
- by Kate Bolick
Amanda Peet and her husband screenwriter David Benioff did exactly what everyone says never to do: They moved and had a baby within the same week. “I went into labor three days after we arrived. The paint was still wet!” Peet says with the characteristic good humor that has helped earn her a reputation as a smart, disciplined actress blessed with comic appeal and then some: Her projects have run the gamut from the tongue-in-cheek NBC series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip to George Clooney’s Academy Award–winning geopolitical thriller, Syriana.
As if sleep-deprived decorating wasn’t bad enough, the fledgling parents had some other issues to resolve. Though Peet, a native New Yorker, had been living in Benioff’s “very mid-century mod bachelor pad” in L.A., it wasn’t until they bought their Spanish-style bungalow near the Hollywood Hills that they truly married styles—which took a little ingenuity. “I like rustic,” Peet explains. “People have to hold me back from going too farm-y.” (She relies on her self-appointed style team: decorators Estee Stanley and Nathan Turner, architect Brad Floyd and dear friend and stylist Tina Chai.) “David likes masculine, modern stuff. But he’s not as opinionated as I am. And fortunately, he doesn’t run away terrified if I show him wallpaper!”
So her penchant for coziness prevailed—with a bit of temperance. As it turned out, Benioff’s tastes and Peet’s long-standing devotion to stripes (in fashion and decor), contemporary art (she’s an avid collector) and ethnic textiles (she can’t stop buying them) staved off the granny-chic aesthetic she feared, imbuing her dreamier leanings with a casual, unpretentious sophistication.
A Matter of Sentiment
“When I was a kid, I got very scared at night, so I obsessed over how to make Frankie’s room cheerful,” Peet says. Front and center, a poster for Funny Girl serves as a thesis statement. “I love that movie,” Peet confesses. “Streisand’s character is so silly—a true original. When David and I were making New Year’s wishes, we said, ‘Please, God, make our baby silly.’”
The candy-striped daybed thronged with pillows, the site of the family’s evening bedtime routine, and the fuchsia rug, followed. The happy feel is extended by a beloved ’60s exhibition poster (“It’s a night painting, but it’s so beautiful and upbeat,” Peet says), a mélange of pillows and whimsical drawings from The Catwalk Cats, a book illustrated by Grace Coddington, a family friend.
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