Inside Big Little Lies Star Laura Dern's Los Angeles "Treehouse"

Inside Big Little Lies Star Laura Dern's Los Angeles "Treehouse"

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Tara Bellucci
Apr 2, 2017
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Have you been obsessively tuning in to HBO's series Big Little Lies? Architectural Digest just toured star Laura Dern's lush LA pad, and here's a sneak peek.

A few years ago, Dern moved into this minimalist 1953 post-and-beam home by architect Calvin C. Straub in Brentwood's Mandeville Canyon. "I had this fantasy of moving them [her two children] into a treehouse," so she found LA's next best thing—this mid-century house on a jungle-esque lot. Initially, there wasn't "any connection to the outside," though an "inherently beautiful set of bones," says Dern's friend and architect Michael Kovak, so they made some respectful updates.

In addition to Kovak, Dern sought the advice of mid-century architecture lover and friend David Lynch, who directed Dern in films like Blue Velvet (as well as the upcoming Twin Peaks sequel that premieres on Showtime May 21).

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The actor's real life style couldn't be further from that of her Big Little Lies character, Renata Klein. She describes the Monterey mogul's aesthetic as "cool, monochromatic, cinematic, very luxurious, and tranquil." Personally, Dern is more of a collector, with preferences for "art, photography, pottery, things from around the world, movie posters and [vintage TV] lunch boxes." She also has collections of tea cups and salt and pepper shakers.

She worked with interior designer Trip Haenisch (a recommendation from pal Courtney Cox) who acted as a curator of Dern's massive memorabilia collection. Some things that made the cut include: a miniature Tyrannosaurus rex, a gift from Steven Spielberg after wrapping Jurassic Park; the period shoes she wore in Rambling Rose, the film that earned her her first Oscar nom; and the dress Lucille Ball wore in I Love Lucy's "Vitameatavegamin" episode.

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"I really like joyful space," she says. "I loved dollhouses growing up, and it does feel like a dollhouse where you're always looking in to something magical, like a treasure box."

See more photos and read more about Dern's home and style over on Architectural Digest.

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