Guess Who Lives In This Colonial Casa?

Guess Who Lives In This Colonial Casa?

Grace Shu
Apr 22, 2009

All morning, we've been flipping through archives of celebrity homes, hoping to find one that wasn't too "styled" and had some interesting decor ideas. After awhile, all the houses we looked at started resembling expensive showrooms, lacking that important spark of personality that Rebecca talked about yesterday. So when we finally got to this celebrity's home, we were pleasantly surprised: As staged as the photos looked for the Architectural Digest feature, there's definitely personality all over this home. Take a look at some more photos after the jump and take a guess as to which celebrity lives in this 1927 Spanish Revival Colonial home in Bel Air? We'll give you some hints, quotes from one of our favorite movies which she stars in, along the way...

"There's an old joke. Uh, two elderly women are at a Catskills mountain resort, and one of 'em says, "Boy, the food at this place is really terrible." The other one says, "Yeah, I know, and such small portions." Well, that's essentially how I feel about life. Full of loneliness and misery and suffering and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly."
One thing we noticed throughout her home: oversized planters with huge, unruly-looking plants. These bigger-than-life arrangements make bold statements--as well as a nice alternative to, say, a more predictable ficus tree standing in the corner.

"You know, even as a kid, I always went for the wrong women. I think that's my problem. When my mother took me to see Snow White, everyone fell in love with Snow White. I immediately fell for the Wicked Queen."
This actress/director/producer is very fond of Monterey style furniture: the entryway and the living room all have handpainted Monterey sofas and chairs, adding a personal, crafty touch to this warm living room. The subtle touches of olive green from the vases and urns scattered throughout the room give just the right amount of balance to the predominantly warm-toned color scheme.

"I would never want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member."
The office has one show stopping piece: an old factory table on wheels. Behind it, a large bulletin board stretches to hold all the visual inspirations needed for this artist.

"A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark."
A quote from Robert Frost is painted over the kitchen's alcove ("Home is a place where when you knock on the door, they have to let you in"), and the counter is covered in vintage handpainted California tile. Also vintage: The 1950s chrome O'Keefe & Merrit range.

"That was the most fun I've ever had without laughing."
This could be the first time we've ever seen brightly colored planting pots arranged on either side of the bed as decoration...and we're kind of loving this idea. Perfect for stashing magazines, slippers, even as an ornamental trash can, these pots bring the essence of the outdoors in. Also love the black bedding as it anchors the spots of vibrant color and draws attention to the detailed craftsmanship of the wooden bedframe.

Figured out who the celebrity is yet? It's Diane Keaton! The quotes are from one of our all-time favorite movies, Woody Allen's Annie Hall.

[ Photos by Tim Street-Porter for Architectural Digest ]

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