"Modern Family" star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband, activist/social innovator Justin Mikita, are giving us serious real estate inspiration. The couple shares a 1928 Spanish Colonial home in the stylish Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, and the property is the perfect juxtaposition of Gothic design with a lighthearted passion for art and humor.
Though they previously lived in a classic mid-century modern home, a fixture in Southern California, Ferguson and Mikita really switched genres for their current property, that was recently toured by Architectural Digest.
With interior designer Justin Gurski, who doubles as set designer on "Will & Grace," the couple manages to take the Gothic-inflected home filled with painted ceilings, stained glass, and wrought iron finishes and makes it extremely personal, while simultaneously infusing their sense of humor into the space. For instance, the dramatic foyer welcomes guests with dark walls, a black birdcage chandelier, and portraits of explorers on the towering domed ceiling. Not exactly the open-floor plan and glass walls you'd expect to see in sunny LA. (Interestingly enough, the property was previously owned by Robert Pattison, as well as Gwen Stefani and her ex-husband, Bush front man Gavin Rossdale.)
But then there's unique details like the "Home Sweet Homo" welcome mat, the portrait of George W. Bush (which upon closer look is revealed to be a Jonathan Yeo collage created by porn. Yes, porn!) and an over-sized portrait of the couple's dog, Leaf. There are also large Aztec-inspired robots and huge playing cards on the walls. The couple doesn't eschew a bargain, either: Ferguson mentioned that a piece or two came from Urban Outfitters. But our favorite detail has to be the Nespresso machine tucked away in the couple's closet, where Ferguson admits he gets his extra buzz almost every day. Caffeine hacks, for the win.
One room where the couple embraced the open aesthetic is the expansive kitchen, where Ferguson has continued to cultivate his already strong cooking talents. (You may have caught his online cooking show with friend and food blog collaborator, Julie Tanous, and he hosted the 2017 James Beard Awards, a.k.a. the Oscars of the food world.) Ferguson and Mikita entertain their frequent dinner party guests in the black wallpapered dining room, which offsets its dark interior with fun wildlife pictures. Outside, the multiple entertaining spaces join a swimming pool and "dinosaur trees," as well as pomegranate and avocado trees. Maybe our invite just blew off the porch.
See more photos and video over on Architectural Digest.