Christina Applegate stands in her pristine, newly finished kitchen looking as lovely and comfortable at home as she does on the big screen. Her hand gently rests on the smooth, white finish of her new Caesarstone countertops as she cheerfully chats about everything from the simplicity of designing her space with Laurel & Wolf, to the joys of motherhood, and playing the vivacious Veronica Corningstone in the cult-comedy, Anchorman. You would never know that a flood had recently ravaged her house, destroying all of the floors.
Christina has felt at home in many different places, both on and off set, throughout her life and career. At just 17 she took on her breakout role as Kelly Bundy on the mega-popular family sitcom, Married With Children. For 11 seasons, the Bundys were Christina’s family and the set of the show, her home. While Christina has lived in her current house for the past 20 years, there was one room that kept it from ever feeling as much like home as each of her film sets had.
“This house was built in 1985 and the kitchen was the only thing that hadn’t been redone. It was god awful. — Every time I would come through here I just felt angry,” says Christina, gesturing at her now freshly designed space.
Although Christina despised her outdated kitchen, she felt that it was the heart of her home and feared that a lengthy renovation would take away from her ability to use the space for cooking and spending time with her family. Then one day, her entire home flooded, which destroyed all of the floors — it was the unfortunate answer to her kitchen woes. “We thought, we’re going to have to rip up every single bit of flooring in the house, so we might as well re-do the kitchen.”
Now married with a child of her own, Christina knew exactly what she wanted her family’s kitchen to look and feel like, but she quickly realized that she needed help executing her dream space.
Completely rehabilitating a kitchen is no simple feat, especially for a busy mom whose full-time job consists of fourteen hour days on location. As Christina worked with Laurel & Wolf designer Jessica Today, she found that all of the difficulties that traditionally come with designing a space were removed from the process. She didn’t have to deal with designers and contractors constantly coming to her home, as she was able to easily communicate with Jessica and envision what the space would look like through style boards. With each exchange, Christina’s vision materialized into a fresh and modern kitchen that beautifully utilizes the entire space.
Jessica’s design is functional and family-friendly — clean, white countertops by Caesarstone provide the perfect surface for food preparation, while Kohler fixtures, Ann Sacks tile, and tableware by Table + Dine create a bright and polished ambiance that carries through the kitchen.
The heart of Christina’s home is finally a place where she enjoys spending time. It’s an area that she can truly exercise her love for cooking, which she expresses is her very favorite result of the new design. “Now it’s just so easy,” she says. “It’s bright and open and the use of space that Jessica came up with is just amazing to me.” A beautiful mudroom allows shoes to be stashed away, the new laundry room makes the task of laundry simple, and the many storage options in the kitchen provide a sense of order and organization that allow Christina to work on more elaborate meals.
The new dining nook, accented with art by Christina’s daughter, has become a key spot for spending quality family time together. “It’s so much nicer, so much more comfortable, and we have this nice tufted banquette,” Christina says of the dining area. “It feels like it’s a place where we can celebrate now, as opposed to a place that we want to get out of as fast as possible — which is what it felt like the last 20 years of living here…”
As Christina’s career continues to thrive with her recent role in Vacation and a starring role in the much-anticipated comedy, Bad Moms, this newly designed space helps her find balance between her personal life and successful acting career. With a kitchen that finally makes her house feel like a home, Christina is ready to take on every role in life with the same down-to-earth, comedic fervor that she portrays on screen.
Design by Jessica Today. Photos by Sean Robertson.