Erin Andrews is full of surprises. She can bust out winning ballroom dance moves in full-length gowns and impressively high heels. She knows football better than most men or women. And she can captivate an audience whether she’s reporting on the stars of the stage or the stars of the field. As the sideline correspondent for Fox NFL and a contestant-turned-host of Dancing with the Stars, is there anything Erin Andrews can’t do?
“I am no good when it comes to design. I just can’t visualize it,” she says with a laugh. With all the glitz and glamour of the show, you might expect Erin’s Dancing with the Stars dressing room to match, but before its makeover, it was quite the opposite.
“There was nothing in here. It was just a bright blue wall, a makeup table and a chair,” she says. “I needed someone who could visualize it, and make it a functional and comfortable place to sit all day.”
With only 200-square-feet to work with, Erin called upon Laurel & Wolf designer James Tabb to transform the stark, tiny space into a relaxing, backstage oasis.
“It’s such an awkward space in terms of the size and how many people are in there at a time,” says Erin. Creating an area with enough room for her whole glam squad to do makeup, hair, and style her outfits was no easy feat, but James found a way to make it comfortable and functional without feeling too cluttered.
“In the makeup and vanity area, I included a console table and several open shelves to ensure there was enough space for all the tools and items needed to get Erin’s hair and makeup done. I went with open shelving so everything is easily accessible and within arm’s reach of her team,” James explains.
Because the small dressing room plays host to a number of people at once, extra seating was necessary. A pair of furry ottomans tucked under a glass console table solve this issue without taking up more space.
With her crazy schedule, Erin wanted the design to include a relaxing sitting area separate from the makeup table where she can take breaks, catch up on emails or visit with guests after the show. The area has a homey, comfortable vibe, furthered by the addition of a drapery wall that dampens sound coming in from the surrounding studio.
In order to expand the space and create a calming atmosphere, James used a range of cool blue and gray tones. The color scheme is not unlike how Erin describes her own California home.
“It has a very beachy style with a lot of Restoration Hardware pieces. Everything is blue, gray, white and comfortable,” she says.
Mixing the glamor of ballroom dancing with Erin’s taste for modern, serene style, the dressing room is the perfect medley of her two personas. “I’m a girly-girl in the ballroom, but I’m a tomboy when it comes to football. In here, it’s a little bit of everything,” she says.
Photos by Dustin Walker for Laurel & Wolf. Designed by James Tabb.