After five years on the hit ABC show Scandal, actress Katie Lowes is saying goodbye to her role as Quinn Perkins and prepping for her biggest one yet. She’s been doing her research, changing her wardrobe and bonding with costar Adam Shapiro. Their new gig? Parents.
Ahead of the baby’s arrival, Katie and Adam decided to bid farewell to their funky Hollywood Hills bungalow in favor of a more family friendly home. But the change wasn’t easy.
“The night before we moved in, I was crying. There’s something about when you’re growing up, moving from your cool place into a not cool place, deciding to have a family,” Katie says. “We really needed a lot of help trying to get some of our spunk and pizazz back.”
“Our old house was so our style that decorating it was a no brainer. But we felt completely clueless about this house,” Adam says.
After bumbling around Pinterest, meeting with interior designers and living for months with basically no furniture, they discovered Laurel & Wolf.
“We’re so busy that there was no way we had time to take on this project, but with Laurel and Wolf, I could see the room come together between takes from set,” Katie says.
The challenge for designer James Tabb? To bring in their playful, quirky style while staying true to the home’s more traditional architecture. But he had some great inspiration.
“I wanted to create a space that was as layered with personality and excitement as they are,” James says. “I wanted the home to feel curated and collected; each piece with intent and meaning; not just beautiful things that are aesthetically pleasing, but pieces that would resonate with them personally.”
James played off Katie and Adam’s love of entertaining by creating social spaces throughout the home. In the family room, an old closet was transformed into a custom brass bar. Off the formal living room flows the dining room, which feels both relaxed yet formal thanks to casual textures like rattan and superhero-inspired art.
“The thing that surprised me about working with an interior designer is that it’s a lot like when you see an amazing outfit on someone and think ‘I could never pull that off.’ Then somebody with a great eye says that you totally can and it becomes your new style,” Adam says.
“It was the same way with James. He would recommend things that I would think could only work for fancy people, but then you see it and the things that go around it and suddenly it all totally makes sense together.”
That was the case in the formal living room where Tabb bought in luxe materials like burl wood, velvet and brass in a nod to the formal nature of the home. He offset the more traditional materials with clean, modern shapes.
In the nursery, they got to be more playful, mixing sustainable eco-friendly baby furniture from Oeuf with a statement mural.
Katie and Adam also drew inspiration from the sets that they’ve worked on, especially Adam’s work on Tom Ford’s A Single Man.
“That set was on another level visually because everything just worked so well together, the architecture, the décor, the scale of the space, the details. Everything had been thought of. And honestly when I walk into our house now, I feel the same way,” Adam says.
The new space has helped the pair get excited for this next phase of life.
“I used to be obsessed with always being out and about, but I just really, really love being in our home now,” Katie says. “Home to me now means enjoying meals with friends, making memories with our kid, having people over in the backyard, birthdays, anniversaries. And making a delicious post-pregnancy cocktail in our home bar.”
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