Yesterday, I shared a sneak peek of Courteney Cox's beautiful new home, which will be featured in the July/August issue of Elle Decor. The home was designed by Courteney's good friend Trip Haenisch, and Courteney was personally involved in every step of the redesign. Trip took a few moments out of his busy schedule recently to chat with me about what it was like to design her home. Take a look at some of the highlights from our conversation!
On interpreting Courteney's request that her home be a "modern barn": "I do heavy research up front with clients, tons of pictures and ideas, and then we distill it down to a look. The siding and the feel of the house [convey the feeling of a modern barn]. It was a style she came up with and wanted, and so we put our own spin on it."
On how he turned her house into a compound: "It was collaborative — [Courteney] was part of every single detail. . . . When we started, there was a midcentury house and a guest house that was the former owner's office, and the main house, and it was all kind of disjointed. My idea really was to make it feel like a compound, and that it had always been there and was always connected. That's why we clad that building with the siding, so it feels like it had always been there, though before it had been very disjointed."
On Courteney's newfound privacy: "[Courteney] had the most amazing house, but every time she walked out, or Jennifer was over there, the paparazzi was all over them. Now, with this setting, she's perched up on a hill, so no one can get to her."
On why Courteney won't need to use a Stairmaster at the gym: "You can take the staircase down to the beach, and the beach is really secluded, beautiful, and private. They have a little bungalow that's right off the water, but a majority of the house is hundreds of steps up. You can see the water there, but you're not right on it. It makes for a really private setting where she can feel relaxed and enjoy herself."
Keep reading to find out what Trip upholstered in teddy bear fabric, how they landscaped the property, and Courteney's favorite colors!
On Courteney's minimalist style and favorite colors: "Her life is at such a pace that she wanted a place that was very calm and made all the stress go away. For her that's a minimal interior without a lot of color. She loves purples and greens, so those were some accents that we added."
On the bold and beautiful Harland Miller artwork: "She commissioned him to do the piece. . . . It just shows her sense of humor. She's really such a hysterical, sweet, funny person."
On Trip's favorite pieces in the home: "I like all of the 'off' stuff. I love the French lamp that hangs over the living room area. I love the Wegner chair we covered in teddy bear fabric. It's beautiful."
On their decision to keep the landscaping natural: "As soon as you walk into the compound, the Pacific Ocean is revealed. That is the beauty you want to preserve."