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Allison Holker and Stephen "tWitch" Boss's Happy Home
When Dancing with the Stars' Allison Holker and her husband Stephen “twitch” Boss, resident DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, moved into their first home together, they went through a very common couples milestone: the merging of the stuff. “I kinda sneakily found a way to get rid of everything that he owned,” Holker tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “There’s one item that we have from before we started dating. And it’s an office chair.” Boss doesn’t seem to mind, though, admitting that his wife, who he met in 2010 while competing on So You Think You Can Dance, has more of an eye for design. “I just submit to whatever she says looks good,” Boss says. “So far it’s worked out pretty well.”
Once they cleaned house, though, the couple needed a new look for their Los Angeles digs that they share with son, Maddox, 9 months, and Holker’s daughter from a previous relationship, Weslie, 8. With a family-friendly vision in mind and a little help from HomeGoods designer Amy Lipnis, they now have the space of their dreams that captures Holker’s decorating mantra: “Function, style and family.”
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Open and Airy
An open floor plan showcases the overall neutral color scheme that serves as a sense of calm from their busy lifestyles. “I love that because it feels more open and welcoming, it feels really nice to come inside our home every single day," Holker says.
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One detail that captures the family’s personality is the collection of games they have on display in the living room. “We don’t have them hidden away in a box somewhere, they actually add to the decor. Which is really cool,” Boss says.
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“We do our best to have dinner with our family every single night at our table,” Holker says. “With no TV playing, we just get to know each other a little bit better. And I find that that’s really important to us.”
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Furniture with Flair
The couple asked Lipnis to create a Cape Cod-inspired look, so she cleverly combined items the couple already had with fresh finds from HomeGoods, like this rustic sideboard, to, “keep it feeling unique and so ‘them,’” she says.
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Although they, “aren’t master chefs by any means,” according to Boss, the couple still enjoys trying new recipes with their children in their bright, white kitchen. “We do cook as a family but, listen, how delicious that food is is another conversation,” he jokes.
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Cook Like No One's Watching
Of course, choosing the tunes in the dancer and DJ’s home is a top priority. “When it comes to our family dinners, our first go-to for music is Frank Sinatra,” Boss says. Holker adds, "That whole big band and lounge-type music has been our go-to for years and years.”
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Custom-made canvases serve as a sentimental detail in the master bedroom. “For our first anniversary we got canvases made for eachother of special moments in our relationship,” she says of the two statement art pieces above the bed, one of which displays their wedding vows. “I think those are really special pieces that will be with us forever.”
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Laid-Back Landing Spot
At the end of the day, what Holker and Boss really need is some time to push pause on their nonstop schedules. “The way we like to unwind is obviously Netflix and chill,” Holker says with a laugh. And now that their home is the cozy retreat they always dreamed of: “We’re homebodies,” Boss says. “We’re that family that could literally never leave the house.”
For more details of their sweet space, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now.