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Hilary Duff's Cozy California Home
Hey now — Hilary Duff’s home is what dreams are made of! The Younger star, 30, is opening the doors to her charming California abode that she shares with five-year-old son Luca in the February issue of Better Homes and Gardens, and the dusty rose door on the otherwise dark facade just touches the surface of the design-savvy surprises within.
“I’ve never seen myself as girlie, and I don’t own much pink, even though I love it,” she said of the unexpected choice, which she attributes to her passion for Pinterest. “I live on it,” she joked. “I make boards all day.”
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Warm wood floors and a simple but striking chandelier set the tone for the entry. To add a punch of pattern, her designers, Shannon Wollack and Brittany Zwickl of Studio Life.Style, combined three vintage rugs to form a one-of-a-kind runner on the stairs. “Cutting up the rugs to make them fit exactly was so stressful,” Duff admitted.
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Luxe But Livable
Contemporary pieces like velvet chairs and bronze side tables give the living room a glamorous feel — but Duff was careful not to be too precious with her furnishings. “This house is a sanctuary for me and Luca, so I always shop with him in mind,” she said. “He’s respectful of our belongings, but I want him to be able to roughhouse and do other kid things here.”
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Duff did not shy away from bold or quirky prints. She was so drawn to the oversize zig-zag tile on the backsplash and island that she repeated the look on her patio (see photo 9).
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The dining room continues her approachable aesthetic with a blue, glass light fixture, leather-and-wood chairs and plenty of natural light. “Hilary wanted her home to feel feminine and modern but definitely lived-in and cozy,” said designer Wollack.
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The actress keeps her spaces streamlined with this simple mantra: “Whenever I’m on the verge of buying something — whether a chair or a pair of earrings — I ask myself, ‘Will I still love it when I get to be 60 or 70?’”
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Old Meets New
Above a showstopping credenza sits the first piece of artwork Duff ever purchased: Damien Hirst’s Butterfly Kaleidoscope. "I see the things I'm acquiring along the way—the rugs, the art, and anything that Luca makes—as new collectibles," she said. "As a result, the house feels full of memories and also of opportunities—new, old, and yet-to-come."
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A floral-covered bedroom pays homage to Duff’s own upbringing. “I grew up with wallpaper,” she said. “My mom was fanatical about it, so it makes me feel nostalgic.”
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Call It a Comeback
Her statement-making Ann Sacks tiles makes a second appearance on the outdoor island. “They were so happy, I knew they’d bring a jolt of energy,” she said.
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Room to Grow
As she and her young son grow together, Duff sees her home as the comfortable backdrop for their busy lives. “This house is so versatile; it allows us to open up all the doors and have fun,” she said.
For the full feature, head to BHG.com, or pick up the February issue, on newsstands January 16.