Inside New Mom Louise Roe's English Country-Inspired L.A. Home
Inside Louise Roe's Los Angeles Home
Don't Go It Alone
"My husband conveniently quote unquote got a job in London the month that we moved last year—during only the biggest day of our life!" says Roe, pictured on her terrace, where a pedestal table and French cafe-style chairs are perfect for outdoor entertaining. "So I moved on my own. It's really stressful no matter how organized you are at packing. It’s definitely worth having reliable movers even if they cost a few hundred bucks more. Get the good guys."
Feel at Home
It helped that she was in love with her new cozy 1930s home, which is a rarity in the city, she says. "In Los Angeles, it’s hard to find older houses with charm because there’s so much modern," explains the fashion journalist, and Home Depot partner. "A lot of people have described [this house] as almost English countryside, so I must have subconsciously been looking for something that reminded me of home."
Keep Things Fun
On the big day, the 36-year-old called in some extra (and familiar!) hands to assist. "I had so many friends come over and help," she says. "My gay best friend did my closet. He spent about an hour doing the shoes."
And, she notes, she's not above a little bribery among friends: "After, we all got Chinese take-away and watched a movie. We made the move fun in the end," Roe explained.
Hang Onto the Booze!
A little motherly wisdom also came to Roe's rescue. “This is my mom’s tip and it’s a classic," she says. "She told me, you need to keep a few things in the car rather than in the moving van: toilet paper, bed sheets and a bottle of wine. I think it's just brilliant because it’s the only things you need on that first night to keep you sane,” she recounts with a laugh.
Ambience is Key
Once Roe moved in, she notes, it was easy for her and husband Mackenzie Hunkin, who welcomed a daughter Honor Florence in January, to agree on decor. "Neither one of us wanted to do anything absolutely crazy. We both loved a neutral palette," she explains. "For me, working in the fashion industry, I’m in bright colors and embellishments and heels and all that. So for my home environment, it’s actually nice to have a very calming palette."
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark
In one case, the TV personality argues, home decorators should do as she says, not as she does. "Dark colors you see in a lot of hotels, restaurants or clubs like Soho House have such an incredible ambience. Don’t be scared [to use them]. You can always paint it back."
She also makes a case for balance, noting, "We actually did go lighter in our house just because the floor is so dark."