Mom-to-Be Mindy Kaling Shows Off Her 'Fantasy' Backyard That 'Reminds Me of the Way That I Grew Up'
Mindy Kaling's Brand-New Backyard
If you thought the interiors of Mindy Kaling’s Los Angeles home were showstopping, wait until you see the backyard! The Mindy Project creator, who recently revealed she's expecting her first child, just made over her outdoor space with help from One Kings Lane, and the results are a perfect match for the actress’s bright but sophisticated aesthetic.
“I’m from the East Coast, and in my 20s it was all about living in the canyons and having a splendid view,” Kaling, 38, says. “But in my 30s I think I want something a little homier, something that reminds me of the way I grew up.”
The pool area is the perfect California retreat, but was inspired by a trip Kaling took to Turks and Caicos. “I stayed at this resort called Amanyara,” she says. “One of the nicest things, besides how amazing the hotel was, was how their pool was clean and gray-looking. So we decided to re-create that look.”
Read and Relax
Although she says she’s “pathologically suspicious of vacations,” when she does get away, the A Wrinkle in Time actress prefers to keep her activities casual. “I like to be by a pool with a mystery-murder novel,” Kaling says.
Kaling discovered her New York-based interior designer, Katie Ridder, on Instagram. “I fell in love with the way she uses colors, textures, prints and patterns,” she says. “I just felt like it had to be her,” she says.
Work Hard, Play Hard
A spot to host her cast members was one of the must-haves for her backyard’s redesign. “I wanted a house with a lot of outdoor space so I could invite my writing staff over to barbecue, drink beers, hang out,” she says.
Room for All
“I have a giant dining table too, so I can have Nancy Meyers-style dinner parties out here,” she explains of the alfresco focal point. “Or that’s my fantasy anyway!”
All the Activities
Her outdoor hub’s design may be done, but there's still more for Kaling to do in the space. “I have to learn how to barbecue, I need to learn how to swim better, I need to learn how to play croquet,” she says. “Those are some upcoming challenges for me, in this new outdoor Mindy Kaling lifestyle that I’ve decided to adopt.”