"I wanted to feel like I had a bachelorette pad," the model and actress tells PEOPLE in this week's issue

By Mackenzie Schmidt
July 20, 2018 11:00 AM

Olivia Culpo‘s first grown-up home is just like her — polished, pretty and more than a little glam.

The actress and model picked out her Hollywood condo for its cool, loftlike feel and architectural details, including an oddity for the West Coast: exposed brick walls. “I was definitely attracted to the character in this building and you don’t find a lot of that in LA, so it reminded me of where I’m from on the East Coast,” the Rhode Island-raised star, 26, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

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But its dark wood floors and black painted walls felt too masculine, she says, and made the open-plan apartment seem cavernous.

“I’m a really girlie person, so I wanted a much more feminine environment,” says Culpo, who next stars in the Bruce Willis action flick Reprisal. “I wanted to feel like I had a bachelorette pad.”

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“She’s got that East Coast, preppy vibe about her, so the minute we started chatting I was envisioning some sort of interior from a Nancy Meyers movie,” says designer Orlando Soria, who along with online-decorating service Homepolish and Hayneedle helped bring her ladylike rooms to life with pale furnishings, blush accessories and hits of polished brass.

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“We combined light colors, which are traditionally seen as feminine, with strong geometry, traditionally seen as masculine, to create a space that felt neither too childish or too industrial,” explains Soria.

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Though they didn’t make any huge structural chances to the space, the pair did build a custom closet for the fashion lover and a dining nook in one corner that Culpo says has the best light in the house for snapping Instagram photos.

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Though the social media star is frequently traveling for work, when she is home, you can find her in one spot: “I definitely lay in bed for so long and I watch HGTV,” she admits of her crash time.

The bedroom’s walls are lined with gold-framed mirrors to visual expand the cozy space, and of course for the Culpo to check her look before heading out to the other place she feels right at home: a red carpet.

After nearly a year-long process of making it her own, the finished apartment finally reflects its stylish owner. Says Culpo: “It’s glam. It’s modern. It’s everything that I wanted it to be. It’s perfect for me.”