Tiffani Thiessen is a woman who knows what she wants — and isn’t afraid to dig through the rubble to get it.
When a home in her Encino, California, neighborhood was torn down, the Cooking Channel star, 44, saw an opportunity to transform the leftover brick into a fireplace for the backyard she shares with husband Brady Smith and their two kids, Harper, 7, and Holt, 2. Although she was the brains behind the operation, it was Smith, 46, who made the outdoor magic happen.
“I bribed my husband to take a wheelbarrow and get it,” Thiessen tells Food Network Magazine in the April issue.
The rest of the sunny space came together with a little less elbow grease, and now sports rattan furniture, a pergola and a plethora of plants. The latter was inspired by Thiessen and Smith’s fathers, who are both retired landscape architects.
The welcoming vibe extends inside their 6,000-square-foot abode, which serves as a retreat for the Dinner at Tiffani’s host.
“The moment you arrive, you don’t feel like you’re in Los Angeles anymore,” she says.
Her kitchen and hyper-organized pantry might be the focal point of the five-bedroom house, but her living room (top) is equally as cozy, sporting a black-painted fireplace, a bright yellow ottoman and artwork created by her husband.
The casual-chic vibe is prevalent in the remodeled master bedroom, which boasts an Anthropologie bed and an antique rug, in addition to an oversize gold mirror and black velvet-upholstered bench.
“I wanted a cross between vintage and upscale,” Thiesssen says. “I like that it feels French, but also very American.”
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With plenty of room for her husband, kids and their pets (two dogs and chickens!) and a close-knit relationship with the community — “Over the last few years we have gotten some great neighbors with kids, and we’ve become very close with them,” she told PEOPLE last May — it’s safe to say the Saved by the Bell alum isn’t seeing any “For Sale” signs in her future.
“We knew this was going to be the home we stayed in for a long time,” she says.
For the full details, pick up this issue of Food Network Magazine, on newsstands now.