Step Inside Kirsten Dunst’s Charming Ranch Home Tucked within the San Fernando Valley


Certainly, most of the objets de vertu acquired throughout that preliminary collaboration—like a set of metal Gio Ponti chairs with teal leather-based upholstery, and a Baguès ship-form crystal chandelier—have made their approach, practically twenty years later, into Dunst’s present abode, a Nineteen Thirties ranch home within the San Fernando Valley, the place she lives together with her fiancé, fellow actor Jesse Plemons, and their two sons, three-year-old Ennis and child James. “I’m actually a Valley lady. It’s simply extra peaceable right here than the opposite aspect of the hill,” Dunst says matter-of-factly, pooh-poohing the antiquated snobbery of the L.A. actual property market.

After tackling the much less attractive, albeit essential, features of the renovation, comparable to structural reinforcement and the set up of recent period-sensitive home windows, Dunst and Hallworth outfitted the house with a broad array of furnishings and objects tied to particular milestones within the actor’s life and profession. “That was a Spider-Man buy,” Dunst says, gesturing towards a shapely, seductive Frits Henningsen wingback chair. “The Elizabeth Peyton portrait of Marie Antoinette was, predictably, from my Marie Antoinette days,” she continues, referring to her star flip in director Sofia Coppola’s toothsome 2006 biopic.

Within the eating room, a classic Josef Frank ceiling gentle for Svenskt Tenn hangs above an vintage New England eating desk from Galerie Half with Gio Ponti chairs. The essential 18th-century Swedish secretary from Lief got here out of Hovdala citadel.

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The poolhouse includes a root desk and stools from Nickey Kehoe.

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Most of the extra eccentric heirlooms and curiosities within the dwelling are linked to Dunst’s household. The vintage ship fashions that adorn the dwelling and eating rooms, for instance, have been fabricated by her grandfather, whereas an vintage mourning wreath of white feathers within the household room was crafted by Dunst’s great-aunt on her Minnesota farm. The newest addition to the gathering of household treasures is a chunk of scrap wooden painted by younger Ennis, which Hallworth steered mounting as an artwork object above the lounge couch. Perched atop the ready-made sculpture is a small picket hen gifted to Dunst by Jane Campion, the director of the upcoming movie The Energy of the Canine, a story of affection and cruelty set in Twenties Montana, wherein Dunst stars alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Plemons.

Though Dunst admits she takes the lead in inside design—“Jesse was a bachelor dude, so I introduced adorning into his life,” she says, laughing—Plemons’s presence is unmistakable. Each room in the home comprises bits of Texiana, or Texidermy, or no matter one calls objects redolent of the Lone Star State, the place Plemons was born. An abundance of guitars, two pianos—a Steinway and a beloved Wurlitzer—and an vintage parlor organ stated to have belonged to the Seashore Boys’ Brian Wilson level to the actor’s ardour for music.

“There’s a splash of Jesse’s cowboy aesthetic combined in with Kirsten’s extra glamorous issues. We needed to shake all of it up into simply the precise cocktail,” Hallworth notes. That peculiar olio involves life within the cozy front room, the place a broad copper chandelier harking back to a boot spur presides over an assemblage of refined furnishings by the likes of Philip Arctander and Jacques Adnet. Even within the extraordinary kitchen—a deeply soulful composition bathed in tones of aubergine and russet—the sample on the vintage Majolica tiles that line the backsplash recall to mind the thrives of a cowboy’s bandana.

“I like the mixture of girly and masculine. I like issues which have age and patina—actually something that sparks an emotional connection,” Dunst says of her ornamental predilections. “Our house is the gathering spot the place everybody involves eat, drink, swim, make music. The bar is at all times in full swing. We wish individuals to have an excellent time, in order a lot as we worth fairly, nothing is just too treasured,” she provides. Requested whether or not she and Plemons have any future renovation plans for his or her delightfully cozy casa, Dunst demurs: “Probably not…however I’m positive Jane does.”

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