Courteney Cox's home study taps into a timeless (and durable) trend that is 'both timeless and effortlessly chic'

The actor's library utilizes warm woods and dark paints for a cabin feel, and designers approve of its moody aesthetic

Courteney Cox
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Courteney Cox has gone from playing the eternally quotable and stylish Monica Geller on Friends to pursuing her interest in interiors with her chic homeware line, HomeCourt (along with posting ample home content on her Instagram and TikTok pages, much of which we've saved to our own mood boards).

The actor has posted photos everywhere, from her kitchen to her yard, but we were instantly intrigued when she recently put up a video in her home office. The unique room features stoned floors and dark-painted bookshelves, all of which complement the natural wood paneling along the walls.

Natural wood is perhaps one of the most talked-about materials over the last few years, stemming from its popularity and versatility within a range of design styles and trends, from Organic Modern to Japandi.

'In rustic farmhouse interiors, reclaimed barn wood, live-edge wood mantels and tables, wood ceiling beams, or distressed finishes add warmth and character, creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere,' explains Nina Lichtenstein.

'In contrast, sleek Scandinavian designs favor light, blonde woods such as birch or ash, paired with clean lines and minimalist furnishings for a modern and airy feel. Mid-century modern spaces often feature rich walnut woods and iconic furniture designs, adding a touch of retro charm to the decor. No matter the style, wood brings a sense of natural beauty and warmth to any space, making it a timeless choice for home design.'

Nina Lichtenstein
Nina Lichtenstein

Nina Lichtenstein is the founder and principal home designer at her eponymous design studio, based in Westchester, NY. Nina believes that home design should capture a family’s unique spirit by how it serves the family's daily needs while nourishing the soul. She has been celebrated for designing, renovating, and building elegant living spaces. 

Regardless of which aesthetic is followed (although we are partial to Cox's darker take on the Organic Modern trend), Lichtenstein says that it's crucial to strike a balance between spotlighting wood's natural beauty and creating a cohesive space.

'Start by choosing wood finishes and tones that complement the overall aesthetic of the room,' she suggests. 'For a cohesive look, consider matching wood tones throughout the space or mixing different finishes for added depth and visual interest. Incorporate other natural materials such as stone, metal, and woven textures to create a balanced and layered design scheme.'

To make a space look coordinated, Lichtenstein recommends implementing wood into every aspect of a room, from floors and furniture to decor.

'Choose furniture with clean lines and simple silhouettes to allow the beauty of the wood to shine through,' she says. 'Add warmth and texture with plush rugs, cozy throws, and soft furnishings to create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. By styling around wood with intention and creativity, you can create a space that is both timeless and effortlessly chic, celebrating the beauty of nature in every detail.'

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Hannah Ziegler
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Hannah is Homes & Gardens’ News Editor, with a focus on celebrity style and entertainment content. She got her start in media as a digital editorial assistant at ELLE Canada, and has since written about lifestyle and culture for publications such as Nylon and i-D.

Her love of film is rivalled only by one with a great soundtrack, and she hopes to someday decorate a Nancy Meyers-worthy kitchen.