Despite being born in Brooklyn, Anne Hathaway is no stranger to SoCal's rolling hills – and her Californian Alpine-style country estate formerly owned by designer Yves Saint Laurent is getting a lot of love after she shared pictures on her Insta feed.
Hathaway is undoubtedly a fully paid-up member of America's movie and fashion royalty, so it is no surprise that her Swiss-style home is a masterclass in chic, exhibiting timeless wood panels on the walls, stone fireplaces, exquisitely chic furnishings, and an earthy color palette.
Though there is strong competition, the stone-covered patio – overlooking the mountains – is our favorite space in the actress' home. The patio embraces homey '70s style with enthusiasm, with wicker furniture and rustic coffee table. We love it. And designers agree. But how to get his 50 year-old trend right in your home?
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'The key to good design is striking the right balance between restraint and exuberance,' says landscape designer Nathan Heinrich.
'When you have a space surrounded by handsomely rugged hills that change throughout the day in a beguiling dance of light and shadow, you let them be the stars, and all other elements merely play supporting roles. That's exactly what designer Pamela Shamshiri delivered to Anne Hathaway and her husband, Adam Shulman, in their Southern California home.'
Nathan Heinrich is a California-born writer, designer, and horticulturist residing in Italy. The son of a 5th generation walnut and almond farming family, Nathan managed one of California's largest wholesale nurseries before starting his own botanical design company, which he operated in California and New York for over a decade. He is currently renovating properties in both the Prosecco Valley of Northern Italy and Tennessee and hosts a top-5 travel podcast.
Nathan notes that 'every detail and finish' are carefully selected to create a simultaneously chic and unfussy space – using natural materials (such as wicker and hardwood) to tone down the maximalist patterns and bring a sense of balance to the otherwise dramatic setting.
'None of the single elements scream "Look at me," instead, they each play their own soft note in a melody that is both cohesive and soothing,' he says.
'Mature citrus trees, native oaks, and specimen succulents encircle the terrace's stone retaining wall and offer both privacy and contrast to the earthy elements while perfectly framing the panoramic view of the desert hills.'
And, while it is hard to pick a favorite furnishing, we'd have to confess that Anne's coffee table – effortlessly topped with peonies – is hard to rival. Nathan, too admires the 'rough, hand-hewn,18th-century' aesthetic of the piece – adding that complements the organic feel' to the paved backyard. So, of course, we found a similar piece below.
With timeless, traditional styling, this wicker loveseat from adds sophistication to your outdoor living space. Its shape is inspired by Anne Hathaway's piece – and while the cushions are notably more pared-back – they are changeable if you so wish.
Love the homey plaid throws on Anne's couches? This traditional Tartan throw is manufactured from 100% Merino lambswool; it's soft, luxurious and cozy, and in warm colors that reflect the color scheming of Anne Hathaway's patio.
'If ever there was a more perfectly designed or situated terrace – I have yet to see it,' Nathan says. And what can we say, but we're inclined to agree.
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Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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