Happily Ever After with Ginnifer Goodwin
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By Nora Zelevansky for Elle
It took six years and countless antiquing trips, but actress Ginnifer Goodwin, known for her delicate features, has finally perfected a fairy-tale-worthy L.A. lair. To make things go smoothly, she enlisted Amy Kehoe of design firm Nickey Kehoe (on the recommendation of HBO's Big Love costar and real-life best friend Jeanne Tripplehorn) to help her shop for antiques and other touches that would add a lived-in feel.
Ottoman Empire2 of 12
Despite the grandeur of the living room’s high ceilings and dramatic green drapes (which, after much debate, Kehoe and Goodwin exchanged for a darker, richer velvet and raised higher up to emphasize the room’s scale), the living and dining areas are cozy, unpretentious, and brightened by throw pillows embroidered with Tennessee and a giant mauve ottoman Kehoe designed to be a centerpiece “where we can set trays of food, but also put our feet up!” Goodwin says.
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Art, History3 of 12
“I’m a Shakespeare whore,” Goodwin jokes of her book collection.
A Quiet Place4 of 12
“This is my sacred space, my heaven, my oasis,” she adds. “I want, walking in, to feel like it’s the kind of place where people stop by unannounced and it’s hard to get them to leave.” It seems to be working. “When people come over, we make noble plans to walk to the movies or bum around Amoeba Music but end up sitting here, kibitzing all night.”
Gathering Spot5 of 12
Friends (clockwise from top) Dorian Howard (of Milk & Honey shoes) and Celine Khavarani stop by for a game of Monopoly.
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Perfectly Poised6 of 12
In what Goodwin calls the “salon” and the “ballroom”—her rooms go by bygone-era names, a wink to the actress’s Southern upbringing—two portrait galleries show off her great-aunt, a vaudeville performer of some renown, Nan Halperin.
Strike a Balance7 of 12
“Just like in fashion, it’s all about balance,” says Goodwin. “I pick one thing to feature. That’s translated to the house, like in the kitchen table’s bright yellow pop.”
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Playing Games9 of 12
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“I love steam-punk fixtures,” she says.
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Art Worthy11 of 12
“Wonderful and whimsical” art says Goodwin.
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Tea Time12 of 12
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