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    Step Inside Kirsten Dunst’s Charming Ranch House Tucked in the San Fernando Valley


    Working with designer Jane Hallworth, the superstar crafts an L.A. home for her growing family that’s a little bit country, a little bit rock-and-roll, and a whole lot of charm
    By Mayer Rus
    Photography by Laure Joliet
    Styled by Colin King

    October 6, 2021





    The living room is outfitted with a Frits Henningsen wingback chair from Denmark 50, a monumental chandelier from Blackman Cruz, a pair of Erik Karlström club chairs from Lief, a Philip Arctander clam chair from JF Chen, and a custom sofa in a linen from Thomas Lavin. The painting above the fireplace is by Elizabeth Peyton.Laure Joliet









    Of the many story lines that converge in the marvelously idiosyncratic Los Angeles home of Kirsten Dunst, one of the most compelling is the enduring relationship between the actor and interior designer Jane Hallworth. The two met just over 20 years ago, when Dunst was only 18 years old and Hallworth, having recently alighted in California from university in England, was assisting her sisters, Dunst’s longtime stylists Nina and Clare Hallworth. A few years later, as Hallworth was beginning to establish herself as a player in the world of interiors, Dunst turned to her friend for help in designing the star’s first proper L.A. home, a kind of reimagined Scandinavian lake house tucked in the Hollywood Hills.

    “I wasn’t particularly interested in clothes and cars, but I was excited about my home,” Dunst recalls. “Jane really educated me about furniture and design. I was her student in that realm.”


    No teacher could ask for a more inquisitive, appreciative pupil. “Kirsten has worked with some of the world’s best costume and set designers, so she has an amazing eye. She gets inspired by beautiful things. She can see the poetry in them. For her, it’s not about style or pedigree per se, but that sweet, lovely call of home,” Hallworth says. “For that first house, I didn’t lead her to trivial pieces. We didn’t buy much, but what we did buy was the best.


    Aubergine wall tile by Waterworks, 19th-century terra-cotta floor tiles by Chateau Domingue, majolica backsplash and marble by Compas Stone, cubby shelf from Nickey Kehoe, and Pierre Jeanneret stool from Galerie Half.
    Laure Joliet


    Indeed, many of the objets de vertu acquired during that initial collaboration—like a set of steel Gio Ponti chairs with teal leather upholstery, and a Baguès ship-form crystal chandelier—have made their way, nearly two decades later, into Dunst’s current abode, a 1930s ranch house in the San Fernando Valley, where she lives with her fiancé, fellow actor Jesse Plemons, and their two sons, three-year-old Ennis and baby James. “I’m really a Valley girl. It’s just more peaceful here than the other side of the hill,” Dunst says matter-of-factly, pooh-poohing the antiquated snobbery of the L.A. real estate market.

    After tackling the less sexy, albeit crucial, aspects of the renovation, such as structural reinforcement and the installation of new period-sensitive windows, Dunst and Hallworth outfitted the home with a broad array of furnishings and objects tied to specific milestones in the actor’s life and career. “That was a Spider-Man purchase,” Dunst says, gesturing toward 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 turn in director Sofia Coppola’s toothsome 2006 biopic.


    In the dining room, a vintage Josef Frank ceiling light for Svenskt Tenn hangs above an antique New England dining table from Galerie Half with Gio Ponti chairs. The important 18th-century Swedish secretary from Lief came out of Hovdala castle.
    Laure Joliet



    The poolhouse features a root table and stools from Nickey Kehoe.
    Laure Joliet

    Many of the more eccentric heirlooms and curiosities in the home are connected to Dunst’s family. The antique ship models that adorn the living and dining rooms, for example, were fabricated by her grandfather, while an antique mourning wreath of white feathers in the family room was crafted by Dunst’s great-aunt on her Minnesota farm. The latest addition to the collection of family treasures is a piece of scrap wood painted by young Ennis, which Hallworth suggested mounting as an art object above the living room sofa. Perched atop the ready-made sculpture is a small wooden bird gifted to Dunst by Jane Campion, the director of the upcoming film The Power of the Dog, a tale of love and cruelty set in 1920s Montana, in which Dunst stars alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Plemons.
    Although Dunst admits she takes the lead in interior design—“Jesse was a bachelor dude, so I brought decorating into his life,” she says, laughing—Plemons’s presence is unmistakable. Every room in the house contains bits of Texiana, or Texidermy, or whatever one calls objects redolent of the Lone Star State, where Plemons was born. An abundance of guitars, two pianos—a Steinway and a beloved Wurlitzer—and an antique parlor organ said to have belonged to the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson point to the actor’s passion for music.


    “There’s a dash of Jesse’s cowboy aesthetic mixed in with Kirsten’s more glamorous things. We had to shake it all up into just the right cocktail,” Hallworth notes. That peculiar olio comes to life in the comfy living room, where a broad copper chandelier reminiscent of a boot spur presides over an assemblage of refined furnishings by the likes of Philip Arctander and Jacques Adnet. Even in the extraordinary kitchen—a deeply soulful composition bathed in tones of aubergine and russet—the pattern on the antique Majolica tiles that line the backsplash call to mind the flourishes of a cowboy’s bandana.
    “I like the combination of girly and masculine. I like things that have age and patina—really anything that sparks an emotional connection,” Dunst says of her decorative predilections. “Our home is the gathering spot where everyone comes to eat, drink, swim, make music. The bar is always in full swing. We want people to have a good time, so as much as we value pretty, nothing is too precious,” she adds. Asked whether she and Plemons have any future renovation plans for their delightfully cozy casa, Dunst demurs: “Not really…but I’m sure Jane does.”



    In the family room, a Victorian leather settee and chair from JF Chen are joined by a Victor DiNovi cocktail table and a Severin Hansen floor lamp from Rewire. The photograph on the far wall is by Hunter S. Thompson.



    Kirsten Dunst, wearing a vintage dress and accessories from LILY et Cie, poses in her handsome kitchen. Aubergine wall tile by Waterworks, 19th-century terra-cotta floor tiles by Chateau Domingue, majolica backsplash and marble by Compas Stone, cubby shelf from Nickey Kehoe, and Pierre Jeanneret stool from Galerie Half. Fashion Styling by Nina and Clare Hallworth.



    Dunst in her dining room. Fashion styling by Nina and Clare Hallworth. Vintage clothing provided by Rita Watnick of LILY et Cie



    The living room is outfitted with a Frits Henningsen wingback chair from Denmark 50, a monumental chandelier from Blackman Cruz, a pair of Erik Karlström club chairs from Lief, a Philip Arctander clam chair from JF Chen, and a custom sofa in a linen from Thomas Lavin. The painting above the fireplace is by Elizabeth Peyton.



    The nursery has Lake August wallpaper, a vintage Erik Höglund pendant light, window coverings of A velvet from Hollywood at Home, and a Crate and Barrel owl basket.



    In the main bedroom, a rustic bench from Nickey Kehoe and a Kaare Klint wingback chair rest on a Sultanabad carpet from Woven. The cabinet is by BDDW, and the 1930s crystal chandelier is from Blackman Cruz. Tibor curtain fabric through Thomas Lavin.



    The main bath is furnished with a 19th-century copper tub with Watermark fixtures, a Charles Dudouyt vanity, an English Holophane light from Obsolete, curtain fabric by Heather Taylor Home, reclaimed terra-cotta floor tiles from Chateau Domingue, and a door that once graced Jacqueline Onassis’s New York City apartment.



    The landscape was designed by Terremoto. Pool chaise longues by Eco Outdoor, wood stump tables by Angel City Lumber.



    A 1960s French industrial pendant from Galerie Half hangs above the kitchen island, clad in Rojo Cehegin marble from Compas Stone. Waterstone sink fittings; Viking range.


    Aubergine wall tile by Waterworks, 19th-century terra-cotta floor tiles by Chateau Domingue, majolica backsplash and marble by Compas Stone, cubby shelf from Nickey Kehoe, and Pierre Jeanneret stool from Galerie Half.



    The poolhouse features a root table and stools from Nickey Kehoe.



    Dunst in the family room. The photograph behind the turntable is by Hunter S. Thompson. Fashion styling by Nina and Clare Hallworth. Vintage clothing provided by Rita Watnick of LILY et Cie.



    Terremoto designed the deck off the main bedroom. Jane Hallworth lanterns through Blackman Cruz.



    Detail of the fireplace in the family room.



    In the dining room, a vintage Josef Frank ceiling light for Svenskt Tenn hangs above an antique New England dining table from Galerie Half with Gio Ponti chairs. The important 18th-century Swedish secretary from Lief came out of Hovdala castle.



    The pink-hued poolhouse/guesthouse is Dunst’s personal Petit Trianon.



    In the main bedroom, a Regency gilt-wood mirror surmounts an 18th-century Danish secretary. A Baguès ship-form chandelier hangs from the ceiling, and the side chair is by Ico Parisi.



    The bar has a BC Workshop bronze root stool and oak-and-bronze stools by Jane Hallworth through Blackman Cruz. The piano is by Steinway & Sons.



    On the veranda at the front of the house, 1960s French oak dining chairs surround an 18th-century Italian barrel table.




















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    I love those aubergine tiles in the kitchen. They're dark, but so pretty. I also like a lot of the wooden pieces, like the tree-trunk table, and some of the exposed wood beams inside/pergola patio outside. But the rest is boho meh to me.
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    i really love the mix of styles and the fact that it feels like a real home, not a kardashian mansion where it feels like everything was bought on the same day at the same store.
    also adore the aubergine tiles in the kitchen, in fact the whole colour scheme in there is really refreshing and i adore the reclaimed 19th century terra cota tile on the floor. the bar/piano area is a little vintage saloon for my tastes but overall i really like this, and i want those gio ponti dining chairrs.
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    Wow, that kitchen is a real standout with those tiles and the cranberry cabinets. I like some of the other pieces but not sure if I like them all together. I also really like those curved-arm twig chairs on one of the patios.
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    I loved those terra cotta tiles. I like that they were both in the kitchen and bathroom.

    I had issues with that bathroom though. Seems a little too hunting lodge with that weird eagle and gingham shower curtain (Is that a shower back there? They probably have a shower and I want to see it.) And I thought a copper bath tub should look far more impressive than that thing in the corner.

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    ^^^^
    yeah the bathroom doesn't seem super practical and i wondered if we were only being shown the stylish angles with none of the practical stuff, like the shower and wall hooks.
    i actually love the antique copper bathtub. i really dislike modern copper tubs that are all shiny and don't have that lovely patina to them.
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    There is no way Jesse Plemons is fitting inside that bathtub!
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    i like it a lot, even if it is not my style.
    lots of great pieces and the kitchen looks amazing!
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    Too dark, too brown, not nearly enough color.

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    Wow I'm positively surprised. I'd live there, would re-do the bathroom but everything else looks lovely. And it's so cute how she / they love their dog, all the pictures of him or her everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by funky_chicken View Post
    Wow I'm positively surprised. I'd live there, would re-do the bathroom but everything else looks lovely. And it's so cute how she / they love their dog, all the pictures of him or her everywhere.
    Did you see the tasteful au naturel painting of herself she's standing in front of? There's a dog in that one, too, but I think it's some kind of German shepherd mix instead of the Bassett hound.

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    I did, I thought that was a photograph though.
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    Yeah, I think you're right.

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    (and I only saw the dog before you mentioned the naked woman)
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    ^^^^
    i think that photo is by Hunter S Thompson
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