Inside Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘forever home’

Movie star Gwyneth Paltrow might be known for her wellness-inspired brand Goop, however, if you’re expecting to find an array of Goop products in her home you’re going to be disappointed.

Paltrow recently gave a tour of her luxurious Montecito home, which she shares with her husband, writer-producer Brad Falchuk, to Architectural Digest. And while she has put a clear focus on elements specifically designed to nurture the mind, body, and soul – they’re a lot more discreet than her line of Goop products.

Paltrow and her husband built the home ‘from the ground up’ after having purchased the property in 2017 for US$5 million.

The luxury home, located in Santa Barbara, California, includes a lavish kitchen, a ‘show-stopping’ living room, a plunge pool and spa with its very own US$30,000 shower system that helps with ‘good circulation’.

After purchasing the property, the couple set about taking on the extensive renovations with the help of Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams, who had previously helped her design her Tribecca loft, her first Goop pop-up shop, and the company’s permanent boutique, in the Brentwood Country Mart.

Source: Architectural Digest

In planning the design of the home, Paltrow notes that she wanted “a Parisian apartment set within an old European barn, something with high ceilings, flooded with light, a place that feels generous yet manageable at the same time”.

Speaking to Architectural Digest, Paltrow said she drew inspiration from her time in the UK and Europe when she was married to Coldplay singer Chris Martin.

“I think having spent so much time as an expat in Europe and really falling in love with Georgian proportions and those kinds of details, I really wanted the entryway to feel like its own special room,” she told the publication.

“And so with the architects, we conceived of having a fireplace, which is something you see a lot in Europe in an entryway, and it just gives this really nice feeling of warmth and welcome as you come in.”

The entryway to the property includes white panelled walls, a white fireplace, black double doors with gold handles and panelled glass that leads outside, slender plants in white pots, spread across black-and-white checkerboard tiles.

“The tiles remind us, as I said, of my time living in London, and just a detail that’s classic and traditional,” she said.

Her favourite room in the house is her powder room, which features a “hand-done antiqued mirror” and hand-painted wallpaper.

To design the dining room Paltrow enlisted her friend of 20 years, interior designer Brigette Romanek, to help furnish the home, however, there were creative differences.

“I can’t decide if it looks like a grasshopper or lily pads or something,” she said. 

“It’s a little futuristic for me.

Source: Architectural Digest

“Bridget and I, I wanna say we fought but… there was definitely some friction and then we landed on it being pretty cool and fabulous.

“There’s something also a bit Star Trek about it, but I’ve grown to really love it.”

For the kitchen, Paltrow said that it was important to have an open-plan design so she could cook and talk to her teenage children. For much of the design, she drew inspiration from Pinterest including the marble bar, a swing sofa seat, and lights inspired by the band Guns N’ Roses in the living room.

Throughout the house, Paltrow used different flooring to “offer a distinct personality to a room”.

Paltrow’s ‘forever home’ is surrounded by some of Hollywood’s biggest names including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Rowan Crosby

Rowan Crosby is a senior journalist at Elite Agent specialising in finance and real estate.