Inside Melissa Joan Hart's Contemporary Los Angeles Bungalow
Sabrina, er, Melissa Joan Hart, has held a special place in our hearts since the '90s. Now 39 and a mom to three boys, the actress and director is living the modern family dream. She and her musician husband, Mark Wilkerson, planted roots in Los Angeles with the purchase of traditional cottage across the street from CBS Studios. It's of a completely different style than every home the pair lived in previously, and it has presented a fun opportunity for them to experiment—with the expert guidance of friend and interior designer Lonni Paul. Scroll to tour the bright, contemporary interiors now.
Hart and Wilkerson have owned eight homes in their 12 years of marriage, but this is the first that has a more modern feel to its interiors. "We have always owned Mediterranean- or hacienda-style homes. This new L.A. home was the perfect place to try out our recent attraction to modern accents with the light fixtures, flooring, and bathrooms."
As with many modern families, the kitchen is where the action is. "[It's] always where we spend most of our time together, whether it's meals or doing homework or art projects." Hart's aesthetic, which she describes as bright, clean, and casual, serves her and her family's needs: "With three boys that leave a tornado in their path, it was important to me to have it feel open and clean." Custom Silestone countertops and Kohler fixtures contribute to the clean, contemporary feel.
Working on the redesign of the home while still living on the East Coast, Hart says everyone was anxious to move in and get settled. But some of the elements of the redesign have been particularly life-saving. The easily accessible laundry room, for example: "Having the laundry room on the upstairs level is big help for busy families."
Working closely with friend and designer Lonni Paul on the project helped to mediate the married couple's differing tastes in home design: "Mark and I have our biggest fights ever over décor. He likes very masculine styles like big leather chairs and dark woods and I look more for comfort." Paul helped the couple find pieces that spoke to them both and ultimately, as Hart put it, "feel like home."
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