Ashley Madekwe: My Morning Routine

It's hard not to have a serious friend crush on Ashley Madekwe. The former Revenge actress has an uber enviable wardrobe, a killer Hancock Park apartment, and a personal style blog, Ring My Bell, that's a favorite among the fashion set. The Brit invited us to peek at how she starts each day, shared all her at-home habits, like her addiction to London store-brand tea ("When someone comes to visit me, they have to bring tea--you can't stay in my house if you don't bring me tea."), introduced us to her well-traveled and camera-loving cat, Oscar, and let us tag along as she and her husband, actor and photographer Iddo Goldberg, shot a story for an upcoming blog post. What does a typical morning look like for you? I like to eat breakfast soon after I wake up because I think it's a good way to get the day started. I usually have either a boiled egg or fruit, and I always have tea. Even if I don't have time for breakfast, I always make time for tea. I travel with my own tea bags, just in case they don't have them where I'm going. We try to shoot for the blog early on in the day just to get it out of the way. If we're in a rush we'll just go straight outside and shoot it. You can get so much out of one street because you just move your position slightly and it looks like a completely different background. But we prefer to drive and look for an interesting spot if we have the time. Does your home décor reflect your fashion style? In my day-to-day life, if I'm not shooting, I will wear black all the time. I love black, but I get that it's not that interesting for a blog post, so I force myself to wear other things. You'd think my apartment would be like black-on-black-on-black, but it's actually a lot of white. I like a simple look with splashes of color. I love the brightness--I wake up to blinding sun. What is the vibe of your apartment? The vibe of the apartment is called compromise. That's what I learned living with a man. Some women marry men who have no say in the décor; I was not lucky with that. I married one who likes to insert his opinion, so we compromise a lot. I think that's important if you share a space with someone. I'm very feminine in my decorating style and he's a lot less so, so we have a nice blend of feminine and masculine. Especially in the bedroom, I think that's important. shop-look
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 Eiffel Side Chair, $251, Modernica Threshold Bread Board, $12, Target   Blue Bowl, $42 (Set of Four), Furbish Studio
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 Alegre Glass, $8, Crate & Barrel  Gold Coffee Spoons, $66 (Set of Six), Furbish Studio  Black and Beige Check Dish Towel, $22, Anthropologie
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 Stainless Demi Kettle, $80, Le Creuset  Tokusa Dish, $7, Furbish Studio  Funny Girl Poster, $2, All Posters
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 Sea-Flecture Side Plate, $16, Anthropologie  Spin Cup and Saucer, $6, World Market  Zebra Salt and Pepper Shakers, $19, Furbish Studio
Photographs: Jose Leon