Californians have a knack for making chic feel effortless. It's part of that quintessential California cool design aesthetic (and way of life)—something that Ashley Tisdale and her composer husband Christopher French managed to evoke in their 1930s Spanish Colonial located in the Hollywood Hills. The couple recently invited Architectural Digest into their newly renovated home, which Tisdale aptly describes as "laid-back chic."
The renovation was a collective effort, and Tisdale not only worked with interior designer Jake Arnold from 4C Design Group but also with her own dad, a contractor. "I grew up with him building all these amazing houses—including Darren Star's home in Los Angeles—and I missed working together," she explains. Along with her obvious personal connection to her father's work, Tisdale also enlisted him for his unique ability to renovate older properties while maintaining their history. "He knows how to make a space feel fresh and clean while still looking old," she boasts.
While it was her father and Arnold who truly transformed the 3500-square-foot house into Tisdale's dream home, she knew the property was a fit from day one. "We stepped onto the property and I knew, this is it," she tells the mag. After eight months of renovations, the home is filled with everything the young couple was looking for, including Tisdale's dream bathroom, a spacious walk-in closet, bold dark wood floors, and a perfect combination of new and vintage pieces.
According to Tisdale, the home is brimming with the creative inspiration both she and her husband thrive on. "Renovating this place has been perfectly in line with where we’re going in our careers," she says. Take a look inside the inspiring abode below.