DOSSIER: NAME: Sophia Bush TRADE: Actress and activist. VIBE: Natural modern meets industrial cool. ABODE: Three-bedroom, two-bath modernist home in the hills. Sophia Bush isn't great at staying in one place for very long. "I'm a perpetual traveler, so I get stir crazy," she admits. Between filming on location for NBC's Chicago PD, globetrotting with Pencils of Promise in pursuit of spreading education opportunities in developing countries, and her many activist roles for organizations like DoSomething.org, it's no wonder the actress has found little time to settle into her Hollywood hills home. "I bought the house in 2010, then did another two and a half years of work in North Carolina," she says. "Until last year, it was basically a really beautiful storage unit." Enter Domaine. With the goal to create a home base suitable for recharging between her many endeavors, Bush enlisted the help of Domaine editors Estee Stanley and Mat Sanders to transform the sleek and natural architectural gem into a space that could function as both a warm social spot for friends and a launch pad for a life of yeses. With a habit of hopping on a plane every four days, Bush knew she wanted her LA house to serve as a hub for catch-ups of all kinds. "About one weekend a month, bands that I love are invited, and we have 60 people over for these great music sessions," she says. To accommodate this salon vibe, the living room was designed with a decidedly lobby-ish concept in mind. "I love the notion that a space can be dictated by whatever is going on inside it," says Bush of her reimagined, multi-purpose living room. Centered around a cluster of back-to-back furniture, the floor plan makes use of mismatched sittables like a tweed wingback from Hollywood at Home, a red '50s Italian easy chair by Osvaldo Borsani, and an ultra-modern aqua Windsor chair from A+R. This varied arrangement, though unconventional, easily accommodates pockets of conversation and transitions seamlessly into a casual performance space for musical consortiums.
Down the floating stairs and through the kitchen, a moody media bunker welcomes casual veg-outs and movie parties. "All I wanted was a big couch and a TV," Bush says of her ask for a tucked-away space to curl up with her gaggle of pit bulls Penny, Patch, and Griffin. "There's something so nice about having a viewing space in and of itself." Here, a 12-foot, two-toned sofa piled with large kilim pillows sits under an overstretched vintage marquee arrow. While the room's orientation directs itself toward TV viewing, dark charcoal walls help camouflage the flat screen so that scattered Environment stools and an Eames lounger continue to encourage social gatherings.
If the goal of this project was to make the house feel like an inspiring launch pad for the day-to-day, then you can say this home has good bones. Thanks in equal parts to an open-door policy for friends who keep the home feeling lively and lived-in while Bush is away, and the house mantra, "Yes!," inscribed on the 14-foot kitchen chalkboard wall, the home came pre-installed with a willingness to live well. "As friends, we realized that when things are very 'eh' in your life, taking risks and running into fear full force requires saying yes to things. It's pretty crazy to see what that did two years out for us. It changed our lives completely. 2013 was the year of yes, and 2012 was just in beta. For anyone that comes in the house now, we're going to say yes to having the best life possible."
Photographs: Justin Coit
|Malawi Chair by Jeffrey Alan Marks, $2500, Nathan Turner||French Leather Day Bed, $3120, 1st Dibs||Turkish Rug, $1475, Lawrence of La Brea|
|Throw Pillow, $425, Commune||Eames Lounge and Ottoman, $4559, DWR||Biscuit Stool, $295, Environment|
|Nobu Chair, $325, Organic Modernism||195 NAAN Dining Table, Price Upon Request, Cassina||Black Metal/Glass Globe Pendant, $1000, Obsolete|
|Mark Coppos Low Coffee Table Heath Ceramics||White Marble Coffee Tables Nickey Kehoe||Teal Side Chair A+R Store|
|Wingback Chair Hollywood at Home||Dining Room Chandelier + Arrow Marquee Big Daddy's Antiques||Area Rugs Lawrence of La Brea|
|Sofa Upholstery International Silks and Woolens||Black Wicker Chair Hollywood at Home||Pillows Commune|
|Navajo Rug Ottoman Nathan Turner||Midcentury Wingback Morris Chair Nickey Kehoe||Entry Leather Chairs Nathan Turner|
|Osvaldo Borsani "P 40" Easy Chair, Price Upon Request, Eccola||Wrap Bench, $399, CB2||Pair of Brown Leather Armchairs, $6565, Hollywood at Home|
|Rectangular Hassock, From $850, Nickey Kehoe||22 Light Scolari Chrome Rod Chandelier, $3200, 1st Dibs||School Chair, $295, Organic Modernism|
|Ercol's Stacking Chair, $470, A+R||Double Coffee Pour Over Drip Station/Stand, $90, WV Mountain Artisan||Noodle Circular Dye Throw Blanket, $69, Urban Outfitters|
|Arrow Marquee Wall Light, $179, PB Teen||Black Matte Frame, $50, CB2||"The Rock" Two Seater Sofa by Gerard van den Berg for Montis, $6750, 1st Dibs|
|The Time is Always Now by Peter Tunney, Price Upon Request, Off the Wall Gallery||Upholstered Accent Stool, $1565, Hollywood at Home||Kurdish Wedding Kilim Pillow, $219, The Loaded Trunk|