DOSSIER: NAME: Louise Roe TRADE:
TV host (NBC's Fashion Star) and fashion journalist. VIBE:
Bright and sunny '70s treehouse chic. ABODE:
Midcentury modern house in Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles, CA.
Television personality/fashion journalist Louise Roe is known for her personal style -- and critiquing that of others on camera -- but it turns out this insider is quite the home décor aficionado as well. She furnished and styled her 1962 house without the help of a decorator, and she's ready for her own lifestyle line. "I'm more passionate and particular about interior design than about fashion!" she confesses. "I've already created a mood board for the aesthetic, and I'd create crockery, stationery, natural wax candles, and a whole '70s-inspired entertainment set: trays, cocktail glasses, ashtrays, printed napkins -- the lot. So you'd feel like Bianca Jagger and Lauren Hutton were coming to dinner." Sign us up!
It was love at first sight for Roe and her midcentury modern home in LA's Benedict Canyon: the house's treehouse hideaway vibe is utterly unique. "My last home here was incredibly dark. It changed the mood of everything, so I swore my new one would be bright and sunny," she says. "The first things I noticed here were the warm terracotta tiles and the floor-to-ceiling windows showing palm trees and banana leaves outside," she says. So as not to harsh her mellow, Roe has balanced the rustic wood flooring with furniture and accessories in a soft natural palette.
To give the space a more intimate feel, Roe has peppered her place with family heirlooms and knickknacks. "Personal accents are what brings a room together," she says. "I love imagining the stories behind all those things." Each one has a special meaning -- from her a leather cylinder used to store her great-great-grandfather's formal-attire collar to mementos like a walnut-tree wooden dish from her grandparents' South American adventures. We adore the photo of her grandfather -- "my absolute hero," she says -- sitting atop his Beaufighter airplane in Malta during WWII.
"I definitely gravitate towards a '70s aesthetic in both my fashion and interior design choices," Roe says. So, we're not surprised that her décor flourishes align with her personal wardrobe. "I love color, gold metallic accents in gold, and printed throws. I also have a lot of prints in my closet."
Rumor has it, the home's original owners used to throw glamorous ragers. The open floor plan fosters a welcoming air, so it's beyond perfect for entertaining. "This house is made for dinner parties! I throw open the French windows, play Aluna George
, and serve up spicy jambalaya -- the only thing I can cook!" she says. "My friends are loud-laughers, so having people dotted around the living room or on the balcony is informal and fun."
Photographs: Justin Coit