Tour the Gorgeous (and Eco-Friendly!) Santa Monica Home of Amber Valletta

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The print version of this story was written by Laurie Sandell.

It’s no surprise that an ultra-stylish supermodel/actress would have an equally fabulous home. What is surprising, though, is just how eco-friendly Amber Valletta’s beautiful home is. For our April 2014 issue, Valletta opened the doors to her spectacular Santa Monica home and shared all her green decorating tips.

Valletta collaborated with designer Ross Cassidy to create a home that was both stylish and had a small carbon footprint. “I remember being in New York 20 years ago and talking about climate change,” she told reporter Laurie Sandell. “That’s just part of who I am.”

To accomplish their green goals, the duo used vintage fabrics and furniture, un-dyed linens, low-chemical paint, solar panels and natural fibers. The resulting space is a collage of textures, bright colors, art, and light. “There’s a sense of playfulness here,” said Valletta. “I wanted a home that’s fun, not fussy.”

One of Valletta’s favorite rooms in the house is her bedroom. Natural sea grass covers the walls, but—in a move that proves eco-friendly doesn’t have to be boring—Amber painted them hot pink. In spite of her pro volleyball player husband Christian McCaw's hesitation, Valletta was totally confident about the bold color. “I knew it was going to be really cool.”

Tour Amber Valletta’s eco-friendly Santa Monica home through our gorgeous photo gallery.

—Reporting by Laurie Sandell

This feature originally appeared in our April issue. For more stories like this, subscribe to InStyle now.

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This is Brian Andy from In Style, and here's a look at our April home shoot with supermodel and actress Amber Valletta. Working with interior designer Ross Cassidy, Valletta has created a warm and eco-friendly home filled with sustainable wood and natural fibers. [MUSIC] As you move into the kitchen, the kitchen features appliances neatly tucked behind walnut panels and reclaimed pendant lights. The dining area features a hand painted wallpaper mural of birds and purple flowers. [MUSIC] As you move upstairs, the hallways are filled with an eclectic gallery of art work and photos, including this framed collage of Polaroids, of the letter snapped by photographer Richard Avadon. Upstairs, the bedroom and adjoining meditation room feature bold, hot pink painted walls. Which deepen in color as the sun sets. And back downstairs, Valletta's cozy, Dutch blue office features a variety of books. Is organized by color. Check out more of Amber Vallettas home in the April issue of InStyle.
 
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