Constance Zimmer’s 3,500-Square-Foot L.A. Home Is Unreal—Peek Inside
Like the women she plays on television, Constance Zimmer isn’t one to back down from a difficult undertaking. Exhibit A: With the help of her husband, photographer and film director Russ Lamoureux, The UnReal actress artfully integrated the contents of their three bicoastal properties into one four-bedroom home without an interior designer. “It was fun to decorate because it was a challenge to figure out how to make it all work,” says Zimmer. The result is an extensive array of fabrics, colors, and textures that shouldn’t quite harmonize but do, like the library-cum-office that features a Saarinen Tulip table standing on a hand-stitched carpet Zimmer bought on eBay, shelves that hold her husband’s boxing gloves, a helmet she scored at a flea market, and vintage books from Pippi Longstocking to Moby Dick. For InStyle’s June issue, photographer Christopher Patey gave us an inside look at the star’s 3,500-square-foot Spanish-style abode. Click the photo above to take a closer look.
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"We tend to eat at this island more than we do at the dining table," says Zimmer of her kitchen setup. Lamoureux had the "flavor" sign made for a commercial he was shooting.
The Master Bedroom
In the master bedroom, Zimmer's grandmother's sewing table and a stack of vintage suitcases flank a Restoration Hardware bed. The cozy-chic coverlet is from store Hollywood at Home.
The Living Room
An Eames-style lounge chair from the Hollywood antiques store Empiric sits in a corner of the living room. Zimmer scored the old-timey postcard holder at a sidewalk sale in N.Y.C. and added cards from her own collection.
The Hang Outs
Left: Impromptu performances by 8-year-old daughter Colette (Zimmer calls her Coco for short) and her buddies take place on the wooden stage in the backyard. It's also the perfect perch for a canvas teepee.
Right: Reclaimed-wood picture rails in the living room display a photo of James Franco dressed like Marilyn Monroe, taken by Lamoureux at the Oscars in 2011. Below that rest two nature shots by L.A. artist Shawn Michienzi.
The Personal Touches
Left: She got ultra-inventive in Coco's bedroom, turning an IKEA bunk bed upside down, adding a canopy from Restoration Hardware, and wallpapering over the bed's plain wooden panels.
Right: Zimmer called in California Closets to help customize her clothing storage, which includes a sizeable shoe collection. The guitar was a cast gift from a TV pilot she'd once worked on.
A 1970s-era metal wall sculpture of a flight of birds hangs off the master bedroom's little porch.
The Wall Art
Left: The room Zimmer describes as the "Mad Men cocktail lounge" boasts a gallery of framed mustaches arranged by Lamoureux. Many were used in films–except for the one on the far right, in the middle, which is a replica of his own.
Right: A grid of framed pieces hangs in daughter Coco's room, including a needlepoint by Zimmer's grandmother, rock art of iconic children's fables, and an old Polaroid tray that Zimmer repurposed as a frame. "We'll keep adding to the collage until the wall is completely covered," she says.
Left: In the living room, a giant telephone that Lamoureux had made for a commercial tops a stack of vintage suitcases. "People are always taking selfies with it," says Zimmer.
Right: On a drafting table in Zimmer's home office sits "random stuff," from a magnifying glass to a drawing-compass set.