Go Inside Michelle Monaghan's Colorful L.A. Home
When Michelle Monaghan and her husband, graphic designer Peter White, moved cross-country to Los Angeles from New York eight years ago, one of the things they most loved about their new home was the splendid view east toward the San Bernardino Mountains. “This house has beautiful light, and we get incredible sunrises,” says the actress, who stars in the new Hulu series The Path, a drama about a couple who have joined a religious cult, now streaming.
Little did the couple imagine that welcoming the day would become a family ritual. Since having two children—daughter Willow is 7, and son Tommy is 2—the sunrise has become something they savor together frequently. Early in the morning, the kids tiptoe into the master bedroom to spy those first rays. “Willow is like, ‘Mommy, here it comes. Here it comes.’ There’s this orange glow that fills the room, and it’s magical,” says Monaghan.
For InStyle’s Home & Design issue, photographer Douglas Friedman gave us an inside look at the actress’s sun-drenched abode. Click on the photo above to take a closer look.
THE BREAKFAST AREA
The breakfast area right off the kitchen features an Eero Saarinen table, “one of our first purchases for the house—and it’s a goodie,” Monaghan says. Not to mention, the bold orange chairs are instant eye-catchers in this otherwise all-white space. See below to shop similar items for your own home.
THE LIVING ROOM
Here, we get a look inside the living room, which features bold, leather furniture and a stunning stone mantel. Though Monaghan said she was initially against the leather couch, which was her husband's preference, given their two young children, the actress tells InStyle that she is "so glad" she gave in. Also in the living space, vintage Karl Springer chairs flank a black marble Minotti coffee table and a Berber rug from The Rug Company. Keep scrolling to shop similar items to Monaghan's stylish living room decor.
The couple purchased this canvas by German artist Jan-Ole Schiemann at L.A.’s Mier gallery, owned by a friend. “I love the colors and the ’80s vibe,” she says of the piece. It hangs in the master bedroom and “ended up inspiring everything else in there, especially the bedding.”
Monaghan’s husband, Peter White, created this Le Petit Dej white injection-molded tray, a design that’s now used to deliver breakfast at the Standard Highline hotel in New York.
THE MASTER BEDROOM
THE KIDS' BEDROOM
In the kids’ shared bedroom, Tommy’s crib sits in front of a framed print by the New York design company Super Rural.
THE MASTER BATHROOM
The couple completely renovated the bathroom, decorating it with a custom-made yellow mirror and a bold lithograph by Australian artist Amaina.
An intricate dream catcher sways above daughter Willow’s bed. “I found it at a store called Sanctuary in Nyack, N.Y., where I was recently shooting,” says Monaghan.