Tour Lea Michele’s Airy L.A. Abode
When Glee Alum Lea Michele isn’t shooting her TV series, Scream Queens, she’s nesting in her L.A. sanctuary hanging with friends and cooking up a storm. The tranquility surrounding the four-bedroom home, nestled in a canyon in West L.A., inspired her to purchase it in 2015. Up until then she had been living in Hollywood, and “that became very suffocating for me, with all the tour buses around,” she explains. “I needed a home that would allow me to recover and breathe and recharge. I fell in love with this place the minute I saw it, just being so far from people, and really being in nature and in the mountains. It’s spacious, and you see so much green. This house is healing.”
Now, by all measures, the 30-year-old has her own oasis of calm. On a recent sunny afternoon, she pads around the house barefoot, her long hair loose around her shoulders. She wears a flowing teal blue cross-back sundress by Natalie Martin, a designer she discovered through fashion stylist and interior decorator Estee Stanley (“Estee said to me, ‘Oh my God, you need these dresses in your life!’ ” says Michele, laughing). Stanley also helped her set up her new house, creating white, airy rooms appointed with comfortable seating, plus the occasional Buddha statue and crystals given to Michele by friends. “I accept them from people I care about and believe have good energy themselves,” she says.
Click the image above to get lost in Michele’s utterly divine home, and shop the look here to create your own serene abode.
OPEN FLOOR PLAN
The kitchen, dining, and living-room areas in Michele’s house share an open space and an immense skylight. Multiple floor-to-ceiling sliding doors lead outside to the pool area and the space is perfectly styled with all the best furniture. Continue on to shop the room's best pieces.
LIVING ROOM DETAIL
This room combines chic and comfy in the most elegant way. “A neutral palette works so well for me. It’s very calming,” says Michele, of her cozy living space. Keep clicking through the gallery to shop the room's most stunning pieces.
“My mother recently gave me this china from my grandmother Sylvia, who was such a sweet, delicate woman. I’ll leave it for my own children someday,” says Michele. Click through to shop a similar vintage dishware set for all your finest occasions.
“Some of my records were passed down to me from my parents, but the Barbras and the Judys are mine,” says Michele. “Obviously, anytime I can go to a record store, if I find Barbra, I take it.”
Michele eats breakfast every day at the marble bar in her kitchen. “When I’m home, I keep my diet vegetarian, almost vegan, and gluten-free,” she says. For her friends, Michele likes to cook homemade pizzas; her latest specialty is a truffle, radicchio, and Parmesan combo on a whole-wheat crust. “When I was a little girl, I used to play a game where I was a waitress, and I would say to my parents, ‘Can I take your order?’ I love asking people what they want to eat, and I love making it for them.”
“I asked the former owners of the house if I could keep their plants. I like how they connect with the greenery outside,” says Michele, seated in the living room. Continue through to get your own greens similar to Michele's indoor tree.
Michele’s parents, now both retired, often visit from New York, so she designed a guest suite with them in mind. “I made this room very inviting for my parents,” she says. “I wanted it to look kind of like a hotel: Casa de Michele.”