Though she no longer lives in it, actress, author, and The Honest Company co-founderВ Jessica Alba tells us she has a soft spot for her first big purchase, a tree house-like two-bedroom home in Los Angeles. "After buying it when I was younger, pretty much anything that I made I would invest back into that house, so I have a fondness for it," she says.
Keen to hold onto it, Alba decided toВ transform the spare home into a vacation rental and guesthouse,В so sheВ hired Los Angeles-based Consort Design, co-founded by former MyDomaine creative director Mat Sanders, to give the space a dream makeover. Do you want to stay in this jewel-toned treehouse in the heart of Los Angeles on your next trip?В Jessica Alba's guest house now available for rental. Tour the space andВ discover why it still holds such a special place in Alba's heart.Christopher Patey
Decorating the home for a traveler, rather than for herself or a family, Alba imagined aВ sort of mashup of a hotel and a house.Christopher Patey
вЂњI travel a lot, and if there was a house like mine to stay in instead of a hotel, I would want to stay in my house,вЂќ she explains. вЂњSo I'm just thinking of someone who travels and who wants a cozy but luxurious and safe place to be. That's sort of the vibe.вЂќВChristopher Patey
Consort co-founder Brandon Quattrone tells us some of the home's architectural features, like its spiral staircase and library mezzanine, which have an old-world feel to them, influenced the design as well.ВChristopher Patey
вЂњAs a rental property, we wanted the house to have a bit of fantasy, so we drew inspiration from our favorite hotels with an old-world vibe, like The Bowery and Gramercy Park hotels in New York City,вЂќ he says.Christopher Patey
Aesthetically, Alba wanted the home to feel вЂњlike a nautical jewel box.вЂќ Its predominantly blue color palette certainly helped to achieve that maritime look.ВChristopher Patey
вЂњAt one point, we started referring to this project as 'the blue house' because we ended up choosing a blue fromВ Farrow & BallВ in almost every room, with the exception of one gray room,вЂќ Sanders says.Christopher Patey
вЂњThe best part about the home is itsВ soaring 20-footВ ceilings and hilltop views,вЂќ Quattrone says. вЂњWe wanted to draw the eye up, so we turned toВ The Shade StoreВ for window treatments with boldВ borders that would sing in the space and direct your eye out to the incredible scenery.вЂќChristopher Patey
A beautiful collection of vintage furniture and dГ©cor, including chrome lamps, midcentury modern armchairs,В andВ French headboards, gives the space its bijou vibe.Christopher Patey
The standout pieces, from a mix of eras and in a range of styles, createВ the sense that the pieces had been collected over time, much like a box of jewelry.ВChristopher Patey
вЂњThe biggest life-saverвЂќ for curating these gems,В Sanders says, was online vintage marketplaceВ Chairish, вЂњwhich made it remarkably easy to find incredible vintage furniture in our area.вЂќChristopher Patey
Sanders tells us he and partner Quattrone designed the space with imaginary inhabitants in mind.ВChristopher Patey
вЂњIn our heads, the owners were an adventure-seeking, globe-trotting couple,вЂќ he says.ВChristopher Patey
To create a worldly look, the designers chose a spirited collection of artwork with vibrant hues and a mix of subjects.В
вЂњWith the exception of a couple of fun flea market finds, we turned toВ Natural CuriositiesВ for artwork,вЂќ he says. вЂњThey were the perfect source for nailing that well-traveled feel.вЂќChristopher Patey
The biggest challenge for the designers was telling the story of Alba's вЂњvery mindful and eco-friendly lifestyle through the decorating process,вЂќ Quattrone tells us (Alba's brandВ The Honest Co.В is dedicated to eco-friendly home and baby products).ВChristopher Patey
To stay true to that, the designers used water-based low-VOC paints, sustainable carpeting byВ FLOR, and organic mattresses byВ Naturepedic, and вЂњall the custom upholstery was locally produced using non-toxic filling,вЂќ Quattrone says.Christopher Patey
The house itself is quite all-natural in a way, so it's no surprise thatВ Alba was drawn to it.ВChristopher Patey
вЂњIt feels like a treehouse sort of. It's just incredibly sereneвЂ¦ you're in the middle of nature-all you see are skies and trees and the tops of houses,вЂќ she says. вЂњI love that there's so much natural light, the location is perfect, and it's super-safe.вЂќChristopher Patey
Sound like a place you'd like to stay next time you're in Los Angeles? Call or email Mark Alba at [email protected] or 909-474-2013 to inquire about renting the property.
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This story was originally published on March 23, 2015, and has since been updated.