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90 | Angeleno | September 2012 the RADAR | home The living room of Haney’s home features a variety of earth-toned patterns punched up by Damien Hirst’s “Cathedral Print.” House Blend Celebrity stylist Mary Alice Haney builds a stylish case for combined family values under one roof. | By Alexandria Abramian-Mott | Photography by Joe Schmelzer | When Mary Alice Haney bought her 5,500-square-foot home on almost an acre of prime Pacific Palisades land, the celebrity stylist assumed there would be plenty of room to grow. But now, with two children, a new husband and his three kids, Haney is wondering how the family of seven will fit in the 1930s Spanish-style house, originally built for the Doheny family. “My husband, Tom Davidov, has a house in Manhattan Beach,” says the Tennessee-born Haney, who has styled everyone from Molly Sims to the cast of Sex and the City . “So for now we’re calling this our town house, and the other one our beach house. We’ll see how it works.” In addition to merging her family with her husband’s, Haney also recently completed shooting the pilot for Celebrity Closet Confidential, a show picked up by the Style Network that captures the stylist helping the famous and fabulous prepare for Hollywood events. So her house serves as a link to her glam life and her family, and helps her to juggle it all. A walk through the two-story, five-bedroom Palisades home, however, doesn’t exactly scream family-friendly, despite an enormous pool, pool house and gardens to spare. After all, Haney purchased and decorated the home back when she worked as the West Coast editor for publications like Allure , GQ , Marie Claire and the much-beloved decorating monthly, Domino . “Because I was an editor there, a lot of my friends are interior designers and a lot of them helped

The Radar Home

Alexandria Abramian-Mott

House Blend

Celebrity stylist Mary Alice Haney builds a stylish case for combined family values under one roof.

When Mary Alice Haney bought her 5,500-squarefoot home on almost an acre of prime Pacific Palisades land, the celebrity stylist assumed there would be plenty of room to grow. But now, with two children, a new husband and his three kids, Haney is wondering how the family of seven will fit in the 1930s Spanishstyle house, originally built for the Doheny family. “My husband, Tom Davidov, has a house in Manhattan Beach,” says the Tennessee-born Haney, who has styled everyone from Molly Sims to the cast of Sex and the City. “So for now we’re calling this our town house, and the other one our beach house. We’ll see how it works.” In addition to merging her family with her husband’s, Haney also recently completed shooting the pilot for Celebrity Closet Confidential, a show picked up by the Style Network that captures the stylist helping the famous and fabulous prepare for Hollywood events. So her house serves as a link to her glam life and her family, and helps her to juggle it all.

A walk through the two-story, five-bedroom Palisades home, however, doesn’t exactly scream family-friendly, despite an enormous pool, pool house and gardens to spare. After all, Haney purchased and decorated the home back when she worked as the West Coast editor for publications like Allure, GQ, Marie Claire and the much-beloved decorating monthly, Domino. “Because I was an editor there, a lot of my friends are interior designers and a lot of them helped here,” she says. “Hillary Thomas and Kristen Hutchins both gave me a lot of great ideas here, so it was sort of a communal effort, although at the end of the day, I pulled it all together.”

That look includes what Haney describes as a mix of restrained Spanish, Moroccan and Mexican decoration that feels both laid-back and dramatic. “The person who purchased the home before me had a lot of the Spanish taken out of the house,” says Haney. “I put the Spanish back in with iron doors and Spanish tiles, and then decorated it so it had that look of a lived-in mix.” The aesthetic is especially visible in her favorite space, the dining room. “I found those chandeliers in Palm Beach and they were the inspiration for the whole room. I love the way it’s got this Palm Beach, Santa Barbara feel, and I love a long table.”

Ethnic textiles, sculptural lighting and loungeworthy comfortable furniture make it the entertaining haven that the stylist has always wanted (Lulu Powers comes in for a monthly cooking lesson for Haney and friends like Lucky magazine’s West Coast editor, Marlien Rentmeester). And it’s even proved to be the perfect place for her growing brood. Haney says that while the home may look sophisticated, nothing in it is so precious that it would need to be hidden or moved when family members or guests gather for meals or a soirée.

When the Celebrity Closet Confidential star reflects on what she’d most like to have in her home, her answer isn’t a surprise: She’d want more closet space. “I’m a stylist, and although I do have an amazing closet here, I have drawers and drawers and bags and bags of clothes, and rows and rows of Christian Louboutins,” she says. “The newly married problem is that I don’t have any space for him in my closet and he doesn’t have any room for me in his closet. Marriages can be saved with two closets and two bathrooms. Everything else can be worked out.”

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