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[design] home EXTRA, EXTRA! “When I have [time] off I just love being home,” says Terri Seymour. The garden is visually doubled by clever use of a mirror in the outdoor dining area. Lady of the house Extra tV ’s Terri seymour finds ThaT The perfecT home Takes a liTTle work—and a loT of love. By abigail stone 82 “Heels coming off... PJs about to go on... favorite part of the day.” This simple missive, a recent tweet from Extra TV ’s Terri Seymour, outs the glamorous entertainment correspondent as a homebody. So it’s not surprising to learn that when the England-born beauty went looking for her first stateside residence, she followed a simple criterion: Find a home “that I don’t want to leave and that I absolutely love.” Luckily for her, love lived nearby. “I used to drive past this house and think, ‘I’d love to own a house like that,’” Seymour recalls. “When I walked in, I just got a feeling. I loved the pool being in the center... it was just perfect.” Well, not quite. There was plenty of work involved in turning the small, dark abode into continued ... the elegant home she envisioned. angeleno september 2013 portrait by andrew stiles; interior photos by roger davies; hair by ian Martin at Joseph Martin salon

Design Home

Abigail stone

EXTRA TV'S TERRI SEYMOUR FINDS THAT THE PERFECT HOME TAKES A LITTLE WORK—AND A LOT OF LOVE.

"Heels coming off... Pjs about to go on... favorite part of the day." This simple missive, a recent tweet from Extra TV's Terri Seymour, outs the glamorous entertainment correspondent as a homebody. So it's not surprising to learn that when the England-born beauty went looking for her first stateside residence, she followed a simple criterion: Find a home "that I don't want to leave and that I absolutely love."

Luckily for her, love lived nearby.

"I used to drive past this house and think, 'I'd love to own a house like that,'" Seymour recalls. "When I walked in, I just got a feeling. I loved the pool being in the center... it was just perfect." Well, not quite.There was plenty of work involved in turning the small, dark abode into the elegant home she envisioned.

For starters, "There were parquet floors and shag carpets," relays interior designer Jennifer Post, who, along with architect Brian Biglin and builder John Finton of Finton Construction, helped renovate and enlarge the 1960s-era ranch house. With 10 years of collaboration under their belt, the team, whose first project was a home for Jennifer Lopez, had worked with Seymour on a previous property, hence the unspoken shorthand between them. "It made it so much easier because Jennifer [Post] already knew what I liked," says Seymour, whose first design dictate, inspired by Post, was to lighten everything up with skylights in every room." Known for her bright, minimal and uncluttered spaces, Post was excited by the light, adding, "South, north, east and west—she gets it from every direction and we wanted to take advantage of that."

Along with illumination came more room. But expanding the home from 2,200 to 4,300 square feet (which includes indoor-outdoor living and entertaining space) took ingenuity. "The biggest challenge was the layout," Post elaborates. "I knew immediately when I saw the property that I wanted to give [Seymour] a large deck in the back" an addition that would help compensate for a lack of interior size. Post and Biglin put their heads together and found a solution in an "indoor-outdoor concept where sliding glass doors allow the rooms to open to the outside," Biglin explains. "Though it's literally the same external footprint, we took it down to the studs, reprogrammed the interior space, reconfigured the doors and windows, and created some covered outdoor spaces. Now you have this great circular flowing arrangement."

Finishes like white French limestone floors and Benjamin Moore's Super White paint further unify the house, which boasts muted-pale furnishings and strong horizontal lines that enhance the feeling of ordered calm. Simple, and yet, Finton notes, "The minimalist look is very difficult to execute properly. It has to be very clean and perfect. If anything is out of line—if the ceilings aren't level, if the cabinets aren't straight—you see all that right away."

This attention to detail pervades every aspect of the home "right down to the hinges," says Seymour. In fact, with the exception of a J. Robert Scott bed and high-end Italian couches, everything contained within it is custom-made. The final effect—'30s glamour with a sleek, contemporary twist—is at once stark and warm. "It's an elegant, sophisticated, modern and feminine home that fits her whole life," adds Post.

But for Seymour, it's even simpler: "It's like pure heaven to me."

Read the full article at http://digital.modernluxury.com/article/Design+Home/1488479/172673/article.html.

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