Reese Witherspoon seems to have a serious affection for the Mediterranean vibe. Her California homes past and present are stunning examples of modern Spanish style; oases of neutral colors, natural textures and family-friendly furnishings with lots of indoor/outdoor living options. Her current home in Ojai, California was originally built in 1923. This historic, character-laden home features century-old hardware, fireplaces, arches, turrets, original stonework, plank floors and Spanish tiles all stylishly decorated for a unified, contemporary look.
Looking fabulous in a bright blue dress, Reese enjoys the perfectly manicured Mediterranean-styled landscape with her two nieces. Let’s join them inside, shall we?
The living room’s wood ceiling, wrought-iron chandelier and fireplace are original to the house. Rough architectural features such as the huge, unfinished beams give the place lots of character, while unexpected pops of color like the two turquoise lamps create a fun and eclectic feeling. The retro leather chairs are a cool contrast to the cozy, cottage-style living room.
The rustic woven rug is the perfect base for a velvet settee, metal accents and warm wood — including a stump table!
You can get the same, chunky rug at Pottery Barn ($152), and we’re getting a kick out of these pineapple lamps from Horchow ($200). Part of the charm of this room is the lightness, even though there are a lot of textures going on. Keep colors neutral and you can mix and match textures to your heart’s content without fear of it looking too busy.
The kitchen is mainly white with turquoise accents, but those bright red bar chairs pull you in, inviting you to take a seat and see what’s cooking. We love all the open shelving in this minimalist-style kitchen and the red Spanish tiles. The green painted door and window are such fun touches.
While the bathroom is mainly whites and neutrals, the Moroccan-style light fixture cast gorgeous shadows and shapes all over the walls and ceiling in lieu of wallpaper or art. Lighting is a way to add character to a room with minimal effort.
If you love the Middle Eastern feel of this bathroom, check out these intricate Moroccan pendants from Viva Terra, starting at $198.
Don’t you just want to live out on this patio? Here, an antique lantern hangs above a collection of vintage wicker and iron chairs on the terrace. If you’re thinking of making your own backyard oasis, check out these tips on how to create the ultimate patio kitchen.
Something all these rooms have in common is the restful color palette. White walls are never boring when they balance out rustic wood floors and warm, light colors. Since the house is 80-years-old, they had to get creative working around quirky architectural features like fireplaces in the corner and tiny, high windows. Most of the fixtures, stonework and arches are original, yet with a modern color palette and uncluttered decor, the spaces look anything but dated. Scour flea markets, thrift shops, antique stores and estate sales to find furniture that will add an aura of maturity to your home.
Custom-made leather benches and a pair of Swedish wing chairs from the 1760s surround an antique dining table. We never would have thought to combine three styles of chairs around a dining room table, but somehow it just works! They all have sculpted wooden legs, which helps create a sense of unity among all the styles. The bold lamp and tall tree in the corner really stand up to the weight of the table and chairs.
You can get a similar look with these linen wingback chairs from Restoration Hardware ($895).
A little jewel of private space is created in this alcove under the stairs. The solid dark wood desk is a bold contrast to the white walls; there is a collision of world history in this nook with a 1920s Swedish chair and a 19th-century Spanish stool topped with n heritage blanket.
What do you think of Reese’s Mediterranean interior style? Let us know in the comments below!