Although actress Anne Hathaway dominates the silver screen, racking up accolades for her award-winning performances, she, for the most part, keeps mum about her private life. So it makes perfect sense she and her husband, jewelry designer Adam Shulman, would settle into a picturesque country home tucked away in the California mountains. And thanks to a recent interview and feature with Architectural Digest, we’re finally getting a glimpse into their historic, fairytale-esque home.
“The minute we came up the driveway and saw this incredible panoramic view unfold in front of us, we were hooked,” Shulman says in the interview, to which Hathaway adds, “It was the ideal combination of romance and great design. Our initial instinct was that this was going to be a very important place in our lives. I could really see raising a family here.”
The home designed by architects Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey boasts more than enough the space for their growing family, too. The couple has a 3-year-old son, Jonathan, and Hathaway announced in late July she was pregnant with baby No. 2. “When it’s just us and the baby, it feels very quiet and contemplative — the house feels like it holds you,” Schulman says.
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The California country home of Oscar-winning actress @annehathaway and her husband, jewelry designer Adam Shulman, has an intriguing narrative. In the backstory they imagined for their enchanting 1906 Swiss chalet–style residence, Yves Saint Laurent once owned the property before director Wes Anderson moved in and put his own hipster-twee spin on the house. The fictional origin tale also includes something about Anderson and David Bowie cohosting an annual New Year’s Eve party there. That’s a lot of imagery to process, but Hathaway, Shulman, and their partner in drama, #AD100 designer @pamelashamshiri of Los Angeles’s @studioshamshiri, embraced the challenge with gusto. “Pam really leaned into it,” Hathaway says of the extraordinarily collaborative process of renovating her historic home, which was designed by architects Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, authors of the San Marino residence of Henry and Arabella Huntington (now the main art gallery of @thehuntingtonlibrary) and other prominent Southern California landmarks. In the kitchen, above, vintage copper pendants and @deborahehrlich lights from above and the range is by @lacornueofficial. Take a tour of the rest of the home via the link in our profile. Photo by @stephenkentjohnson; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @michaelreynoldsnyc
The home is 1906 Swiss chalet–style residence — one that was destroyed by a fire in 1917 and rebuilt. Now, the home is the perfect blend of rustic and modern touches; for example, a U-shaped, royal blue sofa and a stressed-leather single-seater armchair by Roy McMakin both seamlessly co-exist in the living room. Antiques dating back to the 18th Century are also spotted throughout the home. And on the terrace, a pair of Janus et Cie sofas wearing 19th-century coverlets are placed across from each other, with a French 18th Century cocktail table between.
“We tried to maintain the sweetness that made the house so special while adding new layers of color, texture, and furnishings from different eras that reflect the evolution of the home over time and the warm, generous spirit of Annie and Adam,” says the couple’s designer, Pamela Shamshiri of Los Angeles’s Studio Shamshiri. “She brought a sense of sophistication, magic, and fun to the whole process,” Hathaway adds.
The way the couple describes the home sounds like a dream. But for them, it’s their very real, picture-perfect getaway.
“This is a place that balances the needs for isolation and community,” Hathaway says. “When I have to concentrate intensely on a project, I can escape from the distractions of the outside world and find inspiration in the glorious mountains and the birds singing in the thicket. There’s music inside and out.”
Take a look at photos of the couple’s home and read the full interview at Architectural Digest.