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Peek Inside Diane Keaton’s New Book, “The House That Pinterest Built”

Peek Inside Diane Keaton’s New Book, “The House That Pinterest Built”

“Is this a museum?” asks one passerby. “It looks like a winery!” comments another. “Does anyone live here?”

Someone most certainly does. Diane Keaton’s latest renovation project, a home for herself and her family in the Brentwood neighborhood of L.A., little resembles the Nancy Meyers creation we might imagine the iconic actress inhabiting. But contrary to the comments of the UPS drivers, repairmen, and other casual observers playfully quoted in The House That Pinterest Built, it’s the perfect home for Keaton.

In her third design-focused book, the actor/director chronicles the process of designing and building her brick-and-steel abode from the ground up, a feat fueled in large part by Keaton’s Pinterest obsession. A lifelong design and architecture aficionado, Keaton took to the photo-sharing app with aplomb (at Meyers’s encouragement, no less), saving ideas, vignettes, and fleeting fixations over the course of several years. Taken together, these images constituted Keaton’s ultimate dwelling, and she worked with a team of architects and designers to translate this inspo-board vision into reality.

“The journey to your dream house is like life itself,” Keaton writes in the book’s introduction. “No matter how you cut it, the process is filled with compromises, failures, and setbacks. Knowing this, I say, Do it anyway.” Read on for our Q&A with Keaton and a peek inside the pages of The House That Pinterest Built; it might just inspire a little dreaming (and pinning) of your own.

The House That Pinterest Built (Rizzoli, 2017) by Diane Keaton, with photography by Lisa Romerein.

The House That Pinterest Built (Rizzoli, 2017) by Diane Keaton, with photography by Lisa Romerein.

What inspired you to turn your experience in designing this home into a book?
“It was an idea that evolved. I love Pinterest, and my addiction to Pinterest led to all my imagery on my page. This, along with my binders of tear sheets, because of a plethora of wants and needs!”

What room in your home do you spend the most time in?
Kitchen for sure… but the office is a close second. I love the light in both rooms.”

What do you love about living with a neutral palette?
I like to repeat colors. This house focuses on black, white, and gray. The natural old brick surprised me, though. Originally I was going to paint it white and then decided to keep it authentic. Glad I didn’t go with my first impulse.”

To maximize the living room’s square footage, Keaton reimagined it as a “living library.” As she writes, “One thing can’t be denied: In order to see you have to look. Books, those elegiac tokens of forgotten moments captured by the click of a camera, enhance and enrich our lives. Who cares if I’m nuts? Who cares if I’m taking it too far. I found a solution by scanning through Pinterest on my way to where I didn’t exactly know. But isn’t that the fun part?

To maximize the living room’s square footage, Keaton reimagined it as a “living library.” As she writes, “One thing can’t be denied: In order to see you have to look. Books, those elegiac tokens of forgotten moments captured by the click of a camera, enhance and enrich our lives. Who cares if I’m nuts? Who cares if I’m taking it too far. I found a solution by scanning through Pinterest on my way to where I didn’t exactly know. But isn’t that the fun part?

A series of skylights opens the kitchen up to ever-shifting nuances of sun and shadow. “I knew my kitchen would not be practical, or cozy or homey. I knew it would not be reasonable, and it was not an easy choice. But is there ever an easy choice when it comes to home? All I can say is, for better or worse, in sickness and health, our kitchen was built in honor of the beauty of light…”

A series of skylights opens the kitchen up to ever-shifting nuances of sun and shadow. “I knew my kitchen would not be practical, or cozy or homey. I knew it would not be reasonable, and it was not an easy choice. But is there ever an easy choice when it comes to home? All I can say is, for better or worse, in sickness and health, our kitchen was built in honor of the beauty of light…”

Keaton’s previous homes include a Frank Lloyd Wright house in the Hollywood Hills and several Spanish Colonial Revival restorations around L.A. But “after 15 years of buying and selling,” she writes, “I was ready to build a house from the ground up.”
 
 
 
 

Keaton’s previous homes include a Frank Lloyd Wright house in the Hollywood Hills and several Spanish Colonial Revival restorations around L.A. But “after 15 years of buying and selling,” she writes, “I was ready to build a house from the ground up.”

 

 

 

 

“It turns out the bathroom is more than a place of function,” Keaton writes. “It’s not simply the room where we contemplate ideas about how we look, how to remedy our appearance, or what we’re going to wear to a function. First and foremost the bathroom provides the luxury of water, hot and cold, warm and soothing…”

“It turns out the bathroom is more than a place of function,” Keaton writes. “It’s not simply the room where we contemplate ideas about how we look, how to remedy our appearance, or what we’re going to wear to a function. First and foremost the bathroom provides the luxury of water, hot and cold, warm and soothing…”

Where are your favorite places to shop for antiques, art, and accessories?
I love local flea markets and antiques markets to dig for a find. I also rely heavily on my sister Dorrie Hall from Monterey Garage, Obsolete, Galerie Half, and Big Daddy locally.”

Is your home still evolving?
I enjoy pushing around furniture and rehanging photos. Not sure I will ever be satisfied with my choices.”

What are you pinning ideas for these days?
You will have to check out my page and see!”

“My dream home is not a Cliff May ranch. It’s not Spanish or Craftsman or Pennsylvania Dutch or Tudor or a Tom Kundig modern. It’s not a spec house. It’s not a traditional farmhouse, or a reclaimed barn, although there are elements of the past laced throughout,” Keaton writes. “Above all… it’s the House That Pinterest Built.”
 
“My dream home is not a Cliff May ranch. It’s not Spanish or Craftsman or Pennsylvania Dutch or Tudor or a Tom Kundig modern. It’s not a spec house. It’s not a traditional farmhouse, or a reclaimed barn, although there are elements of the past laced throughout,” Keaton writes. “Above all… it’s the House That Pinterest Built.”

 

The journey to your dream house is like life itself... No matter how you cut it, the process is filled with compromises, failures, and setbacks. Knowing this. I say, Do it anyway.

— Diane Keaton in "The House That Pinterest Built"

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