“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.
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.”
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!”
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.