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Fashionista Sistas colourful abode

12.02.20

Cara and Poppy Delevingne open the door to their playful L.A. retreat. The dynamic duo, both high-profile model/actresses decided to create a home together in sunny California outfitted with their unique stylish and colourful décor.

The sense of playfulness ensures throughout the abode with components including a

Playboy pinball machine, a nautical bar and a stripper pole their home is a space where  fun is high on the agenda.

Cara muses, “L.A. can be a lonely place. You really have to make an effort to reach out to people. Since one of us was always coming here for one reason or another, being with family just made sense,This was the chance to build our dream sister house.” Miraculously, we’re still talking,” Poppy adds, presumably including her husband, British aviation executive James Cook, in the collective we.

“The fact that they share a house at this point in their lives is incredibly telling. They really are best buds,” observes architect Nicolò Bini of L.A.–based Line Architecture, who worked closely with the Delevingnes to bring their L.A. fantasy to life. The setting for the sisters’ family frolic is a gracious but unpretentious 1950s dwelling, centrally located yet discreetly tucked away on a quiet street, and conveniently outfitted with a pair of master suites on different floors and with two separate entrances. “I wanted to create a true L.A. moment for them, with nods to California midcentury modern, Laurel Canyon bohemia, Beverly Hills swank, surfing culture, and a little Mexico,” Bini continues. “Then we tied all that in with Cara and Poppy’s Englishness to give the house another layer of Delevingne charm.”

Cara credits her sister for the sensational design of their home “Poppy has more of an eye than I do. She has impeccable taste, so I let her take the lead on the decor,” Poppy sees the division of labour in a different light: “Basically, I’m a control freak. We each made our imprint on the design, but I was the one obsessing over the colour of the curtain rings.”

Bini credits both of the Delevingne sisters for their vision and enthusiasm. “They were great editors, and they were game for anything. The sentences that started with ‘This is the craziest idea you’ve heard . . . ,’ those were the things we built first,” he notes. As a case in point, he mentions the massive bunk bed in the guest room, a metal-framed structure clad in bamboo, supporting two stacked queen mattresses. “That was Cara’s idea, and it was brilliant,” Poppy enthuses.

The sisters’ own personal tastes come into high relief in the design of their individual bedroom suites. The centrepiece of Poppy’s dreamy, light-filled boudoir is a wall covered in a hand-painted de Gournay paper featuring monkeys and toucans cavorting in trees and vines against a field of Tiffany blue. “I fell in love with de Gournay as a teenager. I have a similar paper in the bathroom of my house in London. It’s a running theme,” she explains. “For my bedroom here, I wanted to create a calming atmosphere, with pale pinks and blues, Moroccan rugs, and supersoft fabrics. It feels like heaven.”

In contrast, Cara’s bedroom, on the lower level of the two-story house, is a much moodier affair, reminiscent of a proper gentleman’s club, albeit one with serious sex appeal. Among its eccentricities is a sprawling bed, 11 feet wide, set on a mirrored platform—perfect for communal sleepovers and pajama parties. “The room feels like the Playboy Mansion with a touch of Art Deco and a David Hicks pattern thrown in for good measure,” Cara says of the heady vibe. “I wanted to reclaim the concept of the bachelor pad and make it my own.”

There’s also the soundproof party bunker that opens off Cara’s bedroom, replete with such louche details as carpeted walls, a mirrored ceiling, a stripper pole, disco lighting, and an assortment of black velvet paintings of bare-breasted women—just the right amount of wrong. Cara justifies the provocative private lair by citing no less an authority than the hip-hop artist Nelly: “Like he said, it’s important to have a friend with a pole in the basement.”

 

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