Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have somehow made a 10-foot-tall crystal chandelier and a set of custom-made silver thrones feel at home in their opulent yet rustic hilltop house in Los Angeles.
The couple has delved into the design process behind what Kutcher describes as a home and not an estate when they invited Architectural Digest magazine into their six-acre property.
Ashton Kutcher said in the magazine’s June cover story that they wanted the house to look like an old barn which was there for decades and was then converted into a house.
In their dream of creating of authentic barn-style home, there was one major barrier- they were building a farmhouse from scratch and not restoring it.
Kunis was quoted saying that building a house from the ground up was no small thing. It was either going to make them or break them.
Architectural firm Backen and Gillam Architects was hired to bring their vision to life and were tasked with making the property feel both modern, homey, and relevant.
The resulting design, which took five years to build, comprises a guest barn, main house, barbecue pavilion, and a pool.
Barns are made in the property from reclaimed timber, concrete walls designed to mimic the texture of wood again, and soaring glass-paneled sliding doors.
Howard Backen, the architect, said that in even the smallest details, the couple was involved. They talked about everything from beam sizes to the junctures of the concrete and the details of the cross bracing to the wood planks.
It was not the kind of conversation they were used to having with every client. Backen said that special interest was shown by his celebrity clients in sustainability.
According to Architectural Digest, the solar panels hidden in the porch roof of the property produce significantly more energy than the household uses.
A CONTEMPORARY HOUSE FOR ASHTON KUTCHER
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis enlisted the help of Vicky Charles when it came to the interiors of the house who was just about to leave a post as head of design at the exclusive members club of Soho House.
Kunis said that the couple was obsessed with the work of Charles which was inclusive of fitting out Soho Farmhouse, reportedly, a British country estate beloved by celebrities from David and Victoria Beckham to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
Kunis said that they loved the way she mixed patterns, fabrics, textures, and her whole aesthetic.
Throughout their discussions, Charles said that, the actors prioritized creating a comfortable home for their family which includes their two young children, Dimitri and Wyatt.
Charles said that they spent a month looking at colors and materials to find the right visual language. Their conversations were not just about the architecture and the land but also about the future of their family.
Her clients’ desire for both farmhouse warmth and sleek modernity was balanced by Charles by combining neutral browns and grays with dark woods.
Via emerald velvet couches, plus touches came by designer Montauk and the contemporary light fixtures crafted by Hector Finch. Charles said that the design moved away from a traditional farmhouse aesthetic, over time, to something more contemporary.
Meanwhile, a set of silver thrones and a gigantic chandelier commissioned by Ashton Kutcher on a trip to India, as an opportunity for Charles to do something playful with the interiors.
While the chandelier was moved to the guest barn, the thrones went into the main bathroom. Charles explained that they thought it would be funny to have the incredibly opulent chandelier hanging in a barn.