Kirsten Dunst opens doors to her charming LA ranch house

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written by Sherry Liang, Granthshala

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In terms of his career-defining roles and family legacy, the personal touches in Dunst’s 1930s ranch house make it more than just a beautiful space.

A Fritz Henningsen wingback chair (which she calls a “Spider-Man” purchase) and an Elizabeth Peyton portrait of Marie Antoinette sounded back to career-defining roles, Dunst said in an interview. The November issue of Architectural Digest. Meanwhile, a piece of scrap wood painted by her grandfather’s antique shipmodel and Dunst’s 3-year-old son, Ennis, adds instant warmth to a San Fernando Valley property.

“Our house is a gathering place where everyone comes to eat, drink, swim, make music,” Dunst told the magazine. “The bar is always in full swing. We want people to have a good time, so as much as we value the beautiful, nothing is too precious.”


The design process was equally personal. Dunst’s interior designer is Jen Hallworth, an old friend who asked for help 20 years ago when she furnished her first L.A. home. Some pieces from that initial project—including a Baguius ship-form crystal chandelier—traveled with Dunst to her current residence, which she shares with her fiancé, actor Jesse Plemons, and their two young sons.

A 19th-century copper bathtub is the centerpiece of this stripped-back bathroom. Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest

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His home is filled with dichotomy—feminine and masculine, glamorous and rustic—and Plemons’ Texas roots (or “cowboy aesthetic,” as Hallworth calls it) via antique majolica tiles on the kitchen backsplash and a boot spur-esque. Let the living room chandelier shine.

In order to fit all these seemingly disparate elements into a single home, Hallworth said he had to “shake it up into the perfect cocktail.”

A plush, velvet sofa adds comfort to Dunst's verdant nursery.

A plush, velvet sofa adds comfort to Dunst’s verdant nursery. Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest

That mix achieves extreme coziness in a nursery full of toys. It’s rustic and whimsical, taken straight from a children’s story book. Wood furniture and sage velvet window coverings blend with the foliage outside the window, creating a treehouse effect.

Kirsten Dunst, Architectural Digest's November coverstar.

Kirsten Dunst, Architectural Digest’s November coverstar. Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest

The sedge reappears on the main bathroom walls, where it intersects with wooden details. Adding a touch of vintage, the door is a reclaimed piece from the New York City apartment of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. But the real showpiece of the room is a dark 19th-century copper tub.

Despite the diversity in contexts and styles, the common denominator throughout Dunst’s home is “anything that sparks an emotional connection,” she said.

“She gets inspired by beautiful things. She can see the poetry in them,” Hallworth told Architectural Digest. “For her, it’s not about style or pedigree, but that sweet, sweet call of home.”


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