The Best Bath, Kitchen, and Bedroom Details from Gwyneth’s New House
Written by: the Editors of goop
Published on: June 28, 2022
Updated on: November 14, 2022
Created in partnership with Avocado, Chateau Domingue, Staub, THG, and Weezie
“This is our forever house,” says Gwyneth of her new, beautifully proportioned and situated home in Montecito. Filled with light, the house—which the family built from the ground up—reveals exquisite, often one-of-a-kind details at every turn. “We spent a lot of time thinking about how we wanted to live and what really special things were most important to us,” she says. From a sea-blue spa to a kitchen where everything has its place, what GP has designed—together with architects and interior designers Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams and interior designer Brigette Romanek—blends an old-world sense of scale and drama with a sleek modernism suited precisely to the extended Faltrow family.
The Kitchen That Ticks Every Box
“The kitchen is the center of everything in the house, so we focused a lot on it,” says GP. The most inventive details were informed by experience. “I cook so much, and in my previous kitchens, I spent so much time facing the wall,” she says. “Here the range is in the center of the room—you can chat and really have fun with people while you’re cooking.”
On the other side of the island, there are shelves for all the pots. “I love to braise things and make a lot of warming soups and stews, and pasta is of course very popular around here,” says GP. “My son’s favorite is turkey meatballs, and my daughter loves lemon Parmesan pasta or spicy marinara. Having everything out on these gorgeous low shelves is just so satisfying.”
These Staub pots are chic-looking and endlessly functional. The cocotte is brilliant for stews, soups, roasts, casseroles, and even bread making, and the braiser keeps meat incredibly
moist as you cook it.
“I had a wood-burning fireplace in my kitchen when I lived in London, and I loved how cozy it made everything feel, so it was a big priority for me to get one in the kitchen here,” she says. The coziness contrasts with all the light that streams in through the windows and glints off the unlacquered brass fixtures, the white marble, and the reclaimed blue-and-white Portuguese tiles Standefer found.
The plate wall is a dream realized for GP. “You get plates you love with beautiful patterns, and then they sit in a stack in the cupboard,” she says. “So we did this plate wall, and I love it. It brings this pop of color to the whole house.”
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Dinner Party Central
Whether she’s entertaining a houseful of guests or relaxing with the full Faltrow family, GP’s dining room balances sleek modernism with moody, old-world-looking wallpaper (it’s actually hand-painted in LA by a firm called MJ Atelier). “Because I entertain a lot, I wanted a space that made it easy and beautiful,” she says. “I found the table, and then Brigette found the great chairs and the chandelier.”
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The Showstopper Powder Room
With hand-painted wallpaper, hand-finished mirrors, a stunning reclaimed-marble sink, and exquisite fixtures from THG, the powder room is packed with details. “This is one of my favorite rooms in the house,” says GP. The 18th-century Italian sink from Chateau Domingue is made of pure white marble that’s aged beautifully. All the faucets and fixtures are from THG’s Tradition collection, inspired by 1930s French Art Deco pieces and designed by Jean-Claude Delépine. As in the rest of the house, GP chose unlacquered brass finishes. And the piped-edge hand towels are plush, absorbent, and designed with a hanging loop so they dry faster between uses.
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The Detail of All Details:
A Full-On Spa
Glittering with handmade, pale-ocean-blue-green tiles and unlacquered brass Waterworks fixtures, the home spa has an infrared sauna, a cold plunge, a hot tub, and a steam room. “I make time to go here almost every day,” says GP. “Every time, I have to pinch myself—I cannot believe this is our house. It’s such a luxury. We were thinking a little of the Bains du Marais in Paris. Robin and Stephen found these amazing handmade tiles, we used the unlacquered brass throughout the house, and it just came together.”
Stashed for easy access: stacks of crisp white Weezie towels and GP’s favorite spa-at-home products. “This is the full monty,” she says of her spa routine. “It’s for hair, skin, psyche, everything: I smooth hair serum through my hair, do a vigorous dry brush, and jump in the sauna. The serum takes 20 minutes to work (the results are amazing), so I relax in there, or sometimes I’ll do a bath with our Martini salts. Then I shower with our salt-scrub shampoo and smooth on body butter all over afterward. The finishing touch is the facial (though the results are more like those from a trip to the dermatologist): a GOOPGLOW peel pad, which I do only once a week—it’s that powerful.”
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Out into Nature
Outside the lush landscape is punctuated with native plants, winding pathways, and absolutely stunning views. “We fell in love with the land first,” says GP. Everywhere there are places to relax in nature, like benches set along the pathways, a cerulean-blue pool, and a firepit gathering area (the pit itself is reclaimed, from Chateau Domingue).