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When actress, author, and Honest Company co-founder Jessica Alba first decorated her Beverly Hills home, the master bedroom became somewhat of an afterthought. “It was like everything that didn’t have a place or fit elsewhere in the house ended up here,” Alba says of the accidental furniture exile that prevented the room from living up to its potential. Like most of us, Alba and her husband, producer Cash Warren, prefer total darkness for sleeping. But, cumbersome window shades and a shuttered door to the outside patio kept the couple from making the most of L.A.’s sunny outdoors by day. “After a while, we just wanted the room to feel airy, thoughtful, and chill,” Alba says of her decision to make some changes to the space. Enter Domaine. With the help of creative director Mat Sanders and his team of style experts, Alba’s once overlooked room was transformed into a bright, useful space that tells the story of a stylish, well-considered life.
For Alba, bringing in a designer to help her achieve a serene indoor-outdoor oasis was a no-brainer. “If you do everything yourself, you never really get perspective,” she says of her decision to work with the Domaine team. “What’s great about working with an interior designer is having someone to bounce around ideas.” Ever on the go, one tool was especially useful in collaborating on the transformation: Pinterest! “It’s a great place to visually convey what the space means to you and what you want it to be,” says Alba. “Whether you find color inspiration, products, or even pictures of nature, just start pinning stuff that makes you happy and eventually you’ll narrow in on the design direction.”
“A great bedroom is functional, comfortable, and peaceful,” Alba says. “At the end of the day, it’s a room where you’re meant to be sleeping, so it’s important to feel like you can just turn off.” With that in mind, a serene color palette of neutrals was created and enhanced with a bold mix of textures. “I wanted the space to feel earthy and grounded, but at the same time, clean and modern,” Alba says of the modern mix. With Woven Accent’s Modern Moroccan rug layered on top of a braided Ballard Designs jute rug and Turkish pillows combined with patterned pieces by Zak and Fox, playful elements work in harmony with roughhewn textures for a cool, peaceful feel.
Equally important to a well-planned, tranquil surrounding was ensuring all decisions aligned with Alba’s well-considered lifestyle. A latex-free Naturepedic mattress was in order for a restful night’s sleep and a pair of Cisco’s Romero chairs, produced with non-toxic fillers, played into the room’s eco-friendly plan. For the walls, Yolo Colorhouse and their natural, refined palettes of no-VOC paints provided the perfect white.
“I always use my travels as a source of inspiration for my living space,” Alba says of her desire to bring the world she sees on her many trips into her Los Angeles bedroom. “I recently went to Istanbul and loved how the flavors of the Middle East mixed and mingled with the Mediterranean coast. The design there feels so luxurious and gorgeous because it’s all handmade, natural, and authentic. I want my home to feel like that getaway.”
Our gorgeous Jessica Alba graces this beautiful fashionable August cover of Self Magazine. Photoshoot is taken by R. Cameron. Check out the photos, read a snippet of her interview and watch behind the scenes video below. The August issue of Self Magazine is out on July 29. Don’t forget to pick up your copy.
Jessica Alba says, with a comically exaggerated eye roll: “I hate working out.” It’s not what you’d expect to hear from an actress with one of the most enviable bodies in Hollywood, but the 33-year-old mother of two is surprisingly candid about most things. “It’s boring! I really only did it when I had a job that was physically demanding. But from age 17 until I was 27, all I did were movies that were physically demanding—so all I did was work out all the time!”
Alba clearly knows the meaning of the word discipline. Yes, she was born with a desirable genome—and the kind of naturally curvy-but-slim figure that inspires characters whose entire wardrobe consists of bikinis—but she’s worked tirelessly to make a good thing even better. The girl has earned her stripes.
“After I had Honor, my first child, I worked out to get back into shape. Then I stopped. Then I got pregnant with Havie, and I worked out a bit after I had her, but then I stopped once I hit a weight that I felt fine with, because it’s just boring,” she says. “Recently, I’ve started to work out for stress. I realize that I just need to give my mind a break. When you’re being pulled in so many different directions—and I’ve done more this year than I have in the last six or seven—it’s full-on. If you don’t get rid of some extra energy, you can internalize it, and it becomes so unhealthy.”
“Jess is an animal,” proclaims Jennifer Johnson, founder of The JJ Dancer Technique. The choreographer, dancer and fitness trainer helped Alba get ready for her role as Nancy Callahan, a hard-living stripper with a dark past, in the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, codirected by Robert Rodriguez and inspired by Frank Miller’s famed graphic novels. “She works like crazy. She’s still hungry to make it happen. You know that saying, ‘You have just as many hours in the day as Beyoncé’? It’s the same with Jessica. She just uses those hours better, too.’”
Check out this first TV Spot for Jessica Alba’s upcoming movie Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. No new footage with Jessica but still worth watching. Check it out and don’t forget to follow us for Jessica’s upcoming Comic-Con appearance and more information about Sin City at SDCC.
Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For comes to theaters on August 22, 2014.
Jessica Alba is a woman on a mission. Not that she gives the impression of being overly driven or frantic – it’s more that she has a plan for how she wants to live and work in harmony. As the mother of two children, Honor, six, and Haven (who turns three in August), Alba is pursuing twin careers as a movie star and as the CEO of The Honest Company, a business devoted to producing and distributing ecologically-friendly baby products and other non-toxic household goods. She’s also the author of a personal health manual, The Honest Life, and is an ardent advocate of eating natural foods and eliminating salt, sugar, and processed foods from our diets.
In the meantime, however, Alba’s film career is about to gain massive momentum with the release of the Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the long-awaited sequel to the original 2005 Sin City directed by Robert Rodriguez and adapted from the Frank Miller graphic novel. The 33-year-old actress returns to the iconic role of exotic dancer Nancy Callahan bent on avenging herself against her tormentors. Alba is joined by original cast members Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson and Benicio Del Toro as well as newcomers Eva Green and Joseph Gorden-Levitt.
“It’s an even wilder ride this time,” Alba smiles. “In the original Sin City my character Nancy was very sweet and innocent and like a deer caught in the headlights. This time out she’s no longer innocent or naïve. She’s damaged, she’s angry, and she’s an alcoholic and generally in a pretty sad state. But at one point she decides to stop being the victim and takes charge of her life again.”
Away from the film set, Alba spends virtually every day in her office working at her bright pink desk. As the head of The Honest Company (which she runs together with co-founder Christopher Gavigan), the sensationally beautiful actress is responsible for a flourishing business boasting annual revenues in excess of $50 million.
She was inspired to start the company because of her childhood battles with severe allergies and asthma which she believes was caused by an intolerance to the chemicals found in ordinary household products as well as processed foods. With the birth of her first daughter Honor in 2008, Jessica decided she would make sure that her child would benefit from a safer and cleaner home environment and she has carried out that pledge with the same determination that made her a teenage film and TV star.
For our interview, Jessica Alba was wearing a white Dior dress and Jimmy Choo heels. She speaks quietly but firmly and gives the impression of being a very serious and determined young woman.
Q: Jessica, how does it feel to be returning to your character Nancy and the dark world of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For? ALBA: It feels like we’re making up for lost time. I had been talking with (writers/ directors) Frank (Miller) and Robert (Rodriguez) over the years but the sequel never seemed to get off the ground. I had given up on the idea. So to actually get to return to the role has been fantastic. Nancy is such a troubled kind of woman and her life has fallen apart. I’m a very organised and disciplined person in my own life especially now that my Honest Company has taken off that it was really cathartic to play such a messed-up character.
Q: Apparently you worked pretty hard on your dancing for this sequel? ALBA: I’ve never trained hard than I did for this film. Nancy’s a professional dancer and I haven’t danced like that since the first Sin City. So getting back in form for this film wasn’t easy. I’m not a dancer and I worked with a choreographer 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, for several months. But I had a great choreographer in Jennifer Johnson and she taught me everything that I needed to be able to do.
I’ve had martial arts training for various films over the years, but this was even harder especially when you’re looking after a young girl and a baby! (Laughs) I also saw it as a great way to get back in top shape after having had two children.
Q: Are you more confident with your character Nancy’s overtly sexual nature now? ALBA: I’m more comfortable with playing a sexually aggressive and seductive woman than I was in the original film. Even though my image earlier in my career was very racy and sexy, I was the exact opposite of that in real life. I was raised in a strict Catholic family and even though I was marketing myself or being marketed in a very aggressive way, I had very few love affairs and I was wary of a lot of men who were more interested in my image than in me.
Sin City is also very suggestive and racy, and I understand that sex and violence are the core elements of this kind of a movie. But I also need to explain that I’m an actress playing a particular kind of character but it’s very far from who I am.