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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.”
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?
Q: Apparently you worked pretty hard on your dancing for this sequel?
Q: Are you more confident with your character Nancy’s overtly sexual nature now?
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.
High-res magazine scans from Jessica’s August issue of British GQ Magazine have been added to the gallery. Take a look and read the interview below!
Some people have what Liam Gallagher memorably termed “sun-she-yine” about them. Jessica Alba is one of them. Everything about her, from her olive skin to her preternaturally youthful face and figure speaks of endless West Coast summer.
It’s not simply that she can rock a bathing suit. She glows with a can-do spirit that has seen her make a graceful transition from film star to businesswoman (her eco-friendly children’s product selling outfit, The Honest Company, now turns over $60 million annually), to motherhood (two daughters Honor and Haven) and back again to Hollywood (a starring role in next moneth’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) without seeming to so much as perspire.
Given that Jessica Alba and summer go together like Ambre and Solaire we thought it best that she guide us through the highs, lows, do’s and don’ts of the season. Not since Signor Botticelli asked his Aphrodite to go stand in that outsized sea shell has there been a woman better equipped to do so.
The last time you spoke to GQ you said having children had ruined your figure, but we beg to differ
You’e not planning to cover up just yet then?
Where do you stand on the big sartorial question of the summer for men. Namely board shorts of budgie smugglers? You know what we’re talking about…
What should men not do fashion-wise in the summer?
That’s like the worst elements of the board short and the budgie smuggler in one package, so to speak.
What’s your summer drink?
Watch the full interview with Jessica on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she gave Jimmy some gifts, talked about Honest Company, Sin City and played Tweeter Totter with Jimmy. Skip to 18:16.
Jessica is on the cover of August issue of British GQ Magazine. This issue hits newsstands on Monday,
On her body…
On what men should never do in the summer…
On her role in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For…
On learning how to master a lassoo…
On how she’s changed since the last Sin City film…
On her Into The Blue co-star Paul Walker…
While in New York, Jessica sat down with Allie Merriam of Popsugar to talk about Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, her family, cooking, ZICO & more. Check it out!
What spice or condiment do you use the most? Sea salt.
Do you have a go-to take out spot? We have a few. We are in a good place for takeout.
What’s one thing that you hate to clean in your kitchen? The blender. It is irritating. Or the Cuisinart.
What’s one kitchen appliance you own, but never use?
What’s your favorite appetizer to make when your friends come over?
Do you have a signature cocktail you make when you entertain or do you prefer wine?
Do you have a kids snack that you make regularly?
Do you wear an apron when you cook?
Are you a kitchen table family or a dining table family?
What do you like to decorate your dining room with?
What’s one item that is always in your fridge?
You and Cash Warren have been married for six years now. What are some of your secrets to a happy marriage?
Do you two still go on dates?
What are some of your favorite things to do together?
How did you get turned on to coconut water?
Do you cook a lot with coconut water at home?
What are some of your go-to ingredients when making a homemade salad dressing?
What does Jessica Alba bring to the makeup table?
And Jessica, what have you learned from Evelyne?
And have you become close working together on so many projects?
And Evelyne, do you do your own makeup?