Fun fact: Designer and stylist Estee Stanley and I grew up in the same tiny city in Orange County, and I’m so happy we live in the same town again. Part of the reason is it means I’m closer to Estee’s wicked sense of humor and on-point style (start your obsession by looking at her home photos in this post), and part is the fact that she’s responsible for one of my absolute favorite new hangouts in LA.
Lunch at Au Fudge, the restaurant/creative space she recently opened with Jessica Biel and Kimberly Muller, is basically like lunch at your own home… if you had an amazing, health-focused chef, an au pair and playroom, and Estee-approved interiors. Also: a really good bartender. Because we’ve all been up since 5am. We need a drink. “A lot of restaurants are gorgeous, but they’re not comfortable,” Estee told us about the inspiration behind Au Fudge. “Here, you come, you hang, you feel happy because no one cares if your kids are screaming.”
I’m so proud to feature Estee here – she’s loved by so many stars for knowing just how to bring out their personal style through their homes, parties, and wardrobes. Here, she lets us in on her style, from her dream home location to the fabric she can’t get enough of.
When it comes to decorating “rules”: Is there such a thing and if so, is there one you constantly break?
I don’t really have any rules – just that I always try to create a place that really represents who the client is. I want to make a room that’s unique and special to that person, because every person is unique and special. Otherwise, I never buy the whole room from one store. There are so many amazing furniture companies, but I don’t want to design a room that looks like a showroom. That’s never going to show anything about your character, it’s never going to feel thoughtful.
Photos of Estee’s Los Angeles home (this one and below). Courtesy of Estee Stanley.
What is the most unexpected thing in your home?
My huge old English sheepdog – I think people trip out every time they walk in. I try to keep my house pretty clean and I don’t want to say he’s filthy but he’s… not the cleanest dog. Scout, at 130 pounds, looks more like he should be with actual sheep on a farm, rather than my house.
What does your dream house look like and where would it be?
My dream house would be, for sure, somewhere in Italy or France. I would love to live in an old castle. Somewhere with gorgeous parquet floors and old, beautiful, colorful tile and wood paneling and beams on the ceiling. I love this look so much!
Photos of Au Fudge (this one and below). Photography by Justin Coit.
What’s your signature touch in your home or your personal style?
I really try to make it so that no room feels precious. I want everyone to enjoy every square inch of their house – to sit on every single thing, and not feel like “Oh I spent too much on that fabric, I can’t go in that room!” I want it to feel sexy and cozy and warm, and like you really want to hang out in every room. If not, what’s the point of having a big house?
What color/pattern/texture/style are you currently obsessed with?
I’m really liking a lot of these leafy, floral patterns, but in masculine colorways so they don’t feel super girly, like this one from Tulu Textiles.