This Supermodel’s Pied-à-Terre Is a Mediterranean-Style Retreat

Zoë Sessums

Supermodel Georgia Fowler can’t wait to get home. The New Zealand native, who is typically hopping between jobs, countries, and continents, took on work in Australia when news of COVID-19 was starting to break. She figured she’d be back at her home in New York or Los Angeles less than a week later, but she’s been there for months. 

“As soon as the borders open, I’m hoping to get back to the West Coast and enjoy my home,” says Georgia. She bought her place last year, and was just beginning to settle in. Still, this kind of long-distance relationship with her West Hollywood home is nothing new. 

“Due to Georgia’s demanding travel schedule, we worked largely via emails, texts, and voice messages whilst she was between flights and shoots,” says Alice Cheng of Shialice Spatial Design, who was enlisted to design the space. “I often wasn’t sure which time zone she was in.” 

The lush greenery covers much of the exterior walls of supermodel Georgia Fowler’s home. “I love creating spaces that are rich, serene and balanced,” says Alice Cheng of Shialice Spatial Design. “The underlying goal is a livable luxury.”
“These [checkered floors] came with the house!” says Alice. “Talk about a score: They read a bit loud before we started working on the project, but the contrast tied in well at the end, and grounded our airy, minimal palette.”
“The house was more or less move-in ready when Georgia found it, and there wasn’t time to do any significant remodels,” says Alice. “There were small facelifts, though: a new coat of white paint to cover the mocha walls, rebuilding and refinishing the master bedroom closet doors with new hardware, among some other small projects.”

Alice began working with Georgia shortly after she closed escrow and had already begun purchasing a few items on her own. “Since she started staying there shortly after the purchase, our goal was to get her settled in and comfortable as quickly as possible,” says Alice. “The Mediterranean-style pied-à-terre is beautiful, with lush greenery and plenty of outdoor space, but it needed to be made into a home.” Georgia's idea: “I wanted the rooms to feel airy, comfortable, and never contrived.”

“I love the indoor-outdoor flow of the space,” says Georgia. “Bringing in plants and natural materials gave a sense of calm to my L.A. home."
Georgia loves a midcentury modern piece, but was just as concerned with making sure the space made her feel at home. “I mixed comfortable couches with midcentury lighting or chairs,” she says. “Balancing old and new and only bringing in pieces I loved made the space me.”

The goal of the space was to set up an oasis and retreat for Georgia’s busy life, homing in on the sensibilities of her New Zealand upbringing with a relaxed but refined style. The style of architecture already lent itself well to indoor-outdoor living with its large windows and wide accordion doors opening up to green courtyards. “There is a wealth of light, fresh air, and living space for entertaining family and friends in town,” adds Alice. “We knew the interiors had to work alongside the nature-scape and bring the outdoors in.”

Which is Georgia’s favorite room? “I would have to say my bedroom,” she answers. “I love the bed frame I found at a market, the off-centered artwork, and obnoxiously large wall lamp.”
Another favorite piece in Georgia’s favorite room: the Tito Agnoli lounge chair. The ornate dresser came from a local set designer’s inventory via Chairish.

Alice worked with with local artists, vintage dealers, and craftspeople to source pieces that showcased beautiful natural materials. “A favorite piece is a handsome travertine coffee table from a collectable furniture dealer, Archive 20th Century, whose monolithic form balances the lushness of the greenery outside and grounds the airy interior space,” says Alice. Other favorite pieces: a custom wall-to-wall white oak media console, a custom art installation made of natural reeds by local artist Cirilo Domine that floats above the fireplace mantel, and a Tito Agnoli chair in cane that sits by a breezy open door in the master bedroom.

“One of my favorite pieces is this vintage brass framed piece from the 1960s via Vinovo, a shop in Germany,” says Alice, referring to the mirror. “I loved that it was interesting and unique—the asymmetry added a subtle unexpected punch to the space." The console is a piece Georgia found from CB2. "It worked really well in the space amidst all the vintage pieces we acquired.”

To make the project work on short timeline, Georgia and Alice spent a lot of time texting and emailing pieces to each other, old and new. They looked at what could be bought instantly but also shipped furnishings from near and far. “Georgia brought home a rug from the Pasadena Rose Bowl when she was in town, while another rug from Turkey shipped via Etsy,” says Alice. “Other fun finds include a modernist asymmetrical mirror from Germany that now adorns the entry wall and several vintage art books from a local shop in L.A.”

“Georgia was the ideal client in many regards: smart, sweet, and a lover of design,” says Alice. “It was a lot of fun pulling this together with her.”

Georgia’s Go-Tos

Instagram feeds to follow: @fourthstreethome, @eyeswoon, @claudehome, @counter.space, @kellywearstler, @lawsonfenning, @thefutureperfect, @brendantadler, @leditions.art, @placesidlovetolive

Destinations for design inspiration: I’ve been fortunate enough to constantly travel for work, so I’ve seen countless restaurants, hotels, and location homes that I’ve been able to draw inspiration from. When I’m not traveling, I love interior magazines—Ark Journal is an incredible publication—and big coffee table books are always inspiring. On my table currently sits Vincent Van Duysen.

Favorite detail in your home: The black-and-white tile floors give the place a European feel.

Last thing delivered to your home: My giant print by my friend Darren McDonald. It hangs right behind the dining table, which is front-and-center of the home when you walk in.

Best thing about your neighborhood: Being able to walk to Verve for a morning coffee.

Favorite day-off activity at home: I have a slow morning, before walking to get a coffee, and enjoy breakfast on my outdoor table. I’ll putter around the garden, and find new gems online or at vintage markets to bring home. I imagine I’ll be constantly bringing pieces I love and that inspire me into my home. Then I’ll have some friends over for an afternoon drink in the sun.

Dream addition to your space: More art scattered around the place would add some punch to my fresh walls, but most of all I’m really looking forward to renovating the kitchen.

Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest