Lily Allen and David Harbour show off their eccentric Brooklyn townhouse

Lily Allen and David Harbour show off their eccentric Brooklyn townhouse

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

Two and a 50 percent many years following Lily Allen and David Harbour tied the knot in Las Vegas in 2020 — entire with an Elvis impersonator — the couple is opening the doorways to their desire dwelling in the tree-lined Brooklyn neighborhood of Carroll Gardens.

Their eccentric abode has created the deal with of Architectural Digest’s March concern, that includes the singer and “Stranger Issues” actor lounging in a verdant green living room that consists of floral wallpaper, a bronze palm tree lamp, a custom made emerald velvet sofa and a regal 19th-century crystal chandelier.

The pair hired inside designer Billy Cotton and architect Ben Bischoff to overhaul the late 19th-century Italianate brownstone, initially by rolling back again the clock on decades of renovations that had covered up first moldings.

Lily Allen and David Harbour's Brooklyn home mixes regal, vintage and contemporary. The primary bath doubles as an airy, light-filled sitting room.

Lily Allen and David Harbour’s Brooklyn home mixes regal, vintage and present-day. The most important bathtub doubles as an airy, mild-crammed sitting place. Credit rating: Simon Watson/Advertisement

From there, they remodeled the room by mixing ornate furnishings and vibrant hues that draw the eye to every element in the rooms. With the Italian-type classical architecture as the inspiration — as well as the area’s Italian-American background — Cotton instructed Ad that he looked to design and style the space “as if they’d inherited the property from a kooky Italian nonna with amazing style.”

“I’ve usually been intrigued in interiors, and I have usually done my very own households. But this was a big enterprise, and I necessary help,” Allen claimed. “Collectively, Billy and I experimented with to achieve for a little something unusual and superb.”

Daring, unconventional options

The brownstone has an unusual format, with a roomy, garden-and-gilt-themed principal bath that doubles as a sitting down place (it truly is carpeted, with the bathroom and shower in a different area), and a windowless, flamingo-pink bedroom available only through the lavatory. The additional neutral-hued kitchen is the first room that attendees enter, whilst the living area is towards the rear. Each and every place is themed, from the tiger-stripe lined den to the all little one-blue bathroom utilized by Allen’s two children.

The kitchen and dining area is the first room that guests enter.

The kitchen and eating area is the initial space that company enter. Credit: Simon Watson/Advertisement

“Lily is the just one who definitely set the tone and drove the software. Each and every time I tried using to make it calmer, she stored pushing and pushing for much more,” Cotton mentioned.

“She has this kind of existence and star high quality, you just are unable to photo her residing someplace unexciting and common,” he additional.

Interior designer Billy Cotton wanted the space to look as if Allen and Harbour had "inherited the home from a kooky Italian nonna with fabulous taste."

Interior designer Billy Cotton needed the house to search as if Allen and Harbour experienced “inherited the home from a kooky Italian nonna with fantastic taste.” Credit score: Simon Watson/Advertisement

Allen stated that she doesn’t intellect how the style selections impact the resale price, stating, “We want to stay in it in a way that operates for us.” (Nor does she thoughts that her youngsters refer to the house as “the clown home,” she famous, insisting “they say it in the most loving way.”)

The strange place is a significantly cry from the residence Harbour claimed he grew up with in Westchester, New York, just north of the town, as very well as his earlier Nolita loft. But he was satisfied to allow Allen acquire the direct with her knack for bold colours and strange pairings.

“I’m a suburban boy from Westchester, so I am accustomed to a extra center-of-the-road aesthetic,” he stated. “But I appreciate that my spouse has her own vision and isn’t concerned of taking dangers.”