There’s no acting involved for a Hollywood couple who play themselves perfectly in their updated home.
Sean Hayes is used to not being himself. As an actor and producer who creates and plays the roles of fictional characters—most notably Jack McFarland in the long-running sitcom Will & Grace—he spends lengthy days in someone else’s shoes, channeling and perfecting someone else’s personality.
So once Sean closes his script and hangs up his wardrobe for the night, he’s ready to leave rehearsed dialogue and comedic timing behind for the laid-back, spontaneous life he enjoys with husband Scott Icenogle, a music producer and composer, in their Tudor-style home in Los Angeles’s Hancock Park neighborhood.
Los Angeles-based interior designer Chris Barrett, who appreciated the couple’s traditional sensibilities and desire to reduce the level of formality, was ready with a plan to update the classic home.
Once a dining room, the space off the foyer now houses a library featuring floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and a cozy window seat.
Designer Chris Barrett lightened the living room with a palette of cream and terra-cotta. Matching antique chests of drawers flank French doors. Sofas are covered in mohair, and a pair of chairs feature a hand-block print from Kerry Joyce Textiles.
Anchored by a square table, the breakfast area features a banquette with a cotton-blend back and a pair of chairs upholstered in a hemp print. A vintage light fixture illuminates the area.
Barrett added seating to the updated family room, all extra-comfortable for feature-film-length enjoyment, tripling the number of movie-watching guests that the room can accommodate.
“The best way to maximize seating was to create a symmetrical arrangement with pairs of chairs and sofas,” Barrett explains. “And because the family room was visible from the entry foyer, the chairs needed to be interesting and sculptural.”
In addition to two sofas upholstered in light-blue wool, Barrett included a pair of spool chairs with embroidered linen cushions and two woven rope stools. They all surround an oak-top coffee table, generously oversized, that invites guests for that much-loved game night in addition to casual conversation.
The master suite on the second floor has soaring vaulted ceilings that heighten the space. Walls and moldings are painted in a creamy white that provides a neutral backdrop for the colorful rug, which marries teal and turquoise for a peppy and vibrant take on tone-on-tone decorating. The four-poster, dressed in linens from Sferra, provides welcome volume for the vaulted architecture.