September 29, 2023
Ellen Pompeo opens the doorways to her Malibu weekend dwelling

Written by Religion Karimi, CNN

Ellen Pompeo nonetheless remembers swooning over the seashore home the primary time she noticed it. There was one thing particular concerning the modernist construction, perched on a blufftop overlooking the ocean in Malibu, California.

However there was one main hurdle: The fee. On the time, “Gray’s Anatomy” — the ABC medical drama collection on which Pompeo has performed titular character Meredith Gray for almost 20 years — was nonetheless a brand new present, and the house was too costly. She begrudgingly let go of her dream to personal it.

However not for too lengthy.

“I wish to say I manifested this home,” Pompeo informed Architectural Digest in an unique interview for the journal’s January 2023 cowl story.
Intricately-veined black marble covers accent walls throughout the home, including the living room.

Intricately-veined black marble covers accent partitions all through the house, together with the lounge. Credit score: Douglas Friedman/Architectural Digest

Quick-forward to 2013, and the house was in the marketplace once more. By then, Pompeo was one of many highest paid actors on tv, and jumped on the chance so as to add it to her actual property portfolio. (Her household’s major residence stays a Nineteen Twenties Mediterranean-style dwelling in Los Angeles.)

“I actually benefit from the craft and artwork of homes,” she informed the journal. “It workouts a unique artistic muscle.”

A basic property with fashionable touches

The three,000-square-foot property, designed by midcentury architects Conrad Buff and Donald Hensman, is the proper spot for weekend getaways. Initially inbuilt 1979, it wraps round a central courtyard flowing with grass, palm timber and a swimming pool lined with crisp white marble.

The property's inner courtyard juxtaposes clean lines and crisp marble with lush greenery and pops of color on poolside furnishings.

The property’s internal courtyard juxtaposes clear strains and crisp marble with lush greenery and pops of colour on poolside furnishings. Credit score: Douglas Friedman/Architectural Digest

To assist with renovations on the teak-wrapped dwelling, Pompeo and her husband, Chris Ivery, enlisted designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard, who this yr is amongst these on Architectural Digest’s annual “AD100” record honoring prime design, decor and structure skills, alongside Nate Berkus, Hadley Wiggins, Andre Mellone, Younger Huh, and Justina Blakeney amongst others.
“Some individuals desire a sterile dwelling that makes them really feel like they’re at a spa. However I like design that tells a narrative,” Pompeo informed AD.

All through the house are refined nods to that décor precept, including character to its dwelling areas. The house additionally displays “the attractive swagger of ’70s vogue,” because the journal places it — classic terrace chairs and leather-based couch in the lounge; a Nineteen Seventies chopping desk from Yves Saint Laurent’s studio within the entry lobby — and Pompeo’s appreciation for the period’s vogue icons, with framed pictures of Diana Ross and Grace Jones on show.

Surf's up! The January 2023 issue of AD offers a tour of Ellen Pompeo's Malibu retreat.

Surf’s up! The January 2023 situation of AD gives a tour of Ellen Pompeo’s Malibu retreat. Credit score: Douglas Friedman/Architectural Digest

As somebody the journal describes as having “a weak spot for actual property,” this isn’t Pompeo’s first dwelling renovation. She’s beforehand revamped a number of properties, together with a contemporary barn in Sag Harbor, New York. It marks her fourth venture with Bullard, even, and there is extra on the horizon. Pompeo and Ivery have purchased the property behind their seashore home, and plan to construct out what Bullard describes as a “true Malibu property.”

A brand new dwelling marks a brand new chapter

Pompeo is now stepping again from the position she’s performed for 19 seasons. Her character is saying goodbye to the fictional Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital when the present returns in February; a promo teases the episode during which Meredith Gray will depart Seattle for a brand new begin in Boston.
Shifting ahead, Pompeo informed AD she is making ready to embark on a brand new Hulu venture, and is in any other case reveling each in her newly-found free time and her newly-renovated dwelling — and its environment. Meaning lengthy strolls on the seashore along with her canines, and browsing classes on her boogie board alongside her three youngsters.

“I’m getting into a really thrilling section of my life, if I do say so myself,” Pompeo stated.

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