When it comes to the perfect home, Olivia Culpo is willing to put in the work.
The Miss Universe-turned actress and entrepreneur knew she wanted something that was a little out of the way of the Hollywood bustle, she told Architectural Digest in a tour of her home.
“I lived in Hollywood right in the thick of it, in the middle of all the noise, and I realized I really wanted something that felt more calming, like a sanctuary almost,” she said. “A respite from the city.”
Her new five-bedroom home in Encino, Calif. met those requirements, but that was only the beginning of her design journey.
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“For a lot of my friends and family, when year one turned into year two and I still had barely any furniture, everyone was freaking out, like, Why is she taking so long?” Culpo explained. “I’m a very slow decision maker, I’m very cautious and methodical. I just couldn’t make up my mind!”
The new luxury home was a big difference from her pink glammed up apartment and she needed time to figure things out.
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Luckily for Culpo, she had the help of interior designer Jess Diab.
The two carefully furnished the home piece by piece, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic delaying them, they completed the home.
It was a huge process that taught the entrepreneur about design – but also about herself.
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“Before I saw it as just a finish line, like, Get furniture in here and be done with it. But now I really do feel and think of interior design as a reflection of myself and my self expression, similar to the way I’ve always felt about fashion,” said Culpo.
“It’s a project that will continue forever,” she added. “I love it, I’m addicted. I now have the bug!”