Q & A: ‘Resident Evil’ Actress Ali Larter Shows off Her Picture-Perfect Hollywood Hills Home

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Ali Larter takes great pride in her home, a stunning three-story, four-bedroom and 5.5-bathroom contemporary featuring 5,500 square feet of gorgeously-decorated open space. In particular, the lifestyle guru and author of Kitchen Revelry dotes on her kitchen and its center island, but she also adores her wide-plank oak floors, the fireplace, the steam shower and the private balcony in the master suite she shares with husband Hayes MacArthur, daughter Vivienne, and son Theodore. Here, the Resident Evil: The Final Chapter actress takes us on a tour of her haute Hollywood Hills home.
How would you describe your home?
Luxurious but also very earthy and comfortable.
Most people who buy a multimillion-dollar home don’t leave it the way it was. Does that stand true for you?
We did not. When we saw our home we absolutely fell in love with it, so we didn’t want to change it too much.
Did you make any modifications?
The one thing we did do though was put in a pool on a cliff. I definitely do not recommend that to anyone. What could go wrong? Our pool is probably the safest place in L.A. at this point. It really took this house to another level. I’ve had so many years of incredible dinner parties at this
house, and the open kitchen is so how we live. I cook at least four nights a week, and our dinner parties are a whole friends and family affair. Being able to live on that floor has been a huge part of our lives. I love popping my babies in their high chairs or on the Bjorn and cooking; and [during] football season, I love hearing my husband watching football while I’m in the kitchen. The layout of the house is really incredible.
Tell us about your designing and decor choices. Did you hire an interior designer or did you do this on your own?
I did! Amanda Masters. She was incredible because she was really able to see the things that I wanted, and we worked closely together. We had a lot of things made in the house and that’s something that she has such a great gift for. One of my favorite things is the marble stone table with a Lawson-Fenning base that’s in our main living room that was cut from these slabs of agate from Brazil. I think it’s beautiful, special, and unique. The other piece we made was the white chaise lounge in our bedroom.
How did you find that person if so to match your own personal tastes and style?
I’ve known her on and off for years, and she has impeccable taste and likes to get her hands dirty. She’s my kind of girl. It’s about figuring out how to pick pieces that are already done and then building things for your home, too.
What are your favorite home furnishing brands? Where are they featured in your home?
I love our big furry rug. My new Sferra white sheets were my Christmas presents to myself last year, and they’re my favorite things in the world. [I also love] Heath Ceramics, Hermès, and William-Sonoma’s white plates, as well as Pottery Barn Kids for my son’s room.
How would you describe your home’s style?
I think there are a lot of homes that are don’t-touch-me houses. I cherish my Christofle pieces that I got for our wedding, and for me, it’s about using the nice things that you have. I don’t keep things closed away. I love using our beautiful crystal and using our beautiful plates. I’m about using your beautiful pieces. I like keeping a really relaxed home that’s very comfortable. That’s the number one thing: I hope that when people come into my home, they’re ready to slouch into the sofa, have a great glass of wine, and settle in for the night.

This story is featured in the premiere issue of Haute Residence magazine. Click here to flip through the digital magazine.

All photos by Andreas Branch.

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