TV veterans Bill and Giuliana Rancic have just welcomed their first baby–and a gorgeous new home to raise him in. While pregnant and recovering from cancer and a double-mastectomy, the Rancics choreographed the build and move-in through the ever-supportive people around them.
“Friends and family moved us into this house while we were in Denver awaiting the arrival of Duke,” explains Giuliana of the time she and Bill spent in Colorado prior to the birth of their baby, via surrogate, in August of 2012. “We stayed in Chicago, where Bill’s family is and where we also have a home, for the duration of my maternity leave. When we returned to Los Angeles, it was into our new home with our new baby. We could bury the bad memories from our former house. This was a fresh start for all of us.”
The Rancics requested a few key elements that were fundamental to the compatibility of the interiors with their vision. First, the house needed to adopt a calming, serene palette. With chaotic schedules to fill their days, they wanted to retreat to a home that was a relaxed environment with little color. Starting in the living room, designer Lonni Paul chose furnishings of ivory, blue, and gray that are glimpsed the moment the front door opens. Striped tone-on-tone silk window treatments, tufted Chesterfield sofas in ivory linen, and a floral stripe hand-screened onto an elephant-colored grass cloth wall covering from Phillip Jeffries complement the clean lines of the home’s interior architecture.
Opposite the entry, the dining room was designed for the ease of this family-oriented couple that often hosts visitors. Comfort was a must. Chairs with casual linen slipcovers soften the buttoned-up appearance of handsome stripes on the wall.
A carved wood chandelier from Circa Lighting illuminates comfy furniture and a neutral-toned rug from Safavieh.
In the kitchen, bar stools with a limed finish add warmth to the all-white space. Behind the kitchen, the Rancics’ home office features facing metal desks, with a childhood photograph hanging on the wall above each desk to distinguish whose space is whose.
Perhaps inspired by her time in front of the camera, Giuliana has an affinity for great lighting and paid special attention to the fixtures throughout the house. In the breakfast nook, a Circa Lighting iron lantern hanging above the table offers a rustic, natural look. A framed map of Chicago was a gift from designer Lonni Paul.
The Ralph Lauren four-poster that Bill and Giuliana moved from their former home finds its niche under a vaulted ceiling. A bench with a matching dark finish wears linen and is topped with monogrammed pillows from Jonathan Adler. Toss pillows on the bed complement the rug from Surya.
Beside the fireplace hearth, a curvy side table creates a chic visual tension with the modern painting hung above.
Blue grass cloth by Phillip Jeffries encloses the nursery that Paul designed with a water theme in mind. A crib she designed for her PetitNest line features Duke’s initials. Globe poufs from RH sit atop a chevron-patterned rug by Jonathan Adler.
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