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Inside Giada de Laurentiis’s House in California



With the help of architect Peter Cohen, chef Giada De Laurentiis and her husband, Todd Thompson, transformed their 1,600-square-foot residence in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles into a California contemporary home with twice the space. “I lived here for 14 years,” Thompson says. “The whole time I was planning my dream house.”



The living/dining area features a mixed-media work by Lisa Bartleson.



The terrace “is the perfect spot to hang out after a day at the beach,” says Thompson. Landscape designer Sean Knibb planted a wall of podocarpus trees for privacy.



De Laurentiis in the living area.



“The kitchen is the whole reason we tore our old house down and rebuilt,” Thompson says. The couple worked with designer Kevin Fitzsimons to create a room that was organized and modern.


In her office, “Giada burns the midnight oil writing recipes,” reveals Thompson. Her cookbook covers decorate the walls. “I became a chef to be in the background,” De Laurentiis says. “To make people happy but sort of live in my own world.”



The master bedroom has “the best view in the house,” notes Thompson.



“The roof deck is placed well back from the front of the house so you can’t see it from the street,” he explains.


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