House Tour: Step Inside Colman Domingo’s Southern Californian Home
Today we are stepping inside the eclectic Cali home of award-winning actor, writer, director and producer Colman Domingo. A stunning home which he shares with husband Raúl Domingo.
In an interview with Architectural Digest, Colman explains the purchase of this LA home came as a bit of a surprise move from New York. As a Broadway star, the West Coast wasn’t always on the cards, but together with his husband Raul, the couple decided to house hunt to find the perfect spot they could call home in Southern California.
A home with meaning
The home they found certainly felt like the perfect fit. A place where they can entertain, live large and enjoy the simple pleasures of everyday life around their favourite things. In fact, the home is filled with meaningful keepsakes and gifts. The interior is therefore like a time capsule of memories with deeper significance to the owners.
Thanks to the previous homeowners, nothing had been touched. Walls dripped with original woodworking while indoor fireplaces (yes, fireplaces, plural) added warmth to the perfectly midcentury-modern space. All that was left to do—inside, anyway—was rip up the dated white carpeting and polish the already poured concrete.
When it came time to furnish his new space, Colman further told Architectural Digest that the words of a dear friend rang true: “Linda Dresner told me, ‘Colman, the thing about style is if you love it, it will work—don’t buy everything at once, source what you love, and your home will tell you what it needs.’” This mentality served as the backbone of his decor process.
Sharing lived experiences
The home is completely personalised. Each room is a reflection of the couple – their travels, adventures and more. Through lived experiences, they gained the inspiration needed to create a home they loved.
“It has different personalities,” according to Colman. “Everything is a mood.” From plushy velvet seating to carefully sourced vintage accents. Furthermore, the couple wanted everything to serve a purpose, whether onlookers notice or not.
Colman also wanted the home to be a luxury experience – as his own personal hotel. Nothing is really on display here – the best crockery is used daily. We love his reasoning for this: “Everything is an event in my house,” Colman noted. “I only eat off stoneware plates with gold silverware—it really feels like I’m in my own luxury hotel and if I want to live that way, why not?” The wallpaper inspired by The Beverly Hills Hotel is a true testament to his theatrical background.
Subsequently, indoors and out, the home is a beautiful, memorable and meaningful space.
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