“This house signifies the next chapter of my life—as an adult, a woman, and a performer,” says Moore, whose first brush with fame occurred at the tender age of 15 with her hit single “Candy.” “I was able to pour all of who I am into making this place.” She and fiancé Taylor Goldsmith landed on the classic 1950s home designed by architect Harold B. Zook after searching for nearly a year. “We fell in love with the views, the pool, the yard, basically the whole energy of the place,” she explains.
With that, Moore enlisted an esteemed design team consisting of architect Emily Farnham, interior designer Sarah Sherman Samuel, and Terremoto landscape designers, and embarked on a complete gut renovation of the space. The end result is a delicate balance of vintage and contemporary, high and low, masculine and feminine. “The interiors don’t feel like they’re lost in time,” explains Samuel. “There are plenty of nods to the ’50s, but there are also lots of pieces that just read as fresh, organic, and modern.” Step inside Mandy Moore’s jaw-dropping Pasadena home below.
Although the bones of the structure were fairly intact, additions and interior emendations implemented in the early 1990s obscured the structure’s spruce modern lines and quintessential midcentury vibe. “We wanted to recapture the home’s original spirit without delving into a slavish period restoration. We tried to imagine what Zook would have done if he were designing it today,” Moore explains.
“We looked at the house and realized that we could bring it back with some basic subtraction, as opposed to a complete gut renovation,” Farnham says, referring to dated surface treatments, dark oak built-ins, and, most significant, a pair of semicircular volumes attached to the kitchen and master bath. “The rounded forms made no sense with all the taut, rectilinear lines. We had to shave those warts off,” the architect explains.
With Zook’s original drawings in hand, Farnham rebuilt the tiered, streamlined cornice that zigs and zags along the roofline—a signature detail that had been replaced at some point with a decidedly less elegant alternative. She also restored and updated the blond brick walls, floors, and fireplace surround, as well as the brawny copper fireplace hood that separates the living and dining rooms.
Below the front-room fireplace retains its original copper hood (now restored).
This story was originally published in Architectural Digest on June 22, 2018.