Two and a half years after Lily Allen and David Harbour tied the knot in Las Vegas in 2020 — full with an Elvis impersonator — the couple is opening the doorways to their dream house within the tree-lined Brooklyn neighborhood of Carroll Gardens.
The pair employed inside designer Billy Cotton and architect Ben Bischoff to overtake the late Nineteenth-century Italianate brownstone, first by rolling again the clock on a long time of renovations that had lined up authentic moldings.
Lily Allen and David Harbour’s Brooklyn house mixes regal, classic and up to date. The main tub doubles as an ethereal, light-filled sitting room. Credit: Simon Watson/AD
From there, they remodeled the house by mixing ornate furnishings and vibrant colours that draw the attention to each element within the rooms. With the Italian-style classical structure because the inspiration — in addition to the realm’s Italian-American historical past — Cotton advised AD that he seemed to design the house “as if they’d inherited the home from a kooky Italian nonna with fabulous taste.”
“I’ve always been interested in interiors, and I’ve always done my own homes. But this was a big undertaking, and I needed help,” Allen mentioned. “Together, Billy and I tried to reach for something weird and wonderful.”
Bold, unconventional selections
The brownstone has an uncommon format, with a spacious, garden-and-gilt-themed main tub that doubles as a sitting room (it is carpeted, with the bathroom and bathe in a special room), and a windowless, flamingo-pink bed room accessible solely via the lavatory. The extra neutral-hued kitchen is the primary room that friends enter, whereas the lounge is towards the rear. Each room is themed, from the tiger-stripe lined den to the all baby-blue lavatory utilized by Allen’s two youngsters.
The kitchen and eating space is the primary room that friends enter. Credit: Simon Watson/AD
“Lily is the one who really set the tone and drove the program. Every time I tried to make it calmer, she kept pushing and pushing for more,” Cotton mentioned.
“She has such presence and star quality, you just can’t picture her living somewhere boring and conventional,” he added.
Interior designer Billy Cotton wished the house to look as if Allen and Harbour had “inherited the home from a kooky Italian nonna with fabulous taste.” Credit: Simon Watson/AD
Allen defined that she would not thoughts how the design selections have an effect on the resale worth, saying, “We want to live in it in a way that works for us.” (Nor does she thoughts that her youngsters seek advice from the property as “the clown house,” she famous, insisting “they say it in the most loving way.”)
The uncommon house is a far cry from the house Harbour mentioned he grew up with in Westchester, New York, simply north of town, in addition to his earlier Nolita loft. But he was joyful to let Allen take the lead together with her knack for daring colours and weird pairings.
“I’m a suburban boy from Westchester, so I’m accustomed to a more middle-of-the-road aesthetic,” he mentioned. “But I love that my wife has her own vision and isn’t afraid of taking risks.”