Power couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis recently unveiled their stunning, six-acre home in the hills of Los Angeles.
They invited interior design magazine Architectural Digest to feature the property and show off their “sustainable” and “nurturing” home.
“We wanted a home, not an estate,” Kunis asserted while Kutcher described their vision for the design. “We wanted the house to look like an old barn, something that had been here for decades, that was then converted into a house. But it also had to feel modern and relevant,” he said.
The pair shared that the journey to a home built from scratch was a long one — five years, to be exact — that involved one architect, multiple designers, and very comprehensive Pinterest boards.
“Building a house from the ground up is no small thing. This was either going to make us or break us,” Kunis said.
They teamed up with famed architect Howard Backen and designer Vicky Charles to carefully craft a home that was rustic, contemporary, and basically, just farmhouse chic.
The idea was to create something comfortable in a family setting, mostly for the sake of the couple’s two children, Wyatt and Dmitri.
“Our conversations were not just about the land and the architecture but also about the future of their family,” Charles told AD. The designer incorporated plush seats, silver throne chairs (which Kutcher commissioned on a trip to India), and an incredibly large, 10-foot tall chandelier into the home.
Additionally, the couple sought to include sustainability into their living space by completely powering the house through photovoltaics, a specific type of solar panel. They also considered regenerative farming and other sustainable alternatives.
The end product is a beautiful one; the entire property includes the main house, a guest barn, pool, and barbecue pavilion. Wood used for the ceiling beams were made from reclaimed timber, while sky-high glass-paneled sliding doors complete the barn area.
For both Kutcher and Kunis, all the years spent planning and organizing was part of the process of making their house a home.
“If the world around you isn’t in order, it’s hard to get your brain in order,” Kutcher stated. “When we’re in our home, the world just makes sense.”