'We didn't want a McMansion': Inside Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo's understated home

Written by Leah Dolan, CNN

Tucked between the Santa Monica Mountains and the Pacific Ocean sits Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo’s personal personal slice of serenity.

After promoting their earlier residence utterly furnished, the Maroon 5 entrance man and Namibian mannequin, who wed in 2014, began over with their new LA property. Now they’ve opened the doorways to the idyllic mansion for the upcoming issue of Architectural Digest.

“Beverly Hills just started to feel hectic,” Levine is quoted as saying within the journal’s September cowl story “It’s strangely central, so we felt surrounded by the city. We wanted to live somewhere quieter, where you don’t hear the traffic and feel the stress.”

A drawing by German contemporary artist Albert Oehlen hangs over the fireplace, while a Richard Prince piece bookends the room.

A drawing by German up to date artist Albert Oehlen hangs over the hearth, whereas a Richard Prince piece bookends the room. Credit: William Abranowicz/Architectural Digest

While the couple’s job titles — pop star and supermodel — would possibly trace at extravagance, there’s something refreshingly understated about their bolthole in LA’s upmarket Pacific Palisades neighborhood.

The interiors’ impartial shade palette is punctuated solely by grand works of latest artwork. Vibrant, imposing items by American painters Henry Taylor and Richard Prince elevate the eating and bar areas, whereas the playful use of texture and distinct furnishings — from a wood desk designed by celebrated French architect Charlotte Perriand to the customized eating room chairs constituted of tubular steel– cease the house from feeling like a soulless gallery house.
The property makes the most of LA's wraparound hilltop views.

The property makes probably the most of LA’s wraparound hilltop views. Credit: William Abranowicz/Architectural Digest

“When things are chaotic culturally, as they have been for the last half decade, it tends to foster great art,” Levine instructed the journal. “Behati and I have an emotional attachment to everything we collect.” .

It’s an elegant tackle a household residence — one which the pair share with daughters Dusty and Gio, in addition to their golden retriever, Charlie, and “goldendoodle” (a golden retriever and poodle combine), Bones.

Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine front the cover of Architectural Digest's September Style issue.

Behati Prinsloo and Adam Levine entrance the quilt of Architectural Digest’s September Style problem. Credit: William Abranowicz/Architectural Digest

Originally constructed within the Thirties, the property has housed a formidable roster of Hollywood A-list homeowners through the years, from Gregory Peck to Ben Affleck. “We were attracted to this place because it felt homey,” Prinsloo instructed Architectural Digest. “You could tell that kids had lived here before.”

Clements Design — an LA interiors agency helmed by mother-and-son duo Kathleen and Tommy Clements — helped convey the most recent model of this Pacific Palisades residence to life.

Despite the dear artworks and the couple’s sharp eye for inside design, the house feels remarkably unfussy. Rooms seem tall and spacious within the subdued earth tone shade scheme, whereas tables and counter tops are largely left naked — except for the odd decoration or desk lamp.

“We didn’t want a palatial McMansion. That’s just not who we are.” Levine is quoted as saying.

The conversation pit is situated in what looks like an Italian oasis.

The dialog pit is located in what seems like an Italian oasis. Credit: William Abranowicz/Architectural Digest

Outside, panorama architect Mark Rios has struck an analogous steadiness between curated and informal. Everything seems to be in concord, from the flowers pouring over the concrete fringe of a sunken outside seating space, to the grove of mature olive bushes that loom over the household swimming pool.

But finally it is artwork, not nature, that has dominion over the Prinsloo-Levine residence, which sees a framed portray by up to date artist Raymond Pettibon mounted above the couple’s mattress. “It’s not exactly earthquake-friendly, but we’re willing to die for that piece of art,” joked Levine.

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