Remember Diane Keaton’s beautifully renovated Spanish Colonial? It was designed in 1927 by Ralph C. Flewelling and was featured in Architectural Digest a few years ago. Keaton sold it in 2010 to the Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy. The Hollywood Reporter has a tour of it in their current issue, so let’s see how it looks now!
In this photo from the Architectural Digest story that ran a few years ago, Keaton stands inside the front door:
Here are Ryan Murphy and his interior designer Cliff Fong under one of the house’s many arched doorways today:
This is how the kitchen looked when it was Diane’s:
Keaton’s designer Stephen Shadley came up with the idea for the inverted, upside-down shades in the kitchen that were so striking and memorable. Murphy says he liked how she had the house so much that he begged her to sell him all the furniture that came with it, but she declined. She did, however, let him spend a day photographing all of her things so he could replicate as much as possible.
You can see he kept the kitchen looking pretty much the same as when she lived there:
Murphy says that the sets for his new sitcom The New Normal “are a near replica of his house.” In fact, the pilot episode was shot nearby at another house that Diane Keaton used to own. “It’s sometimes strange to walk onto set because I feel like I never leave my world.”
Of course I immediately had to look up photos of the sitcom’s sets and was thrilled to find an entire slideshow of them at NBC.com. You can see that they’re more colorful than his house–the kitchen looks a little more like it did when Keaton owned it.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes photo of the kitchen set:
I got a little sidetracked there. Back to how the kitchen looked when Diane owned it and had this charming “Exchange” sign on the wall:
Murphy has a vintage “CALIFORNIA” sign over those shelves and everything looks a little more masculine and subdued without Keaton’s colorful pottery:
The bedroom when it appeared in AD:
And now that Ryan lives there–it’s even darker but with a more contemporary look:
While we’re at it–here’s Bryan and David’s bedroom on the set of The New Normal:
Now I know why so many of you have asked me to feature the sets from that show. I also like their living room and study in these photos:
You can see the entire slideshow of the sets at NBC.com.
Here’s the library that has been pinned and posted a million times around the world as it looked when it was Diane’s (and featured in AD):
Ryan loved the daybed so much he searched until he found something similar. It’s a rare Monterey of California daybed with its original paint that looks almost identical to hers:
Check out The Hollywood Reporter’s first “Homes” issue to read the article and see the rest of the photos by Douglas Friedman. Tickets to the first THR Design Showhouse, which runs through November 18, are available here.
More Fun Stuff:
- The Real-Life American Horror Story House in L.A.
- Diane Keaton’s Beach House in Something’s Gotta Give (now with bigger, better photos!)
P.S. I wrote about Keaton’s house when it was on the market: