Nina Dobrev has worked in Hollywood since the 2000s, when she started acting in hits like Degraded, The vampire diary, and Charlie’s world. But her four-bedroom home in Los Angeles isn’t your typical West Hollywood pad. Dobrev, who is Bulgarian and spent part of his childhood in the south of France, looked at his heritage when designing interiors. While an airy sense of Californian freshness is evident in the elegant brass details and locally sourced art and furnishings, its careful preservation of the residence’s late 1920s Spanish-style architecture offers a sense of European elegance.
Like many who have plunged into a remodeling frenzy over the past year, the pandemic was what prompted Dobrev to do a redesign. “I used to say that I have lived most of my life on the plane, because I constantly travel for business and pleasure,” Nina Dobrev explains to A D. “But the pandemic was my first home for an extended period,” she says, explaining that the very first thing she did was paint the entire exterior of the house herself.
“Maybe it’s my frugal side, the Bulgarian girl from Eastern Europe who was like, I don’t wanna pay a lot of money for a bunch of people to come and paint this, and I’m boredshe laughs. Either way, she went to The Home Depot for a pressure washer and some paint, and started coating the house’s mustard yellow exterior in a cool matte white.
That’s not to say that Dobrev is a minimalist when it comes to color: “Oh no, Nina wasn’t afraid of color,” says Charlie Barstein, who, under his eponymous company, Charlie Barstein interiors– worked with Dobrev during the pandemic to remodel his home. His biggest challenge, and the focal point of the house, was Dobrev’s cooking. With olive green cabinetry and textured terra cotta floors, it’s reminiscent of a beautifully decorated French country kitchen area that’s really meant to be used. European influences can be seen elsewhere as well, from vintage terracotta tiles imported from Italy to retro styling Ilve range (also Italian). Barstein even added a butler’s pantry, which he decorated with a piece of art found in a local showroom.
The most significant change was the removal of a wall that was part of the building’s original architecture in 1929. By blocking out the dining room, he effectively created a cramped kitchen-kitchen that Dobrev rarely used. It wasn’t so bad back when she bounced around the country in different settings, but, as Dobrev says, “my old kitchen was my 1920s kitchen, and now it’s my grown-up kitchen, 1930s “.