Los Angeles-based choreographer-turned-interior designer Jeff Andrews certainly had his work cut out for him when Kris Jenner, co-creator of successful reality TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians, contacted him about renovating her home. Not only was he undertaking the renovation of a 10,000-square-foot house, he was also creating the set for a show that is seen in 150 countries each week.
But Jeff is no stranger to Hollywood. He has designed homes for the likes of American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest and Michael C Hall of Dexter. What challenged him most was the timing. “The pace of the project was set by the shooting schedule for the Kardashians’ show, which is quite intense,” he recalls. “We had to work as quickly as possible with everything. I designed around most fabrics and key pieces that were in stock and readily available. The custom pieces I designed were placed on a fast track for completion. The design happened very organically as we both had the same vision. Kris Jenner is a very astute decision maker and respectful of the design process on all levels.”
Describing his design aesthetic and therefore that of this home, Jeff says: “I find myself drawn to classic elements that have an edge. I have a special affinity for vintage pieces, especially lighting. I love symmetry, balance and colour palettes that are soothing and monochromatic, layered with rich textures and subtle pattern. To me good design is in the mix of elements, styles and periods and how they are combined. Through creativity and a clear vision, harmony can be achieved.”
The drama, both on screen and off, begins in the foyer where a chequerboard marble pattern sets the tone for what Jenner refers to as “Hollywood glamour”. The dramatic double stair is anchored by a Rose Tarlow table on the ground floor, and by an overscaled vintage gold-leaf mannequin on the upper level. This space was certainly intended to elicit wows from guests, but while Jenner likes glamour, she despises the idea of ostentation.
The first, and arguably most impressive, space that can be seen off the entry hall is the double-height dining room. Here, Jenner’s handsome antique dining chairs were reupholstered in a scroll motif Pierre Frey fabric while dazzling Maya Romanoff paper adorns the walls. The three dramatic chandeliers were collected by Jenner herself, proving her own design prowess.
The formal sitting room – one of two living spaces in the home – has played host to esteemed guests such as Oprah Winfrey. It is this area that Jeff is most proud of. “The simplicity and timeless feeling it evokes represents my aesthetic completely,” he says of the elegant space that features a wall-size antique mirror, a pair of Rose Tarlow chairs and a Nancy Corzine velvet-clad chaise with a custom-made nailhead pattern. If this is a more feminine room with its delicate lines and beige and lavender colour scheme, then the family room is its perfect masculine foil. Here, dark taupes and chocolates are paired with leather and dark wood. A Maya Romanoff herringbone wallcovering provides a dramatic backdrop and, says Jeff, “changes in different lights, so the depth is exceptional”.
Then there is Jenner’s bedroom wing – every woman’s dream with its expansive bathroom incorporating a fully equipped hair salon; a closet resembling a luxury retail store and bedroom with the aesthetics of a luxurious hotel suite. Given the low ceiling heights, Jeff decided to incorporate oversized elements such as high-back chairs and a tall wingback headboard. The bathroom/salon floor plays upon the black and white marble flooring that Jenner chose for her foyer, and the wallcovering is by Hermès. This is, understandably, Jenner’s favourite room. “We spend half of our lives in here! It is the perfect blend for my needs – a salon for prepping for filming and appearances, and a private getaway for bonding with my family.”
Clearly beaming with pride and admiration for her interior designer, Kris Jenner says: “I’m an over-the-top, dramatic sort of person, and a little bit of a control freak, so for me to give things over as much as I did with Jeff is highly unusual! But we work really well together and had the same vision exactly.”