It took Mindy Kaling quite awhile to find her perfect home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Hancock Park. And now, after a ten month renovation, she had lived in the place for just six weeks before inviting Architectural Digest over. Take a look around the creator and star of The Mindy Project’s colorful pad:
Her real estate journey came with a few surprises, including losing out on three other homes to all-cash buyers. This one, though, has a feature she’s never had to deal with before.
“I’ve lived in L.A. for 15 years and I’ve never had a second floor. Now I do and it’s a little frightening,” she says. “I’ll watch a murder documentary on Netflix, and then I’m too afraid to go upstairs. There have been two nights that I’ve slept on the couch downstairs.”
Something else you’ll find are a few pieces inherited from her parents, including her rosewood dining table that seats twelve. The antiques fit in with the home’s history: “It’s a house from the 1920s with original fireplace and original molding,” said Kaling’s interior designer, Katie Ridder. “It hadn’t been renovated in a long time so it needed a little bit of an update.”
Besides tweaks to the floor plan to improve the flow for entertaining (made by architects Adrian Koffka and Cynthia Phakos of Koffka Phakos Design), the brief was to work in loads of color and pattern. “She wanted it to be happy. She wanted it to be warm,” says Ridder. “You see the way she dresses on the show.”
“It’s a little Wes Anderson,” Kaling says. “It’s how layered it looks—he’s very conscious and he’s very generous with the colors in his palette.” We think Wes would approve.