Ali Adler: Happy Place

by Melissa Goldstein

THE DOSSIER: NAME: Ali Adler. TRADE: Television producer and writer (Glee), co-creator The New Normal. VIBE: Danish modern meets midcentury Palm Springs. ABODE: Contemporary three-bedroom in Beverly Hills, CA.

It was directly following a difficult break-up that Ali Adler moved into her modern vaulted abode, set in the heights of Beverly Hills. "I had no home, no job, and two children," she recalls of the life stage during which she bought the property, previously inhabited by film director Jason Reitman as well as actor Balthazar Getty. "So I took this tremendous leap, and was rewarded with the adjective I needed the most in my life: glee." It was, of course, Ryan Murphy's musical series by the same name that kick-started Adler's working mojo, followed by another Murphy project on which she is his co-creator, The New Normal. "It's been this crazy year," she admits of her primetime hot-streak. "And in many ways, this house is the birthplace of all of that happiness."

GREAT ESCAPE: It was the purity of architecture in the post and beam living room that first caught Adler's attention: "It has that whole Julius Shulman, Palm Springs feel," she explains of the aesthetic draw, "and since it's up in the hills, it also feels like a beautiful cabin at summer camp." Adler furnished the space with furniture that spoke to her Danish modern sensibilities, and accented with dynamic touches: an oceanic-coloured flat-weave rug, a vintage Japanese flag hunted down on eBay, and a substantial glass vessel by close friend, artist Alison Berger, whose work shows up throughout the residence. "Everyone should befriend a premiere glassmaker," Adler advises.

FREE STYLE: Adler transformed the house's basement into a playroom for her eight-year-old son, Levi and four-year-old daughter, Sawyer, installing suspended IKEA chairs and a chalkboard wall. "I wanted them to feel the freedom of swinging and the fun of drawing on the wall." The couch, meanwhile, is upholstered in recycled vintage army tents: "I don't want to yell at children for being children," she explains of the hard-wearing fabric choice.

ALL TOGETHER NOW: A triptych of the Seattle rainforest by LA-based photographer Alexandra Hedison breathes fresh life into the minimal kitchen, where a set of Eiffel Chairs from Blueprint and a Block Dining Table from Cisco Brothers host weekend brunches for a small army of Adler's friends and their children. "The table was my first big purchase for the house," says Adler. "I wanted this space to be about friends and family and people coming over--and I wanted the table to be about finding the biggest piece of wood I could find that was unmolested by nails."




Kilim Throw Pillows
Block Dining Table
Simplex Wall Clock
Contact Stool
Standard Chair by Jean Prouvé for Vitra
Vertigo Home
Flag Halyard Chair, Hans Wegner
Danish Design Store
Cobra Table Lamp
Bridget Kilim Rug
Jonathan Adler
PS Svinga Chair



Photograph: Justin Coit

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