5 Surprising Things You Never Knew About Scott Foley
Recently I had the pleasure of sitting down with Scandal star Scott Foley and we ended up discussing—what else?—interior design. Turns out, when he's not searching the globe for Olivia Pope as Captain Jake Ballard on the ABC smash-hit, Foley enjoys kicking back and watching… HGTV. I discovered not only is he a House Hunters mega-fan but he’s slowly taking on his own home’s renovation to make the 1950s ranch the perfect secluded retreat for his growing family.
Keep scrolling to see what else we discussed and the surprising things I discovered about the handsome star.
“Home restoration, décor, carpentry, landscaping... I love that stuff,” he told me. “All that, big time. We bought this ‘50s-style ranch home in an equestrian community and it’s amazing. We have two acres, horse stables, barns—it’s so great.” Though Foley relocated to Los Angeles more than 20 years ago, the star still sought some of the comforts of his rural upbringing when searching for the perfect abode for his wife and their three children.
“I grew up in the midwest—St. Louis—having land and a huge yard. We wanted something like that here,” he said. “Our house growing up was a ranch-style; I love ranches and I wanted one that I could modify and work on myself. We’re going step-by-step with our own house because construction and kids don’t go well together.”
Turns out Foley’s love for home improvement and renovation is nothing new. “I can watch DIY Network or HGTV all day,” he said. “Growing up, we didn’t really have those but I would watch This Old House with Bob Vila. I would record it on a VHS tape and it was my heaven.” When I asked about his current favourite shows, he didn’t miss a beat. “Oh easy, House Hunters, House Hunters International, House Hunters Renovation, Love It or List It, Rehab Addict, I could go on,” he said while grinning.
Knowing that the styles featured on HGTV shows can run the gamut from traditional to modern and country to coastal, I asked how he would describe his own home’s aesthetic. “Well, my wife’s style is a mishmash of different things—more functional than flair,” he said. “I have a much more clean aesthetic... Although coming from the Midwest, I still like couches you can sink into that have that relaxed, casual feel—but with clean lines.” He pointed to the sofa I was sitting on, a tailored piece with contrast trim. “See, like that couch, I really like this piping here. When’s the last time you heard a guy talk about piping on a couch?” I assured him I hear it all the time. “Really?!” He exclaimed. “I thought I was being cool.”
Though Foley bought his family’s home because it didn’t need many upgrades, he is still working to personalise the space. “It was redone 10 years ago but there are a lot of fixtures and surfaces I’d like to change,” he said. “We have dark green marble countertops but I’d love something a little more contemporary, like a soapstone.”
“We just redid the kids' bathroom, it was finished the day before my son was born, literally, the day before,” he began to tell me. “My wife said, ‘I can’t give three kids in a bath in this bathroom: we need to update.’ It was old, like a mauvey-pink colour you’d see in ‘50s bathrooms, and now it’s white subway tile with dark grout which I think is so great. It makes everything stand out. I should have done the grout lines a bit thicker but oh well. It’s a cool, classic look. And white subway tile is cheap and classic, and it looks cool—that’s my design tip of the day.”
Foley then installed white hexagonal tiles on the floor and a vintage-inspired Kohler Brockway trough sink with double faucets. “It’s bitchin’ for kids,” he assured me.
Foley—the face of linen brand Charisma—is a convert to the power of the decorative pillow. “We have a lot of throw pillows, like eight decorative pillows on the bed,” he laughed. “It looks great during the day, but it’s a bit of a pain, the dog ends up sleeping on them when we put them on the floor at night. But I’m an adult now; I have to have decorative pillows.”
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