Ryan Murphy loves California

I have been thinking about Ryan Murphy's home (creator of Glee, American Horror Story, etc.) since it was pointed out to me on the celebrity home tour I took in May.  The home is located blocks from the Beverly Hills Hotel, in the flats of Beverly Hills.

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What got me was the cacti.  It just looked so lush, while obviously being the opposite.  My preoccupation led me to the Hollywood Reporter article about the home.  

It turns out that the cactus theme carries over to the back of the house, and looks just as lush. 

Ryan Murphy with husband, David Miller, and their two dogs, Sara (left) and Owen. 

Ryan Murphy with husband, David Miller, and their two dogs, Sara (left) and Owen. 


Ryan is a lover of Spanish Colonial architecture and a serious collector of 1920s and 1930s California-made Monterey Spanish furniture.  He purchased the home from Diane Keaton for $10 million.  

Before reading the article I had no idea that Keaton was considered an authority on Spanish Colonial architecture.  She ever wrote a book about it: California Romantica.


I also learned that when Ryan created the show, The New Normal, he wanted the sets to be in the style he loves.  This is a funny coincidence because I talked about the bedroom set of the show in a previous post.  I guess I know what I like.

The New Normal - living room

The New Normal - living room

The New Normal - bedroom

The New Normal - bedroom

Posh Plants: Davidia

Of course the office set for Larissa, the head style editor of Interview Magazine on The Carrie Diaries, would have fabulous wallpaper.  The moment I saw it I just knew I had seen it before.   That green is magic.

The Carrie Diaries: Season 1, Episode 11

The Carrie Diaries: Season 1, Episode 11

And I was right!  The wall paper is called Davidia by Osborne & Little.  

I decided to keep traveling down the worm hole by googling Davidia.  

It turns out the Davidia, a.k.a. The Handkerchief Tree, is native to China.  It now can be found in posh gardens thanks to Ernest Wilson, who went on an adventure to find the one known specimen in 1899.  He sent seeds back to England, blah blah blah, stuff stuff stuff, and in conclusion, I will one day have a powder room covered in this wall paper.  Thanks Ernie! 


Plant it in a Watermelon


I was in a Chinese restaurant, north of the Vienna, and they had turned the ladies restroom into a lovely indoor garden.  One of the trees was planted INSIDE A WATERMELON!  

How does that even work?  Was it planted when it was super tiny and then grew extra huge because of the nutrients?  It does not look like the tree was that size and then the watermelon was added to it.  And the watermelon looks so fresh, not mushy and rotting at all. How old is it?

I did some googling but I can't find anything about this.  DIY people: get on it! 

Obviously, if the tree had been a fiddle leaf fig, my mind would have been blown to bits.