It's been a celebratory year for founders, Jerrod Blandino and Jeremy Johnson. The makeup moguls not only inked an acquisition deal with Estée Lauder to the tune of $1.45 billion, they also celebrated their 20th anniversary together.
While Jerrod feted the occasion with a custom-made Cartier diamond ring from Jeremy, Jeremy's gift — a 1937 house in Beverly Hills — would require a little more time before it was ready for its closeup.
"I went on a hunt, and in one day, I think I saw 12 houses," Jerrod says. "The very last house I saw wasn’t even on my realtor's list, but... I just knew that I could wrap my arms around it and make it perfect for that really special, once-in-a-lifetime present."
He checked off a wish list that included: charm, history, style and, a bonus, proximity to the couple's favorite brunch spot, the Beverly Hills Hotel. Jerrod gave Jeremy a peek at the 2,121-square-foot home, previously owned by Who What Wear co-founder, Katherine Power, and her husband, Justin Coit, and then set out to transform it into an entertaining oasis with the help of friend and interior designer Robin Strickler.
From Power to Strickler to their frequent guests like Jason Priestley that Jerrod casually name drops, it's clear friendship is what lies at the heart of this home.
On the surface, it's a veritable candy shop of elegant furnishings in a palette Jerrod describes as "pastel pop". "It's like Jordan almonds with hints of gold," he says. "I wanted to feel that kind of celebratory cocktail party vibe throughout the house, with touches of traditional elements that really hearken to the city itself."
Take the powder room, covered in the Beverly Hill Hotel's iconic banana leaf wallpaper, for instance, or the modern, but still glamorous Madonna painting Jerrod commissioned from artist Craig Allen in the dining room. "I wanted the glamour of the golden era of Hollywood to be there, but in a modern way," he says.
Antique pieces from the 20s, 30s and 50s like the Dorothy Draper chairs in the living room and a Slim Aarons photo hanging in the kitchen are juxtaposed against modern touches like Kate Spade sconces along the stairs and a brass-and-marble dining table designed by Jerrod himself.
But also integral to the home's old-meets-new aesthetic is, of course, the Too Faced brand. "At Too Faced, we celebrate the fact that it's fun to be a girl. So there's always a level of celebration in everything we do," Jerrod says. "I really wanted my friends to feel that when they came in — a flavor of Too Faced, a glossy, glittery mascara world happening."
That means adding flourishes like the Sputnik-inspired pendant lights in the dining room that almost look like eyelashes, and steering clear of anything that could even remotely be perceived as sterile — like white walls.
In the end, Jerrod finds a beautiful harmony in he and Strickland's work, and the kind of vibes you'd wish for in an entertaining retreat. "It's a little glamorous oasis for us," he says. "Like sparkly swizzle sticks in a champagne cocktail."