Peyton List’s starter home in California is a perfect mix of bohemian and youthful charm
Peyton List, the 19-year-old former Disney actress and rising film star, renovated and decorated a home in California—with a little help from Instagram
Say you’re a 19-year-old actress. Maybe even a former Disney star. You work and travel constantly. You’ve never lived alone, let alone shopped for a bed or throw pillows. But you’ve decided it’s time—whether you need some space for yourself or you want to make a real estate investment—to take the leap: You buy a house. That is exactly where Peyton List found herself last year.
So she set her sights on a 1,521-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bath starter home in the hills of Glendale, California, just a mile and a half from her parents; her twin brother, Spencer; and her younger brother, Phoenix. It’s about as close to her favorite açaí bowl place and hipster Silverlake as she could find—and there’s a good reason for that. “No one in Silverlake watches Disney,” List says.
With the help of their longtime architect, List's parents helped the newbie homeowner handle the seven-month renovation of the 90-year-old house. But their expertise falls more in restoration than redecoration. So when it came time to meet with dozens of interior designers to find out who she was simpatico with, always-on-the-go List decided on a different route. “Instagram,” List says.
The actress—who shot to fame at the age of 13 on the Disney Channel’s television series Jessie portraying Emma Ross, the wealthy daughter of absentee parents—has more than 11 million followers. So it’s not surprising that she’d also use the photo-sharing app as a source for all the important things in her life, including the interior design of her very first home.
It was List’s hairstylist who first drew her attention to the Instagram account of designer Kirsten Blazek, the founder and director of Los Angeles–based staging and design firm A1000xBetter. “I really loved the aesthetic,” List says. It was bohemian and youthful. “It felt homey and that was super important.” She gave Blazek and her team carte blanche to outfit her new home, top to bottom. “I told them, ‘Go in. I trust you guys,’” recalls List.
Take a tour of her house here.