like to experiment with texture and fabric more than colour,” she explains. “I’m a tactile person, so there are so many different types of fabrics around the house, like layered curtains and fluffy rugs, throws and pillows, and just a few pops of colour.”
Brightly patterned pillows, fashioned from Hermès scarves, offset the custom-made ivory velvet sofas. There may be a large-scale Damien Hirst painting of a heart in the living room, but the wall space is mostly occupied by photos and sketches by her son and her extended family. A baby grand piano cleverly made of clear acrylic by Crystal Music Company (Kerr has played since she was a girl) ensures that the main living space stays light and airy, and that the view of the cool blue Pacific from a wall of windows is the focal point.
“When I was a child, I spent a lot of time at my grandma’s house,” she says. “People were coming in and out. She was always in the kitchen making something. There was always food and snacks. She would play the piano, and we would sing and dance. So those were my two priorities. I wanted to have a piano and a great kitchen, which is always the heart of the home.”
Kerr, who launched the organic skincare line Kora Organics in 2009, is committed to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, and her home reflects that. Her fridge is stocked with fresh produce, and she’s an avid cook who entertains frequently. (Her favourite meal? Slow-roasted organic chicken and a big salad.) The hillside behind the house is terraced with garden beds, where Kerr grows her own kale, and Flynn helps her pick strawberries, blueberries, and lemons. She installed an infrared sauna in the one-bedroom guesthouse at the bottom of the hill, which doubles as a meditation room. A small gym in the pool house is stocked with state-of-the-art Pilates equipment. To create a peaceful sanctuary at night, Kerr had an electrician wire the property specifically so she can turn off devices that emit disruptive electromagnetic radiation (as well as the lights and WiFi) with a flick of a switch by her nightstand. But the most impressive enviro upgrade was a gift from Spiegel, a machine made by Island Sky called the Skywater 300, which draws moisture from the humidity in the air and produces enough water for the entire house, including showers, drinking water, irrigation, and a waterfall that cascades into a koi pond.
“This property was a dust bowl when I bought it,” Kerr says. “And now, it’s so green. Obviously, I’m aware of the drought problem in California. This system really just pulls water out of the sky. It was a very thoughtful present because he knows how much I love a garden.”
Even if it means an occasional leaf drifts into the picture.
Reclining on the Crystal Music Company acrylic piano Gown, Giorgio Armani. Earrings; necklace; ring; and bracelet, all from Bulgari. Sandals, Manolo Blahnik.
A cascading waterfall is provided with the help of the Skywater 300 atmospheric water generator, which pulls moisture out of the air Swimsuit, La Perla. Bracelet, David Yurman.