As Deputy Trudy Wiegel on Comedy Central’s Reno 911, actress Kerri Kenney-Silver's grueling schedule had her yearning for a home that made her feel as relaxed as her favorite vacation spot: Bali. With the help of the right designer, she got exactly what she wanted.
Kerri Kenney-Silver and her husband, Steven Silver, were never in a rush to
Photo credit: Michael McCreary.
renovate their Malibu Beach home. They had an idea of what they wanted, but thought it was more fantasy than reality. After all, how could you bring the uniquely friendly, relaxed, indoor/outdoor feel of Bali, where the couple honeymooned, to Southern California?
Enter Nicole Sassaman, interior designer and home remodeler to the stars in southern California. Sassaman and the Silvers didn’t cross paths in the usual builder/client way. There was no Yellow Pages search or need to check references. Steven Silver is a childhood friend of Sassaman’s husband, and the couples’ children are playmates.
Because of the long-standing friendship, Sassaman was very familiar with the Silvers’ 1,500-square-foot home and its dated interior. In the end, it was
Sassaman who encouraged the Silvers to stop dreaming and start doing. “Never in a million years did I think Nicole would do our house,” Kenney-Silver says. “She’s got these huge trillion-dollar mansions that she is redoing. But I just love what she did. I love my son’s bathroom. I love my bathroom. There is not one thing I would change.”
Now, when Kenney-Silver leaves the set of one of the many movies and TV shows on her resume, including Reno 911 Miami: The Movie and ABC’s Pushing Daisies, or her gig as part of the all-female rock band Cake Like, she no longer has to get on a plane to escape to the tropics.
To achieve Kenney-Silver’s dream of turning her home into a Balinese hideaway, Sassaman had several objectives: She wanted to bring in as much
Bathroom after. Photo credit: Michael McCreary.
natural light as possible, and materials all had to be reminiscent of nature—such as hard woods and natural stone—but also had to be warm, comfortable and inviting. “My husband’s a surfer and we’re very beach-oriented,” Kenney-Silver says. “We wanted it to feel like Bali when we were there with all our friends, and people would come in from surfing and feel like they could just plop down on the couch.”
To bring the outdoors inside, Sassaman did something very dramatic. She knocked down the rear wall of the house and replaced it with an all-glass Nana sliding wall system. She then designed a deck along the entire length of the back of the house, thus creating a new outdoor living space.
“I really like how the whole master bedroom opens up to the deck,” Sassaman says. “They wanted to feel like they were living in a resort, and the doors helped us achieve that feel.”