Gwyneth Paltrow Gave a Tour of Her New Montecito Home and the Kitchen Is Absolutely Stunning

published Feb 4, 2022
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Oscar-winning actress turned lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow finally shared a glimpse into her ground-up dream house she’s been building since 2015. And, faster than you can say “Goop,” we’re obsessed. 

Following in the footsteps of celebs who have recently opened their doors, Paltrow walks fans through her new tranquil, barn-inspired Montecito home with husband writer-producer Brad Falchuk in the March 2022 issue of Architectural Digest. The Santa Barbara respite is exactly what you would expect from this maven of all things wellness, minus the many Goop-y items we thought we would find. Honestly, this house is grounded and gorgeous. 

“The strength of the house is in the subtleties of light and space,” Paltrow told AD. “We spent a lot of time assessing family patterns, how we really live, what makes us most comfortable. The focus was on the experience, the emotion.”

With her propensity to delve into all things nourishing (from food to self-care), of course one of the rooms Paltrow feels most comfortable in and loves the most is the kitchen — which is what she calls “the heart of the home.”

This airy and sunlit room is full of charm and sophistication, falling right in line with the rest of the home’s description of “Parisian apartment set within an old European barn” as brought to life by Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman and Williams (the firm also designed the actress’s Tribeca loft and Goop’s first pop-up shop). Paltrow also enlisted close friend of 20 years, designer Brigette Romanek, to make the space a realistic beauty.

Paltrow tasked the architects with pulling some of the elements from her beloved NYC kitchen to create a bright, airy, and white space. This came to fruition with their use of white and glass cabinets, reclaimed Portuguese tile in light blues and whites, and gold fixtures and drawer pulls.

The range is placed in the center of the room, something the actress requested to make her time cooking more enjoyable. “I cook so much and I would spend time facing the wall. So when it’s like this, you have the opportunity to cook and chat with people,” she explained.

Next to the range is a giant farmer’s table with bench seating — the place where the family enjoys informal meals overlooking the gardens through a wall of floor-to-ceiling glass doors. The kitchen’s wood burning fireplace is a nod to Paltrow’s time in the UK when she had two fireplaces in the kitchen — in which she credited with getting her through the cold dark winters. The fireplace is surrounded by fluted plaster, an idea she pulled from Pinterest, proving celebrities are just like us.

The island is what Paltrow calls “her dream” as it hosts a curated collection of cast iron pots and pans placed in an extremely organized fashion on shelves. Each one is poised for employment to assist her in making her favorite soups and stews, including her son’s favorite dish — turkey ragu — and her daughter’s favorite, lemon Parmesan pasta.

The pièce de résistance for me, however, is the rolling ladder: something I hope helps her reach all the sky-high cabinets I’m guessing are packed with plenty of her cookbooks. Though my kitchen is not quite on GP’s level just yet, a girl can always dream, yeah?

See the full tour of her Montecito home here