Garcelle Beauvais knew that when it came to designing her five-bedroom dream home, nestled in the hills of Los Angeles, she had to contend with her occasionally rambunctious twin boys, Jaid and Jax, 13.
"I wanted it to be nice, but not museum-like," the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star says in this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now. "I want people to feel able to put their feet up and for it to feel chic, but not fussy. And as my boys continue to grow, I always want it to feel like home."
That's not to say that the actress, 53, who also co-hosts The Real, didn't also take into account her own busy life.
"I wanted something I could make my own," says Beauvais, who moved in last November. "I have the loft area where the boys hang out and I have the living room that's more grown-up. It's nice to have designated spaces."
She decorated the space herself and even executed a showstopping DIY project in the double-height entryway, which features a sweeping staircase. Beauvais combined a 60-in. RH (Restoration Hardware) orb with a chandelier from Amazon. “The fact that I put it together makes it even more special.”
Equally practical as it is pleasing, Beauvais' home features a spare bedroom turned studio, where she also records her podcast, and a custom glam room where she preps for Housewives filming.
"I tend to have more masculine taste, but it's fun being girly," she says of the space, which features pink banana leaf print wallpaper and a green couch — the colors a nod to the famed Beverly Hills Hotel. But, she jokes, "My boys want nothing to do with the [glam] room!"
Ultimately, says Beauvais, "my house is my oasis." Her favorite spot? The main suite, which features a lush gold color scheme and an adjoining bathroom with a soaking tub. “I wanted my bathroom to be spa-like,” she says.
"My upstairs deck," she says, is the real hideaway, however. "It's my happy place. I sit out there and drink coffee in the morning and wine at night. Sometimes I can't believe I get to live here."
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