For Jaclyn Smith, home is a passion
The photos on the tabletops and walls are the obvious nod to her "Angel" past. (And there's more that's not out for the world to see. Elsewhere in her six-bedroom, six-bath Georgian Colonial in the Holmby Hills of Los Angeles, Smith can dig out vintage clothing and scripts in leather-bound books from the five seasons her character worked for the Townsend Agency.)
Today, there is four-legged canine brigade comprised of Ralph (Boston terrier), Emma Jane (King Charles cavalier spaniel ), Bird and Tank (both French bulldogs). And, of course, Smith's husband, Dr. Bradley Allen. Their son Gaston and daughter Spencer Margaret now have places of their own.
"It's a great family home with a lot of sunlight coming through the windows," she says, "and it's surrounded by a lot of land," which was a selling point back when they were buying the house 16 years ago and their children were young.
Inside, the Houston native has created an environment that reveals her sentimental side and is, as she calls it, "eclectic—but definitely with an homage to the past. I love the 18th Century but I also love comfort, so our upholstery pieces are modern—pieces that you can sink into."
Smith, who introduced a collection of women's wear in the mid-'80s and branched out to furniture, rugs, bedding and more in 2002, recently introduced a new line of bedding, bath and home accessories for Kmart.
"Since home is a passion," she says, "it's a perfect fit."
What item in your home most screams out "Jaclyn lives here!" In the office, there is a wall of magazine covers from the beginning of my career to now which is a chronological history of my life and career.
One thing on your nightstand: Pictures of my family.
One thing on a wall in your living room: Portraits of the children.
One thing you have in your house from your childhood: Two stuffed pink poodles which are in my daughter's room now and a stuffed kitten. Also a Scarlett O'Hara doll which my father brought to me from New Orleans when I was a little girl.
Three things we'd find in your medicine cabinet: Tylenol, arnica [a homeopathic remedy for bruises, sprains, muscle aches and more] and eye drops.
If you had to save one "thing" from your home, what would it be? My children's photo albums and videos of their birthdays.
What is the biggest collection in your home? My children's artwork, [but Smith also collects] vermeil frames, art and Battersea boxes.
What reading material would we find in your bathroom? A variety of reading from fashion magazines to Time to the Wall Street Journal.
If we came unexpectedly, would we find your bed made—or not made? Always made.
Best furniture bargain you ever got: A Savonnerie rug, which I picked up at the Paris flea market and is now in my dining room.
What would we see more of in your home: dust, books, CDs, piles, sports equipment, plants or stuffed animals? When my children were young, I would say stuffed animals. Today, I would say more books and CDs—and some piles.
What CD or artist would we find in your player (or on your iPod)? Coldplay or Andrea Bocelli.
Do you hang your toilet paper with the paper hanging over the front or down the back? Over the front.
Most embarrassing thing in your home that you hide when guests come over: Nothing in my home embarrasses me. It's my favorite place in the whole world.