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Actresses Busy Philipps and Courteney Cox have announced that they are teaming up with The Art of Elysium and One Kings Lane to co-curate a vintage and market finds sale on the One Kings Lane website. The sale will feature vintage items that they are donating from their homes, as well as an assortment of one-of-a-kind pieces hand-selected by the interior design enthusiasts. The 72-hour celebrity curated sale launches this evening at 9pm/8c at OneKingsLane.com and proceeds will be donated to The Art of Elysium.

Design Happens interviewed Busy Philipps and asked her about design, child-proofing and her One Kings Lane sale. Check out our chat below.

Busy Philipps

Actress Busy Philipps

DH: How would you describe your house? What’s your design style?

BP: It’s very eclectic. I personally don’t love when you walk into a home and you feel like it’s a page ripped out of a catalog. Some people feel very comfortable in those environments; that’s not how I choose to live. Our house is more like a collection of pieces and things. I have a sofa from Room and Board in my living room and we also have an antique wall unit with a desk. Years ago I bought Elizabeth Taylor’s dining room chairs from her Palm Springs Estate. There are things from Modern One gallery here in Los Angeles. We have really nice beautiful antiques mixed with newer pieces and we’re not married to one particular era or style. My favorite houses I’ve been in have been able to blend different styles seamlessly and that’s what we’ve tried to do in our home. And I think we’ve been pretty successful at it. What’s crazy about our house is that we are never finished. We are just those people who are continually like, ‘maybe we need a new couch for the TV room, we probably need to order a new bed, let’s re-wallpaper our bedroom.’ It never ends. We are never going to be done with our house. And I love it. I love doing it. It’s a never-ending project and I love it  – much like our marriage, much like raising a child.

DH: You have a 4-year-old daughter. Did having a child change everything in your house, design wise?

BP: You have to be careful, especially when you have antiques and really nice things. You just teach them very, very early on – one finger, it will break really fast, you don’t climb on this furniture. You can climb on the sofa but you don’t jump on the sofa. And then she has her spaces – her bedroom, our bedroom, her playroom and our TV room that are her areas where she can go nuts.

We had a little bit of a situation. We have this really cool wallpaper – and you know wallpaper ain’t cheap – in our playroom, and she stuck all of these Tinkerbell stickers on it when she was two. Then she tried to take them off and ripped a big chunk of the wallpaper down. She didn’t get in trouble, I wasn’t watching her, you know what I mean, and she’s a little kid. I just had to suck it up and at some point I’ll have to pay to get it fixed, but it is what it is and things are just things.

She’s four now and she’s like “remember when I did that Mama?”

DH: How did you get involved with this charity?

BP: Art of Elysium is a wonderful charity that Courteney Cox and I have both been involved with independently. They do programs in hospitals with terminally and critically ill kids, where they share artists and writers and actors and people in the arts community with them. They do all kinds of wonderful enrichment programs, art programs, doing little plays, doing workshops in the hospitals. You don’t have to be a parent to be moved by what families are going through when they have a child who has to be in the hospital for weeks, maybe months on end. It’s incredibly heartbreaking. So these programs that bring a few hours of lightness and laughter and joy into the kids’ lives and break up the monotony of the shots and the tests and the CAT scans and whatever else they are going through  - it’s pretty incredible. The charity itself is very awesome. Courteney and I are donating some items from our own homes to this sale and then curating and hand picking other one-of-a-kind and antique and vintage items that are going to be in the sale as well. All of the proceeds are going to go to Art of Elysium. I feel so great that they are going to be able to expand and continue the program. It’s a really cool thing to be a part of.

It’s enriching for the artists as well. The time that they get to spend with these kids and the perspective that they get on their lives is really incredible. And this One Kings Lane sale is such a small thing that I can do – to be able to go through my stuff and pick some things that would sell. It’s a relatively small thing for me to do in the grand scheme of things. I want to help keep the program going and even expanding it.

Also, I’m one of your readers! I love HGTV.com! It’s one of my bookmarks. I want to know when am I going to win the Dream Home?


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  2. Chris says:

    Sounds like a great charity.

  3. Jordan Cappella says:

    Great living room!

  4. Madera says:

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  5. Beverly says:

    How did the sale go?

  6. Briana@HGTV says:

    Love her even more now that she says she's a reader. (Hi, Busy!) Great interview. :)

  7. Sue says:

    Love that dress she has on.

  8. Glenda Carlisle says:

    I'm a Busy fan too.

Abbi McCollumAbbi is Programming Director of HGTV.com and a contributor to Design Happens. She shares her home with her chef husband - who loves to cook a meal using every pan...


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