Tour the newly revitalized LA home of Nancy Meyers

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If the story of writer-director-producer Nancy Meyers and her home were a Hollywood movie, it would most definitely be what the late philosopher Stanley Cavell called a “remarriage comedy.” just like Her Daughter Friday, The Philadelphia Story, and The awful truth– three of the best-known examples of the genre from the 1930s and 40s – this feature would begin with the couple’s breakup, trace the rekindling of their bubbly romance and end with their delightful reunion. In this case, however, our heroine’s love partner is not Cary Grant. It’s his Provence-style home in Los Angeles.

Sixteen years ago, Meyers, the creative powerhouse behind Something must give, the holidays, and It is complicated, decided things were over between her and her five-bedroom dream home. For many years the house had been a beloved refuge. But when her daughter Annie went to college, the house – which Meyers had started building when she was married to the girls’ father, director Charles Shyer – seemed far too big for her and her younger daughter Hallie. “After many years of enjoying this house, I decided to move to a smaller one,” she says, her eyes sparkling behind tortoiseshell-rimmed glasses.

Nancy Meyers heads for the garden. landscaping by Mia Lehrer of Studio-MLA.

Dressed in a crisp white blouse, she sits in the home office, where she conducted most of her pandemic-era Zoom interviews, a long wall of white-painted bookcases crammed with books and photos of family framed behind her. “So I bought the house next door and hired architect Howard Backen to build me a new one,” she continues. This was going to be much more modest in size and modern, designed around indoor-outdoor living. But since it was going to take a few years, “I thought to myself, I’m just going to change things here in the meantime,” she recalls. “Basically, if something was dark — like my dining room table — I made it light, and if it was light, I made it dark.” Pause. Cut to the moment of our heroine’s light bulb, when she realizes she might be making a big mistake. “I fell in love with my house again!” she said laughing. She ditched the plan, sold the house next door, and has happily stayed put here – with some recent “refreshments” – ever since.

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