Lena Dunham has revealed an inside take a look at her house, which simply so occurs to be in her mother and father’ yard.
The Girls creator, 36, shared intimate particulars about her Connecticut house in an essay for Architectural Digest’s December difficulty. In the essay, Dunham recalled how her household usually moved flats whereas rising up in New York City.
“When I was a little kid, I used to dread the idea of ever leaving my parents’ home. I hated leaving for the day to go to school, much less the idea of going to college or getting married,” she started.
Her mother and father, famed photographer Laurie Simmons and painter Carroll Dunham, didn’t discover their “perfect place” till her mom stumbled upon a vacant constructing in northwest Connecticut that when stood as a boarding college, with a brick home and stucco barn on a slim plot of land.
“Through a series of too-good-to-be-true coincidences, it came into our family’s possession, and this compound has become the most lasting landmark of our family, an ode to our eccentricities and to our bonds, which are packed as tight as we were in that loft on lower Broadway,” Dunham wrote.
Much like her mother and father, Dunham additionally went by means of a sequence of strikes from Brooklyn to Manhattan and again to Brooklyn. The Golden Globe winner defined how she needed a way of “permeance” in the place she lived, so when her mother and father purchased their Connecticut house, they “undertook their most maddening real estate project yet” and constructed her home of their yard.
The one and a half bed room, one rest room cottage was designed with the assistance of architect David Bers, contractor Rick McCue, her father as so-called venture supervisor, and her mom’s personal inventive aptitude. The maximalist area is full with floral wallpaper, checkerboard flooring, and “parrots and turquoise-backed flowers” within the major bed room.
Dunham recalled her father saying in regards to the yard house: “It looks like a kindergartner drew a house. And I mean that as a compliment.”
The “Carriage House” cottage can be functionally tailor-made to Dunham’s bodily wants, having revealed her Ehler-Danlos syndrome analysis in 2019. “The low staircase is perfect for the days my arthritic hips give me trouble, with a custom carved banister that is rounded like the corners of a marshmallow, and the bathtub has a pull-up bar in case I get dizzy,” she mentioned.
The Catherine Called Birdy director additionally reserved an area in her house for moments of labor and productiveness – an workplace “outfitted with a cushy chair and footrest,” and a basement watercolor studio which incorporates her “most treasured” possession, a customized portray desk designed by her father.
After a worldwide pandemic separated Dunham from her ongoing yard venture for almost two years, she lastly returned house for Christmas to seek out that her mom unpacked all of her 112 storage bins.
“She had shown me her deepest feelings by setting up this house, running her lean, silver-manicured fingers along every object I’d hauled through my 35 years, showing me just how well she knew me,” Dunham wrote.
She added: “I felt a shocking amount of gratitude – taking in the full blast of my good fortune – to have these parents and this home, to have a home at all.”
Lena Dunham concluded the tribute to her vibrant Connecticut house by recounting her reply when individuals ask if she “literally” lives “10 feet behind [her] parents”.
“Yes, literally,” she mentioned. “Just as I always wanted.”