For a bride who wore black to her wedding and who does not hesitate to describe herself as “a little gothic”, the raven-haired model turned author Liberty Ross could, at first glance, appear as an improbable sun worshiper. Yet inside Mapleton House, the French provincial-style estate in Los Angeles she shares with her five-year husband, retired music industry rainmaker Jimmy Iovine, Ross gravitates through bedrooms. with one thing in common: a view of the sunny garden.
Hidden behind the Wallace Neff-designed home is Ross’s Happy Place, a nearly two-acre expanse that the Briton transformed from a vast empty lawn into a quintessential English garden with a California twist. “It’s embarrassing how many English gardens I follow on Instagram,” said Ross, 43, a mother of two, despite being new to the platform. Lady Banks’ pale yellow roses cover a seating area separating two lily ponds, while native grasses and manicured boxwood are planted in an unstructured fashion to give the landscape a more curvy shape. The piece de resistance ? British sculptor Marc Quinn The etymology of baroque, a monumental rendering of a Cattleya orchid which overlooks the swimming pool and commands the gaze from inside and outside the house.
Originally built in 1937 for actor Joan Bennett, Mapleton House has not always been a model of indoor-outdoor living. Before Ross and Iovine met, Iovine had commissioned his late friend Sandy Gallin – a renowned talent manager who became an equally renowned decorator – to renovate the house he had lived in since the 1990s. “Everything,” says Ross on Gallin’s redesign color scheme, “was mushy.”
Soon after, Iovine, the charismatic producer responsible for charts such as “Born To Run” and “Don’t Do Me Like That”, was introduced to Ross, the shy blue-eyed beauty and former Burberry face. , by his brother Atticus, composer and musician. Iovine wanted to invite him out, but Ross, then single, had no relationship in mind. “I wasn’t in the mood at all,” she says. But when the co-founder of Interscope Records learned that Ross’s daughter Skyla had played her artist Carly Rae Jepsen’s viral bop “Call Me Maybe”, Iovine saw an opportunity. He invited Ross and his children to see Jepsen in concert. As they sat down to watch the show, Iovine introduced his reluctant date to one of the tenets he lives by. “You know, every day should be a great day,” he said. When Ross asked what would happen if there wasn’t a “wow” today, Iovine had a ready response: “You have to do one.” “