Welcome to our series, "At Home with...," where we sit down with our favorite design tastemakers to learn about the inspiration behind key spaces in their home.
When Jasmine Tookes isn’t strutting down the runway or being cast for world-renowned fashion campaigns, she likes to relax at home with her friends and family. So when she stumbled upon a dreamy, traditional-style home in the heart of Beverly Hills—a potential-rich space where she could actually host her loved ones—she was set on making it hers. “When I first toured the home, I walked into the master bedroom and on the nightstand was a magazine that I was on the cover of,” she recalls, casually. “It felt like it was meant to be.” The home was fairly new, though it craved a healthy dose of TLC.
The original architecture of the house was reminiscent of a Hamptons-style cottage, and Tookes planned to work with designers to transform it into something more modern, with a farmhouse twist. After browsing through portfolios online, Tookes discovered —the high-end interiors company with a strong digital footprint—and knew almost immediately that they would be the ones to make her house a home. “I loved that their aesthetic was clean but also comfortable, so I reached out to their founder, Robin Strickler, to redo the interiors,” Tookes says. Her biggest fear was that the home would feel too perfect or too neat, so striking a balance between a lived-in yet refined aesthetic was major.
According to Strickler, “Prior to the renovation, the home definitely needed some work but it had major potential. Overall, many of the finishes were dated and it just needed a designer’s touch–and some white paint!”
Now, Jasmine welcomes ED inside her bright and breezy Beverly Hills home.
"My style is very specific, so I was pretty clear about what I wanted for my home from the start," Tookes says. "Before we even began renovating, I made a separate Instagram account dedicated to home inspo, and sent anything I liked to the design team. We would have multiple meetings throughout the week, where Robin and her team would bring in different samples or decor and I would let them know what I liked and what I didn't. They got my vision right away, so it wasn't hard to get the ball rolling."
"My main goal was that the home was cozy and welcoming. We achieved that comfortability with warm tones and plenty of layering. Funny enough, my most pressing request for the design team was that I had a big comfy couch that I could just sink into. I wanted the couch to be the centerpiece of the home," she says, chuckling.
"Another way that I balanced the modern quality of the home with more lived-in elements was by weaving in lots of photos, including a gallery wall of all of my friends and family. Because I'm traveling so frequently, it makes the space feel personal, like it's really mine."
"The master bedroom is a dream. When my boyfriend walked into the room for the first time, he said, 'I feel like I'm living inside your brain right now.' That was all I needed to hear. Just like my own personal style, my design taste is very feminine and light—blush tones, comfortable silhouettes, and a variety of textures were key for me," Tookes says.
Making the bedroom a sanctuary was especially important given Tookes' jet set lifestyle. According to Strickler, "A comforting master bedroom was crucial for Jasmine, and the blush palette is reflective of her idea of a serene and calming space. The four-poster bed was topped with blush bedding, the walls covered in a lively pink wallpaper, and a statement chandelier hangs above."
Since the rest of her home favors bright and airy tones and textures, Tookes decided to completely flip the switch for her home office, experimenting with a darker, more sultry palette. "The office was a space for me to do something completely different. I love Pinterest, and after browsing through endless office ideas, I found myself falling in love with the cooler and edgier spaces." While most use their home office to file taxes or get in some studying, the Victoria's Secret model uses the space as a studio for filming beauty videos and posting to her . "The wallpaper, which gives the illusion of a 3-D wooden texture, is the perfect backdrop for taking photos and videos," she explains.
According to Stickler, "Jasmine gravitated towards homes that had more of a coastal feel with a monochromatic palette." In the master bathroom, she requested a clean farmhouse vibe, complete with an oversized soaking tub, of course.
"We started with the tiling, which immediately spoke to me," Tookes says. "I wanted modern but not too modern, so I added in elements like wooden cabinetry and rustic stools. The shower frame was another element I fell in love with—it's like a mashup of farmhouse and industrial styles."
"I'm a HORRIBLE cook," Tookes says with a chuckle. "But I did want a kitchen that felt open and communal—an area where my friends can come over, hangout and cook. I had my first housewarming party recently, right around Christmas. At first I was nervous about having people over, because the home is so clean-lined and neat. But it was exactly what I needed: people to warm the space. It was once I had my loved ones in my home that I truly saw it come to life."