Monica Potter likes to put her personal stamp on everything — especially when it comes to decorating a home.
The 'Parenthood' actress and her husband, Chris Allison, found their “very traditional” three-bedroom LA home 12 years ago, and although the 1940s-era property had very good bones, it needed a little bit of Monica’s love to make it feel special.
Monica with her onscreen husband — played by Peter Krause — on 'Parenthood' in October 2010. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“I walked through thinking, 'This is it,'” Monica, 43, told 'Closer.'
“But the backyard was all concrete, and I wanted it to feel like an English garden with lavender and a French influence. So we gutted everything and it became my pet project — and where all the money went,” she shared with a laugh.
Monica, Chris, and their daughter, Molly, in 2011. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
The lush new yard became an ideal play space for their daughter, Molly, nine, and a family gathering place when Monica’s sons, Danny, 24, and Liam, 20, come to visit. It’s also appreciated by their coterie of pets: Belgian shepherd guard dog Bella, cat Chubbles and two rabbits, Bun Bun and Oreo.
Monica and Chris, 39 — an oncologist at Cedars- Sinai Medical Center — also added a front porch to give the house “an East Coast feel,” and furnished the 2,800-square-foot abode in a homey “shabby chic, rustic and vintage” style. “I love things that have a soul and a history,” she said.
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