Inside Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Justin Mikita’s Colorful California Home

The calm and cozy family retreat was designed by AD100 decorator Mandy Cheng

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When actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband, producer Justin Mikita, decided to move from LA’s trendy Los Feliz to the leafy Encino hills, they envisioned a California home truly reflective of their aesthetic and evolving family life. The contemporary new-build house they landed on presented a 9,000-square-foot blank canvas. Walking through its bare white spaces, the design-fluent fathers saw past the developer “flip” finishes to envision a comfortably curated haven marrying West Coast ease with subtle and elevated refinements.

To execute their calm and cozy vision, Ferguson and Mikita brought in AD100 designer Mandy Cheng. “We wanted someone to push us in new directions but also embrace things we already loved,” Mikita explains. Cheng helped finesse the finishes to feel curated and collected over time, while also creating custom pieces catering to the growing family’s needs.

Now the home’s vast living spaces sing with hand-picked details: a meticulously designed sofa in green velvet, an armchair built big enough for two, and custom credenzas housing beloved books and objects. Art placement was precise and purposeful. “Displaying our meaningful art and collectibles was a priority,” Ferguson notes.

Throughout the thoughtfully arranged home, lovely juxtapositions surprise and satisfy. The existing crisp white walls have been warmed up with soft greens and blush tones. Striking black walls in the home office contrast a whimsical matchbook-motif wallpaper. And in the sprawling primary suite, Ferguson jokes about their custom extra-large mattress and bed (equaling a king and a half size)—“Justin and I got the giggles one night seeing how many rolls it took to reach each other,” he recalls. “It was, like, three and a half!”

The couple and their two dogs in one of the home’s entertaining hubs: the great room, complete with a bar, piano, and oversized couch. The Paradise chandelier is from Lindsey Adelman Studio.

Art: Allan Zepeda

Flexibility and function were top concerns for the couple, who have two young kids. “We wanted open flow but also cozy spots to unwind,” Ferguson explains. Priorities like durable indoor-outdoor fabrics and art hung safely out of reach guided design choices. Spaces especially cater to connection, from the grand room complete with a bar and piano to alfresco nooks primed for play and entertaining. Outdoor gardens even provide herbs and vegetables for cooking. The kitchen’s lengthy marble-topped island is a natural gathering spot. “It’s just where everyone ends up congregating,” says Mikita.

For whole-family hangs, the main floor’s seamless flow between kitchen, living room, and a sun-filled playroom works perfectly. “I think our three-year-old spends more time there than in his actual bedroom,” laughs Mikita. On movie nights they might find themselves nestled in the downstairs game room, dubbed an “upscale basement hangout” by Cheng. Here, a gold velvet sofa offers an inviting perch, while playful wallpaper again spans the ceiling.

A guest cottage caters to frequent visitors. The charming bunk room features graphic wallpaper and built-in beds swathed in playful stripes. Outdoor decks offer tamed wilderness vibes with rattan seating and a serene palette. “It’s an elevated campground feel,” says Ferguson.

Ultimately, Cheng explains, she was able to respond intuitively to the family’s life, to help shape a personal, usable, and accessible space. As she says, “My goal was to take the beautiful contemporary architecture and soften it. To make this feel a bit more intimate, a little bit more sophisticated, and a little less ‘bright and airy’ in the wrong ways.”

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One of the family dogs, Sam, welcomes guests in the home’s foyer, which features an Apparatus chandelier, a Lowden table from Soho Home, and a custom shoe storage cabinet with Phillip Jeffries Manila Hemp wallpaper detail.

Ferguson, Mikita, and their dog, Leaf, in their home’s living area. Mikita sits on his favorite piece in the house: a custom oversized armchair by Mandy Cheng Design.

Rather than stacking coffee-table books in piles, the great room’s shelving allows for books on display. Some titles include 1000 Tattoos, Today Meets Yesterday, and Hokusai Views of Mount Fuji.

The bar, off the great room, features Thomas Hayes barstools and a pair of brass sconces from Arteriors Home. An Aztec calendar from Luteca takes center stage.

The couple worked with Antti Kalevi on a custom painting for their dining room wall. A Croft House table is matched with a group of two different Lulu & Georgia dining chairs. The brass dome ceiling pendants are from Orange Furniture.

Art: Antti Kalevi

The family kitchen features DWR counter stools, an Urban Electric Co. green pendant, and cake stands from Food52. Walls painted in Portola Paints Ash Gray are in contrast to the Roman clay hood in Portola Paints Nitty Gritty.

The family room design employs a calming blend of natural, organic textures and muted menswear fabrics to signal welcome respite.

Art: Jacqui Fink

A gallery wall and an awards wall ground the home office. NYC Matchbook wallpaper from Chasing Paper no doubt hearkens back to the couple’s other home in Manhattan, where they spend half of the year.

Art: Jonathan Yeo. Natural Curiosities.

An upstairs den includes one of the few items the couple moved from their previous home in Los Feliz: a piece of artwork that hangs above the sectional by Marco Lorenzetto. A vintage stool, a flea-market find, flanks the couch.

Art: Marco Lorenzetto. Natural Curiosities.

A game room showcases an oversized Connect Four, musical instruments, and a vintage pinball machine. The amberjack sectional is from Clad Home.

Art: Marco Lorenzetto. © Gray Malin.

Your eyes do not deceive you—the primary bedroom features a king and a half mattress from Ace Mattress. The Gabine bench is from Burke Decor.

The primary bathroom is a spa-like his-and-his retreat. A brass-and-alabaster mobile chandelier by Glustin Luminaires complements the room’s abundant natural light.

The unexpected burlesque mural by Milton & King in the primary bathroom reminded the couple of Liza Minnelli.

Overnight guests enjoy a tufted B&B Italia bed, a Hedge House credenza, and Bow Ties and Moustaches wallpaper by Milton & King.

Beckett’s bedroom allows for ample space for play and plenty of wildlife references. The Rue play table is from Crate & Barrel, while the Bear play chair is from Oeuf NYC.

Three-year-old son Beckett no doubt enjoys the Paper Dolls wallpaper in his bathroom, designed by Milton & King.

The playroom invites whimsy with its Alice in Wonderland wallpaper from Trustworth Studios.

One of many of the home’s outdoor hangout areas, this patio living room has a pair of super-inviting Crate & Barrel Simeon wicker lounge chairs.

The pool area is inspired by the upscale hotel pools the couple have visited over the years.

The property boasts a separate guesthouse with two decks. This one allows for alfresco dining, complete with a West Elm dining table and CB2 dining chairs.

With its optimized use of space, the interior of the backyard cottage features a lofted bedroom, as well as separate living and dining areas. The Cosmic Desert wallpaper is by Jungalow.

No aesthetic detail overlooked: The Haden Dorchester microwave in the guesthouse is in silt green.

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Cloud Tarnished Silver Chandelier

Lowden Dining Table

Velvet Clover Pillow by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Olio Faux Fur Throw Blanket

Torino Textured White Vase

Brass Dome Ceiling Pendant

Marquina Dining Table

Adrien Dining Chair

Trey Sideboard

Babylon Herringbone Rug

Velvet Disc Pillow

Ojai Coffee Table

Eoin Moroccan Rug

Paradise Chandelier

Sidnie Lamp

Nerd Counter Stool

Funnel Hanging Light

Mosser Colored Glass Cake Stand

Cloud Customizable Bench-Seat Sectional

Delta Side Table

'Olympians' Wallpaper by Tea Collection

Oversized Wall Connect Four

Noguchi Table by Herman Miller

Sinclair Large Round Ottoman

Graduated Dot Rug

Round Black Cerused Oak Dining Table

Eames Executive Chair

Linen Duvet Cover

Gabine Accent Bench

Viento Lumbar Pillow

Rue Adjustable Kids Play Table

'Cactus' Wallpaper by Tea Collection