August 4th, 2011
09:42 AM ET
One would guess that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith don't get to spend a lot of time at home, seeing that they've got their own jobs and their kids have gigs too, but whenever the power couple does find time to chill out they've got an impressive 25,000 square feet to do it in.
The Smith family opened the doors to their expansive Calabasas, California house in the September issue of Architectural Digest. Designed by architect Stephen Samuelson, the home has a circuitous floor plan. "The idea was to create an infinite cycle that represented what Jada and I hoped for our love," says Will Smith.
The design incorporates Parisian, Moroccan, Spanish and Southwest American influences, as well as a healthy sense of spirituality, says Jada Pinkett Smith.
“For Will and me this home was always a spiritual endeavor…we’re very earthy, organic people. We wanted to create a family retreat, something made by hand and as natural as possible, something that ties back to the land,” she says. “Whatever it becomes, the craftsmanship will always represent our union and the love of our family.”
That's why it was important to the couple to have handcrafted details.
"Everything needed to be done by hand," he explains. "We wanted to feel the love and labor that went into every piece of this place."
And while it certainly looks like a fine-tuned, finished project, Jada says they're still adding little things here and there.
"It's definitely a work in progress," she says. "Will and I were very young when we started the house, so it keeps on changing as we get older and understand how we really live in it. But whatever it becomes, the craftsmanship will always represent our union and the love of our family."
For more, pick up the September issue of Architectural Digest, on sale September 9.
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