Minnie Driver, the English actress and long term LA resident, recently moved into a 1940’s ranch style house in the Hollywood Hills. Driver is well-traveled, spending many childhood summers in Barbados and later filming in exotic locations, and she knew she was looking for a designer who could successfully mold together her global collection of furniture, vintage textiles and art.

The art of the mix…
English chintz, fuchsia suzanis, geometric pillows and lush velvets.

She hired fellow Brit, the designer Peter Dunham, also a long time LA resident. His signature style is a mix of English whimsy paired with global influences, also picked up from early travels in Europe.

Dunham explains, “the English have always had a fascination with other cultures, whether Mediterranean, Far Eastern, or African. We brought all these different influences with us when we returned from the colonies.”

Chairs upholstered with African and Islamic fabrics, chandelier by Hollywood at Home, and watercolors by Konstantin Kakanias.


Walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White provide a blank canvas so as not to compete with the colors and patterns.


A Venetian mirror and vintage rug.


And finally, that bedroom…….. no subtlety or blank canvas here!

Wall coverings and Roman shades are Minnie Maharani by Peter Dunham Textiles

A new fabric was actually created from the border of a vintage block print design. It was blown up on a laser printer and is now named after Driver.

Despite all the vibrancy and vintage items, Driver insisted the home be “multi purpose” and practical for her children and it seems like the Driver-Dunham partnership has been able to meet everyone’s needs.

The whimsy – the ceiling’s wallpaper – and the global patterns – the bedding – are successfully carried over to the children’s bedroom.


All pictures via. Elle Decor. Photography by William Abranowicz.