Winnie Harlow’s Glamorous LA Home Is a Dreamy Sanctuary

See how AD100 designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard crafted the model’s Hollywood-inspired abode

When she worked with other designers in the past, Harlow admits, they weren’t always aligned. “I feel like a lot of people would misunderstand my sense of glamour,” she says. “My house should have a calm energy, but I want a sense of glamour as well.” With that in mind, Bullard set out to create a space fully customized to the model’s lifestyle that looked sexy but also felt like a sanctuary. “Her home is truly a home,” the designer emphasizes. “She fills it with friends and family, so it was very important to make it super comfortable and not pretentious.”

Black accents add graphic punch to the otherwise all-white kitchen. Harlow chandelier by Gabriel Scott for Lightology; counter stools by Eichholtz; Litze pull-down faucet by Brizo.

Since the property was new and structural modifications weren’t necessary, Bullard maintained the white, neutral base, layering soft colors, alluring materials, and soothing textures on top. Black accents add drama to the kitchen, celestial ceiling lights punctuate rooms, and sculptural furniture in luxe fabrics invites lounging. Stepping into Harlow’s bedroom is like walking into a cloud. Marble tables, bouclé-clad chairs and footstools, a Turkish faux-fur rug, and a velvet-upholstered bed set the scene for this 1930s Hollywood-inspired oasis. “A bedroom should be a space that you get to star in yourself,” Bullard asserts. “So these are the props to allow Winnie to do that.”

Throughout the house, Bullard and Harlow embraced a mix of vintage statement pieces—a pair of brass palm-leaf floor lamps by Tommaso Barbi from the 1970s stand in the living room—alongside items from CB2, Soho Home, and The Shade Store. As the designer notes, “There’s great design on every budget; it just takes weeding it out and finding the right fit.”

If it were up to Harlow, there wouldn’t be any pictures of herself on view, but Bullard felt it was important to weave her into the design narrative in creative ways that would “capture the joy of her career.” For instance, one powder room is covered in a custom wallpaper made out of Harlow’s test sheets for Zac Posen’s spring 2020 campaign. And while the glam room features a display of many of the magazine covers she’s graced, it’s the drawing of Harlow by an admirer, London artist Kelvin Okafor, positioned on the living room mantelpiece that means the most to her.

Winnie Harlow (wearing a Bach Mai gown, Santoni shoes, and Tiffany & Co. cuffs) in her glam room, where an assortment of her many magazine covers hangs on a wall. Fashion styling by Zadrian Smith.

Hair by Ashanti Lation using VIP Luxury Hair & Hair Care for Opus Beauty; makeup by Adam Burrell using MAC Cosmetics For A-Frame Agency.

“I kept pushing back because I hated that idea,” she laughs, but she eventually came around. “The cover wall was interesting because it turned into more of a moment of gratitude and appreciation for how far I’ve come.”

To avoid turning the house into a Harlow hall of fame, Bullard deployed photographs of fashion icons like Beverly Johnson and Grace Jones throughout as an homage to the Black models that came before her. “I didn’t want it to be just me, so I thought it’d be beautiful to be able to walk around my house and feel inspired,” says Harlow. “These amazing Black women are people who made pathways for me to walk. I get to wake up every day and see those trailblazers on my wall.”

Harlow has learned so much from Bullard on this journey, and his guidance throughout the process has been unparalleled. “It’s the first house I’ve ever lived in and it is a lot of work,” she says. “Nothing is ever done. There’s always something to do—something to fix or build—but I am up for it all.”

Winnie Harlow’s Los Angeles home appears in AD’s Style issue. Never miss an issue when you subscribe to AD.