Star Kitchen: Alison Sweeney
Alison Sweeney was born and raised in Southern California, but her decorating style is straight out of New England. The Kids Halloween Baking Championship co-host, who played Samantha Brady on Days of Our Lives for more than 20 years, grew up shuttling between her parents' house in Pasadena and the soap opera set in Burbank. But when summer rolled around, she'd escape to her aunt's Connecticut home. "My aunt was a great interior decorator and a huge influence on me and my home style," she says. When Alison bought this Los Angeles home and gutted the kitchen, she made sure to add a little Yankee charm, like toile fabric and equestrian art.
Photography by Allyson Gowdy
One of Alison's favorite parts of the kitchen is this big porcelain sink. "I don't know how we'd live without it," she says.
Alison chose a material that would be ideal for baking projects — specifically, making pies with her kids, Megan, 11, and Ben, 7. "I can throw flour down and roll out dough right on the marble," she says.
She outfitted her six-burner GE Monogram stove with a center griddle, which she puts to good use making pancakes on weekends.
The star has been riding horses since she was 4 years old. She won this custom drawing of her old horse Apparition in a riding championship.
Oddly enough, considering their California locale, the family's favorite feature is the gas fireplace. "We leave it on even when it's not cold out," she admits. "It makes the room feel so cozy."
Alison added some color and warmth to the room by painting the backs of her bookshelves red.
Piece of History
Alison's French farm table is from the 1800s. Her aunt helped her pick out the bistro chairs to go with it.
Alison is serious about entertaining: The space includes a coffee counter for her husband, David (a "closet barista," she says), and a full bar "so we can be part of the party when we're mixing drinks."