At Home with Jonathan Bennett
When Cake Wars host Jonathan Bennett moved into his Hollywood home two years ago, he wasn't much of a decorator — and dressing up a 3,000-square-foot, five-bedroom house was a daunting task. So he brought in his friend Willa Ford, pop singer-turned-interior designer, to help. Many months later, Jonathan is practically a design pro: "It was a crash course in decorating," he says. "I would never have paid attention to pillows before, but now I notice them." The finished house is a mix of simple, comfortable furniture and totally unexpected antiques — a style Jonathan refers to as "modern-cozy-weird." The look suits his ever-changing cast of housemates, which includes his stepmom, stepsister, some close friends and a rotation of guests who are in town for shooting (the number grows during pilot season). Jonathan loves that so many people feel welcome and at ease here. "I would never want anyone to be afraid to set a glass down on a table," he says. "It's just a very open house."
Photograph by Dave Lauridsen