It’s not even been a year since superstar Miley Cyrus bought this six-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 6,800-square-foot retreat in Southern California, and yet it’s already fully decorated. More than that, it was completely Mileyfied. And that’s thanks to the musician’s interior design team: Tish Cyrus (also, Miley’s mom and 16-year-old manager) and Mat Sanders, Tish’s design partner.
“What’s most important is that when you walk into someone’s house,” Tish says, “I want you to know who lives there, what their personality is, what they like and what did he look like. I know Miley so well, and we’re so close, so I really got to do it. The result? Much like Miley herself, the house is beautiful and boisterous, yet stable and disciplined in its exuberance.
Admits Tish: “My wheelhouse is very chic and bohemian. In my own house, I like everything that is neutral. But with Miley, it must be rock and roll. There are a lot of colors. Technicolor. An Ettore Sottsass bookcase, a mouth-shaped chair that literally wags its tongue, and a psychedelic ceiling treatment by artist Brian Robles are just a few examples of this kaleidoscopic cool. Zoom out and it’s clear that after painting the exterior of the 1950s plank house in staging black – “the house was very vibrant on the East Coast,” Tish says – they really did. had fun. “Miley, Mat and I are a great little team because they always are, more is more is more,” says Tish. “And I’m like, Well, no. . . always. Let’s flip one thing.
Nonetheless, Tish liked to embrace Miley’s cheerful maximalism. “My mom thinks that nothing is permanent, that there is nothing that cannot be undone,” says Miley. “People make bold choices in their lives, and sometimes those bets work and bring you luck, and sometimes they don’t. But it’s a risk that she’s willing – and I’m willing – to take in our lifestyle, and that’s reflected in the design.
Indeed. There is no doubt that as far as this house was concerned, those risks were worth it. In all of this, however, some serene notes linger. The pool is a true oasis of meditation, while the gym and wellness areas were inspired by a trip to the sublime Amangiri Resort in Utah. “Miley could have hired any designer she wanted,” Tish adds. “But for her, being like, ‘Mom, I love what you do and I really want you to make this house’ was great. Not just as a mom, but more [than] That, I’ve never been to school for design – and also I’m from eastern Kentucky, so I think that’s really something. It made me feel so good.
As Mother’s Day approaches, the particular sentiment behind this project is particularly moving. “My mom’s best quality as a mom and as an interior designer is her understanding and lack of judgment,” says Miley. “Whatever I dream of, she will create in a reality, even if it is not her style. She designs for her children – I’m not the only one who uses my mom as an interior designer, the five of us do it – the same way she feeds us. She just wants what’s best for us, creating spaces that reflect us is best for our sanity, our creativity, our makeup.
And that’s true, even down to a singular piece of art in the bright, airy and immaculate white open kitchen: a black-on-black square sign with the word F in all caps. “I hate the F word more than anything, but I found it,” Tish says. “I was like, if I know Miley, she’ll love it so much. And I know the perfect place for that!
This article first appeared in AD US