Monica's Modern Barn: An Inside Look At Courteney Cox's Home Renovation

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Image: Simon Upton for ELLE DECOR

You know and love her as Jules Cobb on “Cougar Town,” and, of course, before that she was everyone’s favorite on “Friends.” Who couldn’t love Monica—especially after learning she grew up as Fat Monica? All those teenage insecurities were conquered, and she molded herself into an overachieving perfectionist who required guests to eat her homemade cookies over the kitchen sink in order to avoid “crumbies.”

Monica's Modern Barn: An Inside Look At Courteney Cox's Home Renovation

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Courteney Cox continues to shape memorable characters, and to reshape her personal world according to her current needs. In a recent move from a public beachfront home to a secluded Malibu enclave, she ran the new abode’s renovations in weekly 3-hour long site meetings that Monica would have been proud of. The result? A homey yet upscale house that she refers to as a modern barn. And one of the showpieces of her new home is a kitchen that manages to be opulent and practical at the same time.

A Kitchen that Works

Monica's Modern Barn: An Inside Look At Courteney Cox's Home Renovation

Courteney Cox continues the family traditions she grew up with by having regular gatherings of family and friends in her home. She requires a kitchen that will accommodate these entertaining needs. This kitchen features high-end but hard-working equipment, fixtures, and furnishings. The pure white cabinetry—designed to allow the ocean view to remain the focus of the space—is crowned by scratch-, stain-, and heat-resistant Caesarstone countertops, which maintain the uncompromising quality in the kitchen without sacrificing usability. Jules and the cul-de-sac crew from “Cougar Town” could drink all the red wine they want, without having to worry about leaving stains.

The New Living Room

Monica's Modern Barn: An Inside Look At Courteney Cox's Home Renovation

Image: Simon Upton for ELLE DECOR

As I’ve previously posted, in many of today’s homes the kitchen is the new living room. The above sitting area in Courteney Cox’s kitchen is a perfect example. I love the full-height wine fridge and the glimpse of coffee station on the left.

Morning Coffee

Monica's Modern Barn: An Inside Look At Courteney Cox's Home Renovation

Image: Simon Upton for ELLE DECOR

And where better to enjoy a morning cup of coffee than this relaxing area with its gorgeous view? Just steps away from her terrific kitchen, this is where Courteney Cox says she starts every day.

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