It has only been a year since Miley Cyrus purchased this six-bedroom, seven-bathroom, 6,800-square-foot retreat in southern California, but it is already fully furnished. Furthermore, it had been completely Mileyfied. And it’s all thanks to the musician’s interior design team: Tish Cyrus (Miley’s mother and 16-year-old Manager) and Tish design partner Mat Sanders.
“When you walk into someone’s house, I want to know who lives there, what their personality is, what they love, and what their nature is,” Tish says. I know Miley so well, and we’re so close, that I’m confident I could pull it off.” What was the end result? The house, like Miley, is both lovely and rude, steady and exuberant all of the time.
Tish confesses, “My wheelhouse is very chic.” In my own residence, I prefer to keep everything neutral. Miley, on the other hand, has to be rock and roll. There’s a lot of colour in this picture. Color for technical purposes.” Ettore Sottsas’ bookcase, a mouth-shaped chair literally in its tongue, and Brian Robles’ psychedelic ceiling therapy are just a few examples of this kaleidoscopic coolness. Zoom out a little and it’s clear that after painting a black scenery on the outside of the 1950s clapboard – “house vibes on the very East Coast,” as Tish describes it – they were really capable of having fun. “Miley, Mat, and I make a great little team because they’re always saying, more is more,” Tish says. “And I’m not like it, well, not at all.” Let us take a step back.”
Tish, on the other hand, enjoyed Miley’s joyful maximalism. “My mother believes that nothing is permanent and that nothing can be undone,” Miley says. “People make risky decisions in their lives, and sometimes these bets pay off and bring them good fortune.” It’s a risk, but she’s willing – and I am willing – to embrace our way of life.
Indeed. When it comes to this house, these risks were undeniably worthwhile. Overall, however, peaceful tones persist. The pool is a true meditative oasis, and the gym and wellness areas were inspired by a visit to Utah’s sublime Amangiri resort. “Miley could have hired whoever she wanted,” Tish added. “But it was great to say, ‘Mom, I love what you’re doing and I really want you to do this house.’ I’ve never gone to design school, not just as her mother, but as more [than] – and I’m also from Eastern Kentucky, so I really believe it’s something. It felt fantastic for me.”
“We wanted you to feel like you were staying in a chic hotel outside,” Tish says. She and Sanders amplified the rock and roll vibe by painting the fire pit black and staining the floor dark. Design Within Reach chairs for Eos Chaise were paired with Teak Warehouse teak stools for Sammy. The Aegean aluminium bar stools are by RH.
“This is definitely my favourite room in the house,” Tish says of the elaborate living room, which greets guests as they enter for the first time. “I knew it needed to feel moody and like you want to go into it, and it’s like a feeling if you’re in there,” says the director. Tish and Sanders added drama to the room by painting it in Benjamin Moore’s smoky soot colour. A massive Blackman Cruz steel chandelier hangs over custom lounge chairs and a coffee table with Lawson’s Fenning, and an extra-luxurious Lawrence La Brea carpet adds a cosy layer.
“Writing is storytelling, and I think the instruments you use to tell the story add so many elements and tones to what you’re doing,” says Miley, who insisted in the early 1900s that this upright piano be added to her sitting room. “I’m not the first person to write a song that breaks his heart, and I’m not the first person to write a song about getting too drunk last night. The stories told on the keys before I told my own—a there’s presence, a tone, a ring. It’s a significant quality, in my opinion, that adds a lot of texture to the music you’re creating.”
“I spend a lot of time with my dogs in this chair – some call it a peacock chair, some call it a clam chair,” Miley says of her favourite perch (actually an Anemone chair by Giancarlo Zema for Giovanetti). “I like how open the space is. If friends are cooking in the kitchen, watching TV or movies, and someone is in the bar, or going to play the piano… I love to see us all sitting directly in the same space. It also doesn’t hurt that the space is filled with Dan Lam’s drippy sculptures, Takashi Murakami’s still life painting, and a Gulla Jonsdottir Puzzle Table.
One of the least converted rooms was the kitchen. Tish and Sanders, on the other hand, wanted to ensure that the rest of the interior design made sense. They replaced the island’s “every farmhouse” light, changed the hardware, and installed an edgy black metal range cap. Tish states, “Miley’s work in the kitchen is fantastic. Shocking! Shocking! Shocking! Shocking! Shocking! Shocking I’m curious, where did you learn? Certainly not from me!” Sanders created the table and chairs, which are covered in Pierre Frey’s Kilimandjaro fabric. A vase by Bari Ziperstein on the kitchen table is one of many ceramic works by the artist that Miley has collected. Other well-known artists, such as Helle Mardahl and Glass by Ariel, displayed glass objects on a side table beneath a Mick Rock photograph of Mötley Crüe.
The dining room didn’t see many large family dinners, but Tish says they used it for management meetings on occasion (Tish has been Miley’s manager since she was 12 years old). Sanders created a dining table for the space. It’s paired with Lawson Fenning chairs that are upholstered in Pindler Prism fabric. An eight-foot Tempo pendant by Atelier de Troupe hangs from the ceiling, and a vintage mirrored lighting fixture reflects a work by California-based artist and sculptor Orrin Whalen throughout the space.
The Gucci wallpaper’s tiger face inspired the rest of the design of this powder room. “Miley had told me that being in this bathroom should be an experience,” Tish says. “I was a little nervous, but we all went in. When we put the finishing touches on the sconces, it’s like, “Wow, it works, and it’s awesome.”” A brass and Murano glass mirror hangs above a marble custom vanity with an Isla Waterworks faucet.
Miley’s studio has a “definitely atmosphere.” Brian Robles, a surface designer, painted the triple ceiling, which was inspired by a variety of sources. Tish states, “It all started with the throw pillows. I had found those at Barneys before they went out of business. I just knew Miley was going to need them at some point.” Tish says that when Tish and Sanders suggested playing the colourful waves on the mural’s psychedelic designs, “Miley agreed before adding, ‘Yeah. All right! I said.” Jim Thompson Fabrics created the zebra-print material used on the window shades. A series of Targetti Sankey sconces from the 1960s define the space.
The bathroom next to Miley’s music studio doubles as storage. “The guitars and their cases are always brought in,” Tish explains, “and Miley is very much like me—she wants everything put away.” We decided to put this opaque movie (3M’s Dusted Crystal and Dichroic Chili) on a shower glass to conceal all the guitar cases and things that might require extra room because some people have been coming to work there for days.’ Tish’s house has a clear view of a mirror. “In fact, this mirror has been mine for the last 15 years.” “It was always Miley’s favourite,” Tish says. “I just took it from my house and put it there when we finished the room.” Clé’s Rio tiles are black and white cement.
“Probably one of my favourite rooms because you can’t go here and be unhappy,” Tish says of Miley’s glam-room lounge. “Everyone ends up hanging out and going to that location. This is normally the kitchen, but it’s not in this house.” A vintage Curvati Murano glass rainbow light highlights Miley’s “very long-time” vintage sleeves and a profitable coffee table. Sanders created the glam station, with a nod to the Ettore Sottsass bookcase on the opposite side.
‘Miley is genuinely interested in literature and enjoys writing and receiving personal cards,’ Tish says of her glamorous vanity notes from friends (RuPaul, Jeremy Scott, Vera Wang, etc.). “‘I don’t put these in drawers,’ she says. I’d like to see these! I’d like to see these! This is my source of inspiration.” I adore her. ” It’s one of the things I admire about her. The Osborne and Little Pantanal design is the flocked ocelot wallpaper.
Miley discovered her stainless-steel and brass bed from the 1980s during one of her many scouring expeditions on 1stDibs. Tish explains, “Miley wanted this dark, moody room.” “I went to Blue Note [by Benjamin Moore] with this colour paint that I just love all the time. We built the ceiling, walls, and fireplace. We completed every task.” We did everything. An iconic image of Debbie Harry, photographed by Blondie cofounder Chris Stein, hangs above. (Fun fact: Harry tells the storey that she was made from a pillowcase found in the trash by her landlord, along with the Zebra print dress she wears in the photo.) Ironically, the shot would hang above the pillows of another rock star’s bedroom four decades later.) Garde’s Atelier 001 Regolith pendant light resonates in dark and brass tones. The seating includes a Milo Baughman swivel chair recovered in faux fur and a Karl Springer pouffe duet recreated in Zak and Fox’s Kabuto fabric.
“We’ve completely rubbed the bathroom,” Tish declared. “Miley requested a lot of storage, so we created a vanity dream and a massive wardrobe. I know her so well that I can tell you exactly how much storage she requires and how she intends to use the space.” Talbot and Yoon supplied the light brass for the Rib Vault. Vast Studio’s massive bath was able to enter a bathroom: it had to be craned up and brought through the bathroom’s window.
The backyard, with its lagoon-style pool and luxurious and mature landscaping, is still very similar to the area Miley purchased. Miley states, “I’m from Nashville, so I grew up on a 500-acre farm with my father with no neighbours. We didn’t have any shoes or clothes. We just ran around the farm. We can’t do it as much here, but there’s always a sense in my backyard that I’m back in Nashville.”
With Mother’s Day approaching, the sentiment behind this project is especially poignant. “My mother’s best quality as a mother and an interior designer is her understanding and lack of judgement,” Miley says. “She will make whatever I imagine a reality, even if it is not her style. She designs for her children—I’m not the only one who employs my mother as an interior designer; we all do – just as she feeds us. She simply wants what is best for us, and creating rooms that reflect our mental health, creativity, and composition is what best reflects our mental health, creativity, and composition.”
This is true even in the open-plan kitchen of a one-of-a-kind work of art: a black-on-black square panel with the F-word written in capital letters. “I despise most of the world’s F-words, but I really found that,” Tish says. “I thought to myself, “If I know Miley, she’s going to love this so much.” And I know it’s the ideal location!”
On the carlton bookcase by Ettore Sottsass in 1981 of Miley, she wore a purple wig when she played pop star Ashley O in Black Mirror. “When we were shooting these images, I would try to scale things back a little, and Miley would say, ‘Mother, you don’t dare touch my Ashley O.’ Ashley O must be in both the centre and the front.'” A pair of Gucci heels with the brand’s name painted on the insoles is a great place to start. Oh, and in case you’re wondering, yes, when plugged in, the big red mouth chair moves its tongue in and out.