You can usually find what's missing under the couch," says Tori Spelling
as she peeks under the linen sofa in her newly designed family room and pulls out 2-year-old daughter Stella's sneaker. As might be expected of Spelling, who famously grew up in the luxurious 73,500-sq.-ft. Spelling Manor with her late dad, Aaron, mom Candy and brother Randy, her Los Angeles-area Spanish-style home is lavishly decorated. Vintage oriental rugs cover the dark wood floors; elaborate flower arrangements are placed on antique side tables; and an Art Deco buffet holds precious family keepsakes. But being the mom of two toddlers (Liam is 3), the actress-along with her husband, Dean McDermott-also took playtime and dirty fingers into consideration when decorating their house. "It's important for me to live in a beautiful space," says Spelling, "but I also want my kids to feel they can play around and have fun." That means toddler shoes and toys can usually be found in every room of the house. And the couch from Grace Home Furnishings, on which the family likes to snuggle up for movie nights, is not only reupholstered in $19-per-yard fabric but also treated with Scotchgard. Surprisingly, Spelling didn't hire an interior decorator to pull off the "Hollywood Regency meets eclectic antique tied together by cozy family style" decor, as she describes her home's look. When not filming her reality show Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood
, writing books (her fourth, an illustrated children's book titled Presenting...Tallulah
, will hit stores on Sept. 21), selling her own line of jewelry on HSN or feeding the pet goat and chickens she and her family keep in their backyard, she scours flea markets and antique stores for bargains. But she also loves IKEA, Crate & Barrel and eBay ("for knickknacks"). "What I've learned is to stay true to who you are and decorate to live in, not to look at," she says. Her favorite room? "Our master bedroom," she says of the blue and cream space, which features mirrored nightstands and an antique chandelier. "It feels very Old Hollywood to me."
Get the Look
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- Additional reporting by Julie Jordan.