Lena Dunham has revealed she built a house ’10 feet behind’ her parents’ house as she sought to strike the perfect balance between ‘dependence and loneliness’.
Speaking to Architectural Digest, the Girls actress, 36, admitted she used to ‘dread ever leaving’ her childhood home growing up, so she made sure she never having to do with building a one-and-a-half-bedroom home in Connecticut.
The star said his continued love for his ‘family’s culture’ and desire for a ‘sense of permanence’ amid the pandemic that swings between London, Brooklyn and Manhattan led his family to begin construction of her colorful new home.
Wow: Lena Dunham has revealed she built a house ’10 feet behind’ her parents’ house as she sought to strike the perfect balance between ‘dependence and loneliness’
Lena’s parents, artist Laurie Simmons, 73, and painter father Carroll Dunham, 72, spearheaded the project, with the star’s home – The Carriage House – built on the land where the old one stands. family boarding school.
Lena has revealed that her initial vision for her dream home was to “paint the house pink so it looks like it lives in a strawberry” – an idea that her architect David Bers and contractor Rick McCue vetoed.
Lena’s father joked the initial sketch of the house with a peaked roof “looked like a kindergarten drawing a house” – the star’s home now sporting pale strawberry cement floors, turquoise parrot wallpaper in the bedroom and a custom painting table in raw wood and white enamel.
The star, who has spoken openly about her many health issues, also detailed how the house has been ergonomically adapted to help her move around – while adding that the decor is inspired by her love languages of “productivity and comfort”.
Family first: Speaking to Architectural Digest, the Girls actress, 36, revealed she had built a one-and-a-half-bedroom home in Connecticut (pictured with parents of Lena, Carroll Dunham and Laurie Simmons in 2018)
She said: “David also created a deceptively simple and ergonomic design that made me feel, in a new way, grown up. He also considered the challenges of my body suffering from chronic illnesses.
“The low stairway is perfect for those days when my arthritic hips are giving me trouble, with a custom sculpted handrail that’s rounded like the corners of a marshmallow, and the tub has a pull up bar in case I need to. dizziness.
Lena was absent for much of the construction due to the pandemic, her ailments making travel difficult.
She described the moving moment when she returned to the house and saw how neat and tidy the decor had been.
She said: ‘I walked through the house in awe, understanding that while my stoic mother hadn’t been overwhelmed with emotion when we packed up a removals truck, she had shown me her deepest feelings. setting up this house, making it work, silver manicured fingers along every item I’d carried in my 35s, showing me how well she knew me.
Glorious: The star said his continued love for his ‘family culture’ and desire for a ‘sense of permanence’ amid the pandemic that swings between London, Brooklyn and Manhattan led his family to begin construction of her colorful new home
No: Lena has revealed her initial vision for her dream home was to ‘paint the house pink to make it look like I’m living in a strawberry’ – an idea her architect David Bers and entrepreneur Rick McCue vetoed.
The interview comes a month after a tweet by Lena drew a barrage of criticism, as the actress made a claim on the social media site that rubbed people the wrong way.
“When I go, I want my casket to be driven through the New York Pride Parade with a plaque that says ‘she wasn’t for everyone, but she *was* for us’ – who can arrange?” wrote the Girls star.
A number of users have wondered exactly why Dunham would be honored by the LGBTQ community.
‘And what have you already done for LGBTQ people? Sis you are not a gay icon,” said one user, while another said, “Pride is for us, not gratifying the egos of straight guys who see us as props.
One user said, “It’s called gay pride, not shame,” while another added, “Girl, no.” we don’t claim you like that.
Comfort: The star, who has spoken openly about her many health issues, also detailed how the house has been ergonomically adapted to help her move around – while adding that the decor is inspired by her languages of love of ‘productivity and comfort
Oh my goodness: A Lena Dunham tweet drew a barrage of criticism last month as the actress made a claim on the social media site that rubbed people the wrong way
One user said, “Ummm…we’ll pass, but thanks for the offer?”
Some people wondered why Dunham assumed the LGBTQ community would make her a centerpiece of the Pride Parade.
“You’re actually for no one but older millennials who keep getting kicked out of social spaces for slurring,” one user said, while another added, “Counterpoint: we drive a photo of you through the side of the jersey with a sign that reads “We don’t know who she is either.”
A number of users posted memes joking that the Sharp Stick director-actress put her foot in her mouth or was looking for attention with the tweet.
One user said, “She died as she lived: in a baffling and desperate attention-seeking ploy.”
The 2014 Golden Globe winner was honored by gay advocacy group Point Foundation with the Horizon Award, intended for “a young trailblazer who has taken a leading role as an advocate” for the LGBTQ community, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dunham requested that his casket be led through the NYC Pride Parade upon his death
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