Living Room

With its quiet palette, the living room is the ideal place to showcase the family’s collection of art. The large-scale piece above the fireplace was painted by Sela.

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Living Room Bar

A sleek bar is easily hidden behind reclaimed doors.

Breakfast Area & Family Room

Designer Ann Runyon Carter of Ann Carter and Associates worked with Sela to create a kid- and pet-friendly space for family. A breakfast room is open to an adjoining family room, perfect for casual gatherings. On the other side of the family room, a colorful painting from Damian Elwes hangs on the sliding door.

Front Exterior

A bridge over the property’s creek leads to the home’s front door. Large decorative spheres artistically punctuate the space.

Exterior

The house stairsteps down a lush hillside in Bel Air.

Office

Sela’s light-filled work space opens to a terrace that overlooks the pool. Mellow colors accentuate the warm wood and rich leather details.

Sitting Room

Electric turquoise and lime green star in the sitting room. The cool colors pop against the rich wood surrounding. The faux Warhol down the hall from her office is from the film “54,” in which Sela co-starred.

Library

The antique cypress used on the library’s walls and coffered ceiling is from Louisiana—a nod to Sela’s Southern roots. The painting above the fireplace is by Thierry Guetta.

Dining Room

Gold accents infuse the dining room with elegance while whitewashed doors add a bit of rustic charm. Serendipitously, the reclaimed doors fit the space perfectly—no need to trim! A sleek dining table and chairs add a more contemporary edge to the traditional elements in the space.

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Dining Room Details

Unique trinkets sit on a glass-and-brass cart parked in front of a large-scale mirror.

Family Room

Patterns mix in the blue family room. A navy herringbone pattern inside the fireplace brings a modern twist to the antique French mantel. To the right of the fireplace, a niche in the wall serves as a cozy dog bed. The blue wall hosts a painting by one of Sela’s favorite artists, Damien Elwes.

Patio

With a dominating fireplace and lush surroundings, this patio is the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining. Blue garden stools provide extra seating; white sheer drapery and candlelight create an intimate setting.

Garden Details

Roses clustered in a ceramic garden pot add a pop of freshness and color.

Gazebo

A verdant garden gazebo houses exotic furnishings. Twin settees are Indian antiques; the pair of African chairs is intricately carved from a single tree; a low fire pit in the center showcases French tiles.

Beach Area

A lake at the top of the property provides a beach, ideal for tiki-themed beach parties or a quiet afternoon respite.

Recreation Room

With two teenagers, the Ward household is well equipped with space for blowing off some steam. In the rec room, a billiard table sits next to a custom bar with eye-catching red bar stools.

Kitchen

Antique oak beams and a vintage counter from France add patina to the sunny kitchen.

Master Bedroom

A four-poster with bed curtains, white upholstery, and French doors with a view to the garden add serenity to the master bedroom.

Master Bath

A dramatic wall of small-scale patterned tiles becomes a work of art all its own.

Art Studio

Sela paints in her studio. A lofted bedroom and a bathroom enclosed behind sliding louvered doors allow the space to be used as a guest room as well.

Guest Cottage

A carved headboard and colorfully patterned textiles add an exotic element to the guest cottage.

Want to see another beautiful, gracious home of a movie actress? Click here to tour JoBeth Williams’ Spanish-Style Home.

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Sela Ward’s Stylish Bel Air Home With a Southern Soul

Sela Ward’s posh Southern California home has a distinctly southern soul

Written and produced by Jenny Bradley
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Garden Details

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