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Above: Inside The Nashville Home Of American Supermodel Lily Aldridge | Victoria’s Secret Angel Lily Aldridge.
In this episode of “Open Door” by Architectural Digest, Victoria’s Secret Angel and Sports Illustrated swimsuit supermodel Lily Aldridge gives Architectural Digest a tour of the cozy Nashville home she shares with her husband Caleb Followill and their daughter.
If you happen to be driving through Nashville in December and see a stately brick Tudor Revival house spectacularly ablaze with holiday lights, you just might have hit on the dwelling of Lily Aldridge and Caleb Followill. While she is admittedly better known as a Victoria’s Secret bombshell and face of Bulgari than an overzealous homemaker, and her other half as the lead singer of rock band Kings of Leon, the couple, parents to six-year-old daughter Dixie, enthusiastically put family life center stage when they’re off duty.
When it comes to model–rocker unions, domesticity is a somewhat foreign concept. Studio 54 set the stage for Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall’s glamorous courtship. Axl Rose and Stephanie Seymour’s volatile romance played out in a series of music videos that ended with her in a coffin (not surprisingly, their unscripted relationship fizzled in almost as dramatic a fashion). But for Aldridge and Followill, who rarely make public appearances à deux, the theatrics appear to be reserved for their charming abode, composed of grand archways, Persian carpets, and a gloriously tiled kitchen. “Home is everything,” says the California native, who relocated to Nashville after meeting her Tennessee-born husband more than a decade ago.
Dixie’s birth sparked the couple’s move from a kicky condo located near the city’s nightlife scene and sports arena to “a home near a great school,” Aldridge says of how their priorities shifted upon becoming parents. She immediately fell in love with this one: “It was beautiful, comfy, cozy.” She pauses. “My husband, on the other hand, wanted to move into a different house.” To help persuade him that the Tudor Revival, though a bit old-fashioned in appearance, was the perfect address, she called on designers and close friends Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward of Pierce & Ward. The duo count Karen Elson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Dakota Johnson among their starry clientele, and Pierce had previously decorated Aldridge and Followill’s condo.
We both travel a lot for work, but we do everything in our power to have a normal life here.
A recognition of the 1930 house’s good bones helped seal the deal: wood floors, beamed ceilings, expansive windows. “I love those details, and they’re hard to re-create,” Aldridge explains. Her husband gave in, and in the span of just four months, during much of which Followill was on tour and Aldridge out of town on modeling assignments, Pierce and Ward renovated and decorated every square inch of the place.
For the decor, Aldridge presented the designers with a Pinterest board of inspirations ranging from romantic English country houses to exotic Moroccan riads. “We were all on the same page,” says Ward, who, with Pierce, cheerfully scavenged antiques stores and eBay for eclectica such as leather club chairs, poufs, chandeliers, and a mélange of midcentury-modern pieces.
Each room is imbued with a relaxed, family-friendly elegance. The kitchen features open cabinetry with a decorative retro tile backsplash, and it’s where Followill holds court.
The living room is framed in arched bookshelves with a fireplace she keeps crackling “until it’s unbearably hot outside” and a pair of club chairs that remind her of the ones her artist father had in his studio during her youth. “The leather was literally peeling off the seats,” she recalls.
About Lily Aldridge:
Los Angeles, California native Aldridge hails from a large family of celebrated creative professionals. Her father is the noted English illustrator Alan Aldridge, and her mother is former Playboy Bunny and Playmate Laura Lyons; Her siblings include Miles Aldridge, the fashion photographer, and Saffron and Ruby Aldridge, also models. Most notably, Lily became a Victoria’s Secret Angel in 2009, and appeared on the 50th Anniversary cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in 2014, photographed by James Macari.
Aldridge’s fashion magazine covers, meanwhile, include numerous international editions of Vogue, Elle, Glamour, Tatler, Net-a-Porter’s The Edit, GQ, L’Officiel, Lui, and 10. Additionally, she has appeared on the covers of the newly revamped Self, and MAXIM. The Angeleno beauty has appeared in countless editorial features for the international editions of Vogue, L’Uomo Vogue, Teen Vogue, V, Vanity Fair, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky, Glamour, Purple, and Love Magazine, among others.
Within the first five years of her modeling career, Aldridge sat for many of the fashion industry’s leading photographers, including Patrick Demarchelier, Bruce Weber, and Terry Richardson. She has also had the great fortune of shooting with Ben Watts, Angelo Pennetta, Russell James, Tom Munro, Regan Cameron, Boo George, Mert & Marcus, and Cliff Watts.
Having received her Angel wings from Victoria’s Secret, Aldridge has since appeared in numerous print and television advertising campaigns for the intimate apparel behemoth. Additional advertising campaigns include Carolina Herrera (photographed by Mario Testino), Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo, Saks Fifth Avenue, J Brand, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Alberta Ferretti, Anthropologie, Levi’s, Banana Republic, and XOXO; Aldridge’s beauty partnerships include Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox Cosmetics, and Herbal Essences.
Aldridge, ever the multi-tasker, has starred in more than a dozen advertising campaigns for Velvet, and recently launched a capsule clothing line under her own name in conjunction with the California-based contemporary fashion company.
Off duty, Aldridge is a cultural omnivore, and divides her time between New York City and Nashville, Tennessee. She enjoys traveling internationally (Sydney, Australia is her favorite destination), and attending film festivals, museums and galleries, and rock concerts with her husband, Kings of Leon lead vocalist, Caleb Followill. The couple welcomed their first child in June 2012.
Aldridge is a generous philanthropist actively involved with St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and Baby Buggy, an organization dedicated to providing essential resources to families in need. Additionally, she partnered with Vogue and Demarchelier for the official Born Free Africa campaign, an initiative aimed at ending mother-to-child HIV transmission by 2015. In August 2018, Aldridge announced that she was expecting her second child.
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