The forecast is always warm and welcoming at Soleil Moon Frye's cheerful family home.
By Susan Heeger
Tall arched windows, unique tile work and airy sun-filled rooms—that's what made Soleil Moon Frye and her TV-producer and director husband Jason Goldberg fall for their 1918 Spanish-style Los Angeles house. The generous space was tailor-made for their growing family and Soleil's eclectic decorating style. Her mix of Moroccan, Mediterranean and Asian furnishings sprinkled with richly ornamented accessories creates a relaxed exotic vibe. Soleil calls the look "Bali chic," after the island paradise she loves. "It gives me clarity and makes me happy," she says. In all the rooms cushy sofas, slipcovered in washable cotton canvas, and rustic vintage wood pieces stand up to kids (the couple have two young girls and are expecting a baby). Since moving in seven years ago, Soleil—the former child star of the '80s sitcom Punky Brewster—has been busy cofounding the family media site moonfrye.com, serving as Target's Mommy Ambassador and hosting OWN's Home Made Simple. She also just published Let's Get This Party Started!, an idea-filled book on entertaining with children. With all that's going on, she's had to develop a tolerance for disarray. "Marker on walls can be painted over and cushions flipped to hide spills," she says. "Even so, it isn't always neat."
In the living room, Soleil uses an old Indonesian opium bed from a local antiques shop as a coffee table, pairing it with gentlemen's cigar chairs in leather. The Buddha was a gift from a friend.
Books on art, travel and design are within reach on open shelves. Framed photos by Soleil's photographer brother, Meeno Peluce, and family mementos round out the display.
Opening onto a back garden, the sun porch creates a favorite loafing spot as well as a place for Soleil and her daughters to craft projects that they post on moonfrye.com. Moroccan pendant lamps and drum tables lend a global touch.
Ellie, the family's mixed-breed rescue, takes a break in the sunroom on a daybed upholstered in a color-mad riot of embroidered Suzani fabric.
Suzani 11 x 21-inch Pillow in Pink, surefit.com, $55
Poet and Jagger chose a saturated magenta acrylic craft paint for their room. Multicultural flags, from L.A.'s Lost and Found, hang across the wall. Soleil's friend Lisa Rowe stitched snappy bunting to drape at the foot of the beds.
A Pinterest post inspired the girls to group their books by color on shelves against a painted striped wall. The ones that didn't fit the scheme are stored in wicker baskets.
Pjäs Basket, ikea.com for stores, $15
A tray holds Moroccan tea glasses and a bouquet of fragrant flowers.
Moroccan Tea Glasses, vivaterra.com, $29/set of 6
Silver Teapot, casablancamarket.com, from $35