Smart moms know higher than to deliver their younger kids on journeys to the grocery retailer. The little ones are inclined to foyer vigorously for issues that, ultimately, will profit nobody however the household dentist. And they probe, at excessive quantity, issues that Mommy might not wish to focus on in public.
Courtney Henggeler can converse with some authority on this matter. Not way back, she was wheeling her cart by means of the grocery store when her 4-year-old son, Oscar, loudly requested, “Why do we have so many houses?”
“People who were listening must have thought we were very wealthy,” stated Ms. Henggeler, 42, who co-stars within the hit Netflix sequence “Cobra Kai,” a by-product of 1984’s “The Karate Kid.” (She additionally appeared on “The Big Bang Theory” as Sheldon’s twin sister, and had a recurring function within the first few seasons of “Mom.”) “It’s just that we move around. I film ‘Cobra Kai’ in Atlanta, and we were in a house for three months one year, and the next year we were in another house.”
Oscar could also be relieved to know that his household — till lately based mostly in Los Angeles, additionally in a sequence of leases — is zeroing in on a everlasting tackle. A yr or so in the past, Ms. Henggeler, who grew up within the Poconos and in Seaford, Long Island, and her husband, Ross Kohn, a film producer who was raised in Westchester, determined to maneuver again to New York and settle there to be nearer to Ms. Henggeler’s ailing mom.
The plan: to hire for just a few years after which construct their dream home.
Courtney Henggeler, 42
In the pink: “It was very important to me to have a soft-pink bedroom for my daughter. Poor kid. She’s probably, like, ‘I just want a blue wall, Mom.’”
“I’d been to a million weddings before I got married, so I kind of figured out what I wanted and didn’t want for my own wedding,” stated Ms. Henggeler, who married Mr. Kohn in 2015 and had a second youngster, a daughter, Georgie, nearly two years in the past. “I felt the same about houses. I’ve lived in so many that I kind of knew what I wanted.”
What she needed from a rental “seemed kind of absurd, and my husband looked at me as if I had five heads. But I said, ‘We’ll find it.’”
They discovered it — and extra — within the type of a brand-new transitional colonial in Huntington, N.Y. It had 4 bedrooms. She would have settled for 2 bogs, however obtained 4 and a half. A light-weight, shiny kitchen with a six-burner range? Check. Crown moldings? (In abundance.) Dark hardwood flooring? (Be nonetheless, her coronary heart.)
“I never knew how important flooring was,” she stated. “My previous homes had orange-y wood. I stay up at night looking at wood flooring on Instagram.”
The yard is smaller than she would have favored, as is the only real bathtub. Family baths, a favourite routine, are actually on maintain. But these deficiencies have been offset by the basement train room (“I was like, ‘Who am I, with a gym in my house?’”); the radiant-heat flooring within the lavatory (“My children are now, like, ‘I can’t live without heated floor, Mommy,’ and I’m, like, ‘Me, too,’”); the central vacuum system (“What a princess I’ve become; I can’t live without this now, either”); and the kitchen’s on the spot hot-water dispenser.
But Ms. Henggeler was thrilled virtually mindless by the lobby, which she has outfitted with a bench and a pillow. “It’s actually my favorite little spot in the house,” she stated. “In the house we left in Los Angeles, you walked in and you were immediately in the living room, and that drove me bonkers.”
But wait! There’s extra: a mudroom. “I always wanted one,” she stated. “I love what people do with them. A mudroom is a functional space, but you can have fun with it.”
Her thought of enjoyable, on this case, facilities on baskets — on coat hooks, beneath the bench, holding gloves and scarves and grocery baggage. “I have a hard time saying no to a basket,” she stated. “It’s probably the thing I bought most of for this house. My attitude is: Let’s make it beautiful.”
Mr. Kohn’s outerwear apparently falls effectively wanting that customary. “Ross wants to hang his jacket in the mudroom, and I tell him to put it in the closet,” Ms. Henggeler stated.
Another instance of their differing views on décor: He likes a contemporary look with clear traces, whereas she gravitates towards outdated homes and female touches. “I came into the relationship with a lot of sparkly things,” she stated.
Out of regard for her husband’s emotions, she has designated Georgie’s room her “girlie-girl outlet,” portray it a blush-rose and utilizing it as a repository for treasures from her personal childhood, amongst them a mirror, some books and framed photos. Ms. Henggeler sums it up properly: “The room looks like my apartment would look now if I hadn’t married a man who doesn’t want to live in a house with pink.”
But she understands the attraction of a special palette. She loves how the slate-gray partitions within the eating room set off the gathering of Jim Marshall rock-star images she inherited from her godfather.
She says her aesthetic is evolving — although how precisely she isn’t fairly certain, other than transferring within the path of the California-chic look embodied by the designer Jenni Kayne.
She is considering the acquisition of a chaise longue for the lounge. It will take over the spot that was, till lately, stuffed by a mattress that she and Mr. Kohn purchased for the primary residence they shared. “We didn’t want to take it to the curb until garbage-collection day, so we put it in here. But our kids loved jumping on it, and it stayed for another seven months,” Ms. Henggeler stated.
“At the moment,” she added, “I’m in the there’s-nothing-a-throw-blanket-won’t-fix phase of design.”