Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith (along with their baller a$$ crib) grace the cover of the September issue of Architectural Digest! Inside the magazine features their never-before-photographed nine-bedroom crib. If we weren’t so proud of them we might be a lil jeally.
The magazine also caught this lovely family portrait of the Hollyweird couple with their two rappin’ singing and actin’ kids Willow and Jaden as well as Will’s son Trey who is now 18 and likely fending off the cougars.
Apparently the Smiths’ domestic odyssey began when Will was working with costar Gene Hackman filming the 1998 thriller Enemy of the State.
“Gene loves Santa Fe,” Will says. “He has a house there, and he always talked about it. And then Wild Wild West came up, and we were shooting outside of Santa Fe. So I thought, Let me go see Gene’s house.” He admired what he saw. “I just loved that adobe flavor and feeling.”
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“For Will and me this home was always a spiritual endeavor,” Jada says. “We’re very earthy, organic people. We wanted to create a family retreat, something made by hand and as natural as possible, something that ties back to the land.”
For the Pinkett Smiths, the most important consideration in designing the 25,000 square-foot home was that it exude intimacy. The nine-bedroom residence includes a meditation room as well as a circular floor plan which creates “an infinite cycle that represented what Jada and I hoped for our love,” says Smith. The property also includes a lake, basketball and tennis courts and three golf holes. The couple reportedly moved into their dream house in 2004 after a seven-year-long building process.
“Everything needed to be done by hand,” Will says says of the hundreds of woodworkers, plasterers, metalsmiths, stonemasons and upholsterers who contributed in building the home. “We wanted to feel the love and labor that went into every piece of this place.”
The publication’s editor in chief, Margaret Russell, says, “Will told me his favourite place is this gazebo out in the middle of the lake. He said he just clears his head when he goes out there. And when you see the picture, you can imagine why. It’s breathtaking.”