June 20, 2024
Anna Faris Surprises Her Longtime Best Friend on ‘Celebrity IOU’

Anna Faris knows long-lasting friendships are rare. To show how much she appreciates her best friend of 24 years, the Scary Movie star surprised her with a major kitchen renovation designed for entertaining. “Amanda is so generous, [especially financially],” Faris said of her BFF during a new episode of Celebrity IOU. “I’m sure she would’ve spent some of her resources fixing up this home the way she always wanted to, but she prioritizes the people that she loves in a way that very few people do.”

Faris worked with design duo Drew and Jonathan Scott to transform the kitchen in Amanda]’s Los Angeles home into an avid host’s dream. The original space was small and cramped, making it hard not only to prepare meals but to have multiple people in it. Counter space for food prep was limited, and some cabinet doors had come off their hinges. The range was in bad condition and presented a fire hazard. “The kitchen is the most important element in a house,” Faris declared in the episode to drive home the significance of this renovation.

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The House Bunny actress and Property Brothers stars got to work to create a functional, open-concept kitchen that Amanda can use for easy entertaining. As home renovations often do, this one came with an unexpected setback: The team discovered an issue with some work that’d been done to the nearby entry and dining area before Amanda moved in and had to take extra steps to bring it up to code. That involved adding insulation, installing new windows, and updating the electrical among other changes, which delayed the project by a week.

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Thankfully, the new kitchen—which was completed in six weeks—now has a working range, ample storage space, and plenty of seating areas for party guests. There’s even a hidden, speakeasy-inspired bar behind doors covered in a black-and-white mural. Other highlights include subtle checkerboard flooring, a range hood with a plum-colored Roman clay finish, and dark quartzite countertops.”I’m so happy,” Faris added after revealing the makeover to her friend. “It’s like a symbol of my love.”


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Kelly Allen is the current Associate Editor at House Beautiful, where she covers design, pop culture, and travel for digital and the print magazine. She’s been with the team for nearly three years, attending industry events and covering a range of topics. When she’s not watching every new TV show and movie, she’s browsing vintage home stores, admiring hotel interiors, and wandering around New York City. She previously worked for Delish and Cosmopolitan. Follow her on Instagram.