Diane Keaton's New Project..... A Table Top Collection Called "K" For Bed, Bath & Beyond


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Diane Keaton is forever reinventing herself. First as an actress, then as a photographer, author and architectural designer (she's known for her painstaking efforts in restoring homes to their original architectural design). Now Diane is busy creating a wonderful home product line of pottery, starting as low as $5.00.

Diane, 65 years old, serves on the board of the Los Angeles Conservancy, and in 2007, she co-wrote “California Romantica” (Rizzoli), a book celebrating the Spanish and Mission-style architecture that Diane absolutely adores. In fact, over the years, Diane has bought, restored and sold several homes in Southern California.

Diane Keaton's new pottery line reflects Diane’s latest obsession: the heartland. The “farm-y, landscape colors” she used, she told a reporter, were inspired by wheat, grass and bark.

Why did you decide to partner with Bed, Bath & Beyond?

Well, they were interested. Which is also pretty remarkable. As you know, I’m more of an entertainment person, but I have a real passion for design. It means a lot to me to have the opportunity to even try this.

Is the dishware inspired by anything in your own life?

I have a daughter who’s 15 and a son who’s 10. My life is such that I have these old dishes that I eat off with my kids. I’ve broken them, and all that.

What’s come of all this is I like sturdy. I want something I feel will last and has some weight to it and is very simple. Like, for example, I don’t understand why we don’t eat more food out of bowls. I could eat all of my meals out of bowls.

Did you know much about dishware before creating this line?

I’ve collected a lot of plates and dishes through the years. Catalina pottery is my favorite. What I like about Catalina pottery is it’s very sturdy and simple. Many years ago in New York City, when I lived there, I collected Fiesta. Those colors are just, like, in your face.

What’s appealing right now is not to punch it up with a lot of color. It came really from Catalina and then morphed into something even a little more modern.

You were going to design a collection of furniture a few years back. What happened with that?

One of the reasons is you have to know a little bit more than just venturing out. I had no idea what I was getting into. None.

I had a fantasy several years ago that I would create houses that we would produce in a community — these new Spanish homes that would follow the principles of what I was into. Of course, nothing came of it.

I have a lot of ideas. Like we all do. But if someone would buy these dishes, I’d love to do more. It gives me an opportunity to look, see, explore — all the things I’m really interested in.

How did you get interested in design?

I’ve always been a person who buys shelter magazines. But I had no knowledge whatsoever. This only really emerged when I bought my first Spanish home.

Well, actually, I bought a Lloyd Wright first. I bought the Ramón Novarro home in the Hollywood Hills.

If you have a family, it’s not as easy to live in a Lloyd Wright house. They are beautiful. But they have very, very small bedrooms.

That’s not to say a family can’t live there, for God’s sake. It would be a great pleasure to live there. Which I did enjoy.

But I’m a person who likes to keep moving. It’s a good excuse: “Well, I have a family now. I better get a Spanish home.”

Where are you living these days?

Right now, I don’t have a home. I’m renting. But I’m going to buy a piece of land and build once in my life.

I don’t know if I can do it, but I’m going to try. I’m afraid of spaces that are blank. Like a lot of novice types who are aficionados of architecture, once I see a building I understand what I can do with it. But to just see raw space is terrifying.

What style are you considering?

There’s this American look which I think comes out of this factory-barn idea. The materials that are used are the kinds I find very appealing.

I love cement. I love wood. I love shingle. I love casement windows. I’m now in love with shake roofs. I’m interested in roofs because they’re the most undervalued yet beautiful part of a home.

I have a lot of theories, you see.

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