Theory: Jennifer Aniston’s Breakups Always Revolve Around Decorating Her Home

Theory: Jennifer Aniston’s Breakups Always Revolve Around Decorating Her Home

Face it: The actress has a hard time collaborating when it comes to her living spaces. 

By Marianne Garvey

Here’s a theory: Jennifer Aniston has a strong idea of what she wants her home to look like — and no one is going to get in the way ... including a husband.

Now, this is completely just based on what we’ve read about her breakups, but oddly, every time Jen has a split it’s somehow tied to her decorating her mansions. Hear us out.

In a story released just one day before her split from husband Justin Theroux, Architectural Digest takes us inside the Friends star’s midcentury Bel Air property, which she admits she had a very hard time decorating with the help of Justin. She wanted to do it alone.

“Justin definitely wanted to be involved, so there was a bit of a learning curve for me on how to include another voice in the design process,” Jen explains. “For instance, I figured out that immediately saying ‘No!’ to any suggestion is not the most collaborative move.”

She acquired the property in 2011, before they were married, and still dating, and blames the paparazzi in New York for her refusal to relocate to the big city.

So she stayed — and she let Justin have … a taco bar outside.

“We put out a mean taco bar, and the chili’s pretty good in the colder months,” Jen says.

Justin, probably pissed off about the pity tacos, began spending more and more time at his apartment in New York while she designed the entire interior of the home.

Now to 2005, to that famous Vanity Fair interview after Brad Pitt left Jen for Angelina Jolie and Jen went to lick her wounds at a rented beach bungalow in Malibu.

From the piece:

“Although the bungalow was dark and depressing when she first saw it, a quickie makeover has transformed it into a cozy sanctuary that’s far more representative of Aniston’s personal taste than the showplace she and Pitt shared, where the décor seemed all hard edges and unforgiving materials. ‘Brad and I used to joke that every piece of furniture was either a museum piece or just uncomfortable,’ Aniston says. ‘He definitely had his sense of style, and I definitely have my sense of style, and sometimes they clashed. I wasn’t so much into modern.’”

Sound familiar? Fighting over design. Sensing a pattern?

Jen loved the ocean in her backyard, saying at the time, “That’s quite a backyard, in my opinion … Just being able to go to the water’s edge and scream … It’s beautiful here; I love it. I’ve always wanted to have a little Malibu beach house, and it feels good. I’m enjoying simplifying things.”

And the quotes about her houses sound eerily similar to sweet things you could say about a partner.

“It had a very dramatic entry sequence that led to this massive front door painted in Chinese red. Aesthetically, it was the furthest thing from what I wanted, but I immediately had the sense that it could work. It’s hard to describe, but I felt a connection.” — Jen on the Bel Air house

“Jen is drawn to wood, stone, and bronze, materials that have real substance and depth. No matter how beautiful or glamorous something is, it has to be warm and inviting,” Jen’s friend on Jen’s love of her new house.

“Sexy is important, but comfort is essential,” Jen on house designing.

“If I wasn’t an actress, I’d want to be a designer. I love the process. There’s something about picking out fabrics and finishes that feeds my soul,” Jen on her soulmate, her house.

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