At first glance, Jennifer Aniston’s Los Angeles home, which appears on the March cover of Architectural Digest, and the New York City apartment of Aniston’s most beloved character, Rachel Green (whom Aniston played on Friends for 10 seasons), do not seem to have much in common. Aniston shares her midcentury California home, set on sprawling grounds that were previously a vineyard, with her husband, Justin Theroux, and their three dogs. On the flip side, Rachel Green shared a two-bedroom West Village apartment with her best friend and former high school classmate Monica Geller (played by Courteney Cox).
While the Aniston-Theroux home appears clean, the “Green-Geller” apartment seems cluttered, despite Cox’s character’s incessant cleaning. Aniston describes the decor of her L.A. home as “Old World meets New World”—a term meant to encompass the harmony of Abstract Expressionist paintings and midcentury furniture, antique Japanese screens alongside polished concrete and hand-painted wallpaper. Meanwhile, Rachel Green’s apartment is a refreshing reminder of the late ’90s and early aughts.
Still, there are a few similarities between Aniston’s enviable L.A. home and the apartment that helped turn her into America’s sweetheart. Despite her L.A. house’s having an overall more pleasing array of colors, the two homes share similar color palettes: Both have white sofas, teal accents, and neutral tones throughout. Both properties opt for Oriental-style rugs in neutral tones and eye-catching throw pillows: In Aniston’s home, shag pillows in both the living room and the master bedroom add texture, while patchwork pillows on the couch in the Green-Geller home add a punch of pattern.
It’s doubtful that Aniston, along with her design team—which included AD100 interior designer Stephen Shadley and L.A. designers Kathleen and Tommy Clements and Jane Hallworth—sought inspiration from the set of Friends, especially considering the modernity of the home’s design. Regardless, perhaps it’s not a stretch to say there’s just a little bit of Rachel hidden in the final outcome.