Gentl and Hypers / InStyle Magazine
Lea Michele is one busy lady: from her acting career to her music to her social life, the 30-year-old is always on the go, which is why she needs someplace special to retreat to at the end of each day.
Thus, she made sure to turn her home into her sanctuary.
Lea took InStyle magazine on a tour through her Los Angeles escape, admitting she never could have imagined herself in such an amazing place.
"I was swimming in my pool the other day thinking, 'If you had told me years ago that I, a girl from the Bronx, would someday live in this beautiful home...It really is the greatest blessing,'" she said.
Lea purchased the 4-bedroom, West L.A. home in 2015 after falling in love with its sense of tranquility, located in the hills hidden away from the bustle of the city.
"I need a home that would allow me to recover and breathe and recharge," she said. "I fell in love with this place the minute I saw it, just being so far from people, and really being in nature and in the mountains. It's spacious and you see so much green. This house is healing."
For that reason, Lea would rather spend time in her sanctuary than go out. "I'm not a party girl. I've never been that," she explained. "Trust me, I love to go out and share a nice bottle of wine with some friends over a delicious meal, but my perfect night is at home with people I love."
In fact, Lea enjoys spending her free nights cooking at home.
"I grew up in a house where food was family, it was joy," she explained, "And I believe that's really what makes a home a home."
She feels more herself than ever in this calming oasis, being able to spend time alone.
"The thing that I'm most happy about is that I wake up every day feeling content, just me," she admitted. "I've never really had that before. I think that once you find that, then all the things you want in life come your way."