At Home With Tracey Bregman
Calming earth tones and a stunning ocean view make this home a paradise on Earth for The Young and The Restless star.
Walking into Emmy award-winningTracey Bregman’s home feels like stepping into a magical Malibu retreat. Tracey greets you with a warm hug and big smile, open to sharing her piece of paradise with family and friends.
“I love to entertain,” exclaims Tracey. “I love that my house is like the hub for my family and that people like to come out and spend the weekend. My Mom, sons and stepdaughters, who bring their kids, can often be found here.”
Since 1983 Tracey has been playing the character Lauren Fenmore on the popular CBS daytime soap opera The Young and The Restless. Y&R has been the number one daytime drama for 28 years and currently is in its 44th season. “I love what I do so much, it truly is my happy place,” shares Tracey.
Another happy place is her home. Twenty-three foot high ceilings with a massive skylight allow the beautiful California weather to shine upon you as fresh-smelling incense greets your senses when you arrive. That, and her three beautiful dogs clamoring for your attention, all provide an instant energy boost to all that enter.
“I am fascinated to see how people’s personalities are portrayed through their home and their decorations,” says Tracey. “I think how you have your house says a lot.”
Her 6,400 square foot Spanish-style California home has an open floor plan and sits atop a hill on 1.5 acres of land. “The kitchen and my bedroom are the two rooms I spend the most time in, I love to eat and wish I could sleep more” Tracey light-heartedly admits.
“My ritual every morning is to have espressoor tea with gluten-free toast, light my candles and incense and set intentions for the day. It centers me and keeps me on a positive and grateful track.”
Her foyer looks into the family room where there are floor-to-ceiling window-paneled doors that open up for indoor-outdoor entertaining. A hot tub and pool overlook a stunning ocean view that spreads out over a little more than 180 degrees.
“Water is very calming to me and I gravitate towards it.”
At the edge of the property sits a large, eye-catching Buddha statue, easily spotted from the entrance.“I have always had a connection to Buddhas but, in actuality, it blocks a telephone pole so when you walk into the house you see a big Buddha and not a pole.”
Tracey is her own interior decorator: “For me, I have to live in earth tones. If there is too much colour in a room, it is not relaxing to me. I like to have everything in earthy palettes and then the colour is in my art.”
She chooses furniture pieces that are comfortable and classic, but with her own twist.
“I’m a dressage rider who has always loved horses and equestrian elements in design.”
In the living room, two leather saddle chairs by British designer Timothy Oulton provide cozy seating options. The unique chairs have stirrups on each side. The side view also reveals the saddle on each chair.
A player baby grand piano resides in the living room topped with silver frames filled with memories from her life; a reminder of good times.
“I can’t play any instrument, the music gene skipped over me,” she laughs, adding: “The shower is my amphitheatre. But when I was a little girl, every night after dinner my Dad and I used to go into our music room and he would play the piano and we would sing.”
Tracey’s father, Buddy Bregman, originally from Chicago, was a top music arranger, producer and composer who worked with musical greats including Bing Cosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.
Tracey’s mom, Suzanne Lloyd, is from Toronto, and was a frequent guest star on both British and American television, including The Twilight Zone, Gunsmoke and Zorro.
“My cousin, who lives outside of Toronto, loves to go antiquing and we have several pieces in my house from our journeys together. I’ve spent a lot of time in Canada and I am always taken aback by how sweet and welcoming Canadians are.”
When asked if relocating from this Malibu oasis is a possibility for her, she responds: “Unless you could move this house to a bluff, I see myself living here forever. The only thing I think could be better is to have a staircase down to the sand,” says Tracey, who goes on to playfully announce, “If my next job pays me $50 million dollars a year than I shall move to the bluff!” -H
Photos: Richard Sibbald/2017