Ned Fulmer Tries Home Customizing with Architectural Digest
The first thing you notice upon entering the home of Try Guys’ Ned Fulmer is the space. When Architectural Digest paid a visit to the online comedian for its online Open Door series on Youtube, it was this aspect of the home Ned and his wife, Ariel, were most eager to show off. “This is our living space,” he says, as soon as he opens the door. “Open concept, super cool, very California.” That’s in reference to his address in sunny California, known for being the home of most American celebrities, and recognized even more for its warm temperatures.
Ned Fulmer made his name for being one-fourth of the Try Guys, a four-man comedic group consisting of Ned and friends, Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld, and Eugene Lee Yang. After getting together and making a name for themselves in Buzzfeed, the group went on to establish their own Youtube channel, and now, their own production company, 2nd Try LLC. Known for writing, producing, directing, shooting, and acting in their own original content, the group has since earned their way up the online comedic ladder. Today, they are one of America’s most known comedy groups.
It’s this artistic know-how that Ned Fulmer brought to the table when he began conceptualizing his dream home’s design with his wife, Ariel, who is also a professional interior designer. The couple explains that the house isn’t even that big in the first place, and that they did most of the work themselves to make it seem bigger than it actually was. Here’s how they got that DIY, do it yourself, energy down:
Ned Fulmer is still all smiles as he gives a tour of the home, a project he explains was something he worked on with Ariel from the beginning. With a comedian and an interior designer coming together for this, it’s no surprise they decided to give their own little spins to the project. More than the personalized effects seen in various parts of the house, the couple shares they also did much of the customization work by themselves.
Of course, part of the reason they chose to be hands-on with the project was because they wanted to save some money. Take the example of their kitchen cabinets, which Ariel explains were originally IKEA boxes. Then, the couple took these home and outfitted them with doors and handles to cut down on the costs. “Cheap inside, fancy outside,” Ned Fulmer describes.
The result of their hands-on work: full creative control over the house’s interior. Not only were Ned and Ariel able to show off their creative chops, they were also able to personalize much of their home to fit various needs.
Space is the Place
If there’s anything that defines Ned Fulmer’s home, it’s the large space that dominates it. Their house, formerly a Spanish home from the 1920’s, has now been re-purposed to fit Ned, Ariel, their young son, Wes, and their dog, Bean. “Everything was super tiny and cramped, so I knocked down all the walls,” Ned Fulmer says, as he mimes knocking down the walls in their living room.
Even California’s sunny temperature was taken into account while work was being done on their home. Determined to take in as much of the sun as possible, Ned and Ariel were sure to maximize the outdoor parts of their home as well. Their priorities are seen in the spacious deck they built for outside gatherings, the front yard, and Wes’ playground near the garden.
The importance of space is also something that extends to some of the innermost parts of the couple’s house, like the bathrooms and bedrooms. Their guest bedroom, like most of the house, is simple and clean in its design, and its focal point rests on the large window facing the bed. Ned Fulmer explains that this used to be a series of smaller windows, before they re-made the design to create a larger view for the yard instead.
Creating space was also a must for the couple’s master bedroom and master bathroom. In the bedroom, the space is immediately seen in the clean white walls that surround it, with only a single decorative piece to serve as the room’s accent. There’s also the four-post bed Ariel takes pride in, because of the breezy, open way it makes their bed seem bigger.
Finally, inside the master bathroom, the couple explains how they maximized their tile choice to give the small place an illusion of space. “I really liked the idea of having tile that went into the shower,” Ariel says, referring to the clean white tiles inside. “I thought that was really cool, ‘cause it just made the whole bathroom really big.”
Just like the Fulmers, tennis star Maria Sharapova was also very hands-on with her dream home.
Connections with Fluid Directions
Thanks to all the space created inside the house, Ned Fulmer was able to create a sense of connectivity inside. As the house was re-modeled and re-purposed to accommodate a growing family, creating space and ensuring a sense of connectedness were also important things to consider.
It begins in the living space, extends to the kitchen, flows out through the deck, and heads back into the master bedroom. “We wanted the kitchen to be a part of the whole room – and that’s actually why we didn’t do a dining room, because we wanted this to be very much like a relaxed, kind of lounge-y space,” Ariel says, describing their open approach to the house’s design.
Ned Fulmer later adds: “Everything has this… connectedness.” Then, he demonstrates the kitchen’s sliding door – which, again, used to be a wall – that leads directly to the deck outside.
In Ned Fulmer’s home, nothing is closed off and very little is sealed. It’s something Ariel pokes fun at earlier on in the video, as she scolds Ned for opening all their drawers for the audience to see.
Inside the master bedroom, space and connectivity are seen in the couple’s walk-in closet, as well as the double doors right across the bed. Ned Fulmer explains that, not only does this give them a nice view of the outside yard, the set-up also gives them a chance to control the indoors temperature with large, heavy curtains. The double doors also give the couple immediate access to the outside, making the switch from personal to public easy and controllable enough for them both.
With their combined efforts and visions, Ned and Ariel Fulmer were able to make their dreams a reality. It’s an important achievement now, especially since their son, Wes, is still just a toddler. Thanks to this clean, simple home, they should now have the energy they need to take on the next big phases in their lives.
But of course, it’s just as important to take in their present achievements first and soak in the good feelings for now. Or, as Ned Fulmer puts it: “Being able to design the house of our dreams was pretty cool.”
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