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At home with singer Helen Reddy (1978)

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At home with Helen Reddy

The celebrated singer’s California home is filled with music, plants and country charm

Winner of countless awards for her records (a Grammy for I Am Woman), Helen is now starring in the movie Pete’s Dragon.

 

A dream-come-true home

Halfway around the world from her native land of Australia, Helen Reddy lives, today, in this dream-come-true home — designed for serenity and comfort — with her husband, Jeff Wald, and two children, Traci, 15, and Jordan, five years old.

The breakfast room  just off the kitchen is a mix of antiques and plants. Here Helen and Jeff, who entertain frequently, hold their West-Coast-casual parties. (The dining room takes over for their larger, never-formal dinners.)

Favorite crystal “objects” and antique furniture they’ve collected over the years, paired with Helen’s own needlepoint — a favorite hobby she works at it everywhere, even between “takes” on her movie — are all part of the Walds’ living room.

 

The kitchen and playhouse

Big and bright, Helen’s kitchen (left), is filled with hanging greenery that thrives under the ceiling skylight, and is spacious enough to handle big-party preparations, with twin work “islands” and yards of counter space. On the walls and countertops, lively hand-painted ceramic tiles.

A small, separate “playhouse” for the whole family (below), across from the pool, is always ready for a round of card games, or the children’s impromptu slumber parties. Around the party table, personalized director’s chairs. There’s one for “Uncle Peter” too — Jeff’s brother.

 

The music room & master bedroom

Home for Helen Reddy wouldn’t be complete without a music room. She’s been singing since she was a small child in Australia, has recorded 10 albums since 1971 — and most recently can be heard on the soundtrack album from Walt Disney Productions’ musical Pete’s Dragon.

Flowers “bloom” in the master bedroom on the antique tester bed and draperies. The simply furnished, almost-spare room is a restful retreat for Helen and Jeff, who can take time off here to relax from their busy careers – he’s a personal manager for Helen and other stars.

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