EXCLUSIVE: Look Inside Sanaa Lathan’s L.A. Home: ‘It’s a Zen Treehouse’

10/23/2015 at 05:05 PM ET

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Jessica Sample

Sanaa Lathan wanted her Los Angeles home to be a soothing sanctuary.

“Earlier this year I got it renovated,” the actress, 44, tells PEOPLE of her 3-bedroom house, decorated by Billy Royle. “I wanted it to be a Zen oasis that I could come to after being on the road and working, all of the noise that happens with life. I wanted to make it my Zen treehouse.”

Lathan’s “treehouse” includes a giant California Oak that’s visible from her living room and balcony, so she chose a color scheme that works well with the natural elements that surround it.

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“Color was huge,” she says. “I needed something that was grounded and earthy, so I have all different tones of grays and wood elements. I didn’t want it to be so modern.”

While her home is mainly a place for Lathan to decompress and relax, it’s also the site of many dance parties for her and her friends.

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Jessica Sample

“I definitely have friends over all the time,” says The Perfect Guy star. “I have sleepovers, and I have girlfriends that love to just come to over and have a staycation.”

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Lathan loves entertaining, and wants her guests to feel right at home — though sometimes her guests feel a little too at home.

“I want them to feel like they never want to leave,” she says. “Sometimes that’s a problem for me. I’m like, ‘Okay, I need my space now!’ ”

For more on Lathan’s home and to see exclusive photos, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now

–Gabrielle Olya, @GabyOlya

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

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Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Love it…love that porch. Want it, lol.

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The house is nice but I want HER!!!

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The house is nice but I want HER!!

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One of my lady crushes….sorry hubby!

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Sanaa is so gorgeous. She needs me to be her one and only.

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