PHOTOS: Inside Jessica Alba’s Elegant and Eco-Friendly Home

01/22/2016 at 03:34 PM ET

Jessica AlbaJustin Coit/Better Homes & Garden

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jessica Alba has gorgeous home, but the Honest entrepreneur also wanted to create a space that was kid-friendly and eco-friendly.

The actress and mom to Honor, 7, and Haven, 4, (with husband Cash Warren) did just that, as is displayed in the February issue of Better Homes & Gardens.

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Mixing raw woods, leather and organic materials (as is seen in her master bedroom) and creating colorful yet serene sitting areas (like in her living room and outdoor patio, which comes complete with a wall of succulents and herbs), makes her Los Angeles home both rustic and welcoming.

Jessica AlbaJustin Coit/Better Homes & Garden

“We love, love, love to cook, and family dinner is mandatory Friday through Sunday,” she said. Although the weekdays prove a bit more challenging. “I wish I had more time from Monday to Thursday to make dinner, but the truth is, we rely on healthy food delivery when we have to.”

Jessica AlbaJustin Coit/Better Homes & Garden

Jessica AlbaJustin Coit/Better Homes & Garden

And, importantly to Alba, a place to enjoy family time.

And when it comes to her kids being eco-conscious is key. “I try to teach my girls by doing,” said Alba. “We fill water bottles instead of buying new ones, recycle, and talk about what products are safe and unsafe for them and the earth.”

With a busy schedule, Alba tries her best to balance between work, home life and time for herself. “My day starts early with yoga or spinning,” she said. “and, unless I have a pressing work engagement, ends with bedtime stories with the girls and a little TV time with my husband.”

Jessica AlbaJustin Coit/Better Homes & Garden

Jessica AlbaJustin Coit/Better Homes & Garden

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And the actress also practices balance when it come to her diet. “I’m healthy, but I don’t go to extremes. I exercise for my mental health, but I can mow through a box of cookies with the best of them.”

–Michelle Ward Trainor

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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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.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

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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Lene on

Lovely article. They seem a lovely and grounded family. Wishing them the best.

bugsforever on

I like her style.

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