Bruce Willis Opens Up Home In Bedford Hills

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Die Hard star Bruce Willis and wife Emma Heming Willis cover the latest issue of Elle Decor with their two daughters – Mabel, 5, and Evelyn, 3 – with a peek inside their Craftsman-style house in Bedford Hills, New York.

On where Bruce’s Zen zone in their house: “With two kids? Not many places to find peace, but my office works. I’ve made it so boring in there that the kids want nothing to do with it.” Emma adds, “Bruce is right, there really isn’t a Zen zone here. We use every room, and the kids venture into each one at some point throughout the day. I converted a cottage we have on our property into my office. That, I suppose, would be my Zen zone, where I can focus and get work done. I have to admit, though, that we thrive off the chaos.”

On Bruce’s use of technology and devices: “I want nothing to do with social media, so I leave that up to Emma, who’s much savvier in that department than I am. I check e-mails and texts at some point during the day, but that’s the extent of being connected for me.” Emma adds, “Bruce reads the The New York Times in hard copy every morning, while I read all my news online. I admire Bruce’s anti–social media stance. The fact is, he doesn’t need to use it to promote a thing! I’m in the rat race — I have to promote my business. Plus, on a personal level, I do love sharing some of our sweeter family moments.”

Emma on living with Bruce: “Bruce is very domesticated. His mother taught him well! He really is great at housekeeping. I mean, granted, we have a housekeeper, Lety, who has been with Bruce for more than 30 years — she is family to us and has helped me so much with our girls; she’s also a big part of Bruce’s older girls’ lives. But he’s very proactive! She’s probably stuck around as long as she has because Bruce really helps keep everything in tip-top condition, which makes her life easier.”

Emma on her work with Room to Grow: “RTG is dedicated to helping babies born into poverty thrive throughout their critical first three years of development. When we moved to New York, I was looking for a local charity in which I could involve not only myself but my kids as well. I’ve since been appointed ambassador, and our family is honored to help them in any way we can.”

Emma on choosing Bedford Hills to raise their family: “We are both East Coast people. Bruce is from New Jersey; I’ve worked as a model in New York since 1999. We love the East Coast. We knew New York was where we would end up and ultimately want to raise our kids. But we also have a love/hate relationship with the city. It’s busy, and the spaces can be small. We wanted our kids to be able to have more room and a yard to run in. I also wanted to keep the kids as sheltered as we could from the paparazzi, and that scene is still very prevalent in L.A.; it’s not bad in New York, and it’s zero up where we live, so that played a big part in our decision-making too. The beauty of where we live is that it’s close to the city, so we get the best of both worlds. Nature, space, and privacy in Bedford, but the culture of the city, which is only an hour away.”

Emma on the kids’ bedtime routine: “We start getting the kids to their bedrooms around 7 p.m. It’s pretty straightforward, with story time, hugs, and kisses — but don’t get me wrong, it’s not always smooth and picture-perfect. What’s nice is we’re not outnumbered — Bruce can get one of the kids to bed while I work on the other. We have it down to a fine science at this point.”

Emma on Bruce not needing personal space: “Bruce is awesome when it comes to his personal time, and he’s constantly sharing it. I think he’s been so used to having kids for so long, and knowing his time really isn’t his own anymore, that he’s very generous with it. Even when he’s sleeping — and this poor man suffers from terrible insomnia — if the kids were to wake him, he wouldn’t even so much as complain. I’ve also never heard him say he needs some alone time. I, on the other hand, am not afraid to let everyone know when I need time for myself.”

For more from Bruce and Emma, go to Elle Decor

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