Actress Lorraine Toussaint and her 12-year-old daughter, Samara, have a longstanding tradition: On Sunday mornings, they lay a blanket over Toussaint’s bed, whip up an elaborate breakfast and have a picnic in their pajamas.
The ritual continued even after the two — along with Toussaint’s fiance and his two children — moved last summer into a 4,000-square-foot Malibu house.
The thespian — who graduated from Juilliard and won a Critics Choice Television Award for her work in Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” — is a self-professed “bed fanatic.”
Toussaint currently appears on the Fox series “Rosewood” and is writing her lifestyle blog, Everyday Lovely.
What’s so appealing about your bedroom?
As a working mom, I rarely have time that is devoted to pampering myself. So I carve out two moments in the day. First thing in the morning, I set out my teapot and favorite teacup and give myself a full tea service on the porch of my bedroom.
What kind of tea?
Black tea or a loose Earl Grey or English breakfast tea, though I also have some African blends. And only with evaporated milk, which I know is so old-school and English. I have cans of it stacked in my cupboard right now — I travel with a can of it in my suitcase.
And the other moment?
At the end of the day when I get into bed. I have a really thick down mattress over the bed, a poufy down comforter and, like, a 1,000-plus-thread-count sheet, which I sometimes get starched and ironed. When I’m exhausted, I love to be able to slip into a cool, smooth bed that feels like it’s in a fine hotel.
Where did you get the bed?
I got at in the Helms Bakery district years ago. [It’s] actually very simple: a tall bedhead, polished leather, dark Caribbean wood. I do a lot of reading in bed — I used to study scripts and learn lines there.
Any no-nos in the bedroom?
We’ve banned TV. We have our best talks there; there’s a…