updated 03/05/2007 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 03/05/2007 AT 9:40 AM ET
Tori Spelling and husband Dean McDermott celebrated the grand opening of their newly renovated bed and breakfast on Saturday – just in time.
“Dean was painting doors until 2 p.m.,” says Spelling about the day of the party at the 9-acre estate named Chateau La Rue. “Only hours before the gala, all the furniture was gathered in the middle of the rooms and not set out. It was sheer madness. It came down to the wire but we pulled it off.”
The inn, named after Spelling’s pug Mimi La Rue, is in Fallbrook, Calif., about 100 miles southeast of Los Angeles, and is the focus of the couple’s new reality show, Tori & Dean: Inn Love, premiering on the Oxygen network on March 20.
But this three-room inn isn’t like most B&Bs: It features sleek Jonathan Adler furniture, modern art and a dramatic entryway with two large fishtanks. “We don’t like traditional B&Bs because they are cluttered with people’s eclectic old collectibles,” says Spelling. “We wanted a modern, chic B&B for our generation. We can’t wait to entertain our guests with fun theme nights and movie nights on the lawn.”
Among those who came to celebrate the opening were Lisa Rinna and Harry Hamlin, as well as Melrose Place alumni Grant Show and Kelly Rutherford.
The first official guests are expected to arrive this week. “Dean will be doing a lot of the day-to-day manual labor,” says Spelling. “Since I’m in my ninth month (of pregnancy), I’m exhausted and it’s hard for me to get around. But I love to cook so I’ll be preparing a lot of the food and conceptualizing the theme nights.”
Spelling is due to give birth to a boy at the end of the month. “I’m so excited to meet my little man so soon,” she says. “I’m over the moon with anticipation of his arrival. I’m counting down the days!”