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Celebrity Insider: Cindy Crawford’s $79m Malibu home

When a supermodel and style icon lists their home for sale, the world clamours to catch a peek inside. This was certainly the case for Cindy Crawford’s recent listing of her US$79 million Malibu home. Not only is the residence in an enviable, beach front location but it is positioned right next door to Crawford’s own multi-structure compound.

Crawford and her partner Rande Gerbe purchased the estate in 2015 and then undertook renovations to transform the 3 to 4 bedroom, 5.5 bathroom, two-storey, resort-style getaway.

With a Mediterranean flair, the 3 acre estate features a tennis court, media room, gourmet kitchen, library nook, fire pit and swimming pool, positioning it as a real entertainer’s place.

In terms of the interiors, the palette is quintessentially beachy with natural timbers, neutrals and pops of azure blue, resulting in a laid-back, Hamptons style aesthetic. Add to that the floor to ceiling windows offering uninterrupted Pacific Ocean views, and it’s truly a place fit for the stars. Take a look…
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Images: Chris Cortazzo Malibu Real Estate.

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How to: Hamptons kitchen with a modern take

The Hamptons style is one of our most requested from clients. The beauty of this aesthetic is that it doesn’t date. Sure there are updates to be made from time to time, but if you get the basics of the Hamptons style right, your space will stay current for years to come.

To help you identify some key ‘must haves’ when designing your Hamptons-style kitchen, we’ve put together our four biggest tips. Take a read then explore some of our favourite Hamptons-inspired kitchens below.

1.Go all out on white

White is the colour palette of the Hamptons look and should be the foundation for your kitchen. Choose white cabinetry, white walls and white window frames. However, you can add in elements of black or very dark timber – perhaps on your island bench – to provide even more sophistication and a boldness to the design.

2. Choose your pendant lights carefully

As Hamptons-style kitchens are simple in style, choosing statement pendant lights can add personality to the space. Copper is a great option to contrast the white, while steel is a look that is very current and black works well to balance darker cabinetry. Choose a series of pendants in the same size equally positioned along the top of your island bench for the best result.

3. Have fun with your furniture

A must-have for a modern Hamptons kitchen? Beautiful upholstered or timber stools and dining chairs. Because a Hamptons kitchen is very minimal in aesthetic and doesn’t rely on intricate timber or tiles, bringing in some texture and pattern through your furniture adds depth and detail to the room (as well as comfort!).

4. Contrasting timber floors

Our final must-have for Hamptons-inspired kitchens are timber floors in a mid to deep timber tone. As you scroll through the images below, look carefully at the different floor options and you’ll see that the darker tones really pop and add a wow factor to the space. Consider the rest of the timber throughout your home and be sure to match the tones so that your new kitchen complements rather than clashes with your existing designs.

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All images from our Kitchen Pinterest board.

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Patricia Urquiola designs Lake Como Hotel Il Sereno

Spanish designer and architect Patricia Urquiola is the mastermind behind Lake Como’s newest hotel. It’s the first to be built on this Italian shoreline in decades and is now one of the only contemporary properties in the area.  Urquiola played a role in nearly every aspect of this hotel’s creation, overseeing its external architecture, internal furnishings and even staff uniforms.

Il Sereno is perched on top of an existing arched stone boathouse. Featuring 30-suites, this hotel is the third created by luxury group Sereno Hotels. Il Sereno has already won the “Most Anticipated New Luxury Hotel Opening in 2016” by Luxury Travel Advisor magazine. It was recognised for its understated elegance that presents a freshness to an area accustomed to Faux Renaissance and Neo Classical designs.

But it’s no surprise that this hotel is already winning awards: Urquiola is highly experienced in delivering incredible brand experiences, having been previously commissioned by brands such as Louis Vuitton, Baccarat and Missoni.

Il Sereno is built from mostly natural materials, including wood, stone and even wool. Its promise to guests is a modern style, comfort, space and panoramic views. Guests can enjoy a private beach, a private dock to board the hotel’s own boats and a 60-foot-long freshwater infinity pool suspended over Lake Como.

Inside, design features include striking copper-plated aluminium tubes that encase the walnut staircase; custom, hanging headboards; and the restaurant’s terrazzo floor incorporating a pattern based on the region’s traditional women’s hair combs.

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Celebrity insider: Bobbi Brown’s coastal retreat

Bobbi Brown first cut her teeth in the makeup industry on a shoot for Vogue, which she bluffed her way into assuring organisers that she could ‘do’ hair and makeup.

Brown told Into the Gloss that she then “went to the store and bought every hair product I could think of. On the day of the shoot, the model showed up and she had this short hair. I was really lucky, because I would have been screwed!”

Having studied Theatrical Makeup and Photography at Emerson College in Boston, Brown worked her way up the career ladder to reach her goal of managing the makeup for a cover of Vogue, which incidentally was model Naomi Campbell’s first cover too. However, Brown soon realised she didn’t want the lifestyle that came with being a freelance makeup artist.

So, after getting engaged, becoming pregnant and moving to ‘the suburbs’ in New Jersey, Brown started on a new path: developing a collection of edited, natural-looking makeup.

Today, Brown is the founder and CCO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, has authored eight books and is the contributing beauty and lifestyle editor of America’s ‘Health’ magazine.

Brown’s escape from the day to day management of her empire is one hour’s drive from New York City. It’s a shingled, five bedroom, four bathroom home on the oceanfront of Bay Head, New Jersey.

The interiors are quintessentially ‘Bobbi Brown’, with natural timbers and elegant, relaxed and timeless decor and colours, while classic Ralph Lauren chairs, a 19th century farm table and a Louise Vuitton trunk. Take a look…

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Photos by Alice Gao. Images from here.

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Inside the most expensive suite at The One & Only Palmilla Resort

The Baja California Peninsula in northwestern Mexico has long been a popular getaway spot for party seekers. However, the location is becoming home to more and more five star resorts and with that, attracting a different type of holiday maker.

One such resort is the One&Only Palmilla. The One&Only brand is synonymous with refined and relaxed luxury, privacy and exclusivity. This new resort is all that and more, particularly Villa One, the most expensive suite in the vicinity.

Nestled on the peninsula, Villa One has generous views of the Sea of Cortez from almost every room along with access to one of the only swimmable beaches in the region.

Designed by Anderson Miller, the villa boasts 14,000 square feet of living space, which includes a butler’s suite, a private infinity-edge pool, fire pit, movie room, spa treatment room and lush tropical gardens.

Inside, there is a strong link to the villa’s natural surrounds, with wooden furniture crafted from Mexican timber along with an organic neutral colour palette of browns, beige and whites.

Take a look…

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A modern take on a Hamptons weekender

When a young Manhattan couple purchased their weekend home in the Hamptons, they had a vision in mind, but they also wanted their interior designer to bring new ideas.

The couple – a real estate investor and early education teacher – tasked James Huniford of Huniford Design Studio with creating a new identity for their 1910 shingled farmhouse in the town of Water Mill.

Often people dream of a white beach house, but the end result can feel quite sterile. In this home, the subtle use of patterns, timber features and the introduction of beige, grey and blue tones bring warmth and calmness to the space. It was this approach that enabled Huniford to establish a contemporary take on the traditional beach retreat; one that emphasised the home’s coastal location but also the sophisticated aesthetic that his clients desired.

Huniford set to work removing walls and built-in cabinetry along with ripping off wallpaper and tearing out carpets. During this stage, he discovered wooden beams across the full length of the living room ceiling and made the decision to keep these exposed as a design feature. Other quirks of the home are the sliding barn door, the claw foot bath and a 1940s rocker, which was found at a local antiques shop and re-upholstered in floral fabric.

These design features offer great inspiration for updating a home in the ever-popular Hamptons style. So, take a look at this chic, light-filled and character-rich family home…

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Summer home inspiration: Miranda Kerr’s Malibu home

Seeking a lifestyle change, Australian supermodel and businesswoman Miranda Kerr moved across America to start a new life in California. After nearly a decade in Manhattan, Kerr’s move to the east coast was to give herself and son Flynn ‘some space’, something difficult to find at times in New York. 

Kerr’s $2 million, four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home is beachside in Malibu. Dreaming of a warm and inviting home reminiscent of her Australian childhood, Kerr created a vision board for the aesthetic of her home and worked with interior designer Nan Meltzer to bring her vision to life.

They begun major renovations, which included knocking out walls and extending the deck. With lashings of white, touches of sea-spray tones and plenty of natural light spilling out to reveal the Pacific Ocean, the result is a relaxed, beachside-chic home.

Kerr says it was important for her bedroom to be romantic and luxurious. The installation of a Hampshire bath with rose-quartz crystal certainly achieves this. The 32-year old can even see views of the Pacific Ocean from her shower!

The bedroom is complemented by a custom-made butterfly rug using natural materials, which matches the Damien Hirst artwork in the living room.

Also in the living room is a custom-made brass butterfly enclosure and a custom-made baby grand piano – an homage to Kerr’s grandmother who taught her to play. 

Moving to the exterior of the 1960s home is a redwood deck that wraps the entire west side of the house. Meantime an Indonesian teak day-bed and a hammock provide perfect spaces to watch the sun go down.

Drawing on her spirituality, Kerr left nothing to chance, having had her home ‘feng-shuied’, blessed, doused, checked for electromagnetic fields and ‘saged’.

Take a look at Miranda Kerr’s Malibu retreat below…

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Photos courtesy of Vogue Living.

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What exactly is ‘Hamptons’ style?

There is often confusion between the two popular interior styles: French Provincial (which we have covered here) and Hamptons. Both styles are elegant and refined with their soft, neutral colour palette and timber floors, which is why they often work well together.

Coastal and casual, the Hamptons interior design style – originally inspired by a group of villages called The Hamptons on Long Island, New York – has come to represent elegant and relaxed coastal living.

Some classic architectural Hamptons design features include the use of timber panelling, high coffered or pitched ceilings with exposed beams, timber floors, neutral and ocean inspired colours, natural materials and lots of natural light.

Here are some typical characteristics of the popular Hamptons style, which can be seen on our screens with the TV series Revenge and movie Something’s Gotta Give:

  • Large picture windows with ocean views
  • Sheer fabrics in sandy taupe, soft grey or white for relaxed draped curtains
  • Cane or wicker furniture and accessories for indoors or outside
  • Distressed timber furniture in limed oak, washed grey and milk paint or dark timber as a contrast
  • Blue and white striped rugs or soft neutral sisal or carpet
  • Big comfy sofas in relaxed linen fabrics with plenty of throw pillows
  • Large glass pendant lights with brass touches
  • Blue and white china and accessories scattered throughout.

Take a look at these Hamptons-style interiors:
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Images from our Pinterest page. 

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Celebrity insider: Cindy Crawford’s Malibu home

Less than a year after their purchase, power couple Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber have sold their Malibu estate for US$13.341 million. Having bought the property for $6 million, the new ‘house flippers’ have made a very tidy profit of more than $7 million.

Located in Point Dume, a highly sought-after Malibu neighbourhood, the estate sits on a celebrity owned cul-de-sac. Their neighbours include Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. The home even has its own path to the highly exclusive Little Dume Beach.

The five-bedroom and three-and-a-half bathroom home incorporates classic Californian architecture with plenty of glass allowing for a light-filled home and a modern aesthetic. 

At 3651 square feet in total, the home is complete with a wood burning fireplace, several living and dining spaces, multiple patios and a lagoon-style pool.

Take a look at Cindy Crawford’s Malibu home…

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Images: Coldwell Banker.

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Inside the Collette Dinnigan-designed hotel suites

Renowned coastal retreat Bannisters By The Sea in the small NSW south coast town of Mollymook recently received luxury renovations to its penthouse suites by iconic Australian fashion designer Collette Dinnigan.

After 25 years in fashion, Dinnigan has shifted her focus to interior design completing the Bannisters’ renovations, just five minutes from her own coastal retreat.

Completed in a Hamptons style, the renovations incorporate Dinnigan’s elegant yet relaxed feminine style. While the suites have their own character, a clean white aesthetic is prominent in both, with all-white timber walls and shuttered windows matched with customised cane furniture. They incorporate nautical-themed finishes, which match the Mollymook Beach views. In keeping with the Hamptons aesthetic, the floorboards are wooden oak.

Both suites feature hand-printed furnishings from textile designers Kathryn Ireland, Penny Morrison and Carolina Irving as well as woollen rugs by Vaughn Designs, Madeline Weinrib and Robyn Cosgrove.

The bedrooms showcase Schumacher fabrics with hand-picked touches by Dinnigan, consisting of custom lamps and chairs purchased by Dinnigan in the south of France covered in Belgium Linen in suite 30 and Velvet in suite 29.

Walking into either penthouse, you’re greeted by works of Murray Hilton and John Witizg. Capturing the emotional connection to the water seen from the balcony, Witizg’s work focuses on the surf nostalgia of the 1970’s. Dinnigan also adds a touch of personal nostalgia by hanging charts from her own family’s sailing journeys across the Indian Ocean.

Take a look…

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Images from here.

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