As we hit peak Australian Open fever in Melbourne we take the opportunity to peak into the home of one of its biggest stars Serena Williams, a sleek modern property north of Miami, designed in collaboration with big sister Venus.
Five years in the making, the sprawling waterfront home was completely gutted to usher in a more minimalistic palate, inspired by Williams love of modern art and technology and perhaps a developing romance with, now Husband, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian.
While restraint is evident in the white walls and clean lines throughout, an extravagant final addition of baby Olympia’s custom designed pink castle bed featuring slide has become somewhat of the highlight of the home, in contrast to the casual but elegant comfort that pervades.
Not for lack of space the home’s noticeable absence of a tennis court helps Serena seperate work from home life, instead opting for an elegant infinity pool and the occasional bout of competitive karaoke in the hidden performance space, concealed by a bookshelf in the formal sitting room turned gallery.Read more
Jasmine Tookes travels all over the globe for her work as a model but returns to her traditional style home in Beverly Hills to host family and friends.
According to Elle Decor, Tookes worked with Design Works to create a modern home with a farmhouse twist. “I loved that their aesthetic was clean but also comfortable, so I reached out to their founder, Robin Strickler, to redo the interiors,” Tookes says.
The home is full of bright neutral colours and natural textures. She states the home is “Just like my own personal style, my design taste is very feminine and light—blush tones, comfortable silhouettes, and a variety of textures were key for me”.
Her home office is a drastic change from the bright light shades in the rest of her home. She utilises this space as a backdrop for videos and images posted on her social media accounts.
Take a look below at Jasmines modern farmhouse inspired home.
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The creative director of Australia’s women’s-wear label Camilla and Marc, Camilla Freeman-Topper, not only has an eye for fashion, but also an eye for interior design. Today we take a look inside Camilla’s elegant 1930’s Bellevue Hill home in Sydney.
According to Architectural Digest when Camilla saw the home she called her husband home from a business trip early and stated “There was something about it—the late morning light that was sort of seeping through the arches. It was reminiscent of Chateau Marmont, and had moments that felt really special,” she recalls of the way the 1930s six-bedroom house romanced them. “I think people had put it into the too-hard basket, but a project like that for me is extraordinarily exciting.”
The designer took a patient approach rather than jumping in to renovations. Architectural Digest states that the family of five lived in the home as is for a year to get a feel for the house. Camilla states “The ideas and concepts we had when we bought it, before we moved in, changed completely once we lived in it for a while, the rhythm of the house and its energy were really important to understand.”
The renovations took two years, and required some major excavation, like creating an underground garage to make room for their pool that purposefully receives daylight throughout the entire day. She worked together with interior designer, Romaine Alwill of Alwill Interiors to create a space that evoked an “overarching sense of calm and warmth.”
She incorporated pops of colour in each of her kids bathrooms “to be like it’s own box of macarons”, using mint, coral pink for her daughters, and dove grey for her son.
According to news.com.au, the elegantly renovated home was recently sold off market for $17 million.
Take a peek inside with us…
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Building and styling a house means something different for everyone. For supermodel Alessandro Ambrosio, home is a sunny haven in Santa Monica, California, that echoes the delights of her native Brazil.
Read on to discover some design tips inspired by Ambrosio’s home.
A Space for family
Plan for your family, including the stage you are currently in, and for the future. For Alessandro it’s a family affair, with her ten-year-old daughter, Anja, and her six-year-old son, Noah. An open plan living area has the advantage of sight lines which will help adults keep an eye on little ones. However, open plan living is a timeless and spacious choice for the future as well.
The heart of the home
Clean, white surfaces and wooden floors are kitchen staples that will transcend the test of time. However, keep it from becoming sterile with touches of warmth, such as these bar stools, or some greenery.
Make a statement
Don’t be afraid of statement pieces, they act as a focal point of the room and can pull a room together. If a feature is bright and bold, keep the supplementary colours and textiles relatively neutral in complementary tones.
A haven for relaxation
The best bedrooms are ones where you want to escape to and relax. Create a calming effect with neutral tones and soft furnishings and fabrics.
Inject some personality
Whether it’s a small sculpture you brought when travelling or a fun cushion or throw, adding touches of your own personality and style can bring a home to life. Allesandro completes a somewhat eclectic vibe with personal art pieces, “every picture is special… If I’m going to hang a photograph in my home, it has to mean something.”
Keep it simple yet high-quality for a luxe finish that isn’t gaudy, such as this double vanity featuring a patterned mirror.
Think about the lifestyle
“The house is very calm and peaceful, but the backyard is all about fun and noise. It has the same joyous feeling as my beach house in Brazil. When it’s winter in California, we head to Florianópolis, where it’s nice and warm,” Ambrosio says. Finish off an outdoor entertainment area with hardwood furniture, and soft textiles in earthy colours for a Brazilian influence.
Ambrosio was assisted by designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard. Photography by Douglas Friedman. Styled by Amy Chin. Images above from here.
It’s a Hollywood mansion with equal measures of old world glamour and contemporary style. That’s no surprise, as this home belongs to style powerhouse Kelly Wearstler. The American designer and businesswoman has designed homes for celebrities including Cameron Diaz and Gwen Stefani.
When it came to her own home, the 1.3 hectare estate in Beverly Hills, Wearstler was careful to respect the heritage of the home. She introduced signature furniture pieces from her self-named Kelly Wearstler store, including her black leather-and-bronze Elliott chairs and striped Durant sofa, both which highlight the home’s grand proportions.
Outside, the pool area has the feel of a resort: plush lounge chairs, manicured gardens and oversized umbrellas. It’s a home fit for a style queen of the modern era, while still feeling very much old world Hollywood. Take a look…
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This star’s home is centered around midcentury design principles, but it has a decidedly oriental twist. Actress Jennifer Anniston and her husband Justin Theroux – an actor and screenwriter – purchased the Los Angeles home in 2011.
The property was designed by architect A. Quincy Jones, who was known for his modernist style, with the build completed in 1965. Seeing the home’s promise, but not in love with the existing interiors, Jennifer brought in interior designer Stephen Shadley to help her reimagine the home, while respecting the existing midcentury elements.
Natural materials like wood, stone and bronze form the basis of the home and feel strong and grounded. These are complemented by more detailed and decorative touches, such as antique furniture including a vintage rosewood sideboard, and art from across the centuries.
The midcentury heritage of the home is embraced, with 20th furniture selected, including pieces by Fritz Hansen and Don S. Shoemaker. What makes the home so unique, is the blend of this furniture with finer features such as the hand-painted wallpaper, silk rugs and antique Japanese screens, which add an oriental touch. Then of course, there’s the custom Calacatta marble free-standing bath in the master bathroom, which overlooks a private courtyard and is certainly fit for a star!
When it came to the gardens, Jennifer enlisted Marcello Villano and Anne Attinger to create Asian-inspired zones, with the pool becoming the centrepiece outside and a perfect spot to soak up the surrounds.
Take a look…
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He is one of the world’s most-loved entertainers, but he keeps his private life just that: private.
So we’re more than a little excited to catch a glimpse inside Ricky Martin’s new Beverly Hills home.
The pop star moved into the 3,000-square-foot home with his fiancé Jwan Yosef and their nine-year-old twins Matteo and Valentino just a few weeks ago.
Worth $13.5M, the seven-bedroom mansion feels warm, private and creative with strong mid-century influences. That’s no surprise, as the home was designed by acclaimed architect Gregory Ain in 1953.
Working with Nate Berkus on the interiors, the couple’s priorities were comfort and practicality.
With their sons growing up ‘on the road’, the move into this home marks a change in pace for the family.
A few stand-out pieces are the custom concrete table by James de Wulf in the dining room, the leather daybed by BassamFellows, the artwork by Kerry Skarbakka that hangs above the bed and copper pendants that bookmark it by the legendary Tom Dixon.
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‘Kaleidoscopic’ seems a fitting word to describe the home of actor and singer Robert Downey Jr. and his wife, film producer Susan Downey.
You know this isn’t going to be your traditional Hamptons home right from the start, with the larger than life praying-mantis sculpture by Andrius Petkus greeting you in the front yard.
Then there’s the exterior of the home itself: a late–19th century windmill, originally built for show and later converted into a functional residence.
So what inspired the decision behind this far from normal home?
The Downeys told Architectural Digest they didn’t want something they had seen “a million times”:
We didn’t set out to do something conspicuously wacky. We just enjoy a bit of whimsy and fun. And we definitely don’t like boring.
Boring it’s certainly not. The home revolves around collaborations with many artists. There are tens of original artworks, from the likes of Ati Sedgwick, Pascó The Great, Stan Ynry and Osgemeos. Then, there’s the colourful wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries, custom upholstery by Clarence House, Toyine Sellers, and Fishman’s Fabrics, and the amazing full wall-size artwork – reminiscent of Japenese Ukiyo-e art – by German painter Thomas de Leliwa. We even spy some pendants by legendary lighting designer Tom Dixon.
The colour continues into the Downeys’ three-year-old daughter Avri’s bathroom: custom polka dot Pratt & Larson tiles cover the floor and walls and there’s even a blush pink ceiling!
Set your imagination free and a take a look…
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‘Bohemian’ is a word that comes to mind when looking at actress-turned-fashion designer Whitney Port’s home. It is full of global influences, texture and laid back charm.
With high vaulted ceiling, skylights and big windows overlooking the back garden and pool, the Studio City home is light, airy and very inviting.
But it wasn’t love at first site for Whitney. As she told Joss & Main:
We first saw this home and thought it was OK, but weren’t in love. We had our work cut out for us, but we’ve loved making this space our own.
This work included replacing the vinyl floors with hardwood and knocking down walls to make a more open plan layout. Plus, with a baby on the way when they moved in, a nursery was needed. Without knowing the gender of her baby, Whitney chose neutral tones with the same Moroccan vibe that carries through the rest of the house.
But the renovations aren’t over yet! The Ports have plans to update the kitchen and breakfast room as well as landscape the backyard.
However, once complete, Whitney hopes to enjoy her new-look home for years to come – unlike the more seasonal fashion pieces she built a business around. As told to Joss & Main:
Designing a home is different [to fashion designing] in that it requires you to think about your everyday life and the environment you want around you. With clothing, you can be a little riskier and more playful, because you don’t have to wear the same thing every day. Every morning I wake up to the same house, and I never want it to go out of style.
Take a look…
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With luxury living being our focus this month, we had to share Brooke Shield’s home. The actress / model / author / producer and now jewellery-designer undoubtably has an eye for style.
When Brooke’s childhood home in the Upper East Side was sold, tens of pieces of furniture full of memories went into storage. Her mother was an obsessive comber of flea markets, filling their home with eclectic pieces from many different eras and influences of design. Brooke was determined to give her two daughters the same urban New York upbringing, rich in layers, cultures and texture that she had experienced.
After much looking, Brooke found a four-storey, 1910 brick townhouse that had undergone a 60s addition. The house needed gutting but Brooke could see her family making it their own.
She called on decorator David Flint Wood and Brooklyn design/build firm MADE to help her bring the old into the new and work out which sentimental pieces in storage would make the cut into the new home. Their job was to salvage as much of the house’s original details as possible and then incorporate the best pieces from the huge storage container of furniture, while sourcing new pieces that would make the home sing.
The result is a mix of furnishings and materials such as colonial, Asian, neoclassical, French Empire, Chinese, Anglo-Indian, Edwardian – which together are eclectic yet very confident and sophisticated.
The team say the home now feels like a place that has been lived in for generations. Take a look…