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.
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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Canadian actress Shay Mitchell – known for her role in hit US TV series Pretty Little Liars – first saw Consort Design‘s work at the Honest Company HQ when visiting Jessica Alba (we take you inside, here). Following the firm on Instagram, Mitchell then went on to hire the team to redecorate her Spanish style L.A. home.
Mitchell wanted to create a ‘mature’ space to base herself in as she enters the next stage in her career, with injections of Moroccan and French flair. She worked with Consort Design to bring this vision to life.
There are several contrasting yet complementary spaces in the home, such as the dark and dramatic ‘den’ room with its custom made jade-green velvet lounge and ‘Down Pipe’ paint by Farrow and Ball versus the light and airy formal living room, complete with monochrome Moroccan tiles, Lawrence of LaBrea rug and the cocktail table from Lawson-Fenning.
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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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From the big screen to magazine spreads, Naomi Watts exudes style, and now we know her home does too. Watts’ New York apartment is intimate, eclectic and a perfect balance between boldness and grace.
Watts shares the apartment with husband and fellow actor Liev Schreiber and their two sons. It’s no surprise therefore that the space has a homely and warm feel to it, with its bleached-walnut banquette in the kitchen, which the family huddle around for meals.
In the playroom, a Living Divani sectional sofa sits atop a custom-made John Robshaw rug, while hanging above are Flos pendants. And of course there’s the kids’ room with upholstered bedheads and photographs taken by Watts’ brother hanging above the twin beds.
Yet, there are distinct grown up spaces too. The Master bedroom features opulent wallpaper by Clarence House, Ralph Lauren Home bedside tables and a vintage Italian bench, while the living room is finished with a 19th-century Gabon mask, velvet covered sofas and a custom, hand-crafted Robert Pluhowski cocktail table.
Tucked further into the home is the most impressive use of space of all: the green-lacquer bar styled with its own artwork. It’s a tiny space that delivers plenty of impact and function.
Images from here.
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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Actress turned director Meg Ryan has a lesser known passion: the world of interiors. Ryan recently completed the renovation of her ninth home – this time with the help of designer Monique Gibson and architect Joel Barkley.
Her sprawling New York loft was once Cindy Sherman‘s photo studio. Now, light floods through the huge windows and the former darkroom is Ryan’s cloakroom.
A neutral colour palette runs throughout the home, with texture and interest added in the way of intricate light hangings, Ryan’s collection of art and an eclectic mix of furniture gathered from many vintage stores.
The kitchen area sees an industrial light from a second hand store in Maine illuminate the area, while fabrics by Rogers & Goffigon wrap the living room’s sofas. These are complemented by a Stéphane Parmentier lava-stone stool, a painting of Ryan by John Mellencamp and a Pablo Avilla wire tree sculpture.
The dining room features a striking custom-made bronze table by Maison Gerard, which is surrounded by Bentwood chairs from Lee Calicchio. Overhead hangs a high impact, salvaged lantern and mantel from United House Wrecking.
Through to the monochrome bathroom and a Water Monopoly stand-alone tub sits above a tiled platform. Matching Urban Archaeology vanities are customised with Grigio Carnico marble tops creating a sophisticated space.
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With floor-to-ceiling windows in every room, including the bathroom, the views are just as spectacular as the apartment itself in this celebrity home.
Moving into a larger home, sports star Tom Brady and supermodel Gisele Bündchen are selling their 48th floor Flatiron home, designed by architect Peter Marino.
Framed by glass walls, the 4 bedroom home boasts views of the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, the Statue of Liberty, and the Hudson and East Rivers. The 3,310 square foot space even includes a floating marble tub in the master ensuite – perfect for looking out over the New York skyline.
The building’s four uppermost floors are owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch and house an around-the-clock doorman, a private screening room, a private dining room with a full catering kitchen, and a gym fitted out with a lap pool and steam room.
Take a look at this loft-like space, which was listed for $17.25 million…
Images from here.
While he passed away last year, John Vincent ‘Vince’ Camuto’s legacy lives on. The co-founder of the international women’s brand Nine West, Camuto created an equally as stylish home. The Hamptons are renowned for being home to the stars, and the expansive estate occupied by Camuto certainly has many star qualities about it.
Camuto first visited ‘Villa Maria’ about a decade ago, which was then occupied by nuns and in need of major renovations. However, impressed by its size and vista of Mecox Bay, Camuto could see huge potential for the historical Hamptons home. He went on to buy the 11-bedroom estate and undertook a six year renovation with an architect and landscaper to bring the 1919 mansion back to its former glory, with a few contemporary touches along the way.
Today, the 15 acre grounds feature a guest cottage, carriage house, pool and atrium, while inside the house itself are a sauna, wine cellar and a staggering 12.5 bathrooms. The decor is quintessentially ‘Hamptons’ with beiges and blues, natural fibres and classic upholstering, but there are touches of Italian flair too with zebra throws, coffered ceilings and Venetian plaster work. Take a look…Read more
One of the most ornate townhouses in New York’s Upper East side is up for rent – and it retains many of its former owner’s touches. It’s not hard to believe that this home once belonged to the world famous fashion designer Gianna Versace, with its interiors mirroring the style of many of the icon’s designs. From leopard prints, to rich, clashing colours and luxe materials, it’s a palatial townhouse fit for a style icon.
Versace bought the 14,000-square-foot home in 1993 and it’s now owned by Swedish hedge fund manager Thomas Sandell, who is asking for US$120,000 per month in rent. The 17-room neoclassical home was built in 1950 by architect Irving Margon, and was later renovated by Versace in true Italian luxe style.
Spread over six stories, which are connected by an elevator, the floors throughout are all unique, from marble to Australian parquet, to mosaic with classical motifs. In the foyer, a sweeping staircase with leopard print carpet is paired with a glamerous chandelier and an oversized piece of modern art. The animal print continues in the living room, where it is paired with a burgundy velvet lounge and an open fireplace.
The larger entertaining room has a wall of full-length windows, a fresco-ed ceiling and lounge suites upholstered in gold and burgundy material. This colour scheme continues in the master suite with the velvet canopy bed and full sized animal print rug, while the adjoining ensuite features a sunken Jacuzzi tub. The TV room is dressed in a Moroccan-style and gives access to the rooftop garden.
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