Celebrity Homes

Celebrity Insider: Serena Williams’ Beverly Hills home

‘Serene’ is the word that comes to mind when looking inside the $6.6 million Beverly Hills home recently purchased by Serena Williams – how fitting is that?!

The internationally-famous tennis star, along with fiancé Alexis Ohanian, put their Bel Air home on the market late last year. It didn’t take long for the couple, and their baby daughter, to find their new dream home: a five-bedroom, seven-bathroom Spanish revival style mansion.

Sitting behind an exclusive gated community, the three-storey home is contemporary and bright, with Mediterranean references and was built in 2017.

Interior designer Sharon Taftian was responsible for the interiors, introducing Moroccan tiles, unlacquered brass finishes, brushed-oak hardwood floors,  and a Moroccan-esque rug in the main bathroom.

The kitchen features warm-toned cabinetry, which is a trend we’re seeing in interiors this year, while throughout we can see the focus on soft lines and plush furnishings – another popular trend in interior design.

Outside, the home features a layered garden and an open air pool complete with a swim-up bar that we have no doubt the tennis pro will enjoy after her gruelling training sessions, along with the yoga and massage room!

Take a look inside Serena Williams’ new Beverly Hill home…

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Celebrity Insider: Robert Downey Jr.’s quirky Hamptons home

‘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 GreatStan Ynry and Osgemeos. Then, there’s the colourful wallpaper by Phillip Jeffries, custom upholstery by Clarence HouseToyine 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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Celebrity Insider: Whitney Port’s relaxed LA home

‘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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Photography by Nicole Gerulat for Joss & Main.

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Celebrity Insider: Tory Burch’s grand Hamptons home

Tory Burch may have made a name for herself as a fashion designer, but one of her lesser known passions has helped turn her Gatsby-era Southampton manor into an inviting family home.

As a young adult, Tory studied art history at Penn University, which included a ‘Semester at Sea’ program, where she travelled the world for five months from Spain to Japan, collecting locally produced art, textiles and decor. It was this introduction to different cultures and ethnic craftsmanship that influenced Tory in her designs and started her love for collecting.

So, taking ownership of this 1929 neo-Georgian manor, it was time for Tory to set about on some serious collecting missions to fill the rooms. Tory brought in architect and designer Daniel Romualdez and decorator Eve Hood to help her transform the once very formal interiors, which featured heavy chintz and needlepoint-covered English furniture.

The team wanted to create an inclusive, entertainer’s home, and to embrace the house’s history while also making it feel more relaxed and inviting. Tory scoured auction houses and estate sales for antique furnishings, and combined her finds with twenty first century pieces, including Pottery Barn rugs and Garrison Rousseau coffee tables.

The grand ballroom has been transformed into a welcoming living room, and throughout the home we can see hand-blocked Fortuny cottons; custom Iznik-inspired panels by France’s Iksel, Karl Springer and John Dickinson pieces and Burch’s collection of Imari porcelain.

The home is set among expansive landscaped grounds, which – thanks to Tory – now feature a sunken tennis court, a basketball court and a pool, with a skateboard ramp and outdoor pizza oven supposedly in the works to help entertain her three sons. The arched white trelliswork was restored and original photographs were dug out to help reinstate the formal garden.

So, take a look at this very grand, but very inviting Hamptons home, with images by Architectural Digest..

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Celebrity insider: Supermodel turned entrepreneur Karlie Kloss reveals her NYC office

Former Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss’ life took a big diversion after she attended a coding boot camp in 2014. So inspired by the experience, the model now runs an organisation, ‘Koding with Klossy‘, which hosts coding camps for women, awards career scholarships to young women developers, and has created a community around women in technology.

So, with the need for their very first office space, Karlie reached out to Homepolish and Lulu & Georgia to create a space that was ‘clean, modern and had a personality’.

Not surprisingly, Karlie turned to technology for inspiration, citing Pinterest as a key resource of ideas around modern, open office spaces and lighting pieces.

Once the team found the right space, they got to work brightening and opening it up. The previous kitchen – with its dark cabinets and wooden countertops – was removed in favour of a cement island bench, white cabinetry and brass hardware. The rest of the office features white walls and statement lighting in the form of brass pendants and chandeliers. There is even a pretty little dressing space to provide a place for Karlie to change between her busy schedule of appointments.

The model turned entrepreneur’s end goal was to have a space that felt more like a home than an office; a conference room that felt more like a dining room; and a meeting room that felt more like a cosy living space. And that is does – with a chic, feminine and soft aesthetic to the entire space. Take a look…

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Celebrity Insider: Brooke Shields’s luxurious New York townhouse

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…

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Images: Architectural Digest

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Ellen Pompeo’s barn style Hamptons home

The Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo didn’t know the challenges she was in for when she purchased a Hamptons barn eight years ago.

In love with the history of the Sag Harbour  property – which was built by a female civil rights activist lawyer – Pompeo planned to build on the original footprint of the cabin, and create a larger cabin next to it.

However, at the same time, a home in Malibu that she had her eye on came onto the market. Despite the excitement in laying claim to this property, it meant the Sag Harbour project needed to be scaled back. Pompeo engaged an architect and designer to transform the existing cabin into a holiday home, leaving the extra build for a later date.

Yet, with their aesthetics not aligning, Pompeo parted ways with these two professionals and got started on tackling the decorating herself. Some time later, the actress and hobby decorator met Estee Stanley, of Hancock Design, and Brigette Romanek, and it was then that she felt ready to give the home the attention and work it deserved.

Pompeo wanted something very different to her other properties, which include her midcentury Malibu home, two Mediterranean homes and two modern homes. Using lots of timber, an eclectic mix of furniture and a black, white and mustard colour palette, the result is modern, young and fresh – and very different to the traditional Hamptons aesthetic. Take a look…

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Images by Architectural Digest, from here.

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Celebrity Insider: Shay Mitchell’s Los Angeles Home

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.

Take a look…

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Images by Tessa Neustadt from here.

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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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Celebrity insider: Hilary Swank’s Paris Apartment

She moved to Paris for a relationship, but when that ended, Hilary Swank had fallen so in love with the city, she stayed. Now, the award winning actress has set up her own home in an historic building on the Left Bank.

Adding to her properties in Los Angeles and New York, this apartment features stately, traditional Parisian elements, such as huge windows, grand proportioned rooms and intricate mouldings.

Swank brought in Axel Huynh – founder of event-planning agency CrazyBaby and creative director of furniture company Henryot & Cie – to design a piece of furniture for her new home. However, Huynh’s role morphed into somewhat of the Interior Designer, as he brought Swank’s vision for the space to life.

Swank worked with Huynh to channel a European timelessness blended with a midcentury flair in the apartment using handcrafted pieces by Henryot & Cie, retro daybeds in jewel tones and Ginger and Jagger wall lamps. However, this bolder aesthetic was turned down and the couture elements increased as the design moved to Swank’s bedroom, creating a moodier, more subtle space. Take a look…

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Images from here

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