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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The first thing that strikes us about Nicky Hilton and husband James Rothschild’s home is the extensive use of colour. Blues and reds are confidently used throughout the Manhattan penthouse.
The sitting room sees painted red walls paired with a red fabric lounge suite and tens of art-pieces covering the walls, while the drawing room has a blue rug, blue lounge suite and blue de Gournay cherry-blossom wallpaper, again with art-pieces across most of the walls. Both spaces are examples of the ‘more is more’ maximalist approach to design.
Nicky says she gave her husband the lead when it came to the interiors; herself just adding small touches along the way. However, there was one room where Nicky took charge: her daughter’s nursery, which includes Pottery Barn furniture, a colourful felt-ball rug and sky-blue walls.
A home for their two children, Lily-Grace and Teddy Marilyn – the design needed to be practical enough for little ones. While there are many family heirlooms from James’ English family home, no room is ‘off limits’ to the kids.
Stand-out decor pieces include the Holland & Sherry wool-covered Howard sofa – a piece handed down from James’ family and upholstered by the couple, a bright turquoise oval gesso-and-kaolin painting by Elliott Puckette and an antique marble mantelpiece.
Take a look…
Images from Architectural Digest, from here.
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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‘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…
Images: DustyLu Photography and Nest Seekers International from here.
‘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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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..Read more
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.
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…Read more