Residential

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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How to: 5 ways to style a luxurious bedroom

We spend half of our time in our bedrooms, so it’s important that they are a space we enjoy and feel good in. Yet while a lot of fun can be had decorating kids’ rooms, sometimes the adults’ bedrooms can get a little forgotten. Not to worry – we have put together our five best tips to help you bring some love back into your room and create a hub of luxury and class.

1. Layer the bed

A fantastic way to add a sense of sophistication to a bedroom is to carefully layer the bed with complementary throws and cushions in rich fabrics, colours and textures. Plush, velvet cushions are always high end, as is a touch of faux fur across the bed.

2. Add soft lighting

The best way to kill the mood is to have bright lighting, and in bedrooms in particular, soft lighting is a must. If you can, install a dimmer setting onto your main lighting in the room, and regardless, be sure to add a beautiful, statement lamp or two. Mirrored bases look really glamerous, as do metallic versions, so have some fun.

3. Be bold with patterned wallpaper

Another way to introduce an extra level of luxury to the bedroom is the use of wallpaper, and in particular, textured or patterned wallpaper in dark tones. Wallpaper really does add a sense of drama to a room that paint just can’t quite achieve.

4. Opt for darker colours

While we can often be scared of using darker colour tones in the fear that they might make a room feel smaller, that rule goes out of the window when it comes to styling a luxurious bedroom. Dark greys, blacks, coffee and chocolate tones are much more sophisticated and warm compared to whites and pastels. So don’t be afraid of going all out with rich dark colours in your bedroom – after all it is a place to unwind and let the head fall heavy.

5. Choose an upholstered bedhead

Compared to a timber frame, an upholstered bedhead gives another element of depth and layering, and creates an added softness to the bedroom. Try a velvet or linen finish, and add studs for an extra touch of luxe.

Header image: from here.

 

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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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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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