Inside Celebrity Homes
I’ve never been obsessed about a celebrity before, nor do I read up on the latest celeb gossip (do the Royals count?), but star homes always intrigue me. Does her home reflect her public persona? Does his sense of fashion affect his home’s decor?
When Veranda published this gallery of Jennifer Lopez’s home last year, I was initially surprised by the traditional style, given J-Lo’s usual lively music. I pictured bolder design choices. But, after seeing her a few times on last season’s American Idol, her home’s style made more sense to me — on the show she was elegant and always put together.
The soft blue kitchen cabinetry extends to the ceiling, and thick white countertops add weight and richness (it could be an overhang, and not a 3″ thick piece of marble or granite). And oh, La Cornue, what a dreamy range. (One of Lynda’s favourites, too.) And a pot filler right above the stove — how handy. Designer Michelle Workman put together a clean, sophisticated home.
I’d love to be your guest, Jennifer! This visitor retreat has a monochromatic peach palette that I wouldn’t be able to live with daily, but as a guest, why not?
Canadian model Coco Rocha and her husband, artist James Conran, had their Manhattan apartment featured in Vogue. The bedroom features lots of gold and creamy tones. (I imagine the frame disappeared when the camera was gone.)
The wooden chest of drawers and the symmetrical side table placement, along with a bust and hat, create a slightly eclectic, old world feel. Vintage pieces could easily create this look.
Modern Family actress Julie Bowen (Claire Dunphy) has a colourful home in Los Angeles, which was featured in InStyle. I absolutely love this built-in bookshelf display. It features both a painted back and colour-coordinated books — both ideas seen in Reiko’s blog last week on styling bookcases — and doesn’t feel too cluttered.
Julie’s closet is simply divine. Ah, to have open shelves to display shoes, hats and clothing. I’m particularly fond of the green chair and lamp at the dressing table.
I happened to be flipping through channels when Oprah had an interview with Celine Dion earlier this year. We were able to see inside her Florida home, which accommodates endless family members and features their very own waterpark. Seriously. I was surprised by how modern and airy it was, with elements like the Eero Aarnio ball chair.
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s home, as seen in Elle Decor, looks like it could be anyone’s home. The living room, decorated by Eric Hughes, is simply liveable. I was excited to see they have the super affordable Ikea Lack tables in their house. They were custom lacquered, but still.
The chair, a flea-market find, plus objets, a portrait of the couple, flowers, and a yellow headboard, all add colour to the bedroom without overwhelming the eyes.
I love how many of these celebrity homes feature styles that aren’t completely out of reach. If money wasn’t an issue, what would your home be like?
1-3. Veranda, photography by Laura Resen
4-5. InStyle via M. Design Interiors, photography by James Merrell
6-7. Vogue, photography by Claiborne Swanson Frank
9-10. Elle Decor, photography by William Waldron