Category Archives: Celebrity Homes

Celebrity Homes: Keri Russell’s Brooklyn Brownstone

Actress Keri Russell, best known for the series from a few years back called Felicity, (I was an heart-stopping fan!), and her husband Shane Deary purchased this 1860s brownstone that needed a ton of work.  Luckily, Deary is the son of a most respected contractor in Martha’s Vineyard, and an avid carpenter himself. The two, who live here with their young son, renovated the Brooklyn find themselves with lovely results.

Above, the living room features linen upholstered chairs by designers Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams. The rug is from Shaw. Tufted ottoman, which I love, is from John Derian Dry Goods.  Chandelier, from Ochre.

The kitchen cabinets are stained in dark expresso and hand built from wood beams. Russell and Deary go American with the best appliances around; Sub-Zero frige and Viking range. Note the cool drop light fixture by Rejuvenation.

Dining area has original pine floors. The wire chairs around the pine table are fro ABC Carpet & Home.

Gorgeous bath room area features a claw foot tub by Victoria+Albert.

Love the simplicity and uniqueness of the master bedroom. Matteo bedding and fabric headboard.  Ikea sheepskin rug. Benjamin Moore paint in Stone Hearth on walls adds a soft touch to bring out the trim. And of course I love the antique chandelier.

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Article via: Elle Decor Magazine

Frank Sinatra Slept Here

I’m always searching for an interesting celebrity (alive or dead it seems) apartment for an article, and couldn’t resist presenting this find…The fascinating old penthouse on East 72nd Street in New York, formerly owned by Old Blue Eyes himself!  photo credits: Evan Sung for The New York Times

The apartment is being sold by Denton Cox, Sinatra’s former doctor. It was kept pretty much like Sinatra designed it, as you can see in the 60s style kitchen. It was being renovated by the owner, but was never finished.

The closet with original wall paper…still looks pretty good.

Looks like the entrance…

A 2000 square foot terrace on two levels  with a conservatory graces this penthouse. Needs a lot of work. I couldn’t find a price. Curious.

Article via: The New York Times

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The Art of Geometry

Geoffrey Beene, photo credit: John Coolidge

Fashion designer Geoffrey Beene’s home in Honolulu, Hawaii, is an inspiration in design. The black and white abode features three levels and sits right on the Pacific Ocean. It is a vision of grace, energy, and “the skillful use of geometry.” Check out Beene’s fearless approach to a black and white obsession.

via: Veranda Magazine

photos: Scott Frances

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Celebrity Bedrooms

You can get so many ideas from celebrity living spaces for your new apartment. I found these wonderful images at Elle Decor. Taking a few hints and incorporating them into you own bedroom space can give your escape room a personalized feel, welcoming and unique to you.

Above, Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s Bridgehampton master bedroom is crisp and fresh with its white theme.  Touches of color in accessories only. Apple-green vintage chairs, a sisal rug, and Ikea curtains.  Designer, Eric Hughes.

Cindy Crawford had decorator Michael S. Smith help design her Malibu home which she shares with husband Rande Gerber.  In the bedroom: Moroccan rugs, embroidered bed covers.  True comfort and sophistication.

Ralph Lauren’s bedroom at his Montauk retreat features a teak bed with Ralph Lauren Home Madras cotton bed curtains. This room has a tranquil, tropical feel.

Donatella Versace’s Milan bedroom features a Julian Schnabel metal bed and black lacquer side table. Her style is both classic and modern, a true eclectic design.

Love this bedroom owned by Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell.  She used soft muted tones in her bedroom oasis.  On the bed: an antique suzani.  Rugs by Madeline Weinrib.

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Cheryl Crow Goes Deep

Cheryl Crow’s unique Spanish colonial hacienda is a feast for the artistic eye…and heart. She purchased the 11 acre estate in 1997, when she was fresh off the success of her first two albums. The estate sits nestled in the Hollywood hills, a landscape with three homes, and a few tree houses to boot. She now shares her home with her two young sons, Wyatt and Levy.

When she first moved in, she lived with almost no furniture for a year, giving Crow “a feel for airy spaces, poetic light.” Slowly, “she began to fill the rooms herself, piece by piece, taking a highly personal, richly layered approach to interior design.”

“This is an incredibly magical place. It has the best of everything California has to offer, but there’s also something deeper. The land has a fascinating energy.” – Cheryl Crow

“I wanted to get away from using heavy drapes and keep the place light,” says Crow.

“I’m a collector of oddities, stuff that is somehow off-center or off-kilter, things that have their own inner lives and implore you to use your imagination.” – Cheryl Crow

Ray Azoulay, owner of Obsolete, a Venice, California boutique, says of Crow: “There’s a fearlessness and a bit of irreverence in her style, but that’s what makes it so refreshing.”

“There are a lot of people who think of me as very straight, very middle America and conventional, so I imagine this place will come as a surprise. I’d hope it would make them think, I need to get to know this person better.”

We agree.

Article source: Architectural Digest: Good Vibrations

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Celebrity Kitchens

Ideas for apartment’s kitchen can be found everywhere, and where better than from some celebrities, who have the best decorators design their kitchen spaces. Here, which I couldn’t resist, is Ashton Kutcher’s never used bachelor home which he purchased before meeting his wife, Demi Moore.  Recently he put it back on the market after heavy remodeling by himself and his father.  Photo: Courtesy of Zillow

Ben Stiller and wife, Christina have a great kitchen with high contrast of color, with black and whites and deep warm wood color to balance.  Their Spanish revival mansion is in the Hollywood Hills. Photo: Elle Decor

Decorator Kevin Haley designs for the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Meg Ryan, and Cameron Diaz…so of course his kitchen has to be pretty cool.  We think so. Love the antique style blue stove and the animal print to balance out this clean toned space.  Photo: Everett Fenton Gidley

With celebrity in mind, I came across this movie set kitchen that is just fabulous with a true lived-in feel.  From the movie It’s Complicated, this relaxed kitchen was designed by Jon Hutman.  Photo: Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Finally, celeb Kristen Bell has a fun, comfy and fresh kitchen. Love the white with yellow and orange highlights.  The sage throw carpets add a nice balance. We think the pups are cute too.

Use some of these cool ideas to enhance your own kitchen space in your new apartment.  If you are going to move to a new apartment, check out our Renters Corner at the top of this blog for helpful info on how to make your move and settling in easy and stress free.  Apartments i Like has more information and Renters News to give you ideas also.

via: Shelter Pop

Cool Interior Design by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz

Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz is quite a stylish and influential designer of today and has been named by House Beautiful as one of “America’s Most Brilliant Decorators.”  Here we can see why. This private residence in Sagaponack N.Y is subtle modern beauty.  “In all of his projects, he captures an unusual sense of openness and light through the use of color, materials, architecture, and the unexpected integration of fashion in a rather timeless style.”

“Interiors should be elevated into living works of art, environments in which the intrinsic human desire for comfort and beauty are naturally aligned.” – Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz

Benjamin has designed for famous clients such as Lenny Kravitz, for which he’s done four residences, Mexican author Laura Esquivel, Mark Siliger, Michael Fuchs, and media mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs, whose residence we feature above.

And of course I have to feature a design by BNO that represents pink decor in a most fashionable sense. Charming and quite lovely.

The designer’s work has been featured in numerous books on design, magazines, and television programs, such as HGTV, Style, Fine Living Network, and E!  He has appeared in a documentary series on the BBC for the TLC Network.  His first book, Emotional Rooms, The Sensual Interiors of Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz is available in stores now.

You can find out more about

this talented interior designer

at his website:  BNO Design

Coco Chanel’s Paris Flat

With Valentine’s Day approaching we are feeling romantic, and this Paris flat is a grand example….

The original 31 Rue Cambon is the flat above the Chanel Boutique. This luxurious flat retains the decor chosen by Chanel herself and is used for photo shoots and press interviews.  Simply beautiful…and romantic…

Via: Apartment Therapy

Celebrity Living Rooms

My fascination with living space of famous people continues.  Taking hints from popular interior designers of celebrities homes can enhance your Doylestown apartment.

“The making of the house was as significant to me as the living in it,” says Jennifer Anistan of her Beverly Hills retreat designed by Stephen Shadley.  This sleek living room full of warmth opens out to a koi pond.  Table is from Todd Merrill Antiques. Glant linen on sofa. Velvet chair is by Manuel Canovas.  (March, 2010).  Maybe we can’t go so far as to putting a koi pond in our Doylestown apartment, but the rich tones of this room would be easy to duplicate.

For a totally different look to your Doylestown apartment take a look at this stunning 70s-like room of Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish.  This Boogie Nights inspired living room was designed by Martin Lawrence-Bullard.  The scenery is L.A., but the minimalist clean lines and color can be inspiring in your Doylestown apartment.  Onyx and chrome low tables by Lawrence-Bullar. Carpet by The Rug Company.  (Dec. 2009)

Ah, love the comfy look of this space.  “We just wanted to feel like you’re in the country,” says Dennis Quaid of his Los Angeles home he shares with wife Kimberly.  This relaxed, comfortable interior is both artistic and welcoming. I would add those rust-colored ottomans and table to my Doylestown apartment in a second if I could. Designers John and Krista Everage incorporated the rough-hewn ceiling beams from a Pennsylvania barn.  Now there’s something close to home.  (Nov. 2008)

Patrica Heaton and David Hunt’s L.A. home is a romantic delight.  This Hancock Park home was designed by Bebe Johnson and Ellen Greer.  “Despite its large size, there’s a hominess to it,” says the actress.  We find this space on the formal side, yet quite inviting.  Painting the walls of your Doylestown apartment can change the appearance completely. Consider a soft yellow such as this to bring a bit of warmth to your room.  Carpet shown here is by Monsour.  Sofa and ottoman (love that orange!) by A. Rudin.  (Dec. 2009)

Saved the best for last.  Cheryl and Rob Lowe hired architect Don Nulty and designer David Phoenix to design their dream house. Arranging your furniture in the more central area of the large living room in your Doylestown apartment is a great idea.  Again here, the soft tones of ivory, tan, and gray meld together. consider gold frames for artwork, mirrors, and of course, the wondrous chandelier if possible in your apartment.  In this living room, the photo above the Dutch secretary is by Lyndie Benson.  The Sisal rug is by Stark. (Nov. 2010)

Via: Architectural Digest

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Alexis Stewart’s Tribeca Loft

Alexis Stewart, daughter of home-decorating giant, Martha Stewart, is selling her Tribeca loft.  This breath-taking minimalist domain is on the market for the lowered price of $9.5 milliion.  With 4,000 square feet of living space, one could move about freely.  The openness, the clean white surfaces, and the solarium ceiling in the living room keeps the space feeling fresh and renewed.

Source: Luxist.com article by Deidre Woollard.