Legendary Hollywood Stars at Home

Marilyn Monroe in her Beverly Hills abode.

Elvis Presley sitting at his Memphis, Tennessee, mansion Graceland  on a 15′ sofa, in the 1960′s.

Even the celebrities among us share in the common thread of homemaking. Architectural Digest this month shared a peek into some famous folks private spaces. I found it interesting to see the styles of decor, and the element of privacy and comfort we all need from time to time. The colors and styles of midcentury design is present across the board, but each space is uniquely personalized to reflect the individual style of the homeowner. I enjoyed this peek into the private spaces of these very public figures, and their reflection on ‘home’.

Asian art picked up on worldwide travels is tacked to a wall of actor John Wayne’s living room in the San Fernando Valley.

Joan Crawford and her fourth and final husband, Pepsi-Cola CEO Alfred N. Steele, relax on the plastic-covered sofas of their 18-room New York City duplex penthouse in the 1950s.

Images sourced at Architectural Digest

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Will Ferrell’s Renovated West Village Loft

Will Ferrell’s Manhattan loft is a light, bright family home for he and his wife, and their three children. Designed by Shawn Henderson, it is furnished with modern classics and a colorful and graphic art collection. The loft is located in a ‘converted Victorian-era printing factory, and is nearly 2,800 square feet.’ Since purchasing in 2010, the Ferrrell’s completely renovated the space, updating bathrooms, the kitchen and floors.’  I personally love the serenity of the tonal palettes selected for the decor of each room. The grey tones of teh family room and master bedroom are calming and appropriately simple for the loft space they inhabit. The bright white of the main space allows the art and color in the furniture to ‘pop’ and function as accents in the large open space. The dark kitchen counters work well with the structure of the space in black, creating a framework defining the implied rooms of the space without using walls, based on their function and use. The Ferrell family designed some very comfortable urban digs, I have to believe filled with lots of happiness and laughter.

Images sourced at Architectural Digest

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Julianne Moore’s West Village Home

Understated. Minimal. Elegant. I love this home. Julianne Moore’s West Village apartment in New York City is so comfortable and livable, it reminds me of the qualities I adored in my own Brooklyn home. The vintage details of a prewar building, great light and well proportioned space, are the perfect backdrop to this modern collection of art and furniture. Although this space is simple, it possesses a wonderful spirit of the unexpected. If you look closely, you will spot some recognizable, but not overused vintage pieces. Did you notice the repurposed Florence Knoll credenza in the bathroom? What a creative solution for a narrow space, providing lots of storage and a double bowl sink. Floating the tub in the center of the space creates a ‘furniture-like’ focal point. Brilliant! The neutral palette of greys blacks and whites, are perfect with the mid-value wide plank wood floors, throughout the space. A very homey urban retreat.

Images sourced at homesdream.net

Tags: , , , , , , , ,