Monthly Archives: March 2014

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Lautner Malibu Estate

Nothing says conscious uncoupling like unloading $14 million dollars on a John Lautner masterpiece just before announcing you’re calling it quits. Paltrow and her husband Chris Martin are separating after ten years of marriage. But, that hasn’t stopped them from scooping up this gorgeous Malibu pad.

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I wouldn’t call my feelings for Paltrow love/hate, because I don’t feel that strongly about her. But, I definitely have a like/dislike thing going for her. On one hand I respect her talent, her grace, her conviction and dedication to mindful eating and exercise. But, she is so damned arrogant. I also can’t say I blame her, she’s got a lot going for her. But, it is annoying. I was bummed to hear that her and her rocker husband were calling it quits. But, she is far too pretentious to call it a separation. Instead it’s a conscious uncoupling. Oh boy.

So, since she will be all over the media this week, I thought what better time than to look at her latest purchase, a 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 3,650 square foot private gated estate in Malibu, called The Garwood Estate.

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The fact that their marriage was struggling didn’t sway this power duo from buying this home and one possible reason is that it’s rare that a John Lautner designed home hits the market. Scott Garner, House of the Day columnist for Curbed National said that it’s hard to imagine Los Angeles and Palm Springs without his influential designs.

“His iconic, forward-looking homes have set the standard for modern residential architecture, creating a style that’s instantly recognizable and distinctly Southern Californian.”

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Take a closer look at this kitchen island. I’m hoping they have their buddies Jay-Z and Beyonce over and they break into the surfboard rap from Drunk in Love. Even better if B gets on the island to dance and sing!

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Take a look at the wall of windows above the kitchen cupboards. I absolutely love that. Even better is the view through the bedroom window!

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While the home is beautiful, the outdoor spaces are really spectacular. This outdoor staircase has a mystical feel to it.

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To take a look at even more images of The Garwood Residence go here and see the listing here. And, since I’m a bit of a romantic, I hope they consciously recouple and live happily ever after here. The End.


Mountain Chateau of Olympians

Okay I’m using the term Olympians in the headline lightly here. Mad respect to the athletes with both natural ability and the dedication to train long hours. But, this cross country skiing couple’s story isn’t quite like that. They’ve been accused of buying their way into the Sochi Olympics. A wealthy middle-aged husband and wife allegedly bought citizenship to Dominica and created an Olympic team for the Caribbean Island. You can read more about it here.

But, also according to sources, they’re selling their amazing mountain chateau in Big Sky, Montana. With 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, and 12,368 square feet there is plenty of space to store their cross country skis. And, unlike citizenship in Dominica, which costs as much as a small outdated ranch in an outlying suburb, this massive mountain estate costs a cool $20 million! Let’s take a closer look, shall we?mountain_chateau_003 But, oh those views! According to the listing the Rocky Mountain ski home is “located directly on alpine and Nordic trails, providing unparalleled ski access in a secluded environment surrounded by pines.”


The log home used both Douglas fir and Cedar timbers. I love how open this massive kitchen is and how they worked the cabinetry around the windows.


The custom woodwork is gorgeous! I’d be curious to know how many fireplaces this home has. As I clicked through the images I noticed fireplaces in living areas, bedrooms, and bathrooms.mountain_chateau_012

Here is a closer look at the curved staircase. I’ve never been a fan of a curved staircase. But, this one is so right.mountain_chateau_013

Not a fan of this stone heavy dining room. But, I do love dining near the fireplace after a long winter’s day.mountain_chateau_011

This is much more my scene. How comfortable does this bar area look? A perfect place to grab a quick cocktail.

Montana Chateau bar

Here is a close up of more of the custom woodwork in the home.Montana woodwork

And finally, if you’re buying a massive skiing chateau in Big Sky, it really is more about the outdoors. This may be the place to hide in this home. Hot tubbing Montana style.montana hot tub

And, there is this adorable outbuilding which looks like a guest home. Wouldn’t it be fun to spend time in the big house and then retreat to this private oasis? mountain_chateau_001

To see more images of the home go here or here.