Category Archives: Celebrity Homes

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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.

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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.

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Groundhog Day

It feels like Groundhog Day was weeks ago, or was it years ago? Hard to say. This winter where I live, everyday feels like Groundhog Day. I’m a huge fan of the 1993 Bill Murray movie and I had to share when I saw the home featured in the film is for sale. In the film it was billed as “The Cherry Street Inn,” but it’s really, “Royal Victorian Manor Bed and Breakfast.”groundhog 2The filming really took place at this home in Woodstock, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago, about ten miles from Wisconsin. While it was alway gray and cold in Punxsutawney, these images were taken when it was sunny and they show a gorgeous exterior and lawn! Fans of the movie will surely recognize the view from the front door.groundhog 3

The 8-bedroom, 8-bathroom home was built in 1895 and boasts 5,815 square feet! The main dining area is where Phil would often give Mrs. Lancaster (proprietor of the bed and breakfast) a hard time.groundhog 4

Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?

Mrs. Lancaster: I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.

I don’t recall every seeing the kitchen in the movie. But, it’s obviously been updated since then. I love the huge island with seating for four.

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If you’re interested in this home you could book a room and stay the night. Rooms start at just $145 a night. If you like what you see you could write a check for $985,000 and start a new life.groundhog 7groundhog 8groundhog 9To see more images and check out the listing click here.


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Oprah’s Auction

Oprah Winfrey is auctioning lots of goodies from one of her massive homes! Her 23,000 square foot estate, that she has named “The Promised Land,” is located in Montecito, California and it is due for a major remodel. According to the L.A. Times, Oprah was motivated by designer Rose Tarlow who told her that her “this house has nothing to do with you.”

So, she has turned to Kaminski Auctions and on November 2nd they are auctioning 574 items including furniture, art, dolls, bikes, lighting, and so much more. I guess you could say she is getting rid of some things that are no longer her favorite things! I took a look at all the offerings and selected a few of my favorites.

This 19th Century English sea captain’s lap desk is estimated to sell for between $700- $1,200. You can see it here.

Oprah's Auction Captain's Lap DeskLooking for some library steps? Why not buy Oprah’s? The antique pine steps should go for between $1,000-$2,000. Take a look here.

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This antique bench has a lift top seat for storage and would make a great addition to someone’s mudroom or foyer. Plus, you’d get to say that it’s from Oprah’s home! It should go for between $500-$800. Check it out here.

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This antique steamer truck has so much character. They’re estimating it will go for between $300-$500. Check it out!

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This French Art Deco Style bar is made from mahogany and cast aluminum and is valued at between $4,000-$6,000. See it closer here.

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My husband has a small collection of antique radios, and I’d think it’s really cool if we had one of Oprah’s radios. I like the one on the left.

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There is lots of interesting art, much of it signed and numbered. This one is called “Block Party” and it’s estimated to sell for between $300-$500.

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There is also lot of Oprah art. And by that I mean art and prints of the woman herself. Where else could you get an Oprah painting? See for yourself! It’s estimated that someone will pay between $250-$300 for this art!

Oprah Auctin PortraitI also found it interesting that there is a lot of workout equipment and machinery! Much of it is listed as property of Bob Greene, her trainer. I wonder if she has completely stopped working out? This dumbbell rack is fairly priced at $200-$400!

Oprah Auction Dumbell RackAnd finally, my favorite thing is the Japanese Tea House, this structure is approximately 14 feet x 14 feet and it could be yours! I want this is my backyard! It’s estimated at $10,000-$15,000. I have a feeling this will pull in a lot more cash. It’s super cool! Take a look!

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Too see all the items with pictures click here. And happy shopping!

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Nashville Television Show Home

Hayden Panettiere’s character Juliette Barnes on ABC’s Nashville is sassy, complicated and driven. A singer who clawed her way from the trailer park to this gorgeous estate. This home is just as dramatic as the girl who lives there (on television). And it’s for sale!!

nashville television show home 1The Nashville home was used for filming several episodes in the first season. The show just began it’s second season last month. If you watch the first season you can see Hayden’s character throw several fits, and seduce a few men in this contemporary estate.nashville television show home 2The 4 bedroom, 7 bathroom estate has 5,325 square feet and it just hit the market for $2.1 million dollars. nashville television show home 3I love the floor to ceiling windows. The modern home was designed by Kanner Architects in 2009. nashville television show home 5This has to be one of the more interesting aspects of this estate. The window juts out of the home and offers amazing views.nashville window 4This is an area of the home I don’t remember from the show. I wonder if those are all functional drawers and cabinets?nashville television show home 6Another amazing view from the bathroom!nashville television show home 7

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nashville television show home 9To see more images of the home visit the listing here and see an article with images from the show here.


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Novelist Elmore Leonard’s Estate

I was sad to hear of the passing of novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard. He died at home last month in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, an affluent suburb near Detroit. If you’re not familiar with him, you’re probably familiar with his work. Some of his best known novels include Get Shorty and Out of Sight, just two of the many that were adapted to films. Last week his traditional colonial estate hit the market for $2.399 million.

Elmore Leonard exteriorI actually had the opportunity meet Elmore Leonard a little over ten years ago. At the time I was producing a local new magazine show and we featured the author. A few things stood out. I remember him sharing that he wrote everything the old fashioned way, with a pen and pad of paper.  Elmore Leonard desk 2It was only after he was satisfied that he would then turn to the typewriter. His office was staged the way it would look on a typical day. Yellow legal pad, pen, and ashtray.elmore leonard deskAccording to the Detroit Free Press, Leonard used the library as the living room, and the living room as his office. The library/living room is painted a bright sunny yellow.Elmore Leonard great roomLeonard’s kitchen is dated with a curved wall of windows. I’m always confused by those. On one hand, I love how much light they let in. But, it’s just not that attractive.elmore leonard kitchenThe curved banister on the staircase is fabulous! This home was built in 1940 and has many art deco influences. It has 5 bedrooms, 4 full baths and 3 half baths. elmore leonard stairway and landingAccording to the Free Press the owner’s suite has five connected rooms in a row “the sleeping room with a balcony, a sitting room for reading, a dressing room, a bathroom, then the room with closets.”Elmore Leonard bedroomThe backyard is lovely with a tennis court and a kidney shaped pool. I like the sunroom/kitchen windows from the exterior view.

Elmore leonard backyard Elmore Leonard pool 2To see more images and learn more about Elmore Leonard’s estate go to The Detroit News or the Detroit Free Press. The listing can be found here.

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Holmby Hills Reserve

Actor Jeremy Renner is a house flipper. Who knew? But, this is no ordinary house flip. This home in the Hollywood Hills recently sold for $24 million, an increase of $17 million in just three years. The Reserve at Holmby Hills 1

The Reserve in Holmby Hills 2This estate has six-bedrooms, 11-baths, and 10,000-square-foot on two acres. Renner’s business partner is actor Kristoffer Winters. Together they’ve flipped more than 20 homes in the past 12 years.

The Reserve in Holmby Hills 3They were going for a 21st century Great Gatsby feel with this remodel and I think they’ve succeeded. This home is amazing.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 6

The Reserve in Holmby Hills 4 In addition to all of the art deco pieces, there is a lot of greenery in this home. They’ve carved out an interesting seating area behind the couch.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 5Here is my favorite room in the house. Can you even imagine entertaining here? That may be the most gorgeous home bar I’ve ever seen. More beautiful than a restaurant!

The Reserve in Holmby Hills 11 Usually with these homes, I try to give you just 1-2 images per room. But, these are all so beautiful I had a hard time cutting some of these out. Each picture shows something unique. This next shot gives you a good idea of the layout of this room.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 8But, how could I not include this? We get a good look at these amazing chairs. It kind of reminds me of Restoration Hardware’s Aviator Chair. They even have a similar couch. The movie star prints add to the old Hollywood glamour of this home.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 9  I love this room and the large windows overlooking the pool. There are lots of places to lounge and dine in this estate. This great room is open to the kitchen.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 14 The Reserve in Holmby Hills 13 The dining room is equally as gorgeous The floor to ceiling windows are so dramatic.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 12If you’re going to have a super glamourous Hollywood estate, you absolutely must have a screening room with red velvet curtains.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 17And of course it must open to the outdoors. Wow!The Reserve in Holmby Hills 18 Here is the backyard view that shows the windows that were visible in the great room and dining room.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 16 The terrace is begging to host an amazing outdoor party. I would imagine the square footage of this terrance is equal to an average size home.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 15  Next comes his and her bathrooms, and many bedrooms. The man of the house even has a barber chair in his home. Makes perfect sense. If you’re a super famous movie star, you can’t be bothered going to the salon to get your hair done.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 23 Her closet has marble in it. Interesting that they staged this area with fresh flowers and one item of lingerie. The Reserve in Holmby Hills 22 Can you even imagine doing your makeup here? Wow.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 21

Next are three bedrooms with access to the spectacular grounds. Again the furnishings remind me of Restoration Hardware. Probably even more expensive though. But, similar trunks can be found there.The Reserve in Holmby Hills 26 The Reserve in Holmby Hills 25 The Reserve in Holmby Hills 24

To read more about this house visit Variety, to see even more images of this house visit its website.

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Taylor Swift’s Childhood Home

Taylor Swift’s childhood home recently went on the market, and it’s a beauty. The 3-story classical revival home is located in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Swift lived in this home for ten years until she got a development deal from RCA Records when she was 14, and her family moved to Nashville. Although they left this gorgeous house behind, I think they made the right choice.

Taylor Swift childhood home 1The 5,050 square foot home is on 3/4 of an acre and is listed for $799,500. According to the current owner, this home underwent extensive renovations since Swift lived here. A before exterior image can be found here.Taylor Swift childhood home 2

Can you picture a tween Swift singing under the covered porch? The home really has such an elegant presence.Taylor Swift childhood home 3

In a Philly article, the owners said they purchased this home in early 2007, before Swift hit it big. Soon after fans were posing for pictures in front of their house. It’s too bad she didn’t stay and go to prom in Wyomissing. This staircase is the perfect staircase in which to make a grand entrance.

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To the right of the foyer is the living room with built-ins flanking the fireplace. Windows are plentiful in this home. I love a home with lots of natural light.

Taylor Swift childhood home 4A red dining room. The only way I can forgive this is if it was done to pay homage to Taylor Swift’s Red album. No seriously, I’m not a fan of red dining rooms. But, I know many people are. At least there is white trim and moulding to break it up. Double french doors open to the study.Taylor Swift childhood home 6

The listing claims this is the room where Swift played guitar. As much as I’d love this office, this room would have a much better flow as a sunroom/sitting room. Taylor Swift childhood home 7This big traditional kitchen is very fitting for this home. I would love to see the before image of this kitchen.

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This is the where the home really reveals its charm with lots of details. I love the twin storage areas in this girls room. I wonder if this was Swift’s space? There are 6 bedrooms to choose from.
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With five bathrooms, nobody has to wait in line in this house. Taylor Swift childhood home 10As beautiful as this bathroom is, the slanted ceiling would be annoying in this shower. Great for a soaking bath. But, I would hit my head every morning here. Guaranteed.
Taylor Swift childhood home 12Swift is a fan of real estate, they should have marketed this home to her! A little research reveals that this house has an offer pending, so it may be too late for her to go home. To see more images visit the listing here or Zillow here.

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Jonathan Adler in Hampton’s Magazine

Creative power couple Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan were recently featured in their Shelter Island home in the Hampton’s Magazine. They look like so much fun! I’d love to spend a weekend with them. But, only a weekend. It feel like their quirky personalities and tireless energy would be exhausting! Plus, they’d need to outfit me with colorful socks, I definitely don’t have any colorful socks.

Johnathan Adler bedroomThis looks like this isn’t their doggy’s first moped ride. Somewhere in my closet I have a hat like this. I could easily fit into this scene!johnathan adler scooterPaddleboarding in their infinity pool. Simon has the better idea. The mother in me wants to scream—sit down Jonathan, if you fall you’ll hit your head! Save that for the open water.johnathan adler paddleboardFinally they’re lounging. Bright and poppy beach towels add even more whimsy to their life. I found some high end Jonathan Adler towels here, and a more affordable option here.
johathan adler deckCan you imagine having enough space to dedicate a room to 70’s hanging rattan chairs? I have to admit I thought these were cool in the 70’s. But, I was a child. Not a fan anymore. This is where Jonathan and Simon can hang while I get some alone time on Shelter Island.
johnathan adler dogThese images were so much fun I had to do some more shopping for Jonathan Adler. First on my list is his latest book, “100 Ways to Happy Chic Your Life.”

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Adler broke into the business with pottery. I just read he first discovered pottery at summer camp at age 12. And, he was wearing a Rush t-shirt! I’m in love with this whale pitcher, classic and campy at the same time. It can be found here.
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This super cute bud vase shows there are two sides to everything! Just turn it around to change up your decor. It can be found here.
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While Jonathan Adler specializes in white pottery, he also (obviously) loves pops of color. He now sells wall art kits called Wall Pops that feature picture frames, patterns, flower and more. Two of my favorites are below and can be found here and here.
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If you’d like to see more of Adler and Doonan’s Shelter Island home visit here.

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Ellen and Portia’s Hidden Valley Farm

I was green with envy when I saw Ellen and Portia’s Hidden Valley Farm in Elle Decor. Now, it’s for sale. If I just had an extra $12.995 million it could be mine! The images in the magazine spread were gorgeous. Now, with the listing photos, we get to see another view.

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The home has over 26 acres and multiple structures. It has eight guest cabins, an art barn, a horse barn, and a yoga pavilion! The design is contemporary farmhouse, which I’m a big fan of. Lots of painted white surfaces, wood floors, and simple furnishings.

I took some time and compared the real estate listing images to the Elle Decor images. This looks to be Cabin 6. Ellen has a passion for design and worked with a team to renovate the property in just one year. You can view the Elle Decor image here.

Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 7This is Cabin 8. It looks like there is always fresh cut wood ready for a fire in the guest cabins. If Ellen and Portia were inviting me for a weekend, I’d be quite happy here with the cathedral ceilings and comfortable couch. The Elle Decor image can be seen here.Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 3

Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 4Here is another guest cabin. I love the leather chair near the fireplace. It reminds me of my favorite mid-century modern chair from Crate and Barrel. I’d love to pick one of these up to flank my fireplace. This room is great example of how less is more. The space isn’t huge, and the kitchen looks be to functional, yet sparse. Love!Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 10The guest bedrooms look inviting. I wish we could know who has graced these rooms.Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 6 Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 8The sprawling porch would be a great place to relax with a book on a lazy summer day.Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 9These next two images are from the art barn. This truly is open concept! They’ve hung a chalkboard and placed tables to give borders to the kitchen area. Images can also be seen here and hereSanta Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 12 There are areas to dine and to lounge. This looks an amazing place to host a party!Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 11My favorite image from the listing is this one. How gorgeous is this? I love the hanging lanterns from the tree. I found something similar here, it could be hung with some twine around tree branches. Or a more colorful (and affordable) version could be found here.Santa Barbara Coastal Hidden Valley Farm 14Ellen and Portia are listing this home because they recently bought a 13-acre ocean-view estate in Montecito, California for $24.5 million. To visit the listing for Hidden Valley Farm click here. To see the Elle Decor article go here.