“Before it was renovated, this 1920s bungalow in Seattle was looking pretty pitiful. Meredith of Heaton Dainard Real Estate wrote me about its remodel, saying, “It was featured in the Northwest Green Home Tour and we had dozens of neighbors come by to thank us for what we did to the home. It had been the ‘house in despair’ on the block.”
Here’s how the house looked when renovations were underway…
Now, after its very modern and “green” remodel is complete, it’s almost unrecognizable as the same house.
I think my eyes actually “popped” when I saw the new exterior. I didn’t expect that at all. The orange was a bold choice, for sure.
They completely renovated and staged the house for resale, and it’s on the market for $799,900.
The listing says: “Limelite Development LLC brings another rare & beautiful example of a well built home that meets the highest of environmental standards.”
This Island beauty has stolen our hearts with her sprawling shingled home on over 11 acres of Kiawah Island in South Carolina. It was featured in Architectural Digest a few years ago and is now on the market for $18 million. Here’s what the listing says:
“Facing the Atlantic on Kiawah Island, this one-of-a-kind retreat would be rare for any age. Envisioned by the respected architectural firm Shope Reno Wharton of Norwalk, Connecticut, this incredible estate was featured in Architectural Digest June 2009 where it was lauded as an oeuvre in custom building for its thoughtful, exquisite craftsmanship. It was also recently featured in the Wall Street Journal.
Finished with consummate detailing by master builder Russ Cooper of Kiawah and his team of craftsmen, this graceful structure is covered with weathered red cedar shingle and shake along with handmade “Savannah Grey” brick. It includes a five-car garage and separate guest quarters with fitness facility by the pool.
The 15,000-square-foot main home structure has an additional 5,000 square feet of outdoor living area in the form of ipe decking, pavilions, porches, balconies, and an infinity pool. Superb Tischler and Sohn windows from Germany, fenestrated to take advantage of every moment of sunlight, fill each room with the radiance so particular to this romantic sea island near historic Charleston. Also on the property is a guest house with a full kitchen, fitness and media rooms, a bedroom with sitting area, and two full baths.”
The listing describes Kiawah as “a romantic sea island near historic Charleston.” This photo of the marshland and dock appeared in Architectural Digest, and you can read the entire article here. (AD photos by Ken Hayden.)”
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Take a peek into these dreamy celebrity master bedrooms, with exquisite furnishings, high-end flourishes, and the height of luxury comfort and sophistication. Watch the video above or read the excerpts from Elle Decor below!
Sarah Jessica Parker’s Master Bedroom
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick’s laid-back Bridgehampton master bedroom mixes crisp white walls, bedding, and curtains with colorful accessories, including an aqua Christopher Spitzmiller lamp and apple-green vintage armchairs. Designer Eric Hughes grounded the room with a sisal rug and hung grommeted IKEA curtain panels for a relaxed, beachy feel.
A wall of the master bedroom is covered in a silk by MDC Wallcoverings, and the bed, bedding, bedside tables, and rug are by Calvin Klein Home; the side table and lamps are vintage, and the painting is by Carlos Vega.
The master bedroom’s mirror, bed, bedding, lamp, and rug are all by Armani/Casa, the wall color is Harvest Time by Benjamin Moore, and the print is by Andy Warhol. To see a tour of his entire apartment designed by the Armani/Casa design team, click here.
In the master bedroom, the headboard fabric and bedding are by Matteo, the sheepskin rug is by IKEA, and the chandelier is an antiques-fair find; Deary made the bedside table, and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Stone Hearth. To see the full tour of Keri’s beautiful Brooklyn brownstone, click here.
The custom-made headboard in the master bedroom is upholstered in an alpaca velvet, and the task lamps are reproductions of an Édouard-Wilfred Buquet design; Kelly Behun designed the side tables of ebonized wood and shagreen and the lacquer console, the stools are 1940s French, and the prints are by Mariah Robertson. For the full tour of Ivanka’s Manhattan apartment, click here.
In Courteney Cox’s master bedroom designed by Trip Haenisch, the custom-made head- and footboards are zinc, the selenite bedside tables are by Blackman Cruz, and the bedding is by Deborah Sharpe Linens; the two-tone Swag Leg chair is by George Nelson, and the rugs are from DDC.
Designer Jonathan Adler and Barneys New York creative director Simon Doonan’s Palm Beach pad is as vibrant as its stylish owners. The master bedroom shines with a Paul Evans chrome bed and a giant silver dollar replica found at a thrift shop—not to mention the megawatt walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s Bold Yellow.
The master bedroom of legendary designer Ralph Lauren’s Montauk getaway is a tropical escape, complete with rattan furnishings and breezy curtains that hang from a custom-made teak tester bed. The floor lamp and Scott Madras cotton bed curtains are by Ralph Lauren Home.
Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo enlisted designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard to create a well-traveled look for her Hollywood Hills bedroom. Pompeo found the bed at one of her favorite Parisian stores, Caravane Chambre 19, and accessorized it with an antique Egyptian wall hanging, Moroccan-style brass lamps, an Indian throw, and 1950s West African pillows from Hollywood at Home.
Known for her over-the top, exuberant style, Donatella Versace’s Milan bedroom is an eclectic—yet surprisingly restrained—combination of classic and modern. The grand space features a metal bed by Julian Schnabel, a black lacquer side table by Versace Home and Giorgio de Chirico’s painting Il Grande Metafisico.
The rest of her apartment exudes dramatic glamour, but Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell made an exception with her bedroom—using muted tones and understated furnishings. The bed is dressed with an antique suzani, the rug is by Madeline Weinrib, and the painting is Dutchman’s Dawn II by Ellen Kozak.
The light-filled master bedroom of Meg Ryan’s home on Martha’s Vineyard is all about ease. Vintage linens, simple lighting, and a barnstyle sliding door create a rustic feel. The custom-made bed and trunk were designed by Marsha Russell of Satinwood and made by Herrick & White , and the sconce is by O’Lampia Studio.
Model Cindy Crawford enlisted decorator Michael S. Smith to design the Malibu home she shares with husband Rande Gerber. The master bedroom combines traditional elements—a tufted chaise longue, dark woods, and a stone fireplace—with eclectic touches like Moroccan rugs and an embroidered bedcover, resulting in a sophisticated, yet comfortable space.
With the help from her designer sister, Suzanne Coleman Bancroft, Jennifer Creel created a mix of bright textiles in her energetic Manhattan master bedroom. The bed features a headboard upholstered in an Osborne & Little fabric and crisp red-trimmed sheets by Leontine Linens. The charcoal drawing is by Robert De Niro Sr.
John Derian’s Flea Market Finds For Celebrity Master Bedrooms
Flea market veteran and designer John Derian filled his New York City apartment with an array of well-worn finds creating a rustic haven on the Lower East Side. The antique iron bed is topped with a quilt from John Derian Co. and a vintage ticking pillow from Paula Rubenstein. Also on display is a sea sponge given to him by his sister, a photograph by David Armstrong, and a curtain made from 1930s French fabric.
Brian Atwood made sure his Milan bedroom is as chic as the towering stilettos he designs. Anchored by a black accent wall, the space—which was designed by Atwood and Nate Berkus—features an eye-catching Serge Mouille light fixture, a moody painting by Alberto Cira, and bedding by Nate Berkus for HSN.
Celebrity Bedroom Designs: Alexandra Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos
Actress Alexandra Wentworth turned to designer (and old friend) Elizabeth Martin to help her decorate the Washington, D.C., home she shares with Good Morning America cohost George Stephanopoulos. In the master bedroom lively patterns on the armchair and bed pillows add a dose of energy to the room’s subdued neutral palette. The curtain fabric is by Nancy Corzine and the armchair is upholstered in a linen by Raoul Textiles.
Celebrity Bedroom Designs: Josie Natori’s Far East Bedroom
Modern architecture meets Eastern antiques in the Manhattan bedroom of fashion designer Josie Natori. The clean-lined space by Calvin Tsao of Tsao & McKown features Tsao’s custom bed with one of Natori’s antique textiles used as a bedcover; another textile is mounted above. The tranquil wall color is Gonn Bianco by Benjamin Moore.
Roberto Cavalli brings his signature opulence and animal prints to the master bedroom of his Tuscan villa. Pieces from Cavalli’s extensive art collection are reflected in the 19th-century gilt-wood mirror, which doubles as a headboard. The bed is adorned with a glamorous scarlet and zebra silk duvet cover and a patchwork fur throw—both adding exotic touches.
After I showed you an historic house in Vermont that Michael J. Fox once owned, a couple of you asked why some celebrities move so often. Designer Cliff Fong says, “Ellen DeGeneres has moved more times than any person I know.” When Elle Decor featured the horse ranch she shares with wife Portia de Rossi in Santa Monica, they asked her about it, and here’s what she said…
“I can only change the furniture so much and I get bored,” Ellen explained. “Then I need a new structure to work on.” She insisted that it’s not about “flipping” houses, but the creative challenge each house brings.
This unusual property came with multiple buildings on it, including 8 cabins and 2 barns. They decorated each of the cabins to have a different mood, from “very much like Belgium” to “more contemporary.”
Ellen told the mag she was going for “a feeling of country and yet a relaxed sophistication.” Portia adds, “Ellen likes things to be a little more natural and rustic.”
The 26-acre Hidden Valley property was owned by the actor William Powell back in the 1920s. By the time they bought it, it had become a run-down professional horse facility that needed a lot of work.
There are two old barns on the property that are “the heart of the ranch.” The all-white “Art Barn” serves as a living and dining area:
They love animals, including horses. Portia has one she named Maeby after her daughter on Arrested Development.
I loved that show and can’t wait for the new episodes to stream on Netflix at the end of May. I’m re-watching the old episodes right now to get ready for the Bluths’ return, and they still make me laugh just as hard as the first time I saw them.
I also love Ellen’s show and DVR it every day. Some readers have submitted my Bad Real Estate photos to her over the years that she’s featured, and it’s always fun to see her talking about them.
On her show this week she mentioned the wildfires in California and how her farm became the firefighters’ headquarters so they’d have a place to sleep and eat and shower.
Check out the article in Elle Decor to read the story written by Ian Phillips and see the rest of the photos by William Abranowicz.
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“When she’s not in Hollywood, actress Hilary Swank heads to a spare, serene apartment overlooking downtown New York where the views take center stage.
As a girl, Hilary Swank could see the whole world from her bedroom—at least in her mind’s eye. Living in a trailer park with her mother, she devoured books, which she checked out by the armload from the bookmobile that made the rounds of her Bellingham, Washington, neighborhood. By 15, an age when the average girl’s most fervent fantasy is to kiss some silly pop star, Swank had envisioned a rich and important life for herself.
So perhaps it’s no surprise that this lauded actress (she was one of the youngest women ever to win two Best Actress Academy Awards) is content to inhabit a New York apartment that is modest in size and chicly understated in its decor. For Swank, a home needn’t be as extravagant as a dream. “I feel comforted in smaller spaces,” she says. “They’re more nurturing.”
Her tranquil 1,400-square-foot New York City nest also has practical benefits. It came in handy, for example, during the filming of New Year’s Eve, a sprawling ensemble project directed by Garry Marshall, opening December 9, in which Swank plays Claire Morgan, the woman in charge of making sure the Times Square ball drops on time. (Other cast members include Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Sarah Jessica Parker.) “It’s a funny movie with a lot of heart,” says Swank, whose character is afraid of heights—unlike the famously daredevil actress, who has played both a boxer and Amelia Earhart. “It’s about second chances and forgiving yourself and life as a journey.”
For Swank, whose primary residence is a rambling villa on the West Coast that she shares with her boyfriend and his son, retreating to her Manhattan hideaway doesn’t mean shutting out the world. “I feel like I’m in a tree overlooking the city,” she says. Though her building is situated close to the Hudson River, her view takes in only a thin slice of that mighty waterway; mostly, she gazes out on the intriguing rooftop tableaux of downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, and Queens beyond. “I have started collecting art,” says Swank, “but there’s no piece of art that can compete with the cityscape. I love New York.”
To help her craft an interior worthy of the view, she hired designer Mark Zeff, with whom she’d worked previously on a New York brownstone and her California house. The two have a natural sympathy. “Hilary is very intense and also very pure,” says Zeff. “She knows what she likes. She doesn’t live in fantasy. I wanted to create a place that would give her a sense of grace and harmony.”
His options were limited, however, as Swank didn’t want any demolition or reconfiguration of the apartment, which is in a new building on the site of a former printing plant. Walls had to stay where they were; kitchen and bathrooms remained largely as is.” Click here to read the rest of the article.
“Since her long-running talk show ended in May 2011, Oprah Winfrey has been spending more time at her homes in California and Hawaii — and she’s doubling her efforts to sell the Chicago condo she purchased for $5.6 million in 2006.