Lifestyles of the rich and famous
By John Kirchner
April 19, 2010
Let’s kick the week of with a little fun, shall we? Fun with a side of jealousy, perhaps. These celebrity homes will likely get you thinking about your odds of winning the lottery, but hopefully they’ll also show you a burst of style that might inform your next room-painting project, home addition or other home-improvement project.
Elton John‘s slick Los Angeles apartment is adorned with loads of pop art and even more bold colors strewn about a modernist decor. Plus, he has quite the view — not just of the city below but also of the rolling mountains in the distance.
On the country’s opposite coast, you’ll find Lenny Kravitz and his Miami Mediterranean-style villa. (Well, formerly his; he’s apparently sold it and moved on.) The interior features most white, light, open, airy spaces, but to keep things interesting, one room stands strong with blood-red walls, ceiling and carpet.
Tennis star Pete Sampras‘ 16000-square-foot mansion outside of L.A. (pictured above) puts slight modernist touches on an elegant, stained-wood-centric home. From the reading room to the theater, it’s warm and comfortable, and the huge kitchen-living area is flooded with copious natural light.
Ellen Pompeo, star of Grey’s Anatomy, finds comfort and fun in her Spanish-style home in the Hollywood Hills. The kitchen juxtaposes old-feeling terracotta floor tiles with slick and modern stainless-steel appliances, and the open arches in the living room further the blend of old and new styles.
What’s your favorite celebrity home design? Have links or photos to share?