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Virtual tours of celebrity homes thorough the world.

Celebrity Kitchens Are Just Like Ours

celebrity kitchens - Tommy Mottola and Thalia’s white and stainless steel kitchen with pro ovens - AD via Atticmag

Are celebrity kitchens just like ours? The answer is yes, and why is something of a surprise.

When I saw these four celebrity kitchens in Architectural Digest I thought to myself: they re not especially formal, they have a variety of styles, and they were created according to the needs and wishes of the owners. That’s what makes them just like ours.

Take the all-white kitchen, with stainless steel accents, [top] in the Greenwich, Connecticut home of Mexican pop star Thalia and her Casablanca Records exec husband Tommy Mottola (Mariah Carey’s ex). With two small children and a love of entertaining, the expansive kitchen fits Thalia’s definition of informal luxury — “we cook, we eat, we have music,” the singer said. … Continue Reading


Where Architects Live II

Where Architects Live - home of Mario Bellini - photo by Davide Pizzigoni - Salone del Mobile via Atticmag

An exhibition at the Salone del Mobile in Milan visits famous architects in their homes. Part II.

Our voyeuristic desire to see how others live, and how their houses are arranged, supports a home design industry that gathers annually in April near Milan to see the newest furnishings and most innovative products for kitchens and baths. The 2014   Salone Internazionale del Mobile also showcased a photography exhibition featuring the homes of eight world-renowned architects. We’re taking an look at those images this week in two parts. The homes of Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, and David Chipperfield are included in part one of Where Architects Live.… Continue Reading


Where Architects Live

where architects live - Home of Zaha Hadid - photo by Davide Pizzigoni - Salone del Mobile viaAtticmag

photo: Davide Pizzigoni

An exhibition at the Salone del Mobile in Milan visits famous architects in their homes. Part I.

It’s not often world famous architects give us a glimpse into their own houses. But at the April 2014 Salone del Mobile, in Milan, Italy, eight acclaimed architects share images of their personal spaces in a special exhibition simply called Where Architects Live. The annual international home furnishings and fixtures show is a beacon for the design world. In a separate pavilion, photographs celebrating the homes of well known architects was a highlight of the show.


Zaha Hadid.  Although she lives in London [top], Ms.… Continue Reading


Celebrity Kitchens

Ina Garten kitchen with adjacent dining area

Test your celeb smarts right here!

Think you can score 100, matching up a celeb with her kitchen? Have some fun — test yourself!  The owners of these kitchens (alphabetically) are: Glenn Close, Ina Garten, Diane Keaton and Giada De Laurentiis. Answers appear at the bottom (no fair peeking).

A wall of trees helps to screen off a combination outdoor kitchen and family room [top] set on a  limestone tile terrace.  The outdoor Viking range and  grill amp up easy entertaining and the Kohler sink and faucet are handy helpers. Restoration Hardware furniture in the seating area picks up the color of a sunset and, centered around a fire pit, provides a perfect place to enjoy a good bottle of wine on a balmy night.… Continue Reading


Betty Crocker Estate

betty crocker estate

A carved iron-gated driveway leads to the Betty Crocker Estate

Tour the California estate of an American marketing icon

The Betty Crocker Estate is for sale.  Yes, that Betty Crocker.  But how could that be?  We all thought she was a fictional person.

The Victorian Gothic Revival brick home is listed for $1,295,000. It sits on 8 acres and features olive trees, ancient oaks and a running stream.

Her name was invented in 1921 by combining the warm and friendly sounding “Betty” with the surname of retired Washburn Crosby Co. (now General Mills) executive William Crocker.  Her trademark signature came from a contest won by a company secretary.… Continue Reading


Jonathan Adler’s Mod Beach House

jonathan adler and simon doonan shelter island home

Tour the modern Shelter Island, NY home of designer Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan

Some years ago, (certainly within the last decade) I clipped these photos of an A-frame beach house on Shelter Island (Hamptons, New York) belonging to Simon Doonan (L) and Jonathan Adler (R).  As a New Yorker, it’s hard not to know of Doonan, legendary Creative Director at Barney’s and best-selling author.  I was less familiar with Mr. Adler who, at the time, was making pottery and had not yet blossomed into the full-on design entrepreneur and TV personality he is today.

Perhaps the couple, along with their dog Liberace, still owns this house; perhaps they’ve moved on or redecorated and all this is gone. … Continue Reading