Friday, August 28, 2009

Actress Julianne Moore's Digs Up for Sale

Actress Julianne Moore is selling her West Village digs. She's asking around $12M. The Hooked on Houses Blog has a nice post showing a lot of the photos of her place, including one where it was featured in the World of Interiors design magazine.

We think this house is sharp(!), but narrower than it looks in various photos we've seen around the Internet. This may be an issue for potential buyers.

Four Years After the Levees Broke in NOLA

Tomorrow marks the fourth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. The city has yet to fully recover.

A while back, one of our favorite celebs -- Brad Pitt (currently starring in Quenton Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds) -- started a mission to "make it right."

After meeting with residents of the Lower 9th Ward, an area hardest hit by Katrina, Pitt worked with Global Green to sponsor an architecture competition with a goal of generating ideas for rebuilding sustainably.

Pitt then went on to form the Make It Right Foundation, an organization dedicated to building safe and healthy homes without sacrificing design.

Below are some examples of the type of homes resulting from this effort: All photos above by Harry Benson for Architectural Digest

The goal is to build 150 homes by next year. (More than 4,000 homes were lost.) The first 25 single family homes have already been completed and are now home to formerly displaced 9th Ward residents. All offer high design and are energy-efficient, solar powered, and storm-resistant.

Photo source: Make It Right Foundation

If you would like to learn more and/or donate to this worthy effort, please go here.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Architectural Digest Looks Back at Sen. Kennedy's Washington Home

In honor of the passing of Senator Edward "Ted" Kennedy, Architectural Digest is featuring a slideshow of the Washington, DC, home he shared with his wife Victoria. The photos were originally presented along with a story in its November 1999 issue.

As you can see the home is classic Washington, both elegant and traditional. There are formal yet surprisingly fresh rooms, like their morning room below:

And what memories must lie within the photos and artifacts in his personal study.

The Lion of the Senate will be sorely missed. Our condolences to his wife and the rest of his family.

Isaiah Washington Evicted Too?

Various news sources are reporting today that former ABC Grey's Anatomy star, Isaiah Washington, and his wife are being evicted for falling behind by $100,000 in rent.

The strange thing is, this is the same story reported by these same sources back in March.

Maybe the eviction process started back then and is finally being executed. We're still scratching our heads a bit. Somebody enlighten us please!

Real Housewife of OC -- Really Evicted

Here's a bit from TMZ, about Real Housewives of Orange County's Lynne Curtin:

'Real Housewife of OC' -- Really Evicted

Sigh. Another one bites the dust.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Badgley-Mischka at Home in Kentucky

After Elle Decor's September issue featured John Mayer's condo, with an interior designed by Georgio Armani, we commented that clothing designers should avoid delving into interior design. We must admit, however, that we had not flipped through all the pages of this issue.

Turns out that this is one of the best issues ever--and it features nothing but home interiors by clothing and jewelry designers!

Have a look at this gorgeous weekend home of celebrated clothing designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka, the design team of Badgley-Mischka who are also partners in real life.

A dutch colonial happens to be one of our favorite architectural styles (second only to mid-century modern). So it comes as no surprise that we were already prepared to love it.

We were surprised, though, at how much we liked the heavy use of black throughout the house. The library above is dark and cozy.

Granted, their master bedroom is a little too reminiscent of Ralph Lauren's "horse country" look, but Kentucky IS horse country and this IS a real horse farm.

So there you have it. Badgley and Mishka's home offers clear proof that clothing designers CAN do interior design well. We stand corrected!

Checkout the slideshow for many, many more photos of this lovely home. Better yet, pick up a copy of the September issue of Elle Decor. It's a keeper for sure.

Photos: Roger Davies

Edward Kennedy Dies at Massachusetts Home

Longtime Massachusetts senator, brother of slain president JFK, and liberal icon, Edward "Ted" Kennedy has died. He was 77. After a year-long battle with brain cancer, the last remaining patriarch of the Kennedy family passed away late yesterday at his home on the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port (shown above and below).

R.I.P. Teddy.

Top photo by Tom Tlumackie of the Boston Globe.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Blue Heron Farm: The Obamas' Summer White House

As we reported to you last month, President Obama and the First Family are spending a week on Martha's Vineyard for their summer vacation. They arrived this week at Blue Heron Farm in Chilmark, a white Victorian house that sits on 28+ acres:

Plum TV has a fabulous video of the farm:

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lindsay Lohan's House Burglarized

People magazine is reporting that Lindsay Lohan's home was burglarized over the weekend. Her mother Dina Lohan told People that: "The safe was ripped off the wall . . . . Bags, shoes, and jewelry were taken too. Thank goodness she wasn't home."
TMZ broke the story first, after learning that her father Michael Lohan had called the police about it: Papa Lohan Says Lindsay's House Burglarized

Former NFL-er Keyshawn Johnson Now an Interior Designer

What kind of bizarro world is this?!!!

We told you last week what we thought of clothing designers like Georgio Armani venturing into interior design. Don't!

Now we've got ballers like former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson branching into the interior design world! Turns out that we're the only people who didn't know that A&E TV recently gave him a show, Keyshawn Johnson: Tackling Design.

We scouted around for photos of his digs so we could judge for ourselves. On the Real Estalker blog, we found his former California condo:

Click anywhere on photos for a larger view courtesy of Real Estalker.

Johnson is said to designed several of his homes. Don't know if this condo is his handywork, but it's got a sleek minimalist look that we've grown a little tired of.

He is reportedly a fan of the "boutique hotel look" and Armani's Casa home collection (which Armani used in John Mayer's condo). Same thing, in our opinion.

In spite of that, we'll be sure to watch the show and report back on whether he has a bright future as a designer of other folks' homes! And let's hope he still has his own home after that builder gets done suing him.

Home Builder Has Beef Against Beefy ex-NFL Player Keyshawn Johnson

TMZ reported yesterday that construction company Gordon S. Gibson, Inc., recently filed a lien against former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson. Gibson claims Johnson owes more than $1 million for the supervision and construction of Johnson's Calabasas, California, home.

Body found on Atlanta Braves Player Chipper Jones' Ranch 

This is really sad news: Body found on Chipper Jones' ranch

Our sympathies go out to the families.

If you're interested in knowing more about the ranch, go here:

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