Friday, October 30, 2009

Celebrity Home of the Week: Dorothy Dandridge's Former Home

Earlier this week, we featured Dorothy Dandridge's former L.A. home located just off the Sunset Strip. To put it simply, we LOVE it! It's our Celebrity Home of the Week!

Now we'll just sit back and imagine ourselves lounging in the tub, staring out at this spectacular California view:


Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi's Crib Revisited!

Earlier this week, we showed you a video of Kandi Burruss as she showed off her home in Fayetteville, Georgia.  As you know, we HATED it!  But, alas, some of our readers didn't have the opportunity to watch the video and were left in the dark!  Well, somebody must have been listening because the Atlanta Journal Constitution just posted a piece featuring Kandi's house with a bunch of PHOTOS!

Here's the simple exterior (which would be really quaint with a paint job and better landscaping):

Once inside, you see that the foyer is done up with crap that all apparently came from the same "new age" furniture store:

Actually we like the wallpaneling in the living room and the soft colors of the sofa and ottoman in the living room:

And the bedrooms?  More new age furniture!  Below is Kandi's master bedroom.  Which is worse, the tray ceiling or that bench?  Wrong color choices.  Wrong everything!

Her daughter's room is . . . well . . . .

Oh yeah, here's a bathroom for good measure:

To Kandi's credit, she says in the article that she does not believe in spending a lot of money (obviously!).  We LOVE that and it's part of the reason why she's our favorite cast member.  She's a lovely person and almost too sensible to even be on the show.

Still, we think Kandi's interior designer should have stopped her from filling up her home with all that court jester's furniture that popped up in the late 1990's/early 2000's and quickly went out of style.

All photos by Sean Drakes/AJC.  To see more photos, go here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Real Housewives of Atlanta: Dwight Eubanks (The Sixth Housewife) at Home

Okay, so we sorta got lazy and fell off on our posts about the Real Housewives of Atlanta.  Let us just throw this one in about Dwight Eubanks --The Unofficial Sixth Housewife.  Dwight, a hair stylist who also served as the director of Sheree Whitfield's fashion show this season.  He's rumored to be getting his own reality show soon.

Photographer Sean Drakes of the Atlanta Journal Constitution toured Dwight's Atlanta home recently.  As flamboyant as Dwight is, we expected his home to be completely over the top.

Well, we were wrong!  He lives in a largely traditional home with traditional decor.  We grabbed a few of the best interior shots just to show you.

Aside from perhaps having a little too much furniture, his living room (shown below and in top photo) is certainly pleasant enough.

And every once in a while, you can glimpse something ultra-chic like these lamps, also in the living room:

Or this carved bedframe in his master bedroom:

We actually really like the knole settee and drum coffee table in the lounge off the master bedroom:

And who doesn't love a pool? 

The pool area looks like a really nice place to throw a party, especially if Dwight eliminated that loose pile of fabric and pillows (presumably a lounging spot).

The bottom line is, it looks like Dwight just moved into a newly built home.  He probably decorated it himself without the help of a designer.  Of course, we wouldn't make those same design choices; we all have our own individual tastes. 

Surprisingly, his style sometimes leans toward the "grandma's house" look.  To freshen things up, we'd lose the white walls, frilly bed linens, at least one of the victorian sofas in the living room, and most of the gold accents.  We'd also consider adding a rug and a larger coffee table in the living room, and modern window treatments throughout the house. 

Otherwise, we think he did a pretty okay job--especially considering he's a hair stylist and not a so-called "Real Housewife."
If you want to check out the rest of the photos, go here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dancing with the Stars' Samantha Harris is Selling Her L.A. Home

What's UP with us and spanish mediterranean houses these days?!!!  First it was Meg Ryan's house, then Christina Ricci's, then James Franco's, then Dorothy Dandridge's.  Now the co-host of Dancing with the Stars, Samantha Harris, has gone and put hers up for sale too!

Okay, so it's not as glamorous as the others, but we love the exterior.  And it's not as pricey as the others either!  Located on a great street in Westwood, the newly remodeled 4 BR/3.5 BA home carries an asking price of $1.595 million.

For that amount, you get less than 3000 sq. ft. and no foyer.  But you do get wood beams on the ceiling, arched openings and a dining room with a raised floor:

As for the remodeling work, we don't see anything particularly special.  But it's not objectionable either.

MORE PHOTOS after the jump!!!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dorothy Dandridge's Former Home Up For Sale

We just learned that the former home of the beautiful and legendary screen star Dorothy Dandridge is for sale.  Like James Franco's home, it is a GORGEOUS 3BR/4.5BA Spanish mediterranean located just off L.A.'s Sunset Strip--almost as gorgeous as Dorothy herself!  The current owner is asking $3.495 million.

Above is the terrace located just off the dining room.  Because we didn't care for the decor in the dining or living room, we skipped showing them to you. 

Instead, we want to show you the master bedroom, closet and bathroom below:

Take note all you so-called ballers out there, THIS is how you ball!  Prime real estate, beautiful architectural details, and spectacular features like a terrace off your closet and a stunning view from your tub!

Oh yeah, the kitchen is lovely too! 

See the kitchen and MORE PHOTOS after the jump!

Hey Steve Harvey, Hope it Wasn't Something We Said . . .

Last week, we reported on Steve Harvey's monstrous house that's up for sale.  This week, he gave a tearful testimony to Donnie McClurkin, saying that Internet bloggers are spreading evil rumors and that he's "goin' through something."  Okay, we doubt he was referring to us, but we wonder what demons he's dealing with.  And are they in that house?

Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi's Crib

This week we're profiling the homes of the cast of Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta.  Today, we have the home of Grammy award winning singer/songwriter Kandi Burruss, the newest cast member on the show.  She's a single mom living in Fayetteville, Georgia, an up-and-coming southern suburb of Atlanta.  She made headline news recently when her ex-fiance Ashley "AJ" Jewell--who was an integral part of the show--was killed while outside an Atlanta strip club.  (Bossip has emerging details on that story.)

We dug up this video tour of Kandi's home on Bravo's website:

YUCK!!! WE HATE IT!  As talented as she is in the music world, Kandi doesn't have a lick of talent for decorating her home.  We couldn't find one redeeming feature in it!  Somebody get a decorator in there quick!

Tell us!  Do you think she needs to hire an interior designer?

Monday, October 26, 2009

Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kim Zolciak at Home

In case you missed it, Bravo aired the season finale of Real Housewives of Atlanta this weekend.  So we figured now would be a good time to feature the homes of the cast members of the show.  First up, the home of singer Kim "Tardy for the Party" Zolciak (pictured in her bedroom above). 

If you watch the show, then you know that Kim is NOT a housewife.  She's the divorced mother of two girls and the side piece of a married man she refers to as "Big Poppa."   He is allegedly caking her with riches so she can live the life of a pampered housewife.

So we were surprised (okay, not really!) to find that Kim lives in a fairly ordinary townhouse in Duluth, a somewhat affluent suburb of Atlanta.

We realize that reality stars are not highly paid actors, so we don't expect them to all live in fancy homes.  The thing is, Real Housewives is supposed to be about upscale women who already have money to support a lavish lifestyle. 

There's nothing particularly lavish about the exterior of Kim's home (above).

So what about the inside?

See the INSIDE PHOTOS after the jump!!!
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