Celebrity dining rooms
It's always nice to sneak a peak into someone else's home and Architectural Digest recently did a feature on celebrity dining rooms. Let's see how the rich and famous sit down at the table...
The screened porch of Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres’s Beverly Hills estate includes a 19th-century trestle table and wicker armchairs for informal dining. In the formal dining room, antique French cane chairs surround a 17th-century farm table in the dining room; the work on paper is by Warhol.
For their home in California, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne worked with close friend Martyn Lawrence Bullard to create an eclectic design that was a dramatic departure from their last house, the gothic abode where they filmed their reality-TV series. A 19th-century French chandelier surmounts a table and chairs designed by Lawrence Bullard.
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith created a family haven near Calabasas, with the help of architect Stephen Samuelson and interior designer Judith Lance. In the dining room, a custom-made table sheathed in lacquered linen is surrounded by walnut chairs, which are upholstered and accented with bronze-staple detailing.
Actor Gerard Butler created an old-world home in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbourhood with the help of architect Alexander Gorlin and film designer Elvis Restaino. "I wanted something elegant and gorgeous and at the same time rather masculine and raw," Butler says. A heavy custom-made table is the heart of the loft’s dining area.
Motocross driver Ricky Carmichael and his wife, Ursula, who decorated their Florida home, fashioned a peaceful escape from the racing world. A wall covering by Osborne & Little lines the dining room of the lakeside house; a pair of oversize chandeliers hang above the table.
Brooke Shields collaborated with decorator David Flint Wood and MADE architects on the Manhattan townhouse she shares with her family. Zuber’s Les Lointains pattern evokes an enchanting mood in the dining room, where a tole chandelier is mounted over a vintage marble-top table.
Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, revamped their early-18th-century London townhouse to accommodate more living and dining space on the lower level. Architect Lee F. Mindel worked with restoration architect Anthony Close-Smith on the extensive project. A large skylight was installed to bring natural illumination to the dining area.
Cher commissioned designer and longtime friend Ron Wilson to decorate an Italian Renaissance–style residence in Malibu. "I’m comfortable here," says the singer-actress. English bronze chandeliers hang from the dining room’s stamped-copper ceiling. Gothic Revival chairs, bought in London, surround a table dressed in silk taffeta and topped with orchids, candlelit centrepieces, and white china with gold trim.
In Elton John's dining room vintage pieces include a Georg Jensen pendant light, a Lucite-and-glass table, and Paul Evans chairs; a strié wall covering by Phillip Jeffries serves as the backdrop for paintings by Haring (left) and Wang Guangyi and a group of photographs by William Eggleston; the glass vases are by Nancy Callan, and the rug is by Kyle Bunting.
The New York apartment of actor Will Ferrell and his wife, auctioneer Viveca Paulin-Ferrell, was renovated by architect Richard Perry and decorated by Shawn Henderson Interior Design. In the dining area, Tejo Remy light fixtures are suspended above a vintage Paul T. Frankl dining table; artisan Tanya Aguiñiga covered the Eames chairs with blue felt, and the flower images are by Donald Sultan.
In the New York City apartment of Michael J Fox and wife Tracy Pollan, graceful touches are balanced with practicality. In the dining room, with its treetop views of Central Park, the decorators installed a circa-1940 Venetian-glass chandelier, a grey-tone photo diptych by Uta Barth, and a wall-mounted George Nakashima console.