The most beautiful homes are those filled with meaningful accessories that tell the story of a homeowner’s life to all who visit it. If you’re afraid to mess the perfection of your expertly arranged rooms, take a note from these celebrities who’ve integrated personal accessories and customized their spaces to reflect who they are, in the most wonderful ways.
It comes as no surprise that fashion designer and style icon Diane von Furstenberg has extraordinary personal style at home. We love how she infused the classically European bedroom in her Paris apartment, which was featured in InStyle, with a bit of her distinct persona. The designer draped her otherwise neutral and traditional bed with a modern duvet and blanket from her own bedding brand; it’s fierce, yet still elevated and chic.
Guitarist Benji Madden, one half of The Madden Brothers, renovated his Nichols Canyon bungalow, which was featured on Domaine, with a clean, artful, and masculine aesthetic. His style is minimal and he selects accessories carefully. We love how the designer dedicated one bookcase to his MTV VMA moonman statues and Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards blimp statuettes; it’s playful, yet one-of-a-kind.
Actor Bryan Batt, who played art director Sal Romano on Mad Men, owns a design and gifts boutique in New Orleans (Hazelnut) with his partner Tom Cianfichi, and the man knows how to accessorize. We love how he hung a little ode to his last name, a portrait of Batman, in his NOLA bedroom, which was featured on Domaine.
New York fashion designer Charlotte Ronson’s East Village apartment is a reflection of one of her favorite hobbies: reading. Her living room, which was featured on Domaine, is literally brimming with books! “I love to read,” she says. “I try to keep most of my books — I can’t every really throw a book out. I just have to keep everything.”
It doesn’t surprise us that red-soled shoe designer Christian Louboutin’s internationally-influenced Paris apartment, which was featured in Belle, is totally glamorous. But we were blown away when we saw his custom dressing room (yes, he has a dressing room), with its stunning ornate wooden openwork doors. Clearly, the man never settles for anything less than spectacular.
Iconic photographer Mario Testino didn’t work with a designer on his Los Angeles home, which was featured in Vogue, but he has a strong interest in decorating. “I’m so obsessed with it,” he says. “I have no real training in the history of fine art or furniture; my eye just works by proportions. I react intuitively.” To recall the handwoven ponchos common in his native Peru, Testino used the fabric to upholster banquettes he built in his living room. He also hired a Peruvian craftsman to make colonial-inspired furniture for his home, mixing antique elements with more contemporary items.
Venezuelan-American fashion designer Carolina Herrara is known for her impeccably, elegant dresses and her ladylike New York townhouse, which was featured in InStyle, is no different. Herrara filled the dressing table in her toile-covered bedroom with family photographs and an inherited collection of antique silver hair brushes — both family mementos as beautiful as she.
With classic butterfly chairs and midcentury-inspired landscape, the home of Glee star Jayma Mays and actor Adam Campbell, which was featured in Dwell, received a pretty flawless renovation by architect Mike Jacobs. The couple added their own flair to the poolside area by hiring street artist Morley, a close friend, to paint a mural on one exterior wall that reads: “I love you enough to pick you up from the airport.” Sweet as can be.
Featured in Vogue, the London home of English musician Florence Welch of Florence & The Machine is no glittering rockstar den: instead, it’s filled with quirky British flair, family treasures, and vintage finds. The singer collaborated with interior designer Carolyn Benson, a family friend, to reimagine her small Georgian house. An inveterate antiquer, Welch outfitted her living with a paisley chair from an upper-crust antiques fair and a mishmash of vintage bird-themed artworks.
Working with interior designer Kristen Buckingham, actress Reese Witherspoon brought poetic, feminine charm to her former ranch in Ojai, CA, which was featured in ELLE Decor. The duo instilled a rustic sense of boyishness to her son Deacon Phillippe’s bedroom with a collection of antlers, a Turkish rug, an antique desk, and a mix of geometric pillows.
Working mom and owner and chief creative officer of BCBG Max Azria, Lubov Azria is a style queen, but she’s not too precious with her home. In a lounge area of her grand Gatsby-like LA home, which was featured on The Coveteur, the designer framed and hung drawings by her five daughters on a wall above her Missoni for Roche Bobois sectional — such a cute way to celebrate your children’s creativity!
Author and journalist Tom Wolfe is known almost as much for his signature ensemble — a dapper white suit and white and blue homburg hat — as for his critically acclaimed writing (almost). Wolfe echoed his signature style in the library of his Upper East Side home, which was featured on The Selby, with a number of tabletop hat stands and personal artworks, such as a paper sculpture of his visage.
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Photographs: InStyle via Sukio, Justin Coit for Domaine, Andrew Arthur for Domaine, Reid Rolls for Domaine, Philippe Garcia for Belle, Mario Testino for Vogue, Jason Schmidt for InStyle, Joe Pugliese for Dwell, Mike Jacobs photographed by Floto + Warner for Dwell, Carolyn Benson photographed by Angelo Pennetta for Vogue, Kristen Buckingham photographed by William Waldron for ELLE Decor, The Coveteur (source), Todd Selby (photographer and source)