There are couple goals, and then there are design couple goals, and these beautiful homes of these eight famous pairs may be the crème de la crème in that department. Whether we’re imagining Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber lounging in the open-air living room of their Los Cabos, Mexico, villa or Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady sprawling on the neutral-colored sofa in the gorgeous master bedroom of their Los Angeles estate, each idea is more enviable than the next. Here are some more examples, from Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, to swipe some inspiration from, whether your style be vintage ping-pong tables in your entrance area or repoussé drum stools.
Photo by William Waldron
The living room of the New York City townhouse of Brooke Shields and her husband, Chris Henchy, features Louis XVI–style armchairs, a French Empire commode, and a 1970s Lucite-base cocktail table. A Keith Haring painting, which was a gift from the artist, sits above the fireplace, framed by two portraits of the couple’s daughters, by artist Will Cotton.
Photo by BJÖRN WALLANDER
Parota-wood beams line the ceiling of Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber’s open-air living room in Los Cabos, Mexico, which features linen-covered lounge chairs and custom-made tripod floor lamps. A vintage pillow and throw from John Robshaw brighten up the room.
Photo by Nino Muñoz
A chandelier with matching sconces above the mantel sets a romantic tone in the master bedroom of the Los Angeles home of Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen. The theme is carried throughout the couple’s room, with neutral tones, soft lines, and a splash of pink above the mantel.
Nick Jonas knows his audience. “I just got a new apartment here in New York!” Jonas told us excitedly at a pop-up performance at the Chase Pay Village (a one-of-a-kind shopping experience including 20 merchants) located in the Oculus at Westfield World Trade Center. “There’s some furniture and things in there, because I am renting it. But today, this morning, [there] was a copy of Architectural Digest on my table that I had never noticed before.” After some further investigation, we discovered that the mystery issue that showed up in Jonas’s new rental apartment was AD‘s March 2012 issue with Brooke Shields on the cover. “It was very cool,” the singer and actor said. “I didn’t look that long—I had some things I had to do, but ohhh, Brooke Shields.”
Stocking up on design inspiration is important to Jonas considering he has a new apartment in New York City (along with the Los Angeles home he shares with his brother Joe), but we don’t blame him for putting it on the bottom of his to-do list: In this year alone, the youngest of the former pop rock band known as the Jonas Brothers finished his next record, starred alongside Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black in a modern-day rendition of Jumanji (along with writing a song for the film with Black), and was nominated for a Golden Globe for his song Home for the film Ferdinand. We talked to Jonas about what he’ll do with that little gold statuette if he does—fingers crossed—win, his home decor style versus his brother Joe’s, and that age-old question of New York City versus Los Angeles.
Architectural Digest: Congratulations on the Golden Globe nomination. If you win, where is it going in your house?
Nick Jonas: You know, my brother and I live together in Los Angeles, but I have a place here and I feel like I am more connected to New York City than to California, to be honest. I grew up in New Jersey—this is sort of like home base and I think even though we have a mantel in our house in L.A. that has some awards on it, this one, if I am lucky enough to receive it, it’s probably going to come back to New York with me, and I will just hold it all of the time, when I walk in my house.
AD: Cuddle with it?
NJ: Yeah, walk into restaurants with it. Actually what is really funny, last year, my brother and I went to the after-parties—we didn’t go to the Globes itself—and we first ended up at this restaurant in L.A. and the producers and some of the cast of La La Land were all there and Emma Stone was there. The coolest part about the Globes is they actually give the award to you when you leave—most times you have to go back—and you just see these people sitting at dinner, just like with a Golden Globe on the table. And I thought to myself, if I am ever lucky enough, I am going to do that. Like walk into McDonald’s or something.
AD: I know you live in two different places but how would you describe your sense of design style?
NJ: I think I am a bit of a minimalist. Much like fashion actually, I think there is a cross section in that I like really classic things and then some bold pieces as well. I am newly into art and trying to learn as much as I can about that. And as far as the design of the home in L.A., sort of a barn house thing, but with some really great sort of antique furniture in there, things that have character, and as far as the fixtures and everything else goes, really simple, classic but also with that element that it feels like it has got some life within it.
AD: Living with your brother, do you both have the same design style?
NJ: We don’t.
AD: How do you reconcile that?
NJ: The more trips he takes to Japan, the more he comes back with like these—it’s really kind of taking over our home, but there is like these collectible…I don’t know the exact word for it. I don’t want to get the wrong name but they are like, from some comic book stores basically, and they are like action figures but they have a better name that we should look up. But he loves those and so his bedroom is sort of literally, wall-to-wall covered with that. But they are really cool, collectible things. If you find something you love, go for it. But in addition to that, we had to find a common ground on design, so we worked with a great interior designer that helped us sort of find a middle point because he is a bit louder in his taste than me, but we found a really good balance. As far as the place here in New York goes, it’s just mine, so I can kind of do what I want with it.