I’ve had a few requests to do more posts on celebrities houses after yesterday’s post on Brangelina’s home and Jen and Justin’s home. (Just a side note, I’ve recently found out from a reader that Jen has since sold the two apartments she bought in NYC and has bought a Bel Air mansion for $21 million which she is renovating. Hopefully we will get to see images of that when it is finished!)
So anyway, I thought I would share some pics of one of my favourite celebrity houses…the charming Hamptons weekend home of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.
According to an interview with Elle decor Sarah Jessica had been looking for quite some time before she happened to come across a picture in the window of a realtors office of this beautiful Victorian house just minutes from the beach. Apparently her realtor had been showing her lots of fancy houses that were just too big, stuffy and showy for what she and her husband wanted. After seeing the 19th century house with its charming Victorian style, cedarwood clapboard exterior, light-filled rooms and high ceilings, she made an offer on the house and that was it.
She then called on an old friend Eric Hughes to help her decorate it. It was important to herself and Matthew that the house was not to be too precious or showy, they wanted a home that could handle damp swimsuits, sandy feet and room for entertaining their friends and family. They wanted “colour, light and comfort, comfort, comfort”. First off they decided to build a large covered porch to the front to create an outdoor living space that could seat up to 20 people. (I love that idea!)
The kitchen is so happy and bright with some gorgeous retro touches. I love the industrial style vintage stools and Viking range and the beautiful white painted timber clad walls.
I love that the house is furnished with a mixture of antiques, fleamarket vintage finds and inexpensive IKEA pieces. (the white LACK side tables above cost just €13.20 each!)
I really love the idea of having a big stack of chopped firewood sitting on the floor next to the fire. There’s something so casual and homey-looking about it that I love. Unfortunately my other half insisted we put our firewood into a basket (he’s a bit of neat freak!)
This window seat is just gorgeous. It looks like such a lovely place to sit and have a coffee. Look at that sunlight coming in through those amazing windows!
The colours really pop against all the white in the house, especially this unique Egyptian hand-blown blue glass chandelier over the dining table. I love how all the mismatched vintage chairs are painted black, it prevents all the different styles from looking too chaotic but unifies them together perfectly.
In the den, the chair and sofa have been upsholstered in a practical hard-wearing denim and more LACK tables provide perfect simple coffee tables. I love the beadboard wall and the rustic seagrass floor cushions. They add a subtle beachy look to the room.
This is the Master bedroom. So modest in size but it has plenty of character. A 1940s mirrored desk serves as a dressing table and Eric found these beautiful armchairs upholstered in Chinese silk at a fleamarket and the cotton curtains are from IKEA! The yellow upholstered headboard adds a real fun touch to the room.
The bathroom is probably my favourite room of the house. I love love love beadboard paneling. I just think it adds so much character to a wall. The blue and white colour scheme is so crisp and fresh you can almost smell the sea air when you look at this picture. I’m a big fan of using galvanised buckets as bins, they add the perfect amount of industrial to the space along with the metal cabinet on wheels.
So that’s it tour’s over! I’d love to hear what you think! Leave me a comment below
If you would like more Hamptons style inspiration you might enjoy my post on the beach house from “Something’s Gotta Give”