Another Celeb Real Estate Post…
Another hate to admit it post, but they call it ‘guilty pleasure’ for a reason- I, along with 2.6million other Americans,
tuned into the latest Kardashian reality show on Sunday night: “Khloe & Lamar”- a reality series based on Khloe Kardashian, one of the famous Kardashian sisters, and her husband Lamar Odom, a LA Lakers basketball star. The show will follow their lives around of traveling for Lakers games and their home lives- which is one of my biggest fascinations of the show- their house. It seems as though Josh Altman of Million Dollar Listing may have represented them as their agent in the sale, but he only had a brief appearance showing them the home when they were house hunting in one of the trailers so it’s hard to say.
I really don’t know much about LA but have been trying to do some research on the communities just out of curiosity, and
recently writing about another sister’s(Kourtney Kardashian’s) latest purchase in Calabasas LA. Knowing that the show would showcase most of the episodes in their home, I did some digging and found out a few quick facts about their house. In October or November of 2009, Khloe & Lamar purchased a 7 bedroom, 9 bathroom, 8,347sqft home in a gated Tarzana community for $3.9million.
I love the interior design as their decor has the “fabulosity” feel but is also chic and doesn’t feel too “stiff” like many other celeb homes you see online.
While digging for scoop I found this great article on CasaSugar.com about Khloe’s interior design choice. You don’t need to be a millionaire to have a characteristic filled well decorated home. Her designer, Jeff Andrews highlights some great tips:
“When I first met Khloe Kardashian in late 2009, I knew we would work well together. Our mutual friend and my client Ryan Seacrest made the introduction, and we hit it off right away. Khloe’s style is young, fresh, and glamorous, but she also appreciates traditional styles and influences. So one of the great challenges that we tackled together on this collaboration was striking the right balance. The end result? A “glam-traditional” pad for her and husband Lamar Odom to relax and entertain family and friends. The overall style of the home, perfectly represented by her office, is sophisticated, upscale, and livable all at the same time.
1. Desk chair: This chair is from a designer, trade-only showroom. Occasionally, this type of store will open their doors to consumers to buy direct. Keep an eye out for these (the LA Mart in Los Angeles has one coming up soon) and choose a showroom floor model. You can get high-end style and refinement at a fraction of the price.
2. Guest chairs: These are vintage chairs Khloe owned but didn’t love. Rather than be wasteful, I found two great fabrics, one with subtle sparkle and one solid, and reupholstered the chairs. Reusing and repurposing furniture and accessories is a great way to be green! It is also a great way to save money. You can reupholster on literally any budget from DIY to high-end. Another tip is to use the same fabric, again in two ways, to make custom throw pillows. You can find fabric at so many locations from craft stores to flea markets to places like the fashion district in downtown Los Angeles.
3. Shelves and chandelier: To add glitz, dimension, and visual interest to the shelves in Khloe’s office, we added antique mirror to the back of the shelves. Again, this is something that can be done on any budget with a quick trip to your local glass shop. We also added glamour with the chandelier. I customized the piece with cut bohemian black crystals that I purchased separately and added for maximum effect.
4. Painting is something that pretty much everyone can afford to do, and most of us can handle doing ourselves! For Khloe’s office, I used a deep shade of gray/lavender (Benjamin Moore – Stone) on the walls, and I painted the ceiling a lighter shade of lavender (Benjamin Moore – Angelika). The dark trim is a custom color that was mixed by the painter on site. Use a paint deck and other color samples to help put together your palette. Make sure to look at the samples at different times of day and night before selecting a color as lighting changes color dramatically.
5. Three ways to add style, substance and personality to your room: Keep things alive and seasonal with fresh flowers. Vintage stores, flea markets, and resale shops are great places to find interesting and unique vases and vessels. Grab a bundle of flowers when you stop at the farmers market or at the grocery store. Photos and personal mementos (such as bobble heads on Khloe’s desk) add a personal touch to the space. No room is complete without photos of family, friends, and loved ones! Buy frames that catch your eye and mix and match. Keep an eye out for sales and promotions at frame shops by subscribing to enewsletters. Finally, books! Art books are a great gift to give and receive. There are usually several great coffee table books to choose from at any good bookstore. You can always find a fun art book about a topic that you find interesting from design to fashion to music.
6. Window treatments: For the windows, we chose these fabulous charcoal / purple sheers that filter light and really up the “glam factor” of this room. They really pull the room together and make it feel complete. I think that too many people neglect window treatments. Curtains and other window options can get very expensive, but if you do your research, you can make smart, stylish decisions that don’t break the bank. Think about function — do you need to block out light completely? Do you need privacy from your window coverings or are they just for effect? Online is a great place to monitor for sales and promotions for both window coverings and hardware.”