Cooking with Celebrities: their kitchens – 1
As you know we love to snoop into interiors of the famous and the important especially if it comes to cooking in there custom made kitchen.
In all the TV shows we hear how well they cook but I guess most of us will never know. On the other hand we are grateful that we can take a quick look into their interior. We are always wondering if the way the celebrities are dressing are also expressed into their daily lives, interiors and cooking. Looking through the photos one cannot escape the notion that somehow there is a connection. For fun we are including some celebrity photos taken in the year that refers to the kitchen and the interior photo.
Furthermore we truly believe that Sir Elton John should not have any problems to “FURNISH” his home. Just a small joke for the insider.
Asian and Middle Eastern influences inform the interiors Martyn Lawrence Bullard conceived for Cher’s Los Angeles duplex. Although the singer and actress insisted on a neutral palette, the designer used intricate detailing and bold accent pieces to enliven the home. In the open kitchen, hand-carved screens cover the cabinets and conceal state-of-the-art appliances, while Chinese hanging lanterns add to the exotic atmosphere. (July 2010)
Diane Keaton is a pro at restoring old California houses, including this 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival home in Bel Air that designer Stephen Shadley helped bring back to life. The pair reconfigured the interior, transforming three small, oddball rooms into a spacious kitchen and family room. An adapted Robert Frost quote frames the arch above the bar, which is covered in colorful tiles the actress found at a swap meet (April 2005)
ELLEN DEGENERES AND PORTIA DE ROSSI
The kitchen of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi’s Beverly Hills home has an artisanal, Arts and Craft–like design aesthetic, thanks in part to the custom-made hanging glass display case that serves as storage for tableware. The stainless-steel range is by Wolf, and the green tile backsplash and painted cabinetry offset the neutral tones of the barstools and antique rugs. The rustic floor is crafted of reclaimed teak beams. (November 2011)
SIR ELTON JOHN AND DAVID FURNISH
Vibrant color and bold statement pieces define Sir Elton John and David Furnish’s Los Angeles apartment, decorated by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. “Hermès-handbag Kelly-green walls,” as the designer put it, lead to the clean-lined contemporary kitchen, which features white Poliform cabinetry. The circa-1969 crystal chandelier above the island formerly hung over the concierge desk at the Grand Hotel in Milan. (December 2009)
With its mottled walls, weathered surfaces, and crystal chandelier, Gerard Butler’s kitchen looks at first glance like it belongs in a medieval castle—until you notice the modern appliances. The actor described his loft, located in a converted manufacturing warehouse in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, as a “bohemian old-world rustic château with a taste of baroque.” The kitchen’s cabinetry and backsplash were fashioned from leftover flooring materials. (May 2010)
“Other than some bikes in the garage, you wouldn’t know who lives here,” professional cyclist Lance Armstrong said of his Spanish Colonial–style house in Austin, Texas, which was decorated by his “partner-in-design-crime since 1995,” Roy W. Materanek. Framed family photographs perched atop the millwork create a striking frieze. The kitchen’s glass door and large windows maximize views of the terrace and garden; the range and microwave are by Viking, and the sinks are by Kohler. (July 2008)
STING AND TRUDIE STYLER
Sting and Trudie Styler tapped architect Lee F. Mindel, of Shelton, Mindel & Associates, to completely overhaul their early-18th-century townhouse in the heart of London. The ground floor, which houses the kitchen, dining area, and family room, was extensively excavated in order to lower the floor and increase the ceiling height from seven to nine feet. For the streamlined kitchen, the ceiling “was punched up to provide space for light fixtures,” Mindel explained. The straw Tom Dixon chair and wide-plank wood floors lend organic elements. (May 2010)
WILL AND JADA PINKETT SMITH
In keeping with the rest of their Los Angeles–area home’s eclectic design scheme, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s kitchen features reclaimed ceiling beams, cabinetry fashioned from 19th-century Nuristani oak panels, and adobelike walls. As Will Smith told “Everything needed to be done by hand.” (September 2011)
We hope this has brought some inspiration in your kitchen design. We love the kitchen of Ellen and Portia and we feel like in the summer looking at the kitchen of Diane.
Oock ( www.oock.nl ) , interior designer also designs custom made kitchens for the expat community in Amsterdam and Den Haag, The Netherlands. Let us know your feedback.