I have an unhealthy obsession with watching video tours of really nice houses, and this whole isolation thing is only making it worse.
It’s unsurprising, then, that I’ve burned through Architectural Digest’s YouTube series, ‘Open Door,’ pretty quickly. The premise is simple: step inside a rich and famous person’s place, and admire all the lovely things they own that will only ever materialise in your life by way of a moodboard. The series has raised some questions for me: Why do rich people really, really like wallpaper? What’s with famous people all owning things that were once owned by other famous people? And what celebrities would I most love to go full Parasite on, and move myself in immediately for an extended quarantine? These six, actually.
Let’s kick things of with the most unattainable of all the unattainable properties on this list: Lenny Kravitz’s Brazilian farm compound. (The satisfaction oozing from every pore of his being at the 30 second mark will make sense by the time you get to the end of the video.) Lenny’s farm includes multiple guest houses, a plexiglass piano that used to be owned by Ingrid Bergman, a red velvet chair that belonged to Andy Warhol (see, I told you), a building just for gym and therapy, pool, soccer field and fully functional farm. The way that Lenny says, ‘You have to have a [bath] tub in your room’ is almost enough to make me forget about the world economy collapsing. I completely agree, Lenny. Everything about this property is 10/10.
This is hands down my favourite pick of the bunch, and we never even get to see what the bedrooms are like. The bamboo and lemon trees, the wood panelling, the concrete floors, the poolside table made from the wood on Winston Churchill’s yacht? All of it, I want it all. If ever I get to the point in my life when I choose to put ‘very delicate, very expensive’ chairs in my garden instead of busted up furniture off Gumtree, I’ll know I’ve made it.
Mark Ronson’s place is like living in a music and art memorabilia museum, but homey. Some of the houses on AD’s Open Houses tell you more about the personality of the architect/interior designer than the actual celebrity living there, but not Ronson’s. From his handpicked wallpaper, to his record collection room and tape cassette artwork, it’s obviously a spot-on representation of his personality, which makes it one of the better house tours in the series. Plus, who doesn’t love a place with a bit of Old Hollywood charm?
I dislike the word ‘rustic’, almost as much the word ‘quaint’. These are terms that should be reserved for mums who wear ‘Coffee, Wine and Amazon Prime’ t-shirts, and greasy real estate agents. However… Aaron Paul’s Idaho mansion is indeed rustic in every sense of the word, and if I had to ride out the apocalypse in any one these, it would be this cosy mansion. It’s made up of three 120-year-old barns made by an Amish community, and is just as big as it sounds. The piece of stone that sits at the base of their fireplace probably costs more than my entire life savings, but that’s the kind of thing you can do when you were once earning $150,000 USD per episode of Breaking Bad. Also, Paul waiting 10 mins to drink the cocktails he made with his ‘cocktail smoker’ is exactly the kind of decadence we all need right now.
Who knew Hopper was such a suave guy? As soon as I saw the bookshelf with slide ladder in Harbour’s New York loft apartment, this got a green light. The ‘God lights’ to the side of the bookcase are a plus, as are the hanging plant shelves that separate the living from from his office, the dark-tiled bathroom with a vaulted ceiling, and massive couch.
Yes to the Japanese minimalism inspired architecture, and a genuine appreciation for art and sculptural work. No to the bowling alley in the basement; goddamn it Maria, that space was screaming out to become an underground lap pool.
If you’ve got time to spare—just kidding, I know you do—and feel like escaping reality for a bit, go and check out the rest of Architectural Digest‘s Open Door series on YouTube here.