With all the catfights on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, you can’t blame Lisa Vanderpump for wanting to create a serene ambience in her Beverly Hills home. “I want it to feel like a sanctuary,” says Vanderpump, 52. “It’s a harmonious atmosphere no matter what stresses are happening outside.” The reality star (and Dancing with the Stars contestant) moved with husband Ken Todd into the 14,000-sq.-ft. abode in November 2011 after being wowed by the home’s “exquisite” views. “We’re five minutes from the heart of Beverly Hills and it feels like we’re living in the country,” she says. Perhaps, but a rustic farmhouse it is not. The space is filled with marble floors, high-end furniture and classic works of art. While decorating the home, Vanderpump’s main design credo was to stick to her favorite color range: white, pinks and taupes (with an occasional touch of black). “When you decorate you often think you have to make every room different – you have to have a blue room, a pink room, a yellow room. But you really don’t,” she says. “You can have an all-neutral palette and then accessorize like you’d accessorize a great black dress.” Of course, living in such a stain-taunting environment can have drawbacks. “We all have red wine spill moments,” she says, but Vanderpump doesn’t let the threat of a damaged white rug ruin the home’s peaceful vibe. “I don’t ask people to take their shoes off,” she says. “What I would do is answer the door in my shoes and then take them off, and if they’re smart, they’ll say, ‘Oh, should I take mine off?’ Otherwise I’d never mention it.” As for the furniture and accessories, Vanderpump makes sure to use hearty fabrics (“white leather chairs are as durable as any other color,” she says) and stay on top of any potential breakage. “If parties get too rowdy, I might take away the best wine glasses,” she says. “Or I might serve champagne instead of red wine. But otherwise, guests can do whatever they want.”
My FAVORITE ROOM
THE BRASH MOGUL SHOWS OFF THE SPACE WHERE HE SEALS HIS DEALS
HE’S WORTH ABOUT $2.5 BILLION, BUT THE BUSINESSMAN AND STAR of ABC’s Shark Tank doesn’t spend much of that money on his office furniture. “I work out of my home to be close to my kids,” says the dad of Alexis, 9, Alyssa, 6, and Jake, 3. “So I’m not a meetings guy—I don’t run people in and out.” His only office chair (the one he sits in) is draped with the “lucky” Dallas Mavericks jersey he got 13 years ago when he bought the NBA team. Although his wife, Tiffany, 40, wants to spruce up this nook of their 24,000-sq.-ft. Dallas mansion, Cuban, 54, doesn’t care. “When you’re investing in tech businesses, whatever’s new is what’s happening, so this is where I’ve got everything I need to do my research: I have boxes of tech stuff, software manuals, wireless access points so I can test all the technology. The last thing I want is some snot-nosed 16-year-old thinking he knows more than me. I’ve got to do the work. I love this office because it lets me geek out.”
“THIS IS MY WOMAN CAVE,” SAYS JENNY McCARTHY, 40, of the bathroom in her penthouse apartment in downtown Chicago. “All my friends know that if anyone calls me at night, I’m talking to them from my bathtub.” With its floor-to-ceiling windows and spa-like decor, the space allows the actress and host of a new VH1 late-night talk show to unplug from work and from her duties as a mom to son Evan, 10. McCarthy has kept the ambience of the room muted. “My color scheme comes when I add flowers—I like to bring in a big bouquet of orange roses,” says McCarthy, who puts her makeup on while sitting on the room’s slate floor. “I bring a mirror down there and all my pro-ducts and do it hippie-style,” she says. The only thing missing from her hideaway? “My tub fits two people,” she says. “So I’m looking for that other person.”
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MY FIRST HOME
THE STYLIST AND STAR OF BRAVO’S IT’S A BRAD, BRAD WORLD SHOWS OFF HIS DREAM HOUSE—AND OFFERS DECORATING TIPS
When he was a teenager, a pal asked Brad Goreski to describe his dream house. “I said I picture it being all white, with gauzy fabric on the windows, and I see a very handsome man saying to me, ‘Your bagel is ready.'” Six months ago Goreski made that dream a reality. He and his partner of 11 years TV producer Gary Janetti bought their first place together. “It’s a nice milestone,” says Goreski, 35, who decked out his new pad with everything from flea market finds to original artwork. And he’s also using the space as a place for celebrations. “This is a major entertaining house,” he says. “It’s like a whole new phase for me. I used to like going out so much and now I can’t get myself to leave home.”
BRAD’S DESIGN TIPS
Accessorize with color
“Putting colorful pieces in a neutral space adds a sense of modernity,” says Goreski, who showcases a deep red dish on his stark white coffee table.
Play all the angles
“I am drawn to a very geometric space,” he says. “I like taking different-shaped things and fitting them together like a puzzle.” Goreski also plays with a mix of “soft and tough” elements in his bedroom—as a counterpart to the flowy drapes, he’s added boxy, masculine bedside lamps.
Make room for fun
“I love having beautiful furniture and things, but I don’t want my space to look like a showroom,” he says. “There has to be a healthy balance of the whimsical too.” Goreski and Janetti collect vintage-looking ashtrays. “Neither of us smokes but you need those touches to ground everything.”
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Featured in the ABC drama (it’s the home Connie Britton’s Rayna Jaymes lives in), the 20,533-sq.-ft. estate comes with lush gardens and a wine cellar.
MOVIE: ROCKY II
This modest 90-year-old townhouse where Rocky and Adrian lived in the 1979 film sequel is located on a tree-lined street near a park.
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LOCATION: Los Angeles
Scary no more, this home underwent a complete overhaul to include modern fixtures and an open floor plan.
“I bought it in 2006, and I completely replaced everything in it,” says recent seller Angie Hill.