A Malibu beach house with “a lawn that stretched out to a fruit orchard bordered by a neighbor’s horse pasture” is not likely atop the list of places Beastie Boys fans would expect to find New York-bred rapper Mike D.
But that’s exactly where the MC (born Michael Diamond), 51, has decamped to with his wife, Tamra, and teenage sons Davis and Skyler. (Before you call the No Sleep Till Brooklyn auteur a traitor to his coast, note he’s also had a series of townhouses in the borough as well as previous L.A. properties.)
The family’s rambling, modern mash-up of a beach house, which is featured in the current issue of Architectural Digest, was a labor of love, masterminded by architect Barbara Bestor. Diamond was in charge of the interior decor.
Seemingly addressing anyone skeptical of his decorating prowess, he notes in the article that “we were already in construction on our Brooklyn home, which I was also designing, so I felt prepared to handle the job.”
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He also describes the process of opening up the space to the outdoors and injecting bold color into the interior’s all-white volumes like a proper design buff: “The bright-yellow entry door nearly drove our painter to quit — so many coats were required to achieve the desired effect — but the result makes me happy every day,” he says. So do “vibrant tiles in the baths” and “cerulean barn doors on the poolhouse.”
Perhaps the most symbolic item in the home is a toile print that Diamond created with wallpaper company Flavor Paper. “I had just designed a wall covering called Brooklyn Toile . . . for our New York house,” he explains. (The style, featuring the Coney Island Cyclone, the Brooklyn Bridge, and a graffiti-covered subway car, is a twist on the traditional bucolic motif.) Says Diamond, “the Malibu version featuring beach scenes was a natural fit.”
See more on architecturaldigest.com, and pick up the March issue to read the full feature.