People.com Celebrity Inside Ivana Trump's Over-the-Top Townhouse! The Donald's ex gives PEOPLE an exclusive tour of her opulent seven-story home where glitz still rules By Mark Dagostino Published on June 9, 2009 12:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email 01 of 09 THE SITTING ROOM Regine Mahaux/Getty "In each of my homes I have a leopard room," says Trump, 60, relaxing with her Yorkshire Terrier, Tiger, in the sitting room of her Upper East Side townhouse. "I don't know why, but I do. It's like my lounge next to the dressing rooms." The cheetah painting above her was bought while on safari in Africa. 02 of 09 THE MASTER BEDROOM Regine Mahaux/Getty "I have a fireplace in every room," says Trump – including this gold-embossed fireplace in the master bedroom. When the Czech-born socialite bought the home 15 years ago, the Chinese-style murals on the walls were damaged. She has since had them meticulously restored by artists recommended by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. 03 of 09 THE DINING ROOM Regine Mahaux/Getty While Ivana welcomes daughter Ivanka, 27, into her dining room (which features a chandelier from Italy), allowing her into the kitchen is another matter. "Ivanka wants to impress me with her cooking," says Ivana with a laugh. "I didn't take that offer on yet! It's a scary prospect. I will let her practice a little bit with her boyfriend [first]." 04 of 09 THE GYM Regine Mahaux/Getty No, Trump doesn't normally work out in gowns! She just didn't want to change again during the PEOPLE photo shoot. Her gym was formerly three bedrooms on the townhouse's top floor, which is accessible by elevator. "I walk the stairs. My maid takes the elevator," she says. 05 of 09 HER MINI-ME DOLL Regine Mahaux/Getty A gift from Trump's hair-and-makeup team, this doll wears tiny clothes fashioned after pieces from Ivana's own clothing line – and makeup to match its owner. 06 of 09 THE SITTING ROOM Regine Mahaux/Getty The flip side of Trump's "leopard room" shows another ornate fireplace and the Empire desk where she makes early-morning calls to Europe. "It's my relaxation space," says Ivana, who prepares there for her commute to the office – two flights down. 07 of 09 FAMILY PHOTOS Regine Mahaux/Getty "I love my family," says Trump, who keeps framed photos of her children – Donald Jr., 31; Ivanka; and Eric, 25 – as well as grandkids Kai, 2, and 4-month old Donald III, all over her home. Married but separated from Italian actor-model Rossano Rubicondi, she still displays a framed photo of herself with ex Donald. 08 of 09 THE MASTER BEDROOM Regine Mahaux/Getty "We are very close. We are like sisters," says Ivana (lounging in the master bedroom) of her relationship with daughter Ivanka – who has her own New York City apartment and her own jewelry line. "We understand each other very well, and we relate to each other. Of course she has her life now, and I have my life, but we are together as much as we can." 09 of 09 THE STAIRCASE Regine Mahaux/Getty Most of the 1924 townhouse was gutted when she moved in, but the original curved stairs remain. "We had to redo the railing," says Trump. "And the mural behind [Ivanka] was done by artists that flew in from Italy." The railing behind Ivanka is part of the painting too. "It's painted on so it looks like it's a balcony, looking into French-Roman gardens," explains Trump.