Living rooms can serve different purposes depending on its owner. Some people use this space to entertain guests, other to display the art they’ve curated in their travels, others use it to express their lavish lifestyle, while others use it to bring out their personality in their homes.
The only sure thing is there is a story behind its aesthetics from geography to a person’s experiences, and the design sensibility of its designer.
Here, we will highlight some of the most famous living rooms from around the globe and we’ll show you what makes them unique. We’ll show you how celebrities style their precious living spaces and why.
The Villa in Positano
In this luxurious private island once stood a 17th-century monastery, which evolved through the years. Today, a Vietri Majolica-inspired villa stands on this island and it is simply to-die-for.
The allure and glamor of the dolphin-shaped Li Galli Island off the Amalfi coast in Positano, Italy made the late Russian ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev purchase the property. Redesigned and thoughtfully laid out by Lazzarini Pickering, the Villa is the holiday home of an Australian couple.
The design is an intensive study of a small town a few miles away from the residence, the Vietri. The deep understanding of the local area inspired the use of the ceramics in a contemporary way. The eccentric use of the Vietri tiles plays a special role in the living room (and for the whole house in general). While you may see the typical use of the tiles on the floor, it is also incorporated in the table up to the portions of the wall. There seems to be a ribbon-like pattern typified by these ceramic tiles that started from this living area down to other parts of the house.
The “flying sofa”, as Pickering calls it, is cantilevered to lessen the high-ceiling feel and liven up the room. The trickiest part for the designer is harmonizing colors with the design. The colorful textiles that act like a big picture gallery, creating a big contrast between the hot pink sofa and the neutral tones of the walls is a visible hard work carefully plan and perfectly executed.
The geometric designs of the tiles give cohesion to space. After all, that’s what the Australian owners envisioned their tropical haven to be.
What’s more, this living space is enclosed in a transparent glass that welcomes a panoramic view of the crystal-blue ocean through that tall glass door. On the other side is a terrace where you can see the mesmerizing view of the uninhabited rocks of Li Galli.
The “Squiggle” Georgian House in Clapham
“There always was, is now–and I’m certain always will be–a huge link between the worlds of fashion and interiors.” – Vivienne Westwood
Famed British fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is well known for incorporating squiggly patterns in most of her apparel. The pattern of a sinuous yet orderly progression of a jagged rope coiling back and forth is just enough to catch the attention of wallcovering manufacturer Cole and Son.
One thing to expect at Westwood’s Clapham residence are rooms filled with the 76-year-old designer’s signature print. The enclosed living room has those squiggly black lines in the white backdrop as seen in the wall and mat.
Adjacent to the wallcovering is a mini gallery of car photographs in neutral hues complementing the vibrant color of the hot pink sofa. Medium-toned hardwood typifies the flooring.
The perfect harmony of cool and warm colors here is never boring and just right to fend off eye-fatigue.
Westwood’s passion for gardening can be seen in the touch of living orchids and other garden flowers nestling in multi-colored stripe vase.
The most exciting part about this room is the sliding panel adorned with a rich blue curtain. This allows for a dimmer and more dramatic lighting during the day.
The Renovated Laurel Canyon Home in Hollywood
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The once dreary mansion is now an epitome of sophistication and elegance channeled through luxurious furnishings.
Actress-turned-fashion-designer-slash-interior-expert Brigette Romanek may have designed some of Hollywood A-listers’ dwellings but her L.A. mansion is the cherry on top of her achievements.
Romanek remodeled a 1925 house incorporating a Mediterranean style with the help of Architect Eric Ryder. The aesthetics she uses for her line of bags typifies her refined taste and attention to detail is also evident in the interiors and furnishings of her home.
The former “Starsky and Hutch” star outfitted her living room with a pair of rusty golden Marco Zanuso lounge chairs from Eccola and a striking black feathery lounge of the same brand. She did not miss to include a Blackman Cruz console placed on one corner and a Hans Wegner Chaise Lounge.
Not everything in her living room is expensive though. She has $20 Greek-style vases set on a white coffee table which looks like a contemporary art installation.
A sleek white painted wall, a dark stained African stool arrayed on the floor and the furry goat-skin highlights each piece of furniture giving it a striking statement
The Candy Factory Loft in Toronto
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Designer Stephane Chamara decided to update the ‘woodsy-orange’ vibe in favor of bright whites and primaries. Touched by his whimsical design, there is nothing like to this retro vibe theme living area!
While the name of the building that lies in West Queen Street neighborhood may denote a room full of candies and sweet treats, there is nothing like that in the property. A quick background check tells that the 1930 building used to be a factory for pastel-colored Rockets and Smarties candies and was later left vacant when the company relocated. The abandoned building was converted into a residence unit where it was dubbed as the Candy Factory Loft.
When the loft was purchased by Paris-born, Toronto-based architect and interior designer Stephane Chamard, the wood floors and brick walls was not modern enough for his liking.
“It was a bit too woodsy-orange for us. We decided to redo everything and lighten it up”, says the French designer.
Together with his husband, they challenged themselves to renovate the 12 Tribeca-style lofts into a 1970 retro theme with an edgy and airy setting. The living room is the main feature of the house. The wall, beam, and floor of stark white serve as Chamard’s canvas to draw that winter garden. He filled the space with the ragged jumble of potted plants.
Chamard added vintage Djinn chairs by Olivier Mourgue in electric blue color. Meanwhile, in the living area’s window lounges a “permanent guest” as what Chamard calls it, the Italian-made articulated mannequin from the 1970s.
As to what drawn Chamard for an eye in everything 1970, the designer said, “I love the ’70s… To me, it was the last, great optimistic era in design, when all the plastic was fantastic. I wanted to honor that era here with furniture and colors.”
Today Chamard’s Candy factory is up on sale with a whopping market value of $1.1M.
The Bounty Hunter Living Room
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The movie may not have received a lot of praise but the cozy inviting vibe of the fictional casual living room details are being sought and becoming everybody’s fave.
The Bounty Hunter is a 2010 British-American that centers on a romantic affair between the bounty hunter Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler) and his ex-wife Nicole Hurley (Jennifer Anniston). It is set in The Big Apple where Nicole is a journalist who owns a Manhattan brownstone.
What’s so special about the apartment is how they setup the living area—something that a typical New Yorker can relate to and something you might want yourself to live in.
Eve Stockton is the film’s set designer. The talent is often contacted by fans who seek for details of the setup. The living area has a lot of movement, Nicole’s cheerful and loveable character in the movie is what drew Stockton to create that inviting and cozy living space.
The not-so-spacious room has a lot movement, from botanical patterns in the textiles (Stockton’s signature print), including the chairs, rug, pillow, wallpaper, and curtains down to upholstery. The armchairs are provided with a soft padded covering of ginkgo leaf pattern Montague Fabric from Brooklyn-based Twenty2 touched with slipcovers for a more casual look. The furniture isn’t all that fancy except for the single marble coffee table.
Everything is attainable. It honestly doesn’t look like a film setting at all but more of livable yet cozy hang-out place.
Naomi Watts’ New York Apartment
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The actress turns her Manhattan home to an inviting family oasis. “I didn’t want to make a show house. I wanted to make a true home for us” — Naomi Watts
Functionality plays a vital role in this living room’s concept. Family comes first for the Academy Award-nominated actress Naomi Watts and his actor-producer partner Liev Schreiber. Though aesthetics is less of a priority, the actress’ impeccable taste for interior designs transpires through her living interiors. This is expected of the daughter of Myfanwy Edwards, also an interior expert and an antique collector-dealer.
The vision for the living room is to create just enough space where Watt’s kids can roam around freely. The 48-year old English actress collaborated with the firm Ashe + Leandro to bring this vision to life. The result is a blend in the eclecticism of a world traveler in the comfort of a Tribeca duplex family-friendly haven.
A 19th-century motif masks the space. A piece Throckmorton Fine Art by Paul Morehouse overlook a pair of velvet tone RH sofa. Dividing these identical sofas is a Ralph Lauren console topped with a white flower vase filled with velvet garden flowers to match the color of the sofa. Adjacent to each sofa is another sitting area — a round leather chair by Garza Marfa. The jute rugs are by Merida.
Jennifer Anniston’s Residence in Beverly Hills
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The A-lister’s home is a South Pacific-inspired urban sanctuary that will make everyone want to indulge themselves in her luxurious haven. Everything is just perfect.
Beverly Hills caters to a lot expensive and lavish home of the rich and famous and Jennifer Aniston’s abode is no exception.
There’s just something about her living room that captivates. The lighting fixtures perfectly complement the symphony of bursting vibrant colors and rich textures that are both exciting and comforting to the eye.
The veranda features heated travertine floors which can be enclosed through a bronze chainmail curtain that opens the view of the koi pond.
The fabric on the armchairs in the foreground and the pillow fabrics are from Holly Hunt. A Chella fabric dresses the Shadley-designed chairs near the fireplace. The palette was plucked from the texture and richness of Brazilian cumar which was carried through the eaves, floors, and walls.
Now Steal the Style You Love
These famous living rooms are exceptional examples of stylish yet comfortable spaces for the family. Take the elements you love and incorporate them in your own home.