Cute, delectable - and much more! That's the Mediterranean-style ranch (with a lot of old Swedish pieces in the decor) of Reese Witherspoon in Ojai, California as shown in the latest issue of Elle Decor.
Who wouldn't love this lush setting and the relaxed atmosphere - casual dream home with no OTT opulence in sight!
Now I am a true confessed fan of old English houses, bar one style - the Tudor one. This is because they tend to have just too many beams and low ceilings, and I more of a fan of light and high ceilings. If there is something that I like even less, it is the mock-Tudor houses - I mean if you are going to build new, why typically choose to do low ceilings and darkness in your new house? I normally associate Tudor with cozy because of those attributes...
I remember seeing this gigantic house of 17000+ sq ft owned by Hulk Hogan in Florida in the family's TV show and I was thinking that if you are going to build a mock-Tudor, you need to choose at least a suitable climate for it; it just does not look right surrounded by palm trees and part-tropical weather! But also, unlike the cozy, real Tudor house this actually is plagued by grandness, which makes it look like one of the bedrooms is located in a gigantic hallway. Sweet dreams in the hall- I think not...
Maybe that is the reason Hogan had to drop the astonishing asking price of $25 M to a mere $6.2M? It just does not feel like the right house for the location...And surprisingly, celebrities seem to often make huge losses with their frequent house-dealings, one would think that their money could buy some good advice too...
So any other opinions on this house: oversized mock-Tudor, is it too big and also too wrong for Florida weather, or not???
Designer Kim Samson certainly loves outdoors no matter what the weather is, and she brings the outdoors in to her white-based and so Scandinavian house.
Sheeps outside as well as sheeps inside in rugs is a major theme in this funky home. And all of course with the always fashionable, uber-chic and rustic Nordic touch...
I find this Architectural Digest compilation of houses of Cher from the 1970s to date very interesting (link to full feature). Not necessarily because they represent styles I like the best (her style is maybe a bit over the top sometimes), but because you can see how her style has evolved over time.
My favourite of the houses featured over time would definitely be this adobe villa in Aspen, Colorado - more laid back and earthly than the usual sensual overflow of patterns and accessories - and the location might have something to do with the choice also.
image by Architectural Digest