Ryan Seacrest – A New Home in Hollywood

If you watch any television at all or listen to the radio, you have to be familiar with the name Ryan Seacrest. His fame stems from being the emcee of American Idol for 12 seasons running. Originally from Atlanta, Seacrest’s career started on a local radio show and grew from there heading to Hollywood at age 19 to pursue a broadcasting career. His list of accomplishments are long and quite impressive. Included in these is his own production company, Ryan Seacrest Productions, which he launched in 2006.



In 2008, Seacrest’s California home was featured in Architectural Digest. This home in the Hollywood hills was once owned by Kevin Costner and Richard Dreyfus. Built in the 1970’s, the Mediterranean exterior reveals an old-world feel and charm that you would expect. The design of the interiors follows suit with this Mediterranean styling but with a slight, modern appeal.



Though beautifully decorated and well appointed, I pictured Seacrest in a more modern home. You may then understand my excitement when May of 2012 it was reported that Seacrest purchased the home of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi. And what a house he purchased!


 images via Architectural Digest


Ellen and Portia’s home was also featured in Architectural Digest. This 9,500 square foot home is one that I would love to see in person…clean lines, open and spacious… just good bones. Sitting on three acres of land, this home also offers two guest cottages. It remains to been seen how Seacrest will take this space and make it his own.

Upon entering Ellen and Portia’s dramatically eclectic home, the foyer features a steel and glass ping pong table on a 19th century Agra rug.


Ryan Seacrest - New Hollywood Home


Hanging over the island in their spacious kitchen is a custom-made glass cabinet for displaying tableware.


Ryan Seacrest- New Hollywood Home


The couple has shared a total of seven homes together so it appears it was second nature to sell this one and buy again. Where are they going, you ask? They reportedly bought Brad Pitt’s former house.

And if you know none of these people I speak of, then you really do live under a rock!

all images via Architectural Digest – Photos by Roger Davies

Celebrity Homes: Adam Levine

As a designer, it interests me to no end the homes of celebrities and how they are designed and appointed. The Hollywood Hills home of Adam Levine, lead singer for Maroon 5, was featured in Architectural Digest in 2012. Before reviewing the article, I have to admit, I conjured up images of matching black leather sofas and chairs on top of worn carpet and beige walls. Well, was I pleasantly mistaken!

Who knew Adam Levine had such impeccable taste when it comes to design? It is quite evident that he takes ownership of all of these design decisions starting with the rosewood paneling and concrete floors in the living area. The rich, amethyst-colored Chesterfield sofa that rests on the 1920’s Persian rug is perfectly juxtaposed with a Mies van der Rohe leather chaise. Overlooking the canyon of Hollywood Hills, the house boasts a tennis court, pool and guest house.

Adam Levine's Living Area

Adam Levine's View from Living Area

Levine transformed the 1940’s dwelling from a four-bedroom to a one-bedroom home. In the bedroom, steel grey walls and ceiling set the backdrop for the antique trunks that are scattered throughout the room and along side the bed which sits on a cowhide rug.

Adam Levine - Bedroom

The dining area off the kitchen highlights the mid-century cabinet with streamlined leather chairs surrounding the table. Overall, the house is impeccable and reflective of Levine’s discerning taste.

Adam Levine - Living Area and Dining AreaImages via Architectural Digest – Photography by Roger Davies – Styled by Carlos Mota