So, I got an early morning text from my brother: "Kourtney's house is in Instyle!!"
Ahhhhh!! I actually yelped a bit.
The Kourtney he is referring to is Kourtney Kardashian. Yes, we're on a first name basis with her. I've been obsessed with her house ever since I caught my first glimpse of it on TV. But, being the nosey design stalker that I am, I needed more than just peeks on the boob tube.
I wanted professional, glossy, wide-angle photos! I've been waiting/hoping for a magazine to feature it and today was my lucky day.
Kourtney enlisted the help of interior designer, Jeff Andrews to decorate her home that she lives in with her boyfriend, Scott Disick and their two kids, Mason and Penelope. Now, I know some of you are going to roll your eyes, but it actually seems like she had a pretty down to earth attitude about what she wanted her home to include and how it should function. The home is totally kid friendly. "No sharp edges", she told Andrews. She also decorated with a ton of family pieces, and things she holds sentimental. The above picture is of the office. The desk was her father's and all the books belonged to her parents. She also loves incorporating vintage pieces into the home. She found the two arm chairs at an old 80's Mercedes dealership.
Above is a shot of the kitchen. This isn't my favorite room in the house. I think kitchens, in general, can look really cluttered. I mean, at the end of the day, it has to be functional, which may mean things are going to be out on the counter, at an arms reach. So, for kitchens, when it comes to patterns and variations of colors and finishes, I like to keep it to a minimum. This kitchen seems really busy to me. I do love the pendants though, they're Tom Dixon, one of my favorite lighting designers. The bar stools are great too.
The dining room is a different story, however. I love it! The table is so great. They chose black glass to set on the two brass ram pedestals. I don't see a lot of black glass as table tops, but it looks really cool. The huge roman shade is awesome and brings in just enough pattern. The fixture above the dining table is my brother's dream chandelier - by Jonathan Alder. Kourtney included family pieces in this room too. The chairs were her father's. They lacquered them in black and re-upholstered them in a black and cream textured fabric. My favorite part of this room is Mason's framed artwork hung on the wall heading into the family room.
Speaking of the family room....this is Kourtney's second favorite room in the house. (First is Penelope's room.) I have to agree. I love all the pattern and texture. This room feels so cozy. The wallpaper was hand painted and totally sets the mood for the entire space. Andrews custom designed the media cabinet to fit the large nook. I love how the room has multiple focal points - fireplace and TV. I also really love the sofa and how they used a bunch of different pillows as the back rest. I would never leave this room if it were in my home.
Now, to the formal living room. The goal here was to create a room that felt "whimsical and unique, with and Alice-In-Wonderland surrealism to it." Mission accomplished. I'm willing to bet they never use this room. I guess it's cool to look at, in a museum-y kind of way. The mini pendants are pretty, Andrews designed them. I also really like the two consoles flanking the fireplace, and the coffee table would be pretty awesome in a different room. It just doesn't feel inviting or cozy to me. But who cares if you never use it.
The piano room was originally meant to be the dining room but eventually "evolved into a 'whatever' room" said Kourtney. I'm kinda into the 'whatever' room. A lot of times people set up a room in their house as something they think they are 'supposed' to. But if you don't use that room as what it's 'supposed' to be, then why set it up like that. In this case, they already had a dining room, off the kitchen, that they use exclusively, so they didn't need another one. They decided to make this room into a fun music room for both adults and kids to hang out in.
Kourtney's mom gave her the piano, which was from the house she grew up in, along with the two black arm chairs. They refinished them in a black lacquer, to match the piano and re-upholstered half in white and half in black. My favorite piece is the hot pink and brass chaise lounge. It used to be Kourtney's sister Khloe's, who didn't want it anymore. Kourtney re-did it and now Khloe regrets ever giving it away. Um...I would too!
I'd recognize that rug anywhere! It's from Ikea, and I've been wanting to buy it for our living room for like ever. Who knows why I haven't yet. It's an Ikea classic and used to be sold out everywhere. It recently came back in stock, though!!
Anyway, this is obviously the play room, which Kourtney wanted to be a "fun mess". They used chalkboard paint with magnetic paint underneath on one of the walls. (My mom did this years ago in our kitchen - if you want to try it, make sure you do extra coats of the magnetic paint. I'm talking like 20. Magnets won't stay put otherwise.) The two surf boards on the ceiling are the Kardashian sisters' Teen Choice Awards. Pretty clever - what else are you gonna do with those things.
This would be Kourtney's favorite room in the house, her daughter Penelope's room. She decorated it all herself. I don't love this room. Don't get me wrong, I do like some of the pieces she used. I love the rug, it's by Madeline Weinrib, who has the best rugs. She's the 'rug queen'. I obviously appreciate the Hermés blanket draped over the crib - the definition of luxury.
I think it's the crib and bookshelf combo that's bothering me. The crib is super modern and the bookshelf is uber traditional. They just don't look right to me, and I really don't like the wainscoting. It's too much. The wall paper on the ceiling is sweet, though. It's definitely a little girl's room.
Last but not least......the master bedroom. It screams glamour. I'm obsessed with the cabinet at the end of the bed, which houses the TV when not popped up and in use. It's simple, but still makes a statement by balancing out all the dark woodwork and cabinetry. Andrews custom designed all the cabinetry in the room, which mostly has a built-in look, but for the cabinet at the end of the bed, he wanted it to look more like a "piece of art than furniture". Incase your wondering, because I was, the color of the wainscoting, trim, and nightstands is 'Raccoon Fur' by Benjamin Moore. So pretty. Can you guess my favorite part of the room? Maybe if you remember reading this post? Yup, the neon sign. This one is by Curtis Kulig. I'm guessing out of my price range.
Here are some more photos of Kourtney's house from Jeff Andrews' website. I didn't even know they existed until I got the tip from my all-knowing brother. Thank you Ben!!
Another shot of the master bedroom.
I'm thinking....master bath.
Backyard. This is dreamy.
CIAO FOR NOW