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5 Glamorous Celebrity Home Tours From Architectural Digest
December 15, 2021

5 Glamorous Celebrity Home Tours From Architectural Digest

by The CE Shop Team

Watching Celebrity Home Tours Is the Perfect Guilty Pleasure

It’s no secret that scrolling through Zillow to gawk at pictures of expensive homes has become many Americans’ guilty pleasure, with one survey revealing that 55% of people spend 1 to 4 hours a day on the website — and 30% browse to daydream about houses they can’t afford.

Add that to the thrill of peering into other people’s homes and discovering how they live, and celebrity home tours scratch a very particular itch for the nosy and design-obsessed among us.

Enter Architectural Digest’s “Open Door” series on YouTube. The celebrity home tour videos, many of which rack up millions — or even tens of millions — of views, give us a glimpse into a world of beautifully designed, meticulously curated homes.

Whether it’s a celebrity or an acquaintance, people just like getting a glimpse of how others live, says an Architectural Digest (AD) article, aptly titled, “There’s a Reason You Can’t Stop Looking Into Other People’s Homes.” 

“The thrill of seeing an acquaintance’s apartment for the first time, scanning the spines of your Airbnb host’s book collection, watching an influencer’s closet tour — catching a glimpse of someone’s private space reveals new elements about them,” the article says.

Watching tours of other people’s homes can serve as inspiration for decorating our own homes — or they can appeal to something deeper within us.

“We all want to know how other people live,” Genevieve Garruppo, an interior-design photographer, told AD. “People are excited to be a voyeur and to look at some design in total amazement, but they’re also looking to see themselves — or who they could be. Not necessarily in an aspirational way, because good design isn’t always about being able to afford the most expensive things: It’s about making your personal space feel like an idealized version of yourself.”
 
That said, we love guilty pleasures here at The CE Shop, so we rounded up a few of the most entertaining, outrageous, and jaw-dropping videos from the “Open Door” series. Go ahead, binge away. We won’t judge. 

1) Robert Downey, Jr., Lives in a Windmill in the Hamptons

The Iron Man star lives in a windmill. No, we’re not kidding. In this video, Downey takes viewers on a tour of his unusual and iconic Hamptons home.

The home was built in 1885, has 8,500 sq. ft. of living space between the main house and guest house, and sits on four acres of land, Curbed reported. In total, it has 7 bedrooms, 6 full bathrooms, and 5 half bathrooms between the main house, guest house, and studio.

"We wanted something we haven’t seen a million times,” Downey told AD. “We didn’t set out to do something conspicuously wacky. We just enjoy a bit of whimsy and fun. And we definitely don’t like boring.”

2) Mark Ronson Shows Off His Spanish-Style Los Angeles Home

The chart-topping musician and producer’s home stands out for the way in which he infuses it with his personal style — with plenty of wacky patterns! — while showcasing items that have sentimental value to him.

As Ronson walks viewers through his 4 bedroom, 5 bathroom 1930s house, he tells stories about each piece of artwork and explains why he chose certain pieces of decor. The home also “comes with a bonus two-story guesthouse, Edenic gardens, and a pool area that is the definition of Hollywood glam,” AD reported.

3) Aaron Paul Built His Rustic Dream Home in Idaho

Most of AD’s tours are of homes in Los Angeles or New York City — and for good reason. But Paul’s home was built from scratch in Idaho on “five wooded acres bordered on two sides by the banks of a snaking river,” AD says. It’s somehow rustic and cozy while also feeling incredibly luxurious.

Paul’s home is family-oriented and inviting. The tour takes place on a snowy day, and with fireplaces burning throughout the house, it feels like a perfect wintertime escape.

“I lose my phone for weeks on end and take myself just… away,” Paul said of his time spent at the Idaho home. “It’s beautiful.”

4) Tour David Harbour’s Custom-Renovated New York Loft

When the Stranger Things actor bought his 1,400-sq.-ft. loft in New York City, he renovated the entire space from top to bottom. The apartment, which is in a building that was once a wagon wheel factory, initially didn’t look like much, but he thought it had potential. 

“The renovation, which took about 10 months, included stripping the home down to its factory roots, which revealed interesting architectural features like metal bolts that once held the tools to make wagon wheels,” AD reported.

Harbour’s apartment feels light and airy, and it’s covered in houseplants. An enormous row of floor-to-ceiling bookcases, complete with a sliding ladder, is a highlight — he calls it “the pièce de résistance” of the home.

5) Kendall Jenner Finds Calm at Her Los Angeles Home

When the supermodel renovated her spacious Los Angeles house, she said “the overall vibe” she was aiming for was “really peaceful.” Her taste in interior decor includes lots of warm, neutral tones and organic textures.

​​“I like a house that has character. When I walked into this place, I was immediately drawn to the peaceful Spanish-y, farmhouse-y vibe,” Jenner told AD. “My life involves a lot of chaos and travel and high energy, so I wanted a home that feels serene, a place where I can simply zone out and relax,” she continues.

Watch Over 100 More Celebrity Home Tours

Do you have a favorite celebrity home tour, or is there a celebrity whose home you would love to tour? Let us know in the comments! And for a complete playlist of all of AD’s celebrity home tour videos, click here.

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