Celebrities have, of course, been a long-standing fascination for many. A glimpse inside their homes though might just be one of the most intimate and revealing ways to see what the private lives of these notorious names were really like.
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From monumental homes that impress with their size and extravagance to the isolated retreats they drew their creative inspirations from, each offers a unique perspective of the true personality of these acclaimed individuals. Here are a few of the most extraordinary worthy of a visit.
Elvis' House: Graceland
The second most frequented home in America for a reason, Graceland–now a 120 acre estate–offers a look at the personal side of the legendary Elvis Presley. The notorious home in the heart of Memphis has been open for the past 40 years, allowing visitors to go past the columns and explore the racquetball court, famous jungle room and fabric-lined pool room beyond. With its unique rock-and-roll meets Southern charm interior, this is certainly worthy of a mention.
Yves Saint Laurent's House: Jardin Majorelle
Jardin Majorelle, with its eclectic blue facade was bought by Yves Saint Laurent and his friend Pierre Bergé in the 80s. Featuring a plethora of botanical species, the space once acted as an artist’s landscape garden, which, with its kaleidoscopic feel, is an unsurprising source of creative inspiration for many. Make sure to extend your Morocco visit to the YSL museum which provides an equally mesmerising display of terracotta-coloured brick.
Antoni Gaudí's House: The Gaudi House Museum
From 1906 to 1925 the Gaudi House museum was the primary residence of the esteemed Catalan architect responsible, most famously, for the design of La Sagrada Familia. The Barcelona home boasts copious decorative motifs, a warm pink facade and, of course, an impressive garden which inspired much of his work. Pay particular attention to the unsurprisingly unique details of each and every piece of furniture and decoration in the property.
Frida Kahlo's House: The Frida Kahlo museum
Another cobalt blue home on the list and equally worthy of a mention, Frida Kahlo’s home makes an impressive statement. The Mexico house now displays a number of Kahlo’s works as well as those of her husband Diego Rivera. A truly immersive space to view her famous portraits, her wardrobe and the rooms she lived in, the gardens also stand out as a noteworthy attraction.
Claude Monet’s Giverny Home
Though not a particularly large engineering feat, Cladue Monet’s Giverny house is home to one of the most famous bridges in the world. The protagonist in a number of his paintings, Monet’s bridge and its accompanying water lilies dwell in the garden of this French country home. With its blue tiled kitchen and Monet’s impressive personal collection of Japanese prints, this attraction is as serene as it sounds.
Christian Dior’s Childhood Home
Located in Granville, Normandy, Christian Dior’s grand childhood home overlooks the sea. Even crediting much of his style to his time there, this home is said to have meant a lot to the late designer. As well as touring the inside of the property as well as the beautiful rose gardens, visitors to the museum can explore exhibits of Dior's most timeless couture creations. The museum is currently exhibiting the couture house’s collection of millinery.
Sigmund Freud’s House
A unique opportunity to step inside Sigmund Freud’s study and take a look at his famous psychiatrist’s equally famous couch. Located right by Hampstead Heath, Freud’s house features an exemplary showing of herringbone flooring, enviable antiques and impressive bookshelves. If you have some extra time, take a short walk up the road to visit his memorial site.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater Home
One of America’s most influential architects, Frank Lloyd Wright designed many homes that are now open to visitors. In Fallingwater, Wright intended to create a space that fused itself with the nature it was immersed in, and to break away from the “box” format of most homes. The architect designed the concrete cantilevers that are now an iconic part of the home having been inspired by branches of a tree.
Georgia O’Keeffe's Mexico Home
Despite the home being from the 1950s, American artist Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico residence feels much like some of the more Instagram-worthy holiday homes we see today; its neutral palette, soft textures and plastered walls are straight out of Airbnb's 2022 playbook. Also home to an extensive gallery of her famous works, the residence and museum is two memorial experiences wrapped into one.
Jimi Hendrix's Home
As one of the most influential guitarists of all time, Jimi Hendrix’s home has become a must-see for rock-and-roll enthusiasts from around the world. Located in London's Mayfair, the flat was Hendrix’s first home of his own which he decorated with ornaments he found at local markets. Like an untouched time capsule of his career, it houses the record collection that influenced his game-changing musical style.
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