Home gossip: Johnny Depp; Vanessa Paradis and Grayson Perry

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis are going their separate ways after 14 years and two children. Vanessa has her eye on a seven-bedroom pad for £5 million in Beverly Hills and Johnny has reportedly been looking in Tennessee for his new base
Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp
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Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp

Johnny and Vanessa finally go their separate ways


Now that Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have announced their separation after 14 years and two children, they are free to make new living arrangements.

The Joe le Taxi singer was recently spotted house-hunting for properties priced up to £7 million in Beverly Hills. A seven-bedroom pad, listed at £5  million is said to have caught her eye.

The house comes with a media and games room, pool and sauna but another six-bedroom villa that she has viewed is on the market at exactly £7 million and comes with a separate guest house.

Meanwhile, Depp has reportedly been looking in Tennessee for his new base. Despite spending much of his time in LA and more recently in France, the A-lister is a big fan of Nashville — America’s music capital. But how about investing in London, Johnny? You know you’re welcome any time.


Kate Middleton and Prince William
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

One’s mum’s old sofa is for sale


A sofa from Princess Diana’s childhood home is to be auctioned at the Masterpiece London fair.

The carved satinwood piece was the creation of James “Athenian” Stuart, architect and pioneer of neoclassicism. It was originally made for Spencer House, London’s only surviving 18th-century private palace, built in the heart of St James’s by the 1st Earl Spencer.

The sofa, made to epitomise the sophisticated style of its times, was later moved to Althorp, the Spencer estate where Prince William’s mother was brought up.
It is being sold at the fair in Chelsea, open from 27 June, from the Apter-Fredericks stand (masterpiecefair.com).


Grayson Perry
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Grayson Perry

Grayson reveals the wonder of Walthamstow


The finishing touches are being applied to Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery ahead of a grand reopening on August 2, 2012.

Once the family home of the pioneering 19th-century textile designer, the Grade II-listed building has undergone a £10 million refurbishment, revealing many of the original Georgian features that Morris loved so much.

As well as three new exhibition spaces, the gardens have been restored using planting inspired by Morris and schemes from the 18th century.

Grayson Perry will be the first artist to exhibit in a new temporary gallery, displaying his Walthamstow Tapestry. “Morris typifies what makes places like Walthamstow special,” he says. “A place that most people think is just an ordinary part of London is actually rich with interesting people, histories and social and political activity.” Take a tour by booking tickets via wmgallery.org.uk


Eden Project architects four-bedroom family house
Fiona Galbraith and Andrew Whalley's family home

Our other place is the Eden Project


Acclaimed architects Fiona Galbraith and Andrew Whalley, best known for their work on the Eden Project and the international terminal at Waterloo station, bought a little plot in north London for just £50,000 in 1994 and turned it into an eco-efficient, four-bedroom family home.

Their distinctive ideas for the house included a spiral staircase, a bridge connecting two sides of the home and a skylit main bedroom and bathroom.

However, the pair later moved to New York and the present owners have put the Manor House gem on the market for £795,000. If it sounds like your dream pad call 020 8800 5151 or visit winkworth.co.uk

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