Katy and Russell’s tepee territory
With Katy Perry on a world tour and husband Russell Brand working on the film adaptation of Rock of Ages, nights at home are a rare luxury for the busy couple. But they have decided that the best place to spend their little quality time together is in their New York pied à terre, bought for £1.9 million last year.
This means the underused LA pad has to go, so it’s yours for £2.5 million. The Tinseltown home has vast grounds and 4,600sq ft of internal space. The 1922 property is ideal for parties: 20 sets of French doors open to an outdoor pool terrace that overlooks the 25ft tepee romantic Russell bought as a gift for his wife.
The four-bedroom house is all white walls and flash contemporary furnishings indoors, but a highlight is the former three-car garage now turned into a wardrobe for Fireworks singer Katy’s costumes.
Kylie’s luxury label pal puts his supersize flat up for sale
A property linked to Kylie Minogue’s favourite trendy fashion house is for sale in Fitzrovia for £765,000. Drew Muntz, partner at luxury London label Bodyamr, who can also count Cheryl Cole, Beyoncé and Florence Welch among his happy customers, bought the apartment, now on sale with LDG, 10 years ago as a five-bedroom flat and completely reconfigured it.
Today there are only two bedrooms (with Philippe Starck fittings, naturally) but the apartment now has a vast reception room, the perfect space for Muntz’s über-cool modern furniture collection. There’s only one nod to tradition: a rolltop master suite bath.
Go for a Brazilian says guru Jeff
Furniture guru Jeff Salmon is becoming a TV fixture on Channel 4’s Four Rooms. The weekly series sees four of Britain’s top dealers in art and antiques buying unusual items. Little wonder, then, that Salmon’s home is packed with rare collectables.
“I have great contemporary arts, Moroccan furniture, ceilings and lamps,” he tells me. “Lots of modern and vintage furniture is stashed in every room.”
Salmon, who owns two of Europe’s largest furniture galleries, including Marylebone’s Decoratum, has this tip to share: “Brazilian furniture is worth collecting, from designers such as Sergio Rodrigues.”
Chi-Chi loves the Lock
The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s principle double bass, Chi-chi Nwanoku, is selling her large Victorian house in Richmond for £895,000.
The musician, who is also a popular BBC Radio 3 presenter, has lived in the five-bedroom, two-bathroom property, on the market with Featherstone Leigh, for 18 years. Now that her son, Jacob, has left home to travel in Australia and daughter Phoebe is at university, she is ready to downsize.
However, Chi-chi is keen to stay near Richmond Lock. “I love the area,” she says. “It has a great feeling of community. The corner shop has been here since I moved in and they’ll take my key when I have friends coming to stay. “It’s also very easy to get into central London.”