Celebrity Homes: Step Inside Hugh Jackman & Deborra-Lee Furness’s Home
A gorgeous minimalist retreat in East Hampton; this is the spectacular modern residence owned and transformed by celebrity couple Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness. The expansive home took six years to complete and the end result is a beautiful getaway with a simple, streamlined and minimalist aesthetic.
Building a home from scratch was always a bucket list item for Deborra, herself an acclaimed artist and designer. After years of planning and collecting ideas in an inspirational book, she needed to find the right spot to bring her minimalist visions to life and create a family home.
In an interview with Architectural Digest, Deborra explains, “I took influences from Japan, from Morocco, from all my travels over the years… I love the Aman hotels. I love zen. I love that simplistic, modern minimalism.”
Once the right property was found, right on the bay in East Hampton, Deborra immediately knew she wanted to enlist architect Viola Rouhani and interior designer Eleanor Donnelly, both of Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects. Together she would work very closely with the designers to bring her interior visions to reality.
The couple had a vision. “I wanted to do a beach house that allowed for the way we wanted to live,” Deborra says. “That’s why the design is unusual because people usually hide the kitchen. For us, cooking is the main event. I want to be a part of the action. My kids love to cook, so that’s in the middle of the living room.”
To accommodate additional pastimes, the home also includes a gym, an artist’s studio, and a screening room. “It’s such a magical thing,” says Deborra. “I know it’s an extravagance, but the house has got just what we need.” Jackman, who begins a star turn in the Broadway revival of The Music Man in late December, adds, “I love that we use every room, every day. Because of Deb’s design, it brings us all together. When you have time off, you want to be a unit.”
Overall, the aesthetic is one of clean lines and simple tones. It is a monochromatic beauty and yet, the home continues to evolve. Deborra has since turned her attention to creating a Japanese garden outside. Jackman, in awe of his wife, says, “Deb is extraordinary. I was at almost every meeting over five years. I felt I would know what it would feel like to walk in for the first time. I was wrong. The home so far exceeded my expectations.”
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