Step Inside Elton John & David Furnish’s Beverley Hills Home
Home to many renowned stars, Beverly Hills is certainly an exclusive neighbourhood and also one of the most expensive housing areas in the USA. It’s only right that this area was chosen by master musician, Elton John, and film producer, David Furnish, as their LA base. Today we step inside their magical retreat and take a look at the inspiration behind their phenomenal abode.
The first thing we notice as we step into this house tour is that there is certainly a huge collection of art. The owners are avid art collectors and these are proudly on display in many areas around the house. As in many of their other houses, including those in Atlanta, London, Nice, Windsor, Venice, Elton says “everything is centred around the art”. For that reason, this Los Angeles house couldn’t be different.
Entrusting a Design Team
Built in 1966, the structure of this home in the Trousdale Estates neighbourhood has almost 5,000-square-feet of space. Elton and David envisioned a comfortable West Coast base for themselves and their expanding family. As such, they entrusted their friend and designer, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, to bring their interior visions to life.
As a multi-award winning Los Angeles-based interior designer, Martyn is renowned for his broad range of styles and eclectic, yet sophisticated and inviting interiors. Martyn has been consistently named as one of the world’s top 100 interior designers by Architectural Digest, featured permanently in Elle Decor’s A-List, and named one of the top 25 designers by The Hollywood Reporter.
Among Martyn’s A-list clientele you’ll find the likes of Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Tommy Hilfiger, Cher, Ellen Pompeo, and Eva Mendes, to name a few.
Upon touring the Beverly Hills home, Martyn decided to keep the existing structure of the home. Instead of major structural changes, he opted for more subtle renovations, including changes to lighting, sound and windows.
A base for the design
Decisions about the art provided Martyn with a road map for materials, colour palette, even furniture placement. No piece better exemplifies this than the kaleidoscopic digital print by Jeremy Blake the couple hung above the living room mantel. In its central position, the work served as a kind of template for colours used throughout the home’s public areas. This is evident in everything from the living room’s glossy sherbet-pink cocktail table to the shamrock-green family room sofa to the royal-blue Paul Evans dining chairs.
As a backdrop for the art, Bullard covered a number of walls in white lacquer, a high-gloss finish that’s as sleek and polished as it is child-friendly. Ditto the leather and outdoor fabrics used for much of the seating. Corners were rounded for safety, and stone surfaces were treated to protect against stains.
Martyn says that while “David has a less-is-more eye, Elton loves, you know, more-is-more.” At the Trousdale house, these differing approaches find a happy balance, producing a light and airy vibe that’s contrasted with striking elements.
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