From abandoned hotels to modern lofts, these designer homes will make any interior fanatic’s heart flutter. Here, see the most fabulous living spaces of the world’s tastemakers:
The Villa Casa Casuarina, Miami
(Formerly known as the Versace Mansion)
Built in 1930 by architect and heir to the Standard Oil fortune Alden Freeman, the villa was acquired by famous Italian designer Gianni Versace in 1992 for the price of $2.9 million. The following year, Versace purchased the empty Revere Hotel sitting next door to allot room for expansion. He spent a total of $33 million on the renovation, transforming the old apartment and hotel into a 23,000 square foot mansion complete with 10 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a lavish pool area, an open-air central courtyard, and garden areas. In an ending befitting of an E! True Hollywood Story, Versace was murdered on the front steps on July 15, 1997. The Villa was put up for auction and became a private club in September 2000. Today, it operates as a luxury boutique hotel.
Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech
In 1980, Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé acquired French painter Jacques Majorelle’s 12-acre botanical garden in a move to save it from becoming a hotel complex. As the new owners, they decided to reside in the Moorish style Villa Bou Saf Saf and eventually renamed it to Villa Oasis. After the designer passed away in 2008, his ashes were scattered in the rose garden of Villa Oasis where a memorial now stands. Soon after, Bergé donated Jardin Majorelle and Villa Oasis to a foundation in Paris that bears both their names.
Coco Chanel’s apartment, Paris
Despite sleeping at the Ritz, Coco Chanel kept her apartment on the second floor of her 31 Rue Cambon atelier as her private quarters until her death in 1971. Today, the oriental inspired abode remains fully intact as if Mademoiselle Chanel simply stepped out for a minute. Adorned with Chinese screens and her collection of camellias and lions, the apartment now serves as a function room for press interviews and shoots.
Karl Lagerfeld’s apartment, Paris
From the chromatic furniture to the absence of color, Karl Lagerfeld’s apartment is the complete opposite of his predecessor at Chanel. “I wanted an apartment with glass and transparency everywhere," says the Creative Director on his blog. He even added, “I prefer to live in a neutral environment.”
Château de Wideville, Crespières
Acquired by Valentino Garavani in 1995, the 17th century abode that sits right outside Paris was commissioned by Louis XIII’s finance minister and later became the residence of one of Louis XIV’s mistresses. Today, Mr. Valentino spends most of his time here entertaining guests and hosting many events, including a gathering in honour of Anna Wintour, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s rehearsal dinner.
Ralph Lauren’s Bedford house, New York
Count on Ralph Lauren to create a home fit for true-blue prepsters. His Bedford home has an eclectic mix of 18th and 19th century pieces that marries the best of eastern and western influences. From antique throw pillows, and deer head mounts to Chinese carved low tables, he creates a homey living space any WASP would be proud of.
Images from Pinterest, Karl.com, Vmmiamibeach.com, and Jardinmajorelle.com