These famous couples have given viewers a peek into their private lives and stylish homes.
Celebrities are often very public figures, even their relationship statuses are known by millions of people.
While some prefer to keep their home lives private, these famous couples have taken the time to tour viewers around their houses and talk about what makes their residence so special.
VIOLA DAVIS AND JULIUS TENNON
Actor-producers Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s tranquil family home is located in Toluca Lake, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. They lived there with their 12-year-old daughter, Genesis, for five years before deciding on a renovation with LA designer Michaela Cadiz.
“She was wonderful because she got a sense of who we were as people,” Davis told Architectural Digest. Showing viewers around the den, the couple explained how they chose to go with furniture that looked stylish and unique but were also extremely comfortable.
They wanted to add a dash of color to their previously monochromatic interior, inspired by their surroundings in South Africa when they were shooting The Woman King. “I always want to go big and bold, but not too bold, not garish,” shared Davis. Now their home is decorated with graphic wallpapers as well as vivid artworks and accents.
Their large kitchen is also a central room in their home because of their love for cooking, especially since Thanksgiving is an important holiday in their household. “Right now we’re preparing to have 50 people for Thanksgiving, and Viola and I are doing all the cooking. We’re not playing,” said Tennon.
The couple’s shared home office is a perfect introduction to their illustrious careers and even their personal lives. The alcove’s shelves are filled with memories from before and after they met on the set of City of Angels in 1999. “When people come to the house, I want them to walk into our lives. And our lives are much more expansive than just an Oscar or a Tony,” Davis explained.
DAVID HARBOUR AND LILY ALLEN
Stranger Things’ David Harbour and British singer Lily Allen tied the knot in Las Vegas in 2020, with the ceremony officiated by an Elvis Presley impersonator. True to their spontaneous personalities, their home can be described as bold, silly, fun, and eccentric.
Their stately late-19th-century brownstone in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens neighborhood wasn’t in very good condition before they started work on it. But after stripping away years of previous renovations, they found a surprising amount of original moldings and doors. Because the neighborhood has been historically Italian-American, they decided to lean into that theme.
With extravagant decor, wall-to-wall floral carpet, and scenic wallpaper, the designers succeeded in creating spaces that were both “weird and wonderful.” While the style is a far leap from Harbour’s previous residence, he has embraced his new home.
“I’m a suburban boy from Westchester, so I’m accustomed to a more middle-of-the-road aesthetic. But I love that my wife has her own vision and isn’t afraid of taking risks,” he shared. “My kids call this the clown house,” Allen confessed. “But they say it in the most loving way.”
ALICIA KEYS AND SWIZZ BEATZ
Superstar couple Alicia Keys and Kasseem Dean’s (also known as Swizz Beatz) modernist home overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Dubbed “Razor House,” the cliffside mansion was designed by architect Wallace E. Cunningham.
Keys purchased the residence in La Jolla, California back in 2019 and described it as “a place to create dreams and to be bold enough to dream your wildest dream—for us to even be here is a wildest dream.” The singer also commented how kids are always excited to see the house that inspired Tony Stark’s bachelor pad in Iron Man.
Aside from clean lines and sleek furniture, the couple filled their home with their extensive art collection. Amassed over 20 years and totaling more than 1,000 works, they have chosen to focus on acquiring pieces by African-American and African artists.
“I love that 90 percent of the art in the house is by artists who are now our friends,” Dean shared. “We’ve broken bread with them, they’ve partied at our house, they’ve spent the night. It’s not transactional for us.”
TROIAN BELLISARIO AND PATRICK J. ADAMS
Pretty Little Liars’ Troian Bellisario and Suits’ Patrick J. Adams are the owners of a 1920s Los Angeles residence which was already featured in Architectural Digest 100 years ago. The couple fell in love with the Spanish colonial revival home while in the middle of planning their 2016 wedding.
While they weren’t really looking into the market, they knew this house was for them and moved in right after their honeymoon. The 1924 residence, designed by Wallace Neff, has his signature white stucco exterior, colorfully tiled main staircase, vaulted ceilings, and wrought-iron details.
Because they met while doing theater, Bellisario and Adams are particularly fond of the Juliet balcony overlooking the living room. They dream of hosting dance parties and reenacting plays with their children in this space.
For the couple, it was important to honor the house’s bones while still allowing their children to play freely. Out in the yard, a major transformation took place. Adams and Bellisario planted two large olive trees and buried a time capsule deep below to leave their mark on this historic home.
Banner image via Instagram @aliciakeys.