The first property Katy Perry bought with Russell Brand was a four-storey house built in 1922. Externally the Los Feliz home was very traditional, with many Roman inspired features on the outer walls and gardens.
The interior was the complete opposite; it was totally modern and gave no hint at the age of the building.
After purchasing the property in 2009, Katy wanted to put her own stamp on it and decided to paint the 3-car garage pink and convert it into her own walk-in wardrobe.
Do you have a spare room in your house that you could convert into your own personal walk-in wardrobe space? This would free up space in your bedroom and help you keep clutter to a minimum.
You shouldn’t feel restricted by how your house looks on the outside; if you love the modern look then don’t be afraid to make some big changes. You might live in a traditional Victorian terrace but inside your home can be as modern as you like. Don’t feel like you have to keep period features if you don’t like them. Don’t be afraid to instruct a builder to knock down some walls and replace pokey rooms with one big open plan space.
In the gardens of their home Katy and Russell had a huge climbing frame for any visiting children to play on, a large swimming pool, spa and several patio areas. They planted more trees and bushes to increase privacy when they were relaxing in their gardens.
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Russell bought Katy a 25-foot tipi as a romantic gift so they decided to display it outside.
The house was very modern inside, with lots of white walls and minimalistic furniture. Katy’s favourite prints and photographs were hung in white frames on the walls, giving it an art gallery feel. A vintage Chesterfield sofa provided a comfy place to sit in the kitchen diner.
Despite being stripped bare, the kitchen had statement lighting and a pink fridge. To recreate the look in your own home why not purchase a pink SMEG fridge from Currys and opt for a Maskros Pendant Lamp from IKEA. The pink fridge provided the only splash of colour in the kitchen, and had been purchased by Katy prior to her meeting Russell.
Katy’s kitchen diner may well have been two separate rooms when the house was first built. In knocking through, a much bigger entertaining area was created. If you would like your kitchen to be the heart of your home then it may be worth considering an extension or converting your garage if it is adjoining your kitchen. Increasing the size of your kitchen could transform how your family uses the downstairs living space of your home.
The house lacked many feminine touches, aside from the occasional vase of roses. The lounge had dark wood flooring, with a huge white fur rug adding some warmth to the otherwise blank look of the room, which put the focus on natural lighting and the views from the huge windows. Aside from the neutral sofas, the only furniture Katy and Russell had was a small glass desk and a fur lined hammock.
To recreate the look in your own lounge, de-cluttering is key. You could purchase the Puro glass desk from Dwell; a stunning desk fashioned from a single piece of glass. IKEA have a fantastic range of sheepskin rugs, with the Ludde rug available in cream or grey. You might also be tempted to let more light into your home by investing in patio doors – or even having a whole wall made from glass, if that’s an option.
Katy and Russell bought the house for $3.25 million in 2009 and put it on the market for $3,395,000 in 2011. Reports suggested that they decided to sell up because they were spending more time at their home in New York and didn’t have the time to maintain the property.