In April 2003, Renée bought a 4-bedroom home in The Hamptons, New York. The Hamptons are a group of hamlets and villages on Long Island, New York, which are very popular with celebrities.
Jennifer Lopez, Richard Gere, Steven Spielberg, P.Diddy and Paul McCartney are just some of The Hamptons’ famous residents. Renée’s home was just a short walk away from the legendary Maidstone Golf Club.
She paid $2.15 million for the property, which was built around 1900. It had grounds of just under an acre and a two-car garage with a loft. The exterior was very rustic, with seating on an open trellis porch and crazy paving.
Inside, Renée chose to have a stripped back décor, with wood beam floors and white walls. The lounge had lots of windows with quaint wooden shutters. If you would like to add shutters to your windows, there are plenty of choices. California Shutters guarantee that their hardwood plantation shutters are the cheapest in the UK, but be sure to always shop around.
Renée positioned her white sofas in the middle of the room, with a dark wood coffee table separating them. On one wall she had her plasma TV, and on the opposite wall, a wood-burning fireplace. Renée loves music so had a black grand piano in the corner and two acoustic guitars. Her boyfriend of two years, Doyle Bramhall II, is a professional guitarist, so the guitars may have belonged to him.
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Positioning sofas even just slightly away from a wall can make a room appear bigger. Celebrity designer Angelo Surmelis believes that having a large coffee table can also give the allusion of space. He told Woman’s Day: “Go as big as you can […] If you can’t go too big because you have a narrow living room, then go skinny but long.”
Rather than hanging her pictures on the wall, Renée stood them up against the back of her mantelpiece. If you’d love to have pictures but don’t like making marks on your walls, this can be a great solution. It could also allow you the freedom to swap pictures around more easily from one room to the next. If you don’t have a mantelpiece to use, you might be interested in IKEA’s Ribba picture ledge, which is available in white or black.
For her dining room table, Renée chose a farmhouse-style table with two matching wooden chairs and four padded chairs with white covers. She added a touch of sparkle with some beautiful glass candle holders, similar to these candle holders from Dunelm Mill. Alternatively, you could pick up these stylish candle holders from Wilko.com for less than half the price. Above the table she had a glass chandelier. BHS have a wide range of chandeliers, with prices ranging from £45 to £350, so you could find a similar one to suit your makeover budget.
In the kitchen, Renée chose to have an exposed catering sink and lots of steel units. In many ways she recreated the style of a professional chef’s kitchen rather than a kitchen in a historically-styled home. To pick up your own industrial stainless steel sink you could search on ebay for a second-hand one or visit a catering equipment supplier and try to buy a new one direct.
When Renée put this home on the market in October 2014, as well as her Connecticut farmhouse, she didn’t reveal where she was planning to move to. She has admitted to the Mirror in the past: “I'm never bored. The whole world is home. It's my playground. I can go and play anywhere and I love it. I like to move along […] Home is where my mum and dad and niece and nephew are.”
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