Inside Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s Nate Berkus Renovates His Dream 3 months ago   01:01

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Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady’s family home in Los Angeles is far removed from the bright lights of the runway and gridiron. The star Patriots quarterback and Brazilian model built this house as a sanctuary for their family.

Prior to their marriage in 2009, they discovered an open lot with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean near the house they were renting. They immediately knew the patch of land would one day be home.

The couple has a three-year-old son, Benjamin, and a baby daughter, Vivian Lake, along with six-year-old John, Brady’s son from his previous relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan.

The pair engaged architect Richard Landry and one of his frequent collaborators, interior designer Joan Behnke.

Bündchen is a global ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme, and the couple is acutely aware of issues related to the conservation of natural resources. One of their primary imperatives when building their home was to use as many recycled components as possible and to implement energy and water systems that would ameliorate the family’s impact on the land. In addition to composting, gray-water technology for irrigation, and environmentally friendly construction materials, the pair installed two substantial arrays of photovoltaic solar panels (one next to the garden, the other on the roof of the house) that would meet all of the property’s electricity needs.

Incorporating those priorities into the design plan, Landry conceived an elegant interpretation of old-world European architecture—think French château via the Pacific Coast Highway—deftly attuned to the needs of contemporary life. The six-bedroom, nearly 14,000-square-foot house is constructed of different types of limestone, all acid-washed for patina and texture, with a traditional mansard roof of Vermont gray slate with zinc gutters and flashing. A winding driveway leads over a pond to a motor court paved in reclaimed cobblestones and then to a stone bridge spanning a koi-stocked moat that’s picturesque but not pompous.

When it came to the interiors, Behnke punched up the restrained, sophisticated atmosphere with eye-catching light fixtures that include a confection of dripping silver mesh in the entry, gilded sconces by Hervé Van der Straeten in the great room, and an antique crystal chandelier in Bündchen’s dressing room that the model and designer purchased together in Paris. The color scheme throughout, playing off the building materials, is decidedly neutral, with occasional accents of green and blue. And the furnishings are unpretentious pieces made with fine natural materials such as Belgian linen, old leather, silk, and velvet.

A loggia features a chandelier and sconces by Gregorius | Pineo and Restoration Hardware wicker sofas and chairs cushioned in a Clarence House fabric; the reclaimed-oak ceiling beams and antique limestone mantel are from Koen Van Loo of EA2.

Part of that quest entailed the use of reclaimed ceiling beams and floorboards, salvaged ceramic tile, brick, and bluestone, and antique wood doors and marble fireplace surrounds. For Brady and Bündchen these were aesthetic choices that aligned with their commitment to reuse. Much of the repurposed material was supplied by Belgian dealer Koen Van Loo, a friend of the couple’s who sells vintage architectural details and building components.

If the moat and bridge set the romantic tone of a European country estate, the ingenious swimming pool at the rear of the house adds another layer to the transporting fantasy. Offering dreamy vistas of the Pacific dissolving into the distance, the pool is laid out with two straight sides and one long, sinuous edge that helps give the impression of a natural lake, particularly in early-morning and late-afternoon light. A deck made of reclaimed-oak planks projects into the water to buttress the illusion.

Idyllic as that outdoor space is, Bündchen’s favorite spot is the garden—planted into a terraced hill off the side of the house—which supplies a cornucopia of apples, peaches, plums, guava, carrots, cucumbers, and tomatoes, plus kale and other greens. There’s also a chicken coop filled with hens busy laying eggs. For Bündchen the microfarm is another aspect of living mindfully.

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Comments 55 Comments

Lisa R
Vicky Sieto
more complete video about their house please
Howard Johnson
Must be nice.......
How do you leave a home like that..... Money!
rebecca jin
Love the music, what’s the name of the song?
Lily Ash
Its looks really nice and tasteful though. Way better than Kardashians-Jenners. And I'm into black aesthethics so we can really say that designer did a great job and they have good taste
Alice Olivia
She wanted a sanctuary but sold for 40 millions to Dr. dre
Charles Jensen
I predict Tom Brady and the Patriots defeat LA in the Super Bowl. TeeHee. CMJ
That was pretty much pointless. Looked more like an add for a furniture store to me..
Sunny Shan
Omg. So beautiful
Carlover88 Z
It’s a Landry designed home, huge, like the ones he’s built in nearby Beverly Park.
Wolf Pak
Flying back and forth to all these mansions but burn a little fossil fuel!😁
Wow, the quotes from Tom and Gisele are profound.
Why so short? You didn't explain anything. That house could have been anyone's.
Ailyn Herrera
Bella casa
walt wittaker
And me,...."I'm living in a van down by the river"
Pale Compass
Models and athletes are way over paid.
Dany Dants
OMG what amazing house!
Jennifer Eddy
Helmets are so important San Diego...University of California EMTS!!! Guffaw!!!
J. B.
I believe Dr. Dre bought this house........
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Nate Berkus Renovates His Dream Inside Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s 3 months ago   02:28

in this edition of Celebrity Homes, Interior designer Nate Berkus shares how he renovated his dream home in New York City with Architectural Digest.

As the longtime home-makeover maven on The Oprah Winfrey Show and later host of his own television program, he has mastered the art of creating elegant, welcoming rooms in seemingly no time at all. In the case of his Manhattan duplex, the designer—true to form—executed one of his hallmark speedy transformations, with chic results that are a thoughtful reflection of his past.

Berkus bought the apartment, in a 19th-century Greenwich Village building, in 2011, after a period of renting a loft-like space in a mod Jean Nouvel–designed tower overlooking the Hudson River.

His current address, discovered after several restless nights searching real-estate listings, was far from perfect when he found it, distinguished not by venerable millwork or original fixtures but by walls of whitewashed brick. Still, the floor plan possessed the key elements he wanted, namely three bedrooms (two would be for guests) and a terrace. Besides, he reasoned, even the duplex’s flaws had a certain amount of character. Berkus explores this philosophy with his new collection of furnishings for Target and in The Things That Matter, a style monograph being published this fall by Spiegel & Grau.

Collaborating with architectural designer Carlos Huber, Berkus spearheaded an aesthetic overhaul that, given typical timelines, might as well have occurred overnight. In less than three months, the apartment had been renovated and decorated. Among other major alterations, the floors, whether painted parquetry or stone tile, were ripped up and replaced with white-oak boards, ensuring a seamless continuity between rooms; glass-and-metal planes were added in the form of double doors and interior partitions; and the upper level was reconfigured so that a skylit space (formerly a small gym) could become the dressing room of Berkus’s dreams.

Upgrades included antique marble mantels, bronze radiator grilles, and vintage Belgian hardware as products of his double-Virgo tunnel vision.

Sophisticated tweaks and clever fixes shaved weeks off the already abbreviated construction schedule. Rather than gut the kitchen, for example, Berkus retained the existing countertops and cabinets, having the latter painted a high-gloss black and crowned with moldings and ordering up matching panels to conceal the exposed washer and dryer. The apartment’s walls, meanwhile, were covered with either grass cloth or fresh coats of paint. The staircase, previously a treacherous climb owing to its lack of a railing, was finessed into a dramatic focal point with the addition of a sinuous steel banister.

Whereas some people might seize upon a new residence as a reason to start shopping, Berkus instead furnished with items he had collected over time. The majority came from his Chicago home, an expansive apartment done in the 1940s by architect Samuel Marx. An enormous striped dhurrie by Madeline Weinrib, for instance, is now rolled out across the first-floor family room, where the designer hosts casual meals of takeout. (“I can’t make anything myself,” he admits.) An image of a desert landscape at Joshua Tree National Park in California, snapped by his late partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea, creates a rugged note in the dining room, where the designer’s onetime conference table is paired with Louis XVI–style Jansen side chairs.

Nate's dressing room is superbly appointed with painted floor-to-ceiling cabinets custom made to contain every element of his stylish wardrobe. Everything is where it ought to be—and now so is Nate Berkus.

Establish continuity: Replacing a patchwork of parquetry and tile with oak floorboards laid in a classic herringbone pattern created seamless transitions between the first-floor rooms and achieved a harmonious look overall.

Work with It: Rather than gut the kitchen, Berkus refined the space—lacquering the white cabinets black, substituting gutsy brass handles for standard pulls, and sheathing the backsplash in smart subway tiles.

Improve with Age: Antique mantels, tracked down at salvage yards, added texture and a sense of history.
Update: In a skylit guest room, a partial wall of dated glass blocks was supplanted by a glazed panel that does the same job—allowing sunlight to suffuse an adjoining stairwell—giving the space timeless appeal.

Get the Little Things Right: Berkus used handsome hardware—from door handles to a newel finial—to elevate the character of the rooms.

Don't miss our tour of Nate Berkus's New York City apartment: