These days, any mindless activity that takes up an hour of free time is a welcome distraction, and I’ve found myself spending more time on YouTube than ever before. Whether I’m getting way too invested in beauty guru drama or living vicariously through vloggers in countries that have actually opened back up, there’s plenty of content. But more than anything, I can’t recommend the Architectural Digest YouTube channel highly enough. Their celebrity “Open Door” series never disappoints, and while the houses are gorgeous, most of them are also hilariously over-the-top. Case in point: today’s new video featuring Kendall Jenner.
Compared to most of the people in her family, Kendall’s house actually seems pretty normal—it’s a far cry from the cement monastery where Kim and Kanye live—but it’s not like, actually normal. She still has a whole-ass painting room, two closets, and a kitchen that I would actually saw my arm off for. But here are some of the more… interesting… details of Kendall Jenner’s home.
Kendall’s James Turrell
The first thing you see when you walk into the house is Kendall’s James Turrell. Turrell is an artist known for his light installations, and his pieces can easily run into the six-figure price range. Kendall says that he makes these pieces to meditate in front of, but I have my doubts that Kendall is really spending much time meditating in her foyer. The piece is called “Scorpius,” and Kendall is a Scorpio. Groundbreaking.
Right off the living room, Kendall has a “really nice, kind of dark, moody powder room,” which is dominated by this 300-pound stone sink. Kendall says that in the whole year she spent renovating the house, this sink was the hardest thing to install, because it was so heavy that they had to reinforce the wall. And I gotta ask… was it worth it? This looks like something they used to baptize people like, 1,000 years ago, and my editor also pointed out that it bears a resemblance to a block of feta cheese.
Kendall’s Dining Room
Behold, Kendall’s dining room furniture. Now, I’m sure every single thing in this photo cost more than I make in a month, but again… was it worth it? I get the aesthetic idea of having mismatched chairs, but most of these are actually just the chairs I see on the side of the street that people can pick up for free. (Should I have grabbed them?) And there’s absolutely no way those middle school classroom chairs are comfortable, right?
Kendall’s Glam Room
Of course, every member of the Kar-Jenner family must have a fully equipped glam room, and Kendall converted one of her bedrooms into a full-time glam spot. Her glam room is complete with its own door to the outside, so her glam team doesn’t have to walk through the rest of the house. God forbid they dirty the carpet with their non-designer shoes! She also has a full wall of all her framed magazine covers, which is an idea she says she stole from Kim. Sounds about right.
Kendall’s Tracy Emin
Kendall is such an art collector, and this neon piece by Tracy Emin is about… a guy’s d*ck. Kendall says that she’s pretty sure the numbers are the, uh, measurements of Emin’s ex, and that she’s saying his new woman is happy because it’s big. Not sure this is something I’d want in the sitting room outside my master bedroom (as if I have a sitting room outside my master bedroom), but ok! By the way, Kendall also says she loves to meditate in this room.
Kendall’s Copper Energy Rings
In front of her bed, Kendall has lots of books arranged inside copper energy rings. She says she’s “not exactly sure what they’re good for,” but someone told her to get them. Lol. Honestly, relatable, that’s my same rationale for reading my horoscope every week.
Kendall says she gets a ton of use out of her brass tub, which probably cost like, a million dollars or something. The tub looks like something that belongs in Donald Trump’s penthouse, and I’m a little surprised that Kendall went for something so ostentatious. But the thing that is really sending me over the edge about this whole setup is that she has a damn Persian rug in the middle of the bathroom. Imagine stepping out of a tub full of water, and putting your actual wet feet onto this rug. EW!
Let’s be honest, I would gladly take Kendall’s wacky details over my lame apartment any day, and I like her place more than any of the other Kardashian houses. But maybe without the feta cheese sink—that might be a deal breaker for me. Thank god Architectural Digest shoots these videos like six months in advance, because they’re they only thing keeping me sane in 2020.
Check out the whole tour below and let me know what other weird sh*t I missed.
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“Step Inside Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West’s Boundary-Defying Home” is Architectural Digest’s latest headline, and we’re sure Kourtney Kardashian is out there somewhere sh*tting her pants with jealousy. For the rest of us, though, it’s pretty exciting to get a look inside Kim and Kanye’s house. Ever since I got a glimpse of Kim Kardashian’s fridge, I’ve been pretty intent on seeing more of their not-so-humble abode. What can I say, it looks like a museum in there, and I’m nosy AF. Time to dive in!
Most people (like me) probably clicked on this article in search of pictures—I definitely DGAF about “Axel Vervoordt” (their designer) or quite frankly anything else having to do with the actual architectural design of the home. I pretty much checked out after reading about Kanye’s “major acquisitions like an original Jean Royère Polar Bear sofa.” Like, cool, I got my sofa at Wayfair and put it together myself after watching a YouTube tutorial. And I’m supposed to be impressed by a “Jean Royère” sofa??
Scrolling, scrolling, and I see a few more pictures of the home. Kanye himself describes the home as “futuristic Belgian monastery”, and if you look at the Architectural Digest pictures, you’ll see why—for a home with a husband, wife, and four kids, their place is extremely f*cking white and extremely f*cking empty. Literally everything, and I do mean everything, in this house is paler than my skin in the dead of winter, with not a single stain to be found anywhere (and I can’t even eat a salad while wearing a white shirt without messing up everything). But I guess when you basically have unlimited money, you can pay people to replace your Royère upholstered seating any time the baby spits up on it.
Architectural Digest calls the home, “a story of probing and passion—a testament to the iconoclastic mind of the boundary-defying musician and the fearlessness of the zeitgeist-defining reality star and entrepreneur,” which to me is just a very flowery way of saying “these people have no real personality and are extremely f*cking wealthy.”
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#AD100 designer and tastemaker @axelvervoordt describes the process of reimagining @kimkardashian and Kanye West’s California estate in terms of distillation. “Kanye and Kim wanted something totally new. We didn’t talk about decoration but a kind of philosophy about how we live now and how we will live in the future. We changed the house by purifying it, and we kept pushing to make it purer and purer,” the designer explains. In the living room, Jean Royère upholstered seating surrounds a limestone cocktail table by Vervoordt. Take a look inside the home through the link in our profile. Photo by @jackie_nickerson; text by @mayer.rus
It’s like when you were in first grade and decided that your favorite color was a defining component of your identity, only in this case, the first graders are 40-something-year-old billionaires and their favorite color is actually the absence of color.
The only thing that shows a modicum of personality is this giant… elephant? Snake? Life-sized stuffed animal thing.
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“This house may be a case study, but our vision for it was built around our family,” insists Kanye West of the otherworldly oasis he and wife @kimkardashian crafted alongside #AD100 designer @axelvervoordt. One might wonder about the challenges of raising four small children in such a pristine, cream-colored environment, but Kim and Kanye are quick to point out that the house is eminently kid-friendly. Above, the family is pictured in a room devoted exclusively to a gargantuan, creature-like soft sculpture fashioned by artist Isabel Rower. Asked whether the space is a playroom or an art installation, Kanye demurs: “Everything we do is an art installation *and* a playroom.” . Visit the link in our profile to take a tour of the home. Photo by @jackie_nickerson; text by @mayer.rus
In addition to the article, there is also a video where Kim and Kanye are interviewed about their home. Kanye is sitting there in a hoodie and kind of looks like a fifth-grader in the principal’s office where Kim is the principal. Kim looks effortlessly stunning as always, but struggles to convey convincing emotion, probably from a recent round of injectables.
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@kimkardashian and Kanye West take the AD Design Quiz to test how well they know their own minimalist masterpiece—designed by #AD100 talent @axelvervoordt—and reveal what happens behind closed doors. Click the link in our bio to watch the video—with a cameo from their daughter North—and discover our March issue cover story.
Anyway, Kanye was asked what his favorite room he designed with Axel was, and he said the hallway. Below is said hallway. Kanye said, “We pushed it to minimize it and make it as strong as possible and as simple as possible.” Once again, I know NOTHING, but I’m kind of dying that this hallway is what he considers to be his masterpiece. Like, could I be a designer? If you showed the below picture to any random person off the street, they’d probably think it was a photo of a hospital corridor. Ah, those rich get away with everything.
why does Kim's house look like a museum but they forgot to put the art on the walls https://t.co/e1MjkDgEd3
— Betches (@betchesluvthis) February 3, 2020
Kim discusses how she “loves to come back to a home full of simplicity,” as her house is Marie-Kondo’d to the max. This is great for them, but most people can’t exactly be this minimalist since, well, we simply don’t have the room. Like, yes, I would love for all of my makeup and clothing to be tucked away into a hidden walk-in closet with “Chanel lights” that “hide your cellulite” (as Kim mentions in the video), but my small-ass NYC apartment doesn’t exactly allow for that. So instead I have approximately 20 sh*tty plastic makeup containers from Ulta scattered around my place. One day!
Lastly, we have to discuss North “accidentally” “invading” their interview (see above video). It is obviouslyyyy possible that North did indeed jump into the interview in a moment of pure family fun and unpredictability, but would her hair and outfit really look like that on any normal day? I mean, yeah, maybe. But it’s just a little too much of a coincidence that she magically comes zooming in the very moment Kim asks what the inspiration for the house was, and Kanye answers that it was North. I know that this pre-planned moment of spontaneity is far from the biggest thing the Kardashians have faked, but still.
I also love how Kim and Kanye kept talking about how “family-friendly” their home is. How family-friendly can something really be when all it takes is for one rogue muddy shoe to f*ck up your entire aesthetic? Maybe I’m just salty because I grew up in a family home where the only thing that made my parents finally get rid of our ugly-ass denim furniture (yes, that’s correct—DENIM) was me finally throwing up on the couch one day. How symbolic.
When asked about the design process of the house, Vervoordt explained, “We changed the house by purifying it, and we kept pushing to make it purer and purer,” which is actually the only sentence that has made sense to me so far, because there is no better way to purify a home than to strip it of all its knickknacks and color. Maybe I do know a thing or two about interior design after all…
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In case you needed a reason to feel bad about yourself and your place in life this morning,
look in a mirror Kylie Jenner received a spread in Architectural Digest, which came out yesterday. In it, you can take a digital tour of Kylie Jenner’s mansion and gawk at her furniture, which includes pieces like a $13,850 chandelier and a $48,000 hammock (that was not a typo). Yes, Kylie Jenner is richer than all of us will likely ever be in our lifetimes. But honestly, so what? From reading her Architectural Digest profile, I’m convinced of one thing: Kylie Jenner has no personality. It’s as if, when she was created in a lab by a team of plastic surgeons, Kris Jenner crafted an algorithm for “girls’ interests” and whatever the formula spat out, Kylie adopted as her personality traits. Kylie Jenner’s Architectural Digest spread certainly provided an inside peek into her life, but probably not the peek that was intended.
One theme that comes through the article is that Kylie Jenner, despite having a mansion filled with thousand-dollar bespoke furniture, is actually so relatable. Is there anything more insufferable than being rich, famous, and artificially gorgeous, and yet still insisting you are like us regular people who don’t have mini Lamborghinis for our one-year-old daughters and unlimited access to lip fillers and, oh yeah, a f*cking custom-designed mansion to live in? No. And yet, celebrities insisting they are just like us is a common narrative that we see so often, to the point that it’s become some celebs’ entire persona. Think Jennifer Lawrence circa 2012. That sh*t got old, didn’t it? And Kylie Jenner, someone who has been in the public eye since birth, is doing it too.
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Take, for example, the opening of Kylie’s Architectural Digest profile, which reads: “What were you doing when you were 21 years old? Looking for a job? Settling for an unpaid internship? Shopping for a foldout futon? Kylie Jenner hasn’t got time for all that.”
No, Architectural Digest, NO. It’s not, “look, Kylie would be doing all these things you regular people do, but she’s just too darn busy!” Absolutely not. Kylie Jenner has plenty of time to look for a job or take an unpaid internship or shop for a futon, but she does not need to do any of those things because she is so f*cking wealthy and connected. She does not “have time” for an unpaid internship because she’s never needed one to make connections because, oh yeah, she was born rich and connected. She does not lack “time” to shop for a foldout futon; she literally does not shop for her own furniture because she can outsource that entire process (and who among us would actually spend hours toiling away at IKEA if we had the means to make someone else do it?). Kylie had someone custom design her entire home, after all! Architectural Digest, you of all people should know this because you interviewed the very person who designed her home!
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But Kylie isn’t just a stuffy rich person, the article claims. Sure, she has “vintage Lucite furniture by Charles Hollis Jones” and “vintage Milo Baughman barstools” (vintage, so cute) but it insists, “there’s nothing so precious that you can’t stand, jump, or dance on it.” I’m sure Kylie Jenner is a totally fun, nice person who throws great parties, but this is missing the point. Is it truly that Kylie is suuuuuch a chill host that she doesn’t even care if you jump all over her vintage furniture, or more so that she has so much money that she could easily just replace the $3,000 dining chair that you destroyed by tracking pedestrian mud on it? Why this fake relatability? Let’s just call a spade a spade.
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“@kyliejenner is the ultimate celebrity, the ultimate influencer. For someone her age to have achieved so much is frankly astonishing,” says @martynbullard, the Los Angeles #AD100 designer tasked with conjuring a dream home worthy of the 21-year-old almost-billionaire superstar. “I told Martyn I wanted a fresh, fun vibe to match the way I was feeling. Color was essential. I love pink, and I wanted a lot of it!” Jenner recalls of her earliest conversations with the decorator. Sly nods to @kyliecosmetics, Jenner’s blockbuster business, abound. In the dining room, for example, the leather upholstery on the chairs was custom-dyed to match colors from Kylie’s lipstick collection, ranging from ceruse to pale pink to deep garnet. Everything reflects Kylie’s personality,” Bullard says, referring to the Damien Hirst “I Love You” butterfly silk screens that adorn the dining room, pictured here. Visit the link in our profile to see more of the home. Photo by @thefacinator; text by @mayer.rus; styled by @lawrenhowell
When we get into Kylie’s likes and interests is when it really becomes clear that she just had her assistant type “Just Girly Things” into Pinterest and used the first line of results as her guiding force for life. “I love pink, and I wanted a lot of it!” she tells her designer early on in the decorating process. Sure, plenty of people like pink, but it’s a little basic. Then again, Kylie was not even 21 when she first started designing her house, so I could give her a pass.
Look through the photos of Kylie’s house, and you’ll notice she has a couple of Barbie prints, many neon signs spelling out vaguely inspirational quotes, and—this is the big one—multiple rooms adorned with Marilyn Monroe prints. Indeed, “Kylie feels a deep connection to Marilyn Monroe,” her designer explains, which I have a hard time believing. Do you think Kylie Jenner has seen a Marilyn Monroe movie? Maybe she watched Some Like It Hot, but I doubt it. Or, more realistically, she saw the Andy Warhol prints a million times online, read a bunch of misattributed quotes like “If you can’t handle me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best,” and decided she liked that. I mean, yes, this was how I decided how to decorate my high school locker, but that doesn’t make it deep or interesting.
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There’s more. “Everything reflects Kylie’s personality,” her designer says of Kylie’s butterfly silk screens, Basquiat screen print, and black-and-white photographs of Brigitte Bardot, Audrey Hepburn, and Twiggy. In other words, we have, respectively, the star of every tramp stamp since the 90s; the wet dream of every hypebeast, rapper, and suburban teen who listens to Kanye; and the heroes of every college freshman girl shopping for a poster for her dorm room wall. And that’s her personality? That’s bleak! Kylie’s personality, if we’re to take this designer at their word, is a mood board made by 38-year-old magazine executives to sell to 17-year-old girls. It’s as lively as claiming you like dogs or “cheese is the glue that holds my life together.” I guess celebrities really are just like us in the sense that they too, are extremely basic and not that interesting.
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