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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My real estate fantasy

Dumplings, do you have a favorite city (or two or three) where you fantasize about owning a house? Not necessarily for a permanent relocation, but just a little getaway spot to visit from time to time.

For me, that city is New Orleans and I may have just found the perfect place. At just over 1700 square feet with only one bedroom, it's cozy-spacious. And it doesn't hurt that Lenny Kravitz is selling it - rock star provenance is rare.

Every last stick of furniture would have to go, because stamped-leather-sectional meets Z-Gallerie-art with a dash of wannabe-Kelly-Wearstler-seating and a hint of carpet-remnant is not my aesthetic.

Likewise with the hotel ballroom chandelier.

This kitchen needs some Roman & Williams-type lovin'. Dark wood cabinets with soapstone counters and a huge center table made of repurposed barn wood to replace that awful island.

Furry settee and reflective ceiling - I'm guessing this is Lenny's blowjob nook.

I wouldn't change a damn thing about this bathroom except to buy a better bathmat.

The rear courtyard needs a complete furniture overhaul, but I love the plants. This would be the perfect spot for a Moroccan/Creole/Spanish dreamscape to happen.

So, Dumplings, where do you want to have a fantasy getaway and what would it look like?

[House listing via The Real Estalker]

24 comments:

Teri said...

I was going to say something smart ass about the fury settee, and then I read blowjob nook and just can't top that.

Alcira Molina-Ali said...

Some decorator not-so-extraordinaire really did Lenny wrong here. Likely an ex-flame, who now resents the hell out of the BJ nook.
I also harbor unbridled fantasies of moving to one of these French Quarter homes and penning novels for the rest of my days.
This place needs a thorough extermination, but I could definitely see a Creole-meets-Indochine vibe working well here, and there are so many great design shops in NOLA....sigh....
In my visions, I always have a caged bird next to my writing desk. Should I seek professional help or should we just go in 50/50 on one of these babies?

thenerochronicles.blogspot.com

Raina Cox said...

Teri - :P

Alcira - I think a blogger buddy timeshare is a FANTASTIC idea.

sherri said...

blowjob nook. so awesome are you.

i'm guessing lenny just makes every place his own personal b.j. nook, don'tcha think? but furry setee's do beg for that.

i'd love a home in d.c., new zealand somewhere (i know, you've warned me), paris and london. and athens, ga. to visit old friends.

have i told you lately how flattered/honored i am that i have a permanent label on one of my fave posts you do? well i do.

Tonia of Chic Modern Vintage said...

I never give a fantasy getaway much thought, but you've put this spot on my mind....BJ nook, huh?

Karena said...

Raina you would add all the right touches!! BJ Nook, I'm sure you are right!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena

David said...

Mine would be in Palm Springs. Small, but kind of Neutra-ish with some glass walls and polished concrete floors. Upholstery that doesn't mind shoes or dogs on it, tables that won't be ruined by a sweaty glass. A little splash pool and lots of spiky plants in the yard. And definitely a blow job nook.

susieq said...

I love your tour of Lenny's pad! My fantasy home would be a NYC penthouse. Smallish, lots of windows looking out onto fabulous views, and a rooftop garden.

ita darling. said...

so when my best girlfriend moved into her current pad- our group of ladies was sitting around one night discussing her decorating strategy- she then blurted out "i just really think i need some lady touches!" which sent us all into a "that's what he said" middle school tailspin of dirty thoughts and bad innuendos... in this situation lenny kravitz had a few too many lady touches in this place.. bj nook for realz.. bwahahahaha

Mrs Woog said...

That furry settee is not a very practical fabric choice for a blow job nook - if you know where I am coming from..... Something in vinyl perhaps Mr Kravitz??

Raina Cox said...

Mrs Woog - But Woogie, imagine how yummy the fur would feel on a bare ass.

Mmmmm...Lenny Kravitz's bare ass...

Millie said...

Too funny Raina! I'm doing next years budgets for work today & a good laugh courtesy of yourself & Lenny K. has been eased the pain considerably. My darling husband in his best Tradesman's voice would call this style Techno-Rococco.
Millie ^_^

Ragland Hill Social by Gwen Driscoll said...

You've picked a good one in New Orleans....one of my favorite places on Earth. But definite design overhaul on this joint. You could do it.

Thank you for your oh so kind word on RHS. I really, really appreciate it.

Have a great day.

amyoliver said...

PMSL at BJ nook, you are too funny!!

thingsthatsparkle said...

literally looks straight out of zgallerie's december catalog spreads, but the bones are amazing.

www.thingsthatsparkleblog.blogspot.com

nkp said...

Well you know how much I love New Orleans, so a pied-a-terre there would be a must, but NYC would be right up there on my wishlist, as would a dreamy brook-side cabin in the Asheville area mountains and perhaps a riverside loft in Savannah, and a gorgeous old Charleston brownstone, oh and I mustn't forget an ivy-covered beauty in Georgetown....really I could play this game all day long.

Lenny's place has great bones (as does Lenny). ;0)

life, in small chunks said...

Seems like I get a new real estate fantasy every time I go somewhere. I'm forever picking up real estate info when I go to a new place and then day dreaming about living there or at least having a house there to visit. New Orleans is definitely near the top of my all time favorites, though!
karin

Brandi said...

You are so right about the blow job corner!! I dream of a loft-like studio in NYC with lots of drapeyness and a collected over time from secondhand stores kind of look.

Topaz said...

Love your description of the decor. But doesn't Lenny do his own decorating? I thought I read once that he even hires himself out as a "designer."

And there's nothing in the BJ nook that a good steam cleaning couldn't kill off. And disinfectant. Lots of disinfectant.

Alexis L., The Studioist said...

Raina Cox, Queen of the Rated-R Design Blogs.

This seems like an upscale Antonio Ballatore effort. My dream house is probably a mostly-glass place tucked away in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

karly / design-crisis.com said...

You're so perceptive - I actually gave him a blowjob in that nook.

Raina Cox said...

Millie - Hello to you and welcome to this deliciousness!

Brandi - Have I officially welcomed you to La Lamp Shade? If not, thank you for joining this deliciousness.

Topaz - You're right! Lenny has his own, ahem, design firm.

Karly - I'm crazy JEALOUS.

tulpen said...

My brain stopped working after mention of Lenny's Blow Job nook.

I'm gonna go and hang out with that visual for a bit now ok??

later.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Sigh, this is a divine shell, just waiting to happen.

Moroccan Creole. A new design style is born.