American country singer Taylor Swift paid $2,5 million for this wonderful historic Southern Belle. A bargain, insult almost, compared to the prices in the greater Los Angeles area! The home, known as Northumberland Estate was built in the 1930s for Guilford Dudley, Jr, who was an ambassador for the USA in Denmark. The house is a perfect example of 20th-century Southern architecture. It used to sit on hundreds of acres but the land has been subdivided since.
Taylor Swift's Northumberland Estate in Nashville USA
The sellers are Universal Music Group chairman Luke Lewis and his wife, Lauren. The couple hired renowned architect Manuel Zeitlin when they bought the home to turn it into their dream home. They sure managed to maintain its historic integrity. I truly hope Taylor Swift has the same eye for historic value and will treat this wonderful home with the respect it deserves.
Foyer of Taylor Swift's new Nashville Home. I love the mirror slates
The lounge. The black (or is it dark blue?) walls are a magnificent touch. I love how it gives it a very classical and dramatic feel.
Now there's a library! Love the chairs!
Sources: Lily at Hookedonhouses.net and Casasugar.com
Barbie, yes, that Barbie, has switched careers. Mattel’s latest addition to their Barbie I Can Be line of dolls is Barbie Architect, complete with a blueprint holder (in pink, obviously), builder hat, and black smart-looking glasses. Mattel partnered with members of the American Institute of Architects to make sure her outfit reflects that of what a real architect would wear. (erhm… OK….)
Architect Barbie and a model of one of her designs
That same partnership resulted in a competition for Barbie’s new dream home.
The design brief was written in “Barbie’s voice.” It includes phrases like “I love to entertain,” and “as the original fashionista, you can imagine how large my closet needs to be!”
Barbie's new home designed by Ting Li and Maja Paklar
The lucky winners are Ting Li and Maja Paklar who hope to “encourage more young female architects to flex their design muscles.” I must say, playing with Barbie as a kid myself sparked my interest in interior design too! I never actually played with the dolls but by god, her home was always perfect!