Damn it, why aren't I mega wealthy?? It's all over the news that Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen are selling their 2 year old 14,000 sq. ft. Brentwood mansion and heading east, to their 14,000 sq. ft mansion in Massachusetts.
When I saw this stunner in Architectural Digest I was paralyzed. I love every room, every piece of furniture and tchotchke. I seriously wouldn't change a thing, including the MOAT! I never considered myself a moat person, but people change.
It took two years and 20 million to build, they are banking on making a pretty penny. It is simple and cozy, said Gisele. (As cozy as 14,000 sq. ft can be) Richard Landry as architect and Joan Behnke , as designer, were brought on board to help realize the couple's vision.
One of their primary goals was to use as much recycled material as possible and implement energy and water cost effectiveness systems. Where available they used environmentally friendly building materials, photovoltaic solar panels and gray water irrigation technology. Reclaimed cobblestones and ceiling beams, salvaged floorboards and ceramic tile along with the brick, antique wooden doors and marble fireplace surrounds helped keep the theme of recycle, reuse, remain eco conscious alive.
The color scheme is obviously neutral with touches of blue, green, lilac and coral. The designer "punched it up" with dramatic light fixtures, natural materials like linen, silk, leather and velvet were used throughout. The theme was European country estate meets California casual.
The outdoor spaces are equally idyllic ~ between the moat and bridge, the infinity pool, the micro farm: where Gisele plants a lot of her own vegetables and fruit and also raises chickens, the lush gardens and the sweeping vistas: I ask you, who couldn't be happy here?
50 million happy? This literally leaves me weak!
ph: Roger Davies for AD