Piper Perabo’s House: A Laid Back NYC Pad for Hollywood’s Spy Girl Next Door:Summertime means a few great things. It means lovely weather, the chance to get out and spend some time in the water, great fruit, and the return of the USA Network’s awesome summer programming schedule. Come on, you know you love it. It definitely beats watching re-runs, and most of the shows are actually pretty great. One of the more popular summer offerings is the spy/espionage/mystery/thriller mish-mash called, “Covert Affairs”, starring Piper Perabo. Ms. Perabo has been acting for a long time, and first made waves starring in the pseudo-musical film, “Coyote Ugly”, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer back in 2000. Since then, she has appeared in feature films, television movies, guest-starred on multiple television shows, and basically done the successful “journeyman” actor thing. She began starring on “Cover Affairs” in 2010, and her performance has already netted her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. Word on the street is that the pretty blonde is as nice to work with as she is to watch, and her house seems to reflect that spirit. Piper Perabo’s house in New York is a lovely one-bedroom apartment with multiple oriental touches. Recently photographed by popular editor and designer, Garance Dore, Piper Perabo’s house features lots of sunlight, high ceilings, a fireplace, lots of natural furnishings, large pieces of art, and a laidback shabby-chic vibe that is very reflective of the actress’ attitude in real life. As she often travels for work, Piper Perabo’s house is also filled with knickknacks from various countries. While she has usually cultivated a “girl-next-door” vibe in Hollywood, the Texas native has recently begun to glam it up. It will be interesting to see if her new public style translates into a more opulent home style.
Gordon Ramsey’s House: A Calming $6.75 Million Retreat for the Notoriously Angry Chef:Chef Gordon Ramsey has a larger than life personality and makes “to-die-for” food. At least that is what the people who can actually get a seat in, and afford, a meal at one of his many restaurants say. His multiple cooking competition shows have made him a household name in areas where his food is not available. His penchant for basically verbally abusing anyone who stands within eight feet of him in the kitchen has rocketed him from merely well known, into the realm of cultural icon. From swearing so much on television that he received citations from review boards in the UK and Australia, to engaging in multiple sparring matches with other chefs and celebrities across various programs, to admitting to serving meat to vegetarians at his restaurants, Gordon Ramsey has built quite a reputation for himself outside of the kitchen, as well as in it. After throwing the famed restaurant critic, A.A. Gill, out of one of his restaurants, the critic wrote, “Ramsay is a wonderful chef, just a really second-rate human being.” Luckily for his family, Gordon Ramsey’s house does not reflect his “bulldog-ish” personality. Gordon Ramsey’s house, purchased in January of this year, cost $6.75 million, a paltry sum for someone who has several successful restaurants, and seven different realities show running. Located in the posh community of Bel-Air in Los Angeles, the 7,413 square foot property is comprised of five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a massive kitchen with all new features, high ceilings, and multiple communal spaces. The house sits on an acre of land and also includes a large terrace, a stunning infinity pool, a large lawn, and lots of sunlight. In other words, Gordon Ramsey’s home is far more cheerful than the chef ever is on any of his shows. He recently left a charity football (soccer) game on a stretcher, after a decidedly nasty tackle by a former professional player. Many people believe the tackle was purely meant to take the mouthy celebrity down a peg.