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Which Celeb has the most extravagant home

During the coronavirus lockdown, we’ve been lucky (or unlucky) enough to get a sneak peak inside some of our favourite celebrities’ homes, whether it be through selfies or live streams on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Many have looked on enviously as celebrities have enjoyed a life of luxury during lockdown with their own private swimming pools, tennis courts and golf courses, while the only option for the rest of us has been to binge watch 15 year old episodes of The Office on Netflix.

But, this got us thinking, which celebrity actually owns the most extravagant home? We looked around, but no one has done a comparison between celebrity homes – until now. To answer the question, Get Me My Mortgage took Forbes’ top 50 best paid celebrities 2020 and compared five aspects of each of their homes, including:

  • Number of bedrooms
  • Number of bathrooms
  • Amount of living space
  • Amount of outdoor space
  • Value of home

Scroll down to find out which celebrity home comes out on top for each ranking factor and which one is ultimately the most extravagant home.

Mark Wahlberg’s home features 18 toilets, two more than any other celebrity

While most of us have to do with two or three bathrooms in our home if we’re lucky, when you’re a world famous actor that is simply not enough. Mark Wahlberg takes the crown for the celebrity least likely to be caught short, with an astonishing 18 bathrooms if his home. That’s means if an entire Premier League football team of 11 players and 7 substitutes where to visit, they’d all have their own loo!https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m10!1m8!1m3!1d792.383133884222!2d-118.418865!3d34.124571!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!5e1!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1597019234870!5m2!1sen!2sus

As you can see above, Wahlberg lives in a huge mansion in Beverly Hills, California, so it’s easy to see how he has room for all those facilities. Wahlberg is closely followed by Elton John (16), Tiger Woods (15) and Kylie Jenner, who only has the 14 bathrooms in her residence.

What do Jerry Seinfeld, Tiger Woods and Mark Wahlberg have in common? 11 bedrooms

UK Average: 2.7 bedrooms

US Average: 2/3 bedrooms

Celebrity Average: 6.6 bedrooms

Mark Wahlberg is once again top of the tree boasting 11 bedrooms, only this time the actor is joined by Tiger Woods and comedian Jerry Seinfeld on our rankings. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are the only couple who both feature in the top 50 celebrity earners. Despite this, the power couple have only been able to manage 8 bedrooms in their California mansion. Below you can see Seinfeld’s 11 bedroom mansion:https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m10!1m8!1m3!1d722.8175696998132!2d-72.150064!3d40.962118!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!5e1!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1597071295249!5m2!1sen!2sus

The average celebrity home boasts 6.6 bedrooms, according to our analysis. This is in comparison to the UK average of 2.7 and the US average of between 2 or 3 bedrooms. However, one question remains, just what do celebrities do with all those bedrooms?

Drake’s staggering 50,000 square foot of living space is almost double that of any other celebrity

UK Average: 729.8 sq ft

US Average: 2,163.6 sq ft

Celebrity Average: 12,091 sq ft

Despite not appearing on any of our top celebrity lists so far for bathrooms or bedrooms, Drake easily takes the crown for having the most celebrity living space. His Toronto mansion spans a total of 50,000 sq ft, 20,000 more than the second placed celebrity. Dubbed ‘The Embassy’, his pad features a 3,200 sq ft master bedroom.

To put the size Drake’s house in to perspective, at 50,000 sq ft, it’s over 23 times bigger than the average American home (which are already the biggest in the world), and a staggering 68 times bigger than the average home in the UK.

J. K. Rowling’s 162 acres of outdoor space eclipses other celebrity homes

J. K. Rowling’s Edinburgh getaway sits on a staggering 162 acres of land. The writers’ mansion is the perfect country getaway to avoid the bright lights of London and the prying UK press. This easily beats the outdoor space available to the second placed celebrity, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson by 114 acres, who’s home you can see below:https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m10!1m8!1m3!1d752.3059119642878!2d-78.217666!3d38.191345999999996!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!5e1!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1597072064986!5m2!1sen!2sus

Drake’s $100m pad is the most expensive celebrity home, closely followed by Jay-Z.

UK Average: $302,374

US Average: $247,084

Celebrity Average: $19,777.563

Valued at $100m, the most valuable celebrity home is owned by Drake. Not a bad place to spend lockdown. Jay-Z’s home that he shares with Beyonce comes a close second, despite not being as large as other celebrity homes on our list with only 9,000 sq ft of living space. However, the couple’s mansion does boast a central Bel-Air location in Los Angeles, which adds to its value substantially.

The average celebrity home, out of the 50 we analysed, is valued at $19,777,563. This is well beyond the range of the average citizen. According to GOV.UK, the average property in the UK is valued at $302,374, where as in the US, the data shows the average home to be valued at $247,084.

Overall, Elton John owns the most extravagant home of any celebrity

To find out which celebrity owns the most extravagant home, Get Me My Mortgage assigned the statistics for each property a percentage in relation to how well they scored. For example, if a celebrity home had the most bedrooms, they would score 100%. The celebrity with the second most bedrooms would score 98% and so on down the list. We then took an average of the percentage scores for all five metrics to come up with the final results. 

Despite never finishing first for any of our metrics, Elton John’s home comes out on top due to featuring consistently high throughout our index. Mark Wahlberg’s mansion finished a close second, but was let down by only being surrounded by 6 acres of land, meaning the property’s average score was marked down.

How to Renovate an Older Home

Planning to Decorate Your Home

Summer is the best time for decorating your house. The days are warmer (in some areas much warmer) and longer. Opening your windows won’t make you run for the nearest closet to retrieve your winter coat and painting in adverse conditions will have undesirable affects upon the finish. There is also the issue of painting in artificial or poor light.

During the summer months, you also have the extra help when the older kids are out of school and summer vacations are an excellent time for those more-than-a-weekend projects. But where do you begin? That is always the question that looms over most homeowners who wish to re-decorate rooms in their house.

Make A Plan

When you have decided to get to work on your house, make a plan and start simple. Do not plan a major renovation for your first project. They are like the green-eyed monster and grow larger and messier as you go along. Simple is always the best. Few people want to live months (and sometimes years) with clutter and dust. It’s best to tackle your room of choice in a continuous session. Make a list of what project will come first and which one will come last. Writing down your plan is a good method so that you’ll be able to realistically chart out your decorating campaign. That way, you can see that knocking out that east wall after you laid down that Italian ceramic tile may not have been a good choice after all!

Not only make a list of what you plan to do to your room of choice but also make a list of materials and equipment necessary before you get started. You may have to wait for someone else to deliver a countertop or carpet. But when you are ready to work be sure that you have everything on hand, which can be anything from ladders to plastic trash bags!

Before The Decorating Begins

If you are doing a major renovation, which may change the use of a room, you may need to obtain a building permit from your local building inspect. For example, a bathroom must have ventilation and a bedroom must have at least one window.

If you installing light fixtures or electrical outlets, then you will need to make certain that work is completed before decorating begins. This also applies to plumbing, gas and water fixtures. If you are hiring professionals for this work, make sure that it’s completed before taking time off to decorate.

Work In Order

If you are decorating a whole house, work from the top to the bottom. In this way, you will avoid getting the unavoidable dust all over your finished product whether it’s a room downstairs or freshly painted walls.

Generally speaking, the order to decorate a room should be:

  • Ceiling
  • Walls
  • Woodwork (doors, casing, baseboards)
  • Metalwork (radiators for those who have them).

The exception to the rule is when you are hanging wallpaper. You should always paint woodwork and metalwork first.

Once you have decided where to start working, remove as much furniture as possible. Whatever has to stay, push into the center of the room and completely cover it. This will help prevent paint splashes in the most odd places.

Your very first job is to check out and undertake any structural repairs that need to be made. This may mean dealing with rot, replacing old floorboards, or repairing minor holes in concrete walls. And yes, some houses from the 1940’s still have concrete walls.

Once you have planned out your agenda for decorating either a room or your entire house, you will find that decorating goes much easier. You will also have fewer mistakes down the road and a lot less bickering with your spouse over that ‘what you said’ weeks before!

Baby-Proof Living Room Design

When it’s time to have a baby, one of the first things you need to do is to get the babies room ready for their arrival. It’s filled with fresh paint, new clothes, soft blankets and sturdy furniture. But one of the most neglected areas is often the living room. This area of the home is widely used and will be mostly used for entertaining the family as they play with baby. Making this room bay-proof is a good way to prevent any accidents that may happen when baby begins to explore. Check out these tips for baby-proofing your living room.

Open design

One of the main concerns with a bay moving about is being able to constantly keep an eye on them. That means a clear line of vision wherever they are in the room. A good way to achieve this is by having an open space design concept in your living room. This can include open legged furniture and lots of natural lighting.

Color options

Bright and bold colors should be left out of designing for baby. Black and white colors are not only good for honing babies spatial skills, they also hide stains well which bay loves to make. Splashes of color are ok; just keep in mind that overdoing it could end up haunting you in the long run if you need to redo it.

Lighting

An often underestimated area of baby-proofing design, but it is quite necessary. Table, floor and other hanging wire lamps need to be replaced with out of the way lighting. Task lighting is still important however and can be achieved with the installation of task lighting or wall mounted directional halogens. Task lighting comes in during those late night feedings.

Soft Furniture

Couches that suck you in aren’t really that nice when you’re at a stranger’s house; unless they have a baby. The softer and more relaxed you are when babies around, the better. Feeding, relaxing and even playing on soft and comfortable furniture is crucial to being a happy and healthy parent.

Fair Trade African Baskets

Fair Trade African Baskets are some of the most unique handcrafted items and have always been one of the trademark handcrafted items that represented the talents of the African artisans. There is a wide selection of colorful fair trade African Baskets that can be used as home décor items.
The beauty of the fair trade African Baskets offers a wide variety of decorator items from which to select. Whether going with the vibrant orange, gold and pink blends trimmed in black, or the subtle colors of earth colored mudcloth, all of the fair trade African Baskets is beautiful and well made by African artisans. For centuries basket weaving has been an art form and remains so today in all regions of Africa.

One of the prettiest of the fair trade African Baskets is the Iringa Basket. The Tanzania hand woven African Basket was feature in Vogue Living and is actually quite a fashionable home décor accessory. Made of Milulu grass and natural die with hues of rust, the basket is approximately 10″ tall and 10″ in diameter. The retail price for the fair trade African Basket is $28.00.

Another excellent choice for home décor from the collection of fair trade African Baskets is the Hand-woven Kenyan Sisal Storage Bucket. Made by a collective of women weavers called the Isolo Weavers this beautiful handcrafted fair trade African Basket is available in bone and natural dye colors. The retail price for the 10″ x 10″ unique piece is $24.00.

If looking for a serving piece among the wide collection of fair trade African Baskets, the Hand Woven African Basket Tray is an excellent choice. This is truly a beautiful hand woven tray displaying rich colors such as rush, black, and natural. Made by rural Kenyan women this is a perfect gift item to give to someone or to oneself. The dimensions of the fine hand woven fair trade African Basket is 15″ long x 10″ wide x 3.5″ tall. The retail price for the Hand Woven African Basket Tray is $36.00.

A truly exquisite piece among the wide array of fair trade African Baskets is the Samburu and Rendille Camel Milking Baskets. Hand woven of palm leaves by the Samburu and Rendille women, the tightly coiled and woven baskets are created to be watertight. These baskets are used to store milk and to export to the market. Available in small, medium or large, the retail price for the beautiful Samburu and Rendille Camel Milking Baskets range in price from $44.00 up to $68.00.

All of the fair trade African Baskets reviewed are made with all natural sources and under fair trade conditions. For more information on the abovementioned fair trade African Baskets visit the Web site for Swahili Imports.

Homemade Space-Themed Party Decorations for Kids

Throwing a space themed party is fun for kids, and creating your own homemade decorations makes the party even more fun. There are many easy space themed party decorations you can make, and this article will provide you with detailed instructions on creating several homemade space themed party decorations for kids.
Spaceships

You can make spaceships inexpensively and easily using recycled items. For this space themed party decoration you will need two paper plates, silver paint, fishing line or dental floss, scissors, glue, and a black marker.

Start this homemade space decoration by poking a hole in the middle of one plate. Thread the floss through the hole and tie it in a knot; you may want to add a piece of tape to the inside of the plate to secure the string. Glue the plates together to create an alien spaceship and paint them silver. Add windows and a door with the marker and your homemade party decoration is complete.

Glowing Stars

Glowing stars are always a fun decoration to any space themed party and this homemade decoration is easy to make. For this project you will need cardboard, scissors, glowing paint, a pen, and a paintbrush.

Start this homemade space decoration by drawing several stars onto the cardboard and cut them out. Paint the stars and allow them to dry, and this homemade party decoration is complete. If you do not have glowing paint you can also use glitter or neon paint for an equally space like look.

Alien Jars

Another fun party decoration with space in mind is alien jars; these homemade decorations are easy and inexpensive to create. For this craft you will need old jars with lids, paint, food coloring, scissors, labels, markers, and expanding foam animals.

Start this project by painting all of the lids and cleaning out the jars. Place the expanding animals in a bowl of water and allow them to expand for a few hours. Cut sections of the animal apart and put them into the jars. Fill the jars with food coloring and water and wipe the jars dry. Add fun descriptions to the labels and add them to the homemade space themed decorations to complete them.

Planet Garland

Another easy homemade decoration that is great for a space themed party is a planet garland. For this project you will need lids of different sizes, paint, paint brushes, ribbon, hot glue sticks, and a hot glue gun. Start by researching the different planets and images of them.

Use the paint and paintbrushes to paint the lids to look like the planets. Feel free to make up your own planets if you like as well. Glue the lids to a long piece of ribbon and your space decoration is complete.

Homemade decorations are a great addition to your space theme party décor, and these crafts are easy and fun for your party.

Incorporate Your Child’s Artwork into Your Home Decorations

With two young artists in my home I have had to start coming up with some creative ways to incorporate my children’s artwork into my decorating. They get so proud of their artwork, as do I, that we want to show it off with more creativeness than simply taping it to the door or hanging it on the refrigerator. Here are some creative ways that we have incorporated our children’s artwork into our homes decorating style:

One thing you can do is to laminate your children’s drawings to protect them. Then have an entire wall in a room of your home that is decorated with just their drawings. Around each drawing you can take a thin boarder and place it around each one of the drawings, this acts as a frame to all of the pieces. This is a simple and creative way to incorporate your child’s artwork into your homes decorating.

Ask your child to draw something that goes specifically with your homes established decorating theme and then frame the drawing in a nice picture frame and display it. If your living room is decorated in floral prints, your child can draw a nice picture of flowers done in the same colors for you to display.

You can take a few of their drawings down to a print store and have them printed out on some fabric. They you can sew the fabric onto some throw pillows as a great way to incorporate your child’s artwork into your homes decorating.

You can take some of your child’s smaller pictures and cut them out. Then you will want to laminate them and attach a magnet on the back of each one. Now you can use your child’s pictures on your refrigerator as a refrigerator magnet.

Have your child cut out some of their drawings into nice shapes and then laminate each drawing. Then you can arrange them and stick them onto the insides of your kitchen’s cupboard doors. Now each morning as you reach for your coffee cup, you can see the beautiful drawings your child made for you.

Get a glass piece that is meant for the top of your desk. Line your child’s drawings on the top of your desk and then place the sheet of glass on top of your desk. Now you can always enjoy your child’s artwork while you are hard at work at your desk.

Have fun coming up with some of your own creative ideas to incorporate your child’s artwork into your homes decorating.

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