Gwyneth Paltrow shows off her Montecito mansion, complete with ‘avant garde’ art

Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t show off her extensive real estate collection that much, so this is a special treat. She invited Architectural Digest to her Montecito home, because Goop wants to remind everyone that she was in Montecito FIRST. The Sussexes, Oprah, Rob Lowe – all bandwagoners to Goopecito. She bought the place in 2015 when it was basically a decrepit barn/teardown. She and a team of architects and interior designers painstakingly renovated, rebuilt and built this place. She told the magazine: “There were wild animals living there and swarms of bugs, but I fell in love with the land and the views…[I’ve] always gravitated toward Santa Barbara.”

There’s a video too, and within seconds, she’s referencing her time spent “living in Europe” and her long admiration of Georgian proportions. She lived in the London suburbs! LMAO. Honestly though, the house isn’t all bad. There’s one particular way in which her time in the UK really did affect her aesthetic: she loves wallpaper, and very good-quality wallpaper. I enjoy it when American homes have good wallpaper. Of course, Gwyenth also reveals that she bought a piece of artwork which consists of a white panel and the words “avant garde.” A fool and her money, ISTG.

Her taste in furniture is… not my jam whatsoever. None of the chairs anywhere in the house look comfortable in the least. My favorite room in her home? Easily the kitchen. I would not have all of those built-in display cabinets for her blue-and-white china, but otherwise, a very lovely kitchen. As for the bathroom/spa… I cannot even believe that she did that in her home. It’s truly crazy!!!

Cover & IG courtesy of AD, additional photos courtesy of Avalon Red.

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  1. L84Tea says:

    The dining room I sort of like with all that slate and blues, even if it’s not my style. But what in 1930’s electrical wire hell is going on in that living room?? So much stuff, so many focal points. Yikes!

    • Teddy says:

      Yes, that light thingy in the living room – so ugly. And in the video she calls it ‘jewelry’. The house feels disconnected , no flow. But Montecito is gorgeous. Lol that she thinks she got there first.

  2. Orangeowl says:

    A few years ago I somehow ended up with a free subscription to AD and I found it surprisingly soothing to flip through. The celeb homes were always my favorite features.

    Her place looks lovely but, as you said, not super comfy. The wallpaper is cool. We are in the midst of a renovation (our living room/dining room/kitchen is probably smaller than her entryway, lol) and I got the idea to put wallpaper on the bottom half of the stairwell walls. When I asked my painters if they did wallpaper they just stared at me for a moment and said no. So, no wallpaper, lol.

    • Sarah says:

      We did this at our house! We found a guy on our local buy/sell who puts up wallpaper and it looks great.

    • Mel says:

      I’m only sorry that I ran out of walls to put wallpaper on! I have wallpaper in pretty much every room except the bathroom and I love it. It’s been 3 years since the reno on my house was completed and I haven’t grown tired of it! I used it to separate the different spaces: the living room is one big space with the kitchen but the living area is wallpapered. Same for the office corner in my bedroom. The boldest one I used for the powder room!

    • L84Tea says:

      Wallpaper is very much back in style, especially with big, loud prints. So to your painters, I say up his nose with a rubber hose!

    • Jess says:

      Try peel and stick wallpaper. I did that on one wall and used some on my stair risers and it’s great! No commitment and it really jazzes up the place. As for Goop, I so dislike her that I can’t even bear to watch her talk in a video. Someone called her the Trump of wellness and that’s all I can think of now.

    • lucy2 says:

      I have an old Victorian, so wallpaper EVERYWHERE. I’ve been slowly removing the ugly stuff, but luckily some areas are nice. I did hand printed Bradbury & Bradbury paper in one room, it is so stunning.

      • windyriver says:

        Bradbury & Bradbury has beautiful papers. Must be an amazing room.

      • Diamond+Rottweiler says:

        Bradbury papers are so beautiful. I wish you could post pictures here to show us. I just finished the remodel of my new house and went with Morris and Co.’s “The Brook” in my living room because as insanely expensive as it was it was still within reach as opposed to GP’s hand painted papers. Walking into my living room is like entering a medieval forest. I can’t imagine ever tiring of that feeling. As MK says, it brings me joy. So worth splashing out on it.

      • lucy2 says:

        I looked The Brook up, wow, gorgeous!!!
        Mine is the Bradbury Fenway Iris in Indigo. It was so expensive, but worth it. I’m hoping to do another room soon.

      • shell says:

        I did the peel n stick plastic no commitment to our tiny entryway that needed a bit o something.
        Big space wallpaper is pricy pricy, so did some damask stencils in muted colors upstairs. (No one has the guts to tell me it’s schmaltzy- they can see it looks like effort cubed.)
        I’m happily delusional that it all looks very stylishly not avant garde tho. That takes bigger money than have i

    • Orangeowl says:

      I love hearing everyone’s pro-wallpaper responses! My friends have encouraged me to try the stick and peel but I think the job might be too much for me. I might be able to handle a single wall in a room but the stairwell is big – it’s a two unit building so it basically goes from the bottom to the top of the house. I think I’d run out of steam not even halfway through.

      I ended up picking a fun paint color so I guess I will try to live with that for a bit before finding someone who can help me handle wallpaper. it is really fun looking at the patterns.

    • JJS says:

      I don’t like the style of her house , mostly, but I agree I love the wallpaper! I love that classic mural wallpaper type look, I’ve had one on one wall in my bedroom for the last 5 years and am not sick of it at all. (Etched Arcadia Mural from Anthropologie). Am thinking of splurging on some more wallpaper but so hard to pick!

  3. equality says:

    I like the wallpaper with the trees. Don’t care for the “art” or the lighting fixtures.

  4. Becks1 says:

    I love the dining room mostly (I don’t like the chairs at the table, but love the windows, the wallpaper, etc. And I would of course take that indoor pool/steam room/whirlpool/whatever the hell it is in a heartbeat lol. and the kitchen looks gorgeous and functional (from what I could tell from the video.)

    The living room is a nope for me, but I guess it works for GP’s whole “thing.”

    • windyriver says:

      I also love the dining room – the wallpaper, the natural light, the view of the blue plates. Don’t really mind the table and chairs, because the wallpaper is so pretty. The spa, the swing are neat, and there’s individual fixtures I like, but overall, there’s a complete lack of warmth to that entire space. The kitchen isn’t bad, but hate that fireplace surround she seems so happy with.

      Also, must be getting old, because when I look at those racks of plates (and open pot storage) my first thought is, I feel bad for whoever has to dust all that stuff. Plus, having to keep the unlaquered brass she’s so fond of clean, ugh…

      • Lena says:

        That’s a painted mural not wallpaper in her dining room but I have seen wallpaper just like it in other Instagram homes & I’m sure it’s cheaper that way. I haven’t followed Goop much since her Chris Martin days but I really thought she was over the dressed to the nines lady of the manor schtick but I guess not. All that in Europe we had a fireplace in the entry and kitchen so I just had to have it crap is irritating. It’s a pretty but not at all comfortable home but if I Remember her NYC place was just like that too. It’s all for show. And that wire lounge lighting fixture cost $45,000!

      • windyriver says:

        Agree it does look like a mural, but she calls it hand painted wallpaper in the video. Reminds me of what you see in British stately homes, panels in a LR or DR that together form an extended scene, so I guess that’s also her take from her London days! There was a story a while back about Rose Hanbury finding rolls of antique wallpaper in the attic at Houghton Hall and asking the company, which still exists, to recreate it. Essentially forms scenes from a Chinese garden. She used a set of the papers in one (large) bathroom, and that is a gorgeous room (also has a fireplace, so Goop would be happy).

        That fixture is $45K? Holy cow. Can’t imagine how much total just for the overall décor. So her NYC place was similar. Amazing how different people’s preferences can be. To me, that place seems just too barren, for all the thought given to the details.

  5. Tanguerita says:

    I loved the floors, the walls and the doors. But i don’t remember the last time I saw a celebrity’s house and said to myself – “yes, that’s where I’d want to live”.

    • Becks1 says:

      I like the pics that courtney cox puts on IG of her kitchen and family room/living room.

      but in general I’m with you re: celeb homes and I wonder how much prep work goes into a house before a shoot like this. Like obviously cleaning etc and AD is different than a mag like People with an “inside glimpse” but I wonder even for the latter how much is actually how they live. Like that living room for GP looks like no one has ever set foot in it, the furniture looks uncomfortable – I can’t believe that teenagers live there, even part of the time.

      • Tanguerita says:

        Ikr. The more she tries to convince me that she loves, loves, loves to cook, the less I am inclined to believe her. I mean, come on, goopy, your plates look like they try to compete for a place in British Museum.

      • lucy2 says:

        It looks very “designed” and not at all lived in. I like the kitchen area a lot, and the house itself seems nice, but there’s like one piece in every room that throws it off for me. I HATE that marble bar.
        The blue and white plates are more of a collection/display than for use (I have similar ones) but all the cookware lined up like a showroom was odd.

        Dakota Johnson’s house was one I really liked that felt comfortable. Courteney’s kitchen is nice too, and I like Jennifer Garner’s as well.

      • Jan90067 says:

        The place looks like it’s totally for show. Not one ounce of warmth or personality (just like Goop!). Anyone else notice there aren’t any personal/family pics around? Nothing that says, “I LIVE here”. Weird.

    • Pork+chops+&+Apple+sauce says:

      I’m a little embarrassed to say but I didn’t mind Dakota Johnson’s home in her AD feature.

    • Eurydice says:

      Yes, it all so staged and I find myself wondering what do people actually do in that house? No evidence of books or hobbies or workspace. No evidence of people, really.

      But it was interesting to see her choices – for me, the jarring notes are in the living room – the lethal coffee table that would stab you in the legs every time you got up from the sofa, and those incredibly uncomfortable-looking side chairs. They remind me of the furniture in that 80’s movie Ruthless People.

    • ZZ says:

      Agreed, so I’ll drop the one celebrity house that is my exception! Daveed Diggs & Emmy Raver-Lampman’s. It’s somehow both lively and relaxing. Look up their AD tour. Their design is a joy, they are a joy, it all makes me so happy.

      • Tanguerita says:

        thanks, i just watched it, you are right, their house is absolutely lovely and looks wonderfully lived-in.

      • Becks1 says:

        YES their house was gorgeous and fun and like you said, a joy.

      • windyriver says:

        I came across that video just a couple of weeks ago. So homey and comfortable. Big but not overwhelming. Full of things, but not overcrowded. The polar opposite of Goop. I’m surprised he says he’s mostly responsible for the downstairs bathroom – his clothing is so creative, you’d think he’d have a lot of fun with the whole design process (maybe the bathroom remark was just a joke!). And they do seem like people you’d love to be friends with. Cute doggie too!

  6. Shawna says:

    I will say the silly “avant garde” painting does bring in the perfect balance of black detail into the white space….

    I would do unspeakable things for a hand-painted wallpaper mural in my dining room!

  7. Twin Falls says:

    She is insufferable.

    • Aeren says:

      So so smug, I can’t stand her.

      • Bettyrose says:

        She spent many years as expat in Europe and plebs like us can’t understand her continental ways.

    • Anne says:

      You could make a drinking game based on all the times she said “…when I lived in Europe…” …”when I lived in London..” “…in the UK…”

      WE GET IT, GWYNNIE. You lived in Europe. You’re so posh. I can’t forget an interview she gave at the time when she said something along the lines of “I love living in Europe because people are so sophisticated — we have dinner parties and talk about art and politics. The last time I was in the U.S., some girl came up to me and said “l love your jeans. Are they Juicy?”

      Uh, no gurl. That says more about YOU and the people you associate with. Nothing to do with Europe vs. the U.S. Plenty of vapid people everywhere.

      • bettyrose says:

        It’s a pretty typical stage of development to be snooty about something you think only you have experienced. And if you’re still behaving that way on your 20th birthday, someone needs to perform an intervention.

  8. Liz Version 700 says:

    The dining room is nice, but the living room is giving me straight up vertigo with the light fixtures and the competing patterns. Agree that it doesn’t look super comfy.

  9. Hello Kitty says:

    AD’s IG account posted about Goop’s home story yesterday and noted how traditional her home is considering she like puts jade eggs in her vagina. Of course! Of course lol. She’s full of crap and sells her crazy to all the gullible moms of suburbia desperate for thinness and youth. God it cracked me up (caveat I’m a suburban mom but not gullible enough to fall for GP’s “lifestyle”)

  10. Tessa says:

    I love those doors in the dining room that open – I imagine – onto her garden, it must be so cool for parties, but I always wonder – doesn’t it get a ton of bugs and mosquitos into the house? Do they not have those in California? We have a regular door, which we do NOT keep open at all times when we have backyard action, but just the mere fact of opening and closing it often as we fetch things and people use the restroom means my house is crawling with mosquitos for weeks thereafter.

    • Twin Falls says:

      Where I lived in CA, you could leave the doors open without fear of swarms of insects. I’m from FL originally and the lack of humidity and bugs was mind blowing to me.

      • Tessa says:

        @Twin Falls
        wow, NOW I’m jealous. I’m not a huge fan of good weather year-around, I also come from the South and I actually enjoy having seasons and still can’t get enough of fall and spring up North, but no bugs would be such a treat, because they really spoil the summer for you. 🙁

      • Anne says:

        We live in Santa Barbara and have almost no bugs year round. Zero mosquitoes. Lots of ants though in the summer searching for water. When we lived in Bay Area we used to get bees who seemed to love meat, so eating outside in august/September was a constant battle about keeping the bees away from your barbecued chicken or beef.

    • salmonpuff says:

      We have a general lack of bugs all up and down the west coast compared to the rest of the country, and there are even fewer closer to the beach. My kids went to visit the in-laws in Oklahoma this summer and all three of my outdoorsy children came home complaining about the insect life.

    • lucy2 says:

      We have so many clients who want to do that here on the east coast, have the big doors that open up all the spaces, and they always show us pictures of California houses with it. We then have to remind them about the bugs, and that this climate is NOT California!

    • lemontwist says:

      Oh god, the bugs on the east coast! I grew up in southern NH and there were swarms of bugs for every season (excluding winter). Black flies, Japanese beetles, cicadas, gypsy moths, horse flies, crane flies, and of course mosquitos EVERYWHERE. The only ones I didn’t mind were the crickets because they don’t fly in your face and it was so lovely to hear them at night.
      When I moved to WA, I could not BELIEVE the lack of bugs compared to NH. Every summer I remind myself to be grateful lol.

  11. milliemollie says:

    “Goopecito”!!! That made me cackle, thank you for that, Kaiser!

  12. Meredith says:

    I love the AD home tours and I was hoping you posted about this one. I just need to get this off my chest, for all of her “wellness” you think her hair would be in better shape.

    But about the house, it was one of my least favorites. I felt each room looked like they belong in completely different houses. It’s like she picked a different designer for each room and none of the them talked to each other. My favorite room was the living room except for the bar. I liked the bar but it looked out of place there.

    And for her “spa” it was like she just made it was big as she possibly could and that’s it. I loved the tile though.

  13. MsIam says:

    The wallpaper in the dining room is gorgeous. But after removing four layers of wallpaper from my mother’s dining room one summer, it’s a “nope” for me. I cringe at the thought of wallpaper, lol. If I was rich like Goop and could hire someone, then sure.

  14. Harper says:

    Those light fixtures are terrible and alien looking, sorry. So she knows Windsor Smith, who is a fabulous designer? With all her money, Gwyn should have used Windsor instead of doing it herself with her friend. The kitchen is fab, and so is the powder room and the dining room wallpaper. I do not like the living room with that slab of marble bar–too cold for what she is trying to “ideate” (how Gwyn describes her creative process in the AD article) into a warm and welcoming space.

    • Margot says:

      I didn’t have the energy to watch the whole thing. Is this the house she bought from Windsor Smith and she’s renovated it recently or is it a new version and she’s using the same checkerboard floors? This one doesn’t seem as good as the one I’m familiar with through following Windsor Smith over the years. It’s too try-hard.

    • Miri says:

      Her so called friend is Brigette Romanek, internationally renowned interior designer LOL. She was simply name dropping her throughout the video.

      • Truthiness says:

        Brigette should have come up with a better living room, it looks kind of terrible. Gwyneth must still have long haul. She spoke about it openly. The anti-histamine diet that makes a big difference doesn’t allow alcohol and she talked in this video about not drinking for the past year or so. It’s not worth the symptoms until you are recovered.

      • Harper says:

        @Miri, thanks, I looked up Brigette’s work since I didn’t know her name. Seems like Gwyn thought she could do Brigette’s vibe on her own, but it’s obviously not so easy. Gwyn’s dining room looks very inspired by Brigette’s own personal dining room both have contemporary tables with similar lines and alien light fixtures overhead.

    • Anne says:

      That over wrought marble bar area is terrible. Looks like a Russian oligarch’s idea of classy.

  15. Dlc says:

    Is that place so big that her voice was echoing? Didn’t love it, but only made it halfway thru the video. Don’t care what her so s favorite meal is. Dislike the blue and white china.

  16. FancyPants says:

    That living room reminds me of a builder’s model home where they throw in every available design element they have to choose from, because nothing in that room goes with anything else. The dining room minus the Starship Enterprise light fixture is pretty, but I feel sorry for whoever has to dust around all those delicate blue plates. If I had money to burn like Gwyneth does, I might have my own private spa too (as long as somebody else had to do all the water testing and chemical stuff).

  17. Lizzie Bathory says:

    After seeing her Hamptons home featured several years ago (in Vogue, I think?), I was struck by all of the weird, uncomfortable seating. I think Gwyneth has decent instincts about what to do with the bones of a house & things like beautiful wallpaper, making the most of natural light in a space etc, but I think she has no sense of how to furnish a place. And her aesthetic doesn’t emphasize comfort or warmth, which I always find revealing.

  18. Miriam says:

    Eh. Overall I like it. I’d take decorating advice from Gwyneth over wellness advice any day.

  19. Bookie says:

    I dislike her but I’m super jealous of that house. Not that she cares. 🙂

  20. Lucinda says:

    That is a John Baldessari. And no he was not a “Euro”.

  21. Cobra says:

    Watched it on Mute :)..Wanted to click on it immediately but too early to hear her grating bragging voice. Maybe later I’ll watch for the details. I know, very magnanimous of me, lol.

    The house is Very calming. Very monastery chic. I love color in my house but lately I gravitate to mellow colors. White dining table has a cheap look, like the ones you see on 70’s diners or something. Cant with the black seating, doesn’t look comfortable and not good looking. love the kitchen, How nice it would be to get up in the morning and then glide in that Kitchen having a Coffee enjoying that view, Le sigh! Cant with the blue and white China, always reminds me of Urns. Hers’ are ok, because its mainly plates.
    That Kitchen seating, not for anybody with big butt I guess. I definitely cant fit :). Love the table though.
    Living room wetbar looks like it belongs in a bathroom. Seating doesn’t look very comfy. love that swing seating.. What a great reading nook that makes.
    That spa bathroom, I want it..I would just spend hours everyday. Not possible in this lifetime though 🙂

    long post, but I do love looking at beautiful homes!!

  22. Annaloo. says:

    Pay your goop workers.

    She’s too much. I could hurl at her smugness

  23. smee says:

    That foyer is cramped and I would knock that million dollar ball-shaped art off that table in a minute.

    Also what’s with the claw hand gestures?

  24. Nicole says:

    Not gonna lie. I dig the kitchen.

  25. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    The best thing about this page is, “Goopecito.”

  26. Grace says:

    I looked up a lot of her stuff online. ALL of those lights are $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ as is the wallpaper. I watched one of the videos of handpainted wallpaper. All I got is, wow, you can really spend some money when it’s no object!

  27. tamsin says:

    Love the kitchen and I love blue and white china. I like the idea of the couch in the living room, but that marble bar looks so heavy and I just don’t like it with the plush sofa. It’s a very cold and uninviting room. Maybe even ghastly.

  28. Nev says:

    chic. love many elements of it.

  29. jferber says:

    So did she move there to be “besties” with Meghan and Harry? Will we see Apple with Archie (like we saw her with Blue Ivy)? She is a cachet thief (I just made that up). If someone else is blowing up, she has to be on the bandwagon. These “relationships” for her never last. Also, in case you don’t KNOW she’s trying for “avant garde,” there is a helpful poster on the wall for you. Just so she can educate you. I really dislike her bc she is SO annoying.

  30. Sof says:

    Not the camera showing a close up of the limes, lol.
    I was surprised that there was no Spanish influence, there was a time when she was constantly talking about her trips to Spain over the years.
    My favourite was the kitchen too, particuarly the Portuguese tiles. Ahh, to live in a home with big glass windows and doors that bring in all the natural light without the fear of someone breaking in…
    Also, I must be the only one but I really liked the crazy light fixture of the living room?
    Now, I believe these videos are half the person’s actual home and half the magazine’s staff making it up. Don’t know if they use mock up houses even, like they do for Vogue’s 73 questions. (People believing Margot Robbie has a really cool house when in fact it’s a rental place).

  31. Margo says:

    THE SPA!! That is truly the most amazing bath area I have ever seen in a home! Incredible. And how much you want to bet she does write that off by using it for photo shoots for Goop stuff. Love her or hate her, you have to admit she’s pretty savvy with her business.

  32. eliza says:

    That bathroom. That’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. Honestly I’m having some serious fomo. I would just like to cosplay being that rich for a couple of weeks.

  33. Gubbinal says:

    I kept thinking of the banality of wealth and also the selfishness of it. Where is the personality there? All that struck me were imposing white marbles and white bathrobes.

  34. MissKitten(is my cats name) says:

    Gee I wonder if she has a partnership with Staub cookware? It’s right up her alley, uber uber expensive…..

  35. JustBitchy says:

    For the wallpaper lovers out there check out deGournay! Rose at Houghton Hall introduced me to the line. It’s amazing

  36. KojiKoji says:

    I really enjoyed this video. I can’t imagine living in her home, but I do think it’s beautiful and very interesting.

  37. Plastic Granola says:

    Kind of tacky to show off this gazillion dollar house when her workers were complaining about being burned out and underpaid. Gwyneth’s a real piece of dog dooke

  38. Isabella says:

    Did she really describe fireplaces as “something they have in Europe”? I got tired of her voice so can’t bring myself to go back and listen.

    I really like her kitchen and dining room. The gold outfit looks cozy and warm.

  39. Desdenova says:

    I watched the video yesterday, and i liked the house.

    Big, fresh, not crowded.

    And it’s obvious she really loves her house that’s great.

    Hated the dinner table but other than that everything was fine. it felt complicated, but beautiful. Antreroom was perfect, now it’s my dream tooo 🙁

    As a small home owner i would reallty like that pot rack. It would be perfect to see what you are trying to get 😀