By Lydia Geisel

Published on December 27, 2017

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Photography by NICOLE GERULAT FOR JOSS & MAIN

While the days of MTV Cribs are long gone, outlandish celebrity homes live on—and we’ve definitely seen our fair share of extravagant star-owned retreats. From mind-blowing mortgages to over-the-top amenities, we get it: Celebrities live for eccentric spaces.

But when it comes to inspiring design, few A-listers seem to really get it right. That’s why, when a celebrity abode comes across our radar that really wows us, we pay attention. Here, we’re taking a look back at all the celeb-owned homes that impressed us—not with their astounding price tags or seemingly endless square footage, but with their savvy and refreshing interiors. Read on for all the A-list abodes that took our breath away in 2017.

When it came to making over her (now) breezy LA abode, Whitney Port wanted to create a space that would suit the needs of her growing family without skimping on personal style. Her solution? Crisp white walls and vaulted ceilings served as a practical backdrop for Port’s signature SoCal aesthetic.

Just peep the Hills alum’s refined master suite, where a cozy reading (and wine-drinking) nook proves that playing with layering can really pay off. An array of textures and patterns—from the striped settee to the sheepskin rug—add intrigue to the fashion designer’s multifunctional space.

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Photography by THE PARTNERS TRUST

While secret real estate maven Johnny Depp failed to auction off his 41-acre Kentucky farmhouse this past fall, the Pirates of the Caribbean star did find success in selling all five of his condos in Downtown LA’s iconic Eastern Columbia building. The fourth of his luxurious apartments to go, this multi-level penthouse masterfully counters its industrial bones (such as the exposed brick and ceiling pipes) with fun, contemporary decor. The result? A dwelling that feels vintage and new all at once.

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Talk about California cool: Our jaws dropped when Spider-Man actor Tobey Maguire snagged this impeccable West Hollywood residence designed by renowned architect Clive Wilkinson earlier this year. Of course, we appreciate any home that seamlessly blends indoor-outdoor living, but Maguire’s new abode certainly goes above and beyond, with its art gallery-inspired layout and dramatic sliding glass doors.

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Photography by DOUGLAS ELLIMAN

Blue lacquer and brass details rule in this colorful West Village townhouse that boasts serious celeb pedigree (Courtney Love and designer Steven Gambrel are both past residents). Proof that even a 190-year-old home can feel timeless with a few thoughtful, modern updates, the polished entry-level sitting room epitomizes refined 21st-century living, without compromising the structure’s original character.

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Photography by COMPASS

Our inner bibliophiles went wild when we heard the news that Mike Myers had re-listed his chic Soho apartment this past November. Inside the comedian’s cool NYC pad awaits a book lover’s haven, disguised in the form of a stunning, sun-filled living room. Myers’ personal library boasts custom crafted shelves and a rolling ladder for homeowners who love nothing more than opening up a new read. Oh, and we can’t get over that exquisitely styled bookshelf.

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Photography by ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST VIA TRULIA

Situated in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood, Jennifer Connelly’s former turn-of-the-century mansion reminds residents of the home’s unique history and craftsmanship on every corner. When coupled with softer hues and on-trend furnishings, the mahogany columns, delicately carved mantel, and stained-glass windows in the grand entryway and living room make a memorable statement.

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Photography by LISA ROMEREIN

Yes, even Academy Award winners like Diane Keaton head to Pinterest for all things home inspiration. In her book The House That Pinterest Built, the actress recalls building her 8,000-square-foot home from the ground up according to other people’s favorite design elements, as well as personal creations on the web. In particular, Keaton’s exclusively black and white bathroom has us dreaming of a subway-tiled sanctuary of our own.

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Photography by JOE SCHMELZER FOR ONE KINGS LANE

Decked out with an indoor teepee, retro toy cars, and vintage rugs Lucy Liu’s serene living room shows us what a space for friends of all ages is supposed to look like. With the help of designer Nicole Fisher and One Kings Lane, the Charlie’s Angels actress brought the kid-friendly home of her (and our) dreams to life. While the room’s neutral palette and sleek leather accents promise a sophisticated place for adults to catch up, playful wallpaper, framed Dr. Seuss books, and soft-edged furnishings also make for a toddler-approved space.

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Photography by THE CORCORAN GROUP

Who knew Meg Ryan had a thing for renovating? At her spacious, sun-drenched NYC loft, the actress’ sophisticated eye for calming hues and quiet spaces defies the hustle and bustle of the busy streets below. A peaceful place to catch up on work, Ryan’s office completes the home’s laidback picture with dark woods and floor-to-ceiling art.

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You’d probably never guess that Jared Leto’s incredibly lush backyard is situated in the Hollywood Hills, given its exotic appearance. Made for a master entertainer, the Suicide Squad actor’s tropical oasis comes complete with a wraparound patio and lagoon-inspired spa and swimming pool. We love how Leto’s foliage-clad home blends seamlessly with the surrounding yard.

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Photography by COMPASS

Once owned by Kate Bosworth—and after, Wedding Crashers star Vince Vaughn—this sprawling residence warms our design hearts with its whitewashed walls and mid-century modern charm. Considering we’re always looking for creative ways to stash our wood and style our mantels, we’re all for this star-approved living room, where an exposed wooden beam looms over a stack of firewood.