JLo-Fully Expressed at Home, Really?

JLo-Fully Expressed at Home, Really?

It so happened that in one week Ms. Jennifer Lopez was selected as the most beautiful person in the world by People Magazine, and…her beautiful LA home designed by Michelle Workman was featured in Veranda Magazine.

First off, congrats for the accolades on both counts Jennifer. I love that People selected a woman who is NOT 18 and malnourished. But, rather a woman in her 40’s, at the height of her game, who works hard to be there and stay there and who looks like a real woman, beautifully! Yeah, I’m a HUGE fan.

The Most Beautiful Woman: via People Magazine

But on to the topic…expressing one’s self at home. There is no doubt about it, Jennifer’s home looks beautiful. Michelle Workman did a lovely job. My question, does it truly reflect all of Jennifer, or her family?    Now, obviously I don’t know Ms. Lopez personally, and perhaps Michelle did exactly what JLo wanted. But because Jennifer and her home are in the public eye, I am using them here as an example to talk about my philosophy that a home should reflect the essence of those who live in them. From what I’ve read and seen publicly, this is how I would describe Jennifer:

  • no doubt about it, she’s a beautiful woman

    via starpulse

  • she seems to be very passionate-you don’t get where she is without it
  • watching idol I’d say she is compassionate and kind (yes, I watch it!)
  • she glows, she gleams, she sparkles!

    via India talkies

  • she can be both old world glamorous and hot rock spice
  • she sizzles when she performs

    via: Your Music My World

  • she’s married to a latin man, and has a latin and European heritage
  • she’s a mother, wife, musician, actress, dancer, sex symbol, modern icon, and all woman

    via: Back Seat Cuddler

Now, if you showed me pictures of her house without me knowing who’s it was, I’d have guessed that someone like Grace Kelly lived there. A cool and reserved blonde with a creamy complexion.

via Veranda Magazine

While I’ve noticed that Jennifer wears light colors a lot, they are off versions, such as:

  • sparkling champagne
  • dusky rose
  • silver
  • glitzy gold
  • tawny bronze
  • warm cream
  • animal prints

They set off her warm skin tones and her vibrant personality. Why then is her home so cool in tone?

the kitchen, via Veranda

I’d say that this house could be said to represent her quiet romantic side, her old world glamour side, but the rest? Where is the sizzle, where is the luscious tawny side, where is the modern icon, where is Jenny from the Block? And where  are Marc Anthony and their children reflected in this house? It doesn’t feel like a home that fully encompasses all sides of the extraordinary woman that she is  today.

my favorite room: the Dining Room via Veranda

I’m sure there is a lot more to the house then I saw, and obviously a lot more to Jennifer AND her family then I will ever know. But it gives me food for fodder…do our homes really reflect us, or do we decorate to look good? Or, maybe the question is, do we really express all of us, and authentically, in the world, and at home?

I need some leopard print, or something! via Veranda

The truth is, this article is not about Jennifer Lopez at all…but rather about you and me.

Who are we really? Can we look around and see our Self in our home? Do we express ourselves authentically in our homes, or do we decorate to look good? I invite you to leave me your thoughts in the comment section below…

In the meantime, where does the woman in this video live?

Go ahead … get on the floor and dance, I always do!




  1. Alexandra Smythe 10 years ago

    Irene: I read your post and found it to be most true. Your home should definitely reflect your life, tastes and experiences. That is where the pizzazz and style really comes from. A decorator should encompass your personality and your families too into a home. When people walk in it shouldn’t shout, “Decorator was Here,” but isn’t this beautiful and it uniquely belongs to that family. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this. As we like to say at the School of Flaunt, have a flaunt fabulous week! (Obviously done with good taste.) 😉 Alexandra Smythe http://www.schoolofflaunt.com

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      Irene Turner 10 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Alexandra, We are on the same page here and that must be why we connect the way we do. It’s still beautiful, but a bit of a disconnect for me. But then as I said, I don’t know her personally

  2. Regina 10 years ago

    Irene — you make a great point on so many levels. I would expect a home with much more personality. Then again, maybe all the elegant neutrality brings about a peace and order that her life and schedule may not provide. (I’m theorizing here.) I do know as a Latin girl myself, my home has vibrant shades amidst the neutrals since that is what both my (also Latin) hubby and I like to walk into. I always expect the unexpected with Ms. Lopez though! 🙂

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      Irene Turner 10 years ago

      I would love to work with you Regina, to put a little sizzle in her home…like the mirrored panels on some ceilings, smoky looks etc…and you are totally right, she may want complete serenity when she gets home. I just couldn’t resist posing the question as it was so in our face that particular week. Either way, I’m a big fan!

  3. Joseph 10 years ago

    Personally, I am not a fan of Jennifer Lopez. I also think her house reflects her personality. She’s made it big, and she wants the world to know that. Also, those who visit her home must know how rich and fabulous she is! Just my sour grapes on the woman, but it’s what I personally think.

    I also doubt that she spent any great amount of time with her designer, because she’s too busy with the other things she does. So, the designer made her own choices. And, to me, it shows, because there’s no real soul in this house.

    Ours is a much simpler house (because we’re much poorer!), but it’s where we live. Everything in it is our choice. We have designed it to please our lifestyle and reflect our interests.


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