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.
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
- 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!
- she can be both old world glamorous and hot rock spice
- she sizzles when she performs
- 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
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.
While I’ve noticed that Jennifer wears light colors a lot, they are off versions, such as:
- sparkling champagne
- dusky rose
- 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?
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.
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?
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!