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Just Put the Dogs Down and No One Gets Hurt

Did you see Vidal Sassoon and his wife Ronnie featured in the latest issue of Architectural Digest?

Is it just me, or does this look like some sort of a freaky suicide pact? Perhaps the onslaught of criticism over their renovation of a classic Richard Neutra home has led them on a downward spiral deep into depression. Goodness knows they both look grim enough.

And I can see why. This house is hideous. Totally devalued. With great persistence, I might be persuaded to take it off their hands.

I will allow them to keep the dogs, though.

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The Singleton Residence

Friends, my favorite little distraction is keeping me from doing much work. Or sleeping, or eating, or doing anything even vaguely productive, for that matter. So today’s post is a quickie home tour of Vidal Sassoon’s 1959 Richard Neutra designed home. Named The Singleton Residence, it’s on the market for a mere $14, 995, 000. I thought about rounding that up to $15 million, but the “995″ made me laugh — that pricing strategy ain’t tricking no one, Vidal. Because it obviously costs major money to live in a house with a name. Or we could all name our houses something aspirational and pretend to live the high life. I shall call my home Rancho Cucamonga. I know it’s a town, bitches, but I like it.

So, back to the Singleton Residence, and its 5 acres of Bel Air goodness.

singleton residence richard neutra

singleton residence richard neutra

Ah, so fresh and pretty with its manicured grounds and splashy pool and white white white.

singleton residence richard neutra

singleton residence richard neutra

singleton residence richard neutra

Yes it’s so mid century, so age appropriate. Except for this:

singleton residence richard neutra

WTF??? This is a giant stinky tail hanging off the place where a person normally sleeps. And that slasher painting over the headboard is not restful. This does not make me say, “ooo la la,” Sassoon.

singleton residence richard neutra

Someone agreed with me.

singleton residence richard neutra

El zebra muete’s final resting place is much less offensive.

That’s it for today, folks, but tune in for next week’s Round Top report and maybe — just maybe — an update on my dining room crisis. Things are moving at a snail’s pace round here, but my mother in law is coming to help out for the weekend and I’m looking forward to getting a few things done. Or sleeping…

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