Queen of drag, RuPaul, a revolutionary performer and avatar of glamour recognized around the globe, recently opened the doors to his very eclectic $13.7 MILLION Beverly Hills mansion, revealing an unsurprisingly maximalist décor. The mansion of RuPaul, who is renowned for his exuberant flair and creative flamboyance, is designed to reflect his personality, with contrasting colours, cool designs, and textures, bursting with vibrancy,elegant glamour and modernity.
The home, built in 1980, was remodelled to fit RuPaul's colourful aesthetic by designerMartyn Lawrence Bullard, transforming the property into a fever dream of Hollywood, combining the homes' original classical detailing with modern pops of colour and elements, designed as the centre stage for the world’s most famous and celebrated drag queen. Each room in the househas its own theme, with the new decor including splashes of orange, RuPaul’s favourite colour, opulent marble, graphic wallpapers, indulgent details such as striped Corinthian pilasters and custom fireplaces, elaborate gilt leaf light fixtures and crystal chandeliers.
The eclectic decorative drama starts ringing from the moment one steps through the front door into the powdery-rose entry hall featuring a sweeping stairway, with a beautiful floral patterned wrought iron railing, and featuring a bright red Martyn Lawrence Bullard Atelierbench.
To the right of the entry hall is the formal living room, outfitted with jewel-toned fabrics and pagoda-form étagères designed byMartyn Lawrence Bullard Atelier, inspired by the great decorator Tony Duquette. The upholstered seating, cocktail table and Carpet are also exclusive designs of Martyn Lawrence Bullard, while the sofas are covered in aManuel Canovas velvet, and the club chair inJim Thompson Fabrics malachite pattern.
To the left of the entry, is the jaw-dropping ballroom, crowned with 26 black and silver disco balls byOmega Mirror Products, hanging above aMartyn Lawrence Bullard Ateliertable and chairs inSchumacher Faux Bois fabric. A 1975 portrait of Diana Ross, by photographer Harry Langdon, surmounts a modern black and white fireplace, while on the opposite side, yellow vintage chairs by Tommi Parzinger, welcomes each guest into the exclusive interior. Several black and white portraits of disco icons, such as of Billie Holiday, Grace Jones, Eartha Kitt, and Dorothy Dandridge, also adorns the walls of the room.
The kitchen also features the common black and white colour scheme with pops of orange colour and flower motifs. One of the highlights of the room are the black and white on parquet flooring from Duchateau, which compliments the marble tables and an orange La Cornue range from theMartyn Lawrence Bullard Colour Collection. Martyn Lawrence Bullard Atelierstools in aSchumacher fabricsit beneath the Hexsation Pendants from Corbett Lighting and cabinetry byDuchateau.
The breakfast room is outfitted with striking orange chairs designed by Frances Elkins and a gold leaf-design light fixture by Tommaso Barbi, adorned with anAnanbôpanoramic wallpaper, and flooring byMartyn Lawrence Bullard for Duchateau.
RuPaul’s Mansionalso has a home-production office and personal office with an impressive collection of Emmy awards. Cloaked inBenjamin Moore’s Tropical Orange, RuPaul’s office has an antique French desk, Louis XVI–style fauteuils in aScalamandré fabric, and aMartin Brudnizki Panthera carpet.
The at-home production office has a pair of TrevisoSoho Home chandeliers, asisal rug by Stark Carpet, a white conference table by Voila Creative Studio withgreen CB2 desk chairs, and ablack and white Tanzania Thibaut wallpaper, which matches the black & white features of the property.
The master bedroom, very glamourous and romantic, with some masculinity, also follows the black and white colour scheme, with more pops of orange, furnished with a bed, sofa, and orange daybed byMartyn Lawrence Bullard Atelier, a golden cocktail table fromPhilip Stites, aBlackman Cruzsnake-form side table, aSchumacher wallpaper, and adraped fabric motif chandelierby Sirmos.
The guest bedroom, on the other hand, is more feminine, adorned with flowery wallpaper byHouse of Hackney. The bed is a customMLB Atelierdesign upholstered inKravet linen, and an Antique Venetian mirror fromHollywood at Home.
The home has two enormous walk-in closets, one for male attire, the other for drag, which features racks of clothing organized by color and style, along with square cabinets filled with matching accessories. Against the black-and-white backdrops, bursts of colour can be found throughout from the bright pink Yvonne chairs byChristopher Anthony, beneathEichholtz’s Hyeres ceiling lampsin the drag closet.
The black-and-white striped outdoor dining room, adorned with fruit trees, was inspired by the film by Elizabeth Taylor named ‘Boom.’ Chairs in the style of Elsie de Wolfe surround aMartyn Lawrence Bullard Ateliertable, while also featuring RH paneled mirrorand custom lampshades in a Rainbow BNMissoni Home fabric for Kravet.