We didn’t expect to be taking interior style notes from the man constantly photographed with his tongue down Kourtney Kardashian’s throat, but here we are.
Unless you’re an avid Blink 182 fan, Travis Barker probably wasn’t on your radar until quite recently, when he and Kourtney Kardashian decided to dedicate a serious chunk of their time to making out with each other on camera.
Their recent marriage means the all-over-each-other photos aren’t set to end any time soon, and since these borderline graphic snaps on my Instagram feed have been my main exposure to Travis, it’s given me the impression that he’s, well, a bit unhinged.
The combination of aggressive PDAs as well as his personal style of head-to-toe tattoos and a rotation of spiked biker jackets makes him seem like the kind of wild, rock-and-roll guy that isn’t exactly into domesticity, chilled-out vibes, or linen sofas.
My snap judgement has been absolutely blown out of the water, however, by the reveal of the drummer’s Calabasas home in Architectural Digest, which is shockingly pared-back and relaxed. Dare I say, I absolutely love it.
There’s no black leather in sight (apart from hanging up in the walk-in wardrobe), and the palette is a gorgeous mix of earthy neutrals, while understated organic textures are the focus of most rooms rather than the in-your-face art or framed drumsticks that I expected. He’s even got an indoor tree, currently the coolest interior accessory around.
Nowhere is there evidence of even the skull-themed homeware he recently designed in collaboration with London company Buster + Punch.
My surprise is a little vindicated by his admission that the home is a departure from his previous interiors choices.
“I’ve had homes with lots of flashy cars, murals, and bikes hanging from the ceiling. But with three children of my own, plus Kourtney’s kids, this place felt right for this moment in my life. I wanted a house where I can rest and enjoy my family, a place where we can create memories,” Travis says.
The design is the work of celebrity favourite Waldo Fernandez, who apparently was recommended by Kris Jenner. Glad to see Travis is getting on board with the family aesthetic – in his home, if not in his fashion choices.
Travis lives in the home with his three children, and Kourtney has a house just a block away. He says he plans to convert his studio into a bunk room for her kids to stay. Hopefully, they keep the PDAs to a minimum when they do, although I really wouldn’t bet on it.