In 2001, Kaleen Lemmon was working on the U2 tour when she strolled into Miami’s Delano Hotel and met her future husband, Live Nation mogul Arthur Fogel. A year later, she and Fogel stumbled upon their Hollywood Hills dream house, a streamlined 1959 model of modernist zen overlooking Mulholland Drive and Laurel Canyon. For Lemmon, both in Miami and Hollywood, it was love at first sight: “When we saw the house, my heart dropped. The front doors were the exact same doors on my dad’s accounting firm in Topeka, Kansas. I grew up with those doors and yet, I hadn’t ever seen them before or since.”
Ever since that serendipitous first moment at the front doors, Lemmon and Fogel have designed each room and space by following their own emotional connections to the objects within. A wind sculpture on the patio is a relic from a windswept afternoon she and Fogel whiled away at winery in New Zealand. The photographs of rock and roll icons laced throughout the house represent the family’s love for music – Fogel started out as a drummer in Ottawa before going on to revolutionize the global touring industry through his Live Nation collaborations with the likes of Madonna, Lady Gaga, David Bowie, U2 and droves of other mega-bands at the same instant that musicians began to rely more and more on live performances as a source of income. Now, Lemmon and Fogel’s boys are getting in on the action. Luke, 9, hits the sticks on a birthday-gift drum set while his older brother, Jaxson, 10, plays the trumpet. As for Kane, the youngest, Lemmon half-jokes that the first two words out of his mouth were: “Justin and Bieber.”
Lemmon’s overarching aesthetic approach? “Do what you love. Put up what you love. Don’t put up a piece of art just because it’s worth money. We have so many pieces in our home that may not make sense on paper. We were in New Orleans when we first spotted one of my favorite possessions: A Tom Everhart Snoopy painting. When I first saw it, I just thought: Snoopy looks so happy. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Later that night, I was in the shower at the Four Seasons hotel and I swear to god, I saw Snoopy in the marble pattern in the shower. It was a sign!” Thirteen years later, the Everhart hangs in the boys’ playroom, a fitting symbol of the playful and instinctual sense of zen that distinguishes Lemmon and Fogel’s rock and roll lifestyle at-large.
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