Giuliana Rancic and her husband, Bill Rancic, have renovated a historic Chicago Brownstone and RadarOnline.com has a gallery of their stunning new home.
The former E! News host and her husband, Bill Rancic, purchased an 1880s brownstone in downtown Chicago. “We have such a rich social life in Chicago,” Giuliana said in the September issue of Traditional Home magazine. “That just wasn’t the case in Los Angeles -- it seemed like one giant office with great weather.”
Quite the art aficionados, the piece in the dining room is by Hunt Slonem and features “bunnies that are painted on a base of indigo-colored diamond dust.”
Giuliana bid farewell to her E! co-workers and was replaced by Maria Menounos. “They avoid each other at all costs and when they do have interactions, it is so awkward because Giuliana is constantly trying to prove herself by one-upping Maria,” an insider told RadarOnline.com exclusively.
A brick fireplace on the deck sits just outside the kitchen. Giuliana was stalling the move to Chicago, a source close to her told Radar.
Giuliana has often been criticized for her shockingly-skinny frame, but her new kitchen, with Calacatta marble and a Wolf range, is the perfect place for a home-cooked meal.
The couple hired celebrated designer Lonni Paul, who also decorated their Brentwood, Calif. home.
The limousine artwork was hand picked by Giuliana from artist Adam McEwen. “When I began collecting, it was suggested to me that I start with artists from my generation,” the 41-year-old said. “In my youth, the limousine represented wealth and status. It was chic to pull up in a stretch limo. Now, the limousine is somewhat archaic, and high-profile event transportation happens in a black SUV.
The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and silk wallpaper.
The home comes furnished with Kevin Lynch digital photographs that properly flank the fireplace.
The luxurious master bathroom is two-stories and features a closet upstairs for her vast fashion selections.
“We debated between glass or mirror fronts on the cabinets,” the fashionable host said. “But I don’t keep pieces that I don’t wear. I edit my things often, and knew that the cabinets would be visually organized.”
The guest room’s pink Mary McDonald for Schumacher wallpaper is meant to evoke strength. “This pink has a masculinity to it and reads as the color of a gentleman’s shirt, not a party dress for a little girl,” Paul said.
The first Apprentice winner, Bill explained why they moved back to Chicago. “This city has everything to offer, including a community of people with strong Midwestern values. We knew the family who lived here before, and they put a great vibe in this house that we hope to continue. We’ve always had one foot here, and now we have two. Finally, we’re home.”