AT HOME WITH SOME OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY‘S BIGGEST STARS

The lives of our favorite pop, country, and R&B performers often revolve around private planes and five-star hotels. But when they‘re not touring internationally or walking award-show red carpets, these world-famous celebrities kick back in their luxurious homes. Interior design plays a key role in making sure these lavish residences truly feel like an escape. The chic and intimate Manhattan apartment of R&B star John Legend, the exotically decorated home of songstress–actress Cher, and the over-the-top New York triplex owned by pop diva Mariah Carey are just a few examples of the homes of singers that have been featured in the pages of Architectural Digest. Take a look inside of these private spaces that provide shelter to some of the music industry's biggest stars.

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Pendant lights by Early Electrics are suspended above a bronze-clad island in the kitchen of R&B singer John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen's New York apartment, where cabinetry designed by Don Stewart meets a custom-made backsplash by Mosaic Sphere Studio; the cooktop is by Bertazzoni, and the stools are by Anna Karlin from Atelier Courbet.

Photography: William Waldron

In the living room of singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow's 1926 Spanish Colonial home in Hollywood, both the 19th-century American "boneshaker" bicycle and the vintage Italian pendant lamps are from Obsolete.

Photography: Roger Davies

In the master suite of Cher's Los Angeles home, designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard designed the bed using antique Indian panels and the bedside tables with antique inlaid doors. An Indian palace façade conceals Cher's dressing room. Distressed mirrors reflect bronze lanterns from Marrakech.

Photography: Tim Street-Porter

"If I can't find a lyric, I walk to the end of the garden and say, 'OK, they're expecting me to be famous; I have things being delivered for the house tomorrow; I need a second verse,'" singer Lionel Richie says of his Beverly Hills home, which was designed by J. Jonathan Joseph and Peter Schifando. At the rear of the 17,000-square-foot residence are a series of limestone terraces, a swimming pool and a stone poolhouse. The lush grounds feature cypress and magnolia trees and 'Iceberg' roses.

Photography: Mary E. Nichols

Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard designed the sofas, covered in a Summit Furniture fabric, and concrete tables on the terrace of rock legend Elton John's Los Angeles home; the sculpture is by Roy Lichtenstein, the pool's limestone coping is by Ann Sacks, and Stephen Block of Inner Gardens did the landscape design.

Photography: Roger Davies

"Every seat in the house is comfortable," says legendary crooner Rod Stewart of his Hendrix/Allardyce–designed California home. "I can't stand the thought of an uncomfortable chair." Touches of leopard print—a signature motif of his—dot the living room.

Photography: Mary E. Nichols

Singer-songwriter Carole King spent almost 20 years transforming a historic ranch in central Idaho into an environmentally friendly residence and recording studio. The main structure, which was used mostly as a guest lodge, dates from around 1900.

Photography: Mary E. Nichols

The master bedroom of pop singer Mariah Carey's Manhattan triplex, which was decorated by Mario Buatta.

Photography: Scott Frances

The Greenwich, Connecticut, home of former Sony executive Tommy Mottola and his wife, pop singer and actress Thalia; the couple commissioned Abelow Sherman Architects to design the Colonial-style structure and Katch I.D. to oversee the interiors.

Photography: Douglas Friedman