Home Entertainment



As Good As It Gets

December 1, 2007 By Jean Penn 101 comments

"Too much of a good thing is wonderful." Those famed words, uttered by none other than the silver screen siren Mae West, is a sentiment shared by Dan Kelleher, the owner of this Montana home theater. In fact, "Too much of a good thing" is a description the former Silicon Valley Bank chairman uses a lot when discussing his 69-acre compound in Flathead Valley, which is 15 minutes outside of Big Fork, and just around the corner from Whitefish Mountain Resort and Glacier National Park.

Best of Show

December 1, 2007 By “De” Schofield 53 comments

In life, as in the home-building industry, timing is everything. For one family-owned homebuilder based outside of Portland, Oregon, the pivotal moment arrived in the form of an invitation to build one of six homes featured in the 2006 Street of Dreams home tour, which is hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland.

Red & Revved

November 1, 2007 By Jean Penn 30 comments

For their home theater, Timothy and Kelly Phelan wanted the look of a 1920s picture palace, complete with heavy red velvet theater curtains and a lot of antique gold. And like the rest of their 17,000-square-foot Colorado Springs home, they wanted their private screening room to be comfortable for them and their five children, whose ages range from 3 to 22.

A Room of His Own

November 1, 2007 By Jean Penn 80 comments

Affectionately called "the bunker," this multipurpose basement space, owned by a former hedge fund executive, is the scene for serious music listening and film watching. The downstairs space also doubles as a recording studio.

Top-Floor Tech

October 1, 2007 By B.A. Hoffman 21 comments

The male and female species are wildly different in how they communicate, how they interpret a conversation—and how they watch television. "He's the channel surfer," says Debbie of her husband Robert, a former music industry executive. "He's constantly moving, so we end up watching TV in different locations." Debbie's TV-viewing habits involve watching several TV shows simultaneously. If she wanders from her office into another room, she likes to stay tuned to the programs that are playing in her office. "It's hard for me to sit and just watch TV," she says.

Villa Rosa Rugosa

September 19, 2007 By Jean Penn 50 comments

The winding cobblestone driveway and abundance of rosebushes at the entrance is charming, albeit somewhat ordinary. But when the perfectly aged, 12-foot-tall arched wooden garage doors open to reveal a floor that is fashioned after the one in Venice's 16th-century Salone Maggiore, you realize that nothing is as it appears at Villa Rosa Rugosa, Danny and Shelley Brose's 18,000-square-foot Italian Renaissance fantasy villa in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

It Takes A Village

September 18, 2007 By Jean Penn 44 comments

Owning an ornate home theater designed in the style of a 1920s movie palace—with knockout modern technology—is enough for some people, but not for the owner of a $15-million, 26,000-square-foot Florida estate. This retired business executive envisioned adding a mini Caribbean village to his entertainment zone—one filled with shops and eateries to "wow" his friends and family.

Pacific Perfection

September 1, 2007 By Louise Farr 48 comments

Several years ago, a young couple purchased two ocean-view lots in the upscale Los Angeles neighborhood of Pacific Palisades. They quickly drew up design plans with Landry Design Group—the Los Angeles firm headed by well-known architect Richard Landry that has designed homes for Eddie Murphy, Sylvester Stallone, Wayne Gretzky and Sugar Ray Leonard.

But before the couple began construction, they spotted a Spanish-style house

Hilltop Heaven

September 1, 2007 By Brooke Lange 49 comments

Some things are worth the wait, especially when it comes to designing the home theater of your dreams. Such is the case with 42-year-old homeowner Brian Hill of Coto de Caza, Calif. Hill is the owner of Discount Dance Supply, one of the largest dancewear retailers in the world, but the gear junkie admits that audio and video are his passions.

Home Entertainment's Installation of the Year 2007

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I get an idea of what I'm in for before I even set foot inside the house. Huge transformers in a room off the garage hum softly as the electronic systems designer, Kyle Griffith of Texas Integrated Systems, describes the home's power system. "There are three transformers for the house and one for the pool house," he explains.

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