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Patti Stanger, known to America as Bravo TV’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” has finally met her match alongside live-in love David Krause. The pair recently decided to settle down, purchasing a gorgeous 4500-square-foot beach home in Marina Del Ray, Calif.
It took Patti about a year to find her dream home, since she was looking for something quite sought after in southern California – a home with a yard on the beach. “When I lived on the East Coast, I would often visit the marina and I fell in love with the quaint beachside community. After that I could never see myself living anywhere else.”
Marina Del Ray was the perfect setting, as it gave Patti exactly what she was looking for: an eclectic neighborhood filled with lots of singles, from hot surfer types to hipster tech kids, single divorcees and celebrities, and things to do. “As an ex-New Yorker, I love walking out my door to my favorite restaurants, coffee shop and wine bar. I definitely have the best of both worlds here.”
When describing her design style, it definitely varies. “I’ve always been eclectically modern and strive to be a minimalist, but glamour always seems to get in the way,” explains the founder and CEO of Millionaire’s Club International Inc. “My mom was always a leader in fashion back in New York and not a labelizer, so my home reflects one-of-a-kind items you can’t find anywhere else. [Decorating] is oftentimes like looking for the perfect match.”
These days, this widely known “single” has had to compromise on some things when it comes to merging her style with David’s. “I have to be honest … I won out as David loves mid-century furniture with a wood/leather vibe. He was no match for me, as men often hate to shop, so I did most of the decorating. David will argue with me on this, but most of the home is me except for his man cave office where he displays his photography with ESPN on his big Sony TV [in the background.]”
Of course, even the best matchmakers need some help, which is why Patti turned to Miami-based interior designer and showroom owner Wade Hallock when she was conceptualizing the unique look for their home. “Wade has a stylish flare of not only getting the job done quickly (he decorated my house in four hours for a television shoot!), but he also painted my walls black and yellow, which made the room really pop. I literally had a nervous breakdown thinking that my new house was going to look like a bumblebee – but I love it! It came out so sophisticated and sexy.”
Patti says the end result – a true Marina Del Ray charmer – perfectly mirrors who she is and where she’s at in life: it’s warm, friendly and inviting, yet spacious enough to let her and her new love sit back and enjoy their newfound domestic bliss.
Favorite Room? “My future stepson Kevin’s room. I had it feng shui’d and used the powerful color of red. I call it the ‘nookie room.’ Anybody who sleeps in that room gets lucky. Plus, I love the art displayed in his room of Madonna’s eyes.”
Indoors or Outdoors?
“Indoors. I love to relax on the couch with a glass of wine or cook for friends and family.”
Favorite Color “Black and white if you can call them colors. I lean toward the Chanel side of life. To add yellow was just to add a little more whimsy to my life.”
Most meaningful piece of artwork?
“The pictures over my bed of my boyfriend and I that celeb photographer Randee St. Nichols took of us right after we met.”
“Go To” Entertaining Tip? I always have the crock-pot on because you never know who is going to show up, and everybody likes a warm slew of food.