Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

The title to my post was the name of a television show in the 1980s and 90s, hosted by Robin Leach, and it featured homes of wealthy entertainers, sports stars, business magnates, and royalty. I remember watching the show and wondering what it would be like to actually live in some of those spaces. So when I saw this week’s topic, my mind went to the estates shown on that show.   

Once again, our resident hound has presented us with a multi-pronged question. And, as has happened quite often lately, I’m thrust into a scenario I’ve never imagined. So I spent a few evenings pondering, before I dove in. Here’s the original prompt:

If you could spend one evening in a multi-millionaire’s home:
1. what’s the first thing you’d want to see?
2. what would you expect to find? NOT expect to find?
3. what could ruin that experience (of spending an evening in a millionaire’s home)? 

Here are my responses to each of those questions:

  1. What’s the first thing I’d want to see?
  • I’d look for signs of the kind of vibe the home gives off. Is it flamboyant, or restful? Wall colors and accents will often give me a clue. Lighter blues, greens and grays are calming, while bolder colors are more energizing. White is nice, but too much white gives me a feeling of coldness and sterility. Pillows and throw blankets would add color and comfort. And a little bit of clutter makes the home feel lived in.
  • I’d look for things that tell me what the person is interested in. What does the person do for fun? What hobbies does he/she have? Are the walls and shelving covered with art done by someone else, or personalized with photographs?
  1. What would I expect to find, or not?
  • I’d expect to see trappings of wealth: a grand piano rather than an upright, for instance. Furniture in lighter colors, because a spill and stain would simply result in the furniture being replaced. Elegant and tasteful furnishings, hardwood and/or marble floors, plush rugs.
  • An insight into the person’s interests, hobbies. Tasteful artwork, maybe a grand piano. 
  • I’d expect that I wouldn’t see piles of stuff lying about. They’d probably have people around to pick things up, so I wouldn’t have to move things to find a place to sit. But as I noted in the previous section, I’d love to see a few things lying out, such as a book that’s currently being read, perhaps a puzzle or sewing/knitting project being worked on.
  1. What could ruin that experience? 
  • Rudeness, lack of empathy, manners, etc. I know that many people have a business persona and a personal one, and that some people are very different when they’re not at work. Presumably, people would be less formal and more like their true selves at home, and if I feel people are belittling me once they’re in the comfort of their own home, I’d definitely not want to repeat the experience.
  • Lack of personality, no family closeness, no interests. I think focus is a good thing, but when someone has absolutely no life outside of work, or no curiosity about anything outside of their own sphere, then I feel sorry for that person for limiting themselves. Within most families, it’s not unusual to have people you don’t particularly get along with, but if I were to find that the millionaire has no close family, I’d start to wonder whether that person’s riches came at a cost to others. 

What would you expect from a visit to a millionaire’s home?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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8 Responses to Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    Very thorough and insightful answers!
    As you’ve heard me say before: I could take your column, tweak a few words, and slap my name on it. At this moment I can’t think of a single thing to add!
    Wonder what I’ll come up with on Hound Day?

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  2. Diane Burton says:

    I agree with your answers. I’d like to see a bit of clutter, too. Like the house was lived in. If the person had children, I would expect to see their photos on shelves in the family room, and their “art work” on the refrigerator. Something to indicate that the star values them.

    Good question, Jeff.

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  3. Well, Gee, Patty. you started out the week saying just about everything that COULD be said; I see that Jeff agrees; I may also have to seem like I am plagiarizing comes Friday!
    I am going to wrack my brain.
    Good job.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I agree with Tonette! I have to think about this one. Great answer Patty.

    Liked by 1 person

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