We’re not quite sure what type of home we imagined Rachael Ray would be living in, but we definitely envisioned her kitchen to be way bigger. Ray, who is celebrating the 10th season of her talk show this year, as well as a mega-media empire that includes everything from cookbooks to pet food, recently invited the Journal into her home for an exclusive video tour of the adorable East Village abode she shares with husband John Cusimano and her pitbull, Isaboo. Though her property is six stories tall, it measures a mere 1,800 square feet (definitely small by celeb standards) with just one room per floor. And her kitchen? It’s only big enough for a half-pivot! “When people come over for the first time to my apartment, I think they’re shocked at how tiny my kitchen is,” the award-winning celeb chef muses in the video.
Ray bought the home back in in 2004 for $1.4 million—the layout reminded her of a “treehouse,” she says—and four years later added her neighbor’s adjacent one-bedroom unit to the mix for $1.3 million, but she uses it only as a guest apartment.
The home is full of lots of color, and that signature quirky and charming style that catapulted Ray to fame. You can take the tour for yourself and get some design inspiration here:
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Neighborhoods : East Village