Fans might wonder why, exactly, a reality star needs her own office — but Former Real Housewives if Orange County star Heather Dubrow’s home office is one of the most glamorous rooms of her house.
The 49-year-old has been taking fans on a video tour of Château Dubrow on her YouTube channel, offering a detailed look at the lavish home that she and her husband, plastic surgeon and E! Botched doctor Terry Dubrow, began building from the ground up back in 2012.
This week’s episode spotlights her very feminine office, which has a fireplace, a chandelier, a $20,000+ table — and a surprising number of hidden compartments and rooms.
A nice place to work: Heather Dubrow, 49, showed off the inside of her home office on her YouTube channel
Shine bright! The room is done up in a mix of neutral tones, with hints of glitz and sparkle all over
Deletgating: Heather admitted that, while she designed the whole house, she doesn’t have time for all the details of decor, so she hired help to present her with options
Grand entrance: When she enters her office, she walks in through two large doors with lit shelves on either side
Check it out: She showed off some of the storage and what she keeps on the shelves — including picture frames with no photos in them
As she walked into the office at the front of her house, Heather explained that she loves sparkle — which is immediately apparent in the room, which is packed with girly touches.
On either side of the tall double doors to come in are high shelves, which are lit up to show off the vases, books, and frames on display. She pointed out the ‘library latter’ she can use to reach high-up things, as well as the balance of symmetry and asymmetry in the design.
One thing an eagle-eyed viewer might notice is that Heather’s picture frames don’t actually have photos in them. She admitted that it’s a problem of hers, because she never thinks to print out the photos on her phone.
On the floor is a large shag carpet, on top of which sits her desk, which is pristine and clutter-free.
There’s also a sitting area with two chairs that have been decorated with throws and pillows, as well as a glass Kelly Wearstler Dichotomy Table, which sells for $19,500 to $24,995.
‘I am a huge Kelly Wearstler fan and she’s an incredibly brilliant designer,’ she said. The table is topped with a giant sparkly crystal.
Nearby is a glamorous fireplace, that uses not wood but fire-conducting ‘big black balls,’ which Heather gets a kick out of.
In the video, Heahter gestured to the large window, which is draped with a subtly-sequined set of drapes.
Sleek and hot: The room has a working fireplace that uses burning black balls instead of firewood
A view and privacy: She loves the big window with the view of her motor court, but got blinds for when she’s not dressed and mailmen come by
Expensive! There’s also a sitting area with two chairs that have been decorated with throws and pillows, as well as a glass Kelly Wearstler Dichotomy Table, which sells for $19,500 to $24,995
‘At first I decided, this window is so beautiful, and it overlooks my motor court and I can see my fountains — I’m just gonna leave it clean, I’m not gonna put anything,’ she said.
‘And then I realized any time a package is delivered or someone comes in the house, they walk right by my office. So I’m sitting here with zit medicine on and my hair up in a ponytail paying bills, and everyone’s walking by waving.’
Rich tastes: ‘I am a huge Kelly Wearstler fan and she’s an incredibly brilliant designer,’ she said. The table is topped with a giant sparkly crystal
Last, Heather walked over behind her desk to reveal a secret: The walls on that side of the room aren’t walls at all, but doors for hidden cabinets.
‘One of the most fun features of this out is all the hidden doors and spaces and areas,’ she said.
Behind one door is a minibar, with a dink and several bottles of champagne. Behind another is a printer, trays for paperwork, and a fridge containing more champagne.
‘I swear there’s champagne in every corner of this house,’ she said.
Another door hides not a cabinet but a secret bathroom which is one of Heather’s favorites. It’s decorated with sparkly wallpaper and mosaic tiles, and their are framed crystals on the wall.
Heather and Terry have both explained that Heather did nearly all the work designing their home, working with a contractor and picking out every detail.
Surprise! She showed off several secret doors with hidden storage behind the desk, including one with a printer and champagne fridge behind it
Work and play: She also has a minibar in her office with even more champagne
Shhh! At the end of the video, she pushed through a hidden door to a secret bathroom
Pee in peace: She said the bathroom was one of her favorites and is decorated with sparkly wallpaper and tiles
Artsy: She also has framed crystals decorating the already glitzy wallpaper
But while she certainly had a clear vision some of the details on the decor side are too much for her — so she enlisted Jessica Calvert of Anchorage Place Designs.
‘When it comes to furniture, fabrics, accessories, I don’t have the time or the inclination to do any of that,’ she said. ‘I have opinions on ’em, but I don’t really have that kind of time. And also spatially, you really need someone with a very good understanding of size, space, and the entire thing.’
In the previous episode of her home tour series, Heather started off with a little background on the house. Around the same time they sold their former home in 2012, they bought a vacant lot along the beach in California for $4 million.
According to Radar, they then spent several years — and another $7 million — building the 17,000 square foot home from the ground up.
‘I thought I would get this amazing lot with this incredible view. My big dream. And just dump it on Heather and have her build it,’ Terry said.
Heather agreed that it was mostly her vision and work, noting that while her husband is great at understand what needs to go into sculpting the human body, he’s less adept at dealing with brick and mortar.
So they hired builder Robert St. John of Rodeo Homes and worked with him and project manager Jim on designing and building the entire property. They, too, said it was all Heather .
See inside: Heather has been taking fans inside her home in a new series of YouTube videos every week
Episode two: In this week’s episode, she shows off the grand entryway, which she is very proud of, and which features a floral display that is changed every week, so the foyer looks different depending on when a person visits
Bright lights: She has a chandelier hanging from the ceiling and said she loves the space for pictures because there is a lot of natural light
Art appreciation: In the hallway by the entrance there is an enormous five-panel piece of Peter Lik photography that she and Terry had seen at his studio in Las Vegas
Hands up: ‘When it came to the design and construction of this house, I was instrumental in absolutely nothing,’ said Terry
‘When it came to the design and construction of this house, I was instrumental in absolutely nothing,’ added Terry. ‘My big job in this house was to take care of the lighting and the sound and kind of blew it on both, and when the house was done we had to redo both of them.’
Famous couple: Heather is married to Botched doctor Terry Dubrow
All turned out well in the end. After years of showing off bits and pieces of the building process on Real Housewives, Heather finished the place and is now taking fans inside.
In a previous episode, Heather started the door, beginning with the entryway. Here, she showed off a glass and acrylic table topped with tall vases of red flowers, and two large, silver, thrown-like chairs.
Heather said that an entryway is important because ‘it’s like meeting someone for the first time — it’s your first impression of someone’s home. It’s almost like unwrapping a present and seeing what’s inside.’
She pointed to the flowers on her table, which she says change frequently. Every week, her florist delivers a new arrangement, complete with different vases to hold the flowers.
She also raved about the spot being her favorite in the home for snapping pictures — both because it’s beautiful and because there’s great light. The camera panned up to show, high above, several windows, as well as a crystal chandelier dangling from the ceiling — which is itself outfitted with backlit imported onyx.
There are also crystal sconces on the walls, which she said she drew and had custom-made.
Next, she walked out of the entryway to a nearby hallway, where she showed off an enormous five-panel piece of Peter Lik photography they’d seen at his studio in Las Vegas.
Last, she showed off an etched women that she admits was a point of contention for her and Terry — she wanted it, he didn’t, and she won.
Her choice: Heather shows off an etched women that she admits was a point of contention for her and Terry — she wanted it, he didn’t, and she won
Look: She notes that not only is it beautiful, but it also has some hidden secrets — like four birds (one for each child) and a nest with two eggs, which represent her two frozen embryos
Double dose of pretty: She notes that she also loves how, when the light comes through the window, it leaves a pretty shadow on the floor
Heather called it ‘so spectacularly awesome’ as she showed it off, standing in front of windows that appear about nine feet high that are covered with a white floral design. She noted that not only is it beautiful, but it also has some hidden secrets — like four birds (one for each child) and a nest with two eggs, which represent her two frozen embryos.
There’s a bee for her beloved grandma Bee, and a heart reading T+H etched into the tree for her and Terry. She notes that she also loves how, when the light comes through the window, it leaves a pretty shadow on the floor.
‘It’s almost like having two pieces of art: one on the wall and one on the floor,’ she said.
In the first episode of the series, which she released in early October, Heather promised that the four-minute clip was just the first of many in which she’ll flaunt her enviable home.
She wrote: ‘Throughout the series, we’ll be taking you on a personal tour where you’ll get to see everything that happened behind the scenes! From the building process, to what the family REALLY thinks about the house, to YES even showing the 5 different types of ice and all 14 bathrooms! ‘
‘I am so excited to finally show you my house. Now, you might be asking, why? Why now? Because my kids were like, “Are you selling the house? Why are you filming?”
‘No, no, no. I honestly didn’t even think you guys cared anymore about seeing the house, but I’ve been inundated with so many messages from you, wanting to see the house, and every time I meet one of you on the street, you’re like, “So are we ever gonna see the house?”
Time and energy: The house was being worked on for years before it was perfected
Ultra-customized: She spent years building Château Dubrow from the ground up, spending a reported $7 million on a property that already cost $4 million
Sprawling: The first video in the series offered peeks of what’s behind the house, including incredible Newport Coast views
Equipped: She said the series will discuss the building process and even show the 14 different bathrooms
Love! Heather’s office is beautifully feminine and full of shiny surfaces and sparkly accents
‘So I thought about it and yeah, let’s show the house. I’m super proud of what we built here and I’m so excited to share it with you.
‘But let me say this. I’m not showing you the house to show off,’ she says. ‘This isn’t like, “Look how fabulous my house is. Please come in and see the wallpaper.”
‘I just thought so many of you have asked me about it that I’d love to share it with you. So I really hope that you enjoy it.’
In the first clip, viewers got a few quick glimpses of her lavish digs. The camera zoomed down the long driveway and through the grand arches outside her home, in through the front door and shiny foyer, down a hallway past a grand piano, and into the back, where Heather looked past the infinity pool to gorgeous California views.
Quick clips — that are sure to be explored in more depth in later episodes — show a moody bar room, the sprawling indoor kitchen, and an outdoor kitchen.
‘There’s so much I love about this house,’ said Heather. Her husband Terry added, ‘What I love about this house is it’s weirdly huge, but at the same time homey.’
Heather also took a moment in the video to introduce her kids, Coco, Kat, Max, and Nick, as well as Terry’s brother Chris and her own ‘right-hand woman’ Natalie.
Each talked about what they love most about the house — with many naming the pool and the movie theater, which seats 20.
To the movies! The Dubrow mansion has a movie theaters with leather seats that fits 20
Throwing a party: There’s also a luxe bar room for entertaining, which the couple does often
Family time: There is also an outdoor kitchen, where the family can be seen hanging out together
Make some noise! Heather hits a gong in her yard, which she might use to signal guests when she is entertaining
Natalie and Terry also love the kitchen, while Nick raved about his bedroom — which has a leather bed, leather and suede throw pillows, and masculine touches like a trunk desk. Coco’s room, meanwhile, is all pink, with unicorns and stuffed animals.
Heather also called out her champagne doorbell, which fans already know about. The doorbell hangs in her closet and reads ‘PRESS FOR CHAMPAGNE’ — and actually rings down in her kitchen.
Upcoming episodes will take more detailed looks at each of the rooms, including the office, the theater, the kitchen and living area, the backyard and pool, and the bedrooms.
Fans of RHOC saw peeks inside her Newport Coast home before while she was still renovating, and Heather isn’t shy about showing it off on Instagram, either.
She and her husband finished renovating two and a half years ago, and haven’t revealed the value of the home. However, before moving there, they sold a 14,372-square-foot house in Newport in December 2012 for $16.45 million.
That was before each had raked in more money from their reality shows.
In September, Heather showed off her family’s kitchen for an episode of Today’s Crazy Kitchens, offering a video tour of the custom-built room, which features pricey, state-of-the-art appliances, a mind-boggling champagne fridge, and a second, smaller kitchen that she refers to as the ‘pantry’.
Fancy! Heather especially loves the ‘PRESS FOR CHAMPAGNE’ button in her closet, which rings in the kitchen
Family of six: Her kids also appear in the video, including Coco (left) and Kat (right)
Full house: The couple’s older kids are Max (left) and Nick (right). They also talk about their favorite features of the home
Guy’s guy: Nick raves about his bedroom — which had a leather bed, leather and suede throw pillows, and masculine touches like a trunk desk
Little lady: Coco’s room, meanwhile, is all pink, with unicorns and stuffed animals
In the video, Heather says that her kitchen is ‘the heart of where my family lives’, and a look inside makes it immediately obvious why they spend so much time there.
The kitchen is beautiful and spacious, with a full wall of glass doors letting in natural light. It’s lined with endless white cabinets and decorated with chic black and silver furniture, including a round table that seats eight and a second high-top eating island that seats eight a well.
There’s also an island for cooking, marble counter tops, and a large TV.
But likely the biggest jaw-dropper is the champagne fridge, which can hold 234 bottles — all of Veuve Clicquot.
In addition to that supply, she also keeps a few bottles ready in the regular fridge, which is hidden behind white doors that match the cabinets.
‘I feel like angels should sing a little bit as I open this,’ she said, swinging the doors open to reveal the pristine shelves inside.
Fruit and veggies are stored in class bowls, and even juice has been emptied out into uniform containers, as Heather says how much she likes ‘everything in its place’.
‘You might think, “Hey Heather, you have four kids and you live like that?” Well, I may have one dirty little secret,’ she says, before revealing that off the side of the huge kitchen is actually… another smaller kitchen.
Wow! Heather also showed off her incredible kitchen in a video for Today at the end of September
Stunning! She said that her kitchen is ‘the heart of where my family lives’
Who needs that much? The biggest jaw-dropper is the champagne fridge, which can hold 234 bottles
Well-stocked: Heather’s house includes a colossal 234-bottle champagne fridge housing rows of Veuve Clicquot
So organized: All the fruits, vegetables, and juices inside are stored in clear glass containers
But wait, there’s more! She even has more Veuve Clicquot in the fridge
Though they call this room the ‘pantry,’ it’s really about as big as many people’s kitchens.
Inside, there are more cabinets, a toaster oven, and yet another fridge. That fridge is packed with a whole lot more food, including pudding cups, yogurt, bread, and sauces — but even all that is pretty neatly arranged.
There are also things like sugar, flour, and honey, all emptied out into 60 matching glass jars. Everything here is labeled and organized, with snacks tucked into coordinated baskets.
In fact, the organization is so meticulous that even the cookies have been taken out of their box and stacked artfully in a symmetrical design inside a glass jar, which Heather said was inspired by how Khloe Kardashian has set up her kitchen.
‘When I design a house, it’s about being fabulous and doing things to make your life easier.
To that end, she had a dumbwaiter installed in the pantry, which is essentially a special elevator for her groceries.
It allows her and her husband to drive into their garage and load all of their groceries inside a cabinet.
They then press a button, and the groceries are transported directly to the kitchen, so they don’t have to carry them — an excess luxury, to be sure, but one that many people would love to have in their homes.
Heather also showed off her many, many cabinets, which are all impeccable and perfectly organized.
There are refrigerated drawers filled with glass bottles of soda, as well as warming drawers for hot foods.
A second kitchen? She moves on to her ‘pantry’ which is really just a smaller kitchen
When can we move in? That fridge has much more in it, but it’s still pretty neat
Neat and orderly: All of the dry goods are also in matching glass jars, wile other things are stored in matching metallic canisters
Enormous: She also walked viewers through all of the drawers and cabinets, and showed off hard liquor on the counter tops
Very neat: She doesn’t drink coffee, but her family has a $3,000 coffee maker, and their sodas are stored in glass bottles inside a refrigerated drawer
There are craft drawers for her kids, a tea cabinet (complete with mugs and saucers), and a very high-tech coffee maker.
The coffee maker is a $3,000 Miele machine with a digital display, where the user can pick the type of coffee (including espresso, a cappuccino, or a latte). It also cleans itself.
‘It’s very high-tech and I don;’t drink coffee so I don’t really know how to use that, but it is very cool,’ she says.
She next shows off a steam oven and a microwave, before going onto the second table in her kitchen, the eating island.
‘What’s really special about it is this,’ she says, gesturing to a metal grate that runs down the middle. The grate lifts out, and underneath is a deep sink. When entertaining, she will fill the sink with ice and champagne, caviar, and crudites for her guests.
‘You know those ads you see on Instagram, or late at night for those crazy, like, food dehydrator, or air fryer, or all this stuff — you know who buys that stuff? Me!’ she says, showing off a pair of scissors with a built-in mini cutting board.
She also takes a moment to show off her cooking skills with a dish she makes for her family.
‘If I really want to show my kids how much I love them I make the salami,’ she says.
So fresh! She also has a garden directly outside where she grows fruit, veggies, and spices
And she cooks, too! She demonstrated one of her go-to recipes, which involves slicing a salami and slathering it in orange marmalade
Bubbles: Heather favors Veuve Clicquot and makes sure to renew her stock regularly
Crib: On her YouTube channel, Heather has given glimpses of various parts of her current house, including her sprawling walk-in closet
Going for a swim? In an Instagram post shared this summer, Heather showed a glimpse of her swimming pool
Plans: Heather previously shared these models of what her palatial house would look like when finished
To do this, she cuts a Hebrew National salami, making slices that don’t go all the way through. She fills the gaps with orange marmalade, and bakes it at 350 degrees for an hour.
To serve it, she cuts it up and adds toothpicks, and says her kids go crazy for it.
Finally, directly outside the kitchen is her ‘edible garden,’ where she grows tomatoes, lemons, and mint for cooking.
Heather and Terry spent years working on their house, which is known as Chateau Dubrow. The colossal, 22,000-square-foot, eight-bedroom home boasts a 22-seat movie theater and a swimming pool.
Terry once compared it to a resort in a chat with Bravo’s The Daily Dish — except his house is ‘bigger’.
‘Heather always says, “Let’s go on vacation.” I go, “I don’t want to go on vacation,’ Terry said. “My house is like a resort — except my house is bigger.” It’s perfection. It’s 22,000 square feet. It’s got a 22-seat movie theater. It’s my haven.’
Heather and Terry first broke ground on their new home in 2014 after selling their previous house for $16 million, Bravo reported at the time.
On her YouTube channel, Heather has given glimpses of various parts of her current house, including her sprawling walk-in closet and neat bathroom.