Speaking to the magazine, Dean revealed that he set his heart on the home long before purchasing it. The nearly 11,000-square-foot mansion, a photo of which served as his phone wallpaper for eight years before the couple moved in, was “incredibly important to me,” he is quoted as saying.
“Every wall in this house, every bit of it, is sculpture,” he added. “These beautiful ‘S’ shapes, these chevrons going down the hillside, curvatures flying in space over your head. It’s more akin to sculpture than architecture.”
An exterior view of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s home, which previously known as “Razor House” but has been dubbed “Dreamland” by the couple. Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest
When the couple’s real estate agent messaged to say the home was on the market, Dean was worried that Keys — who loved living on the East Coast — would be reluctant to move out west. “She’s Miss New York,” he said. “They might as well make a sculpture of her the (new) Statue of Liberty.”
But after the couple were invited by the the previous owner to spend a weekend exploring the house, Keys began imagining her life there, according to Architectural Digest. The singer said she was convinced to relocate during a morning meditation session at the property, as she watched parasailers floated over a nearby mountain.
“In that moment, I felt like I was witnessing a beautiful metaphor, and I wanted to not ever forget how endless we are and how the unimaginable can happen,” she told the magazine. “That’s what did it for me. I was taken.”
An artwork by Nigerian American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola hangs in the family dining room. Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest
After finally purchasing the home in 2019, Keys and Dean tasked New York-based interior designer Kelly Behun with transforming the space into “Dreamland.” (Dean was a longtime fan of Behun’s, describing her as having “soul.”)
The designer brought an elegant softness to the space with Moroccan wool rugs and velvet and shearling upholstery, looking to an earthy color palette that complemented the home’s surroundings. Key items of furniture echo the building’s gentle curves, with rounded couches and circular coffee tables spotted throughout the house.
Also speaking to Architectural Digest, Behun said she didn’t want to “upstage the natural surroundings, the architecture or the art.”
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz on the cover of Architectural Digest’s forthcoming December issue. Credit: Courtesy Architectural Digest
“I love that 90 percent of the art in the house is by artists who are now our friends,” Dean said, adding that some of them have even partied or spent the night at the house.
Sentimental items are also woven into the home decor, including a baby grand piano that was gifted to Keys by her record label when she turned 16. Keys is quoted as saying that their home was “a place to create dreams and to be bold enough to dream your wildest dream.”
“For us to be here is a wildest dream,” she added.