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Before & After: How Robert Downey Jr. Remodeled His “Windmill House”

Robert Downey Jr Susan Downey DeRose Windmill House Hamptons

When I heard Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan bought the historic DeRose Windmill House in the Hamptons, I was eager to see what they did with it. It’s one I wrote about in 2015 when it was on the market, and I loved it.

It’s currently featured in the December issue of Architectural Digest, and the Downeys have already given the house a whole new look they call “whimsical and fun.” It shocked me to see how much they changed in such a short amount of time. I pulled out the old listing photos so we can compare the rooms before and after — take a look!

Robert Downey Jr.’s Windmill House: Before and After

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One notable new addition is the 15-foot praying mantis statue on the front lawn by Andrius Petkus:

Robert Downey Jr Windmill House Architectural Digest
The Entry Hall looked like this in 2015:

DeRose Windmill House For Sale East Hampton
They hired Designer Joe Nahem and gave him 6 weeks to transform the house. The Entry Hall today:

Robert Downey Jr Windmill House Architectural Digest
Wow. And that’s just the beginning. Here’s what the Living Room looked like before:

DeRose Windmill House For Sale East Hampton
They lowered the living room floor several feet (!) around a new fireplace wall by ceramic artist Peter Lane:

Robert Downey Jr Windmill House Architectural Digest
The Kitchen looked like this in 2015:

DeRose Windmill House For Sale East Hampton
It now has colorful flooring and a whole new vibe:

Robert Downey Jr Windmill House Architectural Digest
The Dining Room Before:

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And now, Beetlejuiced!
😉

Robert Downey Jr Windmill House Architectural Digest
The semi-circular back porch before:

DeRose Windmill House For Sale East Hampton
They brightened it up by painting the ceiling white and adding a little color to the space:

Robert Downey Jr Windmill House Architectural Digest
The Windmill House was featured in the 1982 Michael Caine movie Deathtrap.

Deathtrap movie poster 1982
This is how the exterior looked in the movie:

Windmill House from Sidney Lumet movie Deathtrap
The DeRose Windmill Cottage was built in 1885 in East Hampton, originally as a playhouse that was later expanded.

Robert Downey Jr. Windmill Cottage East Hampton AD

You can see the rest of the “before” photos in my 2015 post about it. Oh, how I loved that house! Visit Architectural Digest for more photos and information about the changes the Downeys and their designer made, including a new pavilion by the pool (photographer: François Dischinger).

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P.S. Visit my Celebrity Houses page to see more, including Ellen’s, which is still on the market:

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