Earlier this month, Camille Grammer revealed that she had sold the Malibu estate she once shared with her ex-husband Kelsey Grammer. But the sale of her home not only means that The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum is moving; she's also moving on. "I wanted to sell the house for a while now. Maybe emotionally, I wasn’t ready to let that house go, the house I was living in, because it housed so many memories," Camille told The Daily Dish. "I’m happy to be downsizing. I don’t even think of it as downsizing. It’s an emotional change. It’ll be a change in my life."
Camille's new home, which she purchased in April 2015, won't be quite as big as her 6,645-square foot mansion, but it's still sizable at approximately 5,500 to 6,000 square feet, she said. No matter how big her new home is, Camille is sure to make it just as fabulous as her former residence. "I wasn’t sure if I was gonna do anything with it or not," Camille said. "And as I spent more time in it, I thought, OK, I’ll demo one thing. I’ll change the countertops. And then one little thing turns to I’ll change the powder room. Now, I’ve demoed all the floors, redone the floors. Now I’m demoing the master bedroom bathroom. So, I mean, we start with one little project, but as soon as we start a renovation, it just keeps growing and growing."
But making all of these renovations to her new digs means more to Camille than just a home makeover. "This is the last piece of property that [Kelsey] and I owned together, so it’s great to break free from that," Camille told The Daily Dish. "It’s empowering, and I’m proud that this house, I could design the interior the way I want it. I can make renovations and choose what color stone I want, countertops. It’s a new start for me. I’m very excited about it.”
One feature of her new crib that Camille is especially enthusiastic about is that the bedrooms of her 14-year-old daughter Mason and 11-year-old son Jude are right next to hers. "The house that I live in that I shared with my ex-husband, the kids are kind of off in a wing. And they’re not far, but they’re away from me," Camille explained. "This house works out perfectly for me and my two children.”
A more modest abode for Camille means that she won't be able to bring everything from her old home with her. So the RHOBH mom has decided to hold an estate sale at her Malibu mansion from Friday, December 18 to Sunday, December 20. Expect to find everything from high-end pieces like Biedermeier furniture she and Kelsey acquired during their travels to Hungary to more affordable items like CDs and DVDs.
You might even be able to pick up a piece of RHOBH history. The elegant dining room table and plush chairs that served as the setting for the infamous Dinner Party from Hell will also be up for sale. Camille isn't getting rid of the set because of any bad vibes associated with it (the furniture simply won't fit in her new home), so she wants you to know that any dinner parties you throw probably won't suffer the same fate. "I hate the connotation that it’s 'the Dinner from Hell table,' you know? Other than that Dinner from Hell, I’ve had really wonderful dinners there. I hope the connotation 'the Dinner from Hell' doesn’t scare people away from it. It’s not a haunted table, I swear. It’s not haunted," Camille joked. "It’s a beautiful piece beyond any craziness that went on that night."
Camille had originally planned to sell her furniture through an auction house, but once she heard that you can hold an estate sale and donate some of the proceeds to charity, she jumped at the chance to clear out her house that way. A portion of the proceeds from the estate sale will be going to the Foundation for Women's Cancer, for which Camille served as the national chair for the 6th Annual National Race to End Women's Cancer held in Washington, D.C. in November. "Hopefully, the money that I raise from this estate sale will help them reach their goal for this year," said Camille, who has been in remission for endometrial cancer for two years. "The least I can do is give back, and what I give back is spreading awareness, because I’m still here. I’m in remission. If I can help in any way, this is my way of giving back."
Though Camille's Malibu mansion is filled with both good and bad memories of her ex-husband Kelsey and watching their kids grow up, she ultimately believes that she'll be sentimental when she walks out of its doors for the last time. "It’s gonna be sad, the day I leave, there’s no question. I’m sure there will be tears and it’ll be emotional, the day I finally move out of the house," Camille told The Daily Dish. "But it’s time, you know? It’s been a long time."
But when that day comes, Camille will only be looking straight ahead to the future. "I can’t look back. Before, the house had memories of Kelsey and I," Camille said. "But now... it’s just me and my children, and it’s what new memories we will create in our life moving forward.”
We'll miss Camille's crib too, but at least we'll always have these pics of her gorgeous abode.
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