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As you might recall, John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan made it official last year and got engaged. Not much later, the Indiana-born-and-bred singer (and dad to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave) pulled up stakes and moved into the Tribeca loft the actress shares with her daughter.
But apparently, Mellencamp found that he needed a bit more room to pursue his creative interests. He recently told Architectural Digest, “To live an artist’s life, you have to create every day. When I was [at Ryan’s home], there was no place for me to paint, no place for me to write, so I bought this little place.”
So, Mellencamp purchased a live/work artist’s loft in nearby Soho, and recently unveiled the space in the pages of AD. The newly renovated loft is a rustic, industrial dream that features exposed bricks and pipes, steel doors, and numerous antiques culled from Mellencamp’s massive collection. (He told AD that six warehouses house the bric-a-brac he has collected over the years).
Also on view are several of his paintings — yes, Mellencamp is a talented artist as well as musician. And getting the most prime of place is one of Mellencamp’s motorcycles, a 1960s Triumph Bonneville. We’re not sure if it’s the one he was riding in the "Hurt So Good" video, but it looks good.
To bring the illusion of light to the long, narrow space, Mellencamp created several mirrors, the largest of which hangs in the den and dining room. The 1,800-square-foot space also houses a sitting and sleeping area that his kids use when they visit. Not a bad crash pad at all!
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