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If we’ve learned one thing about Heather Dubrow since she started rolling out her home tour YouTube series, it’s that The Real Housewives of Orange County alum was crazy detailed when it came to designing Dubrow Chateau. Whereas others might have thrown up their hands and said, “I give up!” Heather instead went back to the drawing board again and again to get the exact effect she was looking for.
And the effort can be seen everywhere in the stunning 22,000-square-foot manse—from glittering wallpapers and a stairwell light installation to a grocery-carrying dumbwaiter, a garage disco ball and oh right, a glowing basement bar. There is no detail in the home that Heather hasn’t supervised and opined on herself, including that Champagne wall.
Long known for her love of Champs — Veuve Cliquot, in particular — we had seen sneak peeks of the project on Heather’s Instagram stories, but it’s not until her latest episode of Heather’s Closet that we’re getting a full look at her dining room.
Check out how the museum-level Champagne installation came together below and watch the full episode here. Want more RHOC? Be sure to tune in on Tuesdays at 9/8c!
The Before Shot
Flanking Heather's dining room table, the Champagne wall was actually meant to be something else. “When we built the house it was meant to be a wine room, it’s refrigerated, you can open the door and walk inside," Heather explains in the episode.
Stroke of Genius
"And then I thought, ‘Well gosh I love champagne wouldn’t it be a cool installation just to do all bottles of Veuve, because of that pop of orange color that I love.”
The Results: Round 1
“So, we did it, looked great, and then I wasn’t crazy about the lighting on the top, because there was this well of lighting in the back that would make the bottles look green on the top level… it just looked a little dull,” Heather explained.
Taking It Up a Notch
“I started thinking, ‘What can I design to go in there to really take it up a notch?’” Heather explained, adding that she hired a company to make her ideas a reality. “I had this vision of crystal boxes with metal and poles.”
The Warmest Lighting of All
“We’re talking about 50 of these boxes and ten poles," Heather said of the lighting installation within the refrigerated Champagne room.
“You can dim this, it gives you mood lighting, and it’s kind of like Champagne jewelry, isn’t it? I love it, I just think it’s so cool and fun and different and adds something special,” Heather said, adding that she loves that every seat in her dining room has a spectacular view, whether it be of the Champagne wall, the outdoor water and fire features, the courtyard’s sparkling tree or the room’s stunning fireplace.
The Results: Round 2
Despite having to go back to the drawing board multiple times—the design process took 15 months!—Heather says, "This is the final result and I’m really happy."
And when her husband Terry Dubrow asked her if knowing how arduous the Champagne wall creation process would be, would she not do it again? Her reply: "No. I'd still do it. I think it looks great!" Classic Heather!
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