Speaking to the magazine, Dean revealed that he put his heart into the house long before buying it. The nearly 11,000-square-foot mansion, a photo of which served as her phone’s 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 part of it, is sculpture,” he added. “These beautiful ‘S’ shapes, these chevrons coming down the slope, curvatures flying in the space above your head. It’s more like sculpture than architecture.”
An exterior view of Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s home, which was previously known as “Razor House” but which the couple have named “Dreamland.” Credit: Courtesy of Architectural Digest
When the couple’s real estate agent texted him that the house was for sale, Dean was concerned that Keys, who loved living on the east coast, would be reluctant to move west. “This is Miss New York,” he said. “They might as well make a sculpture of her, the (new) Statue of Liberty.”
But after the previous owner invited the couple to spend a weekend exploring the house, Keys began to imagine life there, according to Architectural Digest. The singer said she was convinced to move in during a morning meditation session at the property, as she watched the paratroopers hover over a nearby mountain.
“At that moment, I felt like I was witnessing a beautiful metaphor, and I never wanted to forget how endless we are and how the unimaginable can happen,” he told the magazine. “That’s what he did for me. They took me.”
An artwork by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola hangs in the family dining room. Credit: Courtesy of Architectural Digest
After finally purchasing the home in 2019, Keys and Dean commissioned New York-based interior designer Kelly Behun to transform the space into “Dreamland.” (Dean was a longtime fan of Behun, describing her as a person with a “soul”).
The designer brought an elegant softness to the space with Moroccan wool rugs and velvet and shearling upholstery, seeking an earthy color palette that complemented the home environment. Key furnishings echo the smooth curves of the building, with rounded sofas and circular coffee tables dotted throughout the house.
Also speaking to Architectural Digest, Behun said he didn’t want to “overshadow the natural environment, architecture or art.”
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz on the cover of the upcoming December issue of Architectural Digest. Credit: Courtesy of 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 stayed overnight at the house.
Sentimental elements are intertwined in home décor as well, including a baby grand piano gifted by his record label to Keys when he turned 16. Keys is quoted as saying that his home was “a place to create dreams and be bold enough to dream your wildest dream.”
“For us to be here is a crazier dream,” he added.