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Inside Courtney Love's problematic, pretty NYC townhouse [Photos]

December 17, 2011 | 12:13 pm

Courtney Love faces eviction

Courtney Love has a New York City townhouse, and if you dared us to close our eyes and imagine it, here's what we wouldn't picture: a muted, powder-blue monument to art, prayer, reflection and chic housewares.

But that's precisely what's found in the early 19th century pile of bricks that Love rents, at least for now --  a four-story Manhattan joint she occupies in addition to properties in Britain and Los Angeles

Jane Pratt, editor of, got an exclusive look at a place that has a little more than rock royalty buzzing around it: Love is facing eviction, embroiled in allegations of unpaid rent and (first-world problem alert) violations of the design specifications of her rental agreement.

PHOTOS: Inside Courtney Love's rental Manhattan townhouse

Courtney LoveIt all started with a summertime fire in one of the fourth-floor bedrooms, reportedly started by a candle that sat too close to some curtains. That red-flagged the building's owner and her legal team, and upon inspection of the burn damage they reportedly found unauthorized alterations to the property.

"Courtney has wallpapered and painted a large portion of the property without my consent ...," owner Donna Lyon told the New York Post. "The walls that had been hand-painted and glazed were ruined, covered in damask wallpaper and ice-blue paint."

(The $8-million place had been decorated by previous owner, designer Steven Gambrel, and Lyon estimates it'll cost up to a hundred grand to put things as they were. Here's a picture of the sitting room's previous incarnation.)

And then there's a matter of $54,000 in back rent.

While Love sorts out some of that abstract messiness, the current design of the townhouse remains rather stunning and eclectic.

Art from the likes of Damien Hirst is installed over antique fireplaces. Photographs of Love and Kurt Cobain's daughter, France Bean Cobain, are ubiquitous (one series by the late Herb Ritts). And the furniture!

"Majorelle, Ruhlman, Chippendale, Willow china, Tiffany china," her real estate agent Jared Seligman said, listing off the treasures. 

Don't let our surprised tone suggest we question Love's taste -- she's underrated as a red carpet presence and knowledgeable when it comes to lifestyle. Perhaps we're more struck by the casual elegance of her pad, given her oft-bold personality.

Consider her desk: crystal vase, a schmaltzy tile frame with a picture of Kurt and Frances Bean, prim notes on index cards and an assortment perfume bottles.

What's not to Love? 


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Top photo: Courtney Love's gracious sitting room on West 10th Street. Credit: Peter Murdock /

Bottom photo: Love at the Dec. 7 launch of the Valentino Garavani Virtual Museum in New York City. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press