Musical House Tours: Apartment Therapy LA Salutes Michael Jackson

Musical House Tours: Apartment Therapy LA Salutes Michael Jackson

Grace Shu
Jun 26, 2009

Over here at Apartment Therapy LA, music is a huge part of both our home and work lives. With one of us working in the music industry and another in a band, we're constantly checking out each other's music libraries. And while we may disagree on the latest and/or greatest, here's one thing we can agree on: Michael Jackson may have gone completely nutbar crazy wacko; but damn, he wrote some GREAT songs. As our salute to the King of Pop, we've delved into our own personal house tours to come up with a musical playlist featuring some of our favorite MJ tunes...


The first time we visited Abby's home, we were greeted with two things: A cocktail and a huge poster of Audrey Hepburn's Two For the Road. Abby's home is so comfortable and warm with touches of glamour everywhere. For her place, we chose this Jackson 5 tune that just seems to capture that same effortless, bluesy feel that fits her home's wonderful style.

Jackson 5: Who's Loving You


Beth's home is full of amazing vintage finds from various thrift stores in addition to gems from her family. Based on all the nods to the antique and vintage, we dug up a true Michael Jackson classic.

Billie Jean


I'd say that 90% of the time my home feels (and looks) like a circus. This is due mainly to the dogs fighting/playing all the time. But here's one thing that my friend clued me in on: When you have pets or kids, you realize that it's all just stuff anyway. So true: When Nanners broke a family heirloom, I was distraught for a week...until my mum just shrugged and said, "That lunatic dog of yours is a much better treasure than a vase that sits on a shelf." Or another way to sum it up:

Off The Wall


Laure's stylish home is full of personality: it's quintessential laid-back California casual mixed with a bit of French influence. Her place is where we want to go for brunch, for drinks, for chili cook-offs. This particular song is dedicated to her beloved kitty Coco.

Smooth Criminal


Initially, we had asked Gregory what his favorite Michael Jackson tune is. His response? "Remember the Time, but probably because I liked the morphing. Umm...and Say, Say, Say with Paul McCartney..." Both excellent picks, Gregory. But we're thinking this is a better fit overall (please don't yell at us).

Beat It


We love, love, LOVE what Rebecca did with her outdoor space. It's an ideal area for entertaining or just relaxing solo...or having an impromptu dance party. In case you want to host your own impromptu dance party, Orlov-style, bust out your glitter silver shirt and match boots and start it off with this:

Rock With You


We honestly could not do this post without including Jonathan's vibrant home! Saturated colors just pop out against the white--it's so cheerful and bold. And the perfect song? We immediately jumped on this:

Don't Stop Til You Get Enough

R.I.P, Michael Jackson. Thanks for all the great music.

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