LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian didn’t live in Chicago very long, but the celebrity couple was here long enough to lease a Gold Coast condo and have it featured on an episode of HGTV’s new interior design series, “Interiors, Inc.”
Rimes, who joined Cibrian in Chicago while he taped the now canceled “Playboy Club,” appears in the series premiere of “Interiors, Inc” Saturday (HGTV 8:30 p.m.) along with host Jonathan Pierce, who previously worked with the country singer on her homes in Nashville and Los Angeles.
“We started talking and (Rimes) said ‘I need you to help me do this place in Chicago – I just need it for a few months,’” Pierce said over the phone Friday. “I said ‘No problem. Will you (appear) on my show?’ She was like ‘Done.’”
Pierce made stops at Nordstrom Rack, Barneys New York and West Elm to look for items for the couples’ condo and said he spent three to four hours shopping at the Golden Triangle with Rimes.
“She wanted it to feel like the homes she has lived in, but more metropolitan,” said Pierce, who designed the condo with his team in three days in August. “She has this beautiful taste in Tibetan antiques and modern paintings. She has a very eclectic love of European design. I kept the palette I worked with her on in her other homes and edged it up. I made it feel cozy and warm for the Chicago winters.”
Rimes and Cibrian never made it to the Chicago winter. NBC canceled “The Playboy Club” after just three episodes in October and the couple moved back to Los Angeles not longer after that.
In addition to Rimes, the first season of “Interiors, Inc.” will feature Paramore guitarist Taylor York, "American Idol" alum Danny Gokey and country music band Lucy Angel.
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Sightings: “Chelsea Lately” host Chelsea Handler dined at Japonais with three other women Monday. … Comedian and Oak Park native Kathy Griffin had dinner at Paris Club and Hub 51 Friday and Saturday, respectively, while in town for her shows at the Chicago Theatre. … New Jersey Nets star and Illinois alum Deron Williams had dinner at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in the Gold Coast Monday following his team’s loss to the Bulls at the United Center. The Bulls’ Taj Gibson and Ronnie Brewer also had dinner at Gibsons after the game. The Phoenix Suns’ Grant Hill, Jared Dudley and Michael Redd had dinner at Gibsons January 16. … The Nets’ Kris Humphries and his head coach, Avery Johnson, and assistant coach, P.J. Carlesimo opted for Chicago Cut Steakhouse following Monday’s loss. The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane dined at Chicago Cut Steakhouse earlier that night. The Bears’ Devin Hester and Bulls’ CJ Watson and Kyle Korver all dined separately at Chicago Cut Saturday. … The Cubs’ Kerry Wood watched the NFL playoffs at The Fifty/50 Sunday. … It looks like Theo Epstein might already have a go-to spot in Chicago. The Cubs President of Baseball Operations dined at R.J. Grunts in Lincoln Park three times in the last two weeks, including January 17 and Thursday. … The Bulls’ Omer Asik ate at David Burke’s Primehouse in The James hotel January 16. … Ronnie Brewer was spotted at Market after Saturday’s win over the Charlotte Bobcats. … Mexican singer Dulce Maria performed at the T-Mobile store in North Riverside Thursday.