But what I know about Julianne is that she has a house I really love. The Parisian bistro chairs and sliding library ladder in the kitchen provide just the right amount of whimsy, but overall, the feel of the same is earthy and comfortable.
I guess I just don't have time, what with my hectic schedule of playing with my label-maker and sitting around doing nothing.
The bigger the age gap, the greater the fragility of the relationship, especially if the issue of having a family comes into play.
Large gaps are rare: only 1 per cent of married men have wives who are 20 years or more younger and a mere 0.3 per cent of married women have husbands 20 years or more younger, according to research in the US, Australia and the UK.
Age gaps of six years or more occur more often: 11.6 per cent of married men are older by six years or more, compared with 2.7 per cent of married women.
A study of 3,000 people by Andrew Francis and Hugo Mialon, professors in the department of economics at Emory University in Atlanta, found that a five-year age gap means that a relationship has an 18 per cent chance of ending in divorce (versus just 3 per cent with a one-year age difference), and that rate rises to 39 per cent for a 10-year age difference and 95 per cent for a 20-year age gap.
“Age gaps work when the gap increases the likelihood of kindness and generosity, and work against the relationship when they don’t,” says. “An older partner may be more appealing if the younger partner can’t find these traits in their peer group.” That could explain why 57-year-old Stephen Fry recently married a man three decades younger, 27-year-old Elliott Spencer.
While we really have no right to surmise what’s going on with them, we still tend to speculate about the power balance in age-gap relationships.
It's actually the Los Angeles home of Dancing with the Stars alumni Julianne Hough, who I must admit, I'm somewhat unfamiliar with. "Muted, earthy greens, browns, blues, and some yellows feel grounded and protective," she says. They symbolize pure joy."Apparently, as a child Julianne used to regularly rearrange the furniture in her bedroom, and has been doing it ever since.
So likely are her chances of changing things around, her interior designer Jake Arnold specifically chose pieces for the house that could be easily moved around and would fit anywhere.
The pair of shearling-covered chairs add a quirky, modern touch to this otherwise rustic bedroom design.
A downside, says Murphy, is that “we often need our community of family and friends to hold the faith for the relationship while we dither or experience doubt.
The high-age-difference couple might find they miss out on this support, leading to an earlier demise of what could perhaps be something long-lasting.” When an age-gap couple has decided not to have children, “the rules and boundaries are different, and perhaps the age difference is one of the first to go,” adds Murphy.