Behind-the-Scenes: Vanilla Ice's Personal Office and Music Room

See how Rob Van Winkle turned the house from the second season of The Vanilla Ice Project into his office and workspace.

By: Kara Franker

Photo By: Jessica Glynn/ AP Images ©(c) 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Glynn/ AP Images ©(c) 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Glynn/ AP Images ©(c) 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Glynn/ AP Images ©(c) 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Glynn/ AP Images ©(c) 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Glynn/ AP Images ©(c) 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Glynn/ AP Images ©(c) 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Glynn/ AP Images ©(c) 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Glynn/ AP Images ©(c) 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Glynn/ AP Images ©(c) 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Photo By: Jessica Glynn/ AP Images ©(c) 2014, DIY Network/Scripps Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Ice, Ice, Office

Can you picture Vanilla Ice behind a desk? The pop icon, motocross racer, real estate entrepreneur and remodeling expert spends precious few moments actually sitting at his desk. He’s either scouring the world for the latest and greatest technology and design trends or hard at work renovating one of his many properties in Palm Beach.

House Flipped, But Not Flopped

While some may be comfortable in an office with four walls, Vanilla Ice finds his creativity in wide open spaces. And the 10,000-square foot Florida home featured on Season 2 of DIY Network’s The Vanilla Ice Project. “I fell in love with this house and didn’t want to sell this house after I built it, so I use the entire property as my work space. Everything from this office, to the chickee hut in the backyard. I take my laptop with me everywhere.”

Filled With Mementos

Family pictures cover his desk — photos of a vacation to the Bahamas, the kids swimming with the dolphins and even one of the whole family with Miley Cyrus from back in her Disney days. “My family inspires me. I build these homes because I want families to live in them. I don’t build bachelor pads.”

Records On The Wall

In an upstairs music room, memorabilia and awards cover the walls, commemorating hits like "Ice Ice Baby,” which was the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts.

Jam Space

He’s still making music, but this room is a place he and his daughters like to use to jam out and get inspired. There’s a drum set, guitar, keyboard and even an old-school digital sampler — all reminders of a record-setting music career he built, when no one thought he could do it. “People used to tell me that a white guy couldn’t rap. Now they tell me you can’t do this or that when it comes to my designs. But I love a challenge.”

Underlying Incentives

He draws his creative design inspiration from the idea of the American Dream. “It used to be that people thought they would only live in a house for a few years, then sell it and make money. But that was before the crash. I’m talking about showing people how to invest in the house they have and make it a place they want to stay for 30 years.”

Bucky

Bucky has been a member of the family for quite some time; his daughters have grown up with the kangaroo. Now Bucky spends a lot of time at the home/office. When Vanilla Ice and his crew are working on a project, a caretaker comes over to feed and exercise the animal daily.

All-Original

While he may design homes with families in mind, Vanilla Ice doesn’t skimp on the luxurious details. He goes to the extreme with the latest technology, energy efficiency and extraordinary decor.

A Touch of Local History

“When I’m designing a home, the theme is key. This house is inspired by the Gilded Age of Palm Beach when people like Henry Flagler built up the area. And it’s all about the discovery of Florida, Ponce de Leon and the Treasure Coast.” Visiting places like The Breakers Hotel and the Flagler Museum inspired him to install intricate ceiling applications, detailed crown molding and deep, rich color palettes in each room.

Outside The Box

“In the 15 years since I’ve been doing this, I’ve learned everything you can imagine about color palettes and building on a theme. Sometimes the designers I work with think I’m pushing the limit, going too far. And then they see the end product and they’re amazed.”

What's Next?

His phone rings off the hook with famous friends asking for remodeling advice. One of his new projects includes helping NBA super star LeBron James design a pool for his Lighthouse Point home. Now he’s wrapping up the final touches on a house for Season 4 of DIY Network’s The Vanilla Ice Project. “I don’t want to give it all away, but let’s just say there’s a James Bond-inspired design element in the master bedroom. You’ll have to watch to find out more.”