Thursday, March 1, 2012

Movie Star Interiors

We just finished the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Can you believe they awarded best picture to The Artist, a silent movie and black and white? I have always loved the classic movie interior sets of the 1930’s and their glamorous bedrooms and living rooms. The movie studios of the era really knew how to design interiors that grabbed an audience! The picture above is for the 1935 RKO film “Top Hat.”

This early movie featured a fabulous bedroom with miles of slipper satin, art deco sculptures and a wonderful headboard. Hollywood glam at it’s best!

MGM’s 1939 film “The Women” gave movie goers a glimpse of a world rarely seen by the average person of the day. Tuxedos, Cartier cigarette cases, ladies dripping in diamonds, gowns and furs, were the “costume de riguer.”

Jayne Mansfield, the blond bomb shell of the 1950’s, bought Rudy Vallee’s 40 room Beverly Hills mansion for $76,000 in 1958. Jayne adored pink so she had the house painted in her favorite color and named it “The Pink Palace.” Life Magazine did a great photo shoot of the rooms with Jayne and her husband, Mickey Hagertay. Notice the curving purple cornice on the lower right. Subsequent owners included Ringo Starr and Mamma Cass Elliot. It was demolished in 2002. Jayne died in a tragic car crash at only 34 years old.

Modern stars still bring the glam. This exotic bedroom belongs to Jada Pickett Smith.

Gerard Butler’s New York loft is decorated in comfortable furniture, and happily for those of us in the decorative fabric and window covering biz, lots of elegant textiles! Some bachelor pad!

Elizabeth Taylor redecorated her Bel Air home in 2010 with designer Waldo Fernandez. The room was a stunning showcase for her amazing art collection.

William (Billy) Haines was a former actor turned decorator. Movie moguls far and wide sought out his fabulous Hollywood Regency Style design. He designed this room for Joan Crawford.

Haines was famous for not only his interiors but his original furniture and accessory designs. This room featured mid century soft modern style. I love the free form wood tables with steel bases!

Being a fabric guy I totally love this picture of Haines romancing fabrics for a client! Notice the pull out brackets he uses to show draping. This would be great for showing Wesco Fabrics. William Haines Designs exists to this day.

Sources: William Haines Designs, Architectural Digest, Life.

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