One of the great traditions of Hollywood cinema is the creation of dreamy set designs. Why would we pay good money to go to a movie, just to see our favorite stars living lives in settings that are mundane? Even if the plot is in no way dependent on gorgeous interior design, seeing the interiors of beautiful homes is a big part of the escapism of the movies, and always has been.
Well my philosophy is: No home should be mundane. Each one should be as special as the individuals who dwell there. Whatever the available budget there’s always a way. The bedroom in particular is a personal sanctuary. Here are two beautiful,very different examples of glamorous movie bedrooms, and how YOU can get that glamour into your life.
CARRIE BRADSHAW’S CHIC, URBANE BEDROOM from “Sex and the City“
Here’s what Carrie’s got going on in her “newly renovated apartment”, and a few elements you can use to get the look:
Carrie Bradshaw is my friend! OK, don’t send the paddy wagon, I know she’s not real! But I feel like we’ve been through a lot together! Romantic ups and downs, career stalls and triumphs, keeping friendships alive through it all. I want to congratulate her for finally getting her act together in her apartment. Why wait for prince charming to come along to live in a chic environment? When she graduated from the small screen to the silver screen,thanks to set designer Jeremy Conway, my fictional friend stepped up to an elegant, modern and oh so urbane Manhattan apartment.
As always with Sex and the City, there is a strong blend of true-to-life reality, (the relationships) and pure fantasy (how could a journalist afford all those designer clothes?) That's why we love it! The mirrored vanity pictured above is a case in point. The one in Carrie's bedroom is comparable to this drop-dead-gorgeous seven drawered beauty from Paris Apartment (go to the site and drool) It retails for $7,800.00! That's equal to 19 pairs of Manolos! I doubt Carrie would make the sacrifice.
I wouldn’t call this pretty mirrored vanity from Horchow a sacrifice! The curves are graceful, and it has the critical drawer for a blow dryer, and plenty of room for make-up and other necessities.
Gaita Interiors can make custom cream silk dupioni drapes for about $500 per pair.
Behind Carrie’s bed is a melange of framed wall art. West Elm has all you need, for the right prices. You can get that “collector’s look” in one fell swoop. I would install them in a random mix of black and white frames.
Oh Carrie! I wish you and Big SO MUCH LUCK! But just in case, maybe you should keep the lease on your perfectly elegant little nest… Big’s a tricky guy! You never know.
ART DECO 1930′S ALL- OUT GLAMOUR ” Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day“
The plot is thin, but the performers are all pros, and the eye candy can’t be beat! Sets, costumes and the art direction are fabulous and flawless. Here the set designer, Katie Spencer, expertly recreated a high end Art Deco interior complete with a few anachronisms (which add to the authenticity) from earlier periods such as old fashioned ruffled sheers, and a slightly frumpy dated looking slipper chair, and practically Victorian table lamps. Let’s keep the Art Deco elegance, but update the look a little:
The sheers above are from Country Curtains. You would need to triple up on them to get that full look. Gaita Interiors can make very full custom sheer drapes (no ruffles!) for about $300 per pair.
I wouldn’t build a bedroom with a platform. To me, it’s a tripping hazard. I’m getting on in years, you know! But you can add the curve and some luxury with a round white shag rug. This one from Crate and Barrel is quite nice. If you have enough room, Home Decorators makes one up to 10′ round for the same price!
If your ceiling is in very good condition, you can add another layer of glam with a couple of coats of gold metallic paint. Modern Masters does a great job, with the paint, and advice on technique. Benjamin Moore Bone White would be nice on the walls where there's no wallpaper. White Dove for the trim.
If your space is small, this dressing table (delivered unfinished) from ReadyToCover is surprisingly practical, with plenty of hidden storage below. The kidney shape works well with the Art Deco look.
At the end of this fluffy romp, our charming leading lady, Delysia, chooses love over riches, with her poor but sincere (sexy) musician boyfriend Michael. I’m afraid she may have to say goodbye to the deluxe digs she was accustomed to. Oh well… C’est L’amour!
BE A STAR! ….and GO DECORATE!