This month, romance is in the air and it’s hitting home in silver screen style. With a nod to Hollywood’s Golden Age, the look is dramatic, glam and sexy; rather like the stars strutting red carpet at the just-completed Academy Awards (think Bradley Cooper, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike) Yet like the movies we see today, designers are rewriting the script on romance and turning the spolight on decor that spans the stylistic spectrum in fresh, intriguing ways. The result? Romantic spaces that go straight to the heart and allow you to romance your home…Hollywood style.
For example, in actor Will Smith’s adobe home, the two-time Oscar nominee and his wife (actress Jada Pinkett Smith) romance their view of the Malibu hills with a global mix of architectural details from the Middle East, Africa, the American Southwest and Asia.
In her Manhattan penthouse, Bette Midler’s dressing room conjures images from films about the Roaring Twenties with its glitzy Art Deco mirror and sculptural chairs form a Paris flea market, plus sexy safari stools with flapper dress fringe.
Some might say that Cher’s life is one big drama, but it was her role in it Moonstruck that scored her an Academy Award. At home, Cher is no less dramatic in her Indian-inspired bathroom designed by Martin Lawrence-Bullard who describes the look as “very Cleopatra,” especially the tub that’s wrapped in 19th-century stone and holds court in the center of the room. “Push a button, and a gauze curtain embroidered with gold Indian symbols engulfs the tub,” says Lawrence-Bullard. “Cher loves all things exotic, and this room is like one big harem.”
If your idea of romance is less “I Got You Babe” and more Rat Pack cool, cuddle up on the Eaton Sectional loveseat. Its compact size is just right for a cozy evening of stealing kisses while watching old black & white films together.
The Adagio 60-inch Urn Dining Table conjures images of round table negotiations between cigar-smoking movie studio moguls back in the day of Hepburn, Tracy and Stewart. It’s soft, flowing shape and comfy armchairs are also well suited for negotiations of fthe more intimate kind–a late night, candle-lit supper for two.
Having a glamorous. Hollywood-style dinner party? Then the Adagio rectangle pedestal table with scroll motif is a perfect choice.
With its dramatic scale, sexy serpentine lines and plush button-tufting, the Rhapsody Tufted Bed delivers more than a good night’s sleep. It sets the stage for the night of your dreams.
Like many a supporting actor/actress has been known to do, accent pieces like this steal the show when tucked in a corner, along a long hallway wall or next to a favorite chair.
The Melange Kenmar Pedestal Table has more curves than a pinup girl plus a faux zinc finish for extra sparkle. The Sanctuary 3-drawer antique mirror and gold thin console has legs up to there and adds a sophisticated sliver of style. And then there’s the Melange Fluted Kidney Desk. Possibly the sexiest desk alive, its lanky legs and curved kidney shpe make penning romantic notes to dashing suitors so Garbo-worthy.
Between Valentine’s Day, the Oscars and décor like this, it’s hard to escape romance this month. but…who among us really wants to?