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Tuesday, 5 November 2013

1930s home with ties to Hollywood legends


Hello there.

It's been a while since I wrote about a fascinating 1930's home decor. Every once in a while a gem like this falls into my sight (roaming the Web, it might happen). This glamour-home came from the pages of Architectural digest online edition.

Hollywood may be littered with pedigreed properties, but few are as steeped in delicious Tinseltown lore as this home. Built in 1935, it later belonged to Charles K. Feldman and Jean Howard. Feldman, a powerful talent agent, managed the careers of Lauren Bacall, Howard Hawks, John Wayne, and other industry titans, while also producing such noteworthy movies as A Streetcar Named Desire and The Seven Year Itch. Howard, a famous beauty and former Ziegfeld girl, came to L.A. as an aspiring actress and rose to prominence as a legendary hostess and a photographer of the entertainment world.

The house became the backdrop for fabled parties, assignations, and assorted debaucheries. Humphrey Bogart, Marlene Dietrich, and Greta Garbo were among their frequent guests. Elia Kazan and Marilyn Monroe carried on an affair in one of the bedrooms while Arthur Miller typed away by the pool, plotting his own seduction of the screen siren. In 1960, when John F. Kennedy arrived for the Democratic National Convention, Feldman and Howard hosted a soirée to introduce the future president to the cream of the movie business. Details of that evening are sketchy, but by most accounts a good time was had by all.

Let's take a look at it.

 In the living room, a painting by the filmmaker Jean Negulesco 
is displayed on a wall of antiqued mirror. 
The windows are dressed with a Ralph Lauren Home crewelwork fabric,
 and the iron accent tables are from Holly Hunt.


The living room, refurbished to reflect its 1940s William Haines design, 
features a sectional sofa upholstered in mohair, 
and a Tony Duquette table lamp (one of a pair); 
the cocktail table and ottoman, the latter clad in an Old World Weavers fabric, 
are both by Formations.


Walls finished in a vibrant marmorino plaster add punch to the dining room;
 the crystal chandelier and faux coral branches are from JF Chen, 
and the sconces are by Formations.


In the breakfast area, 
a light fixture by Waldo’s Designs hangs above an Alma Allen walnut table 
and a suite of 19th-century Spanish dining chairs;
the Belgian iron side table and the pair of armchairs are from Lucca Antiques.


The kitchen cabinetry is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Enchanted Forest; 
the pendant lamps are all by Paul Ferrante
the range is by Wolf, and the sink fittings are by Perrin & Rowe.


The walls of the sitting room were stenciled by Valle; 
the barstools are vintage French, 
and the framed snapshot, which depicts the same interior, 
was taken by one of the home’s previous owners, 
the photographer and legendary hostess Jean Howard.


Decorative painter Nic Valle ornamented Dinah’s study with a trellis motif; 
the desk and upholstered chair are by Restoration Hardware
and the table lamp is from JF Chen.


The hallway’s Arts and Crafts bench is from Blackman Cruz.


The master suite is furnished with 
George Smith button-tufted bench in an Osborne & Little fabric; 
the embroidered bolster pillow on the bed is from Hollywood at Home
the curtains are made of a Lee Jofa linen, 
and the carpet is by Tai Ping.


Ann Sacks tiles distinguish the master bath, 
where a pair of Lefroy Brooks console sinks flank a Waterworks tub; 
the fittings are also all by Lefroy Brooks.


Vintage chairs and chaise longues line the pool.


Landscape designer Matthew Brown created the parterre.


Absolute beauty, I dare say.
Do you like it? How about a vintage party, since this house is used to be filled with elaborate guests.
♥♥ Pinky Honey

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