2015 Maison de Luxe at Greystone Mansion

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{Mark D. Sikes’ Garden Halls at the Maison de Luxe}

Last week, while in Los Angeles for business, I attended the opening night gala for Luxe Magazine‘s 2015 Maison de Luxe Show House at the legendary Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. I was thrilled to be invited to attend because I was there for the last Maison de Luxe back in 2011 and so many of my friends participated this year. Add to that, the fact that my birthday was the day before and my husband was also in town for business and the result was a beautiful, glamorous, and memorable evening. In fact, it felt like a special gift to be able to see so many sweet friends from around the country during my birthday. It was so fun to be able to celebrate with them over the course of last week. Show houses can be tricky since the various designers usually have their own separate visions and the overall look of the home is rarely cohesive. The good thing about that is that there is generally something for everyone. Pamela Jaccarino, Editor in Chief of Luxe always does a fantastic job with this show house, selecting established and burgeoning talent to create rooms that inspire and honor the sense of history and place that is so unique to Greystone. While the rooms were all so different, it was interesting to see the shared desire to honor the Doheny family and their home executed by so many talented designers.

I am besotted with Greystone. It is a stunning, architecturally significant home of historic importance. We rarely see homes like this in the U.S. anymore and we certainly do not have anything like this in Houston, unless you count Bayou Bend. While I am fascinated with the beauty of Greystone, I also find its history intriguing and frightening. Since several friends designed rooms, I heard multiple accounts of the ghosts that roam the halls of Greystone. There was a murder in the house shortly after it was built in the late 1920s and there are rumors of suicides that have also taken place on the property. Whether you believe in any of that or not, there is something ominous, yet enchanting about the massive estate, perched atop Beverly Hills. The mystery, architecture, and history all add to the allure of this home. I was so excited to see what this year’s roster of designers came up with. The house was quite crowded on opening night, so I wasn’t able to get any good shots of the rooms designed by Nina Campbell, Beth Webb, or Brian Paquette, so with those exceptions, I’ll leave you with a round-up of my favorite spaces at this year’s Maison de Luxe at Greystone.

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{I was so happy to see the wonderful , glamorous “Garden Halls” designed by my darling, Mark Sikes.}

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{Mark D. Sikes}

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{Mark and Lauren Liess are two of my closest friends, so I was thrilled not only to spend time with them last week, but to see my friends’ talent on full display at Greystone. Lauren and I are pictured here in the beautiful stair tower sitting room she designed.}

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{Lauren Liess}

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{One of the highlights of the evening was finally meeting Andrew Brown in person! Andrew is so talented and has style that really speaks to me. He could not have been lovelier. I am obsessed with the masculine sensibility of the Salon de Repos he designed.}

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{Andrew Brown featuring a Mural by William McLure}

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{How amazing is the painted Greek key border on the sisal in Andrew’s room?}

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{Another personal favorite is the ultra-chic Sauvage Lounge on the second floor designed by my friend, Benjamin Vandiver. Benjamin drew his inspiration from Billy Baldwin and created the color palette as a modern interpretation of the Beverly Hills Hotel– genius, non? The walls and settees are upholstered in Zak + Fox’s soon-to-be-released, Matisse-inspired Sauvage fabric.}

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{Benjamin Vandiver}

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{Chloe Redmond Warner had the task of decorating “The Murder Room” as it is affectionately called now. I love the gorgeous deGournay murals and ikat pillows.}

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{Chloe Redmond Warner of Redmond Aldrich}

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{Oliver Furth designed a striking composition for the reception hall on the first floor. Notice the incredible art installation on the ceiling.}

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{Another favorite space was the combination of the beautiful grand hallway, study, and sitting room on the second floor by my friend, Amy Meier. Amy selected a beautiful Paul Montgomery wallpaper whose palm-filled scene reminded her of Los Angeles. The sculptures pictured above are by Lori Cozen-Geller}

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{Amy Meier}

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{Kristen Buckingham designed Mrs. Doheny’s study on the second floor which featured an assortment of chic furnishings from her line, KB Bespoke. The space also introduced us to Kristen’s beautiful, new fabric collection, KB Textiles.}

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{Kristen Buckingham}

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{Kristen Buckingham}

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 {The terrace Kristen designed shows the expansive views of Los Angeles from Greystone}

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{I returned to Greystone on Saturday for a panel discussion with the legendary Nina Campbell and friends, Mark Sikes, Beth Webb, and Timothy Corrigan. I arrived with Mark who gave us a little tour of the grounds. I had only ever been to Greystone at night, so it was delightful to see the breathtaking grounds in their full glory and to revisit a few of the rooms in the daytime.}

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{The Glorious Gardens of Greystone}

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{Gorgeous Greystone}

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{Greystone is a Truly Enchanting Place}

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{Photography by Paloma Contreras for La Dolce Vita}

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{A Chic Dining Room featuring Louis XVI Style Dining Chairs with Leopard Upholstery by Melissa Rufty via Domaine}

We’ve all heard the old adage about leopard being a neutral and it truly is. I happen to like it in small doses, whether I’m using it in a room or in my wardrobe. I find that it has a stronger impact that way. It works beautifully with most color palettes from dark and saturated to those with light, crisp neutrals. It also lends itself to every style whether masculine or feminine, traditional or modern. Leopard often makes an appearance on pillows, chairs, and even rugs or stair runners. It seems ocelot and cheetah often get confused with leopard and it is easy to see why, but no matter which spots you are seeing, chances are the results will be chic! I’m currently working on a new design project in which the overall look will be ultra tailored, polished, and chic with a mostly neutral color palette. I always opt to throw in a pattern or two for visual interest and texture and I’m thinking a little dose of leopard will do just the trick! Are you a fan of leopard? It seems people either love it or hate it. Do you embrace it in both your home and wardrobe?

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{A Beautiful Antique Chair in Leopard Upholstery | Image via Pinterest– Original Source Unknown}

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{A Leopard Pillow in the Original Iteration of my Friend, Mark Sikes‘ Los Angeles Living Room | Image via Lonny}

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{A Show-Stopping Leopard Ottoman by Vicente Wolf}

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{Leopard meets Prep on a Green Sofa | Design by Palmer Weiss}

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{An Ultra-Chic Vignette by Kirsten Kelli as featured in Veranda}

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{A Sunny Room with Pops of Leopard by Luxe Report}

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{How fabulous is this leopard settee by Melissa Rufty?}

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{A Leopard Stair Runner via Metropolitan Home}

 

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{Mark Sikes’ Beautiful Leopard is Dressed in Neutrals including a Pair of Leopard Lumbar Pillows}

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{Another Chic Leopard (or is it ocelot?) Ottoman by Allen Kirsch}

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{I mixed leopard pillows by Arianna Belle with polka dot bedding in my guest bedroom as featured in the current issue of Domino.}

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{Leopard Pillows add a Graphic Touch to a Neutral Living Room by Benjamin Vandiver}

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{A leopard rug reads as a neutral in this fabulous, maximalist bedroom by Miles Redd}

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{Another beautiful leopard chair, this time paired with an amazing Bernard Frize painting in a vignette by Alex Papachristidis}

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{A little leopard stool is the perfect match for an oversized photograph in this lovely living room. | Image via Pinterest– Original Source Unknown}

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{1. Safari Pillow | 2. Pair of French Walnut Stools with Square Leopard Seats | 3. Faux Branch Arm Chair with Leopard Upholstery | 4. Hand-Knotted Leopard Rug}

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