Monday, March 3, 2008

Mrs. Joel Lives for a Day



Katie Lee Joel's dressing room in March's Town and Country reads like a jewelry box from the Deco era.  Designer Nate Berkus and architect Ahmad Sardar-Afkhami used $25,000 worth of gold-leaf transform a 105 sq. ft. vestibule between the master bedroom and bath into a glimmering, 1930's style boudoir. (Photographs by Miki Duisterhof).

"We wanted it to be a place where the act of dressing would be heightened to an exquisite ritual." -Ahmad Sardar-Afkhmi

To that I say, "mission accomplished".  The soft blue-greens and golds remind me of another glamorous interior that has been in the press lately.

Scene still from Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

It seems that Berkus, Sardar-Afkhami and Sarah Greenwood, production-designer for the upcoming Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, had similar sources of inspiration.  (Habitually Chic has more on that subject).

17 comments:

a. said...

I was drooling when I read that piece in T&C. The gold leaf was a bit much but boy would I love to have a dressing room like that!!! I was wondering when someone would post on it - thanks :-)

Habitually Chic said...

I was drooling over that closet too! And the walls look almost exactly the same as in Miss Pettigrew!

pve design said...

Now that's what I call turning a "gold" leaf.
Exquisitely eccentric especially during these times of flux. I'd better get busy and do mine in silver leaf.
It would make a cheeky silver vault!

Pink Wallpaper said...

how pretty...the amazing things $$ can buy!!

Brilliant Asylum said...

It's just a tid bit excessive under the doomed financial forcast, but someone has to do it.

As lifelong a Billy Joel fan, I figure I am partially to blame.

Turquoise Chic said...

I definitely tore out those photos of her closet to add to my tear sheet collection. So Fab!!!

Style Court said...

I think she favors Leontine Linens too.

(And I love your new header Millie!)

Brilliant Asylum said...

Ah, thank you. I did a little Spring decorating on blog this weekend.

Leontine Linens are hard to resist--especially when there is no apparent budget.

Ashley L. said...

gorgeous images! thank you for sharing! i'll be stopping by more often! im really enjoying your blog! :)

Laura said...

forget the gold-leaf--i'd be happy with the bouquet of ranunculus (no idea how spell that)!

Suzy said...

OMG It's amazing!!! So glad you shared it. Its very Francis Elkins, don't you think?

decorno said...

Love the closet. I want it.

Can we talk about the creepiness of the Katie/Billy marriage? She was 23 when they married. I know that's legal and all, but I think it's still weird, especially because he looks like a grizzly old mountain man.

Alkemie said...

Love Love the dressing room with the mirrored desk/vanity. Now I know how much it costs to fully cover a 100 sq foot room in gold leaf! Very Glam!

kellie said...

that'd be more than a little much for me on a day-to-day basis, but it's definitely stunning to look at!

Teal Chic said...

Love the closet! My mom the master gardener doesn't know the name of the flowers.....I want them!!! Does anybody know?????

Charponnaise said...

dear god. i want it. i must have it. i wonder how much gold leaf costs........

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