Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Grey Gardens

Truth be told, I had not heard of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter, also named Edie until recently. However, I have been completely fascinated with their story ever since watching the HBO film Grey Gardens. If you are unfamiliar with the original documentary, it captures the isolated lives of two reclusive former socialites and relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who lived in Grey Gardens, a decaying mansion in East Hampton, New York.

In the HBO film, Grey Gardens was depicted as an interior dream layered with antiques, chinoiserie and its heyday, of course.  Since there was no photographic evidence of what the house had looked like in the 1930s, set designer Kalina Ivanov's main goal was to create an environment that captured the Edies' bohemian spirit.  Having no pictures to work off, Kalina arrived at European Art Deco as the inspiration for Grey Gardens.  The whole house looked beautiful but my absolute favorite room was Big Edie's bedroom (pictured below).  From the blue buttoned headboard to the citron yellow chinoiserie wallpaper and the coordinating curtains...I love it all!  If you haven't seen the movie I suggest you rent it, watch it and love it!

The HBO dining room in 1936. I love the curtains, wallpaper and the fabulous red bamboo chairs.
The purple French Art Deco living room.
The master bedroom as imagined for Big Edie - my favorite room in the movie.  Notice the wonderful hand painted wallpaper and the painted French furniture.  So lovely!

The master dressing room.

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