Thursday, February 4, 2010


Who wouldn't want a chair formerly occupied by two Oscar winning actors?

A big thanks to Cote de Texas for featuring photos of my bedroom in her post on the chic beachy striped rug yesterday.  There is a fun story behind the rug that involves a fantastic charity event, the DDD (decorators, dealers and designers) that benefits the Southampton Fresh Air Home, a local charity.  Held in June, the event features rooms of furniture and antiques donated by some of the most fabulous homes in the Hamptons.  Designers and clients buy the expensive tickets for the event and line up at 5:00, waiting for the doors to oven at 5:30. When the doors open, a stampede of blue blazers and sundresses make their way at a heart racing pace through the rooms, buying nearly everything in their tracks. 

In 2008, one of the rooms was entirely furnished with stunning furniture and decorative objects from the set of Something's Gotta Give, and as you might imagine, that room was a first destination for the design savvy crowd. By the time I got there, the English Country sofas, upholstered in delicate eggshell blue linen and the large mahagony coffee table were long gone.  Lucky for me, no one seemed to look down and see the beachy blue striped cotton rug-bingo!  I was also very fortunate to find a beautiful set of 12 delicate framed cameos in beautiful gold frames--a designer had decided not to buy them at the last moment and I was there to snatch them up. Tucked in a corner sat an unclaimed  pretty Oly Studio Hannah chair and ottoman upholstered in raffia and cotton duck, also from the movie set.
There have been years when I've bought at auctions, caught in the heady buying frenzy, only to have a severe case of buyers remorse when I got the items home.  But that did not happen with my fabulous finds from Something's Gotta Give--they were just perfect.

Bold stripes dominate the cotton dhurrie rug and compliment the beachy blue and beige color scheme.  

 The set of 12 cameo prints were broken into sets of 8 and 4, covering 2 walls in the sitting room. The tiny cameos make a big impression when grouped and hung in a grid pattern. The two black lacquered side tables are from Old Town Crossing in Southampton and the white duck love seat is from English Country Antiques.

 Small and delicate, the cameos come to life in smart gold frames and beveled white matting.

Here's another favorite photo which shows how a grouping of small inexpensive photos can look spectacular when massed together on one wall.

Larger than life cameos hung closely together, make a big impression in this living room.


Susan said...

What a fun story. I really love the Orly chair and had admired it on their website. Do you have any other pieces from Orly?

Unknown said...

yes Susan, I have their Benjamin chair in a soft butterscotch leather with nailhead trim. It's great because it's only 30.5" wide-perfect for a NYC apt. and really comfortable.

Susan said...

I'll go and look at that one too. I misspelled the name Oly.

cotedetexas said...

love it. your house looks so gorgeous!!!!!!!

red ticking said...

your home is amazing... we need to talk... email me

Linda in AZ * said...

* It's exquisite... and, withOUT being "cold or untouchable".

I'm... in... love..!

Linda in AZ *

My Notting Hill said...

You have THE rug!! wow, that is great. Your rooms are beautiful.

viagra online said...

The movie is awesome, one of my favorites of Diane Keaton, she really performed well next to Jack Nicholson.

Amanda said...

This movie inspired me to become an interior designer. You are so lucky to have bought this rug. I would die to have something from the set, especially the rug!

Unknown said...

How big is the rug? Trying to scale the living room by referencing known measurements. Do you by any chance know the measurement of the room in the movie?