Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hollywood Regency Style

In the 1930's designers like William Haines and Dorothy Draper decorated the homes of film stars, creating the Hollywood Regency style.  This style really appeals to me because of it's glitz and glamour.

I also like the idea that this style focuses on people and the way they interact with each other instead of a huge television set being the center of attention.  Smaller scale furniture in an eclectic mix of luxurious styles is the theme with this design.  Here the cocktail hour and your company take center stage!  Untitled #37

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Apartment From "How To Marry Millionaire"

I love the movie "How to Marry a Millionaire", starring Lauren Bacall, Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe.

Three women devise a plan to set a "bear trap" for eligible millionaires.  But these ladies don't want sugar daddies, they want marriage.  They pool all their money to rent the "bear trap", which is a luxurious furnished Sutton Place penthouse in New York City.

From the very first time I saw this movie, I was entranced with this apartment.  The retro furniture, the spacious layout, and full wall of french doors make this a truly stylish headquarters for "Operation Millionaire Hunt".

As the movie progresses, and the ladies are having no luck finding even one millionaire, they start to pawn the furniture to stay in the apartment.

Even the patio furniture disappears!

When they are down to their last chair, Betty Grable shows up with a millionaire she found at the mink department at Bergdorf's.  Wedding bells anyone?

And yes, they do throw a cool wedding in that penthouse after the obliging millionaire buys back all the furniture for them.  Alas, it is not to be.  All three marry for love in the end!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Vegas, Baby, Vegas!

This past weekend we took a little road trip to Las Vegas to visit family and have some fun before school starts up.  Our first stop was The Bellagio.  I wanted to see the water fountain show and their Botanical Gardens.  I think the fountain show is about every 20 to 30 minutes during the day.  We happened to catch it accompanied by Elvis Preseley's rendition of "Viva Las Vegas".  How apropos!

My daughter and I in front of this floral version of a Chanel perfume bottle.  They just happened to be promoting an Andy Warhol art show at the Bellagio.  With all the perfume bottles I have painted for my Etsy shop, we had to get our photo taken in front of this one.

Sandra, my Uncle Rick and I in the Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio.  Oh yes, and Babs the stuffed wolf in her fanciest outfit as well.

Sandra and I at the M&M Factory next to the MGM hotel.  Four stories of M&Ms!  Plus a free 3D M&M movie staring Red and Yellow.  We made the mistake of walking from the Bellagio to the MGM.  We didn't realize how far it would be in the heat.  I have to say my bargain white sun dress I bought at Dress Barn saved me in that 106 degree weather.  Plus lots of cold water!  Sandra liked all the huge fans they have lined up and down the sidewalks that blast cold mist at you.

The back wall is filled with M&M's you never see in the regular store! 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Nutella and Toast!

This is what my daughter and I are loving for breakfast lately when we are short on time.  Nutella and toast with strawberries.  Milk for her and coffee for me!  Yum!

Nutella and Toast!