David Deatherage • David Deatherage Design
The master bedroom was transformed from tasteful traditional to frankly fabulous by designer David Deatherage, who specializes in high-design vintage furnishings. “The house was built in the Mid-Century era, but instead of organic modern, it had formal aspirations,” Deatherage observes. “It's Champagne instead of a martini; Beverly Hills in the 1950s, as opposed to Palm Springs.”
Deatherage’s starting point was the tall, custom-made headboard covered in a Kravet Couture turquoise silk, which he describes as having a “Moroccan vibe with a Dorothy Draper punch. From there, a design narrative evolved: a very light and feminine room with my trademark dose of glamour suitable for a couturier or fashionista, of which I certainly know a few.”
The room’s color scheme of turquoise, robin's egg blue, and white mixed with silver accents and crystal is “eleganté and decorative, but not overly ornate,” Deatherage says. Lacquer finishes and satin fabrics enhance the glamorous atmosphere. As for the piece de resistance, there isn’t one, but several. Take, for example, the matching pair of white Dorothy Draper serpentine commodes at either end of the room. Above each is a Donghia Contessa mirror, accented with Venetian gold rosettes. Flanking the headboard is a pair of Johan Tapp 1940s lacquered cabinets with oversize hardware. And instead of bedside lamps, Deatherage crowned the bedside cabinets with silver and crystal sconces by Mid-Century interior designer Tommi Parzinger. On the wall opposite the bed, an Italian silver ribbon-framed mirror and white marble Art Deco console with nickel scroll supports has been pressed into service as a vanity. Lucite curtain rods and white silk drapes at the windows keep the room light and airy.
Because no fashionista should be without a beautiful closet, Deatherage outfitted this one with Lucite clothing rods and 24-karat gold-plated hangers from a Los Angeles estate. “To complete the look of the closet, I selected a 1940s cabinet with a pink leather diamond-quilted door in a nod to Chanel,” he notes. “Above it, I placed a French Mid-Century mirror and, to the side, a slender Italian brass side chair, which is the perfect perch for putting on shoes.”
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