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Monday, December 5, 2011

Event Recap: Maison de Luxe at the Greystone Estate

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Last week, I was lucky to be one of the bloggers invited by Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine to attend a private dinner and gala in honor of the Maison de Luxe show house at the historic Greystone Estate in Beverly Hills. The roster of designers involved in the show house reads like a veritable who’s who of the design world: Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Philip Gorrivan, Tim Corrigan, Mary McDonald, Nathan Turner, Kathryn Ireland, Oliver M Furth, Barclay Butera, Jamie Drake… the list goes on! The level of talent was evident in every room of this fabulous show house. If you live in the Los Angeles area, be sure to visit Maison de Luxe between now and December 22nd. You will not be disappointed!
The storied estate is one of the grandest homes in Beverly Hills at over 40,000 square feet in size. A murder took place in the home back in the 1920s which has led to stories of ghosts and hauntings, further adding to the estate’s allure. Couple all of that with the sumptuous, luxurious, and in some cases, avant-garde design dolled out by the talented line-up of designers and the result is a fabulous show house.
{Nicole of SoHaute, Jennifer of Kravet, Marisa of Stylebeat, and Me at Sur}
We arrived on Wednesday afternoon. That evening, we were treated to a fabulous dinner along with the Maison de Luxe designers at Sur, Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant in West Hollywood. Sadly, we did not see the “Real Housewife of Beverly Hills” or her little dog, Giggy. We did however, experience the Santa Ana winds in full force while we dined in the courtyard. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to snap any photos of the cool décor as the place was pretty crowded. A fabulous time was definitely had by all!
{Gala Co-Hosts, Ron Woodson & Jaime Rummerfield Pose on the Red Carpet with Luxe Editor-in-Chief, Pamela Jaccarino}
{The Grand Staircase}
{The East and West Hallways were decorated by Mary McDonald, who is every bit as fun and fabulous as she seems on Million Dollar Decorators!}
{Vignette by Mary McDonald}
{This regency-inspired, emerald room was designed by the talented Michelle Nussbaumer of Dallas’ Ceylon et Cie.}
{Design by Michelle Nussbaumer}
{Me with RuPaul, Nathan Turner, Mary McDonald, and Michelle Nussbaumer—Only in LA!}
{The warm and inviting library was designed by Barry Dixon.}
{Barry Dixon}
{How fab is this chair?}
{Secretary’s Nook by Kathryn Ireland}
{Handsome, Traditional Dining Room by David Phoenix}
{Have you noticed how many orbs appear in my photos? Remember, they say that Greystone is haunted!}
{The sumptuous breakfast room was designed by Philip Gorrivan, who was nice enough to tell me about the inspiration behind the space as well as details on many of the items in it.}
{I love the Gracie wallpaper!}
{Classic Klismos-Style Chairs in Philip Gorrivan’s Room}
{The ballroom by Jamie Drake was one of my favorite spaces in the house. Of course, I love the pink and orange palette as well as the glamorous vibe of the space.}
{Lovely Details}
{Jamie Drake and I in the Fabulous Ballroom he Designed}
{I mean, is this not stunning? It is such a vibrant room!}
{Serene Guest Room by Suzanne Rheinstein of Hollyhock}
{Legacy Room by Jiun Ho—This space is the bedroom in which Ned Doheny, Jr. and his friend were found dead in the 1920s.}
{Inspired by Picasso and the tragic story of the Doheny family and everything that happened at Greystone, Ho collaborated with Kyle Bunting to create the AMAZING artwork throughout the space, including this piece, inspired by Picasso’s masterpiece, “Guernica”, but tells the Doheny story.}
{The landing atop the grand staircase designed by Timothy Corrigan was another favorite of mine. I loved the unabashed use of red. Unfortunately, I had to use flash throughout most of the house, but believe me when I say this was beyond gorgeous in person. The shade of red was just perfect. How amazing is the light fixture he chose? Timothy also designed Greystone's foyer.}
{Timothy Corrigan}
{I loved this space by Wendy Schwartz. She and her design associate, Kristi Bender have the most incredible style.}
{The watercolor wall treatment is beyond! I love the color palette.}
{I love the dark, sexy vibe of the daughter’s room designed by Oliver M Furth. Notice the glossy black floors—it’s stage flooring!}
{Polished Chic by Oliver M Furth}
{I loved the selection of art Oliver chose.}
{Fabulous Jean de Merry Fixture against a high gloss, peacock blue ceiling in Oliver M Furth’s room.}
{I loved the wallpaper in this Gentleman’s Study by Patrick Dragonette.}
{Martyn Lawrence Bullard and the film crew from Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators in the bedroom he designed for Mr.Doheny.}
{Eclectic Fabrics from Martyn’s New Line}
{Martyn Lawrence Bullard}
{Mr.Doheny’s dressing room includes a massage table swathed in Hermes and fabric from Martyn’s line.}
{Mrs. Doheny’s Bedroom designed by Woodson and Rummerfield}
{The room features a crystal bed.}
{I loved the warm palette of the recreation wing designed by Nathan Turner.}
{Woodson and Rummerfield also designed the gala’s décor.}
{With Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield}
{I had so much fun with these ladies! From left: Jennifer of The Peak of Chic, our friend, Colette, Nicole from SoHaute, and Me}

I really wish we’d had a chance to photograph the house in daylight as many of the rooms were dark and it was difficult to get good pictures, but you get the idea. Either way, I had a fabulous time and really enjoyed seeing the stunning Maison de Luxe, spending time with my fellow bloggers, and mingling with the designers. Thanks to the wonderful Luxe Interiors + Design team for the amazing opportunity!


Katy Byrne said...

I am overflowing with jealousy! Amazing event!

victoria | vmac+cheese said...

Wow!! What a fabulous tour. Having lived in LA, I've seen the Doheny name everywhere (including at one of the major libraries at my university), but I had no idea their family history was steeped in such intrigue. Off to learn a bit more about them....also, I got chills when you mentioned that photo with the orb in it!

Julie Khuu | Haute Khuuture said...

Awesome coverage Paloma! I'll be there this week to view the house, nice to know they allow cameras in there...that ballroom will be the first on my hitlist! Seriously that jewel toned color palette is what my heart goes pitter patter for!

Peace. Love. LOL!

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I don't believe my feet would of hit the floor during the entire evening. Each room just as fabulous as the next and surrounded by incredible talent and great company.

Thanks Paloma for sharing all the fun!

Cheers ~ Deb

Unknown said...

I loved the ballroom and Wendy Schultz' hallway!

Looks like you had a blast - how fun! The lecture was really interesting as well. And I was thrilled to get to meet MLB. ;o)

Gabrielle | Savvy Home said...

Ohhh lots of orbs in that legacy room where people were found dead – gave me shivers!! That being said, it looks like a gorgeous house and fantastic post, as always Paloma X

DD said...

That is unreal! I can't believe you got to meet all those amazing designers! Soooo envious!

Barbara@HausDesign said...

Lucky you! Thanks so much for the virtual tour! I loved that watercolor wall covering and so much more!

Junell said...

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! I will be swooning over this post for weeks! I think I have "Pinned" all the rooms.Seriously Wow!

Unknown said...

Great tour of the decorated mansion dahhling.. I agree with you that Jamie Drake's ballroom was my favorite also...

Anzu said...

Everything looks great, glad we got to visit it through you! I also love Mary McDonald's bracelet! I am a big fan of Million dollar decorators. Hope they do a new series soon.

Creategirl said...

thanks so much for sharing all of your pictures! The rooms are stunning I especially love Ron and Jaime's space. The teal ceiling is stunning as well.

Luxe Interiors + Design NYC said...

Great post, Paloma! We so loved having you at the event! xo LUXE NY Team!