Gloria Windsor’s office on Mozart in the Jungle is absolutely stunning! (The show is pretty great too.) Of course, this should come as no surprise, because Gloria herself (portrayed by Bernadette Peters) is beautiful, stylish, and imposing. So, it’s little wonder that her offices follow suit. Creamy eggnog, vibrant emerald, and fiery citrine compose the palette. A pair of kidney shaped sofas pull double duty in the seating and sculpture departments. Large scale art, mineral specimens, exotic textiles, and a dash of chinoiserie add pizzazz. Even so, the room is greater than the sum of its parts. See for yourself…
In a space this exquisite, there is design wisdom to be gleaned. Here are 3 decorating lessons we can take away from Gloria Windsor’s office…
Decorate with Colors that Make You Look Good
Gloria Windsor contemplates drape options, asking which fabric better suits her complexion. When someone replies that this particular textile makes her hair look like “spun gold”, she’s instantly sold!
Give Fabulous Pieces Room to Breathe
While few would call this a minimalist space, it’s not overwhelming. Rather, each wall holds one, prominent piece of art. Surfaces are accessorized, but not cluttered. Solids dominate, punctuated with striking patterns. With so many gorgeous pieces in Gloria Windsor’s office, each needs a little space to be fully appreciated.
Balance Bold Choices with Symmetry
The human eye is programmed to appreciate symmetry. As home decorators, we can exploit this condition and use it to smuggle more daring decor choices past the first glance. I mean, how else do you get barrel chairs upholstered in bright orange chevrons and an Asian folding screen into the same room? Symmetry. In Gloria Windsor’s office, most of the key pieces have a twin: the kidney shaped sofas, those funky barrel chairs, the towering porcelain lamps, and the gold sconces that flank the two similarly proportioned paintings.
I don’t know about you, but I was so moved by space, that I spent some time this weekend scouring the internet for some emerald green ceramics. The hunt, sadly, continues. Here are some of my favorite finds in emerald & citrine.
What do you think of Gloria Windsor’s office?